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Daily Light's Evening Reading

They overcame . . . by the blood of the Lamb.REV. 12:11.

Who shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died.—It is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.—I am the LORD. The blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you.

There is . . . no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.

What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Rom. 8:33,34. -Lev. 17:11. -Exo. 12:12,13.Rom. 8:1.Rev. 7:13,14.Rev. 1:5,6.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“He shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom.”

Isaiah 40:11

Who is he of whom such gracious words are spoken? He is the Good Shepherd. Why doth he carry the lambs in his bosom? Because He hath a tender heart, and any weakness at once melts his heart. The sighs, the ignorance, the feebleness of the little ones of his flock draw forth his compassion. It is his office, as a faithful High Priest, to consider the weak. Besides, he purchased them with blood, they are his property: he must and will care for that which cost him so dear. Then he is responsible for each lamb, bound by covenant engagements not to lose one. Moreover, they are all a part of his glory and reward.

But how may we understand the expression, “He will carry them”? Sometimes he carries them by not permitting them to endure much trial. Providence deals tenderly with them. Often they are “carried” by being filled with an unusual degree of love, so that they bear up and stand fast. Though their knowledge may not be deep, they have great sweetness in what they do know. Frequently he “carries” them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus. The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.

“He carries the lambs in his bosom.” Here is boundless affection. Would he put them in his bosom if he did not love them much? Here is tender nearness: so near are they, that they could not possibly be nearer. Here is hallowed familiarity: there are precious love-passages between Christ and his weak ones. Here is perfect safety: in his bosom who can hurt them? They must hurt the Shepherd first. Here is perfect rest and sweetest comfort. Surely we are not sufficiently sensible of the infinite tenderness of Jesus!

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Numbers 31

Numbers 31

31. Vengeance on the Midianites

War against Midian

31

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,2“Avenge the Israelites on the Midianites; afterward you shall be gathered to your people.”3So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your number for the war, so that they may go against Midian, to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian.4You shall send a thousand from each of the tribes of Israel to the war.”5So out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe were conscripted, twelve thousand armed for battle.6Moses sent them to the war, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest, with the vessels of the sanctuary and the trumpets for sounding the alarm in his hand.7They did battle against Midian, as the Lord had commanded Moses, and killed every male.8They killed the kings of Midian: Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian, in addition to others who were slain by them; and they also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.9The Israelites took the women of Midian and their little ones captive; and they took all their cattle, their flocks, and all their goods as booty.10All their towns where they had settled, and all their encampments, they burned,11but they took all the spoil and all the booty, both people and animals.12Then they brought the captives and the booty and the spoil to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the Israelites, at the camp on the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

Return from the War

13 Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation went to meet them outside the camp.14Moses became angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.15Moses said to them, “Have you allowed all the women to live?16These women here, on Balaam’s advice, made the Israelites act treacherously against the Lord in the affair of Peor, so that the plague came among the congregation of the Lord.17Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man by sleeping with him.18But all the young girls who have not known a man by sleeping with him, keep alive for yourselves.19Camp outside the camp seven days; whoever of you has killed any person or touched a corpse, purify yourselves and your captives on the third and on the seventh day.20You shall purify every garment, every article of skin, everything made of goats’ hair, and every article of wood.”

21 Eleazar the priest said to the troops who had gone to battle: “This is the statute of the law that the Lord has commanded Moses:22gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, and lead—23everything that can withstand fire, shall be passed through fire, and it shall be clean. Nevertheless it shall also be purified with the water for purification; and whatever cannot withstand fire, shall be passed through the water.24You must wash your clothes on the seventh day, and you shall be clean; afterward you may come into the camp.”

Disposition of Captives and Booty

25 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,26“You and Eleazar the priest and the heads of the ancestral houses of the congregation make an inventory of the booty captured, both human and animal.27Divide the booty into two parts, between the warriors who went out to battle and all the congregation.28From the share of the warriors who went out to battle, set aside as tribute for the Lord, one item out of every five hundred, whether persons, oxen, donkeys, sheep, or goats.29Take it from their half and give it to Eleazar the priest as an offering to the Lord.30But from the Israelites’ half you shall take one out of every fifty, whether persons, oxen, donkeys, sheep, or goats—all the animals—and give them to the Levites who have charge of the tabernacle of the Lord.”

31 Then Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord had commanded Moses:

32 The booty remaining from the spoil that the troops had taken totaled six hundred seventy-five thousand sheep,33seventy-two thousand oxen,34sixty-one thousand donkeys,35and thirty-two thousand persons in all, women who had not known a man by sleeping with him.

36 The half-share, the portion of those who had gone out to war, was in number three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep and goats,37and the Lord’s tribute of sheep and goats was six hundred seventy-five.38The oxen were thirty-six thousand, of which the Lord’s tribute was seventy-two.39The donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred, of which the Lord’s tribute was sixty-one.40The persons were sixteen thousand, of which the Lord’s tribute was thirty-two persons.41Moses gave the tribute, the offering for the Lord, to Eleazar the priest, as the Lord had commanded Moses.

42 As for the Israelites’ half, which Moses separated from that of the troops,43the congregation’s half was three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep and goats,44thirty-six thousand oxen,45thirty thousand five hundred donkeys,46and sixteen thousand persons.47From the Israelites’ half Moses took one of every fifty, both of persons and of animals, and gave them to the Levites who had charge of the tabernacle of the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses.

48 Then the officers who were over the thousands of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, approached Moses,49and said to Moses, “Your servants have counted the warriors who are under our command, and not one of us is missing.50And we have brought the Lord’s offering, what each of us found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and pendants, to make atonement for ourselves before the Lord.”51Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from them, all in the form of crafted articles.52And all the gold of the offering that they offered to the Lord, from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred fifty shekels.53(The troops had all taken plunder for themselves.)54So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tent of meeting as a memorial for the Israelites before the Lord.

New Testament in Four Years - Matthew 24:15-25

Matthew 24:15-25

24. Signs of the End of the Age

The Desolating Sacrilege

15 “So when you see the desolating sacrilege standing in the holy place, as was spoken of by the prophet Daniel (let the reader understand),16then those in Judea must flee to the mountains;17the one on the housetop must not go down to take what is in the house;18the one in the field must not turn back to get a coat.19Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing infants in those days!20Pray that your flight may not be in winter or on a sabbath.21For at that time there will be great suffering, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.22And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.23Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look! Here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There he is!’—do not believe it.24For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and produce great signs and omens, to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.25Take note, I have told you beforehand.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 104:19-35

Psalm 104:19-35

104. Psalm 104

19

You have made the moon to mark the seasons;

the sun knows its time for setting.

20

You make darkness, and it is night,

when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.

21

The young lions roar for their prey,

seeking their food from God.

22

When the sun rises, they withdraw

and lie down in their dens.

23

People go out to their work

and to their labor until the evening.

 

24

O Lord, how manifold are your works!

In wisdom you have made them all;

the earth is full of your creatures.

25

Yonder is the sea, great and wide,

creeping things innumerable are there,

living things both small and great.

26

There go the ships,

and Leviathan that you formed to sport in it.

 

27

These all look to you

to give them their food in due season;

28

when you give to them, they gather it up;

when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

29

When you hide your face, they are dismayed;

when you take away their breath, they die

and return to their dust.

30

When you send forth your spirit, they are created;

and you renew the face of the ground.

 

31

May the glory of the Lord endure forever;

may the Lord rejoice in his works—

32

who looks on the earth and it trembles,

who touches the mountains and they smoke.

33

I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;

I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34

May my meditation be pleasing to him,

for I rejoice in the Lord.

35

Let sinners be consumed from the earth,

and let the wicked be no more.

Bless the Lord, O my soul.

Praise the Lord!

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