to obey is better than sacrifice / obedience is better than sacrifice *
December 19, 2019 – Thursday
Hebrews 5:7-10 NIV
7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission.
8 Son though He was, He learned obedience from what He suffered
9 and, once made perfect, He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him
10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Two key topics in today’s verses, Jesus’ obedience (v8) and how Jesus became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. Also important is that Jesus was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek and During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverent submission. Here submission is a synonym for obedience.
Thus we have much on Jesus’ obedience and our need to obey Him because He is the source of our eternal salvation. Christ as fully human and fully God, He experienced every temptation and weakness while remaining fully obedient (never once sinning) even when praying for His Father to save Him from death He still sought His Father’s will to be done. On the Mount of Olives just before His arrest and later crucifixion He prayed “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done” Luke 11:42.
All this in Hebrews is written after Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross so there is nothing here said about sacrifices for sin because He satisfied all sacrificial requirements with His crucifixion. No more sacrifices were necessary as Jesus died and rose on the third day conquering death becoming the Lord of life. So He became the single and only source available for eternal salvation, but only for those who would obey Him as noted in John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
Jesus becomes not a priest in the order of Melchizedek, but instead the high priest in the order of Melchizedek because He was and is the royal supreme priest (P. Pett). It is only through Him eternal salvation is offered and available for those who believe in and follow Him. This was so important to understand this chapter ends with a warning against falling away that continues into the next chapter.
11 We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. 12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
And then in chapter six
4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6 and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting Him to public disgrace. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
We need to be about the business of obeying and following Jesus and avoid falling away.
(to obey is better than sacrifice /obedience is better than sacrifice)
* To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. (1 Samuel 15:22)