Friday, May 19, 2017

BONES

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 13-14

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

 

Perhaps it was a tomb not unlike the one above in which Elisha was buried. In this photo you can see the Tomb of the Sons of Hezir and the Tomb of Zechariah on the right.

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

 

Key Verse: 2 Kings 13:21

So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet.

Imagine the surprise of the graveyard crew when they were running from the Moabites, to find the man they had just thrown in the tomb of Elisha running after them! Perhaps this is the reason why in some cathedrals the bones of people judged to be very godly are on display. I wouldn’t count on the same thing happening with those bones. Stretch this last of Elisha’s miracles a bit to connect to the bones, as if they were were of Paul, Peter, John Wesley, and others. When we read their writings, there is a sense that we are touching the very structure of their lives and spiritual life is flowing. There were no bones left behind in the tomb of Jesus (I’ve personally checked it out in both suggested tombs), yet life definitely flows into us from contact with the living Christ. We can never read too often Colossians 2:13-22.
If we really like figuring out things, the Jehoash/Joash kings in both the north and the south will prove an enjoyable challenge. Their mother’s names may be the key to solving the puzzle.
We are first introduced to the Prophet Jonah here (2 Kings 14:25). Perhaps Jonah knew that Nineveh, capital city of Assyria, would soon devastate Israel and in an ethnic cleansing move the Assyrians would disperse the ten tribes of the north over the entire world. This may be the reason Jonah headed west to Spain instead of Northeast to Nineveh.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord Jesus, I pray for Your consistency to be strong in me. This is a two-year journey which may well be the most important two years of my life. I’m counting on Your indwelling Presence to keep me true. In Your all-powerful Name, JESUS, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In today’s reading I noticed that Jonah was from Gath Hepher. This is not the “Gath” of the Philistines, from which Goliath came. This place is located between Cana of Galilee and Nazareth. It’s now called Mishad. This is the village which figures prominently in the conversion of my Arab son-in-law. I’ll try to remember to tell the story tomorrow, God willing, of how God saved Nizar’s life in the ancestral hometown of Jonah.

Yours for consistency and integrity,

David

15 thoughts on “Friday, May 19, 2017

  1. Amen Pastor David. I took note of all the history you mentioned as well. Thank you for sharing about Mishad. Interested in hearing about Nizar’s conversion again. What a man of God Elisha was that even the king of Israel was fond of him and wept over him. May the Lord give you continued strength to carry out your vision and we are being blessed by it. God bless you and all the saints!

  2. Thank you David, Ron, Reynold, Ann, all the prayers, contributors and everyone else involved in 100words.ca. This is a wonderful ministry which has really helped me to be consistent in starting my day with God, in His Word and in prayer. May God bless each of you and all our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the world. In Jesus’s forever-great name, amen

  3. I very much appreciate your wisdom regarding Jonah, Pastor David–a prophet after my own heart. Yes, looking forward to Nizar’s conversion. Praying for you, fine sir. To all, a blessed day in the Lord. Saints, my art website is available; much work to be done, still. But, here it is–Belly of the Whale Art.com https://bellyofthewhaleart.com/

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph 6:10-11 KJV

    Forever // Brian Johnson & Bethel Music // Tides Official Lyric Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ__W9VH9Lo

    • the paintings are beautiful! Did you paint them all? You are very talented! TY for displaying the art! Looks good to me! Love the different colors and the titles!
      God bless your talent dear lady!

      • Thank you very much, Sah. You are very kind. Yes, these are my creations; some are oil, some acrylic, also acrylic with oil overtones, printmaking, and my favourite are the pen ink and oil rouge.

  4. I very much appreciate your wisdom regarding Jonah, Pastor David–a prophet after my own heart. Yes, looking forward to Nizar’s conversion. Praying for you, fine sir. To all, a blessed day in the Lord.

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph 6:10-11 KJV

    Forever // Brian Johnson & Bethel Music // Tides Official Lyric Video
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJ__W9VH9Lo

  5. Good Morning, Pastor David,
    This note is a general one to say thank you for your blog posts. I’m now into my third year and am growing so much.
    Also, a few days back you asked for prayer about whether to take on more speaking engagements. And this morning the Lord reminded me of this. So I prayed and felt led to share the Jabez Prayer with you and I’ve taken the liberty to insert your name in that prayer. So here it is:
    “Oh, Lord, GOD, please bless David indeed, enlarge his territory, that Your hand may be upon him, and keep evil far from him.” 1 Chronicles 4:10
    May God impower you to do his bidding.
    Blessings indeed,
    Tracy.

  6. Prayers for Jay Rawlings in Israel, as he will be undergoing open heart surgery, sometime next week.

    Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed:
    Save me, and I shall be saved.
    For You are my praise.
    Jeremiah 17:14 ESV

    • Amen those words of healing …prayed for Jay Rawlings. Thank you Jesus I pray for your intervention in the open heart surgery for Jay Rawlings, guide the hands and minds of all those attending to him before, during, and after the surgery, Amen!

  7. Hi David, I just want you to know how much I appreciate you. I remember the time several years ago, I asked you to speak at a Native Christian conference in Peterborough and you immediately replied “Yes”. I was on your show 100 Huntley show several time in the 1990s after the Oka Crisis. You are in my prayers daily and your name is on our prayer list at the Kanehsatake Pentecostal Church. Please give my love to Norma Jean my love. Love & prayers, Mavis Etienne

  8. I’m glad that the writers of today’s scripture knew who was who:) and I hope the people themselves knew who they were: anyway, it was a challenge reading.

    It’s a beautiful day out here in the West, I pray for a joyous long week-end to all:)

  9. Thanks girls, re: my paintings. When a post is made with more than one link attached, it does not get posted right away and waits for the moderator to check it. So, I re-posted it again in two separate messages, which means the entire first message will eventually get posted a third time. Glad you enjoy the paintings. The weather here is crazy; cold and cloudy, possible thunderstorm. But, that is my favourite! 😀 Yes, enjoy the long week-end, dear saints!

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