Tuesday, January 28, 2020


Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 11-13

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Here in Nazareth Village an actor holds up a scroll in the synagogue. During Jeremiah’s time, a lost scroll, probably the book of Deuteronomy, the Covenant, was discovered and read to the people on the instructions of good King Josiah. A short-lived spiritual revival resulted.

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Key Verses: Jeremiah 11:3-5

“…Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant which I commanded your fathers in the day I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and do according to all that I command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God, that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.’ Then I answered and said, ‘So be it Lord [Amen].'”


The discovery of the lost book of the Law (probably Deuteronomy) happened on Jeremiah’s watch (read 2 Kings 22:8-13). It taught about the curses for disobedience and the blessings for obedience to the words of the covenant. Many times Israel had said “Amen,” or “So be it Lord!” They would be blessed for a time and then break the covenant and suffer the curses they would bring upon themselves. The Lord’s “green olive tree” (spiritual Israel), which He had planted and which, from time to time, had produced “lovely and good fruit,” would now be broken down and burned. How sad and how unnecessary!

The first 6 verses of Jeremiah 12 are addressed to Anathoth, Jeremiah’s hometown. Jeremiah proclaimed his message from God with a broken heart. In today’s reading, Jeremiah asks 12 questions. Four question words are used: “What,” “Why,” “How,” and “Where.” The “When” question is conditional upon the response of the people. The final words of Jeremiah 13 are, “O Jerusalem! Will you still not be made clean?”


Yes, yes Lord God, I ask to be made clean and to be kept clean through the washing of the blood which Your Son and my Saviour shed on the Cross. I pray for grace to “walk in the light as He is in the light,” and then I experience 24/7 that “the blood of Jesus Christ [Messiah] cleanses us…” (1 John 1:5-10). With my faith in Jesus Christ, the final Sacrifice for sin, I trust You, Lord! AMEN!!!


It was a great comfort to me to hear my Father, Rev. Dr. Roy Mainse, preach a message from 1st John on “cleansing.” My father had returned from his mission in Egypt and had taken on the responsibility of pastoring two churches. I moved back home with Dad and attended both churches, where I heard the same message twice. That particular message has stuck with me ever since. He said that the word “cleanseth” (he used old King James english) is in the present perfect tense in the original Greek language. I learned that as I asked God for cleansing (Jeremiah’s question, “Will you still not be made clean?”), I have been made clean and I am being made clean constantly in God’s sight. The Greek verb “cleanseth” means that it has happened and that it continues to happen. I had been struggling with this issue during that first year after I had made my lifetime decision to serve Christ fully. I know that in my eyes and experience I am a sinner, but God sees me through the cleansing blood of Jesus and only in Jesus am I made pure and holy.

Yours for daily shining the light of God’s Word into our personal lives!


P.S. I gained so much under my Dad’s ministry that year. Here’s a picture of my Father, a truly great man in my eyes.

My father, Rev. Dr. Roy Lake Mainse (1896-1972).

18 thoughts on “Tuesday, January 28, 2020

  1. Praying David’s prayer. We are cleansed by Your blood, Lord. Infuse us with Your love, that our hearts, minds, bodies and souls may be lifted up and renewed, reflecting a new spirit of grace as we go into the world. We are mighty warriors of prayer and praise and we aim to please You Lord–on earth as in heaven. Wishing all saints a blessed day.

    You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
    Psalm 139:5-6 ESV

    Mack Brock – I Am Loved

      • Wow! I am listening to it now and just love it! Thanks Bill. I really miss studying. Tolkien and Dyson helped Lewis grow into a Christian. Remarkable story. Here is a significant quote I typed out that is rather mind blowing:

        “Myth seen as false and not true. But they taught Lewis that myths were glimpses people received of what was really going to happen. At one point, myth becomes fact–it participates in truth. Myth is not false, myth participates in truth. There are mythic story lines-each reflecting the truth.

        “He (Lewis) recognizes that myth is the truth that has survived and the reason it survived is that it appeals to the human imagination. And indeed, the ancient myths of all cultures represented the human imagination’s attempt to express their understanding of the relationship between human beings and divine power. And of course, that’s the reason there are so many similarities in the myths of so many different cultures.

        “All of these come out of this common origin. But what happens with Christianity is Christianity is the true myth. It holds onto everything that is true and it actually becomes historical fact. And that is that this dying God that all these other talk about, actually happens in Christianity–you can date it.

        “The transformation of C. S. Lewis from atheist to Christian, became the most significant event in his life. While he continued his work as a scholar in medieval literature, he also began a career as a Christian writer and novelist. The Screwtape Letters, That Hideous Strength, Till We Have Faces, The Great Divorce, The Chronicles of Narnia.”

  2. Dear Lord God, just as in Jeremiah’s day, we need You today. It’s sad to see our nations, our neighbours, our families even, fall for the seductive lies of those who deny Truth. Your Word is Truth, Lord, so please help all your people to be strong in You.
    Thank You for all these Gospel ministries that point people to You, dear Lord God, Your Word, and prayer. We pray for our countries, our neighbours, coworkers, churches, and families, Lord, and ask You to draw them to You. Please help us to be Your faithful witnesses in the places You have us in.
    In Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. What joy to hear a man speak so warmly of his father, as Rev. Mainse did. How I pray for boys who can’t, don’t or would like to do the same. A father son relationship is so important.
    Jeremiah was such a trooper as he had one tough job but loved the Lord so much he was able to carry on.

    “A central tenet of the Christian faith is that every person matters just as much as every other person, whether the world knows their story or not.
    Paul’s assertion that “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” was radical for his culture (Galatians 3:28). The biblical claim that “whoever” believes in Christ receives eternal life (John 3:16) broke down the racial and cultural barriers of Jesus’ day and ours.
    The best way to help our culture value every person from conception to natural death is to value every person we know. Today.” Dr. Jim Denison.

    May God bless all dear saints this and every day.

    • The apple did not fall far from the tree.They were both great men and David’s thoughts are still shared with us in his teaching.We are blessed still.Thank you Ron.God bless

      I guess my poem had a “kink” in it?lol

  4. Wow on yesterday’s comments.I will have to revisit it to get that link you shared,Beverlee….Here it is.Thanks

    I wonder did anyone else notice these words in today’s scripture?
    ” 17 If you do not listen,
    I will weep in secret
    because of your pride; ”
    That’s a father’s broken heart because His children,His greatest love,have completely rejected Him.His emotions are much more powerful than ours and thus, so is His sorrow.
    God bless
    I Will Weep

    I will weep in My secret place,
    For far from me you hide your face,
    But still I love you with a Father’s love
    And still I want you with me above.

    Thus,after I have punished you,
    When you again learn to be true,
    I will forget the pain you have caused Me,
    For to love me you must be free.

    I have created you to learn
    And to love me is what I yearn,
    But you chose to walk down the darkest road
    And love idols that increase your load.

    They can not speak nor even feel,
    Yet you worship what is not real.
    Don’t you know their father is the devil
    And he is the kink of all evil.

    He is lord of this world for now
    But soon My Son will show you how
    The devil taught you how not to believe
    While you were distracted and deceived.

    When you have returned one last time
    You’ll be forgiven of your crime,
    Then We will start anew in My garden
    And no longer will your hearts harden.
    GW(Bill) Marshall/‎28 ‎January,2020

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