We begin this week with the author of Hebrews comparing Jesus to the role of the priests appointed to the Israelites throughout the Old Testament. Priests played an essential role in the societal fabric of Israel, offering sacrifices on behalf of the people to God. They were mediators and intercessors on behalf of the people. The author argues that, in comparison, Jesus is the Great High Priest.
Furthermore, there are pastoral notes throughout the chapter. Themes surrounding the failure to grow, a warning of becoming sluggish (6:12), and the consequences of turning away from the faith. It also includes encouragements to continue growing in faith, reminding the people of a revered ancestor, Abraham as an example, to invoke the image of remaining steadfast and anchored in Jesus.
What is the difference between the priests in the Old Testament and Jesus according to Hebrews 4:14-5:1-10?
Hebrews 6:7-8 is reminiscent of Jesus' warning to the disciples in Matthew 21:18-22. Notice the similarities of the passages and consider what constitutes one to be a blessing, and the other to be cursed.
Notice Hebrews 6:4. This may understandably create tension for some readers. Read this verse in light of the whole passage of Ch. 6 and approach God with this tension. Pay attention to how you are guided through it.