Sunday, May 17, 2015


Today’s┬áReading: 2 Kings 10

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On display at the Archaeological Museum of ancient Corinth in Greece is a gold ring and many other artifacts. As far as we know, there are no golden calves, as in today’s reading.

GOOGLE MAPS – To see where the photo was taken, click HERE.


Key Verse: 2 Kings 10:29

However, Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.

Surely Jehu or some of the advisers and priests knew about the judgment of God on those who practised worship of the golden calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai shortly after the deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 32). Jehu most certainly knew the first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-6). They knew these things, but Jehu did not know them in his heart, the core of his being where decisions are made for right and wrong. Verse 31 in today’s reading tells us that “Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel WITH ALL HIS HEART.” The disintegration of the northern tribes began as a result. Syria took over the territories of three of the tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, from its source south to Galilee. This is the border territory today between Syria and Israel. Our reading informs us that God wanted the destruction of the altars of Baal, but no instructions from God to do the same with the golden calves. Could it be that the Lord always leaves a test in place to see whether or not we will decide for Him or otherwise?


Lord God, I decide for You 100%. May I be granted grace, intelligence, and a heart that is true to You in all things. I pray that I will put out of my life all idols, those things that take priority ahead of You. I realize that to worship is to ascribe worth to someone or something. I worship You, Lord God; all else fades away in the focus of my life on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


In the late seventies I took my sons out of high school for the month of March and we back-packed throughout Israel. However, when we arrived at Vered Hagalil, a dude ranch just above the Mount of Beatitudes north of the Sea of Galilee, we rented horses for a day and rode across the hillsides and back for 20 miles or so. By the time we arrived at the northern stretch of the river Jordan I realized that while I was doing fine walking and carrying a large back pack, I was not in shape for long periods in the saddle. I was very sore on a certain part of my anatomy! I remember jumping into the river, clothes and all, propping my feet against a fallen tree trunk and lying upstream into the current. The fast flowing waters of the Jordan provided the best and most refreshing massage imaginable. When my spiritual muscles and joints are tired and sore, I picture myself doing the same as I lie back into the river of prayer and worship. It’s amazing how refreshed I am after doing this. I’m ready to mount up and go again.

Yours for the refreshing streams of God’s Presence,


P.S. Today Norma-Jean and I along with Ron and Ann arrived back in Israel for the “Empowered 21 Global Gathering.” As I’m about to start my 80th year, I don’t think I would do so well with the back pack or horse back riding! Below are pictures from our backpack & horseback trek across Israel in 1978, including the northern Galilee region and the rushing Jordan River.

My sons Reynold & Ron with me backpacking around Israel in 1978.


Riding across the hills north of the Sea of Galilee. Reynold (left) was 16 and Ron (right) was 14.

Me lying upsream in the Jordan having a blessed massage that I needed after a long horseback ride.

My boys next to a rushing Jordan River in Northern Israel.

7 thoughts on “Sunday, May 17, 2015

  1. So pleased to receive this daily “bread” without a hitch despite your 11 hour flight to Israel.
    The Jordan river looks very refreshing!
    2012 Holy Land Yellow Bus.

  2. Enjoy your stay away from home Rev. M. et al.

    How dreadful today’s reading was. Just not in my makeup to understand how a human can take another human’s life let alone many lives.

    Beautiful pics of your trip to Israel with your dear sons. Those memories must bring u great joy Rev. M. This song comes to mind:

    Have a blessed Sabbath fellow saints.

  3. Rev Mainse l am very happy to hear that you, your family and your tour group arrived safely. I will be praying for you to have a blessed and safe time. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to this blog. I love reading thecWord along with you and hundreds of other believers.

    Lynda thank you for the song. Beautiful and uplifting.

  4. Praise God for your safe arrival.

    Some scriptures are sometimes hard to read and understand but the human mind can be depraved without knowing The Lord but as we read our blog each day and pray we can feel secure in the Saviour’s love.

    Blessings to all.

  5. thank you Lynda for the song… very uplifting, especially the first one!!!

    When reading it may help to think of the Lord’s cleansing out the sin in the midst of His people…not easy…but helpful

    May your visit and worship refresh you, Rev.David, Norma-Jean, Ron and Ann…be refreshed In The Holy Spirit of God.!!! SAFE IN THE HANDS OF THE LORD!!!

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