PROLONG YOUR DAYS
Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 17-18
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Key Verse: Deuteronomy 17:19
And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes…
Moses predicted that one day Israel would have a king. The first three were Saul, David and Solomon. It may be that they failed to read the Word of God every day, and the direct result was that they multiplied wives, silver and gold for themselves, and more and more power for themselves. Early in their lives, they served God faithfully and from that time of faithfully fearing the Lord, we have many Psalms and Proverbs. God made one of His “exceeding great and precious promises” (read 2 Peter 1:3-14). Peter writes, “be even more diligent.” Diligence in reading the Word, fearing the Lord, and being obedient to Him will have results… “He may prolong his days….he and his children” (Deuteronomy 17:20).
Then there are the orders to stone certain offenders. We should be glad that Jesus changed the stoning procedure. He said, “Let him who is without sin among you cast the first stone” (John 8:7). Stephen was killed by stoning, and Saul, later Paul, supervised the stoning (Acts 7:58). Paul was, himself, stoned in Lystra (Acts 14:19), but survived. In Heaven, Stephen and Paul have likely discussed their experiences of being stoned. They are, I’m sure, rejoicing that Jesus changed things concerning stoning.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Thank You, Jesus, for Your pure love for the woman who was about to be stoned. You gave her a new beginning in her life. You gave me a new beginning too. Please help me to reaffirm again my commitment to Your instructions to us all, and in particular to leaders. I ask You to give me the grace of faithfulness in reading Your Word, as highlighted in our key verse. Amen!!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Frankly, I’m looking forward to getting into our next book, Romans. We’ll arrive there, God willing, on January 6th. The writer, Paul, was a highly educated intellectual. He took all those things we are reading in the Torah and presented the Law in the Jesus way. Hallelujah!
Concerning the temptations of leadership, I did not multiply wives. Thank You Jesus! Nor did I multiply gold and silver. However, I did multiply horses! At one point, the ministry of Crossroads had over 400 horses at 11 Circle Square Ranches, where horsemanship was the main activity. Crossroads has donated most of the Ranches to Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, where they are being carried on today, along with their existing Pioneer Camps. I would encourage my “100 Words” readers to send children and teens to camp next Summer. Christmas Day is tomorrow. What a great idea for a gift. Check out Inter-Varsity’s camps here.
Yours for “prolonged” days for each of us and for our children,
P.S. Here is a link to one of a series of fascinating Christmas videos from 100 Huntley Street programs. Moira Brown recorded these on location in Israel with renowned New Testament scholar, Dr. Craig Evans. The series is called “Unwrapping the Christmas Story” (click HERE for an example recorded at the Church of the Nativity).
Christmas Eve, such a special day–the eve of Jesus’ birth. Wishing all a safe and warm day.
And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 ESV
Do You Hear What I Hear – Martina McBride w/lyrics
I love that Christmas carol, Beverlee. Thanks. Have a blessed Christmas all & remember those who are without heat/light because of weather at this time. (Buffalo has called in the National Guard). They are having much difficulty because of the blizzard.
My power went off around noon; just came back on at 6:30 pm. Kingston had three neighbourhoods that were hit. Ever thankful it is back on now. God bless you merry Saints! A precious evening!
Merry Christmas to all who fallow 100 words .Thank you Beverlee for posting that lovely carol. .My son and I are planning a quiet day for tomorrow. .WE are going to re watch The Chosen Series ..-all of series 1 and 2 and the 1st three episodes of series 3…Have a blessed Christmas everyone. …
Praying that all on this blog to have a Blessed Christmas. I know it will be difficult for some, but it is an encouragement for me to know that my dear sister-in-law Margaret is celebrating in Heaven.
I also loved that song Beverlee, I also enjoyed the fire burning in the hearth.
Merry Christmas to all the fellow bloggers and many thanks to all from 100 Huntley Street who continue to make this possible. May God bless all the Saints with his peace, joy, and love. May all the Saints hear hear his voice, and be obedient. In addition to the tv program 100 Huntley Street, I’ve come to love Joni’s Table, and Talk Truth on Daystar tv. Talk Truth May be found online at Talktruth.ca, it is Canadian – father and son, Allan and Corri Hunsperger.
Hebrews 12:2 (ESV)
“… looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Thank You, Father, for this Divine night, the night of our dear Saviour’s birth. Bless all Your followers this and every day, and may many hear the Good News of Great Joy, and open their hearts to You, in Jesus’s great, great name, amen