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