Review: The High Priest
- The High Priest was the Jews highest religious authority
- The High Priest was man’s representative to God. You could not approach God apart from the High Priest
- The High Priest was God’s representative to Man. You could not know or understand God’s will apart from the High Priest
- The High Priest was “taken from among men” They were human and therefore sinful themselves. They could offer sacrifices for sin but they themselves could not take away sins.
Review: Jesus’ priestly work superior to Aaron and his descendants
- Jesus is a better priest than Aaron
- It is under a better covenant
- It is in a better sanctuary
- His Offering is a better sacrifice
- Jesus’ priesthood is based on better promises
Scripture: [Hebrews 5:11-6:12]
- Read Heb. 5:11. In it the author says his listeners are “dull of hearing”. What is the author talking about?
- What do you think causes us to not be able to discern the voice of the Lord?
- How can we keep our ears from becoming dull, so we don’t miss what the Holy Spirit is saying to us?
- Read Heb. 5:12. It says that they have come to need milk and not solid meat. What’s going on here?
- Do you feel like you are growing in your relationship with Jesus? Whether yes or no, explain why you feel the way you do
- Read 6:4-6 Have you ever struggled with this portion of Scripture? If you have, has tonight’s study helped you navigate this better?
- Read the main interpretations that believers have held about these verses over the centuries. After reading all 4, take some time to discuss each view. In the case of differing opinions remember to discuss gently and with respect
- Interpretation #1: This passage states you can lose your salvation
- Interpretation #2: This passage is hypothetical
- Interpretation #3: The people he’s referring to were never saved in the first place
- Interpretation #4: The people the author is referring to are apostates who at one time confessed Jesus but then turned their back on him and have in fact renounced Him.
- In the verses we looked at in this study, what truth has had the most impact on you? Why?