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See as Jesus Sees

Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, with his drawn sword in his hand. And he bowed down and fell on his face. And the angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you struck your donkey these three times? Behold, I have come out to oppose you because your way is perverse before me. The donkey saw me and turned aside before me these three times. If she had not turned aside from me, surely just now I would have killed you and let her live.” Number 22:31-33 ESV

This is one of the craziest stories in the Bible. It has angels with big swords, deception, bribes, and talking donkeys! Yes, you read that correct. Balaam was dishonest and perverse but a donkey saved his life. The donkey was able to see the danger ahead for Balaam, an angel ready to end him! The donkey kept changing the path to protect Balaam, but Balaam kept punishing him. It was not until when the eyes of Balaam were opened that he saw why the donkey was acting funny. How often does Jesus direct us away from danger that He can see? How often do we oppose and push back against Jesus because we don’t know why he is leading us away from where WE want to go? It is not until we can open our eyes and look through grace and love of Jesus that we can see and understand why is leading us the way He is. Challenge yourself today to open your eyes to closer grasp the world as Christ sees it. Give thanks to God for His Son Jesus, who ultimately has shown us a path that leads us away from destruction and to paradise, through His death, burial and resurrection.

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Approaching Sunday: Jesus Our Great High Priest

This week Pastor Shaun will be preaching Hebrews 4:14-5:10. I would encourage you to utilize the commentary we have provided you and study those passages of Scripture as you prepare to engage your heart and mind with this weekend’s service.  Because Pastor Shaun has limited time on Sunday mornings, he can’t possibly communicate everything he would like to communicate about a passage.  Therefore, my prayer is that this can supplement the parts of his sermon that he isn’t able to spend more time on.  I wish to draw your attention to Hebrews 5:7-10 and give brief commentary so that you may interpret this passage of Scripture accurately. I will give commentary to each verse.  The text states,

“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, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”

Hebrews 5:7: “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.”

Most scholars agree that this is referring to Jesus’ prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane before his death (Matthew 26:36-46 for one gospel account). Here Jesus prayed to the Lord for the cup of death to pass from Him, but because of His reverence for God he concludes his prayer by saying, “… nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”  The Hebraic author having just defended the deity of Christ in the previous verses in Hebrews is now defending the humanity of Christ.  Christ prayed for God to deliver Him from death if there were any other way, but even more than that, he prayed for God’s will to be done- and it was.  This is the significance of the Hebraic author saying that God the Father “heard” Jesus “because of his reverence.”  The humanity of Christ experienced anguish leading up to His crucifixion.  He however came to execute the will of God the Father and He was obedient “to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Philippians 2:8).

Hebrews 5:8: “Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.” 

This verse should read “Son though he was, he learned obedience through what he suffered.” Sonship is the emphasis.  Because Jesus is God, people did not expect Him to suffer and in the process of that suffering he was obedient to the will of God the Father. When our text says that Christ “learned obedience” it does not mean that He passed from disobedience to obedience.  It means that Christ had the opportunity to perform obedience to God the Father in the flesh and when presented with the opportunity- he obeyed every time. 

Hebrews 5:9: “And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him…”

This is very similar to the language of Christ learning obedience.  Jesus did not pass from imperfect to perfect.  Rather Christ had the opportunity to be perfect in the flesh and He did so.  Only God would have the capacity to be fully man and fully perfect. This is the significance of Christ being 100% God and 100% man simultaneously.  Because of Christ’s perfection through suffering, He is the source of salvation to all those who are His people.  Who are His people? Those who repent of their sin and rest in the finished work of Christ; those who obey.

Hebrews 5:10: “…being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.”

The author here reiterates that only Jesus Christ qualifies to be the high priest that sinful men need.  Jesus qualifies because He is God, He is man, and as mentioned in the previous verses, He has on the job training.  God, before the foundation of the world, ordained for Christ to be crucified for the payment of sins (Isaiah 53:10).  Praise God for our High Priest!

Order of Service

Lord of All (Psalm 24:1)
Welcome and Announcements
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:3-10
You Loved Me Then (Ephesians 1:3-10)
Man of Sorrows (Isaiah 53:3)
Unashamed (Psalm 51:17)Sermon: Jesus, Our Great High Priest
Offertory: Jesus, I My Cross Have Taken (Matthew 16:24-26)
Dismissal

 

 

 

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