Thursday, November 25, 2021

OXEN

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 14

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Jerash, Jordan, reveals glimpses of splendour that once adorned this city. It was one of the ten cities of the Decapolis mentioned in the Gospel of Mark 5:20. Jesus travelled throughout these cities showing the love of God to the non-Jewish population. These nations were not righteous and they did not experience the promise of Proverbs 14:34.

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Key Verses: Proverbs 14: 26, 34

…In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence,

And His children will have a place of refuge.

…Righteousness exalts a nation,

But sin is a reproach to any people.

 

We should consider verse 27 also, “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life!” The ultimate in respect, reverence, worship and honour is the main ingredient in “the fear of the Lord.” It’s truly a matter of life and death! Choose Life!!!

Before we consider the second of the key verses, let’s back up to Proverbs 14:4a. “Where no oxen are (the stall), the trough is clean.” When we are involved in life, in government, in business, in caring for others, and in the church, life can get messy. It’s really hard to keep everything as it should be. It may resemble the stall where the oxen are housed. The only way to keep from the mess of everyday life would be to live on an isolated island. But then we, ourselves, would be a mess! We need to live in the middle of the action, pulling the load of our families and our communities with strength that comes from God!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, how Your great heart must be broken over the modern slaughter of the innocents by abortion. Have mercy, O God, I pray. Have mercy on our country and on the many nations (ethnos) who live inside the borders of my country. I pray this for Jesus’ sake, Amen!!!

100 PERSONAL WORDS:

In Jerusalem I have stood beside the Hinnom Valley, known in Hebrew as “Gehenna” (translated “Hell”). It was here that the bodies of babies were burned in the fires. I’ve just googled the words “burned his children in the fire” (see 2 Chronicles 28:1-3 and 2 Chronicles 29:1-11). Today our government sanctions the throwing of the bodies of the little ones into incinerators. I pray with weeping. God have mercy! O God, I repent on behalf of our land! Ours is a country for which our founders declared in our official motto that You would have dominion from sea to sea, “Ad mare usque ad mare!” Lord God, we need many Hezekiahs in our Houses of Parliament. Have mercy on us, O God!!!

I’m back to thinking about “Oxen.” “Red Ox Point” on the shore of a lake just north of Kingston, was named because 150 years ago a team of oxen outpulled a team of huge work horses. It is said that oxen have a steady pull and when horses try to pull a load that is too heavy, they will start and stop, start and stop. In that case I would rather be an ox than a horse. Steady progress in righting the evils that plague our land will eventually win the day!

Yours for pulling together as a team!

David

P.S. The picture below depicts the King of Judah about to burn a little life in the fires of the Valley of the Sons of Hinnom, offering a child to be sacrificed to the image of the pagan god Molech. The people of Jerusalem believed that this valley was the entrance to Hell.

23 thoughts on “Thursday, November 25, 2021

  1. “He shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.” Our founders carved this into the stone of our capital. It would be nice to also see, “Godliness makes a nation great, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” I think David is right – we need more godly people in our government, our schools, our media, throughout our country.
    Father God, forgive us for our sin, raise up Godly people to stand in You and for You throughout this troubled world. You are the only cure for this sin pandemic and we cry out to You for help. May You be praised today as the only wise King, in Jesus’s great name, amen

    • Paddy’s breathing is improved, however, he has a way to go. Taking meds &, I expect, he’s sleeping more than usual. Thanks Beverlee.

  2. I can’t imagine anyone offering up their infant to anything/anyone, other than God. When I remember the first sight of my babies as a young mother, the love and amazement just flooded my heart & mind. Unbelievable to think of the destruction of such a treasure. The world is in trouble now though, with choices being made that are against God’s plan. Father, glorify Yourself in all the earth, in Jesus Name. Open the hearts and minds of people to see/hear The True & Living God and Father in Jesus Name. Amen and amen.

  3. Amen to the prayers and comments.
    Prayers for all those that stand in need of prayer, please heal the sick and give strength and peace to all those in need.
    Praying for all those that their careers are in jeopardy because they are refusing the experimental vaccines for this pandemic. Most are not anti-vax, but fearful of this one, they are not telling people not to get the vaccine, but rather it should be a persons choice, there are still too many unknowns for it to be mandatory. Once it is in the blood stream there is no removing it. To some having the vaccine gives them confidence, others fear it. Individually, each should pray and do as guided by God, not by mandates or fear.

  4. Hello everyone.I was in a low-speed motorcycle accident 2 weeks ago and broke my ankle when the full weight of my bike landed on my foot (aprox 550lb.).I did not go to the hospital until the next day thinking I had torn ligaments.I have a plate in my ankle now and am resting comfortably at home.I am playing catch up with the blog so haven’t been commenting.l should be caught up soon if I can stay awake.Don’t be concerned.God bless all bloggers

  5. Amen to the prayers and comments above
    Praying David’s prayer about the abortion situation in our country that we have no abortion laws in the United States 60 million babies are aborted every year now I don’t know the the rate in Canada but it just awful to how something like this will be allowed in the great country of Canada it just breaks my heart Steven Woodworth over the years has tried to open up the abortion issue in this country but it has always been rejected and that is sad that this great country has no respect and sanctity for life it’s sad that they are pro-abortion and not pro-life 😂🙏

  6. Correction not what will be but what is already in this country and has been for decades I remember Dr Morgan Toler who was the chief’s abortionist in this country it is awful no he hasn’t been in the news for years I don’t even know if he’s alive or not but I think it’s he who started this all 🙏😂

  7. Sorry William to hear about your accident it’s good to see you comment today on the blog but it’s good to hear that you are resting comfortably and my prayers go to you for a complete healing of your ankle 🙏

  8. Google search the song, “God Will Make a Way”. He truly made a way for me today. It could only have been God. There is no other explanation for the help I received (no people involved at all)! Praise God again. Hallelujah

  9. William, I, too am thankful for your Medical Care and ask our Lord to place His Healing Hand upon you, and strengthen you in all ways.
    Prayers continue for Baby Paddy; Luisa & Joseph; Eleanor & Edward; Beverlee; Nan’s Son and the very many who have expressed needs.
    Thank YOU Lord for ‘making a way for Doreen.’

    Because our extended family and friends have various views on CoVid Vax., I found the Article on Polio good. Thx.

    We Love YOU and honour YOU LORD.

    As always, the Music and Prayers posted by ALL are very uplifting.

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