Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17.
As a consecrated high priest He intercedes for His people. As a faithful shepherd He gathers His flock under the shadow of the Almighty, in the strong and sure refuge. For Him there waits the last battle with Satan, and He goes forth to meet it.—The Desire of Ages, 680.
So Christ, the great high priest, pleading His blood before the Father in the sinner’s behalf, bears upon His heart the name of every repentant, believing soul.—Patriarchs and Prophets, 351.
Like Aaron, who symbolized Christ, our Saviour bears the names of all His people on His heart in the holy place. Our great High Priest remembers all the words by which He has encouraged us to trust. He is ever mindful of His covenant.—Christ’s Object Lessons, 148.
The work of Christ as man’s intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him “whose name is The Branch.” Says the prophet: “He shall build the temple of the Lord; and He shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon His [the Father’s] throne; and He shall be a priest upon His throne.” … As a priest, Christ is now set down with the Father in His throne. Upon the throne with the eternal, self-existent One, is He who “hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.” … His intercession is that of a pierced and broken body, of a spotless life. The wounded hands, the pierced side, the marred feet, plead for fallen man, whose redemption was purchased at such infinite cost.—The Great Controversy, 415, 416.
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—-I have a prayer request for Buddy he is going to have another heart cath done this morning this is his 3rd or 4th one pray for good weather he lives in Louisiana. Also pray for our retired pastor he is in the hospital with covid and heart problems.. his wife is in there too and suppose to go home today or tomorrow. M
—-Asking for prayer for my son here in ____. He was removed from his university campus, after a female student accused him of sexual assault. He is so upset and is suicidal because of this. Lyn
—-Asking for prayer for my family down South during this hurricane and everyone down there. Debra
—-I’m asking for prayers for my step-dad Clark. He’s had a heart attack earlier this morning. I don’t know anything except he collapsed when he got to the ER and was transported to the larger hospital. Please keep my mom in prayer as well. Amanda
—-The Caldor fire here in Northern California is continuing to consume at a fast pace with 156k acres burned and now it’s threatening South Lake Tahoe and surrounding areas down to near Placerville and surrounding areas. Please pray for us, thanks! David
Some years ago, Ronnie Jay and Ron took a walk at Pawnee Prairie. Ronnie Jay wanted to see if he could get some better pictures of the doe and her fawn that he had seen a few days before. It was not long before they saw the creatures peacefully grazing in a meadow. Ronnie Jay was able to get quite close and began snapping pictures of the two of them.
As he was working himself nearer and nearer to his subjects, Ron’s cell phone rang. Immediately, the mother and her youngster fled. They did not hesitate a moment but ran away as if their very lives depended upon their swift exit. Ronnie Jay’s photography session was over.
Just so, we are to flee just as surely, just as swiftly when tempted by the devil, who “as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” James advises, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Paul tells us, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.” “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Cor 10:13, 14; 6:18-20 “The love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called.” 1 Tim 6:10-12 “Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.” 2 Tim 2:22-3:5
May we, when tempted by the evil one, flee into the Protecting Arms of our Dear Saviour Who is our Hiding Place in the midst of the onslaughts of the enemy. (Ps 32:7)