Lord’s Day, May 26, 2019

Deuteronomy 4:1-49; Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:12; Luke 7:30-50

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. John 14:18

How tragic to hear stories of abandoned babies in orphanages who have stopped crying, giving up hope that any will come to comfort them. Promising His return, Christ assured His disciples that He would not leave them orphans. Fulfilling His word, Christ came to them after His resurrection and again at Pentecost through the Holy Spirit, another Comforter. Someday Christ will return for us and escort us to heaven with great joy. He will never abandon us. He will surely come. Even so come Lord Jesus. —George Ferrier

Oh, joy! oh, delight! Should we go without dying,
No sickness, no sadness, no dread and no crying;
Caught up through the clouds, with our Lord into glory,
When Jesus receives, “His own.” —H. L. Turner

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Deuteronomy 3:1-29; Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16; Luke 7:1-29

Keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding…oppositions of science falsely so called: Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. 1 Timothy 20-21

Believers should value scholarship in understanding the Bible. But don’t forget faith, for it is the persuasion that God is worth seeking and His Word is worth understanding. So use every resource to understand the original Bible languages. Delve into the technicals of Bible study. But wed your scholarship to faith. Scholarship alone won’t open the Word. There are too many amazing, startling, unexpected, shocking things there. Without faith the scholar’s learning is his weakness, routinely using learning to explain away the astounding message. —J. A. Bjorlie

Word of the ever living God, will of His glorious Son;
Without Thee how could earth be trod or heaven itself be won?—Barton

Friday, May 24, 2019

Deuteronomy 2:1-37; Ecclesiastes 2:12-3:15; Luke 6:20-49

And Jonathan said to the young man that bare his armour, Come, and let us go over unto the garrison of these uncircumcised: it may be that the Lord will work for us: for there is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few. 1 Samuel 14:6

Saul had failed Jonathan. His son could easily have adopted a negative attitude and blamed his father. Instead he did what he could, knowing God could still use him. Sometimes the older saints fail. I exhort the younger people not to despair or criticise but do what you can for the Lord in the local assembly. Like Jonathan you may well be surprised what God can do with the few and at the same time activate and encourage the older ones. —Brian Russell

Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide,
His boundless mercy will provide. —John S. B. Monsell

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Deuteronomy 1:1-46; Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:11; Luke 6:1-19

Thou shalt also consider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee. Deuteronomy 8:5

In the rearing of His children, our loving God knows that some forms of training are less enjoyable for us than others. In His faithfulness, He does not hesitate to do everything necessary to bring us to full stature and maturity, on our journey to being conformed to the image of His Son. Our thoughts may deceive us into thinking we are being ill-treated. Yet when we consider His love for us in our hearts, we can trust that He is doing all that is best for us. —Rick Morse

I know that His power my safeguard shall be;
For “Why are ye troubled?” He saith unto me. —Anna B. Warner

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Numbers 35:9-36:13; Proverbs 31:1-31; Luke 5:17-39

The Son of man came…to give his life a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28

“I owe my life to a ransom paid, not by the government, but by donations from many caring people”. So said a young woman released after 460 days of captivity. It was gifts from friends that made possible her release. The ransom price for our sins was the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle Peter wrote, in 1 Peter 1:18-19, “Ye were not redeemed with…silver and gold…But with the precious blood of Christ”. His blood was sacrificially shed to pay for your sins. Have you thanked Him for paying the penalty price for your sins? —Arnot P. McIntee

Precious blood that hath redeemed us, all the price is paid!
Perfect pardon now is offered, peace is made. —Frances R. Havergal

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Numbers 34:1-35:8; Proverbs 30:1-33; Luke 5:1-16

What do you want Me to do for you? Mark 10:36, 52, NKJV

The Lord Jesus asked this question in two different settings. The first was to two of His disciples who answered, “Grant us that we may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on Your left, in Your glory” (Mark 10:37, NKJV). The second was to two blind men who cried, “Son of David, have mercy on us” (Matt. 9:27, NKJV). They answered, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened” (Matt. 20:33, NKJV). The disciples could see but were blind to their pride. The blind men could not see, but recognized the Lord, and He opened their eyes. What would you answer? —Rex Trogdon

Open my eyes, that I may see,
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key,
That shall unclasp, and set me free. —Clara H. Scott

Monday, May 20, 2019

Numbers 33:1-56; Proverbs 29:1-27; Luke 4:16-44

Be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58

Between 1983 and 2017, one of 7 possible mottos inscribed on the pound coin was that of the city of Edinburgh “Nisi dominus frustra”—“It is vain without the Lord”. We can often be so taken up with trying to do things for the Lord that we can forget to ask for His help and blessing. Said the psalmist “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it” (Ps. 127:1). —Brian Powlesland

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;
Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone—
By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;
Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see. —W. D. Longstaff

Lord’s Day, May 19, 2019

Numbers 32:1-42; Proverbs 28:1-28; Luke 4:1-15

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega.” Revelation 21:5-6, NKJV

“It is done” is in a rare Greek verb tense that denotes a completed action in the past with timeless results. Wuest translates it: “I make all things new in quality…Write at once, because these words are trustworthy and dependable…They have come to pass and stand accomplished”. Only the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, can achieve in the past, what lasts for eternity and makes all things new in between! —W. A. H.

When He from His lofty throne stooped to do and die,
Everything was fully done; hearken to His cry!
“It is finished!” Yes, indeed, finished, for all eternity. —James Proctor

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Numbers 30:1-31; Proverbs 26:13-27:27; Luke 3:1-38

And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, (God’s Word) and shalt show them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do. Exodus 18:20

Jethro gave Moses sound advice which those in leadership roles would do well to emulate. Firstly they must teach God’s Word. Then they must show the believers by example how to walk in obedience to that word. Finally they should show them the work of God in which they should be involved. Not just encouraging them to work but rather to demonstrate it, by going out with them and so showing them how to do God’s work. —David Croudace

Many now are watching the footsteps that we take;
Many soon will follow in the choices that we make.
So let us then be faithful to be what we should be,
And leave a good example that they can clearly see. —J. Zichterman

Friday, May 17, 2019

Numbers 29:1-40; Proverbs 25:1-26:12; Luke 2:22-52

They that…sow wickedness, reap the same. Job 4:8

Sin begins as a seed. If it is not dealt with immediately, it becomes a weed, a weed that begins to choke out spiritual desires and nourishment. Before long, that weed becomes a deed, manifesting itself in behaviour that is not honouring to the Lord. In time, that deed becomes a need, an addiction. It becomes hard to get through a day without fulfilling that sinful desire. That need begets greed, a pursuit of sin at all costs, leaving a trail of broken hearts and homes in the process. Hence the well-known truism: first, sin fascinates, then it assassinates. There is a two-fold antidote to this declining spiral: feed your soul the Word of God and heed the convicting prompts of the Holy Spirit to “flee also youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22). —Brian Cretney

Sowing to the Spirit, praying as we go;
From the seed we scatter, soon the blade will grow. —Fanny J. Crosby