08 July 2009


1 Now a high priest is a man chosen to represent other human beings in their dealings with God. He presents their gifts to God and offers their sacrifices for sins. 2 And because he is human, he is able to deal gently with the people, though they are ignorant and wayward. For he is subject to the same weaknesses they have. (Hebrews 5:1-2 NLT)

I finished reading Hosea’s prophecy this morning and thought about his life. He loved his wife very much, but she was unfaithful. He was jealous and angry, but he forgave her and took her back again and again. I don’t think Hosea could have fully expressed God’s jealous and forgiving love in his prophecy to Israel if he hadn’t experienced some of the heartache and anger God felt over Israel’s idolatry and wickedness.

Then I turned to Hebrews 5 and read that a priest is able to deal gently with ignorant and wayward people (like me) “because he is human.” Because he is human, he understands how people are and he loves and serves and leads them anyhow.

God became human (like me) in Jesus Christ so he could understand how it feels to be weak and afraid and jealous and hurt and all the things you and I feel in our humanity. Jesus blazed a trail of victory through it all by being completely obedient to the Father and by trusting in the Father’s power and purpose and love all the way to and through the cross and into the grave and hell and out of the tomb into eternity with the Father.

Because he is human, he made a path that humans (like me) can walk in faith and obedience and submission and hope.


Father, Thank you for loving me enough to want to understand what it’s like to be human like me. Now please help me learn to love like that – to love others enough to want to understand what it’s like to be them.

Jesus, thank you for making the way and for marking the path. Thank you for making it possible for me to be the man I was created to be. Help me to walk my path in such a way that others can follow without stumbling. Amen.

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