Check this fact out! In ancient times, ships would have what was known as a “forerunner.” The Greek word is proderomos which means “who went before us”). It was known as the “anchorarius.” [Biblical Counseling Library]. It was in charge of the ship’s main anchor. With a group of sailors, he would carry the anchor by means of a smaller boat into a safe harbor and set it there. The ship remained outside the harbor. It was anchored within. It was held secure against wind and waves. The “forerunner” was the only person chosen to arrive at a designated place before the others in the group. He arrived there for three purposes:
-to give notice of their approach
-to take possession in their name
-to prepare for their arrival
Since Jesus Christ is your forerunner, He is your steadfast hope. He anchors you within the safe harbor of heaven the inner sanctuary behind the curtain. He secures you on earth. He assures you of your eventual safe arrival there. Note what Hebrews 6:19-20
Hebrews 6:19-20 (NASB)
(19) This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, (20) where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
I hope you were blessed by this month’s devotional study. I do not know what May might bring. I am praying about next month’s devotional study. May you find hope in God’s Word for your life.