Thursday, April 25, 2019


Today’s Reading: 1 Kings 1

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


Jesus would have walked on this now crumpled road that runs along the Western Wall of the Temple Mount. You see on the left openings where shops once were, and it was also the support structure for the walkway that led up into the Temple Mount. On the wall near the top you can see where the base of the walkway bridge was. It is called Robinson’s Arch, after Biblical scholar Edward Robinson who identified its remnants in 1838 (see the extra photos below for some close-up views and an artists rendering of how the walkway likely looked at the time of Jesus).

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


Key Verse: 1 Kings 1:48

Also the king said thus, “Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, who has given one to sit on my throne this day, while my eyes see it!”

Thank God for a peaceful transition from King David’s rule to that of Solomon. No precedent had been established in Israel to determine succession to the throne. Saul, and then David, had been chosen by popular demand (although God did the real choosing). It was not public knowledge, but David had earlier chosen Solomon to succeed him. With the reminder from Bathsheba, and the support of Zadok and Nathan, David moved decisively to avoid civil war and another family tragedy. The godly counsel of the priest and the prophet were key to a smooth transition of power. Within our homes, our churches, and our countries, tragedy will strike when struggles about authority and leadership arise. Blessed and peaceful are the families, the congregations, and the nations that allow God to influence decisions and pray for God’s will to be done. Solomon learned from God, Nathan, Zadok, and his father David. We may want to read what Solomon wrote in Psalm 72:1-17. It’s no wonder that a long period of peace came to Israel and its neighbours.


Dear Lord Jesus, have dominion over my life, my family, the church worldwide, as well as my local congregation. May Your influence be strong in the governing of our land and other lands. I pray for the peace of Jerusalem, Israel, Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and the other Arab states. I pray for Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China and the Koreas. Please raise up people in those and in other states who call upon You, Lord God. Amen!


The tragedy of the slaughter of the innocents in abortion, with no protection whatsoever in Canadian law, came about in the 1970’s. However, I thought that all was not lost in regard to the protection of these little ones when our government changed the words of our national anthem to include “God Keep Our Land.” These words are belted out at every hockey game, baseball game, football game, etc. For many who sing them, it may only be lip service, but for me it’s a fervent prayer. The other thing that encouraged me was that God was recognized in our new constitution in the early 1980’s. I was so hopeful when the Minister of Health, the Hon. Jake Epp, presented a bill to Parliament in the mid 1980’s, which would have protected the lives of some precious ones still in the womb. This bill passed with the votes of the elected members of the House of Commons but failed by one vote in the Senate. These people, most of whom were appointed by a previous government, overturned the will of the people as expressed by the elected members of the House. God takes most seriously, I believe, the commitment of Canada’s founders, who made Psalm 72:8 the motto of our Land: “He shall have dominion from sea to sea.” That scripture is carved in stone at the entrance to our Houses of Parliament. Therefore, I haven’t given up hope that somehow our representatives will all come to their senses and do something to stop these little bodies from being poisoned or torn apart in their mothers’ wombs. While Jake Epp’s bill would not have stopped all abortions, it is apparent that at least 100,000 Canadians are with us today as a result of the threat of passing that bill, which stopped many hospitals from performing abortions for a brief time. May God have mercy on us!

Yours for decisions that will please God in every area of human life,


Here is an up-close view of the shops and support structure that led up to the Temple Mount.

Robinson’s Arch

Robinson’s Arch and Temple Mount at the time of Jesus.

16 thoughts on “Thursday, April 25, 2019

  1. The words sang in my head, this morning: It’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay. Oh, come, my precious child. It’s going to be okay. Then I listened to 1 Kings 1, read the blog, and opened Morning by Morning by Charles Spurgeon:

    Arise, my darling, my beautiful one, and come with me. Song of Songs 2:10.

    Be still my heart as I trust and rest in the love of My Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Wishing blessed saints in the Lord, the same joy in waking to God’s grace and spreading his seeds of love, today.

    Jesus Our Victory // Seek You // Grace Vineyard Music

    • Charles Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, April 25th

      “Lo, I hear the voice of my Beloved! He speaks to me! Fair weather is smiling upon the face of the earth, and he would not have me spiritually asleep while nature is all around me awaking from her winter’s rest. He bids me “Rise up,” and well he may; for I have long enough been lying among the pots of worldliness. He is risen, I am risen in him, why then should I cleave unto the dust? From lower loves, desires, pursuits, and aspirations, I would rise towards him. He calls me by the sweet title of “My love,” and counts me fair; this is a good argument for my rising. If he has thus exalted me, and thinks me thus comely, how can I linger in the tents of Kedar and find congenial associates among the sons of men? He bids me “Come away.” Further and further from everything selfish, grovelling, worldly, sinful, he calls me; yea, from the outwardly religious world which knows him not, and has no sympathy with the mystery of the higher life, he calls me. “Come away” has no harsh sound in it to my ear, for what is there to hold me in this wilderness of vanity and sin? O my Lord, would that I could come away, but I am taken among the thorns, and cannot escape from them as I would. I would, if it were possible, have neither eyes, nor ears, nor heart for sin. Thou callest me to thyself by saying “Come away,” and this is a melodious call indeed. To come to thee is to come home from exile, to come to land out of the raging storm, to come to rest after long labour, to come to the goal of my desires and the summit of my wishes. But Lord, how can a stone rise, how can a lump of clay come away from the horrible pit? O raise me, draw me. Thy grace can do it. Send forth thy Holy Spirit to kindle sacred flames of love in my heart, and I will continue to rise until I leave life and time behind me, and indeed come away.”

      “If any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him.” Revelation 3:20

      • Such beautiful, inspiring words!
        Oh, even the strength and will to “rise and come” to Him, is given to us by Him! Apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5)
        How gracious and merciful is Our Heavenly Father! How loving and caring! Help me Lord to never take for granted all that you have done and continue to do for me. May my life be lived constantly in devotion and gratefulness to You, loving God! But I need your help in doing that. Yes, apart from You, I can do nothing.
        You are my all in all, Adonai!

        Bless each and every fellow blogger today! May you minister to everyone here and meet their needs, as they put their requests before you. Amen!

        • Faithfull One, Robin Mark–thank you, Luisa, for your inspiring words and song (one of my favourites and I know Bill’s, as well). God’s blessings on you, dear sister-in-Christ!!

  2. Happy Belated Birthday, Ger. ????????????????

    I am glad you had a good day celebrating. May the coming year be a very joyous one, for you!

  3. It’s amazing how people just automatically believe that they will be chosen for important roles in our lives and theirs the way Adonijah did.
    Love the pics. of the ruins that run along the wall of the Temple Mount. I’ve never been to Israel but have visited Italy and a lot of their ruins look similar.
    How wonderful that this blog and many others can reach people with these instruments called computers.
    Dr. Jim Denison:
    “The technological revolution makes it possible for us to get God’s word to more people than ever before. Every Christian who uses his or her digital platform to share biblical truth is continuing the work begun by Paul and his fellow missionaries twenty centuries ago.
    At the same time, our personal relationships are central to fulfilling our Commission (Matthew 28:18–20). Our personal interactions bring the compassion of Jesus into the hurts and hearts of people hungry to encounter his grace.”
    May God bless us all today and always.

  4. Amen, Lynda D.

    Thanks Reynold for those historic pictures;
    thanks for the selfless prayer of David and words of wisdom; thanks again for this daily manna!!

  5. WHY Mommy?

    Why did you kill me mommy?
    Why do you seek to be defiled?
    Why was I killed inside your tummy?
    Why could I not be your child?

    Why do you call sex ‘making love’?
    Why is that lie portrayed to be true?
    Why do you hate gifts from above?
    Why do you freely do what you do?

    Why is sex like shaking hands?
    Why can’t you control your lust?
    Why do devils from foreign lands
    Give us laws while stealing our trust?

    Why is God not in your heart?
    Why do you willingly slaughter?
    And why is my body torn apart?
    I could be their son or daughter.

    Why is God not in your heart?
    Why do you willingly slaughter?
    And why is my body torn apart?
    I could be their son or daughter.
    G W (Bill) Marshall / 31 July, 2014
    (Last stanza added ‎09 ‎Jan,2019)
    Pro-abortinists from the US (devils)
    came to help PEI pro-abortinists
    change the law and legalize the murder
    of unborn children instead of teaching
    women not to use their bodies as
    amusements parks.
    No copyright intended
    The Lord is merciful and so was Solomon.Nathan deserves credit too for acting wisely.
    Thank you all for sharing.The songs were great and I was pleasantly surprised when Robin’s voice was heard,my favorite singer.We have our cottage reserved for his Revival in Belfast Conference in Belfast,PEI in one month.


    May fear vanish before your face
    As His joy goes before your feet
    And may your words show His grace
    To those whom you should meet,
    For you are that child of God
    And in you is the One they need;
    So fear no journey as you trod
    For you have manna with which to feed.
    G.W.Marshall/ ‎23 ‎March, ‎2019

  6. Prayed David’s prayer today! Need to continue to share David’s burden concerning abortion. Thank you Irene, Eraine, Teresa. Sah, and Luisa for your birthday greetings, prayers and kind words. Your names were added later so the reason for thanking you now. Appreciate all of your postings today! Lots to meditate on. God bless you!

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