In The Days of The Flesh (Song of Solomon 5; Hebrews 5)

“In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears to him who was able to save him from death, and was heard because of his reverence.”  Hebrews 5:7

“You are in the flesh.”  This comment has often been used in our home when someone has conducted themselves in a sinful way.  More importantly, the scripture also designates our sinful life as in the flesh.

Question, “Have you been in the flesh lately?”

This question penetrated my heart as I opened God’s Word to Hebrews 5.  The context of this chapter is in the writer presenting Jesus Christ as our great High Priest.

The chapters first 10 verses are actually tied to 4:14-16.  We see a great contrast in these verses:

1.  We see man who is appointed as earthly High Priest, Vs: 1-4

These men are called by God to act on behalf of man.

These men are called by God to be gentle with men.

These men are called by God to offer sacrifices for their own sin.

2.  We see a man who is appointed as the eternal Hight Priest, Vs: 5-11

In these verses we see Jesus who was also called by God to act on behalf of men, but in a greater way!!

Think it through:

In the days of his flesh, He offered up prayers for our sins and He offered a payment for our sins.  His payment was accepted by God in that He raised Jesus from the dead.

In His flesh he did the following, “He became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him.”

As God, He was and is perfect.  As Man he became one of us.  As the God-man he died in our place and rose again to give us victory over the flesh, hell, and the grave!!!

Our response:

As followers of Christ we should be seeking to live not in the flesh, but with the mindset that our lives are being conformed to Christ.  John wrote these words in Revelation 1: 6, “And made us a kingdom of priests to his God and Father, to Him be the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

We should be living as one who is walking in the Spirit with the mission of sharing the gospel with all men.

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