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Daily Devotion for April 4, 2018


<i>Saint John The Baptist And The Pharisees</i>, by James Tissot, ca. 1890.
Saint John The Baptist And The Pharisees, by James Tissot, ca. 1890.

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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.

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A Child's Prayer

For Morn, my dome of blue,
For Meadows, green and gay,
And Birds who love the twilight of the leaves,
Let Jesus keep me joyful when I pray.

For the big Bees that hum
And hide in bells of flowers;
For the winding roads that come
To Evening’s holy door,
May Jesus bring me grateful to his arms,
And guard my innocence for evermore.

Amen.

Save Me Jesus

Lord Jesus, your love and mercy knows no bounds. Give me strength when I am weak, hope when I am discouraged, peace when I am troubled, consolation when I am sad, comfort when I suffer, and understanding when I am perplexed. Above all, guide me and forgive me when I err. Direct me in your way and make me an instrument of your love and peace to those who are troubled and without hope.

Amen.

Meditation

[Do I subconsciously harbor a belief that Jesus’ mercy is limited?]


Benediction

Oh God who has made me, oh God who keeps me, oh God who will be my Lord through all eternity, shine down Your blessings and wisdom upon me like the sun upon a field; and may I keep You in the forefront of my every thought and deed, throughout this day, and evermore.

Amen.


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Psalm 147:7-11 (NKJV)

Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;
Sing praises on the harp to our God,
Who covers the heavens with clouds,
Who prepares rain for the earth,
Who makes grass to grow on the mountains.
He gives to the beast its food,
And to the young ravens that cry.

He does not delight in the strength of the horse;
He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear Him,
In those who hope in His mercy.


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John 1:24-28 (ESV)

The Testimony of John the Baptist (2)

(Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.) They asked him, “Then why are you baptizing, if you are neither the Christ, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

John answered them, “I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know, even he who comes after me, the strap of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”

These things took place in Bethany across the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Notes on the Scripture

J

ust as before, John does not state outright that he has been sent by God, or that he will baptize the Messiah. In fact (rather like presidential candidates so often do) the answer he gives does not really respond to the question asked. He simply uses the question — basically, “by what authority are you baptizing people?” — to make the statement he wants to make.

Even so, he does not come right out and say “The Messiah is coming.” He simply makes the famous statement that one is coming after him, the strap of whose sandal John is not worthy to untie.

Still, the implication is perfectly clear. Even though John is baptizing people — an act that presupposes a considerable degree of holiness — there is another coming after him who is so holy, that John will not even compare himself to him.

Once again, the Gospel of John creates a richness of meaning by use of language. We remember the text just above, “He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him.” When John the Baptist tells the Pharisees “among you stands one you do not know,” he identifies them as being the people who would not recognize God when He came to earth and lived among them.

It is practically an accusation of sin; but again, the situation is filled with dramatic irony. The Pharisees do not begin to grasp the implication of what John is saying, while the reader can hardly miss it.



Elijah in the Wilderness by Frederic Leighton, ca. 1875. Leighton uses ochres to convey the hopeless, unforgiving aridity of the desert, echoing the world before the coming of Christ.

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“ When The World Turns Upside Down ”

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Matthew 10:14 (ESV): And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.


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Ann Brock (US) says...
Linda, thank you very much for your kind comment regarding the inspiration that I wrote. I have a friend whose world is turned upside down right now, and she has been in my thoughts and prayers. Again, thank you Linda. God bless you. Cool
4th April 2018 2:34pm
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linda (wpg can) says...
Ann brock that was a wonderful daily inspiration this morning.!!!!!
4th April 2018 10:27am
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Caryl says...
Mason,
Today’s beautiful song reminds me of the song “The Anchor Holds” by Ray Boltz. Both songs hold the truth that God is with us always and can give His peace regardless of circumstances. Thanks for sharing!
Caryl
4th April 2018 8:28am
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Mason says...
I'll run down The Anchor Holds and use it in the Devotion.
4th April 2018 3:15pm
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G Manuel says...
Beautiful music today! What a comfort! God is ever present!
4th April 2018 8:16am
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Lotte (Australia) says...
Dear Mason
Thank you for this Daily Inspiration!
I have a question about the sentence “Judgment is not ours to make and forgiveness is not ours to give. ” I’m not sure of the meaning of “forgiveness is not ours to give” as I thought that we as Christians must find a forgiving heart regardless of the situation.
3rd April 2018 1:08am
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Rome says...
I am no theologian, but if I had to venture a guess it would be that the forgiveness we can give only pales in comparison to that which Christ can bless us with. Pronouncing judgement is easier to do away with, one parts more quickly and willingly with the negative. However I imagine if we look to ourselves too often to supply forgiveness we are likely missing the mark - that even though we should always strive to have the same attitude as Jesus, His forgiveness and Our Father's is what we ... Read More
4th April 2018 2:27pm
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Mason says...
Here's an idea:

Our forgiveness of others is to benefit ourselves. It is an act of obedience to God.

God's forgiveness is to benefit us. It is the act which saves our souls.
4th April 2018 3:13pm
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Lotte says...
Thank you Mason! This makes it clear.
4th April 2018 6:21pm
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Lotte says...
Thank you Rome!
4th April 2018 6:22pm
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