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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Whom the Lord loveth he correcteth.PROV. 3:12.

See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.—I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.—My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her.—As a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee.—Now no chastening for the present, seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.—Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.

I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.

Deut. 32:39. -Jer. 29:11. -Isa. 55:8.Hos. 2:14. -Deut. 8:5. -Heb. 12:11. -I Pet. 5:6.Psa. 119:75.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“Watchman, what of the night?”

Isaiah 21:11

What enemies are abroad? Errors are a numerous horde, and new ones appear every hour: against what heresy am I to be on my guard? Sins creep from their lurking places when the darkness reigns; I must myself mount the watch-tower, and watch unto prayer. Our heavenly Protector foresees all the attacks which are about to be made upon us, and when as yet the evil designed us is but in the desire of Satan, he prays for us that our faith fail not, when we are sifted as wheat. Continue O gracious Watchman, to forewarn us of our foes, and for Zion’s sake hold not thy peace.

“Watchman, what of the night?” What weather is coming for the Church? Are the clouds lowering, or is it all clear and fair overhead? We must care for the Church of God with anxious love; and now that Popery and infidelity are both threatening, let us observe the signs of the times and prepare for conflict.

“Watchman, what of the night?” What stars are visible? What precious promises suit our present case? You sound the alarm, give us the consolation also. Christ, the polestar, is ever fixed in his place, and all the stars are secure in the right hand of their Lord.

But watchman, when comes the morning? The Bridegroom tarries. Are there no signs of his coming forth as the Sun of Righteousness? Has not the morning star arisen as the pledge of day? When will the day dawn, and the shadows flee away? O Jesus, if thou come not in person to thy waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.

“Now all the earth is bright and glad

With the fresh morn;

But all my heart is cold, and dark and sad:

Sun of the soul, let me behold thy dawn!

Come, Jesus, Lord,

O quickly come, according to thy word.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Judges 21

Judges 21

21. Wives for the Benjamites

The Benjaminites Saved from Extinction

21

Now the Israelites had sworn at Mizpah, “No one of us shall give his daughter in marriage to Benjamin.”2And the people came to Bethel, and sat there until evening before God, and they lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.3They said, “O Lord, the God of Israel, why has it come to pass that today there should be one tribe lacking in Israel?”4On the next day, the people got up early, and built an altar there, and offered burnt offerings and sacrifices of well-being.5Then the Israelites said, “Which of all the tribes of Israel did not come up in the assembly to the Lord?” For a solemn oath had been taken concerning whoever did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah, saying, “That one shall be put to death.”6But the Israelites had compassion for Benjamin their kin, and said, “One tribe is cut off from Israel this day.7What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the Lord that we will not give them any of our daughters as wives?”

8 Then they said, “Is there anyone from the tribes of Israel who did not come up to the Lord to Mizpah?” It turned out that no one from Jabesh-gilead had come to the camp, to the assembly.9For when the roll was called among the people, not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead was there.10So the congregation sent twelve thousand soldiers there and commanded them, “Go, put the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead to the sword, including the women and the little ones.11This is what you shall do; every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction.”12And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young virgins who had never slept with a man and brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.

13 Then the whole congregation sent word to the Benjaminites who were at the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.14Benjamin returned at that time; and they gave them the women whom they had saved alive of the women of Jabesh-gilead; but they did not suffice for them.

15 The people had compassion on Benjamin because the Lord had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.16So the elders of the congregation said, “What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since there are no women left in Benjamin?”17And they said, “There must be heirs for the survivors of Benjamin, in order that a tribe may not be blotted out from Israel.18Yet we cannot give any of our daughters to them as wives.” For the Israelites had sworn, “Cursed be anyone who gives a wife to Benjamin.”19So they said, “Look, the yearly festival of the Lord is taking place at Shiloh, which is north of Bethel, on the east of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and south of Lebonah.”20And they instructed the Benjaminites, saying, “Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,21and watch; when the young women of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come out of the vineyards and each of you carry off a wife for himself from the young women of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.22Then if their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Be generous and allow us to have them; because we did not capture in battle a wife for each man. But neither did you incur guilt by giving your daughters to them.’ ”23The Benjaminites did so; they took wives for each of them from the dancers whom they abducted. Then they went and returned to their territory, and rebuilt the towns, and lived in them.24So the Israelites departed from there at that time by tribes and families, and they went out from there to their own territories.

25 In those days there was no king in Israel; all the people did what was right in their own eyes.

New Testament in Four Years - Mark 10:1-12

Mark 10:1-12

10. Rich Young Ruler

Teaching about Divorce

10

He left that place and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan. And crowds again gathered around him; and, as was his custom, he again taught them.

2 Some Pharisees came, and to test him they asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”3He answered them, “What did Moses command you?”4They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of dismissal and to divorce her.”5But Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote this commandment for you.6But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’7‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife,8and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh.9Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

10 Then in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter.11He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her;12and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.”

Psalm a Day - Psalm 18:30-50

Psalm 18:30-50

18. Psalm 18

30

This God—his way is perfect;

the promise of the Lord proves true;

he is a shield for all who take refuge in him.

 

31

For who is God except the Lord?

And who is a rock besides our God?—

32

the God who girded me with strength,

and made my way safe.

33

He made my feet like the feet of a deer,

and set me secure on the heights.

34

He trains my hands for war,

so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

35

You have given me the shield of your salvation,

and your right hand has supported me;

your help has made me great.

36

You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,

and my feet did not slip.

37

I pursued my enemies and overtook them;

and did not turn back until they were consumed.

38

I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;

they fell under my feet.

39

For you girded me with strength for the battle;

you made my assailants sink under me.

40

You made my enemies turn their backs to me,

and those who hated me I destroyed.

41

They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;

they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them.

42

I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;

I cast them out like the mire of the streets.

 

43

You delivered me from strife with the peoples;

you made me head of the nations;

people whom I had not known served me.

44

As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;

foreigners came cringing to me.

45

Foreigners lost heart,

and came trembling out of their strongholds.

 

46

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,

and exalted be the God of my salvation,

47

the God who gave me vengeance

and subdued peoples under me;

48

who delivered me from my enemies;

indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;

you delivered me from the violent.

 

49

For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,

and sing praises to your name.

50

Great triumphs he gives to his king,

and shows steadfast love to his anointed,

to David and his descendants forever.

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