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16) Hebrews - Chapter 5:5-10
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Hebrews 5:5 So also the Christ did not glorify Himself by making Himself a High-priest, but He glorified Him with that
office, Who, after His ascension into heaven, said to Him, My son Thou art; today I have demonstrated Thee to be
My Son by raising Thee from the dead.

Hebrews 5:6 As also He glorified the Christ to be a High Priest, Who in another psalm saith to Him, Thou art a Priest
for ever, according to the order of Melchizedek:  Thou art a human Priest, not like Aaron, but Melchizedek.

Hebrews 5:7 Secondly, as a High Priest, He can commiserate the ignorant and erring.  For though He be the Son of
God, He was subject to the infirmity of the human nature, and particularly to the fear of death, as is plain from this,
that He in the days of His flesh, having offered up both deprecations and supplications, with strong crying (Psalms
22:1) and tears, to Him who was able to save Him from death, by raising Him from the dead; and being delivered
from fear.

Hebrews 5:8 Although He was the Son of God, He learned how difficult obedience is to men, by the things which He
suffered in the flesh while He obeyed God; and also what need men have of help to enable them to bear their trials
and sufferings.

Hebrews 5:9 And being thus qualified to have a right measure of compassion on the ignorant and erring.  He was
made perfect as a High Priest; and He became, to all who obey Him, the Author of eternal salvation, by offering
Himself a sacrifice for their sins.

Hebrews 5:10 As is evident from His being saluted by God, on His return from the earth, a High Priest, according to
the order of Melchizedek.

So Christ also glorified not Himself to be made a High Priest.  The devil offered Him glory, but He rejected it.  He
asked God to glorify Him (John 17.5 - "And now, Father, Glorify Thou me with Thine own self, with the glory which I
had with Thee before the world was").

He sought to glorify God (John 17:4 - "I have glorified Thee on earth, I have accomplished the work that Thou hast
given Me to do", John 8:50 - "I sought not My own glory").

He exhibited the glory of God (John 1:14 - "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory,
glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth", 2nd Corinthians 4:6 - "Seeing it is God, that
said, Light shall shine out of darkness, who shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of
God in the face of Jesus Christ", Hebrews 1:3 - "Who, being the effulgence of His glory").  Christ was one who was
willing to humble Himself, not to exalt Himself.

God planned for Christ to be High Priest.  He said this in Psalms 2:7.

God prophetically called Jesus His "Son".  The word, "begotten" does not refer to His origin but to His resurrection.

This is found in Psalms 110.  This is one of the clearest of the prophecies in the Psalms concerning Christ.

The Jew applies this to David.  This Psalm is applied to Christ by the apostles in Acts 2:34.  This cannot apply to
David.  It was not lawful for kings to exercise the priesthood.  Uzziah was meddling with an office that did not belong
to him, so provoked God and was smitten with leprosy (2nd Chronicles 26:18).

Thou art a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.  This is rare; He was both king and priest.  The comparison
here is the important thing; Aaron was temporary - Christ was eternal.

Aaron's office was successive - passed on to his children.  Melchizedek's and Christ's office was personal, non
hereditary.  Melchizedek's priesthood, then, is above Aaron's priesthood without father and mother as discussed in
Hebrews 7.

"Supplications" are prayers prompted by a deep sense of need, and our own helplessness.  When used separately,
the words, "prayer" and "supplications" are used interchangeably.  When used together, it means a prayer
prompted by a deep sense of helplessness.

This is to show the intensity of His grief.  These are the outward symptoms of grief.

"Having been heard for his piety."  "He was heard by reason of His reverent submission."

If God's Son had to be obedient, may we expect special favors, namely the right to disobedience?

Been made perfect - The Greek word means "sanctified" as well as "made perfect."  His obedience further
consecrated Him to His task.  Nothing could make Christ move from His purpose.

What is meant by the word, perfection?  Not moral perfection.  The perfection refers to His humiliation and suffering,
culminating at the cross.  Tested by every temptation.

Author of eternal salvation - "Author" is from the Greek word, "cause."  Cause is used to denote that which
constitutes an occasion of action.  A rock may crush a house, but there was something that moved the rock.  
Without Christ's cross there would be no blood for the remission of our sins, So Christ is our "cause" of salvation.  
"In none other is there salvation" (Acts 4:12).