For those of us just joining us, we are moving through the entire book of Hebrews examining the warnings against apostasy. Some hold that these warnings concern unbelievers while others say that they are hypothetical. They are neither. These warnings are real and dire. This chapter in Hebrews, unlike the previous four, does not contain a warning of apostasy, just sluggishness that many Christians face in their walk with God.
Hebrews 5:1-14 from the Commentary in Translation Version
(1) For every high priest that is taken from among men is appointed on behalf of men in the things that pertain to God, that he may bring to the altar both gifts and sacrifices for sins,
(2) Who can deal gently with the ignorance of the wayward, for even he himself has weaknesses compassing about him.
(3) Because of his weaknesses, as he does for the people, he also must offer sacrifices for himself.
(4) Not to himself does one take the honor, but receives it when called by God, as did Aaron.
(5) So also Christ did not glorify himself to become high priest, however it is he that said unto him: You are my son; today have I begotten you (that glorified him).
(6) As he said in another place: You are a priest forever after the order of Melchisedec.
(7) Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and entreaties with loud cries and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, having been heard due to his godly fear,
(8) Although being a son, yet learned obedience by the things that he suffered,
(9) And being perfected, he became to those who obey him the source of salvation eternal,
(10) Addressed of God: A high priest after the order of Melchisedec,
(11) Of whom the discourse is abundant to us, and seeing that you are sluggish to hear, it is difficult to interpret.
(12) For indeed when you ought to be teachers, considering the time, again you have need that one teach you the primary elements of knowledge of the brief utterances of God, and you have become ones that are at the stage of needing milk and not solid meat.
(13) For everyone that lives on milk is inexperienced in the word of righteousness, for he is immature;
(14) But solid meat belongs to those who are mature — those who because they train their senses, are exercised to discern both good and evil.