Daily Topic for August 02, 2007
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.
(Continued from yesterday)
In 1940, the way was clear for Dr. Ezra and Frances DeVol to go to China under the Evangelical Friends Church. Ezra sold his medical practice in Ohio, and in August of that year, with their three-year-old twins, they boarded a ship for China.
After consultation with missionaries who had come to Shanghai to meet them, they decided to proceed to Ezra’s home town of Luho, where they were welcomed with a 32-course dinner. Within a few weeks they realized that Frances and the twins would have to return to America under threat of impending war. Ezra decided to stay on since a surgeon was badly needed at the University Hospital in Nanking. For Ezra, in China, war meant only two meals a day because of the shortage of food. Only by wearing many layers of clothing was he able to keep from freezing during the winter months when there was no fuel.
Finally in 1943, Dr. DeVol returned to America, and for the rest of the war he worked as a physician in Ohio, and lived at the DeVol family farm. Those years were happy ones for the family, and while there, their two sons were born, completing their family. Five years later, after the war, the DeVols left for Los Angeles, where they hoped to board a ship for China.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that the Lord will give today’s missionaries discernment as to when to stay and when to leave potentially dangerous sites (Continued tomorrow).-AL