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Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall he saved.ACTS 2:21.

Manasseh did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, and he reared up altars for Baal. And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.—And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication.

Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.—The Lord is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish.

II Kgs. 21:1-3,5,6. -II Chr. 33:12,13.Isa. 1:18. –II Pet. 3:9.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Romans 9:15

In these words the Lord in the plainest manner claims the right to give or to withhold his mercy according to his own sovereign will. As the prerogative of life and death is vested in the monarch, so the Judge of all the earth has a right to spare or condemn the guilty, as may seem best in his sight. Men by their sins have forfeited all claim upon God; they deserve to perish for their sins—and if they all do so, they have no ground for complaint. If the Lord steps in to save any, he may do so if the ends of justice are not thwarted; but if he judges it best to leave the condemned to suffer the righteous sentence, none may arraign him at their bar. Foolish and impudent are all those discourses about the rights of men to be all placed on the same footing; ignorant, if not worse, are those contentions against discriminating grace, which are but the rebellions of proud human nature against the crown and sceptre of Jehovah. When we are brought to see our own utter ruin and ill desert, and the justice of the divine verdict against sin, we no longer cavil at the truth that the Lord is not bound to save us; we do not murmur if he chooses to save others, as though he were doing us an injury, but feel that if he deigns to look upon us, it will be his own free act of undeserved goodness, for which we shall forever bless his name.

How shall those who are the subjects of divine election sufficiently adore the grace of God? They have no room for boasting, for sovereignty most effectually excludes it. The Lord’s will alone is glorified, and the very notion of human merit is cast out to everlasting contempt. There is no more humbling doctrine in Scripture than that of election, none more promotive of gratitude, and, consequently, none more sanctifying. Believers should not be afraid of it, but adoringly rejoice in it.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - 1 Chronicles 5

1 Chronicles 5

5. Sons of Jacob

Descendants of Reuben

 5

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel. (He was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel, so that he is not enrolled in the genealogy according to the birthright;2though Judah became prominent among his brothers and a ruler came from him, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph.)3The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.4The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,5Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,6Beerah his son, whom King Tilgath-pilneser of Assyria carried away into exile; he was a chieftain of the Reubenites.7And his kindred by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,8and Bela son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, as far as Nebo and Baal-meon.9He also lived to the east as far as the beginning of the desert this side of the Euphrates, because their cattle had multiplied in the land of Gilead.10And in the days of Saul they made war on the Hagrites, who fell by their hand; and they lived in their tents throughout all the region east of Gilead.

Descendants of Gad

11 The sons of Gad lived beside them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah:12Joel the chief, Shapham the second, Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan.13And their kindred according to their clans: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber, seven.14These were the sons of Abihail son of Huri, son of Jaroah, son of Gilead, son of Michael, son of Jeshishai, son of Jahdo, son of Buz;15Ahi son of Abdiel, son of Guni, was chief in their clan;16and they lived in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the pasture lands of Sharon to their limits.17All of these were enrolled by genealogies in the days of King Jotham of Judah, and in the days of King Jeroboam of Israel.

18 The Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh had valiant warriors, who carried shield and sword, and drew the bow, expert in war, forty-four thousand seven hundred sixty, ready for service.19They made war on the Hagrites, Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab;20and when they received help against them, the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hands, for they cried to God in the battle, and he granted their entreaty because they trusted in him.21They captured their livestock: fifty thousand of their camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep, two thousand donkeys, and one hundred thousand captives.22Many fell slain, because the war was of God. And they lived in their territory until the exile.

The Half-Tribe of Manasseh

23 The members of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land; they were very numerous from Bashan to Baal-hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon.24These were the heads of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty warriors, famous men, heads of their clans.25But they transgressed against the God of their ancestors, and prostituted themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them.26So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of King Pul of Assyria, the spirit of King Tilgath-pilneser of Assyria, and he carried them away, namely, the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and the river Gozan, to this day.

New Testament in Four Years - Luke 9:28-36

Luke 9:28-36

9. Miracles and Transfiguration

The Transfiguration

28 Now about eight days after these sayings Jesus took with him Peter and John and James, and went up on the mountain to pray.29And while he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became dazzling white.30Suddenly they saw two men, Moses and Elijah, talking to him.31They appeared in glory and were speaking of his departure, which he was about to accomplish at Jerusalem.32Now Peter and his companions were weighed down with sleep; but since they had stayed awake, they saw his glory and the two men who stood with him.33Just as they were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he said.34While he was saying this, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were terrified as they entered the cloud.35Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my Son, my Chosen; listen to him!”36When the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. And they kept silent and in those days told no one any of the things they had seen.

Psalm a Day - Psalm 109:16-31

Psalm 109:16-31

109. Psalm 109

16

For he did not remember to show kindness,

but pursued the poor and needy

and the brokenhearted to their death.

17

He loved to curse; let curses come on him.

He did not like blessing; may it be far from him.

18

He clothed himself with cursing as his coat,

may it soak into his body like water,

like oil into his bones.

19

May it be like a garment that he wraps around himself,

like a belt that he wears every day.”

 

20

May that be the reward of my accusers from the Lord,

of those who speak evil against my life.

21

But you, O Lord my Lord,

act on my behalf for your name’s sake;

because your steadfast love is good, deliver me.

22

For I am poor and needy,

and my heart is pierced within me.

23

I am gone like a shadow at evening;

I am shaken off like a locust.

24

My knees are weak through fasting;

my body has become gaunt.

25

I am an object of scorn to my accusers;

when they see me, they shake their heads.

 

26

Help me, O Lord my God!

Save me according to your steadfast love.

27

Let them know that this is your hand;

you, O Lord, have done it.

28

Let them curse, but you will bless.

Let my assailants be put to shame; may your servant be glad.

29

May my accusers be clothed with dishonor;

may they be wrapped in their own shame as in a mantle.

30

With my mouth I will give great thanks to the Lord;

I will praise him in the midst of the throng.

31

For he stands at the right hand of the needy,

to save them from those who would condemn them to death.

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