Commentary By: Gordon King
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.“
Our Lord Jesus Christ, became flesh and blood in order to overcome sin and defeat the devil. He became a man in order to provide a sacrifice for our sins, to free us from the bondage of death! A Savior who gives aid to the seed of Abraham.
Just who is the seed of Abraham and why should we care? When we think of the seed of Abraham, we think of the Jews, right? Well my friends it goes much deeper than that! As Christians we have been grafted in, adopted into the Jewish lineage. Christian roots go back into the Jewish faith, we worship the same God, and we have been given the same promises that God gave to Abraham! This does not mean that we are Jews, nor does it mean that we should practice Jewish traditions, but that we are under the covenant made to Abraham by God, that we have been adopted into His family. We are co-inheritors of God’s blessings!
“Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh—who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands— 12 that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
We must remember who we are and where we came from, that the God we worship is the same God that the Jews worship. That Jesus Christ was Jewish, that He practiced Jewish faith, traditions, and laws. Jesus came to first save the Jews not the gentiles! Yet, He loved the world so much that He came to save us all.
“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.“
Don’t neglect the Jews, nor try to replace them with ourselves! For the Jewish nation has been chosen by God to be His, His nation and His people. We must remember that they were first chosen by God, and we were adopted afterwards!
Pray for the Jews and the nation of Israel! Bless them and help them, for they are our brothers and sisters. Show them the love of Christ, as Christ first loved us.
We need to look at God and Jesus Christ from a Jewish perspective, and at the things of heaven above from a Jewish perspective. This will give us a better understanding of just who we really are!
God bless my friends! Maranatha!