Tuesday, April 21, 2020

THE DAY

Today’s Reading: Zephaniah 1

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Orthodox Jews reading the Scriptures and praying at the “Wailing Wall” or Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Today’s reading, Zephaniah 1, tells us of the day (a period of time) when Jerusalem shall hear “the sound of a mournful cry” and “a wailing!” (Zephaniah 1:10).

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Key Verse: Zephaniah 1:6

Those who have turned back from following the Lord,

And have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him.

 

Zephaniah is the great-grandson of King Hezekiah. Hezekiah led in calling the people back to the true God. But the king’s son, King Manasseh, reintroduced the worship of Molech (“Milcom” – 2 Chronicles 33:1-10), and Hezekiah’s grandson, King Ammon, continued the pagan practises (2 Chronicles 33:21-25). Ammon’s son, King Josiah, picked up from His great-grandfather, Hezekiah, and reformation and revival took place (2 Chronicles 34:29-33). So this makes Zephaniah and King Josiah second cousins. No doubt the ministry of Zephaniah was a big factor in the repentance before God, which began six years into Josiah’s reign and continued for about 25 years.

Zephaniah’s preaching and teaching is centred on the judgment which Judah will bring on itself if they fail to repent! He uses the word “day” 11 times in this first chapter. The Judgment Day is coming. Zephaniah, his cousin, King Josiah, and their generation were spared from the “trouble,” the “distress,” the “devastation,” and the “desolation” which would come later, after Josiah’s death, in the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem by the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar.

Let us NOT “turn back from following the Lord!” Let us NOT turn back from seeking the Lord and inquiring of Him!!! This blog is designed to help us SEEK and INQUIRE!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, I seek You today. Lord Jesus, You said, “Seek and you shall find!” (Matthew 7:7). I pray for persistence and consistency in inquiring of You, learning of You through daily reading Your Word, meditating on Your Word, and praying constantly for grace to apply Your Word to my life. I pray for this with all my heart in the Name of the One Who is in Himself the full expression of what You have to say to Your human family, the Living Word, Jesus Christ! Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

[NOTE: This was originally written by David on April 21, 2016]

It will be four years on June 3rd, 2016, since I started this daily two-year journey through the written “Word.” On June 3rd, God willing, I plan to continue for another two years, beginning in Matthew’s Gospel, moving to Genesis, Mark, Exodus, and so on. It will continue to be fresh bread every morning with God, the Holy Spirit, as the Fire which bakes the bread. I’m up like a good baker, mix the ingredients, put them in the oven of prayer. The bread comes out of the oven at 6 a.m. and is put on a shelf for you to pick up (via the the Internet). I need help to advertise this bakery. Please tell others where to find this fresh bread. You can email or post on Facebook the link to www.100words.ca. Thank you for spreading the word!

Yours for fresh bread every day!!!

David

P.S. Speaking of fresh bread, the most delicious bread that I love to eat in Jerusalem is pictured below…big, soft bagels! You will find many street vendors like this man pushing his cart-load of bagels around the Old City!

Big Bagels

25 thoughts on “Tuesday, April 21, 2020

  1. May You be with those struggling in NS, Lord, this morning. May they feel that we are praying for safety and comfort, love and protection over them and for their lost loved ones. Sorry saints, I did not have my computer over the week-end and was out of the loop as to what was happening. A wet and dreary day here in the County but we have Jesus in our hearts and we cling to Him, now more than ever. Stay strong saints in the Lord.

    I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Phil 4:13 ESV

    Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call (Psalm 42)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYGhnbXtqbU

    • Lord I am breaking inside for all the people in Nova Scotia; Lord please send the angels to keep everyone safe; I don’t know what to do anymore; Lord I am so sorry for the sins I have done; please forgive me; thank you Lord, send the angels to Nova Scotia to help the people cope and come together and love each other thank you Lord in Jesus Name I Pray amen

  2. Lord From Sorrows Deep I Call (Psalm 42) Lyrics
    Matt Papa and Matt Boswell.

    Lord, from sorrows deep I call
    When my hope is shaken
    Torn and ruined from the fall
    Hear my desperation
    For so long I’ve pled and prayed
    God, come to my rescue
    Even so the thorn remains
    Still my heart will praise You

    Storms within my troubled soul
    Questions without answers
    On my faith these billows roll
    God, be now my shelter
    Why are you cast down my soul?
    Hope in Him who saves you
    When the fires have all grown cold
    Cause this heart to praise You!

    Should my life be torn from me
    Every worldly pleasure
    When all I possess is grief
    God, be then my treasure.
    Be my vision in the night,
    Be my hope and refuge
    Till my faith is turned to sight
    Lord, my heart will praise You!

    And, oh, my soul, put your hope in God
    My help, my Rock, I will praise Him
    Sing, oh, sing through the raging storm
    You’re still my God, my salvation!

  3. Yes amen Beverlee, joining in your prayers for those who are mourning over the great tragedy in Nova Scotia. Great words in that song. God is our ROCK in the raging storm. We would be lost without Him. Praise His Name for ever and evermore. Stay safe everyone.

  4. Amen Beverlee, beautiful words to that song. Such a tragedy in Nova Scotia and my heart grieves with them. Having a hard time understanding why a man would do such terrible things to his fellow citizens here in the Maritimes. God be with each one of them who have suffered loss. In Jesus Name! God bless you for all your prayers and prayed David’s prayer this morning.

  5. Father, may we never turn back from seeking You. Help all Your people know You more every day. Raise up Your own people today to be light in the darkness, voices in the wilderness, wisdom in the confusion, all the things You made Your church to be. Be glorified today, Lord, throughout this world You made, we ask in Jesus’s name, amen

    • May I add..we should also be praying for the families and mourners of the killer as well as those of the victims..can anyone imagine how they would feel, if the killer was a child, nephew or friend of the killer.

    • AMEN AMEN AMEN thank you AL; i THINK WE ALL FEEL THE SAME; WE ARE HURTING ALSO; LORD HELP US; SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT INTO THE HEARTS OF THOSE INVOLVED; BRING THEM TO THEIR KNEES; HELP THEM CONFESS THEIR SINS,HELP THEM TO BOW THEIR HEADS AND PRAY TO YOU THANK YOU LORD AMEN AMEN AMEN …..

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