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    The Old Testament high priests carried the names of the twelve tribes of Israel upon their hearts and shoulders. The names of all the tribes were engraved in two onyx stones, six in each stone, and were borne upon the shoulders of the high priest. Each of the names was also engraved in one of the twelve precious stones on his breastplate. This breastplate was carried upon the priest's heart.

    Can you explain how each of the following facts pictures precious truths regarding Christ's high-priestly work?

    - The number "12" (twelve tribes in the Old Testament, twelve apostles in the New Testament)
    - Carrying each of the twelve tribes upon His shoulder and heart
    - Each name being engraven in stone

    How do the names of God's children being carried upon the high priest's shoulders and heart picture the two rich benefits of Christ's intercessory work as High Priest? Which displays the understanding and sympathetic nature of His intercession?

Christ's Blessing Work As Priest

Based upon Christ's sacrificing work, and in answer to Christ's praying work, the Holy Spirit is sent forth to accomplish His blessing work on earth.

Christ blesses His people with three types of blessings:

1. Temporal blessings
2. Spiritual blessings
3. Eternal blessings

Temporal blessings refer to God's special care and blessing of His people in His very special providence. He guards them "as the

What great strength and comfort are missed by those who do not know Christ as their great High Priest?


He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: He that keepeth thee will not slumber.

Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

The LORD is thy Keeper: the LORD is thy Shade upon thy right hand.

- Psalm 121:3-5

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD.

- Psalm 37:23a


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