Saturday, July 7, 2018

STARS & SAND

Today’s Reading: Genesis 22-23

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

 

The sands from the Mediterranean have blown through the aqueduct arches at Caesarea.

Key Verse: Genesis 22:17

…blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

 

After a long period of testing, Abraham and Sarah had their own little son. How they rejoiced! How they loved him! But now a new test confronted Abraham. He probably spent the whole night in tears, wrestling in prayer. Would God really make such a request? Finally, as the sun began to rise, Abraham obeyed, took Isaac up Mt. Moriah, and placed him on the altar. Then God gave the boy back to his Dad and promised great blessing on Abraham and his descendants. God is faithful! He has provided the Sacrifice of His own Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ! Abraham said to his servant, “Stay here and I will go yonder and worship, and WE will return.” He knew God would be faithful to His promise about Isaac. He also knew that the highest expression of worship is OBEDIENCE!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father God, here I am to worship You. Yes, I worship with words of praise and thanksgiving; I worship You with songs; I gather with other believers to worship You in public gatherings; but grant me the grace to always worship You through my obedience to Your revealed will. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord, I pray. Amen!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In the picture above is one of Israel’s sand beaches. Can you imagine counting each grain of sand. When in Jerusalem in the vicinity of Mt. Moriah where the Temple once stood, I’m filled with strong emotions each time I have spoken to brothers and sisters in our group about the Sacrifice of Jesus on the very place where God said to Abraham, “Because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, in blessing I will bless you.” Tears fill my eyes as I type this, for God did not withhold His only Son, but gave Him as the final Sacrifice. No wonder Abraham was called the “friend of God” (James 2:23).

In Christ’s love and service,

David

P.S. My son Ron and his wife Ann were married on this day in 1984 (photo below). They are the blessed couple who help me daily. Ron formats the blog (I fill in the blanks) and Ann is my proofreader. Congratulations! I love you my son and daughter-in-love! Ron & Ann now lead a marriage ministry called Heart to Heart Marriage & Family Ministries (click HERE for info).

18 thoughts on “Saturday, July 7, 2018

  1. Congratulations Ron and Ann many happy more years together.
    thank you for your blessings to us each day continuing to send out your dad blog.
    I truly appreciate as it starts my day and have done it from the beginning.
    God Blessings to you both
    Irene
    .

  2. The story of Isaac is so touching. Although I have read this passage many times before, David’s words of his birth brought an image to mind of how tenderly his parents must have greeted their son and how much they loved him. What a picture of God’s love for us.

  3. Early in the morning, I have listened to the readings and I have read today’s blog. Thank you, Anne and Ron, for running this blog for another term. This blog is the first thing I do upon arising. Today I got up at 4:00a.m. To enable me to do my early morning devotions before departing for a flight.

    Thank you all for this wonderful day and mostly, thank you, my Lord and Saviour.

    Blessings

  4. Surely obedience brought blessing! Happy Anniversary Ron and Ann and thanks again for your faithfulness to bring your father’s blog and vlog to us. Beautiful wedding photo! God bless your day friends in the Lord.

  5. This day’s devotion brought tears to my eyes! Never before, reading of Abraham ‘s devotion, caused this. Thank God for Abraham’s devotion! Happy anniversary Ann & Ron!

  6. I was also very touched once again by thinking of how Abraham must have felt when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. Then I read David’s comments of God sacrificing Jesus for our sins, we are so privileged to know personally and trust our Heavenly Father. Thank you dear Lord for your saving grace, I pray for all our unsaved loved ones that they would also accept you into their lives. Help me to do Your will and be faithful as Abraham was. In Jesus’ Precious Name I pray, Amen.
    Happy Anniversary dear Ron and Ann God bless your marriage ministry and for keeping this blog on line. Eleanor M.

  7. May this be a special day for you Ron and Ann as you celebrate your Wedding Anniversary.
    So grateful to you and all who keep this blog day after day. It is a great blessing and helpful to read the prayers and comments of other believers.
    Please give my warm regards to your Mother, Norma-Jean
    Blessings to all

  8. Happy Anniversary Ron and Ann, Thank you for keeping the Blog up. It blesses so many people, and helps keep us in the word every day! Blessings everyone!

  9. Happy Anniversary Ron and Anne .May you be blessed with many more healthy happy years together . I start my day with 100words bible reading every day. It keeps me grounded in the Word and every time through I see something I missed before .Thank you and God Bless.

  10. Happy Anniversary Ron and Ann Mainse, May God’s Love continue to bless you with a fresh love for each other, each day, and keep you in the Palm of His hands.
    What a beautiful couple!

    Thank you also for your faithfulness in posting this daily manna!!

    Thank you Reynold for the great photo I think the reflection of the aqueducts on the sand are awesome!!

    I agree with David that Abraham must have found it difficult to fulfill God’s request, but still was obedient to do so: Praise God, He provided the Lamb!!! He sacrifices His own Son, Our Savior Jesus
    Christ instead. Praise You Father for Your Great Sacrifice: Your Great Love for us!!

  11. Happy Anniversary Ron & Ann! What a beautiful wedding photo! Blessings upon all you saints! May your day be filled with the light of our Lord and Saviour!!

    And the words of the Lord are flawless,
    like silver purified in a crucible,
    like gold refined seven times.
    Psalms 12:6 NIV

    David G – Yahweh
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gMFrd4j9GA

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