THE MORNING BY MORNING SEARCH
Suggested Reading: Isaiah 49-50
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Key Verse: Isaiah 50:4
The Lord God has given Me
The tongue of the learned,
That I should know how to speak
A word in season to him who is weary.
He awakens Me morning by morning,
He awakens My ear
To hear as the learned.
No doubt the people of Berea, Greece read Isaiah. They did as we are doing daily in this blog. They “searched the Scriptures daily to find out if these things [the message Paul preached] were so” (Acts 17:10-12).
Search Isaiah 49 and discover the birth of “Messiah,” and that “He” (God) would tell Messiah’s mother what His Name would be. For the third time Isaiah speaks of Messiah as a “Light to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 9:2, 42:6 & 49:6). Messiah was rejected (49:7a). Messiah’s mission statement is introduced (49:9). Let us think of a Person who lived among us whose life and death fits these descriptions, who arose early every morning to pray (our key verse). Search for and read Mark 1:35. Jesus did this! Whose back was struck and whose beard was plucked out? (50:6). Let us take time, “Morning by morning” to “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I pray, as our key verse says, that I will “know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” Awaken me “morning by morning.” Awaken my ear that I may “hear as the learned.” Then grant me, I pray, that I will, with wisdom, boldness, and consistency share with others what I am learning. I ask these blessings in the Name of the One who never failed, Jesus Messiah (Christ in Greek), Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
This morning, Norma-Jean and I are back in our mobile home in a senior’s park in Florida. In just over 5 hours we’ll be attending a great church service where we will worship the Lord and pray with other believers. I expect that Pastor Blackburn will bring a strong message from God’s Word which will nourish and strengthen us for living! It was after a week of fasting and prayer by members of this church that I was awakened the second Monday of January two years ago and I heard that “still small voice” prompting me to learn to do this two-year journey through the Bible blog!!!
Also, to our delight, we’ve learned that our Church here in Florida is joining “The Daniel Plan” of which Ron, my son, and the on-air team of 100 Huntley Street, have been speaking daily. We need the encouragement of others to do this plan faithfully, and here to our surprise, we have a congregation participating. Please, everyone, join the plan by getting the book, The Daniel Plan, from Crossroads (HERE) and then getting involved (click here for more info and to sign up for daily Daniel Plan emails giving exciting, practical, and definite results-producing tips). Sign up today as Norma-Jean and I are doing! We plan to start next Monday and stay faithful to the Plan for 40 days!!! Please let Ron know by registering ASAP! Click here for Dr. Jerry Johnston’s interview with Pastor Rick Warren on Jesus’ ministry of Preaching, Teaching, and Healing! Find out Rick’s motives in writing the book, The Daniel Plan.
Yours to encourage us all to “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!!!”
P.S. In yesterday’s blog I wrote some things about China and the people of Chinese descent who live by the millions all over the world, blessing the countries where they live. In today’s reading, Isaiah 49:12b, speaks of those from “Sinim.” This is China! While seeking to have a Christian pavilion in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, I found an amazing story of Chinese Jewish people who lived in an area of Shanghai where Jews had lived since the Assyrians practiced ethnic cleansing on the northern Ten Tribes of Israel. The Chinese are proud of the safe haven they provided for Jews during the Nazi inspired Holocaust.