Thursday, April 30, 2020

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

I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great congregation. Psalm 40:10, NKJV

As you go about your day today look for opportunities to tell others about our Lord Jesus Christ’s righteousness, faithfulness, salvation, and lovingkindness. It may be that you will be an encouragement to other believers or you may sow a seed for an unbeliever to think upon during the rest of their day. —Annette Baal

Praise the name of Jesus, praise the name of Jesus
He’s my Rock, He’s my Fortress, He’s my Deliverer,
In Him will I trust. Praise the name of Jesus. —Roy Hicks Jr.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

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

For Jerusalem stumbled, and Judah is fallen, because their tongue and their doings Are against the Lord to provoke the eyes of His glory. Isaiah 3:8, NKJV

How might God’s displeasure for a society be displayed today? Much in the same way it was in Isaiah’s day. Isaiah 3:3-7 identifies several signs of a society destitute of God’s blessing: a void of godly leadership, immature leaders taking control, a divided society, discounted values, and an air of despair dominates the nation. Like Israel, these symptoms warn of a society that has turned away from God and is ripe for judgment! May we walk in love and truth and pray for a great revival in our land. —W. A. H.

Wherefore do the nations rage, and the people vainly dream,
That in triumph they can wage war against the Lord supreme? —Paraphrase of Psalm 2

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

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

O how I love thy law! it is my meditation all the day. Psalm 119:97

During a visit to China, Dr. Paul Freed paused at the side of a university student at work in the school library. “Will you please show me a Bible?” asked the then President of Trans World Radio. “What is a Bible?” responded the sincere young man. How sad! Can we, who are privileged to have the Word of God, honestly say with the Psalmist “O, how I love thy law!” Loving it and meditating on it assures spiritual growth and maturity. Neglecting it assures spiritual malnutrition and deformity. —Arnot P. McIntee

Mine to tell of joys to come, and the rebel sinners doom:
O thou holy book divine, precious treasure, thou art mine. —John Burton, Sr.

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

Monday, April 27, 2020

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

And they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand…for they cried to God in the battle, and he was entreated of them; because they put their trust in him. 1 Chronicles 5:20

These valiant men of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh teach us an important lesson. As we face the world, the flesh and the devil, and are engaged in spiritual battles, let us not trust in ourselves to overcome, but in our God. Remembering too, the effectiveness of prayer and the encouragement—that our God hears. —Pete Smith

Jehovah is our strength, and He shall be our song;
We shall o’ercome at length, although our foes be strong.
In vain then Satan doth oppose, for God is stronger than His foes. —Samuel Barnard

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

Lord’s Day, April 26, 2020

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

And they shall stone thee with stones, and thrust thee through with their swords. Ezekiel 16:40

“Our son…is a glutton and a drunkard…the men…shall stone him” (Deut. 21:20). In the Old Testament, we see how God punished His people for sin. Stoning and thrusting through with a sword are mentioned here. In the New Testament, we read of the Lord Jesus, who never sinned, suffering the same things. “They took up stones to cast at him” (John 8:59), “the soldiers with a spear pierced his side” (John 19:34). Oh how He suffered for our sin! —Mary Robins

Surely He has born our sorrows
And with His stripes we are healed. —Lois Irwin

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