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2020 Day 294 – Isaiah 13-16 and Psalms 111

2020 Day 294 – Isaiah 13-16 and Psalms 111

There are many beatitudes found in the book of Psalms.  “Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, who greatly delights in his commandments!” (Psalms 112:1)  God’s commandments are something we should be happy to follow.  In the first Psalm we read that in addition to delighting in God’s word, we should also meditate on it.  “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in…

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2020 Day 293 – Isaiah 9-12 and Psalms 110

2020 Day 293 – Isaiah 9-12 and Psalms 110

Isaiah chapter 9 verse 6 describes the greatest birth that ever was and will ever be,  “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”  These are great descriptions of our Savior.  He is our everything, He is more than words can describe.  He is worthy of our praise and honor. Today’s…

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2020 Day 292 – Isaiah 5-8 and Psalms 109

2020 Day 292 – Isaiah 5-8 and Psalms 109

The Psalmist begged God to save him from his enemies.  “Help me, O LORD my God! Save me according to your steadfast love! Let them know that this is your hand; you, O LORD, have done it!” (Psalms 109:26-27)  In another Psalm he reminded us that with God on our side there was no need to fear.  “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” (Psalms…

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2020 Day 291 – Isaiah 1-4 and Psalms 108

2020 Day 291 – Isaiah 1-4 and Psalms 108

God made a promise in Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”  But that promise was not unconditional.  The verses that follow describe the difference in the two paths that could be chosen.  Today we also have His promise of having our sins cleansed.  Our Savior made that possible.   The promise…

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2020 Day 290 – Song of Solomon 5-8 and Psalms 107

2020 Day 290 – Song of Solomon 5-8 and Psalms 107

Solomon spoke of his bride as one without blemish.  “My dove, my perfect one, is the only one, the only one of her mother, pure to her who bore her. The young women saw her and called her blessed; the queens and concubines also, and they praised her.” (Song of Solomon 6:9)  The church that Jesus Christ built is compared to a bride and also described as being without blemish.  “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up…

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2020 Day 289 – Song of Solomon 1-4 and Psalms 106

2020 Day 289 – Song of Solomon 1-4 and Psalms 106

Have you ever sung the song that includes the words “Jesus, Rose of Sharon” and wondered where that phrase came from?  The only place “rose of Sharon” is found in the Bible is here in Song of Solomon.  “I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.” (Song of Solomon 2:1)  Apologetics Press has a good article on the topic here: https://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=10&article=842 Today’s reading: Song of Solomon 1-4 and Psalms 106 WVBS video – How to Read the Bible; Poetic…

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2020 Day 288 – Ecclesiastes 9-12 and Psalms 105

2020 Day 288 – Ecclesiastes 9-12 and Psalms 105

Solomon had great wisdom, but he knew that proudly proclaiming how wise you are is a trait of fools.  “The words of the wise heard in quiet are better than the shouting of a ruler among fools.” (Ecclesiastes 9:17)  We are also told that no matter how wise our words may be, by themselves they are of little value.  “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” (1 John 3:18) Today’s reading: Ecclesiastes 9-12 and Psalms…

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2020 Day 287 – Ecclesiastes 5-8 and Psalms 104

2020 Day 287 – Ecclesiastes 5-8 and Psalms 104

God gave Solomon wealth that He said was greater than any other king would ever have.  Even with all that he possessed, Solomon still knew there was truth in that saying ‘money cannot buy happiness.’  “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 5:10)  Paul also gave warning that it’s not money but the love of that money that can cause a person big problems.  “For the…

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2020 Day 286 – Ecclesiastes 1-4 and Psalms 103

2020 Day 286 – Ecclesiastes 1-4 and Psalms 103

Solomon had been given riches beyond compare, but he found out that all things on this earth are worthless.  “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2)  Paul encourages us to not let the things of this life get in the way of our focus on our eternal life.  “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the…

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2020 Day 285 – Job 38-42 and Psalms 102

2020 Day 285 – Job 38-42 and Psalms 102

After God had challenged Job with some tough questions, we see the response.  “Then Job answered the Lord and said: ‘I know that You can do everything, And that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.  You asked, ‘Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, Things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.’” (Job 42:1-3)  It took some hard questions straight from God’s own voice, but Job was…

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