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But after traveling for another thirty to forty minutes with increasing anxiety, Mr. Blandon finally confessed, "I think I'm lost. We had better stop and ask directions."

But now, no gas station or tourist information center could be found. Worried, upset, and confused, Mr. Blandon anxiously read every approaching sign, desperately searching for a place where he could obtain directions. Five minutes seemed like five hours.

With great relief, Mr. Blandon finally discovered a place where he could stop. He obtained clear instructions, and greatly relieved, he corrected his course and continued his family travels.

How does this story illustrate the truth that a sinner needs to experience his lost condition before needing Jesus as Prophet -to instruct him in the way of salvation? Spiritually, what type of person:
-Confesses, "I'll find my way -I'm okay"?
-Experiences the increasing anxiety of being lost?
-Experiences the joy of being given directions by Christ as Prophet?


In the Old Testament, a priest performed three important duties. These were as follows:

1. Sacrificing (or offering) -pictured by the priest's offering an animal upon the Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings.

2. Praying (or interceding) -portrayed by the priest's offering incense upon the Golden Altar of Incense.

3. Blessing -displayed by the priest's returning to bless the people after performing his offering work.

The Old Testament prophesied of Christ as the great Priest to come and of His priestly work. The New Testament confirms the fulfillment of these prophecies.

The Lord Jesus, as the great, divine High Priest fully performs the work of sacrificing, praying, and blessing, for His elect.

How is the work of Christ's prophets (ministers) before and after Jesus' ministry on earth the same? How is it different?

Why is the experience of spiritual "lostness" and of receiving "direction" from Christ in the way of salvation of far greater depth and importance than the natural example illustrated in this story?

How do the following character-istics of Old Testament altars picture Christ?

The Brazen Altar of Burnt Offerings:
-Being made from shittim wood and covered with brass?
-Being located in the courtyard?
-Containing the fire and sacrifice?

The Golden Altar of Incense:
-Being made from shittim wood and covered with gold?
-Being located in the Holy Place?
-Containing the fire and incense?


The LORD hath sworn, and I will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

- Psalm 110:4

Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

- Hebrews 6:20


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