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Daily Devotion for January 27, 2018


<i>The Plague at Ashdod</i>, by Angelo Caroselli, ca. 1630.
The Plague at Ashdod, by Angelo Caroselli, ca. 1630. ((See Full-size.)

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Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

Our “Saturday Oldie” today comes from Doris Akers and the Sky Pilot Choir, who were a major gospel force in the 1950s.



Thanks and Praise

I  thank You for the temporal blessings of this world — the refreshing air, the light of the sun, the food that renews strength, the raiment that clothes, the dwelling that shelters, the sleep that gives rest, the starry canopy of night, the summer breeze, the flowers’ sweetness, the music of flowing streams, the happy endearments of family, kindred, and friends. Things animate, things inanimate, minister to my comfort. My cup runs over.

Do not allow me to be insensible to these daily mercies. Your hand bestows blessings; Your power averts evil. I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces, the full warmth of faith, the cheering presence of our Spirit, the strength of Your restraining will, Your spiking of hell’s artillery. Blessed be my sovereign Lord!

Amen.

Prayer to the King

Lord Christ, you are my King and I have no other. I will follow the laws of men, where I can do so without offending Your holy ordinances and teachings, for your Bible has taught us to obey the civil authorities. I will pay my taxes and I will render unto Caesar what is Caesar’s, but they do not have my heart and they do not have my soul. For my King does not sit in a palace of stone; my King does not wear robes trimmed with fur. My King does not make promises he cannot keep. My King cannot be corrupted, will never shame me, will never make excuses. My King will never cover-up his wrongdoing, because my King commits no wrong, hates no man, and would give up His very life for me.

For my King is Jesus Christ the Almighty God of Heaven and Earth, clothed in righteousness, crowned by truth and seated on a throne of eternal glory! And to You and You alone I swear my allegiance, my faith, my hope, my life and my soul, today and as long as I live,

Amen.

Meditation

[You are my King and I have no other.]


Benediction

Into your hands, O Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, I commend my spirit. Bless me and all those who pray in faith of You this day; save us and grant unto us everlasting life.

Amen.


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Swindlers

“The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.”

~ Soren Kierkegaard


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1 Samuel 5 (ESV)

The Philistines and the Ark

After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then they carried the ark into Dagon’s temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back in his place. But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. That is why to this day neither the priests of Dagon nor any others who enter Dagon’s temple at Ashdod step on the threshold.

The Lord’s hand was heavy upon the people of Ashdod and its vicinity; he brought devastation upon them and afflicted them with tumors. When the men of Ashdod saw what was happening, they said, “The ark of the god of Israel must not stay here with us, because his hand is heavy upon us and upon Dagon our god.” So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and asked them, “What shall we do with the ark of the god of Israel?”

They answered, “Have the ark of the god of Israel moved to Gath.” So they moved the ark of the God of Israel.

But after they had moved it, the Lord’s hand was against that city, throwing it into a great panic. He afflicted the people of the city, both young and old, with an outbreak of tumors. So they sent the ark of God to Ekron.

As the ark of God was entering Ekron, the people of Ekron cried out, “They have brought the ark of the god of Israel around to us to kill us and our people.” So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or it will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy upon it. Those who did not die were afflicted with tumors, and the outcry of the city went up to heaven.


Notes on the Scripture

T

he Septuagint adds information, that the tumors appeared in the groin of the sufferers. Both the Septuagint and Latin Vulgate add that Ekron and Ashdod were overrun with rats. Taken together, it sounds possible that they were affected by an epidemic of bubonic plague; since the Black Death of the Middle Ages often resulted in mortality rates of 30-50% in cities, one can understand just how terrible the affliction would have been: “Death had filled the city with panic.”

Dagon, an idol with a man’s head and a fish’s body, is consistent with the scant evidence that the tribe had originated as a seafaring people akin to the Phoenicians. Statues, the common form of gods at the time, proved no match for the true God. His wrath at the lack of reverence for the ark struck down the Philistines even worse than the terrible destruction of Israel’s army. And thus, Israel was saved from potential total destruction, physical and cultural, by God himself. God would allow the backsliding Hebrews to be punished by enemy armies again and again throughout history, but lack of reverence for the Lord himself, He would not tolerate.



Ancient German stained glass fragment of Jacob
Ancient German stained glass fragment of Jacob

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“ The Gentle Touch ”

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Bobbie (San Antonio, US) says...
“I found I had less and less to say, until finally, I became silent, and began to listen. I discovered in the silence, the voice of God.” Søren Kierkegaard.
27th January 2018 11:42pm
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Sharon (Silver Springs, US) says...
Scheming Swindlers may be harsh, but his statement is so very true. Suggestions might be we fake ignorance instead.
27th January 2018 4:43pm
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Karen (US) says...
Was taken by the comment you posted from..Soren Kierkegaard.
I surely don't understand all of the bible. I don't think anyone gas a full grasp. And then to call Christians "scheming swindlers".
Really surprised this hate or biased message was even posted.
27th January 2018 3:45pm
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Dc (US) says...
I enjoy the quotes being incorporated in. Sometimes it takes strong words to prompt me to stop and think "how true that can be... let me ensure I reflect on my own choices more clearly and ensure I am not one to claim I don't understand because perhaps I just do not want to comply." I find it thought provoking rather than offensive.
27th January 2018 7:24pm
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D C (Michigan, US) says...
I enjoy the quotes being incorporated in. Sometimes it takes strong words to prompt me to stop and think "how true that can be... let me ensure I reflect on my own choices more clearly and ensure I am not one to claim I don't understand because perhaps I just do not want to comply." I find it thought provoking rather than offensive.
27th January 2018 7:25pm
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Barbara Adams (Sevierville, US) says...
I particularly like the topic today on the gently touch of our Lord. The verbal picture calmed my soul and reminded me that all God's miracles don't have to shake the earth. If we would just look and see and feel His love;if we would "be still and know He is God." Thank you for the journey.
27th January 2018 8:49am
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Shel says...
Ann Brock, I so very often feel the gentle touch of Jesus and the Holy Spirit.......your DAILY INSPIRITION was a gentle touch for me this morning.
27th January 2018 5:30am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Good morning Shel. Is it not the most awesome and humbling time when you feel the "gentle touch" of our Lord? During stressful times, if I can just stop and take the time to recall those special moments in the California redwoods, His peace will settle my soul. Thank you for your kind comment. God bless you. Cool
27th January 2018 9:33am
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Kingsley (Bamenda, Cameroon) says...
Hello brothers and sisters in Christ,
Thank you so much for the message you share every morning.
Please I just want to request a prayer of deliverance from a bad habit. I know it is wrong on the eyes of God but o keep falling despite how had I try to resist. Every time I fall I feel so far away from God. Please do pray for me so I find a way to overcome such temptations.
Thank you. God bless you.
27th January 2018 4:03am
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Lyn says...
Will be praying for you. Surrender! Keep looking and leaning on Jesus.
27th January 2018 5:18am
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Bob (MS, US) says...
I have prayed for you. Keep in your minds eye Jesus dying on the cross for you. While doing that Surrender, give up your worldly self, for total surrender to Gods will.
27th January 2018 8:53am
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Chrissy says...
“By their supplications will I lead them.” It’s by his grace we know where we want to go, and he will take us there, but part of our requirement to get there is to lean on him in prayer constantly and stay in him through his Word. He’s cheering you on and so are we. Take that encouragement and tell yourself that you will make it!
27th January 2018 12:07pm
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Chrissy says...
“By their supplications will I lead them.” It’s by his grace we know where we want to go, and he will take us there, but part of our requirement to get there is to lean on him in prayer constantly and stay in him through his Word. He’s cheering you on and so are we. Take that encouragement and tell yourself that you will make it!
27th January 2018 2:14pm
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Chrissy says...
Please excuse me for posting that twice. Unintended.
27th January 2018 2:16pm
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Melissa Mc (PA, US) says...
Wow, the notes on Scripture are so powerful, like the Scripture itself. May God's true and unchanging love draw us ever closer. Everything else pales in comparison. We know this already! Help us remember it each moment, Lord Jesus.
26th January 2018 2:38pm
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Mike (Ringtown PA, US) says...
Mason your “Notes on Scripture “ today we’re truly inspirational! Thank You!
26th January 2018 1:26pm
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Jessica says...
Thank you, Jenny Calvert for another beautiful message!
26th January 2018 11:15am
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Bob (Aston, US) says...
Thanks for your garden Jenny.
26th January 2018 11:12am
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Ann Brock (US) says...
Hudson Taylor stated: "God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies." Cool
26th January 2018 10:23am
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Shel says...
Jenny Calvert, your use of metaphors in THE GARDEN was lovely, peaceful, and so elegantly written. Thanks for teaching us the lesson for that passage.
26th January 2018 5:33am
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