Thursday, January 31, 2019

Genesis 38:1-30; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matthew 21:33-22:14

In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 12:3

The scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Galatians 3:8 From the beginning, God’s heart has longed for all to know Him. The Gospel is to be preached to every person. We call this the Great Commission. So how great is the Great Commission to me? Is God’s vision my vision? It needs to be. Is God’s mission my mission? It can be. It must be. —J. A. Bjorlie

Shall we, whose souls are lighted with wisdom from on high,
Shall we to men benighted the lamp of life deny? Salvation!
Oh, salvation! The joyful sound proclaim,
Till earth’s remotest station has learned Messiah’s name. —R. Heber

January 31

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 38; Psalms 15:1-16:11; Matt. 21:33-22:14

Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. Isaiah 45:22, NKJV

Years ago, on a snowy winter Sunday morning in England, a young boy took his mother’s advice and went to a Primitive Methodist Chapel. Because of the weather, the minister hadn’t shown up. A “layman” from the little congregation took his place and expounded repeatedly on the above verse. Addressing the visitor he said: “Young man, look to Jesus Christ. Look! You have nothing to do but to look and live.” Charles Spurgeon looked and was saved. —E. MacLelland

Life is offered unto you, Hallelujah! Eternal life your soul shall have,
If you only look to Him, Hallelujah! Look to Jesus who alone can save.
—William A. Ogden

January 30

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 37; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matt. 21:1-32

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever…To him who made the great lights…the moon and stars to rule over the night. Psalm 136:1, 7, 9 

In a comic strip, a boy stares into the starry night sky and proclaims, “I’m significant! Screamed the dust speck.” The irony brings a smile, but for the child of God it stirs our hearts. Certainly when contrasted with the vastness of the universe, we seem insignificant; yet God knows us, and loves us! In fact, the Creator of the universe knows our thoughts before we think them, our words before we speak them, and our actions before we do them. Even greater, He calls us friends and has laid down His life for us. —Jaby Jacob

What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
—Joseph Scriven

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Genesis 37:1-36; Psalms 11:1-14:7; Matthew 21:1-32

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts 4:12

We live in a pluralistic world, where to be dogmatic about anything is frowned upon. We are told that we must be tolerant of each point of view. Unfortunately for such a world, the Scriptures make it abundantly clear that there is no other means of being saved from the eternal consequences of our sin than through the blessed name of the Lord Jesus Christ and His atoning death at Calvary. The Lord Jesus Himself said “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6, nkjv). Dogmatic? Yes! Salvation depends on accepting this blessed truth. —W. H. Burnett

Man of Sorrows! What a name, for the Son of God who came,
Ruined sinners to reclaim. Hallelujah! What a Saviour! —P. P. Bliss

January 29

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 36; Psalms 9:1-10:18; Matt. 20:17-34

Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. John 5:24

George Kirk was a believer who valued, “Real Life Insurance.” He prayed, “You have given me true insurance that is payable when I leave this life by death. I may purchase insurance on my physical life, but only You could purchase, and totally pay for, insurance that has an eternal guarantee. May I, as a steward, be a good insurance salesman of the greatest offer ever made to all mankind. It costs the beneficiary absolutely nothing and gives absolutely everything.” Do you have that insurance? —Anon.

We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to
the right, A story of truth and sweetness, a story of peace and light.
—Colin Stern

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Genesis 36:1-43; Psalms 9:1-10:18; Matthew 20:17-34

Take heed unto thyself, and to the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. 1 Timothy 4:16

Here is a charge to guard the integrity of our personal lives while we earnestly contend for the doctrines of the faith. Every Christian knows the importance of studying the Scriptures (1 Tim. 2:15). But knowledge of the Word does not guarantee our spiritual success, neither does our parentage, privilege or past achievement. Heart attachment to Christ and abiding in Him is the only way by which our spiritual well-being is assured, saving us (and others) from a lot of anguish. If these words needed to be spoken to Timothy, how much more for us? —Mark Kolchin

There is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God.
A place where sin cannot molest, near to the heart of God.—C. McAfee

January 28

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 35; Psalms 7:1-8:9; Matt. 19:16-20:16

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him? Psalm 8:3-4

If it cost a penny to travel a thousand miles, a cruise to the moon would be only $2.38. But if you wanted to go to the sun, the one-way ticket would cost $930. And a trip to the nearest star would be, hold onto your hat—$260 million. Yet a place in the very heart of the One who made this vast universe is free, based on the priceless sacrifice of Christ. Have you reserved your place? —William MacDonald

Wonder of wonders! Vast surprise! Can bigger wonder be?
That He who built the starry skies Once bled and died for me.
—Author Unknown

Monday, January 28, 2019

Genesis 35:1-29; Psalms 7:1-8:9; Matthew 19:16-20:16

Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord. Psalm 107:43

The Psalm records the repeated self-made troubles of people, who exhaust themselves and eventually cry out to the Lord. We may personally find it hard to have compassion on those who are their own worst enemies. Yet this Psalm teaches us that our God’s loving-kindness is not cut off from anyone when they repent and turn to Him. That’s a divine level of wisdom we could certainly use more of. —Rick Morse

He whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto us each day what He deems best. —Lina S. Berg

January 27

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 33:18-34:31; Psalms 4:1-6:10; Matt. 19:1-15

The wages of sin is death… Romans 6:23, KJV
They found in him no guilt worthy of death. Acts 13:28
Christ died for our sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3, KJV

It has been pointed out by G. Campbell Morgan that when the Lord Jesus, the sinless Substitute, died on the cross, there was no cause in Him to die. Therefore He created in the universe an infinite credit value He did not need for Himself, upon which every sinner may draw. All the value of that death becomes available to any who will by faith appropriate it, and, receiving Christ and His finished work, such a sinner will pass from spiritual death unto life eternal. Have you ever received Him? —J. B. Nicholson

Thine is the joy, but yet ’tis mine. ‘Tis ours as one with Thee;
My joy flows from that grief of Thine; Thy death brings life to me.
—Author Unknown

Lord’s Day, January 27, 2019

Genesis 33:18-34:31; Psalms 4:1-6:10; Matthew 19:1-15

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Matthew 27:45

In our worship gatherings we often speak of the scourging, buffeting, spitting and railing our Lord endured. But there was no forgiveness and salvation in all this suffering. It was in those three dark hours when the sword of Jehovah awoke and smote the Shepherd. It was then that He was wounded for our transgressions and smitten of God. It was there that it pleased Jehovah to bruise Him. It was there that He was made sin for us. We can never enter into this awful “tasting of death” for us. —Harold G. Smith

Alas and did my Saviour bleed? And did my Sovereign die?
Would He devote that sacred head, for such a worm as I? —I. Watts