Sunday, April 10, 2016


Today’s Reading: Obadiah

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In Petra, Jordan, this massive façade, 30m wide and 43m high, is carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfs everything around it. The engineering genius of the ancient people who lived here is awe inspiring. Petra was the capital city of the Edomites. In today’s reading the prophet Obadiah denounces Edom for her pride. Secure in their impregnable fortress city, the Edomites felt that they were beyond the danger of invasion or conquest.

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


Key Verses: Obadiah verse 17

But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,

And there shall be holiness;

The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.


The Edomites were descended from Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, sons of Isaac and Rebekah (read Genesis 25:19-23). Rebekah “went to inquire of the Lord.” This expectant mother was aware that the twins were struggling in her womb and she prayed about it. “The Lord said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb…the older shall serve the younger.'” Obadiah’s prophecy confirms what God said to Rebekah, that Edom (Esau) would serve Israel (Jacob). Mount Zion (Jerusalem) is the capital city of the descendants of Jacob.

Obadiah predicts that the proud people of Edom would be humiliated. In the day of Jerusalem’s calamity, Edom had gloated and even surrendered Israelite fugitives to the enemy. Edom was guilty of flagrant injustice. “The day of the Lord” is a time of reckoning for all nations.


Lord God, I pray that I will be found walking in “holiness,” ready for “the day of the Lord!” May the laws enacted by our nations reflect Your “Holiness”, Lord Jesus! I pray for our leaders. Grant them grace, I pray, to serve You and all people in righteousness. May our leaders be made aware that the nations are being judged in Your courtroom! Amen!!!


I marvel at the homes and public buildings carved from the solid rock in Petra. Today it is not a proud capital city; it’s a tourist destination, a most impressive relic of an ancient powerful nation. King Abdullah of Jordan was in New York City, and no doubt he was intent on promoting tourism, which is a mainstay in the economy of his country, when I had the privilege to meet him at the Mayflower Hotel. As we visited I mentioned that my son-in-law covered his country several times each week on TV in the Arabic language. The King said, “What is his name?” “Rev. Nizar Shaheen,” I answered. With a surprised look on his face, the king said, “Nizar is a great man of God. I watch him on TV regularly.” It occurred to me that the king might have been tempted to say this for tourism’s sake, so I asked him, “On what channel do you watch Nizar?” He knew all the details, so I concluded he really did watch the message of God’s Word as Nizar and his guests present Jesus as Saviour and Lord!

The Crossroads ministry launched the Light For All Nations Arabic language ministry over 30 years ago. We were able to do this because of the prayers and support of God’s people (click here for more about Light For All Nations).

Yours for shining the Light of Jesus around the world,



8 thoughts on “Sunday, April 10, 2016

  1. Thank you David, I feel like I have been traveling myself when I get to see all this wonderful pictures.
    I also pray for the righteousness of the Lord.
    I have see many people come to Christ with the Ministry Of 343. I have been blessed to be apart of.
    The vision the Lord gave was people set free and then helping one another. It is working, please pray for 343. I am amazed how the Lord is working through His ministry that He has called us to do. Praise our King and Saviour Jesus Christ. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit changing lives to bring people to Himself.

  2. Thank you dear Pastor David , for your insight into the scriptures and for your meaningful prayer. God always gives you the right words to say and I am totally in agreeiment with you. I now am asking the Lord Jesus to Bless you, Norma Jean and your whole family circle.
    Nizar is certainly a wonderful preacher I have listened to him many times in the past on One Hundred Huntley Street. It always amazes me (and it should’nt) how the Lord works everything out for good, to those who love Him and who are called according to His purpose. Bless each fellow blogger on this Lotd’s Day, may those who are suffering physically and spiritually have a special touch from The Lord today. Love in Christ, Eleanor M.

  3. I am always amazed to see what was accomplished in buildings etc. in Bible times without the modern machinery that we have today. Just amazing. So wonderful what Nizaar & Ellen have done over all these years – many years of faithfulness to God. Bless you all.

  4. Thank you Sherry, Irene, Ger, Sah, and unspoken saints, who have/are praying for my nephew, Jon. There is no power greater and we know that where two or more are gathered together in prayer, the Lord answers us. Amen! God’s blessings of love peace and healing as we worship, Him, today!

    For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10 ESV

    This song has been playing in my head, all morning. As I went for an early walk along the nunnery grounds, nearby, I stopped at the trees to listen to the birds singing, for some time. And without thought in mind–I experienced just the presence of the Spirit in their voices and feeling of the trees and wind being so alive with His power. Oh how His grace is peaceful, stunningly beautiful, and so truly profound!

    At the Cross, Hillsong

    • To Beverlee Kay: With regard to my comments to your reply yesterday I would ask that you google Bill Johnson, Bethel Church, Redding, California. You will find critical blogs there. I will simply let you research from the articles.there. I really do not want to get involved in agreements or disagreements on the comments associtated will 100 Wordsthat so many people enjoy.
      I really appreciate your comments there and the musical selections of worship you provide. God Bless!

      • I was wondering if you read David’s blog the wrong way! I have done that sometime, and a few days later I go back and reread and then I see the thoughts, sometimes, I have noticed and I do this alot, a comma or a period can be misplaced!
        I believe I do understand your point of view Mr. Stubbs and I don’t believe that David Mainse is disagreeing with you!
        I want to thank you for your blog! I enjoy reading your blogs because you always bring another point of view to the website! And it helps all of us to check out the writings! I so appreciate this fact!
        I listened to a Pastor praying for the middle east and I was jumping for joy when I heard how many people are being trained to go out and witness to the people! I did not realize it was so many who are already trained and sharing!
        We all need to keep thanking and praying to God to help us all to share the Gospel with everyone around us, where ever we may be!
        God bless everyone this day!

  5. Yes praying in agreement Pastor David “May the laws enacted by our nations reflect Your “Holiness” Lord Jesus!! Amen and Amen!!

    Have a Blessed Day in the Lord all…

  6. In full agreement with your prayer this morning, Pastor David. God’s blessings on all who bring this morning’s blog for us to feed on daily. Thank you!

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