Friday, April 10, 2020


Today’s Reading: Obadiah

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In Petra, Jordan, this massive façade, 30m wide and 43m high, is carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock-face and dwarfs everything around it. The engineering genius of the ancient people who lived here is awe inspiring. Petra was the capital city of the Edomites. In today’s reading the prophet Obadiah denounces Edom for her pride. Secure in their impregnable fortress city, the Edomites felt that they were beyond the danger of invasion or conquest.

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Key Verses: Obadiah verse 17

But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance,

And there shall be holiness;

The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.


The Edomites were descended from Esau, the twin brother of Jacob, sons of Isaac and Rebekah (read Genesis 25:19-23). Rebekah “went to inquire of the Lord.” This expectant mother was aware that the twins were struggling in her womb and she prayed about it. “The Lord said to her: ‘Two nations are in your womb…the older shall serve the younger.'” Obadiah’s prophecy confirms what God said to Rebekah, that Edom (Esau) would serve Israel (Jacob). Mount Zion (Jerusalem) is the capital city of the descendants of Jacob.

Obadiah predicts that the proud people of Edom would be humiliated. In the day of Jerusalem’s calamity, Edom had gloated and even surrendered Israelite fugitives to the enemy. Edom was guilty of flagrant injustice. “The day of the Lord” is a time of reckoning for all nations.


Lord God, I pray that I will be found walking in “holiness,” ready for “the day of the Lord!” May the laws enacted by our nations reflect Your “Holiness”, Lord Jesus! I pray for our leaders. Grant them grace, I pray, to serve You and all people in righteousness. May our leaders be made aware that the nations are being judged in Your courtroom! Amen!!!


I marvel at the homes and public buildings carved from the solid rock in Petra. Today it is not a proud capital city; it’s a tourist destination, a most impressive relic of an ancient powerful nation. King Abdullah of Jordan was in New York City, and no doubt he was intent on promoting tourism, which is a mainstay in the economy of his country, when I had the privilege to meet him at the Mayflower Hotel. As we visited I mentioned that my son-in-law covered his country several times each week on TV in the Arabic language. The King said, “What is his name?” “Rev. Nizar Shaheen,” I answered. With a surprised look on his face, the king said, “Nizar is a great man of God. I watch him on TV regularly.” It occurred to me that the king might have been tempted to say this for tourism’s sake, so I asked him, “On what channel do you watch Nizar?” He knew all the details, so I concluded he really did watch the message of God’s Word as Nizar and his guests present Jesus as Saviour and Lord!

The Crossroads ministry launched the Light For All Nations Arabic language ministry over 30 years ago. We were able to do this because of the prayers and support of God’s people (click here for more about Light For All Nations).

Yours for shining the Light of Jesus around the world,


23 thoughts on “Friday, April 10, 2020

  1. Amen to David’s message about Nizar and Light For All Nations. Happy Good Friday, fellow saints in the Lord. Christ was the Wisdom and Power of God. He died on the cross for us that Good Friday. We call it good because of His sacrifice, knowing He was to rise again in three days. He is with us because He died for us and we have accepted Him into our hearts. He is our living breath and hope. He is the light in our often dark world. We thank You and praise You Jesus, our Heavenly Father and the sanctified Holy Spirit. May you be safe and well, fellow saints.

    For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:18 ESV

    He Died For Us-Burt Kettinger (Worship Video with Lyrics)

    • Thank you Beverlee I love how you can put words together. You are an inspiration to all.
      Today Edward and I have been married 55 years. I so am so grateful to the Lord tat we still have each each other. He is doing well so far.,he won’t have more blood tests until end of June , he is stable right now.
      Blessings to all on this Good Friday.
      Jesus it all. Eleanor M.

      • Happy 55th Anniversary dear Eleanor and Edward! Praise God he is doing well. We will keep praying for good results from his next set of blood tests in June. May you enjoy your day celebrating your love together!!

      • same here Beverlee, I have always liked your words of encouragement….you are a wonderful inspiration to us, thank you
        Eleanor praise the Lord that God has blessed you with 55 years of marriage, we pray and thank the Lord for good health for you and your darling husband Edward…..
        I am so thankful for this prayer site…..blessings to all…..

        • Thank you Sah. I was thinking of you and wondering where you have been. Always holding you in prayer. God bless you this Easter week-end.

  2. Thank you Beverlee for the hymn (He Died for Us). Did you notice in the scene with the 3 crosses the clouds above also formed a cross? Amazing. I love to observe the ski & do everyday. It is God’s signboard!!

    • Oh Doreen, I am the same way about the sky! I take thousands of sky photos. Beautiful interpretation–the sky is God’s signboard!! I love that Doreen! Amen!!

  3. Happy Good Friday saints of God! I thank God for His Son’s sacrifice for us. This is an unusual one here as we are having the biggest snowstorm all winter. It is a big help to keep all the Maritimes inside their homes during this Easter weekend. The storm is raging but thank God for the Rock, Jesus Christ. My brother Vinal is still living but just a frame now but thank God he is prepared to go. Keep safe saints. Appreciate all your blogs! Need to be strong in the Lord!

    • God bless you and your brother,Ger.This life is temporary while the life above is eternal.
      Father God,please bring comfort at this time for Ger and peace to her brother for You also lost your sinless earthly son of man on this day and on the 3rd day He arose so man could witness Your glory and know that You will do the same for each of His followers.Thank You Father and thank You In Jesus’ name.Amen
      Thank You,Jesus

  4. I mistakenly put this on yesterday’s blog earlier.It may help us all to appreciate His sacrifice more.By the time Jesus was nailed to the cross he had already lost a lot of blood which weakened Him severely….and He still did not complain.Wow !
    Have a solemn Good Friday in remembrance.God blessed us on this day.
    Off The Cross

    They opened my flesh to the bone,
    Harder still when they heard no moan,
    As meat was torn from my ribs;
    For my clothes they claimed dibs.

    As the cross was still on the ground,
    A mother’s sobs were the only sound,
    My body ached in so much pain,
    From the whips that fell like rain.

    They drove the spike through my hand,
    As my Father’s shadow covered the land,
    Then they raised the cross up high
    To where my body would soon die.

    Each breath then came with bolts of pain
    As Satan sought this world to regain.
    But he knew I would do it again
    Just to break his worldly reign.

    That is why I broke the serpent’s sword
    And became your loving,willing Lord,
    For to step down off the cross,
    The world then would be My loss.
    GW (Bill) Marshall/ (2011~2012)

    • Thank you Beverlee, Sally, Blessed and Luisa. So gratefully to the Lord for all His Blessings. Was able to see most of my family on Zoom, it is good because you can talk to each one. I baked a cake and we are having roast beef, so the two of us are doing our own celebration.
      I am also praying for Ger’s brother Vinal,John that he wiill just slip into the arms of Jesus. Blessings to all Eleanor M.

  5. Good morning to all.
    Thank You, dear Lord God, for giving all for us. May Your Word go out to everyone throughout this world, we pray in Jesus’s name, amen

    Someone mentioned a message from Michael Youssef earlier this week, speaking about God’s prophetic warnings to His world. It is well worth watching. I pray many turn to God through this:

    Hi Gen. All our love to you. Thanks for the lovely messages! I watched this earlier. It helps put things in perspective. I love you.

    A Biblical Response to the Current Crisis

  6. A blessed Good Friday to everyone of you, fellow bloggers.
    We are deeply grateful for the Sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf. By dying, He paid the penalty for our sins and by being raised from the dead, He gives us eternal life with Him. Blessed be His Name, forever !

    Congratulations Eleanor and Edward! What a milestone! May the Lord grant you many more years together with good health and godly peace!

    Ger, I am praying for your brother, Vinal. May God hold him in His loving arms when the time comes to usher Vinal into his eternal home. Stay safe through the snowstorm.

    May you all experience God’s closeness during this Easter season.

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