Sunday, May 19, 2019

BONES

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 13-14

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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.

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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

16 thoughts on “Sunday, May 19, 2019

  1. Incredible scripture, message, teaching, and prayer. Saints, where would we be, but without the indwelling presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ? Wishing you all a day filled with the radiance of His love and light, as we come together to worship Him!

    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
    Ephesians 2:8-9 ESV

    How Great Is Our God, lyrics, Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash, Jesse Reeves
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDgmJFw6F64

  2. Thank you,Beverlee.Have a wonderful worship day.
    ….I remember Nizar’s construction accident and the miracle he received.That is why his faith is so great.It was like Saul’s conversion.When that happens there can be no denial;it doesn’t exist.Yall have a great Sabbath.God bless
    Your Rock

    He can pick those who will obey,
    For some may ignore His voice,
    But He will give them words to say
    If they will simply make that choice.

    None are worthy,it’s only through grace,
    And when found a heart that’s right,
    Will be found His holy place;
    A vessel to carry His light.

    We become vessels of His pure love
    When we surrender to Him,
    For sent from the throne up above
    Is the Spirit of holy whim.

    It may take you by complete surprise
    And you think your mind has gone,
    But this is how He will give rise;
    A rock to plant your faith upon.

    The sands may shift in tempestuous water
    But your Rock will still stand firm
    And evil can never slaughter
    That which God will ever confirm.
    GW (Bill) Marshall/‎‎‎07 ‎July, ‎2017

  3. I remember also the amazing story of Nizar’s conversion – amazing. I’m feeling quite weak today & I have to pick up some folks for church. I do pray that I will be strong & alert Please agree with me. Thank you. Have a great day.

    • Praying God will heal you of whatever is making u feel weak and uncertain of your strength in completing your chores today Doreen.

    • Lord we lift up Doreen and we pray that You would heal her body. give her strength over and above, bless her for serving You by picking up some people from church, Lord You know this pp; You know everything about her, we know Lord that You want the very best for her, we thank You Lord for always hearing our prayers in Jesus Name we Pray amen

    • The Joy of the Lord is your strength today Doreen; He is our refuge and our strength; Lord God hold Doreen in the palm of your hand this morning and always , Amen!

  4. I always wondered what was meant in the bible when it was stated “are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?.”
    So after looking further into that statement/question I found this explanation:

    “The book is referred to a number of times in the Hebrew Bible, but was either not included in the corpus of the biblical text or was removed from it at some stage. … This text is sometimes called The Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel or The Book of the Annals of the Kings of Israel.”

    Don’t know what I’d do w/o Google. It’s my best friend, after Jesus:-)!

    More wise words from Dr. Jim Denison:
    “Yours for loving others, even if it’s extremely hard to do that with some. Why? Because Jesus told us that if we are to please God, we must do this, whether we like it or not! Check out Mark 12:28-34.”

    Have a blessed day dear saints.

  5. Good news from Down Under; they elected an unabashed Christian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.
    Thank You, Lord God, that You are good & You care about people. Bless Mr. Morrison with wisdom & courage to make good choices for Australia. Please have mercy also on us in Canada, and raise up Godly leadership in our country. Forgive us for our sin, & help us to humble ourselves and return to You. We ask in Jesus’s great name, amen

  6. Well I couldn’t go to church today. I felt too exhausted to drive safely. I did, however, watch some amazing church programs on tv which were very enlightening. Sometimes I burn the candle @ both ends (rarely) but some rest is the treatment. Have a great day – looking beautiful outside here in Hamilton.

  7. I was thankful that I could do a few things outside yesterday; went swimming; Lord You know the situation with the lifeguards; help the one that is in trouble, make sure this life guard gets the right help; those who were affected may they also get counselling;
    Lord I also am going around in circles; I don`t know what to do Lord! You know my sleep pattern; You know what is going on; Lord I have asked before and I am asking again; if there is a person who needs a place to stay and they would be a good match for me, then Lord, send them across my path; BUT Lord I need to know that this is from You; again, I rebuke the devil and I plead the Blood of the Lamb over my home,car,family,neighbours, community,country, Yes Lord we are thankful for Christian leaders, be with me when I speak to my neighbours, help me to be kind and understanding; Lord I do not want any problems; I like to keep my place looking nice, I have beautiful flowers, TY Lord; bless the people who vacation in my area; may they have a good time,may they be safe; TY Lord in Jesus Name we Pray amen

  8. Thank You Lord for today’s scripture and David’s comments, and prayer; thank you Ron, Ann and Reynold for posting this daily manna!

  9. Bless you Sah. Agreeing with you in prayer. Father God, provide for Sah a person of Your choosing as a housemate. Speak through Sah as she witnesses to neighbours and prepare hearts to receive Your Living Word. Amen

    • Amen! Blessings from our Lord upon you Sah, and Doreen.

      But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 NIV

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