Today’s reading: Hebrews 1 – 5:12
Highlights: We will spend the next 3 days in the book of Hebrews. The book seems to be addressed to Christians with a Hebrew or Judaistic backgroup who, perhaps out of fear of persecution, are being tempted to turn away from the gospel of Christ and back to the Law of Moses.
The letter begins by telling us that Jesus is “so much better than the angels” (1:4) and next, that he is “worthy of greater honor than Moses” (3:3). Then the writer tells us what a great High Priest He is. Jesus was called by God to be High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek” (5:6). We have a better Messenger, Lawgiver, and now, High Priest.
At this point the author must pause for the readers are not Biblically proficient enough to understand the Christ / Melchizedek comparison. A rebuke is therefore in order (5:11-12). After this he will return to the topic and show the priesthood of Jesus is far superior to the priesthood of Aaron under the Law of Moses.
It is a common notion that under the covenant of Jesus God is more lenient and there is less need to be concerned about careful obedience. Read 2:1-4 carefully. What does it say about this question?