Jesus is a high priest like no other. God appointed His own Son as our eternal priest. Jesus learned obedience through suffering, and He totally gets us.
But the Hebrews weren’t sure what to think of Him. They hadn’t made up their minds. They’d heard so much great teaching that they ought to be teachers themselves. Instead, many of them were still spiritual infants, while others had yet to be saved at all.
In Hebrews 5, the author is telling them to get with the program, to eat meat (not just milk!), and to enjoy all the benefits of the new and better covenant.
I hope this message encourages you to dive deeper into God’s grace and enjoy “the word of righteousness.”
- What are some similarities between the Old Testament high priests and Jesus? What are some differences?
- What does it mean in verse 8 that Jesus “learned obedience”?
- How can “those who obey Him” in verse 9 be misunderstood to support a conditional salvation? How does the better translation “attend to” or “listen to” help us understand the author’s intent?
- Why does Melchizedek appear in this chapter?
- What is the “milk” referred to here? What is the “word of righteousness”?