Friday, January 12, 2024


Today’s Reading: Isaiah 49-50

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“Morning by morning,” Orthodox Jews read the Torah and other holy books in a library that is part of the Western Wall (or Wailing Wall) of Jerusalem.

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Key Verse: Isaiah 50:4

The Lord God has given Me

The tongue of the learned,

That I should know how to speak

A word in season to him who is weary.

He awakens Me morning by morning,

He awakens My ear

To hear as the learned.


No doubt the people of Berea, Greece, read Isaiah. They did as we are doing daily in this blog. They “searched the Scriptures daily to find out if these things [the message Paul preached] were so” (Acts 17:10-12).

Search Isaiah 49 and discover the birth of “Messiah,” and that “He” (God) would tell Messiah’s mother what His Name would be. For the third time Isaiah speaks of Messiah as a “Light to the Gentiles” (Isaiah 9:2, 42:6 & 49:6). Messiah was rejected (49:7a). Messiah’s mission statement is introduced (49:9). Let us think of a Person who lived among us whose life and death fits these descriptions, who arose early every morning to pray (our key verse). Search for and read Mark 1:35. Jesus did this! Whose back was struck and whose beard was plucked out? (50:6). Let us take time, “Morning by morning” to “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!”


Lord God, I pray, as our key verse says, that I will “know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary.” Awaken me “morning by morning.” Awaken my ear that I may “hear as the learned.” Then grant me, I pray, that I will, with wisdom, boldness, and consistency, share with others what I am learning. I ask these blessings in the Name of the One who never failed, Jesus Messiah (“Christ” in Greek), Amen!!!


There are great places everywhere in which we gather to worship. I expect that Pastor Blackburn will bring a strong message from God’s Word which will nourish and strengthen us for living! It was after a week of fasting and prayer by members of this church that I was awakened the second Monday of January of 2012 and I heard that “still small voice” prompting me to learn to do this two-year blog journey through the Bible!!!

Yours to encourage us all to “SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES!!!”


P.S. In yesterday’s blog I wrote some things about China and the people of Chinese descent who live by the millions all over the world, blessing the countries where they live. In today’s reading, Isaiah 49:12b speaks of those from “Sinim.” This is China! While seeking to have a Christian pavilion in the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, I found an amazing story of Chinese Jewish people who lived in an area of Shanghai where Jews had lived since the Assyrians practiced ethnic cleansing on the northern Ten Tribes of Israel. The Chinese are proud of the safe haven they provided for Jews during the Nazi-inspired Holocaust.

3 thoughts on “Friday, January 12, 2024

  1. Thank You Lord for speaking to David Mainse re: doing this blog. Thank you David and family for carrying it on. I believe I have had the privilege of this gift from the beginning. Blessings all.

    • What a wonderful gift it is Doreen, and as you say it is a privilege, I have learned so much from this blog.
      I was so encouraged today again, as David wrote about how Messiah’s birth was predicted in the Book of Isaiah, so many years before Jesus came as a baby to earth.

      So David started this blog in 2012, that was the year my husband passed away, I now think of my life as “before and after 2012.”
      It was so painful, I used to want to rush the weeks and months as a new widow, hoping this would help me feel better, but our Faithful Father knew better.
      I believe He taught me that in our society we try to avoid pain at all cost, but sometimes it is actually necessary to embrace it, and feel it, this helps us to grow and become more whole in Him.
      I realize the journey is different for us all…but I can say with confidence, our Heavenly Father brings back an inner joy and peace and purpose, just trust Him!

      • Thank you Anne for sharing your thoughts and experience as a widow. Yes, we all want to avoid pain but sometimes it is in those difficult, painful seasons of our lives that God draws us closer and reveals to us an intimate side of Him that we may not have noticed otherwise. In those moments, He walks closely by our side ( He’s close to the brokenhearted…Ps 34:18)

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