November 11

Today's Bible Reading
      II Kings 24
      Hebrews 6
      Joel 3
      Psalms 143
            ''This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek." (Hebrews 6:19-20)
            The writer of Hebrews has just finished giving us a fascinating analogy. In the Old Testament, God provided certain cities throughout Israel known as ''cities of refuge."  A man guilty of accidental manslaughter could flee to any of these cities, and there be safe from the avenger.  When the High Priest died, this person was unconditionally set free.  Verse 18 sets forth the truth that the great High Priest had died;our guilt is gone; we are forever free. God's pledge to the manslayer was secure; His pledge to us is secure.
            Now, we discover that it is so secure that the writer can say of our hope that we have it ''as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast." A vessel drifting before the wind toward a lee shore throws out an anchor. Down it goes until it grips the unseen solid rock below. The hawser tightens, and the anchor holds. The vessel is safe. Our hope is an anchor cast upward toward the inner sanctuary of Heaven where it lays hold of Christ and cannot be moved. Life is the sea, the soul is the ship, hope is the anchor, Christ is the hidden rock within the vale.
            How blessed are these verses touching upon the eternal security of the believer, and coming after such a dire warning to the willful drifter away from Christ. How secure is our pledge? Before leaving the subject and pressing on with his main line of discussion, the writer would have us know not only the what, and the where of our security, but the why as well. Still pointing up to the Heavenly Temple and to the Holy of Holies in that Temple, he says, ''Where the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an High Priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.  (vs. 20)
            The security of the manslayer in Israel was purchased by the death of the priest, but Jesus, as our High Priest, has done something no human priest could ever do. He has gone into the Holy of Holies in Heaven and, furthermore He is there as our forerunner. The word signifies ''one who has come to a place where the rest are to follow." He has gone in; we are going in to.  It is a case of ''follow the leader'', and the result is as sure as the Leader can make it.
            Melchizedek, in the Old Testament, was different from any other priest. We discover no human origin for him, no beginning and no end.  Even Abraham paid tithes to him. Jesus is after the order of Melchizedek. He is different from any other priest that man has ever known. He does not have human origin. He is without beginning and ending. He is Alpha and Omega, and all that we are and possess, we owe to Him. Because of Him and what He did at Calvary, we are secure and have Him as the anchor of our soul. You can face these storms of your life today knowing the anchor holds.
            One of the most impressive ministries on foreign soil that I have seen is what is known as ''Tee''. This is theological education by extension. This is one of the most significant breakthroughs of recent decades in Christian missions. The western pattern of residential seminaries and Bible colleges for training Christian workers was proving too costly, slow, sometimes inappropriate, and not necessarily training those best fitted for the ministry in a rapidly growing church in other parts of the world.
            This extension type education started in Latin America as a means of training pastors while in the ministry. It has rapidly spread throughout the world and diversified into  distant  learning courses  at  all levels from  basic  to degree earning. Pray for those ministries that are training pastors and potential pastors by extension throughout the world .
''If you cannot do great things, you can at least do small things in a great way!''