January 17

DAILY READINGS: Gen. 23; Job 27:1-28:28; Matt. 12:22-50

If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha. 1 Corinthians 16:22, KJV

How interesting to see these two Aramaic terms put side by side by Paul. Anathema is a curse on those who love not the Lord. When He returns it will be judgment and loss for them. Maranatha means, “O Lord, come.” It is a blessing on those who love Him. For them, a crown of righteousness awaits which the Lord shall give unto all those who love His appearing (2 Timothy 4:8). “Anathema” or “Maranatha” is the cry of your own personal choice. Which will it be? —K. C. Ung

Lord Jesus, come! And take Thy people home:
That all Thy flock, so scattered here,
With Thee in glory may appear.
Lord Jesus, come! Lord Jesus, come! —George Jekell

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Genesis 23:1-20; Job 27:1-28:28; Matthew 12:22-50

The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand. Psalm 121:5

The words “keep or keeper” occur three times in this short Psalm as does the word “preserve”. The terms are basically synonymous: “hedge about, guard, protect”. C. H. Spurgeon states, “God is the bodyguard of His saints” and “God is as near as your shadow”. Psalm 91:11 gives this encouragement: “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways”. What stability, assurance, and security the believer enjoys in a world daily rocked by turmoil and confusion! —Wm. H. Gustafson

Under the shadow of Thy throne,
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure. —Isaac Watts