Hebrews Chapter 5

1 For every high priest taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in matters relating to Elohim, to offer both gifts and offerings for sins,

We cannot understand this first verse if we do not understand the meaning in depth of the sacrificial system put into place by our Father YaHUaH Elohim at Mt Sinai. The apostle Shaul is a Pharisee and he writes with assumption that we understand the History of Israel. Therefore, it is advised that we KNOW the Torah by the time we are reading his writings. If we don’t, it is impossible to understand what Shaul is saying. We can guess at it, but this way is ill advised. The church has been doing this for centuries and look how astray it has gone. The Father established at Levitical Priesthood at Mt Sinai to mediate between a Holy God and His people. Without mediation, the unclean flesh would be absolutely annihilated and burned with heat from our Pure and Holy Creator. This literally happened to some of the children in the Torah before they truly understood this character and attribute of the God that delivered them from slavery in Egypt.

Once the gift or offering was brought to the priest, a covering was established so that the created could now approach the Creator, and live. This process becomes ever more complex during Yom HaKippurim, or Day of Atonements, when even the High Priest had to atone for his own sin to be able to enter into the Holy of Holies, the presence of the One True Holy God, and live.

2 being able to have a measure of feeling for those not knowing and being led astray, since he himself is also surrounded by weakness.

The Aramaic to English New Testament reveals that this phrase “being able to have a measure of feeling” is simply the phrase “and he can humble himself.” It is on this Day of Atonement, when every High Priest comes face to face with the reality that he himself is also subject to missing the mark, or sin. Throughout the year, maybe there was a moment of weakness or something that happened in his life to prove to him he was also human and subject to the weakness of the flesh. In this way, if he was an honest person, he would have to humble himself and sympathize with his people concerning their weakness, ignorance, and getting off the path. This was the Levitical priesthood, the Tribe chosen by YaHUaH to serve Him as mediators. Of course by the time of YaHUsHA, the priesthood and High Priest had become almost entirely political, but that is not how it was when our Father established it.

3 And on account of this he has to offer for sins – as for the people, so also for himself.

4 And no one obtains this esteem for himself, but he who is called by Elohim, even as Aharon also was.

Regardless of whether or not corrupt and ignorant men, in their vanity, changed the establishment of the Creator in matters of the priesthood and the office of the High Priest – The instruction and covenant of YaHUaH remains. That is with the Tribe of Levi and the Levitical Priesthood. No man could take this honor for himself, it is only bestowed by Elohim.

5 So also the Messiah did not extol Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him, “You are My Son, today I have brought You forth.”

No man can take this honor for himself, it is only bestowed by Elohim. Here is the proof:

Why do the gentiles (nations) rage, and the peoples meditate emptiness? The sovereigns of the earth take their stand, and the rulers take counsel together, against YaHUaH and against His Messiah, and say, “Let us tear apart Their bonds, and throw away Their ropes from us.” He who is sitting in the heavens laughs, YaHUaH mocks at them. Then He speaks to them in His wrath, and troubles them in His rage, saying, “But I, I have set My Sovereign on Tsiyon, My set-apart mountain.”  “I inscribe for a law: YaHUaH has said to Me, ‘Your are My Son, Today I have brought You forth. ‘Ask of Me, and I make the gentiles Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth Your possession. ‘Break them with a rod of iron, DAsh them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.'”   Psalms 2:1-9

6 As He also says in another place, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq,”

YaHUaH said to my Master, “Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” YaHUaH sends Your mighty scepter out of Tsiyon. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! Your people volunteer in the day of Your might, In the splendours of set-apartness! From the womb, from the morning, You have the dew of Your youth! YaHUaH has sworn and does not relent, “You are a priest forever according to the order of Malkitsedeq.”  Psalms 110:1-4

7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and petitions with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save him from death, and was heard because of His reverent fear,

I don’t know about you, Beloved – but something checks in my spirit of discernment when I read something like “His reverent fear.” Even though that is from ‘The Scriptures’ which is a translation I love, I do discern something is not quite right. So I went again to the Aramaic to English New Testament and I will share with your the verse from that translation.

Likewise, when He was clothed in flesh, he offered fervent prayers and pleadings with intense anxious tears, to him who was able to revive him from death; and he was heard.

There is no mention of the emotion of fear here.

8 though being a Son, He learned obedience by what He suffered.

He understood what it meant and does mean to hearken unto the voice of Elohim!

9 And having been perfected, He became the Causer of everlasting deliverance to all those obeying Him,

10 having been designated by Elohim a High Priest “according to the order of Malkitsedeq,”

11 concerning whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.

12 For indeed, although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first elements of the Words of Elohim. And you have become such as need milk and not solid food.

13 For everyone partaking of milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.

14 But solid food is for the mature whose senses have been trained by practice to discern both good and evil.

It is well known that it is the babies and infants who drink milk, and as they grow and mature, they are able to eat meat and solid food. So Shaul is using an analogy here – one of beginning and growing – a process of increasing. In this case he is speaking about the “word of righteousness.” So we should ask ourselves, “what is the ‘word of righteousness’ ?” The only righteous One is the Father, therefore His Word is the Word of Righteousness. His Word is Torah – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. We are told in John that YaHUsHa is the Word made flesh, therefore His life  is also the Word of Righteousness. He walked a perfect Torah obedient life.

Milk – the call of YaHUsHa to follow Him, the realization of what He did for you on the stake at Calvary, His blood covering your sin – these are the milk of young babes in belief of Messiah Yahusha.

Meat – The teaching and instructions of the Torah of YaHUaH. Being able to recognize: clean from unclean, set – apart from common, holy from profane, truth from tradition. These are things that take work, study, love, desire on your part to know about a Holy and Set – Apart God.

Isaiah 28:9-10   Whom would He (YaHUaH) teach knowledge? And whom would He make to understand the message? Those weaned from milk, those taken from the breasts! For it is: command upon command, command upon command, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.

The prophet Isaiah clearly tells us that God has a certain types of people He will teach and make understand His message: Those weaned from milk……..

Get into the Torah!!!