Sunday, January 24, 2021


Today’s Reading: Joshua 9

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Jacob’s Well lies in the crypt of a modern Greek Orthodox church at Nablus in the West Bank. It is located at the entrance to a mountain pass between Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal (referred to in Joshua 8). It is often considered the most authentic site in the Holy Land, since no one can move a well that was originally dug more than 40 metres deep into solid rock almost 4,000 years ago. Jacob’s well is where Jesus asked a Samaritan woman for a drink and offered her “living water” (John 4:5-42).

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Key Verse: Joshua 9:14

Then the men of Israel took some of their provisions; but they did not ask counsel of the Lord.


The leadership of Israel once again, as in the case of the first attack on Ai, did not wait in prayer before God for His guidance. They were in the Promised Land. Everything seemed to be going their way. There was no more manna to eat. They had grown, purchased or confiscated a wide variety of food. While they never spoke the words to God, “We don’t need You anymore,” their decision about the Gibeonites showed an underlying attitude that resulted in Israel being deceived. This decision, without consulting the Lord, resulted in heartache for the people of God in the years to come.

We may want to read about those who did consult God before taking action (Hebrews 11:30-40). This list of God’s heroes starts in the book of Joshua. God’s list is becoming longer and longer with the names of those who listen to Him and do His will. Amen!


Lord Jesus, when I stand before You at the judgment of believers, may I, by Your grace, find my name written in the Book of Life. As you spoke the name, “Mary” (John 20:11-16) just after rising from the dead, in the same way I’m anticipating the ultimate joy of hearing You say my name. Like those in Hebrews 11:39, grant that I may, “obtain a good testimony through faith.” Amen!


I wonder if Jesus will have a new name for me. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Jesus changed Simon’s name to Peter. The Prophet Daniel writes of names written in God’s Book, as does the Apostle John in the Revelation (Daniel 12 & Revelation 21). I love the promise of God written in Malachi 3:16-18. A Book of Remembrance is being written “For those who fear the Lord, and who meditate on HIS NAME!” That is what I’m praying many more will do because of this blog. I hope that this message will be forwarded to others, and as a result, many more personal stories will be in God’s “Book of Remembrance.” YES!!!!! According to Malachi, all we must do to qualify for this Book is to fear the Lord, speak to one another, and the Prophet says, “The Lord listened and heard them.” As a direct result there is a Book of Remembrance. I think God writes, not on paper, but perhaps in cyberspace! I love to hear from those who read this blog.

Grateful with you that, by God’s grace, our names are in His book,


Underneath the Greek Orthodox church pictured above, visitors draw water from Jacob’s Well. Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions all associate this well with Jacob.

18 thoughts on “Sunday, January 24, 2021

  1. I am amazed, realizing that Jacobโ€™s well was dug 40 meters deep, through solid rock 4,000 years ago!! That is mind boggling. I wonder what kind of tools they would have used. I had an amazing answer to prayer yesterday. There was a door that was closed to me which I sought prayer for (Lord open a door where there is no door). Yesterday I was invited to come by again and it was opened wide, graciously without any challenges. It was the Hand of God that opened it. I wish I could explain more but would take too much time. He is as close as the mention of His Name.

  2. Thank You, Father, for Your love that never fails or runs dry. Help all Your people keep their minds and hearts and lives fixed on You. Thank You for answered prayers, and for answering prayers. Help all Your people who are in difficult situations today. Hear their cries and bring them through. Show them Your hand of mercy and deliverance, in Jesus’s great name, amen

  3. Yes, praise the Lord, praise the Lord. We see the miracles that He is performing.
    And AMEN to Rob’s prayer.
    God Bless each of you.

  4. Thank you Rob for your prayer in the day and age that we are living in with this pandemic and all we really do need to fix our eyes on Jesus because what’s going on around us can be very depressing and discouraging but as we fix our eyes on Jesus and not so much on what’s going on in the world it makes a big difference Amen to all the saints today have a great day ๐Ÿ™โ˜๏ธ

  5. I have asked this question before but does anyone know what has happened to sah we have not heard from this person for a very long time and it really concerns me about how they are and what’s going on in their life so if anyone on this blog knows anything about them I would really love to to hear from youbecause my thoughts and prayers go out to this person ๐Ÿ™

    • Marilyn, I have often thought of Sah and wondered what has happened to her. I pray she is well.
      Another person we have not heard from is Irene.

      • Yes Luisa, I have been thinking about them too and pray they are well . Blessings to all of you blogger friends๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

  6. Happy belated birthday, Marilyn! Godโ€™s richest blessings be upon you!

    Another person that used to post on this blog often is Lynda. If you are reading this, Lynda, we miss you

  7. God Bless you all.
    I’m so happy I started the blog.
    You are all so caring for each other.
    Pray that everyone is well.
    Beverlee miss you.
    Praise the Lord for answered prayers.

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