Putting God's Word into Practice…

Hebrews 5:1-10 Role of a Priest

on March 9, 2013

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins.  He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.  Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people.  And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.  So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed…In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.  Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  And being made perfect, HE BECAME THE SOURCE OF ETERNAL SALVATION TO ALL WHO OBEY HIM.  Hebrews 5:1-5,7-9

Being made a high priest is a calling, not a choice.  It is a call to humility, gentleness, sacrifice, obedience, suffering and intercession–an “others” focused life–just like our Great High Priest, Jesus.  The calling of a high priest is an honor and privilege.

In 1 Peter 2:9 it says that anyone who has been called by God out of the darkness and into the light is set apart as a chosen race, a ROYAL PRIESTHOOD, a holy nation, and a people belonging to God.

Priests are set apart to help the High Priest fulfill his duties–constantly interceding for and serving people.  Priests must recognize that they are “beset by weakness” and allow that to lead to humility and gentleness towards others.  They must also deal with their own sins first–be repenters before helping others with their sins.

Since Jesus is the Great High Priest, and during His earthly life He “offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears” to the Father, then as members of His royal priesthood, should that not also be our role?  

Fervent, emotional, reverent petitions made on behalf of others to the Father for salvation is our honor and duty.  Salvation is available only through Jesus.  What a privilege we have to point people to Him!


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