DAY 1: The Role of a Priest
Throughout the Scriptures, the role of a Priest was to be a mediator between people and God (1 Timothy 2:5).
The Life Application Study Bible notes, “Though some people think there are many ways to God, in practice, each person must choose a single way. We can stand on one side of a gorge and discuss the possibility of many bridges across the abyss, but if we are determined to cross, we will have to realize that only one bridge is connected to the other side. Those who insist that there are many bridges to God usually fit in one of the following categories:
(1) They have not personally committed to any “bridge.” They are surprised that their belief in multiple ways does not exempt them from having to choose one.
(2) Their belief in “many ways to God” hides their true belief that finding God doesn’t really matter at all.
(3) They are convinced that arguing for “many ways to God” will insure that they won’t be wrong. If there is only one way, their generalized belief will presumably have included it.
(4) They have decided that believing in “many ways to God” requires less work than going to the trouble of actually considering the claims of various religious systems.
READING & JOURNALING:
Which of the four categories in today’s devotional reading do you think most people fall into?
Be honest: Do you find yourself in any of these categories yourself?
How significant is it that Jesus Himself claims that He is the only bridge (see John 14:6)?
Heavenly Father, I confess that there are times when I have doubts and question whether there is only one “bridge” to You, but the life of Jesus reveals that He and He alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Today, I humbly thank You for offering Jesus as a bridge. May my life continue to reflect the thankfulness I have. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible in 260 Days (5 Days a week, 52 Weeks a year). It is a separate reading from the above devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: Joshua 5:10-15 & 6
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
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Next Message Series: Beginning January 5