Scripture reading for November 6th: Jeremiah 41-43, James 5
Key Scriptures: James 5:13-16 “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess you sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”
James concluded his letter to the church with practical instructions on living by faith with corresponding actions. No matter what the circumstance, prayer, praise, thanksgiving and actions prompted by faith will bring God’s response. Faith shows itself by corresponding actions! The people who came to Jeremiah for God’s direction, however, did not want to obey God!
Jeremiah 42:2-3 “. . .and said to Jeremiah the prophet, “Let our plea for mercy come before you, and pray to the Lord your God for us, for all this remnant–because we are left with but a few, as your eyes see us–that the Lord your God may show us the way we should go, and the thing we should do.”
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your promises of response to the faith of Your people. Keep me from unbelief and failing to act on Your instructions. Amen.
Scripture reading for June 26th: Psalms 93-96
Key Scriptures: Psalm 96:11-13 “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for He comes, He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His truth.”
The psalmist brings forth a new song for the earth to sing. He commands the heavens to rejoice and the earth to be glad. He asks that the seas resound and those living in the ocean depths. He can see fields jubilant and and trees singing as the Lord God returns to the earth to judge the world and people in righteousness and truth! The people are to ascribe glory, strength and honor to the Supreme Ruler and Judge of all!
Let heaven, earth, and mankind rejoice: “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever.”” (Revelation 5:13)
Scripture reading for May 30th: Psalm 6-10
Key Scriptures: Psalm 8:1-2 “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.”
King David rejoiced in God’s majestic name and wrote psalms of praise, including this one. Here David declared that God’s glory was above even the heavens, the moon and stars which God had made. This surpassing glory brought praise from the hearts of children and infants. Their praise silenced the foe and avenger. Jesus quoted from this passage to silence His foes!
Rejoicing in God’s majestic glory: “But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things He did and the children shouting in the temple area, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant. “Do You hear what these children are saying?” they asked Him. “Yes,” replied Jesus, have you never read, “‘From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise’?” (Matthew 21:15-16)
Sunday July 20th, 2014
Summer is flying by! What a blessing to see the crops growing and a harvest maturing! Gardens are producing all kinds of vegetables and fruits and sweet corn is delicious! What an opportunity to gather with God’s people and thank Him for the abundance we enjoy! He is the source of all blessings and we are indebted to Him! Worship, prayer, and a listening ear for His Word will bless you on Sunday! He is worthy of our gathering and praise!
In His Love, Pastor John and Mary
Scripture reading for January 17th: Genesis 48-50
Have you ever been at the bedside of a loved one who was soon to enter eternity? Joseph or someone in the family took down Jacob’s last words to each family member. He gave a special blessing to Joseph’s two sons, Ephriam and Manasseh. He then spoke prophetic words over the other sons. (Genesis 49:9-20)
The blessing of Joseph’s sons effectively made Joseph the first-born. Israel blessed Joseph and adopted the boys. In this way, Joseph would get the double portion. ( The first-born was to get a double portion of the inheritance.) The other brothers had tried to kill Joseph and cut him out, but God re-established his place and doubled the inheritance! Israel also chose Ephraim over Manasseh. The younger over the older. All blessing and God’s reward comes not from birth order but Divine order!
Judah also received a word in Genesis 49:8-12. Judah was told that his brothers would praise him. (His name means “praise”.) His hand would be on the neck of his enemies and his father’s sons would bow down to him. He was called a “lion’s cub”. Jesus was the offspring of Judah in the genealogy of Matthew 1:3. He is known as the “Lion of Judah” (Revelation 5:5) He triumphed over all God’s enemies! (Colossians 3:15) He is King of Kings and rules over nations! (Revelation 15:3-4)
Israel made Joseph swear to take his bones back to the promised land of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel). He believed in God returning to that land. He wanted to be buried there in order to receive his future inheritance. Israel got his wish and awaits the resurrection in the near future
“You are a lion’s cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.” Genesis 49:9-10.
Greetings on this day of rest and reflection! This happens to be Palm Sunday, a day to celebrate and praise the Lord for Jesus Christ, our King! On this day we celebrate his triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the temple. He came riding on a donkey colt surrounded by people waving palm branches and shouting “hosanna”! He came to the temple to be examined by the religious officials because He was the final “lamb” sacrifice for the sins of all people!
This is an interesting tie to Solomon, the great and wise King of Israel. Solomon was a King of peace! He was exceedingly wise! He ruled Israel, but made ties of peace with many other nations. He took wives and concubines, 1000 in all, from many lands! His splendor and wisdom were told of throughout the known world! The wealth of nations were brought to him. God’s favor rested on him to build a “house for God’s Name”.
Jesus Christ is Solomon’s greater son! He is wisdom to us! (1st Corinthians 1:30) He is the Prince of Peace! He will rule over the world from Jerusalem and the nations will serve and worship Him as King of Kings! To God be the Glory forever and ever! Amen! Have a great day of praise and worship to our great King! In Adorationof Him, Pastor John