¶ For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in
things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for
2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
3 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for himself, to offer for sins.
4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
|Every priest Ordinary human priests had physical imperfections and needed atoning sacrifices. Not so with Christ who was like Aaron. Christ did not inherit the priesthood; He took it.|
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he
that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee.
.6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared;
- Glorified not Himself The Father glorified Him mt1701,
5 - Son ... begotten The sentence may be seen as using a metaphor to explain the Son's being made priest. Christ's priesthood had a beginning because before sin there was no need for atonement. His time in human form also had a beginning. I prefer this latter meaning.
6 - Another place ps11006. Referring to the Messiah, David wrote that Melchisedec was a priest forever. Paul returns to Melchisedec in chapter 7 with the point that Christ has neither beginning nor end he1308. Thus we see the contrast between verses 5 and 6. Also he0620, he07.
6 - He God is speaking as can be seen from the context.
6 - Thou ... priest From ps11004. See chapter 7 to 10.
7 - Order From taxix which has a variety of meanings. Among them, "nature" or "manner" are most appropriate.
7 - Prayers ... crying The text is generally thought of as from the Garden of Gethsemane.
7 - From death Literally "out of death." That is, Christ would be resurrected.
7 - Was heard The text does not say that He asked the Father to save Him.
| 8 Though he were a Son,
yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;
9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
10 ¶ Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.
| 8 -
From manthano. The word is correctly translated. We expect that,
being divine, He would know. Intellectually, He no doubt understood. He
did not know from experience. Thus we cannot excuse our sins saying that
Christ was different. Also see 2pe0104.
9 - Being made perfect He completed the goal of His humanity as our Lord and Saviour, He can, without challenge, stand in our place before the Father.
10 - Melchisedec See on verse 6.
For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach
you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are
become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
.13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
.14 But strong meat [food] belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.
- Teach you again Bible study is important. Simply listening
to the thoughts of others is not enough 1co0210.
14 - By reason of use From habit.
14 - Exercised Compare he1011.
14 - Discern "as a child no longer an infant (Isa 7:16): so able to distinguish between sound and unsound doctrine. The mere child puts into its mouth things hurtful and things nutritious, without discrimination: but not so the adult. Paul again alludes to their tendency not to discriminate, but to be carried about by strange doctrines, in Heb 13:9." (JFB).