November 14

Today's Bible Reading
      I Chronicles 3-4
      Hebrews 9
      Amos 3
      Psalms 146-147
            ''Therefore it was necessary that the copies of the things in the heavens should be purified, with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands, which are copies of the true, but, into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us;'' (Hebrews 9:23-24)
            The Old Testament has given us many types, or shadows, of things to come. 
We see many illustrations of the Lord Jesus and of spiritual truth in the Old Testament. None are more prominent than the design and the building of the Tabernacle. The Old Testament Tabernacle was a type, a model, that was cleansed ceremonially with blood . On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies with a basin of blood to sprinkle afresh the Mercy Seat. 
              The Lord Jesus has now entered into the reality of which the Tabernacle was but a shadow. He has gone into the real Holy of Holies in Heaven, into the very presence of God. He has taken with Him better sacrifices. All the Old Testament sacrifices and offerings converged on Jesus; therefore, His sacrifice is here stated in the plural. He has gone into God's presence on behalf of His people, just as did the Hebrew High Priests of old.
            When that High Priest went into the Holy of Holies, they tied a rope to him. This was done so that if he died while there, they could drag him out, for no one else could go in. This was such a sacred and holy place that the High Priest entered only one time each year. He could not stay long in the Holy of Holies. Soon he had to leave, and the veil fell behind him again, shutting him out for another year. Not so Christ! He appears in God 's presence to stay there in order to minister to us as our great High Priest, and to deal effectively with the power of sin in our lives.
            Jesus is also different from the High Priest in that Jesus is Himself the sacrifice. He did not sacrifice the blood ofanother but sacrificed with His own blood. It is the pure, perfect, and powerful blood of Jesus that is the remission of sin.           '
             Just as the shedding of blood was necessary in the Old Testament to deal with sin, it is necessary today.  Today, however, it is the blood of the Lord Jesus.  (verse 22)
            Today, many look with revulsion on the shedding of blood that formed such an essential feature of the Old Testament religion. They consider, with equal horror, the New Testament teaching concerning Christ's blood. They shutter, with abhorrence, at many of the Gospel hymns that emphasize the efficacy of the blood of Christ. Those who thus scorn the shed blood have their eyes blinded,  both to God's holiness, and to the dreadful , radical  nature  of sin. Sin is a radical  and terrible reality that calls for a radical and terrible cure.            ·
            I have been diagnosed with cancer. The cancer is in my blood. They gave me a stem cell transplant that is designed to purify my blood. I am learning, day by day, that truly the life is in the blood but, hallelujah, there was a day when I had a spiritual blood transfusion, and there flows in my spiritual veins, the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today, He is in the Holy of Holies, interceding for me. Hallelujah, what a Savior!
            As we are praying today for some of the small islands in the world, pray for one of the smallest…Pitcairn. It is also one of the most isolated territories in the world, and has only 49 people. It is Britain's last colonial possession in the Pacific, but administered from New Zealand. This is a reminder that our Lord is concerned about even the smallest and the least. Every one of those 49 people are important to Him. They are all Seventh Day Adventist, and they are all important to God, so they should be important to us and deserve our prayers today.
''If you know these two things - yourself a sinner and Christ a Savior - you are scholar enough to go to Heaven."