QT – Hebrews 5

Vs. 7, “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.” We are now reminded that Jesus is greater than any of the high priests inculding Aaron. Jesus played different roles for us…he was a prophet, a priest and a king. For the direct audience, they could relate better than we can to this illustration. Not only was he above Aaron, Jesus was a priest in the order of Melchizedek (Gen. 14)….this was a greater priesthood than Aaron…one that had no beginning or end. But I think we all begin to understand that this was not a role Jesus selfishly took upon himself. Our Father in Heaven chose this role for His Son. 

Regarding application…Solid Food. Vs. 14, “But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.” One of the measures of maturity in Christ is our intake of God’s Word (Food). We had previously discussed from the earlier chapters the drifting away from God’s Word and doubting the Word. A couple of years ago I had a some stomach issues that got so severe I had to go to the emergency room. It turned out I had a milder form of Ileusus (sp?). One of the remedies the Doctor prescribed was that I was to not intake many solid foods. My stomach was so weak that any solid foods would cause very unpleasant reactions. So far a whole week, I followed the Doctor’s orders and lo and behold…my stomach began to feel better. I had lost alot of weight, but my desire after that full week of weakness was to get healthy again. I was craving foods like crazy (especially Korean B.B.Q.)…and now eating solid foods has gotten me back to being fully healthy again. Likewise, we cannot gain spiritually when we are not eating solid bilblical foods (Word of God, prayer, fasting, accountability, etc.)