Chapter 6



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(Heb 5:1-4)  For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins: Who can have compassion on the ignorant [not knowing, not understanding], and on them that are out of the way [i.e. “the way of salvation” Acts 16:17]; for that he himself also is compassed [surrounded] with infirmity [sickness, weakness]. And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins. And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.

1.       The Full Life Study Bible: “every high priest” Two qualifications are necessary for a valid priesthood: (1) He must be sympathetic, gentle, and patient with those who go astray through ignorance, unintentional sin, or weakness. (2) He must be appointed by God.

2.       Dictionary: “compassion” 1. a feeling of sorrow or pity for the sufferings or misfortunes of another; sympathy.

3.       (John 14:6)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

(Heb 5:5,6)  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he [God] that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee [Psa 2:7]. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. [Psa 110:4; Heb 5:6; 6:20; 7:17,21]

1.       (Psa 110:4)  The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

2.       (Gen 14:17-20)  And the king of Sodom went out to meet him [Abram] after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale [valley]. And Melchizedek [Heb: king of righteousness] king of Salem [peaceful, an early name of Jerusalem] brought forth bread and wine [His love sacrifice]: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abram], and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave him tithes [a tenth: a tenth part] of all [his love sacrifice].

3.       (John 1:14)  And the Word [of God, the Bible] was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

4.       (Mat 26:26-28)  And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body [flesh]. And he took the cup [of wine], and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission [forgiveness] of sins.

5.       (Rev 1:6)  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion [might, power, strength] for ever and ever. Amen.

6.       (Rev 5:10)  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign [rule] on the earth.

7.       Commentary: Two ordinances of the Lord that modern Christianity still observes (or still should observe) are presented in Genesis 14:17-20. First the ordinance of Holy Communion of bread and wine, and secondly the ordinance of tithing. We are still to observe both these ordinances because the Melchizedek priesthood (Gen 14) which was existent before the Law (Exo 20) and also after the Law (Heb 5-7), is an eternal priesthood of which we are all members, and Jesus Christ is our High Priest.

(Heb 7:1-7)  For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils. And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham: But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises. And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.

(Heb 5:7-14)  Who [Jesus Christ, our High Priest] in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared [in the Garden of Gethsemane (Heb: olive oil press)]; Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience [attentive hearkening, i.e. (by impl.) compliance or submission] by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec. Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing. For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

1.       (Luke 22:44)  And being in an agony [anguished] he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

2.       discern = Gk: a judicial estimation /// to separate thoroughly, fig. to discriminate (by impl. to decide):--make (to) differ (-ence), discern, judge.

3.       Dictionary: 1. to perceive by the sight or some other sense or by the intellect; see, recognize, or apprehend clearly. 2.  to distinguish mentally; recognize as distinct or different; discriminate.

(1 Cor 11:23-30)  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup [of wine], when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily [irreverently], shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep [are dead].

1.       Dictionary: reverence = 1. the feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. (Ant. 1. irreverence, contempt.)


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