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~ Day Sixteen ~
No Other Name
The Book of Job ~ Chapter Sixteen
"Oh, that one might plead
for a man with God,
as a man pleads for his neighbor!"
(Job 14:21)
As we celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles we are reminded that the Tabernacle in the wilderness was a symbol of God's presence in the midst of His people, and also that the daily service of the Levitical priesthood represented and foreshadowed our Great High Priest's unceasing intercession. While the priests of the house of Aaron were limited in their service by the number of their years, our Lord was made High Priest "according to the power of an endless life" (Hebrews 7:16), and therefore ever-lives to intercede. "But He, because He continues forever, has an unchangeable priesthood. Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them" (Hebrews 7:24, 25). Our great High Priest died once for all and broke the dominion of death, and now it is the eternal business of His life to live for us and constantly intercede for us before the Throne!

"Now this is the main point of the things we are saying:
We have such a High Priest,
who is seated at the right hand
of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens,
a Minister of the sanctuary
and of the true tabernacle
which the Lord erected, and not man."
(Hebrews 8:1, 2)

May we feast upon this truth and be abundantly filled and richly satisfied with the knowledge that we have an Intercessor in heaven who lives wholly for us and He does so for our highest benefit! He is not just our dying Savior but our living Savior too! The tomb is empty - you won't find Him there - because He is risen and has ascended to heaven where He lives always to make intercession for us! The altar, the temple, the sacrifices and furnishings too, have all been dismantled and destroyed, as all human systems and enterprises eventually are, for the time of their service is past. Today, Jesus our great High Priest is ministering in the true tabernacle in heaven not made by human hands, and is fulfilling an endless service which the blood of goats and lambs never could. By His death, He provided everything for our salvation, and now by His life secures for us our blessed inheritance which He purchased on the cross. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time" (1 Peter 1:3-5). As we continue our journey through the Book of Job, may we not fear those things which our Lord may choose to remove or permit to touch our lives in order that He might show us more clearly the greater blessings and gifts that are ours in Christ Jesus. Let us release our grip on this world and open our hands and our hearts to receive all the vast riches He has purchased for us with those blessed hands that were nailed to the cross. May we let those tender, compassionate hands touch us in the deepest, most hurtful places, where our most painful thorns reside, so that He might pull back the veil and show us the greater glory that is waiting for us on the other side of our trial. As the royal priesthood, may we not neglect our prayer closets, but go there regularly and joyfully to meet with our faithful Intercessor and unite our hearts with His for the salvation of all mankind (1 Timothy 2:1-6)!"Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together" (Psalm 34:3)!

"Then the LORD saw it,
and it displeased Him that there was no justice.
He saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no intercessors:
therefore His own arm brought salvation for Him;
and His own righteousness, it sustained Him."
(Isaiah 59:15b, 16)
Read: Job Chapter Sixteen

"Surely even now my witness is in heaven,
and my evidence is on high.
My friends scorn me;
my eyes pour out tears to God."
(Job 16:19, 20)

It seemed that the more Job's friends talked the worse things got. Instead of providing the required remedy to soothe his afflictions and calm his complaints, every word they uttered proved to be a deadly prescription for inflicting further pain and increasing his misery. "Miserable comforters are you all!" (Job 16:2b). Job attempted to instruct them in the proper way to counsel and comfort a friend in need, but they had already drawn their own conclusions and judged his case for themselves. As far as they were concerned, Job was guilty, and this case was closed! So any word he spoke would only serve to incriminate him even further, and if he remained silent, well, that was simply an admission of guilt. His friends twisted all his words and left poor Job tied up in knots, but what pained him the most was that, rather than rescuing him from his abusers, it seemed God had purposely placed him into their hands. "They gape at me with their mouth, they strike me reproachfully on the cheek, they gather together against me. God has delivered me to the ungodly, and turned me over to the hands of the wicked" (Job 16:10, 11). Job had no idea that God had already reviewed his case in the high court of heaven, and had issued a verdict of "Not guilty!" Nor did he know that his life was being used to paint a intricate portrait of the innocent Lamb who would be delivered into the hands of wicked men to be tortured and crucified, so that a world of dying criminals could receive a verdict of "not guilty!" and be set free from an eternity of suffering (Acts 2:23, 24). "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory" (2 Corinthians 4:17)! All Job knew was his own pain and suffering, and that there was no one around to help him, so he made his appeal to God with fasting and weeping, and sackcloth and ashes. "I have sewn sackcloth over my skin, and laid my head in the dust. My face is flushed from weeping, and on my eyelids is the shadow of death; although no violence is in my hands, and my prayer is pure" (Job 16:15-17). Job poured out his heart to that great "Witness in heaven" (v. 19), who knew the truth about his case and would surely vindicate him and clear his name! This faithful Intercessor and heavenly Advocate who is there to help us in times of trial and testing is Jesus Christ, the Lamb who was slain! "Who shall bring a charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us" (Romans 8:33, 34). Beloved suffering saint, you are not alone in your hour of greatest need, you have an ever-present Intercessor in heaven who calls for you to come to Him with your heavy burden and anguished heart, so that He can give you His all-sufficient grace and perfect peace, and provide rest for your weary soul. "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).

"Hear me, O LORD,
for Your lovingkindness is good;
turn to me according to the multitude
of Your tender mercies.
And do not hide Your face from Your servant,
for I am in trouble; hear me speedily.
Draw near to my soul, and redeem it;
deliver me because of my enemies.
You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor;
my adversaries are all before You.
Reproach has broken my heart,
and I am full of heaviness;
I looked for someone to take pity,
but there was none;
and for comforters, but I found none.
They also gave me gall for my food,
and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.
I am poor and sorrowful;
let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high.
I will praise the name of God with a song,
and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
The humble shall see this and be glad;
and you who seek God, your hearts shall live."
(Psalm 69:16-21, 29-30, 32)
"LORD, I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You."
(Job 42:2)

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