Hebrews 5:5—6 is part of a larger section running through Hebrews 4—8 about Jesus’ priesthood being superior to that of Moses. It is said, “Scripture helps interpret Scripture.” Here is a section where that is greatly needed. A lot of Scripture references are contained in just these two verses.
In verse 5, we see that Christ’s priesthood needed to be divinely appointed and was divinely appointed by God. Psalms 2:7 and 110:4 tells us that the Messianic priest was to be chosen by God. In both Psalms the priest is a royal priest. In Psalm 2:7, the Messianic priest is the Son—who has access to the Father. Verse 5:6 emphasizes His priestly order—that of Melchizedek. The history of Melchizedek is found in Genesis
14:18—20. Christ and Melchizedek both had the office of King and the function of high priest. This was normally not the case. It is further developed in Hebrews 7. Finally, Christ’s special priesthood is also mentioned in 1 Peter 2:9, John 17:22, and Revelation 5:10.
The big takeaway here is that Jesus combines the role of high priest with his status as the Son of God. It’s not two people we are looking for. It’s one savior—Jesus! He is our intercessor.
The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
VISION + STORIES
Take time to be reminded of our shared vision- We are abiding in Christ that we might experience Gospel Transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
+ Ask… What are you/we thankful to the Lord for? (e.g., how is he working in our community group or the lives of someone we are walking with to discover the gospel?)
+ What is one need in this circle/our Community Group and how can we meet it together?
SING + PRAY
Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER [ Hebrews 5:5-6 ] In Large group
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
5 In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest. But God said to him, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father.” 6 And he says in another place, “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
+ Why would Christ not take on himself the glory of becoming a high priest? (v5) + Who appointed Christ as High Priest? (v5)
+ Who is Melchizedek? (v6)
+ What is the “order of Melchizedek”? (v6)
+ Where else is Melchizedek mentioned in Scripture? (v6)
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time? (Below are a couple of ideas to help prompt responses if needed)
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., spend time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)