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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Let us go forth unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.HEB. 13:13,14.

Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.—As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

They departed from the presence of the council, rejoicing that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name.—Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

I Pet. 4:12.13. -II Cor. 1:7.I Pet. 4:14.Acts 5:41. -Heb. 11:25,26.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Your heavenly Father.”

Matthew 6:26

God’s people are doubly his children, they are his offspring by creation, and they are his sons by adoption in Christ. Hence they are privileged to call him, “Our Father which art in heaven.” Father! Oh, what precious word is that. Here is authority: “If I be a Father, where is mine honour?” If ye be sons, where is your obedience? Here is affection mingled with authority; an authority which does not provoke rebellion; an obedience demanded which is most cheerfully rendered—which would not be withheld even if it might. The obedience which God’s children yield to him must be loving obedience. Do not go about the service of God as slaves to their taskmaster’s toil, but run in the way of his commands because it is your Father's way. Yield your bodies as instruments of righteousness, because righteousness is your Father’s will, and his will should be the will of his child. Father!—Here is a kingly attribute so sweetly veiled in love, that the King’s crown is forgotten in the King’s face, and his sceptre becomes, not a rod of iron, but a silver sceptre of mercy—the sceptre indeed seems to be forgotten in the tender hand of him who wields it. Father!—Here is honour and love. How great is a Father’s love to his children! That which friendship cannot do, and mere benevolence will not attempt, a father’s heart and hand must do for his sons. They are his offspring, he must bless them; they are his children, he must show himself strong in their defence. If an earthly father watches over his children with unceasing love and care, how much more does our heavenly Father? Abba, Father! He who can say this, hath uttered better music than cherubim or seraphim can reach. There is heaven in the depth of that word—Father! There is all I can ask; all my necessities can demand; all my wishes can desire. I have all in all to all eternity when I can say, “Father.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Ezra 2

Ezra 2

2. List of Exiles Who Returned

List of the Returned Exiles

 2

Now these were the people of the province who came from those captive exiles whom King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had carried captive to Babylonia; they returned to Jerusalem and Judah, all to their own towns.2They came with Zerubbabel, Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mispar, Bigvai, Rehum, and Baanah.

The number of the Israelite people:3the descendants of Parosh, two thousand one hundred seventy-two.4Of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy-two.5Of Arah, seven hundred seventy-five.6Of Pahath-moab, namely the descendants of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred twelve.7Of Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four.8Of Zattu, nine hundred forty-five.9Of Zaccai, seven hundred sixty.10Of Bani, six hundred forty-two.11Of Bebai, six hundred twenty-three.12Of Azgad, one thousand two hundred twenty-two.13Of Adonikam, six hundred sixty-six.14Of Bigvai, two thousand fifty-six.15Of Adin, four hundred fifty-four.16Of Ater, namely of Hezekiah, ninety-eight.17Of Bezai, three hundred twenty-three.18Of Jorah, one hundred twelve.19Of Hashum, two hundred twenty-three.20Of Gibbar, ninety-five.21Of Bethlehem, one hundred twenty-three.22The people of Netophah, fifty-six.23Of Anathoth, one hundred twenty-eight.24The descendants of Azmaveth, forty-two.25Of Kiriatharim, Chephirah, and Beeroth, seven hundred forty-three.26Of Ramah and Geba, six hundred twenty-one.27The people of Michmas, one hundred twenty-two.28Of Bethel and Ai, two hundred twenty-three.29The descendants of Nebo, fifty-two.30Of Magbish, one hundred fifty-six.31Of the other Elam, one thousand two hundred fifty-four.32Of Harim, three hundred twenty.33Of Lod, Hadid, and Ono, seven hundred twenty-five.34Of Jericho, three hundred forty-five.35Of Senaah, three thousand six hundred thirty.

36 The priests: the descendants of Jedaiah, of the house of Jeshua, nine hundred seventy-three.37Of Immer, one thousand fifty-two.38Of Pashhur, one thousand two hundred forty-seven.39Of Harim, one thousand seventeen.

40 The Levites: the descendants of Jeshua and Kadmiel, of the descendants of Hodaviah, seventy-four.41The singers: the descendants of Asaph, one hundred twenty-eight.42The descendants of the gatekeepers: of Shallum, of Ater, of Talmon, of Akkub, of Hatita, and of Shobai, in all one hundred thirty-nine.

43 The temple servants: the descendants of Ziha, Hasupha, Tabbaoth,44Keros, Siaha, Padon,45Lebanah, Hagabah, Akkub,46Hagab, Shamlai, Hanan,47Giddel, Gahar, Reaiah,48Rezin, Nekoda, Gazzam,49Uzza, Paseah, Besai,50Asnah, Meunim, Nephisim,51Bakbuk, Hakupha, Harhur,52Bazluth, Mehida, Harsha,53Barkos, Sisera, Temah,54Neziah, and Hatipha.

55 The descendants of Solomon’s servants: Sotai, Hassophereth, Peruda,56Jaalah, Darkon, Giddel,57Shephatiah, Hattil, Pochereth-hazzebaim, and Ami.

58 All the temple servants and the descendants of Solomon’s servants were three hundred ninety-two.

59 The following were those who came up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsha, Cherub, Addan, and Immer, though they could not prove their families or their descent, whether they belonged to Israel:60the descendants of Delaiah, Tobiah, and Nekoda, six hundred fifty-two.61Also, of the descendants of the priests: the descendants of Habaiah, Hakkoz, and Barzillai (who had married one of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called by their name).62These looked for their entries in the genealogical records, but they were not found there, and so they were excluded from the priesthood as unclean;63the governor told them that they were not to partake of the most holy food, until there should be a priest to consult Urim and Thummim.

64 The whole assembly together was forty-two thousand three hundred sixty,65besides their male and female servants, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty-seven; and they had two hundred male and female singers.66They had seven hundred thirty-six horses, two hundred forty-five mules,67four hundred thirty-five camels, and six thousand seven hundred twenty donkeys.

68 As soon as they came to the house of the Lord in Jerusalem, some of the heads of families made freewill offerings for the house of God, to erect it on its site.69According to their resources they gave to the building fund sixty-one thousand darics of gold, five thousand minas of silver, and one hundred priestly robes.

70 The priests, the Levites, and some of the people lived in Jerusalem and its vicinity; and the singers, the gatekeepers, and the temple servants lived in their towns, and all Israel in their towns.

New Testament in Four Years - Luke 16:25-31

Luke 16:25-31

16. Additional Teachings

25But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your lifetime you received your good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things; but now he is comforted here, and you are in agony.26Besides all this, between you and us a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who might want to pass from here to you cannot do so, and no one can cross from there to us.’27He said, ‘Then, father, I beg you to send him to my father’s house—28for I have five brothers—that he may warn them, so that they will not also come into this place of torment.’29Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’30He said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’31He said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

Psalm a Day - Psalm 10

Psalm 10

10. Psalm 10

Psalm 10

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

1

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?

Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?

2

In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor—

let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.

 

3

For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart,

those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord.

4

In the pride of their countenance the wicked say, “God will not seek it out”;

all their thoughts are, “There is no God.”

 

5

Their ways prosper at all times;

your judgments are on high, out of their sight;

as for their foes, they scoff at them.

6

They think in their heart, “We shall not be moved;

throughout all generations we shall not meet adversity.”

 

7

Their mouths are filled with cursing and deceit and oppression;

under their tongues are mischief and iniquity.

8

They sit in ambush in the villages;

in hiding places they murder the innocent.

 

Their eyes stealthily watch for the helpless;

9

they lurk in secret like a lion in its covert;

they lurk that they may seize the poor;

they seize the poor and drag them off in their net.

 

10

They stoop, they crouch,

and the helpless fall by their might.

11

They think in their heart, “God has forgotten,

he has hidden his face, he will never see it.”

 

12

Rise up, O Lord; O God, lift up your hand;

do not forget the oppressed.

13

Why do the wicked renounce God,

and say in their hearts, “You will not call us to account”?

 

14

But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief,

that you may take it into your hands;

the helpless commit themselves to you;

you have been the helper of the orphan.

 

15

Break the arm of the wicked and evildoers;

seek out their wickedness until you find none.

16

The Lord is king forever and ever;

the nations shall perish from his land.

 

17

O Lord, you will hear the desire of the meek;

you will strengthen their heart, you will incline your ear

18

to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed,

so that those from earth may strike terror no more.

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