Summary: To show that CHRIST JESUS is compassionate (both gentle and forbearing) towards us.
Is JESUS Gentle and Forbearing towards us?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that CHRIST JESUS is compassionate (both gentle and forbearing) towards us.
Hebrews 5:2 (Amplified Bible)
5:2 He is able to exercise gentleness and forbearance toward the ignorant and erring, since he himself also is liable to moral weakness and physical infirmity.
CHRIST JESUS is compassionate towards lost souls and I am like Him.
Jesus Is Exercising Gentleness And Forbearance
A. Date of writing: Before AD. 70
B. Style of writing: Best Greek style
C. Authorship: Not specific, but generally attributed to Apostle Paul. Can be also ascribed to Barnabas, Luke, Apollos
D. Audience: Hebrew Christians
E. Theme: Christ is superior to the prophets; Christ is superior to angels—J. Vernon McGee's Thru The Bible
F. Purpose: The chief doctrinal purpose of the writer was to show the transcendent glory of the Christian dispensation, as compared with that of the Old Testament.—Thompson Chain - Bible Book Outlines
G. Keyword: better
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. JESUS exercises gentleness and forbearance toward the ignorant and erring
"He is able to exercise gentleness and forbearance toward the ignorant and erring,"
Hebrews 2:18 (Amplified Bible)
2:18 For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering].
Hebrews 4:15 (Amplified Bible)
4:15 For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning.
GOD is GOD of Love, and JESUS is Compassion Himself, full of compassion for the lost souls, even those with ignorant minds, but CHRIST healed them all.
B. JESUS is also liable to moral weakness and physical infirmity
"since he himself also is liable to moral weakness and physical infirmity."
Infirmity means "human weakness" or "human limitations". JESUS, the Almighty GOD, became human taking along it's human weakness and human limitations in Himself, but never able to commit sin for He's the Seed of the FATHER GOD. JESUS, in His human days, sticked with the FATHER in His relationship with Him by frequent prayer and fasting.
Luke 22:32 (Amplified Bible)
22:32 But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail; and when you yourself have turned again, strengthen and establish your brethren.
Galatians 4:13 (Amplified Bible)
4:13 On the contrary, you know that it was on account of a bodily ailment that [I remained and] preached the Gospel to you the first time.
2 Corinthians 12:9 (Amplified Bible)
12:9 But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving-kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness. Therefore, I will all the more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities, that the strength and power of Christ (the Messiah) may rest (yes, may pitch a tent over and dwell) upon me!