Sunday, February 19, 2017

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Today’s Reading: Judges 21

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

 

The Mount of Temptation above Jericho is said to be the hill in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil. The devil, who had been banished to earth, like Napoleon was banished to St. Helena years ago by the European powers, had direct access to Jesus to tempt Him to act contrary to His Father's will. How much more would the enemy of all that is good, kind, loving, and true, tempt and attack the people described in the book of Judges.

The Mount of Temptation above Jericho is said to be the hill in the Judean Desert where Jesus was tempted by the devil. The devil, who had been banished to earth, like Napoleon was banished to St. Helena years ago by the European powers, had direct access to Jesus to tempt Him to act contrary to His Father’s will. How much more would the enemy of all that is good, kind, loving, and true, tempt and attack the people described in the book of Judges.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.

 

Key Verses: Judges 21:3a & Judges 21:15

“O Lord, the God of Israel,” they cried, “why has this happened to Israel”…And the people grieved for Benjamin, because the Lord had made a void in the tribes of Israel.

 

It is gratifying to find that, after the violent war between the tribes, there came a return of tender feelings, efforts at reconciliation and peace. It must have felt like gentle rain after the hurricane of war. Human tears, as they well forth on behalf of others, reveal the existence of the love of God expressed in acts of compassion. There is an old saying that, “Those who act in haste repent at leisure.” In other words, the process of godly sorrow for sin and for the foolish decisions, which sin produces, often takes years to heal. Israel is a case in point.

Following our next readings in 1st and 2nd Corinthians (which start tomorrow), the blog will return to the book of Ruth. Here we will find the most tender feelings, even involving people from Moab, former enemies of Israel. After Ruth, the blog moves into the years of the Prophet Samuel. He is one truly bright star of righteousness who shines for God in his leadership.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, as we are soon to┬ádiscover in 1 Corinthians, some people are still in a moral mess, even after they have believed in Jesus as their Saviour and been baptised as Christians. Help me to learn and communicate the difference You have made in their lives compared to the people we’ve read about in Judges. Teach me, I pray, right from wrong, and teach me how to keep filled with Your Word and Your Holy Spirit, so everything will be better. In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

God always answers prayer!! However, I heard a guest on the 100 Huntley Street telecast say, ” God’s answer may be as follows: NO, GROW, SLOW, and GO!” If it is “No,” that’s God’s absolute right to have other plans and to carry out those plans. If His answer is “Grow,” it means that I must grow in my Christian life before he says, “YES.” If He says, “Slow,” then circumstances must change in order to accommodate His full plan. If He says, “Go,” it’s obvious. I believe that true faith does not try to manipulate God into a “Yes;” it is simply a matter of obedience. Having prayed according to the Scriptures, I now live in God’s will and fully expect to continue living in His perfect will. Whatever happens is OK, because I’m not living according to my own understanding. I’m acknowledging Him in all my ways, and therefore His promise is activated. He directs my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Yours for “Godliness with contentment which is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6),

David

The Monastery of the Temptation is an Orthodox Christian monastery located in the West Bank, along a cliff overlooking the city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley. It is built upon the summit of the Mount of Temptation, rising 350 meters above sea level. It currently serves as a tourist attraction and its land is under the full jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, but the monastery is owned and managed by the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

The Monastery of the Temptation is an Orthodox Christian monastery located in the West Bank, along a cliff overlooking the city of Jericho and the Jordan Valley. It is built upon the summit of the Mount of Temptation, rising 350 metres above sea level. It currently serves as a tourist attraction and its land is under the full jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, but the monastery is owned and managed by the Greek Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.

10 thoughts on “Sunday, February 19, 2017

  1. Looking forward to 1 Corinthians! Those in Israel who kept praying to God for direction were saved, but oh, how following their own ways in what they thought was right got them into trouble and lost a whole tribe of Israel. Thank You God for sending us Jesus, our Light and Redeemer. Thank you, dear David, for keeping us on track. Blessings dearest saints in the Lord.

    I am the Lord your God,
    Who brought you out of the land of Egypt;
    Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
    Psalm 81:10 NKJV

    Darlene Zschech – Victor’s Crown (with Lyrics)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g84C902JFYM

  2. Thank you for the link to darlenes’ powerful song.
    So encouraging to be gathered together ‘in Jesus’ Name’ on Davids’ blog.
    Gods’ mercies are new every morning !
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow !

  3. My husband has pneumonia, and is still weak and short of breathe. But today his voice sounded stronger. He cannot stand or walk yet, but is placed in a chair for a few hours a day. It will take time for him to regain the mobility he had, just a short time ago.
    Thank you for your prayers. God bless you all. Mary

    • Lord we pray that You will heal Mary’s husband; he has gone through a lot of medical issues but he is getting better and I pray God that You will grant him total healing and bless his beloved wife as she prays for her husband and looks after his every need! Bless their marriage Lord, thank you for all the blessings You have given this family We love you Lord Thank you In Jesus Name we Pray amen

  4. Joined in prayer with you Pastor David. Always appreciate your comments and interpretation of the scripture. The photo’s enhance the scriptures…thank you for posting them and the links. Proverbs 3:5- 6 have a special place in my life!! One I clung too in time of need!!! is still very true!

  5. Thank you Pastor David for your blog and prayers today. I appreciate you, Norma Jean and all your family. Like the scripture Proverbs 3:5-6 as well Irene. Thanks saints for all your postings. God bless.

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