Daily Topic for August 01, 2008

Heb. 7:4
"Just think how great he was: Even the patriarch Abraham gave him a tenth of the plunder!"

After Abraham had returned from defeating four kings and rescuing his nephew Lot, he was met and blessed by Melchizedek, king of Salem and priest of God Most High. (See Genesis 14:17-20. Melchizedek means “king of righteousness;” king of Salem means “king of peace.”) Abraham then returned the blessing by giving Melchizedek a tenth of everything that was taken from battle. The author of Hebrews declares that Jesus, our “king of righteousness” and “king of peace,” is also our eternal priest “in the order of Melchizedek.” Does He merit at least a tenth of all we possess? Jesus gave His all for us; dare we give anything less for Him?

Lord, help us to give You our all!

Baloch People in India

Samuel Hebich’s father was a clergyman in a German village. He once said, “All that is in the Bible is not to be believed. For the sake of the common people, however, it is best to continue teaching the old faith.”

He was the father of seven sons. Samuel was the fourth, born in 1803. When Samuel was 13, he was sent to live with an older brother in Lubeck, Germany. During the next five years Samuel struggled with the knowledge that he was a sinner, and unworthy before a holy and righteous God. He became very depressed. In 1821, he finally made his peace with God. Both his father and brother were highly displeased with the change that took place in Samuel’s life. His father wrote, “My son, you have gone astray!”

Samuel became an apprentice for a firm, as a “commercial traveler,” which involved traveling, correspondence and working as a bookkeeper. He continued to be a faithful church worker, and joined a missionary society. In 1829 he settled in Finland, to administer an estate. While there he decided to be a foreign missionary.

He entered Basel Mission College in 1831. Here he lived with other students where he did cooking, sweeping, sewing, and washing. Samuel found it very difficult to live with simple-minded students after mingling for years with astute businessmen. He wondered why God was leading him “into the valley of humiliation,” but this experience was just what he needed.-AL

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