Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Numbers 22:39-23:26; Proverbs 20:1-21:11; James 4:13-5:20

Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him. Mark 12:17

When asked about paying tax, the Lord took a penny and taught a principle. “Whose is this image and superscription?…Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.” (Mark 12:16-17). When it comes to the government, we are to pay (Rom. 13:7), pray (1 Tim. 2:1), and obey (1 Peter 2:13). But they marveled when He added to render “to God the things that are God’s.” His image and inscription is on us! —Rex Trogdon

Only one life to offer—Take it, dear Lord, I pray,
Nothing from Thee withholding, Thy will I now obey,
Thou who hast freely given Thine all in all for me,
Claim this life for Thine own, to be used, my Saviour,
Ev’ry moment for Thee. —Avis B. Christiansen

May 12

DAILY READINGS: Num. 22:39-23:26; Prov. 20:1-21:11; Jas. 4:13-5:20

And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts arise in your hearts?” Luke 24:38

The excitement of the last few minutes suddenly vanished, and once smiling faces were now fearful and terrified. Without opening the door, the Saviour suddenly appeared, offering peace to His shocked disciples, who supposed they had seen a spirit. However, when He asked for food and ate it in their presence, they were confident He was the risen Lord, the Man, Christ Jesus. Jesus is alive today at the Father’s own right hand. Believe it with all your heart, and enjoy the peace He gave to them and now offers you and me. —Arnot P. McIntee

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.—E. Bickersteth