Hebrews 5



Hebrews 5 emphasizes Jesus' appointment as a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek, highlighting His compassion, obedience, and role as the source of eternal salvation. The author also urges believers to mature in their understanding of God's Word and not remain spiritually immature.


  1. Qualities of a High Priest (Hebrews 5:1-4): The author explains the qualifications of a high priest, highlighting the need for one to be chosen from among men and able to sympathize with their weaknesses. A high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins, serving as a mediator between God and the people.
  2. Christ's Appointment as High Priest (Hebrews 5:5-6): The author cites Psalm 2:7 and Psalm 110:4 to affirm that Jesus was appointed by God as a High Priest after the order of Melchizedek. This appointment is unique and superior to the Levitical priesthood.
  3. Warning Against Spiritual Immaturity (Hebrews 5:11-14): The author expresses concern about the spiritual immaturity of the readers, noting that they have become dull of hearing. Instead of progressing to solid food, they still require milk. The author encourages them to mature in their understanding of God's Word.
  4. The Call to Maturity Through Christ (Hebrews 5:7-10): The passage references Jesus' prayers, supplications, and cries to God during His earthly life, particularly in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus, though sinless, learned obedience through suffering, and He became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey Him. The author reaffirms that Jesus is designated by God as a High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek.