1For every high priest chosen from among men #ch. 8:3 is appointed to act on behalf of men #ch. 2:17 in relation to God, #ch. 8:3, 4; 9:9; 10:11; 11:4to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2#ch. 2:18; 4:15 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself #[ch. 7:28]is beset with weakness. 3Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins #ch. 7:27; 9:7; Lev. 4:3; 9:7; 16:6just as he does for those of the people. 4And #Num. 16:5, 40; 18:7; 2 Chr. 26:18 no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, #Ex. 28:1; 1 Chr. 23:13just as Aaron was.
5So also Christ #John 8:54 did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,
# See ch. 1:5 “You are my Son,
today I have begotten you”;
6as he says also in another place,
# ch. 7:17, 21; Cited from Ps. 110:4 “You are a priest forever,
after the order of Melchizedek.”
7In the days of his flesh, #Matt. 26:39, 44; Mark 14:36, 39; Luke 22:41, 44 Jesus#5:7 Greek he offered up prayers and supplications, #Ps. 22:1, 2; [Matt. 27:46, 50; Mark 15:34, 37; Luke 23:46] with loud cries and tears, to him #Mark 14:36 who was able to save him from death, and #Ps. 22:24he was heard because of his reverence. 8Although #See ch. 1:2 he was a son, #Phil. 2:8he learned obedience through what he suffered. 9And #See ch. 2:10being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, 10being designated by God a high priest #ver. 6; ch. 6:20after the order of Melchizedek.
Warning Against Apostasy
11About this we have much to say, and it is #[2 Pet. 3:16]hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing. 12For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again #ch. 6:1 the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need #1 Cor. 3:2milk, not solid food, 13for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is #1 Cor. 3:1; [1 Pet. 2:2]a child. 14But solid food is for #Eph. 4:13 the mature, for those who have their powers #Gen. 3:22; 1 Kgs. 3:9; Isa. 7:15of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.