Friday, January 12, 2018


Today’s Reading: Isaiah 49-50

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


“Morning by morning,” Orthodox Jews read the Torah and other holy books in a library that is part of the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall) of Jerusalem.

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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!”


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!!!


There are great places everywhere in which we gather to worship. 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 of 2012 and I heard that “still small voice” prompting me to learn to do this two-year blog journey through the Bible!!!

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.

26 thoughts on “Friday, January 12, 2018

  1. Good morning everyone, I am so glad that Pastor David listened to God’s small voice 6 years ago. So many have been blessed and continue to be blessed to be blessed by this blog. In this noisy world it is so good to be alone with God. To read the scriptures, mediate on them then listen in quietness to hear what He is saying to us. I need to do this often as the cares of the day keep creeping in.

  2. Joys are flowing like a river,
    Since the Comforter has come;
    He abides with us forever,
    Makes the trusting heart His home.
    Blessed quietness, holy quietness,
    Blest assurance in my soul!
    On the stormy sea, *Jesus speaks to me, [*He speaks peace to me,]
    And the billows cease to roll.
    Everything is turned to gladness,
    All around this glorious Guest;
    Banished unbelief and sadness,
    All is perfect peace and rest.
    Like the rain that falls from heaven,
    Like the sunlight from the sky,
    So the Holy Spirit given,
    Falls upon us from on high.
    What a wonderful salvation,
    Where we always see His face!
    What a peaceful habitation!
    What a quiet resting place!

  3. Have a question. David said that Sinim refers to China but my Bible Dictionary says that Sinim refers to Syene which is present-day Aswan in Egypt. Please clarify.

  4. I like the song “Blessed Quietness” It brings back thoughts from many years ago. Thank you, Eleanor. Thank you, Anne and Ron for the Bible reading.

  5. Beautiful sunny day here in Edmonton…even though it is at -28 degrees C!

    Yes, Praise God David heard and answered God’s voice…for the birth of this blog and its continued blessing to us daily. Bless you Ron and Ann for your faithfulness for continuing to post it daily!!

    The scriptures in Isaiah bring out God’s truth in a powerful way!!!
    May “the Joy of the Lord be your strength today saints!!

  6. May we all follow Jesus’ and David’s example by “Morning by Morning” to be in the presence of our Lord, reading and hearing His Word!!!

  7. Yes I thought of David when it says, “…He wakeneth morning by morning, He awakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.”(50:3b). Am glad David obeyed the Lord and it is still a witness through Ron and Ann. Thank you. Am glad for all fellow bloggers as well.

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