In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
I read this verse today and it kind of jumped out at me. Jesus prayed to the one "who was able to save him from death". And "he was heard".
Which is why He died on the cross then, right?
I mean, that is not exactly what I would have in mind if I prayed to be saved from death.
The next few verses make things a bit clearer, if not easier.
Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.
Jesus was not delivered from death in the immediate sense. But He was more than delivered from death. He conquered death!
Anyway, that's about it. Just a reminder that God's answers to prayers may not always (is ever) look like what we had in mind. But that does not at all mean that He does not hear.
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