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Hebrews 5 and 6 "Milk or Strong Meat?"

Norman McNulty

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Norman McNulty

Neurologist at Southern Tennessee Regional Health System, Lawrenceburg, TN

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  • May 2, 2009
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reminds you can send you our study on the book of Hebrews starting in chapter five today we've gone through the first four chapters before we do not like to start with a word of prayer thoughts are that father in heaven we thank you that we can continue to study the book of Hebrews after that you'll be with us now especially as we study starting in chapter five today may we haven't better understanding of your plan for us in this time of her sister uses planning a case that we cover the first four chapters and in a nutshell Hebrews one shows that Jesus is God 's man chapters three is a warning and a reminder to the Hebrews to not follow in the pathway of their fathers you harden their hearts through unbelief in the wilderness and chapter four tells us that we can enter into God 's wrath is more than a waste of the mix the place to find is the seventh place out of an committee energy reform we see that we haven't a height freeze who can help us even though we have weaknesses to help us to enter into that experience of God 's wrath celebs in a very brief nutshell the first four chapters then we can check up starting in chapter five and chapter five is broken into two sections the first ten verses in the last four versus Paul take the world of a divergent and gives another warning to the Hebrews set the way were to do this again I believe we have a microphone in the back maybe we know 's All-Star and him if we get the microphone off some of you read some of the verses as we get through here sorry chapter five verse one server member we just read that we have a high priests it was as we have not a high priest which cannot be tested the feeling of our infirmities but with an all points tempted like as we are yet without sin let us therefore come bullied of the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time and need in chapter five verse one the Falcons for every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins who can have compassion on the ignorant and on them that are out of the way for that he himself also is compatible infirmity and we do have the microphone in the back there in Houston this comments or all of the many readings versus now notice what Paul says about the description of a hype free says every high priest is taken from among men so that is one of the qualifications of Christ for being our high priest he was taken from among the and then we see that he's ordained for men in things pertaining to God that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins now and persecute says in a fourth winner Jesus he intercede on our behalf and see was the sacrifice for our sin select qualified to be a high priest verse two should you have compassion on the ignorant and on them out of the way that are out of the way for he said that he himself also an passive infirmity how would that contrast with the view that the Hebrew or Jewish people had in their high trees I think another affairs even the time of Christ by the Pharisees were the people I would say is that people you know if Mark Lamarck first and so did the Jewish people look at that but free said as a group of people who were above them who didn't understand them they were set apart and in a different world rally and have policy actually those your priests they should have compassion on because they all circumstantial infirmities Christ obviously has these characteristics and I'd like to volunteer to read verses three through five volunteer right right here Heber 's chapter five on the lady writer zero chapter five verses three through five in Beijing hereafter he I take as for the people so also for himself to offer for sin and the romantic is his honor on Dean's house but he that is called of God as was Aaron 's also Chrysler Floyd Nottingham South to be made a high priest but he said that said unto him Lord my son today have I begotten the path so we've talked about you the characteristics of the priests adverse for the interesting halt is no man taketh this honor unto himself they see that is called of God as was Aaron so Aaron didn't all angle himself for the position of high priest God called shoe that position I was very different then all say that the politics of this world I mean if you think about it and because of the look this is not a purely exegetical explanation of Hebrews five cubic feet think about it I am on you watch a presidential campaign there was man or women are dealing the exact opposite of the description of qualifications for high priests no man takes this honor and himself that he that is called of God whatever our politicians do they think I'm the greatest and my phone is the worst person in the world and so your choices between the best person in the world and the worst person in the world and now building yourself up to and during the other person down and it it's really him at such medical or Christianity if you think about and yet those are the people that are leaders think about that for a course God has ordained that we have kings and leaders and presidents they have their place that what Paul is saying here is that in the Lords work there is no business for lack of a spirit coming into the Lords work the leaders that God chooses are the people that he chooses not those who try to take the honor unto themselves as for Paula sang here and just as Aaron was called of God so Christ was as well but notice prices also glorified not himself to be made of my priests so Christ wasn't seeking to become that that's what God his father called him to be him so Christ so also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest BC that seven and thou are my son today have I begotten thee now we see in this verse already in the book of Hebrews you remember where we saw the Spurs earlier in the book of the same basically the same words it's in Hebrews chapter one verse five and eight we see where the farces are my son this day have I begotten the and there is another place in the New Testament that is speaking of the specific day that Christ became to be gotten the first begotten son of God Hebrews one we see in their verses five and six that one of fathers as they are my son this day have I begotten thee Christ became the first begotten son of God which was it different than him being the only begotten son of God and Hebrews five the concept comes up again and now it is laying Christ becoming high priest so Hebrews one it's Christ becoming the first begotten son of God Hebrews five not only is the Christ he can and the first begotten son of God as also Christ becoming high free and at thirteen thirty three we've done this before and answers of common and keep moving expects thirteen thirty three this was at the resurrection of Christ Christ is resurrected so now instead of being the only begotten son of God Jesus the first begotten of the dead he's the first begotten the son of God and he is also now qualified to be high priest so we see at the resurrection of Christ Christ's is now first begotten of the of this the first the outside God is also the first begotten of the dead which you see in Revelation and he is high priest and Tennessee three five we've seen that pause in speaking of high priests who came from the wine of Aaron which was the Levitical priesthood but in verse six Paul is saying what Christ is also a high priest receives from a different line ever sexes is that as he saith also in another place thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek so Christ is from the line and outfitted it now instead of me going and explaining what the priesthood of milk to the deck is all about Siegrist chapter seven is all about the sun awaits we get the Hebrew seven to talk about what the nuptials of that priesthood is actually get to the end of chapter five you get the idea that Paul can't have wanted to get into it now but he felt like he had to say something else first but what's let's have a volunteer read verses seven three ten keepers chapter five verses seven three ten soon as January the salon who in the days of his flesh when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears under him that was able to save him from death and was heard in that he feared though he were assigning yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered and being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him called of God on high priest after the order of Melchizedek not powerful enough for verses that we just read this is speaking of Jesus Christ here and now NASA says in verse seven says he who is the speaking of Jesus in the days of his flash so Jesus experience the flesh that we experience a remember the chapter five as is every high priest is taken from among men so here Jesus experienced the flash and Hebrew strategy talks all about that that he was made in all things likened to his brethren his brethren are that you are sanctified to Jesus in the days of his flash when he offered up prayers and supplication with strong crying and tears on to him that was able to save him from death and was heard in that he feared notice the experience of Jesus in the days of his flash said he offered up prayers and supplication with strong crying and tears what experiences the speaking of this is speaking of the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane offered a strong prayer he offered up prayers with strong crying and tears and in fact sweat tears and sweat it he's what was I mean if that's so not strong all know what is and it says he created him that was able to save him from death as was he was hurt in that he feared now the father was able to save him from death that noticed Jesus said and if prayer father if it be possible let this cup pass from me nevertheless not my will but thine be done and that's a prayer that the father heard and the freer the first that we offer to the father in our flash that will be heard of God will be the one for the sake not my will but thine be done if our first like Lord of incoming but what if Jesus afraid father of icing the cross coming and I don't want to go through that would be very different than saying not my will but ninety done in so many times are Tennessee is the sake God why are you allowing me to pass through this don't you know that this is horrible why are you making me go through this horrible trial and Jesus could've said the same thing and what we should learn to deal when we passed through those experiences a safe father I don't like this experience but this is if this is your will for my life right now strengthen me to go through this and not my will but thine be done through this experience but for Jesus and notices he was heard in that he feared that he feared God in praying that way with the first Angels message fear God and give glory to the one of the ways that feared God pray to the Lord not my will but thine be done ever say this is amazing to me is his though he were a son yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered so Jesus in the days of his flash learned obedience by the things which he suffered and if you go back to see verse two it says that he is able to be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God to make some of the people forget that he himself hath suffered being tempted he is able to succor them that are attempted or help them better tempted the price learned obedience by the things which he suffered and because he learned obedience by the things which he suffered he can be a merciful and faithful high priest and are you thankful that Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest I really like that Jesus is a merciful and faithful high priest he's not just the high priest and in fact he's not a high priest like the Jews were to set those people who know not a lark curse how can they keep messing off for our strict rules and regulations they every time they method up those Jews are so pathetic I mean I was the Jewish priesthood Chrysler he's a merciful and faithful high priest he knows what it's like to suffer being tempted as he can help us to be like him and so because Jesus suffered being tempted her sinuses being made perfect he became the author of eternal salvation and all them that obey so Jesus was made perfect through suffering he learned obedience and through that she became the author of eternal salvation to all them that obey the Jesus learns that obedience to the things which he suffered and all those who obey him he's the author of their salvation now we've talked about this before but is there another place in the book of Hebrews that describes Jesus as the author fevers twelve he is the author and finisher of our faith and for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God so all those who obeyed him are called see you around that same race to him near the cross despising the shame shame just as Jesus did Jesus said if any man will follow me let them take them and take up his cross daily and follow me so Jesus because he took up across and he walked that road see he has the right to be the author of our salvation and all those you follow him on that same path art and as he refuses to become the sons unto glory we see that Jesus was made captain of our salvation Hebrews two ten and we see that we will be the sons brought to glory when we fall in so there's a lot more that we could say here that the bottom line is by the time part of the Hebrews twelve you will know what it means when he says looking to Jesus the author and finisher of your faith he's the one he suffered through Gethsemane he learned obedience by the things which he suffered he was made perfect through suffering he's the author of our eternal salvation out because he went through that experience and he died on the cross for and if we obey can we will have salvation as well and then in verse ten he says again call of God an high priest after the order of Melchizedek after Paul goes through all of that to ship this is what Jesus Christ went through how could we dispute that he is qualified to be our high priest there's no disputing I mean Jesus went through suffering torture you name it he learned obedience through what he suffered an day he is qualified to be our high priest no question about it and Paul about to really ramp up here and he's just getting going and I says in verse eleven of him we have many things to say and hard to be added soon year dull of hearing and a member 's choices for when for the time yacht features have need that once each year again which be the first principles of the oracles of God and are become such as have need of milk and not a strong meet here's the contact this is written about sixty six eighty about four years before Jerusalem is destroyed and here are the Christian Hebrews still living in Jerusalem though keeping the ceremonial law anything why and why am I having to explain the first principles of Christianity you should have known this for a long time ago and you not only should you learn this a long time ago you should've been teaching people about this why am I teaching you these principles at this late date in history thirty six or thirty five years after Jesus died on the cross how long does it take for you to get now I want be a good Bible teachers if I didn't make the applications of the day sure it's true the Jewish people in their day they should have known a lot more they should of been teaching the Christian message that Christ is their high priest they don't have to keep the ceremonial on a more frightful syllable of that what about us the seventh layout are we dull of hearing do we know the message how long have we been Seventh-day Adventists and yet we don't yet know the first principles of the oracles of God and the salvation and you have one preacher from one theological persuasion this is righteousness by faith is this while that sounds right on the money and you have another preacher is is not righteousness by faith is that while that sounds right on the money and you can't discern huge huge Paula thanks you should be teachers and not just learning the first principles of the oracles of God and you're at the point now where you have need of milk and not a strong meet now some of you may be saying yeah I know but in first Peter Peter says that we drink the milk of the word and we grow thereby absolutely and noticed for Paul says in verse thirteen for everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he has update August the second is it bad to be a babe when you're born sore now if you're an newborn infant death thing first is your mother is now no question about it you better not be given a heavy course of sick veggie meat two days after your born I would be bad for you but how about this you were baptized into the seventh madness phase twenty five years ago and you're still drinking infant formula what's going on here is not a good thing when we think that it was great if if all of us here in this room are still drinking infant formula but we come to potluck today and were all drinking infant formula for for potluck though and I would be ridiculous and yet and I think about it this way we go through our our school system and we go all the way feminists through graduate education and it if yes to repeat a year whether its first raider metal or whatever if it's half if it's embarrassing whatever and we do everything we can to avoid that scenario but what about us if we've been in the same grade of spiritual education for the last ten to fifteen to twenty years and we just go through the same round of exercises over and over and over again and Hall of Fame your unskillful in the word of righteousness your day we need to default to take the strong meat of the word and grow from that we need much or are seven fabulous Christians to understand the word of God not just once you are five everybody in this room here should be skillful in the word of righteousness are relevant speaking to the choir here they visit an important concept Doctor Mills yet your hand up with microphone the difference between milk and and other food is milk his eyes manufactured by someone else who and so anytime we hear sermon that's milk but what God wants us to do is to be able to let him speak as we in our devotional life study the word and he gives us fresh new ideas that's me thank you very much I very much a Christian concept thirty notice always manufactured by someone else that if you think about it we can cut him in all I care that much my wife commit to get dystrophy that the point is we we can make things other than milk but we rely and others to make our milk for us that's a very good point and so knows what Paul is saying here that inverse searching for everyone that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a very now it notices he is connecting the concept of righteousness by faith with strong me Seth Uribe and your you don't understand righteousness by faith which means that righteousness by faith is more than just a surface understanding of some concept is actually deeper that we need to be able to understand me to understand righteousness and in Ephesians chapter four when interested I'm oldest when the engine he restructured a sorry Ephesians four Hall mentioned mentions Jesus that you be no more children tossed about by every wind of doctrine so what happens when you're a Baber child your tossed about by every wind of doctrine and so when someone like Desmond four comes along and says this is what truth is if you're a babe in and in the word what he says will manage the scholar 's I guess that's what it means and so we need to know for ourselves and not rely on dollars service fee on shoot understand the word of God when the defendant is usually one of the dynamics involved and so what you're saying is this it especially seventy administered need to take the Bible as the revealed word of God and they must have faith explicit unrelenting faith in the word of God and it must be studied by them as such and if they do not they will remain babes porn at a time is getting away from me that on the left continue your verse fourteen 's is a strong meet the wanted to them that are of full age even as you by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil now it gets interesting the marginal reading the King James for full age in verse fourteen is perfect some strongman belongs to them that are perfect even then a few by reason of use and reading for any uses perfections that even though through by perfection have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil and the WordPerfect to perfection here and has since also means maturity or full ways that whatever bit upswing here is that God wants us to be met sure in our study of the word of God he wants to come to a point of perfection and we study his word and that we now face back in the milk of God 's word that we come to understand deeper things Paul was just ready to really ramp up into explaining this is what the Melchizedek priesthood as well you guys are ready to hear that you have why am I teaching you the first principles of the oracles of God again you should be teaching the other people you should have known this a long time again as a rebuke yesterday if malicious must make it practical for us if we then some of the atmosphere years and we still do not understand the sanctuary message for the three Angels messages or righteousness by faith we have to rely and others to explain it forth were still babes in the word Anita Guerrero when you study for ourselves we need to know what the truth is its way she will lay in Earth 's history to repeat relying on teachers or preachers to tell us what we should not we need to know for ourselves so having said that continuing on in chapter six pulses and therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ let us go on to perfection not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God of the doctrine of baptisms and of laying on of hands in a browser some of the death and of eternal judgment in this we will be if God permit notices interesting notice your positive analysts away again the foundation of the principles of them got a notice what he says the our repentance from dead works of faith toward God baptism laying on of hands resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment is like him we we should be past the point of talking about retention we should because the point of talking about what what is faith we should know that we should we should become a classic yet is there a judgment is there an investigative judgment not even sure if it absolutely is it's it's one of the foundational principle that we should be passed talking about the resurrection of the dead eternal judgment faith toward God repentance although things are biblical their foundational and those are the milk of the word that we should of got a long time ago are those important absolutely if you if you don't drink the milk you can take the meat you should've taken the milk in a long time ago understand and move on to the meat supply thanks if Doctor Matt Morgan and move on to the meat set of Phoenix 's point about the milk of the word now it's made on Internet a few more points are neighbors fourth for it is impossible for those you were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and more Mike made partakers of the Holy Ghost and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come if they shall fall away to renew them again in a repentance seeing they crucify to themselves the son of God afresh and try him to an open shame now the King James Ness translated part of this passage because some people read this first and they say while if I became a Christian than that if I follow where there is no hope though what the original translation says ever since just they shall fall away to renew them again to repentance wall they continue to crucify to themselves the son of God afresh so speaking of you fallen away and now you're insinuating to truth the father son of God afresh on a continual basis your continuing and so is different than if you were following on many following like I want to come back yes you can still come back whether the thing is if you're still continuing in San you can come back while you're still sending at the same time you can do both at the same time if the stop crucified the son of God afresh and come back to cat crucified and be part of them at the same time said that's basically what policy sometimes misunderstood continuing on her seventh further earth which drank it in the Reyna thought upon it and bring it forth herbs need for them by him it is addressed receive a blessing from God that which bear thorns and briars is rejected in his mind occurs in whose hand is to be burned now in Isaiah fifty five verses eight through eleven Paul talks I'm sorry Isaiah talks about how the heaven sends force rain the earth brings forth fruit and social be the word of God it will not return and envoy in what Paul is saying here is what if if you are hearing the word of God and your life is bringing forth the dryers the only thing that's left for that is they you will be rejected in the in your end will be to be burned and have pretty straightforward but if you bear fruit and that God you have salvation now Paul has admittedly been pretty hard on the Hebrews here so now he says well that more of a pastoral approach after hitting them hard him not teachers you should've known a lot more than a verse ninety says but beloved redressing the address of the most beloved and just remember we may see our fellow Christian brothers and sisters not living up to where they should be but remember for every word of repeat that we give we also need to give a word of extrication we can't just be all negative negative negative and expects for positive to come out of you on a dismaying a grumpy old negative independent ministry or something verse nine but beloved we are persuaded better things of you and things that accompany salvation that we must speak out plus I have looked unpersuaded this that you are partakers of God salvation for God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love which ye have showed toward his name in that year master to the saints and do minister to now he's exhorting them I thanks for the good things you've done for God praise the Lord for what you verse eleven and we desire that everyone one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end as interesting holy weights the full assurance of hope and to the end with giving diligence to that of which gives the idea of them that when we speak of salvation yes it's only by God 's grace in his marriage that we are saved but we have a part to play in giving diligence to is not like coasting down the river and just coasting into the harbor at the end of the dancing we made it we give diligence to the full assurance of hope an Indiana members twelve that ye be not slothful the followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises supply what if you wanted have the full assurance of hope but in the end don't be slothful there is no place in the plan of salvation for laziness and goes back to being dull of hearing and not for taking in the bead of the word of God do not be slothful with things related to salvation but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises than alcohol that these two concepts together faith and patience and he told to follow those you have faith and patience so there is your faith inpatients those are the ones we hear to follow in the way of salvation it's interesting that the hundred and forty four thousand are described as having faith and patience in Revelation fourteen twelve years the patients of the same I think you the commands and on the faith of Jesus seven hundred and forty four thousand obviously aren't slothful they are not lazy the question here and he resizes truisms and then that we are followers and I'm not sure if he forgot to finish she resisted it so I'll tell you if you worked in the rest of Heber 's chapter six we have Abraham who we know is the father of the faithful and then we see in verse twenty Jesus our high priest you as our forerunner so that shoe people that we follow through faith and patience in Heber six is Abraham and Jesus Abraham was the father of the faithful Jesus who is the forerunner is the author and finisher of our faith I like that so we follow Abraham and Jesus who through faith and patience inherit the promises Abraham the father the faithful Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith and will see how far we can get before we wrap up your verse thirteen for when God made promise to Abraham because he could swear by no greater he swear by himself saying surely blessing I will bless thee and multiplying I will multiply the end so after he had patiently endured he obtained the promise to Abraham patiently in near so there is someone to follow Abraham he patiently in your he obtained the promise and God promised him that he is seated would be like the stars of the heaven and Paul told the simulations they that are Christ's are Abraham 's seed we follow Abraham and we follow Christ verse sixteen for men verily swear by the greater and as for confirmation is to them in and of all strife wherein God willing more abundantly to show that here's a promised union immutability of his counsel confirmed it by an that might shoot immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie we might have a strong consolation who fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us real quickly here the shoe and immutable things where the promise that God made promise that God made Abraham and those that he made certain the promise that God made with your seed will be at the stars of the heaven the host was when he had Abraham cut a go or cast in half Abraham passed between the parts and God said buying oh sites where that this covenant that I make with you is sure anyone you understand that an oath is made basically if either side plates that are at the other person has to die in that oath that God made was with Abraham and noticed it's impossible for God to lie Count Law so we can take his word as it says when God says that he made years in six days and rested the seventh forty me I have my what it means were saying that God line but God doesn't want it impossible for him to live moving on verse nineteen which hope we have as an anchor of the soul both sure and steadfast and which interested in that within the veil winter the forerunner is for us entered even Jesus made an high Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek so Jesus is our hope he has entered into the veil he has our forerunner that qualify them to be our high priest and because he's our forerunner that implies that we follow we run that same race we looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith so that chief followers that you people that we follow through Faith and patience Abraham and Jesus Abraham patiently near Christ was made perfect through suffering these are four runner he's now in heaven and he qualified to be our high priest because of that he is a high priest after the order of Melchizedek organize study Hebrew seven will understand what it means to be after the high priest of the order is that you

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