Suggested Reading: Nehemiah 10-11
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Key Verse: Nehemiah 11:2
And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem.
Dwelling in Jerusalem today is much easier than in ancient times. Frozen meat and vegetables are available as in our western grocery stores. Jerusalem, at that time, was built on Mt. Moriah and Mt. Zion, rocky peaks where arable land is scarce. Jerusalem families had garden plots outside the city to which they would commute. Jerusalem was not “flowing with milk and honey” as was most of the rest of Israel. Living there 2,500 years ago was a sacrifice.
Blessing is the opposite of cursing. Understanding this fact enables us to grasp the meaning of “blessing.” All the dictionary meanings of “blessing” fall short of explaining what it means to bless someone. So… Let’s bless someone today! Let’s use our imaginations to come up with a unique, personalized way to bless others.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God of Ezra and Nehemiah, I pray that today I will bless someone who needs a blessing! I ask for creative ideas and for the determination to follow through until I bless someone. In the Name of the One who has blessed the whole world, Jesus, my Saviour and Lord! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
I am a blessed man. Yesterday, my granddaughter, Hannah Shaheen, about to receive her M.D. degree, came over to our apartment for a quiet place to write her application for a residency and also her personal statement which she will also submit. She’s applying to teaching hospitals in both Canada and in the United States. Her big smiles and her loving hugs make Grandpa, “Feel better all over more than anywhere else” (as my brother-in-law, Reynold Rutledge says). When their family lived in Jerusalem, Hannah’s older sister, Sarah, who was 16 at the time, blessed me and many others by reading the Scriptures on a live satellite transmission from Jerusalem on the 100 Huntley Street telecast. This was the start of 24/7 broadcasting on a network of three satellite channels covering the world, where there was continuous reading of the books written in Jerusalem by the Prophets and Apostles. This continued from October to the end of December, 2000, when the funds designated for this purpose ran out. May I say that you, yes you, who have supported Crossroads/100 Huntley Street, and many other outreaches for God’s work, have blessed me more than words can express. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! Someone sent me a picture (seen below) of Sarah blessing us with her reading from Jerusalem. The picture was taken off the person’s TV screen as 100 Huntley Street was live from Jerusalem.
Yours for blessing and being blessed!