November 12

Today's Bible Reading
      II Kings 25
      Hebrews 7
      Amos 1
      Psalms 144
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''And there were many priests, because they were prevented by death from continuing. But He, because He continues forever,has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them."  (Hebrews 7:23-25)
 
OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST
            A sick person has a family doctor familiar with his case and his entire medical history, having attended him since birth. When the doctor dies, the person must start all over again with a new doctor. A person may have a lawyer who knows all of his affairs.  He has won many legal battles for him, but he dies, and the man must start all over again with someone new. A nation may have a Democratic or Republican form ofgovernment.  Every few years, the leadership is changed, and the running of affairs becomes the business of others. Leadership is thrust into new and inexperienced hands.
            All of us are sinners with deep and continuing needs. Under the Levitical system, we would have a priest to help us in our hour of need, but that priest will die. So the sinner with all his secret faults must find another one, someone who is a stranger to him.
            How wonderful it would be to have great physician,an advocate, a king, a priest, who would never die. That is exactly what we have in Jesus Christ. This is why our Priest is able to save to the uttermost all of those who have come to Him,because He ever liveth to make intercession for us.  He is the only Priest we need.
            This reference to our Priest as ever living strikes at the roots of the dogma of the Roman Mass. In the Mass, Christ is offered daily as an on-going bloody sacrifice. The whole concept is unscriptural. The Lord's death on the Cross of Calvary is of such eternal significance that although He intercedes daily, He never has to renew the sacrifice. The Old Testament Priest had to,but not Christ, our Priest. This is one of the superior provisions of Calvary. It is why we have a better Savior. That is why, as Priest, the Lord Jesus has no peer.
            He is a consecrated Priest in eternity (verse 28). The Old Testament priests were ‘‘infirmed’’, but not so Jesus. He is ''consecrated'', a High Priest forever. The endless ages of eternity will come and go, but He will still be there - the Son, our Priest. That is why He is able to minister to us so superlatively well. He is a continuing, capable, and consecrated Priest.
            This Priest of ours had no need to offer up sacrifices for Himself as did other priests, but offered Himself once and for all. How blessed we are to have such a High Priest. We want a Priest who is holy, human, and helpful; we want a Priest who can satisfy every demand of the law and every righteous claim of God;one who can silence Satan and solve problems. We want such a High Priest and,bless the Lord; we have One!
                        Guilty, vile, and helpless, we, 
                        Spotless Lamb of God was He,
                        Full atonement can it be,
                        Hallelujah, what a Savior.
                        Lifted up was He to die, 
                        It is finished was His cry, 
                        Now in Heaven, exalted high,
                        Hallelujah, what a Savior.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
Pray today for members ofthe Taliban from Afghanistan that has now been scattered throughout the world. Many of them need to come to justice, but all of them need to know Jesus as Savior.  Pray that somehow God would perform a miracle and provide them with the Gospel truth, and many of them would come to know Him as Savior.God is moving throughout the world bringing many Muslims to salvation. They are being reached through dreams, encounters with Scripture and a witness from a believer in their culture. Many of these converts are facing great persecution and martyrdom. Pray for their protection and for their families. 
 
A WORD FOR YOUR WORLD TODAY
''I had rather be in the heart of Africa in the will of God than on the throne of England out of thewill of God."
David Livingstone•