April 30

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 10:11-11:3; Proverbs 8:1-36; Jude 1:1-25

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

The headline read “Mom’s final act saves baby.” The heroic mother was pushing her baby’s stroller across an intersection when a car made an illegal turn. She pushed the buggy out of the way, but could not avoid the vehicle and was killed. The greatest act of love was at Calvary where the Lord Jesus died in your place and mine, paying the price of our sins. The apostle Paul said, “the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians. 2:20). —Arnot P. McIntee

Jesus has saved me—wonderful Saviour! Jesus has saved me—
I cannot tell how; But this I do know, He came, my ransom,
Dying on Calvary with thorns on His brow. —J. W. MacGill

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Numbers 10:11-11:3; Proverbs 8:1-36; Jude

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:12

It often comes as a personal shock when we discover that something we’ve believed and repeated is either off balance or even completely incorrect. Sometimes we can trace the detour back to something we’ve heard or read, but we acknowledge how difficult it is to change our own views on something we’ve held for a long time. May we ever have a teachable spirit, so that we value being correct more than being right. —Rick Morse

Break Thou the Bread of Life, dear Lord, to me,
As Thou didst break the loaves, beside the sea;
Beyond the sacred page, I seek Thee, Lord;
My spirit pants for Thee, O Living Word. —M. A. Lathbury

April 29

DAILY READINGS: Num. 9:1-10:10; Prov. 6:20-7:27; Mark 16:1-20

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” John 14:5

Thomas asks a vital question concerning our direction and destiny. There are two ways into eternity, the narrow way that leads to life, and the broad way that leads to destruction (Matthew 7). Be not deceived for there is “a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death” (Proverbs 16:25). Reformation, religion, good works, and sincerity are some ways that seem right, but are false. There is only one way. Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). “And there is salvation in no one else” (Acts 4:12). Have you come to Him? —R. Surgenor

Yes Jesus is the Truth, the Way, that leads you into rest. Believe in
Him without delay, and you are fully blest. —J. H. Sammis

Monday, April 29, 2019

Numbers 9:1-10:10; Proverbs 6:20-7:27; Mark 16:1-20

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart. Jeremiah 15:16, NKJV

Does the reading of God’s Word cause your heart to rejoice? Depending on the condition of your soul, God’s Word can be sweet to the taste (Ps. 119:103), or like a bitter pill of conviction (Heb. 4:12). If you’re enjoying sweet fellowship with the Lord, His Word will delight your heart. But if there is unconfessed sin in your life, God’s Word may trigger feelings of guilt and regret. How does God’s Word affect you? —E. V.

Open Thy word of truth, that I may see,
Thy message written, clear and plain for me;
Then in sweet fellowship, walking with Thee,
Thine image on my life, engraved will be. —Mary A. Lathbury

Lord’s Day, April 28, 2019

Numbers 8:1-26; Proverbs 5:1-6:19; Mark 15:24-47

She hath wrought a good work upon me. Matthew 26:10

Just before His death, a woman came to Jesus carrying a box of “very precious ointment” (Matt. 26:7), and poured it on His head. Two reproaches were offered by His disciples. They criticized her for doing it, calling it a waste and the Lord for allowing it, inferring that the poor were a more worthy recipient. Is He worthy of our acts of devotion? Do our hearts offer Him our gratitude, praise and worship? Our blessed Saviour alone is worthy! Is He not the author of our eternal salvation? He alone is worthy of receiving universal recognition and honour. Have you thanked and blessed Him today? —Vernon Markle

All praise to Him who reigns above in majesty supreme,
Who gave His Son for man to die, that He might man redeem. —William H. Clark

April 28

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 8:1-26; Proverbs 5:1-6:19; Mark 15:24-47

I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10, NKJV

The Lord Jesus loved to talk about life. In this passage He speaks of the enemies of the sheep—the thief who comes to steal and to kill and to destroy. The wolf has a similar ambition and the hireling is no better. So different is the motive of the Lord the Shepherd. He comes to give His life and, by so doing, He is able to impart life more abundant to those who put their confidence and trust in Him. He said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep,” (John 10:11, NKJV). Have you received life from Him? —R. J.

The least, the feeblest of the sheep, to him the Father gave, Kind is His
heart the charge to keep, and strong His arm to save. —P. Doddridge

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Numbers 7:1-89; Proverbs 4:1-27; Mark 15:1-23

Some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said, As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Luke 21:5-6

Jerusalem’s attraction was the temple. But note our Lord’s attitude toward it. The entire site would be swept away, and soon. Our Lord preached at the temple, in synagogues and the street. Paul preached in the open air and rented a house for Bible studies. What was their passion? It was the people who listened and the spiritual house they would become through the gospel. —J. A. Bjorlie

View the vast building, see it rise,
The work how great, the plan how wise,
Oh wondrous fabric, power unknown,
That rests it on the Living Stone. —Samuel Medley

April 27

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 7:1-89; Proverbs 4:1-27; Mark 15:1-23

And also say, “Behold, your servant Jacob is behind us.” For he said, “I will appease him with the present that goes before me, and afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me.” Genesis 32:20, NKJV

Jacob feared death at the hand of his brother and so he tried to appease his brother’s anger with gifts. We face the wrath of God and eternal death (Romans 6:23). God is not appeased by our gifts or good works. It is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5, NKJV). Which method are you counting on—your gifts and works or His gift to you? —P. W.

Thy work alone, my Saviour, can ease this weight of sin; Thy blood
alone, O Lamb of God, can give me peace within. —Horatius Bonar

April 26

DAILY READINGS: Numbers 6:1-27; Proverbs 3:1-35; Mark 14:53-72

Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more. Romans 5:20

Even our righteous acts are like filthy rags in the eyes of God (Isaiah 64:6). Yet, no matter how sin has revealed itself in us, there is good news—the Gospel of the grace of God. On the cross the Lord Jesus paid the price for all our sins and whether great or few, God’s grace abounds more. Friend, you may have done great harm to yourself and others. Don’t despair. Trust Christ as your Saviour today and He will immediately forgive, change and welcome you as His own. —George Ferrier

Marvellous grace of our loving Lord, Grace that exceeds our
sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilled. —J. H. Johnston

Friday, April 26, 2019

Numbers 6:1-27; Proverbs 3:1-35; Mark 14:53-72

Do not think it strange. 1 Peter 4:12a, NKJV

Something that is strange is different, foreign, or odd. That could include languages, food, or experiences. It is “experiences” that Peter is alluding to here. He speaks of trials as if they were familiar, not different; as if they were known, not foreign; and as if they were common-place, not odd. It’s actually when we don’t “suffer as a Christian” that we should think it strange. We may expect trials if we’re living for Christ, but do we rejoice as we recognize God working in our life? If not, that would be strange. —N. C. Funston

It may be thro’ the shadows dim,
Or o’er the stormy sea,
I take the cross and follow Him,
Wherever He leadeth me. —Baylus Benjamin McKinney