Lord’s Day, June 9, 2019

Deuteronomy 23:9-24:22; Jonah 1:1-2:10; Luke 12:41-59

For he (Abraham) looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10

Heaven is a glorious anticipation for the Christian. It is viewed as a city in the above verse. Cities are places of activity, buildings, music, sport and are certainly not boring. Yet Heaven is also viewed as a country (Heb. 11:16) and that reminds us of variety (mountains, rivers) and beauty. It is also considered a home (John 14:4) and homes are places of security, familiarity and friendship. What a glory Heaven is: activity, beauty and loved ones. We thank God that this is our anticipation through His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. —Paul Young

There is a land that is fairer than day, and by faith we can see it afar;
For the Father waits over the way to prepare us a dwelling place there. —Sanford Fillmore Bennett

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Deuteronomy 22:1-23:8; Joel 3:1-21; Luke 12:22-40

Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place. 1 Samuel 3:9

Eli had many faults and failures, but we must commend his positive attitude towards Samuel when he realised this young boy was going to be God’s choice, not himself, in serving the coming generation. Rather than overlooking spiritual young people, let us encourage them not to despise their youth (1 Tim. 4:12). —Brian Russell

You are my strength when I am weak,
You are the treasure that I seek,
You are my all in all. —Dennis Jernigan

Friday, June 7, 2019

Deuteronomy 20:1-21:23; Joel 2:1-32; Luke 12:1-21

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable. 2 Timothy 3:16

In reading the accounts about the birth of Christ, I was again impressed by the magnitude of the dilemma facing both Mary and Joseph. When Mary understood her favoured condition, she broke out into a song replete with quotes from Scripture. When Joseph was faced with her condition, he too found direction from Scripture. Joseph’s guidance came from Deuteronomy. Interestingly, some thirty years later, his legal son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in His hour of great testing, also found His ground of authority in the Word of God—specifically in Deuteronomy. As Paul says, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”. —M. MacMullen

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life,
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life. —P. P. Bliss

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Deuteronomy 18:9-19:21; Joel 1:1-20; Luke 11:37-54

Lovest thou me more than these? John 21:15
Lovest thou me? John 21:16
Lovest thou me? John 21:17

The Lord wanted Peter to speak the words “I love You” to Him. Does our Saviour ever tire of hearing us say it? No, He does not. Just as we enjoy hearing that we are loved, so does He. Do you regularly tell the Lord, “Thou knowest that I love thee” (21:15-17). But do we show our love to Him as well? By our love for His Word? Our treatment of fellow believers? Our efforts in the gospel? Lovingly tell, and show, Him today! —Vernon Markle

Love led my Saviour to die in my stead, why should He love me so?
Meekly to Calvary He was led. Why should He love me so? -Robert Harkness

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Deuteronomy 17:1-18:8; Obadiah 1-21; Luke 11:14-36

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16
And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. Genesis 32:26

Many of us, having times of need, have failed to appeal to our Lord for help. The Greek scholar, Kenneth Wuest states, “In Him there is seasonal grace”. That is the help needed for a specific time and season. Jacob’s need was for his family (Gen. 33:1-7). Whatever your need is at this hour, take it to the throne of grace for promised help. —Arnot P. McIntee

My soul, ask what wilt, thou canst not be too bold:
Since His own blood for thee was spilt, what else can He withhold? —John Newton

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Deuteronomy 16:1-22; Song of Solomon 6:10-8:14; Luke 11:1-13

Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Often we feel afraid and troubled by our circumstances. Perhaps our whole world has been turned upside down by an illness, or the loss of a loved one on whom we were dependent. In the midst of it all, the Lord tells us, “my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27). We need not fear if we take these words to heart. Paul went through great trials in his life and still he could say, “Rejoice in the Lord always…And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds” (Phil. 4:4, 7). In your sorrow, rejoice in these words. —Ken Gunnell

Fear not! ‘Tis God’s own voice
That speaks to thee these words;
Lift up your head —rejoice In Jesus thy Lord. —E. G. Taylor

Monday, June 3, 2019

Deuteronomy 14:22-15:23; Song of Solomon 5:2-6:9; Luke 10:25-42

Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? Luke 12:24, NKJV

Once when a friend and her husband were struggling financially she stated to her husband, “I cannot expect God to just drop food out of the sky”. At that moment a bun landed at her feet. As she looked up she saw a bird flying on its way. Today she said to me, “There have been many times when we have been in need, but God has provided for our needs”. —Janet Fleming

When bills have grown high and funds seem so low,
Our God in His kindness, He already knows
The things that we need and He’s willing to share,
For each child of our Father is under His care. —Janet Fleming

Lord’s Day, June 2, 2019

Deuteronomy 13:1-14:21; Song of Solomon 3:6-5:1; Luke 10:1-24

Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah…And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne…stood a Lamb. Revelation 5:5-6

The amazing concept of the Lion and the Lamb being one entity, is more than our human minds can fathom. Yet, the majesty of the Lion and the meekness of the Lamb blend together in perfect harmony in the person of the Lord Jesus. Never was that meekness more perfectly displayed than when our Saviour in obedience to the Father’s will, humbled Himself to the death of the cross. But God has triumphantly raised Him in glorious victory, and given Him a name above every name (Phil. 2:9). May we worship His majesty today! —E. V.

O what a mystery, meekness and majesty;
Bow down and worship, for this is your God! —Graham Kendrick

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Deuteronomy 12:1-32; Song of Solomon 2:8-3:5; Luke 9:37-62

The Lord…cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth. Psalm 96:13
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matthew 7:21

There are many passages in the Old Testament telling us the Lord is coming to judge the earth and its people. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus of Nazareth said that in the day of judgment, He will be the one to decide who enters the kingdom of heaven. This claim is astonishing, even heretical, unless indeed He is the Lord. —P. W.

What will you do with Jesus?
Neutral you cannot be;
Someday your heart will be asking,
“What will He do with me?” —A. B. Simpson

Friday, May 31, 2019

Deuteronomy 10:12-11:32; Song of Solomon 1:1-2:7; Luke 9:18-36

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:5-6

“Unto him” is speaking about the Lord Jesus. Three wonderful things are mentioned as to what He has done for us. He loved us. This takes us back to Calvary. His compassion there was great because He loved the unlovable. He washed us from our sins. How precious is that blood that washes us from all sin. He has made us kings and priests unto God. We will rule and reign with Him forever. Praise the Lord! —Harold G. Smith

All these once were sinners, defiled in His sight,
Now arrayed in pure garments in praise they unite. —Philip P. Bliss