Saturday, September 24, 2022

TAKE HEED

Today’s Reading: Luke 20-21

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In the Western Wall tunnel of Jerusalem is this model of the Temple in which Jesus worshipped, turned over the money changer’s tables, engaged with the religious officials, and ministered truth and love. In the building which this represents, the former lame man danced to the amazement of all. Then Peter preached and about 5,000 became believers in Jesus, including many of the priests (Acts 4:4 & Acts 6:7).

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Key Verse: Luke 20:25

And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

 

Today’s reading concludes with, “take heed.” Here is Jesus’ conclusion to almost 100 verses of teaching, “Watch therefore and pray always.” This blog can help us do that! We learn from the happenings here that when someone argues with Jesus, they don’t win the argument. The “coin” is a case in point. The Jews were groaning under the heel of Rome. Jesus’ answer to the tax question was simple, yet profound. Today, we struggle with our responsibilities to government and to God. We use money printed or minted by government, yet, our ultimate values are not government actions, but God Himself. God will put the final period in the last history book of this age. Back in 1967 Billy Graham said, “For the first time in over 2,000 years, Jerusalem is ruled by Jews. The ‘time of the Gentiles’ is over (Luke 21:24). Soon we will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory'” (Luke 21:27).

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Lord God, here I am. I’m determined to “take heed.” By Your grace, I believe that at Your return, I will “escape all these things that will come to pass.” Please help me to be prepared at any moment to welcome Your coming. Please give me the gift of diligence, consistency, and purity so that, because of Your forgiveness of my sin, I’ll be ready! Amen!

 PERSONAL WORDS:

I remember an old preacher saying, regarding those who told the story of the seven husbands who married the woman in Jesus’ story, “They thought by the inch, spoke by the yard, and should be moved by the foot!” I’ve read chapters 20 & 21 twice and some portions three times. Of course, I’ve read these words before. I’ve even taught through the entire book of Luke at a Bible Camp recently. Nevertheless, I’ve had fresh insight from the Holy Spirit today, such as from Luke 21:34… I am not weighed down with carousing and drunkenness, but I confess that I struggle with the “cares of this life.” I sometimes think that at 80, I’m too old for the plans I keep making (for when I’m released from the hospital). I believe God isn’t finished with me yet!

Yours for a more perfect understanding of God’s Word, and for His plans and purposes for my life,

David

6 thoughts on “Saturday, September 24, 2022

  1. I’m so looking forward to Jesus return and to be with Him in the mansion He is preparing. In the meantime we must keep on keeping on! Amazing that David was doing this blog from the hospital. Blessings on all today and on the Maines family for making the blog happen, even under stressful circumstances.

    • Just As I Am, Without One Plea
      Author: Charlotte Elliott
      Tune: WOODWORTH
      Confession Songs
      Published in 1868 hymnals

      1 Just as I am, without one plea,
      but that thy blood was shed for me,
      and that thou bidd’st me come to thee,
      O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

      2 Just as I am, and waiting not
      to rid my soul of one dark blot,
      to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,
      O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

      3 Just as I am, though tossed about
      with many a conflict, many a doubt,
      fightings and fears within, without,
      O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

      4 Just as I am, thou wilt receive,
      wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;
      because thy promise I believe,
      O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

      Elliott, Charlotte, daughter of Charles Elliott, of Clapham and Brighton, and granddaughter of the Rev. H. Venn, of Huddersfield, was born March 18, 1789. The first 32 years of her life were spent mostly at Clapham. In 1823 she removed to Brighton, and died there Sept. 22, 1871. To her acquaintance with Dr. C. Malan, of Geneva, is attributed much of the deep spiritual-mindedness which is so prominent in her hymns. Though weak and feeble in body, she possessed a strong imagination, and a well-cultured and intellectual mind. Her love of poetry and music was great, and is reflected in her verse. Her hymns number about 150, a large percentage of which are in common use. The finest and most widely known of these are, “Just as I am” and “My God…

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