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Daily Light's Morning Reading

Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.ROM. 14:9.

It pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.—Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?—We thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.—Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, who by him do believe in God.

Isa. 53:10,11. -Luke. 24:26. -II Cor. 5:14,15.Acts. 2:36. -I Pet. 1:20,21.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.”

Philippians 3:8

Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus through another person’s acquaintance with him. No, I must know him myself; I must know him on my own account. It will be an intelligent knowledge—I must know him, not as the visionary dreams of him, but as the Word reveals him. I must know his natures, divine and human. I must know his offices—his attributes—his works—his shame—his glory. I must meditate upon him until I “comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge.” It will be an affectionate knowledge of him; indeed, if I know him at all, I must love him. An ounce of heart knowledge is worth a ton of head learning. Our knowledge of him will be a satisfying knowledge. When I know my Saviour, my mind will be full to the brim—I shall feel that I have that which my spirit panted after. “This is that bread whereof if a man eat he shall never hunger.” At the same time it will be an exciting knowledge; the more I know of my Beloved, the more I shall want to know. The higher I climb the loftier will be the summits which invite my eager footsteps. I shall want the more as I get the more. Like the miser’s treasure, my gold will make me covet more. To conclude; this knowledge of Christ Jesus will be a most happy one; in fact, so elevating, that sometimes it will completely bear me up above all trials, and doubts, and sorrows; and it will, while I enjoy it, make me something more than “Man that is born of woman, who is of few days, and full of trouble”; for it will fling about me the immortality of the ever living Saviour, and gird me with the golden girdle of his eternal joy. Come, my soul, sit at Jesus’s feet and learn of him all this day.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Hosea 4

Hosea 4

4. Charge Against Israel

God Accuses Israel

 4

Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;

for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.

There is no faithfulness or loyalty,

and no knowledge of God in the land.

2

Swearing, lying, and murder,

and stealing and adultery break out;

bloodshed follows bloodshed.

3

Therefore the land mourns,

and all who live in it languish;

together with the wild animals

and the birds of the air,

even the fish of the sea are perishing.

 

4

Yet let no one contend,

and let none accuse,

for with you is my contention, O priest.

5

You shall stumble by day;

the prophet also shall stumble with you by night,

and I will destroy your mother.

6

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;

because you have rejected knowledge,

I reject you from being a priest to me.

And since you have forgotten the law of your God,

I also will forget your children.

 

7

The more they increased,

the more they sinned against me;

they changed their glory into shame.

8

They feed on the sin of my people;

they are greedy for their iniquity.

9

And it shall be like people, like priest;

I will punish them for their ways,

and repay them for their deeds.

10

They shall eat, but not be satisfied;

they shall play the whore, but not multiply;

because they have forsaken the Lord

to devote themselves to11whoredom.

 

The Idolatry of Israel

Wine and new wine

take away the understanding.

12

My people consult a piece of wood,

and their divining rod gives them oracles.

For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray,

and they have played the whore, forsaking their God.

13

They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains,

and make offerings upon the hills,

under oak, poplar, and terebinth,

because their shade is good.

 

Therefore your daughters play the whore,

and your daughters-in-law commit adultery.

14

I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,

nor your daughters-in-law when they commit adultery;

for the men themselves go aside with whores,

and sacrifice with temple prostitutes;

thus a people without understanding comes to ruin.

 

15

Though you play the whore, O Israel,

do not let Judah become guilty.

Do not enter into Gilgal,

or go up to Beth-aven,

and do not swear, “As the Lord lives.”

16

Like a stubborn heifer,

Israel is stubborn;

can the Lord now feed them

like a lamb in a broad pasture?

 

17

Ephraim is joined to idols—

let him alone.

18

When their drinking is ended, they indulge in sexual orgies;

they love lewdness more than their glory.

19

A wind has wrapped them in its wings,

and they shall be ashamed because of their altars.

 

Psalm a Day - Psalm 78:1-72

Psalm 78:1-72

78. Psalm 78

Psalm 78

God’s Goodness and Israel’s Ingratitude

A Maskil of Asaph.

1

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;

incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2

I will open my mouth in a parable;

I will utter dark sayings from of old,

3

things that we have heard and known,

that our ancestors have told us.

4

We will not hide them from their children;

we will tell to the coming generation

the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,

and the wonders that he has done.

 

5

He established a decree in Jacob,

and appointed a law in Israel,

which he commanded our ancestors

to teach to their children;

6

that the next generation might know them,

the children yet unborn,

and rise up and tell them to their children,

7

so that they should set their hope in God,

and not forget the works of God,

but keep his commandments;

8

and that they should not be like their ancestors,

a stubborn and rebellious generation,

a generation whose heart was not steadfast,

whose spirit was not faithful to God.

 

9

The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,

turned back on the day of battle.

10

They did not keep God’s covenant,

but refused to walk according to his law.

11

They forgot what he had done,

and the miracles that he had shown them.

12

In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels

in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.

13

He divided the sea and let them pass through it,

and made the waters stand like a heap.

14

In the daytime he led them with a cloud,

and all night long with a fiery light.

15

He split rocks open in the wilderness,

and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.

16

He made streams come out of the rock,

and caused waters to flow down like rivers.

 

17

Yet they sinned still more against him,

rebelling against the Most High in the desert.

18

They tested God in their heart

by demanding the food they craved.

19

They spoke against God, saying,

“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?

20

Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out

and torrents overflowed,

can he also give bread,

or provide meat for his people?”

 

21

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of rage;

a fire was kindled against Jacob,

his anger mounted against Israel,

22

because they had no faith in God,

and did not trust his saving power.

23

Yet he commanded the skies above,

and opened the doors of heaven;

24

he rained down on them manna to eat,

and gave them the grain of heaven.

25

Mortals ate of the bread of angels;

he sent them food in abundance.

26

He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,

and by his power he led out the south wind;

27

he rained flesh upon them like dust,

winged birds like the sand of the seas;

28

he let them fall within their camp,

all around their dwellings.

29

And they ate and were well filled,

for he gave them what they craved.

30

But before they had satisfied their craving,

while the food was still in their mouths,

31

the anger of God rose against them

and he killed the strongest of them,

and laid low the flower of Israel.

 

32

In spite of all this they still sinned;

they did not believe in his wonders.

33

So he made their days vanish like a breath,

and their years in terror.

34

When he killed them, they sought for him;

they repented and sought God earnestly.

35

They remembered that God was their rock,

the Most High God their redeemer.

36

But they flattered him with their mouths;

they lied to him with their tongues.

37

Their heart was not steadfast toward him;

they were not true to his covenant.

38

Yet he, being compassionate,

forgave their iniquity,

and did not destroy them;

often he restrained his anger,

and did not stir up all his wrath.

39

He remembered that they were but flesh,

a wind that passes and does not come again.

40

How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness

and grieved him in the desert!

41

They tested God again and again,

and provoked the Holy One of Israel.

42

They did not keep in mind his power,

or the day when he redeemed them from the foe;

43

when he displayed his signs in Egypt,

and his miracles in the fields of Zoan.

44

He turned their rivers to blood,

so that they could not drink of their streams.

45

He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,

and frogs, which destroyed them.

46

He gave their crops to the caterpillar,

and the fruit of their labor to the locust.

47

He destroyed their vines with hail,

and their sycamores with frost.

48

He gave over their cattle to the hail,

and their flocks to thunderbolts.

49

He let loose on them his fierce anger,

wrath, indignation, and distress,

a company of destroying angels.

50

He made a path for his anger;

he did not spare them from death,

but gave their lives over to the plague.

51

He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,

the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham.

52

Then he led out his people like sheep,

and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.

53

He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;

but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.

54

And he brought them to his holy hill,

to the mountain that his right hand had won.

55

He drove out nations before them;

he apportioned them for a possession

and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.

 

56

Yet they tested the Most High God,

and rebelled against him.

They did not observe his decrees,

57

but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;

they twisted like a treacherous bow.

58

For they provoked him to anger with their high places;

they moved him to jealousy with their idols.

59

When God heard, he was full of wrath,

and he utterly rejected Israel.

60

He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,

the tent where he dwelt among mortals,

61

and delivered his power to captivity,

his glory to the hand of the foe.

62

He gave his people to the sword,

and vented his wrath on his heritage.

63

Fire devoured their young men,

and their girls had no marriage song.

64

Their priests fell by the sword,

and their widows made no lamentation.

65

Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,

like a warrior shouting because of wine.

66

He put his adversaries to rout;

he put them to everlasting disgrace.

 

67

He rejected the tent of Joseph,

he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68

but he chose the tribe of Judah,

Mount Zion, which he loves.

69

He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,

like the earth, which he has founded forever.

70

He chose his servant David,

and took him from the sheepfolds;

71

from tending the nursing ewes he brought him

to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,

of Israel, his inheritance.

72

With upright heart he tended them,

and guided them with skillful hand.

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