A study of Hebrews 4:14 - 5:10
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Who is the high priest referenced in this portion of scripture?
According to verse 5:1 – What is the role of a high priest chosen from among men?
The high priest was the supreme religious leader of the Israelites and assigned his duties because of his heredity. The high priest had to be “whole” physically (without any physical defects) and holy in his conduct (although many high priests in Jerusalem were corrupt and abusive.) The high priest had to offer a sin offering not only for the sins of the whole congregation, but also for himself. Once a year, the high priest could enter the Most Holy Place behind the veil to stand before God. Here, he would make a blood sacrifice on the mercy seat, God’s “throne” which would make atonement for himself and the people for all their sins committed during the year.
We have been given such a beautiful gift in Jesus as our High Priest. He descended from heaven but was made human (with human weaknesses and temptations) YET, did not sin!! Jesus didn’t HAVE to atone for his own sins, but chose to give his LIFE to atone for ours! Because of this sacrifice, we can freely enter the presence of God at any time. We don’t have to wait for a certain time of year, or receive mercy and grace through another person. As children of God, we are given it freely!
Have you received this precious gift?
Have you entered into God’s throne room to bask in his presence?
Don’t let another day pass without seeking out the Great High Priest and enjoying the benefits of his sacrifice for you.