I went through Hebrews 4 and part of 5 today and was just rocked by a realization from the Text. God, by His Grace, allowed me to see something in it concerning our great High Priest – Jesus Christ. High priests were appointed by God…
And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.
Hebrews 5:4 ESV
… and were always men.
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.
Hebrews 5:1 ESV
Angels were not high priests. An angel is a totally different being from man. An angel cannot empathize with humans because they have never, and will never be, human. However, Jesus Christ – perfect divinity and perfect man – served as a High Priest appointed by God. Because He lived as a man, He could sympathize with our weaknesses…
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:15 ESV
… as the others in the priesthood. When priests made offerings on behalf of the people, they were reminded of their own humanity, their own weaknesses…
He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness.
Hebrews 5:2 ESV
So we cannot say that God doesn’t know what it’s like. He DOES. Sometimes, I think while on this earth, our prayers can be filled with But God! You don’t know what it’s like! He does. And besides…
In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
Hebrews 12:4 ESV
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Hebrews 4:16 ESV