Monday, November 24, 2014

THE PROMISED LAND

Today’s Reading: Numbers 33-34

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion on the right-hand side).

 

The Dead Sea road follows the contour of the rugged terrain.

 

Key Verse: Numbers 33:53b

…for I have given you the land to possess.

Yesterday, Reynold’s photograph was of “The Great Sea,” the Mediterranean. Today it’s of “The Salt Sea,” or the Dead Sea. Both Seas are mentioned twice in our reading. “The Sea of Chinneret,” known now as the Sea of Galilee, is referred to once. Geography is obviously important to God. The 1948 miracle of the establishment of Israel as a sovereign nation for the first time in over 2,000 years, and the introduction of Hebrew as a language of daily life for the first time in over 2,500 years, has never happened to any people group before in human history. Israel is now on the land promised to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 4,000 years ago.  Israel is surrounded by 22 countries which are hostile to its very existence. These countries have 640 times Israel’s land mass and 60 times her population, and they have all the oil that we know about in the Middle East. Was Israel pushed into the sea as Egypt’s Nasser said? Will it be wiped off the map as Iran’s Ahmadinejad said? Keep reading the Bible. Watch and pray. We’ll soon discover the answer to that question.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I pray for insight in my understanding of ancient and modern Israel. Help me in as few words as possible to communicate Your heart to others. May I think Your thoughts after You. As Samuel said to You, Lord, I say also: “Speak, for Your servant hears.” Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

You may want to join me in reading the story of God speaking to Samuel (1 Samuel chapter 3). I’m typing this in Jerusalem, Israel. Here’s a speech from a while back by our Canadian Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Stephen Harper. It is, in my judgment, a message which the whole world needs to hear (click here to watch the speech). Yesterday’s “100 PERSONAL WORDS” was very much over my 100 word goal, so I’ll stop here.

Yours with the prayer that I’ll be a help and not a hindrance,

David

10 thoughts on “Monday, November 24, 2014

  1. It is so obvious God wants the Israelites to have Israel and then some.
    Praying for PM Stephen Harper and his family and his judgement in governing our special land.
    May God guide you Rev. and your group in Israel in all you do and say.
    Blessings fellow saints.

  2. Here we are, ready to serve You, Lord! Praying for the continued protection of Israel and the tour group, David and Norma-Jean. Amen to PM Harper’s speech and backing of God’s chosen land and the people of Israel.

    “Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters…, so our eyes look to the Lord our God…” Psalm 123:2

    God’s continued blessings, dear saints.

  3. Praise God for our Prime Minister Stephen Harper, I pray God continue to guide him and give him the Wisdom that only comes from God as he leads this Country of Canada.
    And I continue to pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and for Prime Minister of Israel, for God’s continued guidance and protection for him and the Israeli people.
    Thank you Rev. David for sharing your thoughts and for the video of our Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s speech.
    Thank you for your faithfulness in presenting this blog to us each morning.
    I pray for continued health and strength as you do so.

  4. Thank you so much Rev. David for your faithfulness in continuing this blog. I am really enjoying the format of New Testament followed by Old Testament, as well as the lovely photos and supplementary material and scriptures that are included. May God continue to strengthen you to do all you believe he is calling you to do each day!

  5. Amen, Lord. “Speak for your servant hears.” Agree with Prime Minister Steven Harper in his support of Israel. The Lord help us all.

  6. Thank you for your morning bloggs. Every one of them talks to me. The photography and history is awesome! I’ve always wanted to go to Israel but have not made it as yet, but now I am able to enjoy it’s beauty and history. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Bless you Rev. Dave and family. I pray daily the Heavenly Father keeps you safe as you travel this war torn country.

  7. Dear David: I very much appreciate the time you take out of your tour, especially in Jerusalem, to write your blog for me. It makes my day. Thanks for communicating God’s heart to me. Today’s photo, thanks to Reynold, of the Dead Sea road is fabulous. Thanks a lot for Stephen Harper’s speech about Canada sticking up for Israel.

  8. Please pray God will guide a meeting I will be having with Dan to discuss how can a building be fixed so that young people can have a safe place that is clean and healthy to gather and socialize. This issue involves money and levels of government. thank you.

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