For the law appoints as high priests men in all their weakness; but the oath, which came after the law, appointed the Son, who has been made perfect forever.
Our text today tells us that high priests were appointed in all their weaknesses. The high priests who served God at the temple had weaknesses. The high priests whose service God accepted until when Jesus came and died were people with weaknesses. They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
In modern-day parlance, we would say that high priests were chosen yet their weaknesses were known, therefore use that information as you dim best. But we will not do that, though you still retain the liberty to use the information as you dim best. This piece of information demonstrates the grace of God. That though He knew their weaknesses He still accepted their ministry. They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
Our text tells us that Jesus, only Jesus was the perfect high priest. Therefore you can’t say that some were good and some were bad. All the high priests other than Jesus had many weaknesses yet God allowed them to serve. They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
The Bible doesn’t tell us of their weakness but of their weaknesses. They were faulty in many and varied ways but God used them. How broken are you? God can still use you for His glory. We should help the broken so that they can’t continue to serve God. No one should forever be banished from serving God if they are repentant and willing to learn of Christ. They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
Knowing someone’s weaknesses should not be a secret weapon to ensure they do not progress. God knew the weaknesses of the high priests and He still worked with them. It is hypocritical to pretend that you can’t tolerate what God can tolerate. Are you better than God? They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
If an organization has reached a level that it can’t work with people with weaknesses then it has assumed a position of indirectly claiming to be better than God. The Bible condemns all of us, including us who pass judgment on others and point fingers at the weaknesses of others. The Bible declares to all of us that, “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
If God can work with high priests who had weaknesses, we too can work with people who have weaknesses. Your boss has weaknesses. Your workers have weaknesses. Your colleagues have weaknesses. Your spouse has weaknesses. Your neighbors have weaknesses. Your religious leaders have weaknesses. Your parents have weaknesses. Your children have weaknesses. Everyone including you and me has weaknesses. They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
We are not glorifying weaknesses. We need to work on overcoming our weaknesses through the power of the Holy Spirit. Meanwhile, we need to bear with one another. It is a biblical command to bear with one another. Bear with the person whose weaknesses have hurt you or gotten into your nerves. They were appointed yet their weaknesses were known!
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Since God bears with us, we should bear with one another. Help dear God, help us to bear with one another, in Jesus’ name, Amen!