Daily Topic for August 02, 2006

Heb. 7:25
"Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them."

In yesterday’s reading we saw the significance of Melchizedek as the priest of God Most High. Today we read about Jesus Christ, our high priest, who has come “in the order of Melchizedek,” yet “not on the basis of a regulation as to His ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life” (v. 16). Here is a priest who is “holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens” (v. 26). And He forever lives to intercede for all who will approach the Father through faith in the merit of Christ’s death and resurrection.

Lord Jesus, how glad we are that You “save completely.” Draw men and women from all nations to Yourself so that they, too, may know You as high priest.

Shintoist/Buddhist Ainu People of Japan

(Review yesterday’s entry) Shortly before the outbreak of war between Japan and the U.S., the Japanese arrested the Byrams in Manchuria. Roy and Bertha were thrown into prison and stripped of all their possessions. Their cell was so cold that the snow which drifted in through a tiny window never melted. Little did they know they would be in prison 108 days! But prison became a school for the Byrams. With not even a Bible, they learned to pray as never before. They knew that God had not forgotten them.

They were taken as prisoners to civil court. Why were they there? In 1938, a “Law for Control of Religions” had been passed, ordering all churches, church schools, and organizations to register under the law, or cease to exist. By registering under this law they would be expected to worship the emperor and attend the shrines. The judge declared, “The Japanese sun goddess is the God of Manchuria, not Jehovah!”

When challenged like that, what would God do? The missionaries knew that He had brought them to that place for a purpose. They were His ambassadors to testify before these would-be conquerors that He is the One True God. He would surely vindicate them in his own time! (Continued tomorrow)

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Pray that when missionaries today face distressful situations that they will feel the presence of God.-AL

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