Heb 5:7 During the days of Jesus’ life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. 8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered 9 and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him 10 and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
Some reflective notes on these verses…
- “During the days of Jesus’ life on earth” literally reads “in the days of his flesh.”
- “learned obedience”- Jesus as God has never went through the experience of temptation, therefore divinity took a learning seat in how human beings felt. Obedience was a whole new area for God.
- “made perfect”- It is ironic that Jesus who is God needed to be made perfect. But the idea here is in order for Jesus to be a perfect high priest, he had to know the experience of being human.
- 4 characteristics on how Jesus responded to trials (v. 7)
i) With Prayers
ii) With Petitions
iii) With Loud Cries
iv) With Tears
The implication of (i) to (iv) is that Jesus’ total attention in the midst of temptation was directed to God. Thus, Jesus’ temptation is therefore genuine, in that he really was going through like how we exactly feel as human beings!
Just reading through the epistle to the Hebrews gives believers an assurance that God incarnated in Jesus, knows the inner depths of things we feel and go through. It depicts a God who is willing to give up his divine attributes and takes on a whole learning experience hands on, on the soil and dirt of the earth. Isn’t it something unheard of? A God willing to learn and experience what we go through?