Thursday, May 25, 2017

FOUR GENERATIONS

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 22

Click scripture link to read online or HERE to listen online (then click the symbol of the audio speaker above the scripture portion).

 

Facing the Mount of Olives on the eastern side of the Old City of Jerusalem is The Golden Gate, also called The Eastern Gate. The Bible indicates that Jesus passed through this gate many times while He was in Jerusalem. Jewish religious tradition teaches that the coming Messiah will enter Jerusalem through this gate. To prevent this, the Muslims sealed the gate in 1541 A.D. during the rule of Suleiman. Like the walls around Jerusalem which were built for protection, may we build around our families the protection of the teaching of the things of God.

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

 

Key Verse: 2 Kings 22:11

Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the book of the law, that he tore his clothes.

 

In our reading two days ago, King Hezekiah tore his clothes to show his strong grief. Now Hezekiah’s great-grandson, Josiah, 18 years old, tears his clothes to show his extreme grief because his father, Amon, and his grandfather, Manasseh, had utterly failed to serve the God of the Book, and Judah had, for 57 years, reverted to the practice of false religions. How could this be? Isaiah, such a mighty man of God, had taught and preached over four generations of Kings from Uzziah to Hezekiah. Hezekiah’s son and grandson led the people away from the true and living God, living evil lives. Does this not prove that we are only one or two generations away at any time from the demise of the Church? If we fail to reach the next generation for Christ, a terrible turning away from God happens. Do we do our part with a passion in teaching Sunday School, in mentoring young people, in strong intercessory prayer for the next generation? Do our church services include strong Bible teaching which is contained in the Hymns and songs as well as the sermons? Do we succeed in communicating thoroughly the things of God? We should read again how this is to be done for the eternal good of the next generation…Deuteronomy 6:1-25.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, keep me within the sound of Your Word. I need to hear Your thoughts every day without fail. I pray also that I will be enthusiastic in communicating Your Word to others, particularly to the next generation after me. Please give me wisdom in how I am to do this. I’m here Lord, please use me for Your great cause. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

I’ve just looked at the picture of my great-grandson, Myles Neilson. I often put my arms around Myles when he slows down a bit (he loves his great-grandpa), and I share a story of God’s wonderful love. How thankful I am that, unlike Josiah’s father and grandfather, his parents, Sheryl and Todd Neilson, and his grandparents, the Staceys, love and serve the Lord. Below is a photo of Myles with me that we took in the park next to his home a couple years ago. As this picture was taken by his Mom, I was sharing the amazing story of the boy king, Josiah.

I’ve been doing this blog for almost five years now, and those who’ve been with me since the beginning will now be almost through the entire Bible 2-1/2 times, moving back and forth between the Testaments. I trust that no one who participates with me is finding the blog boring or that it has become just another duty. I’m praying fervently every day that the experience will be alive, life giving, and life changing! May the Word of God always be a mirror in which we see ourselves as we really are; a Sword which will cut away those things which weigh us down in our service to God; a Light to guide us into God’s will, keeping us faithful in the way of Truth.

For new visitors to this site, you can start today and in just 24 months you’ll have made the entire Bible part of yourself. Great goal!

Yours for God speaking to us every day through His Word to His human family,

David

My seven-year-old great-grandson, Myles Neilson is one of eleven. Hezekiah and Josiah were also great grandson and great grandfather.

33 thoughts on “Thursday, May 25, 2017

  1. Such powerful scripture! Amen to your prayer, David! God bless all saints, today. In Jesus’ mighty Name.

    ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you,’ and,
    ‘In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’
    Luke 4:10-11 NKJV

    Rascal Flatts – Bless The Broken Road
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-vZlrBYLSU

  2. Bless The Broken Road
    Rascal Flatts

    I set out on a narrow way many years ago
    Hoping I would find true love along the broken road
    But I got lost a time or two
    Wiped my brow and kept pushing through

    I couldn’t see how every sign pointed straight to you
    That every long lost dream lead me to where you are
    Others who broke my heart, they were like northern stars
    Pointing me on my way into your loving arms

    This much I know is true
    That God blessed the broken road
    That led me straight to you
    Yes it did

    I think about the years I spent just passing through
    I’d like to have the time I lost and give it back to you
    But you just smile and take my hand
    You’ve been there you understand
    It’s all part of a grander plan that is coming true

    Every long lost dream led me to where you are
    And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
    Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
    This much I know it’s true
    That God blessed the broken road
    That led me straight to you
    Yeah

    And now I’m just rolling home
    Into my lover’s arms
    This much I know is true
    That God blessed the broken road
    That led me straight to you

    That God blessed the broken road
    Ooh, ooh
    That led me straight to you

  3. I am grateful for your daily blog- such insight in the Bible you bring alive.
    I have been on the journey from day one and truly feel blessed from your words of inspiration and pictures that bring the scripture for the day alive and how your explanation is so understandable and clear.
    Many thanks and good health continue -you truly are during something wonderful for all generations.

  4. Thank you so much David for writing this blog every day. This past year has been so touching for me to receive your blog and encourage to read the bible faithfully. I have tried so many times in the past 34 years and have never succeeded. Your words are always so encouraging and to continue to keep our eyes on Jesus and to do our best to share Gods love for all man kind and to encourage our loved ones and friends we need Jesus in our lives to walk in his ways…thank you so much, with a grateful heart, Betty

  5. Dear David,
    I notice that we missed chapter 22. It is so important as it shows why Josiah came about to renew his covenant.
    Though I have read the bible a few times in different translations and also in German, I enjoy reading it with you and your comments every morning first thing. Thank you for doing this service to our country and others.

  6. Chapter 22 is really important. Missing it leaves a gap. Thanks for bringing that up, Manfred. My ancestry is Manchester, England. I’m hearing from some folk there. (not known @ this point of injuries/deaths of family. Great sorrow & fear there. Please pray. Thanks.

  7. Yes as I read the Bible and this blog everyday, my day is blessed as we put first things first and your teaching Pastor David brings light on our path and new understanding of the Word. Thank you Pastor David. Believe I see Mt. Zion Hotel at the foot of this hill where we stayed on my first visit to Israel in your photo today Reynold. Glad you are back Beverlee and prayers for all saints!

  8. Dear David, one of the comments says what I feel. Your blog brings me hope ,courage and even greater love of the Lord each day. I look forward daily to it. I have passed it on to help others. I feel so much closer to God because of it. Thank you. Love and prayers. Colleen

  9. Hi David Mainse,
    I recommend you vote Conservative in the next election or for the Christian Heritage Party of Canada. It will go better with the Protestants if you do. Less divorce, abortion and homosexuality etc. The Christian Heritage helps Pro-life candidates in the Conservative Party.
    Their contact information is
    Christian Heritage Party of Canada
    Address: PO Box 4958 Station E, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5J1
    Phone: 1-888-VOTE CHP (1-888-868-3247)
    Fax: 1-819-281-7174
    email: [email protected]

    Thanks,
    Paul Treciokas

    • I believe you are on the wrong track Paul…with your statements and it doesn’t seem you know what you are talking about. Please check your references and information and get things right. thank you…may the Lord help you know the truth!!

      • Irene Ochotta
        can you explain your statement please; explain why you believe Paul has it wrong! I believe others would appreciate more explanation! Paul has posted this before; I don’t know what is right, so please, help us to understand
        God bless you Irene!

      • Amen, Irene. Paul, you have posted previous derogatory comments towards David Mainse about divorce voting and homosexuality in the past that were totally incorrect disrespectful and way off base. It is not appreciated on this blog. It is not up to you to tell people who to vote for.

        • I am really confused now! I didn’t realize that Paul’s comments were considered derogatory! I really must have read something very different!
          I understand that Paul is trying to inform people about who to vote for regarding the issues of abortion, divorce, etc…..in the end we all make our own decisions; I am all for being informed BUT…..we have had Christian leaders and they seem to not be able to make changes…..
          I pray that Christians in politics will pray daily for their families, and for their governments……
          I so appreciate any further info anyone may have and please share.. God bless you…

          By the way we are 7 months until Christmas Day!!!!! smile!

  10. I’ve been with you since the beginning David, and still look forward to it daily, so no it is not boring or a duty as you wondered about in your comments. Thank you and all your ‘elves’ for making this blog possible, and feeding us in bite size pieces. 🙂

  11. Dear David, Your blog is not boring. It is an honour to read & meditate on the passage & your words daily. I’ve been with you from the beginning & find new nuggets & encouragement each day. God bless you with every blessing especially health & strength. You are a blessing to us.

  12. A very heartfelt prayer Pastor David; I joined with you in prayer!
    Love the picture of you with your gr-grandson…enjoying each other, Myles looking to you with great admiration…how precious!!

    Praise God for men of God like Josiah, who love and obey the Lord with their whole heart: Not unlike you Pastor David!! Thank you for being such a wonderful example to your children and grand-children, as well as to us through this daily blog. Know that this blog is truly a ministry and a blessing to all who participate in it.

    Have a wonderful day…all bloggers too!

  13. Dear Mr Mainse. A group of us, four women, meet once a week to discuss our week of scripture readings as you present in your blog, 100 words.
    We love the Lord and we are amazed at how He is working in us. We are learning so much..and want you to know that we appreciate not only the scripture readings but your personal insights, the pictures which help us relate to the geography of the stories, and the prayers you write.
    We will pray for you that you will continue to grow in Grace and wisdom as you share these words with others. This very minute we lift you up in prayers of thankfulness.
    Love from British Columbia

  14. Hi David,
    About 6 years ago we were driving together on Burnt Hills Road and talking about beginning a blog. At that time I used the expression to given readers “fresh bread” daily.
    You have been very faithful having done exactly that, no one could be bored if they, like myself follow “the Bread crumbs” you give back each day.
    Thank you, and well done. I get so many study tangents from your blog, the crumbs lead me daily to a deeper relationship.
    Please continue to lead! Our God does the rest!

  15. I pray people will read the blog from Paul regarding voting for a particular party! I
    Also please read Irene’s blog and my blog! I believe very strongly in people voicing their opinions; I don’t understand Paul’s blog! Any further explanation would be great! The more we know, it helps us to make better decisions!
    God bless all, thank you David Mainse for your faithfulness in this blog!

  16. Good morning David, reading through the Bible with you has blessed me greatly. I have a new hunger for God’s word and look forward each day to hearing and reading along with the Scriptures. It will be a year in June that I have been participating daily. Your blog is an inspiration and encouragement. I appreciate the way you have affirmed how important family is in carrying the word to each generation. Thank you to you and Ron for your faithfulness, and that God has granted you the health strength to continue this important ministry. NW

  17. So Hilkiah the priest, Ahikam, Achbor, Shaphan, and Asaiah went to Huldah the prophetess, the wife of Shallum the son of Tikvah, the son of Harhas, keeper of the wardrobe. (She dwelt in Jerusalem in the Second Quarter.) And they spoke with her.
    Then she said to them, “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Tell the man who sent you to Me, “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring calamity on this place and on its inhabitants—all the words of the book which the king of Judah has read— because they have forsaken Me and burned incense to other gods, that they might provoke Me to anger with all the works of their hands. Therefore My wrath shall be aroused against this place and shall not be quenched.’”’
    But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard— because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord when you heard what I spoke against this place and against its inhabitants, that they would become a desolation and a curse, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord. “Surely, therefore, I will gather you to your fathers, and you shall be gathered to your grave in peace; and your eyes shall not see all the calamity which I will bring on this place.”’”
    2 Kings 22:14-20

    This brings Johnathan Edwards to mind, and his “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Please, Lord, help us to remember this world is under Your righteous judgment. We have sinned – we do sin – because we are sinful people. Please forgive us and help us to bring Your message to others, so they too can be forgiven. Please bless all Your people and fill us with Your Spirit so we will be Your light in this dark world. Thank You, Lord, that You treasure a tender and contrite heart. In Jesus’s precious Name, amen

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