6. Jesus, The Faithful Priest, Sabbath(1.29)
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Memory Text
 “For such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26, NKJV).

 The gulf that existed between God and us was caused by sin. The problem was compounded because sin also implied the corruption of our nature. God is holy, and sin cannot exist in His presence; so, our own corrupted nature separated us from God, just as two magnets in the wrong orientation repel each other. In addition, our corrupted nature made it impossible for human beings to obey God′s law. Sin also involves misunderstanding. Human beings lost sight of the love and mercy of God and came to see Him as wrathful and demanding.

 This week, we are going to study the amazing things the Father and the Son did to bridge that gulf. Hebrews 5-7 provides a careful analysis of Jesus′priesthood. The author analyzes its origin and purpose (Heb. 5:1-10) and then exhorts readers not to disregard it (Heb. 5:11-6:8) but rather to hold fast to the assurance of hope it provides (Heb. 6:9-20). He also explains the characteristics of His priesthood (Heb. 7:1-10) and its implications for God′s relationship to believers (Heb. 7:11-28). This week we will focus specifically on Hebrews 5:1-10 and Hebrews 7:1-28.