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November 25, 2021 7:00 am
If you switch from there. Dr. Tony Evans says it can be difficult in understanding the meaning of Jesus wrong is great, but if you decide to look at things spiritually, rather than worldly fleshly human lien will blow you celebrating 40 years of faithfulness. This is the alternative Dr. Tony have author, speaker and pastor of Oakland Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the Trinity mentioned the word priest and many people picture a man with a clerical collar or an ancient you offering sacrifices, but how many picture Jesus probably not so many will that'll change after Dr. Evans takes us to Hebrews chapter 5 for today's lesson.
Let's join an elderly lady was dying, she knew she only had a short time to live. Her doctor came in and he said ma'am, as you know time is getting short can I go get you a priest. That's when the elderly lady grabbed the crucifix around her neck held onto her tightly and said to the doctor know.
Don't get me a priest. I already have a priest referring to Christ on the cross of crucifix today I want to speak with you about another name name that is deep, rich, often not known, understood, misunderstood and underutilized. I want to talk to you today about Jesus our great high.
This is a title given to Jesus Christ that is daunting in its definition and its implications for your life. The discussion of Jesus as your high priest is found predominantly in one book of the Bible and that is the book of Hebrews Hebrews is the second most difficult book to understand in the New Testament. Second of the book of Revelation. Revelation because of all the symbolism but the reason that Hebrews is so rough to understand is that Hebrews was written with an assumption and that is the assumption was that you understand the Old Testament and that you understand the Old Testament sacrifices the Old Testament priesthood and it was written to people Jules would become Christians but were well acquainted with the Old Testament so and assumes that knowledge would be often right New Testament book of Hebrews, what most of us don't come from that background, we would not stay in Old Testament tradition, theology, sacrificial system medical priesthood.
We were not steeped in that reality. And as a result of that, it is unclear to me about what Hebrews is talking about. So let me make it crystal clear what Hebrews want you to get through all the chapters are three words once you get three words.
If you get these three words you get the heart of the book of Hebrews, even though you may not understand all of the idiosyncratic elements of the book. The book does want you to understand these three word never give up the book of the Rose ball down three words that her giver was whether the people were tempted to throw the town there were tempted to walk away. They were tempted to give up what to give in because life had become to being a Christian had become too difficult.
Persecution pressure challenges whelming them and chapter after chapter after chapter he tells them don't you quit, don't you throw in the town. Never give up their summer meal holding on by a thread and you are tempted to quit raising the question why go on. It's never going to change it's never going to get better. I'm never going to find victory in life will never improve.
Even though I belong to Jesus Christ and you are tempted to give up the author of the book of Hebrews was to start notice to you today. Never give up. And the reason why he doesn't want you to give up because of Jesus's name is the great high priest now to understand this, you have to understand a little bit about the priesthood in order to make sense of Jesus.
Today being your contemporary right now.
High priest to begin the first four verses of chapter 5 defining the qualifications, even to be a priest in the Old Testament is that most of all that priest had to be taken from man and appointed on the behalf of in other words, a priest had to be it to the one they were being a preschool. So if a man needs a priest. He needs a human priest because a man or a woman they are so bad to protect humanity in order to qualify to be a priest. He goes on to say, the priest said to be appointed by God. You could wake up one morning and decide I want to be a priest today, you could write him like poker today for priest certificate could not self authenticate yourself as a priest that had to be a defining call by God. In addition to that, he goes on to say that the priest had to offer sacrifices for sins his own sin. Verse for sins and the sins of those verse three says, and the sins of those that he represented so the priest went to the temple of the tabernacle to offer sacrifices. The sacrifices could not take away sin. Hebrews them for Smith no sacrifice to take away sin.
It only delay judgment. It didn't solve the same problem but it delay the judgment. In fact, the sacrifice of the killing of the animal was to remind the people that sin brings forth death sentences, brings forth death would be killed to delay the judgment of death, human beings that had sin, so he offered the sacrifice for sin was one of the qualifications that any priest had to have and that is that the priest had to be watch this verse to be set by weaknesses. He had to struggle in his own life because he could not identify with the struggle even if he was Mr. Diller. If you have some stuff he had to deal with. Don't get me wrong. When I'm standing I'm struggling my job down there even qualify to be a priest you had to be set by weaknesses you had to have some limitations to, or else you spout information that you've never experienced trying to help folks when you've never needed help and self and Philip reset the qualify because he had to go through some stuff that the folks had to go through so that he had to get his sins that he needed to find out was what was needed to qualify to be a priest in the Old Testament while how does that relate to Jesus. He says in verse five so also Christ. In other words Christ had the qualify like a priest have the qualify. He did not glorify himself. Verse five says he was appointed by God. He was human. God became a man so that you qualify for me because you are a man had to be appointed. It says you are my beloved son, today I have begotten you. He says in verse six, you are a priest forever.
He says in verse seven. Jesus offered up prayers and supplication, but it didn't with how pricing and other words he had to cry like you and I have the yet to weep like you and I have a week because of qualification for priest as he had the struggle the same way of the folks he was represented the spirit can struggle that way. So God became a man, so we could struggle that way so that now Jesus Christ can be a priest because he seemed struggle. He's been through crying and weeping and pain and anguish and agony.
Just like you and I in his humanity, qualifying him to be a priest all he found something else in this something else is. He says that he is a priest after the order of that at this point I must pause and the reason I love pause is because of Hebrews has the poems because it knows what it brings up the he has probably lost his crowd like I lost you. That's why he says in verse 11 of chapter 5 concerning him today. We have much to say. I got a lot to tell you about this guy and it is to explain, since you have become dull of hearing, he says I want to tell you about Mel, but I can tell you about Mel like I want to tell you about Mel because it's so that most of you are going to miss it and he says like I'm saying to you if you miss it is not my phone is that if you mess it is because you don't hearing that is you don't have spiritual issues to be a very mean just don't think in worldly functioning worldly being carnal living by the flesh. So when this is a piece of wood from AM/FM if you don't switch from flesh the spirit goes right over your head.
You will miss the whole point and if you miss the point of no You miss the point you missed the point of event and therefore missed the point of Jesus will miss the help you need to get all of the problems you face so that they give us a minute to switch frequencies.
This is didactic. This is teaching. We don't want you to miss this.
The author of Hebrews is not legitimate, but he says you've got to change your head right now because there is much to be said about that. But unless you are spiritually oriented you going and when you miss it. It won't help you. But if you give if you get it because you switch frequencies and decided to look at things spiritually, rather than worldly, fleshly, humanly then it will blow your mind. Dr. Evans will come back with more of the story of Melchizedek when he continues her message just a moment first so I want to make sure you don't miss your chance to get Tony's engaging book experiencing Israel. This resource chronicles one of his recent tours to the holy land that lets you relive the whole experience through beautiful pictures and insightful commentary and real-life applications is like taking the trip of a lifetime without ever having to leave home you learn about the history, geography, culture and people. As you see the sites Jesus saw when he walked on earth you not only feel closer to the Lord, you get a whole new perspective on what you read in his word, request a copy of experiencing Israel right away and will send it to you as our gift and appreciation for your contribution toward Tony's ministry as a bonus will include all 11 full-length messages in his current teaching series encountering Jesus names, making this the perfect package to help deepen your understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ again. Both of these powerful resources are yours, is our thank you gift when you make a donation in support of Tony's ministry. The alternative is a completely listener supported broadcast so your faithfulness is the only way we can keep bringing it to you each day make the arrangements right firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222 with Dr. Evans will come back with more of today's lesson right after this had some adventure to your family time and impart spiritual truths to your kids with a library of books from Dr. Tony specifically geared toward children. Children of only help you teach your kids for five more than spark joy in their hearts for him, all the while enjoying time together as a family. You'll find Scripture to member internal problems and practical applications for the whole family and put into practice. But most importantly you have a way to spend an intentional time with your kids having fun and enjoying each other learn chemical truth together explore Dr. Evans line kids books today and start them on the path to discovering what it really means to live faithfully for changes. Jesus is a priest of just come from a battle with three key and now he's on his way warily. Beginning in Genesis 14 it says in verse 18. Now, king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was a priest of God most time and he blessed him.
Abraham and say, Blessed be Abram of God most high possessor of heaven and earth and blessed be God most high, who has delivered your enemies into your Annie gave him a ram date of what's this Jesus is a priest after all.
In the line of the priesthood of what we discover about Mel cabinet in Genesis 14 is the king give the king of peace. Not if he's the king means the African it means he will but it goes on to say he's embraced in the Bible you could be a priest ought to be a priest and map the only one who's a priest. Jesus is applicable on he's happy even with Mel that the only one who the priest became the job of the priest was to represent men before God.
The job was to represent God before man, the prophet brought the word of God and deliver the two men, but the sins of man and offered up the God Jesus Christ is King. He is prescreened when we know is profit the word of God. But look at the situation where Melchizedek shows up now shows up when Abram before they were strays Abraham when Abram has just come from a battle come from a wall you've been given to God he's been he's been seeking to have victory is come from a battle is in the midst of this coming from a bad that he runs into the king, priest, he runs into the king praise and what does the king bread and wine, because I am as tired I am only got through the battle he's wearing now and he needs to be restored so it gives him some bread and wine coming out of the fight I wanted became a church.
It is out of a fight last week you financial battle one element marital battle. Apparently battle the child battle you have financial battle to help battle unit shown up in human drug yourself into the house of God. It says that the high priest gave him bread and wine. It not only gave him bread and wine, if any blasting so the bread and wine came up last he comes out he gets refresh my thing because he is going to a new bad in 21 then the king of Sodom in the bar, then the king of them said give the people to me, and take the goods for you and said to the king of Sodom. I have sworn to the Lord most high possessor of heaven and earth. I will not take a thread or a sandal thong or anything that is your fault. You will say maybe rich.
I will take nothing except what the young man in the shell of the man who went with me. In other words, what's this is coming from a battle buddies going to a new king of Sodom is last in the compromise. I want you to compromise with now in order to enjoy the blessings he coming from three key to get ready to fight another 10 but in between the three kings and one king another 10 king of Salem, Maryland now.
But the king of Salem is also high priest, so the king is rolling but is also a priest to lift people before God. So what I want to say right now is if you came out of one bad, I guarantee you one another that between the battle you came from and the battle you added to you supposed to get refreshed and the refreshing. He says from the bread and wine, the bread and the wind would refreshing but notice Brad wine came up not see the bread and the wine was a company blasting the Bible says impressed with when you take up the cup and the bread, of blessing, because he is a priest.
We have communion because of what the priesthood did on the amount that that you thought it was weight wasn't a Jew. No sign to help you overcome yesterday's battle to get to tomorrow's battle's way to give you a fresh blessing. So the blessing was to the sides of the conflict is what it was we come out of one conflict go to another conflict without being without the blessing be debated on our behalf. He says, but your high priest is after the order of the day in that order allowed him not to compromise even when he was, not to give up even when he was rewritten from the battle.
You just come out if you tired of fighting. Life's battles on your own is the time to let Jesus start fighting them for you.
Especially the battle with sin. It doesn't matter what you've done or how good a person you might be.
The Bible makes it clear that a relationship with Jesus is the only way to get right with God guarantee a place in heaven. Dr. Evans would love to tell you how that relationship can be yours visit Tony Evans.org today and follow the link that says Jesus you'll find answers to your questions simple prayer that can change your life and free follow-up resources. A quick reminder that if you like to have a copy of today's message to review on your own or pass along to a friend. Just contact us for details on the title Jesus the great high priest. Better yet, get this message as a part of Tony's current teaching series encountering Jesus names right now for a limited time you can get all 11 full-length messages in this powerful series is our gift along with the experiencing Israel book I told you about earlier all, and appreciation for your generous contribution to help keep this program coming your way.
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