Mercy and Faithfulness

Read Hebrews 2:10-18

For this reason [Jesus] had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

If you want an example of a man who was not a merciful and faithful high priest, then read the biblical account of Eli (1 Sam. 2:27-36). Here was a high priest who did not even lead his own sons into a faithful walk with God. Eli even accused brokenhearted Hannah of being drunk (1:9-18)!

Jesus Christ is both merciful and faithful; He is merciful toward people and faithful toward God. He can never fail in His priestly ministries. He made the necessary sacrifice for our sins so that we might be reconciled to God. He did not need to make a sacrifice for Himself because He is sinless.

But what happens when we who have been saved are tempted to sin? He stands ready to help us! He was tempted when He was on earth, but no temptation ever conquered Him (Heb. 4:14-15). Because He has defeated every enemy, He is able to give us the grace we need to overcome temptation (v. 16). The word translated "succour" in the King James Version (or "help" in the New International Version) in Hebrews 2:18 literally means "to run to the cry of a child." It means "to bring help when it is needed." Angels are able to serve us (1:14), but they are not able to "succour" us in our times of temptation. Only Jesus Christ can do that, and He can do it because He became a man and suffered and died for us.

Applying God's Truth:

1. What are some specific ways that Jesus has been merciful to you lately? In so doing, how has He been faithful toward God?

2. List all the temptations you have faced during the past week.

3. For each of the temptations you listed, how would you like Jesus to help you stand firmly against it?

Devotions for Confidence and Integrity ©2005 by Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Used by permission of David C Cook. May not be further reproduced. All rights reserved.

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