Saturday, May 25, 2019

FOUR GENERATIONS

Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 22

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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.

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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 few 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.

5 thoughts on “Saturday, May 25, 2019

  1. No sealed up wall could ever keep the Lord Jesus from walking through as He promised! Just got a warning message as I was typing this – a severe thunderstorm is coming into my city. I jumped when it intruded loudly but I do not fear. I just pray. God is my Defender & Protector!! Praising God.

  2. So true Doreen. I snickered when reading that the gate had been sealed up to keep the Lord out. As Jesus said, they know not what they do.
    I too used to be frightened of thunderstorms but have learned to put my trust in God for comfort. My dog is terribly afraid of thunderstorms and I’m trying to figure out what to do for it during the storm.
    How wonderful to see the pic of David Mainse with his great grandson. Can’t imagine NOT teaching our children/grandchildren/great grandchildren about the One who will give our lives true meaning.
    Have a blessed day dear saints and praying for rain where needed.

  3. Thank you once again for keeping this blog going, and I chuckle too when I hear about the gate being sealed shut to try and stop Jesus entering on HIS return.
    What a beautiful testament to your grandchildren! My prayer is for my children and grandchildren to walk with the LORD as well. Some know HIM but are still living the worldly life… but they are watching Gramma!!! I’m constantly in my prayer closet praying for my family, (my prayer closet is everywhere I go).
    JESUS is our only hope.
    Bless you Maine’s family for the great example of living a life with JESUS front and centre.

  4. Beautiful blog written by David and Doreen, Lynda and Linda and so true. Love this photo of David and Myles. Good news about Gauvin and thank all of you for your prayers for Sylvia. Is a bright sunny day here in NB and the farmers are eagerly on the land again. Have a good day. The Lord can calm all our fears. Shalom!

  5. Such a Wonderful Excellent Good Word for Today !
    See you David at The House one Day in HEAVEN
    J????❤OHN 3:16
    J????❤OHN 14
    Your a little younger Brother
    Phil….

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