Monday, May 17, 2021


Today’s Reading: 2 Kings 10

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On display at the Archaeological Museum of ancient Corinth in Greece is a gold ring and many other artifacts. As far as we know, there are no golden calves, as in today’s reading.

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


Key Verse: 2 Kings 10:29

However, Jehu did not turn away from the sins of Jeroboam, the son of Nebat, who had made Israel sin, that is, from the golden calves that were at Bethel and Dan.

Surely Jehu or some of the advisers and priests knew about the judgment of God on those who practised worship of the golden calf at the foot of Mt. Sinai shortly after the deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt (Exodus 32). Jehu most certainly knew the first of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-6). They knew these things, but Jehu did not know them in his heart, the core of his being where decisions are made for right and wrong. Verse 31 in today’s reading tells us that “Jehu took no heed to walk in the law of the Lord God of Israel WITH ALL HIS HEART.” The disintegration of the northern tribes began as a result. Syria took over the territories of three of the tribes on the east side of the Jordan River, from its source south to Galilee. This is the border territory today between Syria and Israel. Our reading informs us that God wanted the destruction of the altars of Baal, but no instructions from God to do the same with the golden calves. Could it be that the Lord always leaves a test in place to see whether or not we will decide for Him or otherwise?


Lord God, I decide for You 100%. May I be granted grace, intelligence, and a heart that is true to You in all things. I pray that I will put out of my life all idols, those things that take priority ahead of You. I realize that to worship is to ascribe worth to someone or something. I worship You, Lord God; all else fades away in the focus of my life on You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


In the late 1970s I took my sons out of high school for the month of March and we back-packed throughout Israel. However, when we arrived at Vered Hagalil, a dude ranch just above the Mount of Beatitudes north of the Sea of Galilee, we rented horses for a day and rode across the hillsides and back for 20 miles or so. By the time we arrived at the northern stretch of the Jordan river, I realized that while I was doing fine walking and carrying a large back pack, I was not in shape for long periods in the saddle. I was very sore on a certain part of my anatomy! I remember jumping into the river, clothes and all, propping my feet against a fallen tree trunk and lying upstream into the current. The fast flowing waters of the Jordan provided the best and most refreshing massage imaginable. When my spiritual muscles and joints are tired and sore, I picture myself doing the same as I lie back into the river of prayer and worship. It’s amazing how refreshed I am after doing this. I’m ready to mount up and go again.

Yours for the refreshing streams of God’s Presence,


P.S.  Below are pictures from our backpack & horseback trek across Israel in 1978, including the northern Galilee region and the rushing Jordan River.

My sons Reynold & Ron with me backpacking around Israel in 1978.


Riding across the hills north of the Sea of Galilee. Reynold (left) was 16 and Ron (right) was 14.

Me lying upsream in the Jordan having a blessed massage that I needed after a long horseback ride.

My boys next to a rushing Jordan River in Northern Israel.

12 thoughts on “Monday, May 17, 2021

  1. Thank You, Father God, for being ultimately in charge, and for caring for all people everywhere. Bless all Your children today as they go out where You send them. Help each one do their best, and may all the glory go to You, in Jesus’s name, amen

  2. Indeed, here’s to the refreshing streams of God’s Presence. Wishing all a wonderful day as we are grateful for the greatness our Saviour has provided us, regardless of the struggles we face. His blessings be upon you, fellow saints in the Lord.

    “And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49 ESV

    Grace | Laura Story with lyrics

  3. Thank you Beverly for the for the song you chose it brought tears to my eyes and also thank you to Karen and Teresa for responding to my prayer request and thank you for your for your comments on that note I have appraised report I have a new family doctor my old doctor Dr Dunning had has retired and I saw my new family doctor this past Thursday May the 13th his name is Dr good Murphy that’s one word by the way and he is very nice on that day it was a meet and greet it gives me such peace of mind to finally know that I have a family doctor and also a new psychiatrist because like my old psychiatrist he retired so now I have another one I pray everybody on this blog has a blessed day amen 😃

  4. So happy for your Marilyn, God is good He always supplies all our needs.
    Blessings to all who read this blog. Eleanor M.

  5. Amen to all above prayers. First time on here today. Lots going around the farm today.
    I am so grateful to read all your comments. I really feel like you are family.
    Praying you all have a good nights sleep and awake refreshed in the Lord in the morning. Night and God bless to all.

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