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Book of Hebrews: Chapter 5 (Part 2)

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We left off talking about Christ being High Priest. The author now takes an excursion and talks to the Jewish Christians about apostasy. After this, he again continues the discussion about Christ being High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. Why did the author begin talking about Christ being High Priest after the order of Melchizedek then begins talking about apostasy only to return to the discussion of Christ being High Priest? Perhaps the author found it too complex to discuss with these Christians because they have not grown spiritually. Perhaps the Jewish Christians were so content with knowing the elementary teachings of Christ that trying to explain to them the High Priest office that Christ holds would be too challenging for them to comprehend. Listen to what the author says in verses 7-10 (read)

Chapter 5:11-14
Now pay close attention to what is said next in verses 11ff (Read)
The author trying to explain Christ's priesthood would be pointless because these brethren would have no clue about what he was talking about. So far in this class we have discussed Christ being more superior to angels; prophets; Moses; Joshua and Aaron. We talked about how He came in the flesh and how He was crucified for our sins. We also talked about how it is possible for a Christian to fall from grace if he/she fails to always strive to hold fast to the confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God.

These same teachings have been taught before over and over. But there's more to Christ than these things. A Christian should know more about the Messiah and His role as our Author and Finisher of our faith. This is where the author of Hebrews makes this same point. Before he goes more in depth about Christ role as High Priest, he takes a brief turn and tells the Jewish Christians that the reason he can't go into the more advanced teachings of Christ is because they have become dull of hearing. At this point in their Christian lives, they should be able to teach more than must the elementary teaching of Christ. But since the Jewish Christians have become dull of hearing, they had need that someone teach them. 'Milk' in this context is a metaphor for the elementary doctrines of Christ and 'solid food' in this context is a metaphor for the more advanced doctrines of Christ. Verse 14 tells its readers that being spiritually mature means being able to discern good and evil. Perhaps they could not do that. After this short discussion the author concludes his warning of apostasy in CH 6: 1-9.

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