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Daily Light's Morning Reading

To him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.PROV. 11:18.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.

Matt. 25:19-21.II Cor. 5:10.II Tim. 4:7,8.Rev. 3:11.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Then all the disciples forsook him and fled.”

Matthew 26:56

He never deserted them, but they in cowardly fear of their lives, fled from him in the very beginning of his sufferings. This is but one instructive instance of the frailty of all believers if left to themselves; they are but sheep at the best, and they flee when the wolf cometh. They had all been warned of the danger, and had promised to die rather than leave their Master; and yet they were seized with sudden panic, and took to their heels. It may be, that I, at the opening of this day, have braced up my mind to bear a trial for the Lord’s sake, and I imagine myself to be certain to exhibit perfect fidelity; but let me be very jealous of myself, lest having the same evil heart of unbelief, I should depart from my Lord as the apostles did. It is one thing to promise, and quite another to perform. It would have been to their eternal honour to have stood at Jesus’ side right manfully; they fled from honour; may I be kept from imitating them! Where else could they have been so safe as near their Master, who could presently call for twelve legions of angels? They fled from their true safety. O God, let me not play the fool also. Divine grace can make the coward brave. The smoking flax can flame forth like fire on the altar when the Lord wills it. These very apostles who were timid as hares, grew to be bold as lions after the Spirit had descended upon them, and even so the Holy Spirit can make my recreant spirit brave to confess my Lord and witness for his truth.

What anguish must have filled the Saviour as he saw his friends so faithless! This was one bitter ingredient in his cup; but that cup is drained dry; let me not put another drop in it. If I forsake my Lord, I shall crucify him afresh, and put him to an open shame. Keep me, O blessed Spirit, from an end so shameful.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Numbers 34

Numbers 34

34. Boundaries of Canaan

The Boundaries of the Land

34

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:2Command the Israelites, and say to them: When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan, defined by its boundaries),3your south sector shall extend from the wilderness of Zin along the side of Edom. Your southern boundary shall begin from the end of the Dead Sea on the east;4your boundary shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and cross to Zin, and its outer limit shall be south of Kadesh-barnea; then it shall go on to Hazar-addar, and cross to Azmon;5the boundary shall turn from Azmon to the Wadi of Egypt, and its termination shall be at the Sea.

6 For the western boundary, you shall have the Great Sea and its coast; this shall be your western boundary.

7 This shall be your northern boundary: from the Great Sea you shall mark out your line to Mount Hor;8from Mount Hor you shall mark it out to Lebo-hamath, and the outer limit of the boundary shall be at Zedad;9then the boundary shall extend to Ziphron, and its end shall be at Hazar-enan; this shall be your northern boundary.

10 You shall mark out your eastern boundary from Hazar-enan to Shepham;11and the boundary shall continue down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain; and the boundary shall go down, and reach the eastern slope of the sea of Chinnereth;12and the boundary shall go down to the Jordan, and its end shall be at the Dead Sea. This shall be your land with its boundaries all around.

13 Moses commanded the Israelites, saying: This is the land that you shall inherit by lot, which the Lord has commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe;14for the tribe of the Reubenites by their ancestral houses and the tribe of the Gadites by their ancestral houses have taken their inheritance, and also the half-tribe of Manasseh;15the two tribes and the half-tribe have taken their inheritance beyond the Jordan at Jericho eastward, toward the sunrise.

Tribal Leaders

16 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying:17These are the names of the men who shall apportion the land to you for inheritance: the priest Eleazar and Joshua son of Nun.18You shall take one leader of every tribe to apportion the land for inheritance.19These are the names of the men: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh.20Of the tribe of the Simeonites, Shemuel son of Ammihud.21Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad son of Chislon.22Of the tribe of the Danites a leader, Bukki son of Jogli.23Of the Josephites: of the tribe of the Manassites a leader, Hanniel son of Ephod,24and of the tribe of the Ephraimites a leader, Kemuel son of Shiphtan.25Of the tribe of the Zebulunites a leader, Eli-zaphan son of Parnach.26Of the tribe of the Issacharites a leader, Paltiel son of Azzan.27And of the tribe of the Asherites a leader, Ahihud son of Shelomi.28Of the tribe of the Naphtalites a leader, Pedahel son of Ammihud.29These were the ones whom the Lord commanded to apportion the inheritance for the Israelites in the land of Canaan.

New Testament in Four Years - Acts 21:1-16

Acts 21:1-16

21. Paul Arrives in Jerusalem

Paul’s Journey to Jerusalem

21

When we had parted from them and set sail, we came by a straight course to Cos, and the next day to Rhodes, and from there to Patara.2When we found a ship bound for Phoenicia, we went on board and set sail.3We came in sight of Cyprus; and leaving it on our left, we sailed to Syria and landed at Tyre, because the ship was to unload its cargo there.4We looked up the disciples and stayed there for seven days. Through the Spirit they told Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.5When our days there were ended, we left and proceeded on our journey; and all of them, with wives and children, escorted us outside the city. There we knelt down on the beach and prayed6and said farewell to one another. Then we went on board the ship, and they returned home.

7 When we had finished the voyage from Tyre, we arrived at Ptolemais; and we greeted the believers and stayed with them for one day.8The next day we left and came to Caesarea; and we went into the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the seven, and stayed with him.9He had four unmarried daughters who had the gift of prophecy.10While we were staying there for several days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea.11He came to us and took Paul’s belt, bound his own feet and hands with it, and said, “Thus says the Holy Spirit, ‘This is the way the Jews in Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’ ”12When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem.13Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”14Since he would not be persuaded, we remained silent except to say, “The Lord’s will be done.”

15 After these days we got ready and started to go up to Jerusalem.16Some of the disciples from Caesarea also came along and brought us to the house of Mnason of Cyprus, an early disciple, with whom we were to stay.

Related Hymns

Psalm a Day - Psalm 68:1-18

Psalm 68:1-18

68. Psalm 68

Psalm 68

Praise and Thanksgiving

To the leader. Of David. A Psalm. A Song.

1

Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered;

let those who hate him flee before him.

2

As smoke is driven away, so drive them away;

as wax melts before the fire,

let the wicked perish before God.

3

But let the righteous be joyful;

let them exult before God;

let them be jubilant with joy.

 

4

Sing to God, sing praises to his name;

lift up a song to him who rides upon the clouds—

his name is the Lord

be exultant before him.

 

5

Father of orphans and protector of widows

is God in his holy habitation.

6

God gives the desolate a home to live in;

he leads out the prisoners to prosperity,

but the rebellious live in a parched land.

 

7

O God, when you went out before your people,

when you marched through the wilderness,Selah

8

the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain

at the presence of God, the God of Sinai,

at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9

Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad;

you restored your heritage when it languished;

10

your flock found a dwelling in it;

in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.

 

11

The Lord gives the command;

great is the company of those who bore the tidings:

12

“The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee!”

The women at home divide the spoil,

13

though they stay among the sheepfolds—

the wings of a dove covered with silver,

its pinions with green gold.

14

When the Almighty scattered kings there,

snow fell on Zalmon.

 

15

O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan;

O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!

16

Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain,

at the mount that God desired for his abode,

where the Lord will reside forever?

 

17

With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand,

thousands upon thousands,

the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.

18

You ascended the high mount,

leading captives in your train

and receiving gifts from people,

even from those who rebel against the Lord God’s abiding there.

Related Hymns

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