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Joseph’s Character

Joseph’s Character

Matthew 1:18–19


Joseph must have felt betrayed when Mary was discovered to be pregnant. Even so he was willing to protect her by arranging a private divorce (before just two witnesses, cf. Num. 5:11–31). The comment, “a righteous man” (v.19), reminds us that righteousness is not stern insistence on the letter of the law, but is well flavored with mercy and compassion.

Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Sinkholes, Dead Sea West Shore

Sinkholes, Dead Sea West Shore

Morning and Evening

Morning, June 9                                         Go To Evening Reading

         “The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”
—Psalm 126:3
Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, “I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of [a] horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.” Such an…

My Utmost for His Highest

June 9th
The next best thing to do

Ask if you have not Received. For [everybody] that asketh receiveth. Luke 11:10.

There is nothing [harder than] to ask. We will long and desire and crave and suffer, but not until we are at the extreme limit will we ask. A sense of unreality makes us [a]question. Have you ever asked out of the depths of moral poverty? “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God …” but be sure that you do lack wisdom. You cannot bring yourself up [to] Reality when you like. The next best thing to do if you are not spiritually real is to ask God for the Holy Spirit on the word of Jesus Christ (see Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes real in you all that Jesus did for you.
“For every one that asketh receiveth.” This [does] not mean you will not get if you do not ask (cf. Mat. 5:45), but until [thou] get to the point of asking you won’t receive from God. To receive means you have come into the relationship of a child of God, and now you perceive with in…