Wednesday, February 19, 2020


Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 52

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In today’s reading, pots, bowls and utensils are mentioned. Reynold, who is still in Africa, sent this picture on the internet of vessels excavated in Corinth, Greece. It’s just possible that the pottery of Babylon might have looked like these. It’s a stretch for my imagination to connect these to Babylon, but history tells us that the Greeks were going to defeat Babylon, Persia and all the lands of the Middle East within about 200 years after the time of Jeremiah 52.

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

Key Verses: Jeremiah 52:33

So Jehoiachin changed from his prison garments, and he ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life.

Jehoiachin was made King of Judah when he was just 18 (read 2 Kings 24:6-15). Eight years later he was taken captive to Babylon in the first defeat of Judah. Zedekiah was ordered to serve as a vassal king under Nebuchadnezzar. Zedekiah’s rebellion caused the Babylonians to destroy the Temple, the walls, and the homes of Jerusalem, murdering Zedekiah’s sons in front of him and then blinding him and taking him in chains to Babylon where he was executed.

Meanwhile, Judah’s former King, Jehoiachin, languished in prison in Babylon for 37 years. When Nebuchadnezzar’s son ascended to the throne, he released Jehoiachin, brought him into the Palace, and cared for him for the rest of his life. I expect there will be more about Babylon in Lamentations, Ezekiel and Daniel, but beginning tomorrow, God willing, we’ll move over to First Peter for our meditations. What Jehoiachin experienced is something like Jesus does for us. He brings us out of the prison house of sin, forgives us, and makes us clean before God. He put a robe of righteousness on us, and we are seated in heavenly places with Him. Hallelujah!!! (read Isaiah 61:10 & Ephesians 2:4-9).


Lord God, I am the recipient of much greater mercy from You than Jehoiachin received. His freedom and provision was temporal, but what You’ve done for me is eternal! I pray for more and more opportunities to come my way to tell everyone that there is freedom, peace, blessing and honour in the Salvation which is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, in whose Name I pray. Amen!!!


(Originally written by David on February 19, 2016)

I mentioned in a previous blog that, according to the doctor’s prediction in 2012, my journey into the “great beyond” was scheduled to take place at the latest in March 2014. Back at the first of January 2014 he said that my health was “jaw-dropping remarkable.” Thanks for your prayers!!! God’s timing is O.K. with me whenever it’s time to step out of this life into the next one. If it’s today, it would appear I’ll be feeling well for the trip home to Heaven! My children have reminded me over the past months that I’ve said to them, “We who serve the Lord are indestructible until God is finished with us!” Any time Lord!

Yours for trusting God with His perfect timing in all things,


P.S. The motorcycle pictured below was a bank repossession with a dented front fender that I bought very cheaply in February 2014. I considered this a statement of victory over the prediction of my soon demise. It was a way of thumbing my nose at “the last enemy.” I sold my former bike in 2006, after we had completed the “Steel Horse Ride,” a trip across Canada where we raised funds to equip our Circle Square Ranches for children with physical limitations. I bought my very first motorcycle with money I had earned when I was just 14. In the photo I have on my “Duck Dynasty” T-shirt that says, “Happy, Happy, Happy!”

25 thoughts on “Wednesday, February 19, 2020

  1. We greatly rejoice in You, Lord. Yes, our souls shall be joyful in our God. For You have clothed us with the garments of salvation, and covered us with the robe of righteousness. We praise and worship You, with all our hearts.This is the day the Lord hath made. We shall rejoice and be glad in it. Amen. God bless you, saints.

    For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 NKJV

    Passion – God, You’re So Good

  2. It was God’s timing to call home my daughter-in-law’s youngest sister yesterday. My son & his wife got to Florida just 1/2 hour before she passed into glory. Beatriz’s large family (including her mom) was there for many weeks. They had such faith that she would be healed. The Lord called & she was lifted from her prison of severe pain into His Presence. Hallelujah. God is so good. Timing was perfect. Thank You Lord

    • Lord I pray for comfort on that family in Florida.In Jesus’ holy name.
      Written for a friend and inspired by an RC priest’s funeral service:

      Pastor,please say goodbye for me,
      For I will not know who’s there
      When my eyes no longer see
      And my heart has no more care.

      Your service says what I could not,
      Through Jesus’ words to borrow,
      For I have won the battle fought
      And have risen above sorrow.

      Pastor,please wipe away their grief,
      For the truth will set them free
      From the one who is a thief
      And has nowhere to flee.

      Don’t let them believe what’s not true,
      For sorrow’s the devil’s kin,
      But He who lives within you
      Will set them free of their sin.

      So,Pastor,speak for me this day,
      With His words that can not lie,
      To say that I am home to stay
      Where no one will ever die.
      (G.W.)Bill Marshall/15Sept,2015

    • Dear Doreen,
      So sorry to hear about the loss of a family loved one. We, on this blog, had been praying for Beatriz. Our hearts go out to all her family. May the source of all comfort and peace surround them. Thanking God that your son and his wife were able to arrive in time, before her passing.
      Sending love and prayers. 🙏

  3. David’s bike looks to be the same as mine but in newer condition and maybe a larger engine,a Suzuki Boulevard.
    Today we read of conquest,submission,captivity,destruction,executions and also of forgiveness;all within God’s plans being carried out.Then 70 years later God calls them home again to their lands when their lands have had the missing Sabbath years that were not observed by God’s people.Every 7th year was to be a Sabbath year for the land and also slaves were released and loans were forgiven,thus the 10 Sabbath years that were ignored were ‘observed’ in the 70 year banishment to Babylon. (The Oracle,Rabbi Jonathan Cahn )
    ” The sabbath year (shmita Hebrew: שמיטה, literally “release”) also called the sabbatical year or shǝvi’it ( שביעית, literally “seventh”) is the seventh year of the seven-year agricultural cycle mandated by the Torah for the Land of Israel, and is observed in contemporary Judaism.”Yall be blessed
    The Mountains Of The Lord

    His mountains shall be above all mountains,
    His house above Zion’s hills shall rest,
    For this is the pool of the golden fountain,
    His people,the chosen few and best.

    The rivers will flow to the shores of Zion,
    For the world will soon know this King,
    The proven Master we could rely on,
    The Shepherd worthy above everything.

    His exalted name will be widely praised,
    When He returns to vanquish the beast,
    And everywhere voices will be raised
    In celebration with His banquet feast.

    Let fair warning go throughout the land
    He will return with shield and sword
    And as Satan shall take his last stand,
    My Friend shall show that He is Lord.
    G W (Bill)Marshall /Nov 9,2012

  4. Dear Lord God, thank You for Your love, which is dependable no matter what. You are worthy of all our praise. We confess our weakness to You, and ask You to make us strong in You. Bless all those who give so much. In Jesus’s name, amen

  5. Loving these historical studies of our bible even though some of them are so distressing. I’m also a photographer and enjoy all of Reynold’s photos of places and things I’ll probably never visit. Thank you all for continuing this study. Blessings.

    by Dr. Jim Denison. “”Jesus taught us: “Everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:11). Peter added: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you” (1 Peter 5:6).
    Martin Luther was right: “God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.”
    Every day of his adult life, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones prayed the same prayer: “Lord, keep me from pride.”” Heavenly Sunlight

    Praying for abundant blessings on saints worldwide.

    • Doreen I am so sad for the family, but very happy that Beatriz is not suffering anymore and that she is safe in the arms of Jesus. Praying for her family as they plan herb funeral.🙏🙏🙏

      • I agree with Eleanor; we are sad for the family but rejoicing that Beatriz is walking with Jesus; she is completely healed and she is laughing and enjoying her time with the Lord……amen amen amen

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