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Devotional - week of September 24, 2006


HIGH PRIESTLY ACTIVITIES 

 

. . . that he [the Israelite High Priest] may make atonement for himself, for his household, and for all the assembly of Israel.  Leviticus 16:17

 

This passage describes the work of the High Priest of the Israelites when he entered the Holy of Holies, which was within the tabernacle.

 

When the High Priest was making atonement for his own sins and the sins of his people, he wore a garment called a breastplate on which there were twelve stones. Each stone had the name of one of the twelve tribes engraved on it. He also wore a garment called the ephod on which there were two stones—each stone had the names of six tribes of the Israelites engraved on it. The engraved names symbolized those for whom the High Priest had come to make atonement.

 

Now consider the activities of the High Priest of Christians in the heavenly Holy of Holies as expressed in Hebrews 2:17.

 

Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.

 

The activities of the Israelites’ High Priest and Jesus, the believer’s High Priest, are instructive examples for all believers as they enter the heavenly Holy of Holies.

 

Both High Priests were in the presence of God for the sake of others.

 

When someone tells us he will pray for us, he will do as the tabernacle High Priest did and as our heavenly High Priest does. We also engage in High Priestly activity when we pray for others.

 

It is exciting to hear a child of God give his testimony about God answering a prayer of intercession for someone. Only the Lord knows how many times a day such testimonies are given.

 

The Israelite High Priest was also in the presence of God for the atonement for himself. We are invited to approach the presence of God in the heavenly Holy of Holies for our daily needs. 

 

Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16.