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Help thee Lord

Morning, January 16  

“I will help thee, saith the Lord.” 
         — Isaiah 41:14

This morning let us hear the Lord Jesus speak to each one of us:I will help thee.”“It is but a small thing for me, thy God, to help thee. Consider what I have done already. What! not help thee? Why, I bought thee with my blood. What! not help thee? I have died for thee; and if I have done the greater, will I not do the less? Help thee! It is the least thing I will ever do for thee; I have done more, and will do more. Before the world began I chose thee. I made the covenant for thee. I laid aside my glory and became a man for thee; I gave up my life for thee; and if I did all this, I will surely help thee now.  In helping thee, I am giving thee what I have bought for thee already. If thou hadst need of a thousand times as much help, I would give it thee; thou [require] little compared with what I am ready to give. ’Tis much for thee to need, but it is nothing for me to bestow. ‘Help thee?’ Fear not! If …

“The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself.”

Evening, January 16

 “The Messiah shall be cut off, but not for himself.” 
         — Daniel 9:26

Blessed behis name, there was no cause of death inhim. Neither original nor actual sin had defiledhim, and therefore deathhad no claim uponhim. No man could have taken his life fromhim justly, for he had done no man wrong, and no man could even have lain him by force unless he had been pleased to yieldhimself to die. But lo, one sins and another suffers. Justice was offended by us, but found its satisfaction in him. Rivers of tears, mountains of offerings, seas of the blood of bullocks, and hills of frankincense, could not have availed for the removal of sin; but Jesus was cut off for us, and the cause of wrath was cut off at once, for sin was put away for ever. Herein is wisdom, whereby substitution, the sure and speedy way of atonement, was devised!Herein is condescension, which brought Messiah, the Prince, to wear a crown of thorns, and die upon the cross! Herein is love, which led the Re…
January 16: Save Us!
Matthew 20:17–21:22

Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is theonewho comes in the name of the Lord! Hosannain the highest heaven!” (Matt 21:9). Idiomatically, this means: “Save [me], I pray, the Son of David. Blessed is the one who comes in the name of Yahweh! Save [me], I pray, by the highest!”
When the people shout these words about Jesus as He enters Jerusalem, they affirm His divinely appointed role and His ability to save them. And the original psalm that this phrase comes from is about their God, Yahweh. Perhaps the people understood Jesus as one with God (Psa 118:25–26).
As He enters Jerusalem, Jesus’actions align withZech 9:9,which foretells of a savior-king who will enter on a donkey(Matt 21:5).
For first-century Jews, everything lined up to affirmJesus as God’sway of bringing salvation, and they responded toHimas such. This prompts several questions: how often do we see the alignment between what’s happening and God’s plan? How many parallels or opportun…