From Daniel's Desk on 1/22/20
My Title: Jesus was MADE to BECOME the Perfect High Priest
My Verse: 4-6
"And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 So also Christ did not exalt Himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by Him who said to Him, 'You are my Son, today I have begotten You,'; 6 as He says also in another place, 'You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.'"
We don't chose our own role. We can only chose whether or not, and how much we submit to the Father's will. It's through our realization that He is God and we are NOT that we begin to relinquish our false sense of control. It's when we discover His good, true, faithful and loving nature that we begin to trust Him. It's when we desire to see Him that we begin to follow Him. It's when we are grateful for Him and who He is that begin to want what He wants. It's when we want what He wants that we begin to submit our will to His through obedience. Our obedience through suffering is perfecting us to God's designated purpose for which we were created! (HOLD ON)
I KNOW THIS SOUNDS LIKE A PUNCH IN THE MOUTH but think of it like this. Let's say an extremely skilled jeweler is mining, looking for the perfect diamond. Amongst all the rough, he sees something. To the untrained eye it would almost look like any other rock. It's a lump of minerals. A unique rock to be sure but nothing really special. BUT to the jeweler, He wraps it up and carefully takes it to his shop. Grinding it, sanding it, smoothing it, turning it over and doing it again. No side is left alone. It's being MADE into something much greater, much better, much grander and in the end it's put on display. All who see it, want to purchase it but the jeweler refuses to sell it, because it's not for sale. This one is for his private collection, the collection that shows off HIS craftsmenship, His signature, HIS TALENT. BE MOLDABLE to your Creator, whatch as He MAKES you into what He created you for! It's in this process that you will get to experience Him and get to know Him intimately.
Every high priest is CHOSEN to act on behalf of men in relation to God to offer gifts and sacrifices for sin.
Christ did not exalt Himself. God the FATHER appointed Him.
God said to Him "You are My Son, today I have begotten you" & "You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek." (Who was Melchizedek? See chapter 7)
DO NOT MISS THIS: When Jesus lived in the flesh, He OFFERED UP PRAYERS AND SUPPLICATION with LOUD cries and tears, to HIM WHO WAS ABLE to save Him from death, and He was heard BECAUSE of His reverence. ALTHOUGH He was a son, He LEARNED OBEDIENCE through what He suffered. AND BEING MADE PERFECT, HE BECAME the source of eternal salvation to ALL who obey Him. BEING DESIGNATED by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
There is MUCH to say about this and it is hard to explain BECAUSE you've become dull of hearing.
DON'T BE A BABY. TRAIN your power of discernment by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.