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Seek Jehovah

Seek Jehovah
14     if My people who are ucalled by My name will vhumble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, wthen I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land[1]


uDeut. 28:10; [Is. 43:7] v2 Chr. 12:6, 7; [James 4:10] w2 Chr. 6:27, 30 [1]The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Recall the Former Days

Recall the Former Days (1.) When they had suffered: In former days, after they were illuminated; that is, as soon as God had breathed life into their souls, and caused divine light to spring up in their minds, and taken them into his favour and covenant; then earth and hell combined all their force against them. Here observe, A natural state is a dark state, and those who continue in that state meet with no disturbance from Satan and the world; but a state of grace is a state of light, and therefore the powers of darkness will violently oppose it. Those who will live godly in Christ Jesus must suffer persecution.
Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

Jesus’ Humanity

Jesus’ Humanity
Jesus’ two natures are like two sides of a coin. On one side, He is the Son of God and is coequal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. In every possible respect, He is fully and completely divine (Col 2:9). And then there’s the other side of the coin: Jesus as the Son of Man. When He was born in Bethlehem, He inherited a body of flesh and blood and assumed a nature that made Him as much a human as any man or woman who has ever lived. Jesus was a full-fledged member of the human race. But have you ever wondered why? Why would Jesus, who enjoyed all power and every prerogative as the Son of God, become one of us? Why did He have to enter into our humanity? Four reasons stand out to us from Scripture.

Barry, John D. et al. Faithlife Study Bible. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2012. Print.

Reed

Reed ‎Reed was cut and bound to sheaves, so that it could be carried on the back. ‎Exod 2:3, 2:5; Job 8:11; Ps 68:30; Isa 19:6; 35:7; 58:5; Jonah 2:5


Conquest of a city

Conquest of a city ‎The relief from the palace of the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal (669 to about 630 BCE) shows the conquest of an unnamed city, and its destruction by Assyrian soldiers. The houses were burned, the soldiers are razing the city wall to the ground by yanking out the bricks, and the valuables of the inhabitants are taken away as booty, and brought to Assyria. ‎2 Kings 25

The Tree of Life

The Tree of Life

According to the sacred narrative, there were two trees standing side by side in the garden of Eden which had a peculiar symbolical   V 2, p 125  or sacramental character. The one was called the Tree of Life, the other the Tree of Knowledge. The former was the symbol of life, and its fruit was not to be eaten except on the condition of man’s retaining his integrity. Whether the fruit of that tree had inherent virtue to impart life, i.e., to sustain the body of man in its youthful vigour and beauty, or gradually to refine it until it should become like to what the glorified body of Christ now is, or whether the connection between eating its fruit and immortality was simply conventional and sacramental, we cannot determine. It is enough to know that partaking of that tree secured in some way the enjoyment of eternal life. That this was the fact is plain, not only because man after his transgression was driven from paradise “lest he put forth his hand, and take also of …

Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

May 4
  Looking up to heaven he sighed         Mark 7:34
Too often we sigh and look within; Jesus sighed and looked without. We sigh, and look down; Jesus sighed, and looked up. We sigh, and look to earth; Jesus sighed, and looked to Heaven. We sigh, and look to man; Jesus sighed, and looked to God.

Stork

Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments

May 4: More Than I Can Handle
Judges 6:11–7:25; Philippians 2:1–11; Psalm 66:1–20

“God doesn’t give us more than we can handle.”
This Christian maxim is a well-meaning attempt at putting our difficult times into perspective. It holds the view that God knows our weaknesses and knows when we can’t measure up to a challenge. But if we’re going through trials, this same saying can be debilitating when we feel that we can’t possibly handle a situation.

The psalms often describe circumstances that leave the nation of Israel hopelessly struggling and helplessly in need of God:
“For you have tested us, O God; you have tried us as silver is tried. You brought us into the net; you placed a heavy burden on our backs. You let men ride over our heads. We went through fire and through water, but you have brought us out to the place of abundance” (Psa 66:10–12).

Israel doesn’t often “handle” situations very well. Throughout its history, the nation chosen by God repeatedly rebelled against Him. Only w…

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, May 4                                                 Go To Evening Reading

         “Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods.”
         — Jeremiah 16:20

One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan’s star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken. Self in various forms struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion, and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. Favourite children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when he sees us doting upon them above measure; they will live to be as great a curse to us as Absalom was to David, or they will be taken from us to leave our homes desolate. If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleepless pillows, let them dote on their dear ones.

It is truly said that…

My Utmost for His Highest

May 4th
Vicarious intercession


Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus. Hebrews 10:19.

Beware of imagining that intercession means bringing our personal sympathies into the presence of God and demanding that He does what we ask. Our approach to God is due entirely to the vicarious identification of our Lord with sin. We have “boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus.”
Spiritual stubbornness is the most effectual hindrance to intercession, because it is based on sympathy with that in ourselves and in others that we do not think needs atoning for. We have the notion that there are certain right and virtuous things in us which do not need to be based on the Atonement, and just in the domain of ‘stodge’ that is produced by this idea we cannot intercede. We do not identify ourselves with God’s interests in others, we get petulant with God; we are always ready with our own ideas, and intercession becomes the glorification of our …

The Humbled and Exalted Christ

The Humbled and Exalted Christ iLet 5aCommand                                  this mind be in you bCharacterization                              which was also in Christ Jesus, 6aCharacterization                                   who, bBackground-Status (c)jbeing in the form of God, cRejection                                                   did not consider it 2robbery to be equal with God, 7aSuggestionkbut bJesus-Action3made Himself of no reputation, c