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It's hard for you to learn (Hebrews 5:11)

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. (Hebrews 5:11, NIV)

About what? "this".
Hebrews is in part an argument declaring the superiority of Christ and why. The cross plays a dominant role in this argument and here is why.

1. "His reverent submission."
Jesus, voluntarily became a man, set aside His glory and position with the Father, submitted to death not only on in his body but in his spirit, and he did all this as a man.

2. "The obedience learned from what he suffered."
There is more to this than what the eye can see. It will require you to think it through.

3. "and once made perfect"
Is there any doubt that He was perfect, he was at the least sinless, following exactly the will of the Father, and yet he, the Son, is being made perfect again. Johns gospel tells us that he is God, was with God, made all things by his word, and upholds all things by the word of his power. And yet Hebrews has God restoring him to power. Why?

4. "he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him."
God alone has the power to give life. Jesus told the Jews that he was God, and they very clearly understood that. There was nothing veiled about what he said, and yet here again we have a description of Jesus becoming the source of (watch this) eternal salvation. To and for whom? All who obey him. (None of us do that perfectly, but some of us did it well enough to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and that started the process.)

5. "..designated by God to be High Priest"
Aaron was a man, and God chose him. Look for patterns (this is what the Jewish mind is accustomed to when analyzing prophecy) Aaron was a pattern, but there is another clue here. Not after the order of Man but after order or pattern of Melchizedek. A man who had no beginning and no end, appointed by God to be High Priest.
(Because man had a limited lifespan and would have to have been replaced; Jesus, like Melchizedek, continues on; man is born with a broken nature and had offer sacrifices for his own failings prior to offering a sacrifice for others; man is subject to failure - Jesus could have failed; it had to be that way. We owed the debt created by Adam, therefore Jesus had to take our place in every way,though not as God, although I believe that Satan thought he had killed God that day.)

If this was all there was to define the path from the cross to the throne, it would be enough to fill volumes.

Why Jesus is superior is masked in allusions to the cross and his death. The explanations and definitions are scattered throughout the bible.

We call it his death, and no doubt the body was killed, but when John talks about death in Revelation 20 he refers to the second death. Christ's body was not the only thing that died on the cross that day. Jesus, himself, attests to that by saying "my God, why have you forsaken me."

Everything in scripture is pattern and we have Abraham for a pattern. When Isaac asked where is the sacrifice, Abraham answers "God will provide himself a sacrifice" and that is exactly what happened that day.

There are two forms of death: Physical and spiritual.
To be spiritually dead is to be separated from God.

Look at our Genesis account for the pattern. God made it clear to Adam what would happen "on that day" - death.

Did Adam seem to die that day? Not to the physical eye.

Try to keep in mind that God is not a liar and He did say that day.

Those that refuse to operate in the literal will look at this as the projected, future death of Adam, which came several hundred years later. Still, if Adam's physical death was all that was implied then that still makes God a liar, for it did not occur that day. I believe that Adam understood exactly what God meant when God explained what would happen on that day; that is what made his act of disobedience such a critical, treasonous error.

Adam was the pattern for the man Jesus would become, and neither had experienced what it was like to be separated from God. We on the other have never truly experienced what it was like to have an unbroken relationship with the Father. It would seem only a few have experienced anything close to that: Adam, who relinquished his relationship; Enoch, who walked off this earth, and Jesus, who was killed because he proclaimed his relationship with the Father.

That day Adam experienced a break in the relationship with the Father that he had never known before. This is what Jesus experienced on the cross that day.

Of those moments that I feel so separated from Him, I think I can equate it to being under water, not being able to breathe. Your spirit, like your lungs desperately seeks relationship with the creator, just like your lungs so desperately require air.


"We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn."
These were Jewish believers, and we can ascertain that the writer had a personal relationship or at least a knowledge concerning their level of spiritual education and potential maturity. Although we are not certain of the writer of Hebrews, this type of comment was so typical of Paul. He was paying attention to those he considered his children.

Why would the writer of this letter know their spiritual state? Perhaps he had been one of their teachers.
With only the Torah, and those copies primarily held within the temples, there were no books to enlighten them about how grace and spiritual laws work, and there was no new testament, for it was being written. So the knowledge of God's grace had to come through the same documents that the religious leadership used to overwhelm people with so many burdensome laws, through revelation given by the Holy Spirit, and by word of mouth through those who had spent time coming to know his grace and mercy.
Paul was perfect example of one of those people; he and a handful of others got it.

Try to imagine what was invested in learning these new concepts.
Look at Hebrews 6:1-2 To get an idea of what the basics were/ are. Not one of these can be taught in 10 minutes.


"We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn."
I suppose you first have to define what "it" is. "It" too is referring to the superiority of Christ and why. Jesus was and yet later to become superior in every possible way. The "it" is not only his superiority (what he is superior to) but how that came to be.

What would make this hard to explain?
It is not the telling of the story, although the trip to the cross is graphically gory, that is difficult, but the reception of it.
The religious mind will fight against the cross, the physical mind cannot see it, and the mind that is not willing to look deeply into God's word, asking the hard questions, will not find it.

What happened from the cross to the throne is what makes us who we are. It is what made Him who he is and it is what motivated God to call him our great High Priest, the one who mediates for us, constantly.

"... because you are slow to learn."
Why would he say this?
I have learning disabilities, but even I get it. I want more, and therefore I dig.

To say that "you are slow to learn" can be taken several ways, and can even be intended to mean several things. The most optimistic of those meanings would be an exhortation to step up to bat when it comes to God's word.
Alright, keeping in mind that these people did not have the resources I have before me, then I can only assume that the intent was to get them to rely heavily upon the Holy Spirit and others, in fellowship, as they pursue the depths of God.

If they got it, then so can we. To not get it only demonstrates the lack of desire, and a love with the world. So many of us get the world; we understand the world's ways. Scripture tells us that to be friends with the world is to be an enemy of God. Now what do you do with that?

God so desperately wanted to restore relationship with you that he sent his Son to die for you.
Jesus voluntarily set aside the glory he had with the Father to be the required sacrifice.
All the declarations that God made about the Sons status, happened from the cross to the throne, where He now sits.
All that Christ did was done for you. He voluntarily set aside his glory and yet God exalted Him, giving Him all the glory (something that Jesus did not do for himself in that voluntary state), and set Jesus at the right hand of glory.

Jesus the exalted one has God's ear and mediates for us daily.

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