Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Exodus 1:1-2:22; Psalm 31:1-24; Matthew 27:45-66

And he answered, Thou shalt not smite them: wouldest thou smite those whom thou hast taken captive with thy sword and with thy bow? set bread and water before them, that they may eat and drink, and go to their master. 2 Kings 6:22

Elisha counselled for mercy towards the Syrians. Such compassion flowed out of humane assumptions regarding the treatment of prisoners of war—a rare sentiment in ancient warfare! Christ received no mercy from human hands, yet He extends mercy to sinners who receive Him. He commands that the recipients of His mercy, show mercy to others (Luke 6:36). —Keith Keyser

Mercy and truth unite,
O ‘tis a wondrous sight— All sights above!
Jesus the curse sustains! Guilt’s bitter cup He drains!
Nothing for us remains, nothing but love. —Thomas Kelly

February 12

DAILY READINGS: Ex. 1-2:22; Psalm 31:1-24; Matt. 27:45-66

…you have kept the good wine until now. John 2:10

The best wine served at the marriage of Cana was that which Jesus had made. How significant that turning water into wine was the Lord’s first miracle. It was a miracle associated with the coming of joy. A world terribly short of joy ought to consider such a miracle worker, because He is still doing it today. To those who come to Him for true, lasting joy, He gives the joy of sins forgiven; the joy of peace with God; the joy of communion with Him. This is joy far better than any wine this earth can provide. —E. MacLelland

Pleasures of earth, so seemingly sweet, Fail at the last my longings to
meet; Only in Thee my bliss is complete, Only, dear Lord, in Thee!
—T. O. Chisholm