Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Numbers 4:1-49; Proverbs 1:1-33; Mark 14:1-26

I came down from heaven. John 6:42

Abraham Lincoln once had a conversation with a child which required him to stoop down to her. At the end of it he said to her, “When you grow up, you can say that Abraham Lincoln bent half– way to meet you”. There is a greater than Abraham Lincoln who stooped down all the way to bring blessing to mankind, not just as a result of His miracles but by the outcome of His death at Calvary. Sinners must stoop down in humility, confess their sin and receive Him as Saviour and Lord. —Brian Powlesland

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free so infinite His grace;
Emptied Himself of all but love,
And bled for Adam’s helpless race. —Charles Wesley

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Numbers 3:1-51; Psalms 148:1-150:6; Mark 13:1-37

The heart of Asa was perfect (loyal) all his days. 2 Chron. 15:17
Asa…sought not to the Lord…and died. 2 Chronicles 16:12-13

King Asa started well and continued well. But he finished poorly. His life identifies pitfalls to avoid if we would have a triumphant ending to our lives. First, he compromised with holiness: He used the Lord’s resources for selfish purposes (2 Chron. 16:1-2). Second, he placed his confidence in humans rather than God (vv. 3-6). Finally, his conscience was hardened: He no longer listened to God’s Word (vv. 7-10). Scripture records his end, saying: “his disease was exceeding great”—he diseased physically and spiritually too: He became a bitter, old man (vv. 11-13). Lord, help us avoid these same mistakes so that we can finish our courses with joy. —Brian Cretney

In joy or in sorrow, still follow the Lord,
And, looking to Jesus, still trust in His Word. —Wm. Longstaff

Monday, April 22, 2019

Numbers 2:1-34; Psalms 146:1-147:20; Mark 12:18-44

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13

Salvation is not of works, but it works. What Christ has done for us He works in us. It starts by the Spirit (Phil 1:6), continues by God (2:13) and is completed by the Son. “For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself” (3:20-21). It is all to the praise of the glory of His grace. —Harold G. Smith

Once far from God and dead in sin, no light my heart could see;
But in God’s Word the light I found, now Christ liveth in me. —Daniel Whittle

Lord’s Day, April 21, 2019

Numbers 1:1-54; Psalms 144:1-145:21; Mark 11:27-12:17

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Matthew 28:6

What a glorious day! Not because it is spring and new life bursts all around us, but because of what God accomplished on this day for the whole world. The sad, bleak day of Friday had passed. The jeering voices had fallen silent. His triumphant cry, “It is finished!” (John 19:30) had echoed to silence. And in the stillness, His body rested in a tomb, until suddenly, on this Lord’s Day, “Death could not keep his prey”. This great historical event stands as a fact in spite of a skeptical world. This is God’s vindication of His only Son, His evident triumph of life over death, and the assurance of our eternal hope. Hallelujah! Christ arose! —Jim Comte

Death cannot keep his prey—Jesus my Saviour!
He tore the bars away—Jesus my Lord. —Robert Lowry

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Leviticus 27:1-34; Psalms 142:1-143:12; Mark 11:1-26

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? Psalm 2:1 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. Psalm 2:6

The question asked by the psalmist can be applied to our day. The entire globe has descended into a pit of chaos and darkness: socially, morally and politically. Luke wrote about these days when, “men’s hearts failing them for fear” (Luke 21:26), and indeed these days are upon us. However, as saints we can take heart, knowing that in the final analysis, God’s purposes will be fulfilled and the King this world crucified, will return in power and glory, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. —W. H. Burnett

O the crowning day is coming! Is coming by and by!
When our Lord will come in power, and glory from on high! —D. W. Whittle

Friday, April 19, 2019

Leviticus 26:1-46; Psalm 140:1-141:1-10; Mark 10:32-52

It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. Ecclesiastes 7:2

Amidst the sorrow of losing a loved one comes great opportunities for a Christian to witness. Often you will find that because unsaved friends are occupied with the concept of death and eternity we can confirm the realities of our faith and let others know that our Lord carries us. —Brian Russell

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
Sweetly my soul can rest. —Mrs. Van Alstyne

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Leviticus 25:1-55; Psalm 139:1-24; Mark 10:1-31

My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Psalm 22:1

Were God to forsake us, there would be no mystery as to why, but why should He forsake His holy, perfect, sinless Son in whom was all His delight? We know why. It was for you and me. He took our place on the cross. He was forsaken that we might be forgiven. Have you availed yourself of His forgiveness through faith in Him? —W. Ross Rainey

Forgiven, yes forgiven, My sins forever gone;
Joyful, yes joyful, My heart is filled with song. —W. R. R.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Leviticus 24:1-23; Psalms 137:1-138:8; Mark 9:33-50

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth. Ecclesiastes 12:1

Fourteen year old, cancer-filled Celeste had a choice to make as her life was slipping away. She chose to meet with a number of Hollywood celebrities. Her mother said, “They were the people she desperately wanted to meet”. She did, but there was no desire to meet God, and He the one she was soon to meet. Ancient Amos had valuable, God-given, advice when he said, “prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12). Regardless of age, we must all meet God. Acts 16:31 tells us, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”. Do so this very moment. —Arnot P. McIntee

I come to Jesus, He will take my hand,
He will kindly lead me to a better land. —Fanny J. Crosby

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Leviticus 23:23-44; Psalms 135:1-136:26; Mark 9:14-32

I have found David…a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil (do) all my will. Acts 13:22

Where was David when God wished to anoint him as the future king? He was looking after the sheep! Others were at the exciting meeting with the great prophet Samuel, but David was faithfully doing the job he had been given to do. Here was a young man upon whom God could depend. A young man “after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will” (Acts 13:22). Small unpretentious jobs are often the testing ground God uses to see if He can depend upon us for something bigger. “He that is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much” (Luke 16:10). —David Croudace

Can He depend upon you? His blessed will to do?
Have you told others the story of love, Showing them what they should do?
Can He depend on you?—W. Bacon

Monday, April 15, 2019

Leviticus 23:1-22; Psalms 132:1-134:3; Mark 8:27-9:13

Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’s wrath. Zephaniah 1:18

Forgiveness cannot be bought. Money is the universal passport to everywhere except heaven. But the gospel goes out even to him “that hath no money” (Isa. 55:1). Nor are spiritual life, power or positions in the church for sale, as the sorcerer Simon Magus soon found out—“Thy money perish with thee” (Acts 8:18-21). Some say that money makes the world go round, but God is not swayed by them. Let us learn godliness with contentment, which is great gain, and show no partiality or respect of persons in our preaching. —Carl Knott

Lord, I care not for riches, neither silver nor gold;
I would make sure of heaven, I would enter the fold. —Mary A. Kidder