Thursday, October 10, 2019

THE CUP

Today’s Reading: Psalms 74-76

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Jacob’s Well lies in the crypt of a modern Greek Orthodox church at Nablus in the West Bank. It is located at the entrance to a mountain pass between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal (referred to in Joshua 8). It is often considered the most authentic site in the Holy Land, since no one can move a well that was originally dug more than 40 metres deep into solid rock. Jacob’s well is where Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink and offered her “living water” (John 4:5-42)…from a much different “cup” than what the psalmist refers to in today’s reading.

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Key Verse: Psalm 75:8

For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup,

And the wine is red;

It is fully mixed, and He pours it out;

Surely its dregs shall all the wicked of the earth

Drain and drink down.

 

We should always remember to let the Bible interpret the Bible, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Concerning the CUP in the hand of the Lord, we may consider the words of Jesus in His prayer of agony just before His arrest. “O My Father, if it is possible, let this CUP pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will” (Matthew 26:39b). The contents of the CUP are spoken of in Revelation 16:19, “The CUP of the wine of the fierceness of His [God’s] wrath.” God’s anger against sin, dammed up since the sin of our first parents, is in the CUP which our Saviour drank. “We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:20b & 21). For a New Testament reading check out 2 Corinthians 5:9-21. The Apostle Paul urges us to have an aim to live our lives well pleasing to God (2 Corinthians 5:9).

In Psalm 74:10-11a there are three questions asked by David’s worship leader, Asaph. Asaph has found the answer and records in Psalm 75:2, “When I [God] choose the proper time, I will judge uprightly.” God will put the final period to the last history book of our time on earth. We can trust God to fulfill His complete purpose for us. We are His creation and the object of His love. Amen!!!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, the first verse of Psalm 75 speaks to me and for me…”We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks! For Your wondrous works declare that Your Name is near.” May I show my thankfulness by living a life which is pleasing to You. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

Dr. John Hull, former Global CEO of Crossroads, comments on today’s reading…

Many in our media culture are growing increasingly accustomed to defaming and mocking the One we love. And while we must love them and pray for their hearts to soften to the things of God, the writer of the 76th Psalm makes very clear just who God is — and the fear and respect He deserves and demands. In this Psalm, God is described as a mighty Warrior who breaks down the weapons of human warfare (verses1-3). God is depicted as “resplendent with light” and “more majestic than mountains rich with wild game” (verse 4). As the most valiant of men and warriors may try to position themselves as superior, by comparison, not one of them can even begin to lift their strong hands to an even stronger God (verse 5). A healthy view of the very character of God includes not only His love and mercy, but His justice and majesty. When attacks on God persist all around you, never forget that God, in His wisdom and grace, is in control, and in all of eternity He will have the final say…and humankind will listen and tremble. – John

Yours with thankfulness to God,

David

12 thoughts on “Thursday, October 10, 2019

  1. Father God, how we need You. You are the true and rightful judge of all. We commit our lives, our families, and our country to You. Please have mercy on us. We ask that your Word goes out strongly and freely here and in all the world. Send your people, filled with your Holy Spirit, to bring Truth and Love to all. Convict us of sin, of judgment, of righteousness, and help us to repent and turn to You.
    We ask for righteous government in Canada; please raise up godly judges, journalists, teachers, political leaders who will do what is pleasing to You. And help us to let You have dominion in us. Thank You with all our hearts. In Jesus’s great name, amen

  2. I wonder when we meet Jesus if it will be made known all the blessings we received and were unaware of them??Thank You,Jesus !
    Salvation

    Sweet Jesus I owe everything to you and to you alone,
    You have shown me my home,you are my anchorstone,
    You have saved me always when stormy winds have blown,
    You have always been my rock,the truest friend I’ve known,
    So why do you think me worthy as a seed you have sown
    What can I ever do to earn all the love you’ve shown .

    Ch:
    Let me know sweet Jesus, let me know beyond my days
    Let me know my Savior,when I bow down to You in praise,
    When my time here is drawing short and coming to a close
    And they carry me away after leading the life I chose,
    I pray that I will leave not sorrow for those that I love,
    But instead to know the joy that waits for us above.

    I am not a wealthy man but I am very rich by far,
    When I walk my journey You’re my guiding star
    And You know that I am honest in all the things I do,
    I have never born false witness,I only say what’s true,
    You have strengthened my soul before I even knew
    Of life’s losses with Your love to see me through.

    You have always had Your hand placed within my soul,
    You have shown me Your light that has made me whole,
    I have never known this love that comes from Your grace,
    Nor have I known compassion that shines from Your face,
    For I am still a sinner and You are the son of God,
    I can only meet You at the end of the road I trod.
    G W(Bill) Marshall/ June 6,2011
    Second published poem. (No copyright intended)

    A melody started in my head,repeating over and over,
    followed by the first line of the chorus,then I had to get
    up at 3:30 AM and finished this at 4:16 AM.June 6,2011.I
    was baptized at our biblecamp June 26,2011.
    “I corrected two typos but this is as it was written.I firmly
    believe it was an inspired writing but at the time I felt too
    unworthy to believe this.Written 2 weeks before I was
    baptized but after I had ‘surrendered’ on my knees.”

  3. Thiank you Rob for your wonderful prayers and you Bill for your inspiring poems.
    I also join in all the prayers from yesterday for Sah. The Lord hears those prayers so we mustn’t give up hope.
    I have encouraging news on my Grandson Gavin . He saw the brain surgeon this week, he is very pleased with Gavin’s progress thus far. There is no guarantee that he will be completely healed, however he has hope that he will be. Gavin doesn’t have to see him again until next May. He continues therapy 8 hours a week and has started back to school. Thank you for all of your prayers and a Very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, Incase I don’t have a chance as I have a busy time coming up. I do appreciate this blog and an thankful for the Mainse family and for all of you. Love in Christ,Eleanor M.

    • Dear Eleanor,
      Thank you for sharing the good news about Gavin! I am so pleased to hear of his progress! I pray for his complete recovery!
      May the One who “ started the good work in Gavin, be faithful to complete it”. Amen!
      Wishing you and all bloggers a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! We have so much to be thankful for! May we always have an attitude of gratitude.

    • So happy to hear this positive update on little Gavin. Thank you for posting this, Eleanor. God’s blessings on you and your family, this Thanksgiving.

  4. We praise You Jesus. We lift You high. We give You all the thanks for this country and upcoming election. We pray for all Canadians to vote and for Your will to be done. In Jesus’ Name. Wishing all saints a blessed day. Praying for you, Sah. May God’s bounty be upon you.

    As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. 1 Peter 4:10 ESV

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