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Morning Meditations for April 2

Daily Light's Morning Reading

If ye do return unto the Lord with all your hearts, then put away the strange gods and Ashtaroth from among you, and prepare your hearts unto the Lord, and serve him only.I SAM. 7:3.

Little children, keep yourselves from idols.—Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.—Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.

Thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.—Serve him with a perfect heart with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts.

Behold, thou desireth truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.—Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.—Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

I John 5:21. -II Cor. 6:17,18. -Matt. 6:24.Exo. 34:14. -I Chr. 28:9.Psa. 51:6. -I Sam. 16:7. -I John 3:21.

Spurgeon's Morning Reading

“He answered him to never a word.”

Matthew 27:14

He had never been slow of speech when he could bless the sons of men, but he would not say a single word for himself. “Never man spake like this man,” and never man was silent like him. Was this singular silence the index of his perfect self-sacrifice? Did it show that he would not utter a word to stay the slaughter of his sacred person, which he had dedicated as an offering for us? Had he so entirely surrendered himself that he would not interfere in his own behalf, even in the minutest degree, but be bound and slain an unstruggling, uncomplaining victim? Was this silence a type of the defencelessness of sin? Nothing can be said in palliation or excuse of human guilt; and, therefore, he who bore its whole weight stood speechless before his judge. Is not patient silence the best reply to a gainsaying world? Calm endurance answers some questions infinitely more conclusively than the loftiest eloquence. The best apologists for Christianity in the early days were its martyrs. The anvil breaks a host of hammers by quietly bearing their blows. Did not the silent Lamb of God furnish us with a grand example of wisdom? Where every word was occasion for new blasphemy, it was the line of duty to afford no fuel for the flame of sin. The ambiguous and the false, the unworthy and mean, will ere long overthrow and confute themselves, and therefore the true can afford to be quiet, and finds silence to be its wisdom. Evidently our Lord, by his silence, furnished a remarkable fulfilment of prophecy. A long defence of himself would have been contrary to Isaiah’s prediction: “He is led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” By his quiet he conclusively proved himself to be the true Lamb of God. As such we salute him this morning. Be with us, Jesus, and in the silence of our heart, let us hear the voice of thy love.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Jeremiah 26

Jeremiah 26

26. Jeremiah Threatened With Death

1In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, the king of Judah, came this word from Jehovah, saying, 2Thus saith Jehovah: Stand in the court of Jehovah`s house, and speak unto all the cities of Judah, which come to worship in Jehovah`s house, all the words that I command thee to speak unto them: diminish not a word. 3Peradventure they will hearken, and turn every man from his evil way, that I may repent me of the evil which I purpose to do unto them because of the wickedness of their doings. 4And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith Jehovah: If ye will not hearken unto me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, 5to hearken unto the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent unto you, even rising early and sending [them], but ye have not hearkened, 6-- then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth. 7And the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of Jehovah. 8And it came to pass when Jeremiah had ended speaking all that Jehovah had commanded [him] to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people seized him, saying, Thou shalt certainly die. 9Why hast thou prophesied in the name of Jehovah, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate, without inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of Jehovah. 10And the princes of Judah heard these things; and they went up from the king`s house unto the house of Jehovah, and sat in the entry of the new gate of Jehovah. 11And the priests and the prophets spoke unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy to die, for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears. 12And Jeremiah spoke to all the princes and to all the people, saying, Jehovah sent me to prophesy against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard. 13And now, amend your ways and your doings, and hearken to the voice of Jehovah your God; and Jehovah will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you. 14But as for me, behold, I am in your hand; do unto me as seemeth good and right in your eyes: 15only know for certain that if ye put me to death, ye shall surely bring innocent blood upon yourselves, and upon this city, and upon the inhabitants thereof; for of a truth Jehovah hath sent me unto you to speak all these words in your ears. 16And the princes and all the people said unto the priests and to the prophets, This man is not worthy to die; for he hath spoken to us in the name of Jehovah our God. 17And there rose up certain of the elders of the land and spoke to all the congregation of the people, saying, 18Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Zion shall be ploughed [as] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest. 19Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? Did he not fear Jehovah, and supplicate Jehovah, and Jehovah repented him of the evil that he had pronounced against them? And we should be doing a great evil against our souls. 20And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of Jehovah, Urijah the son of Shemaiah of Kirjath-jearim: and he prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah; 21and Jehoiakim the king, and all his mighty men, and all the princes, heard his words, and the king sought to put him to death; but Urijah heard it, and he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt. 22And Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and men with him, into Egypt; 23and they fetched forth Urijah out of Egypt, and brought him to Jehoiakim the king; and he slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the children of the people. 24-- Nevertheless the hand of Ahikam the son of Shaphan was with Jeremiah, that they should not give him into the hand of the people to put him to death.

New Testament in Four Years — Ephesians 1:7-10

Ephesians 1:7-10

7in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, 9making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him 10unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens, and the things upon the earth; in him, I say,

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 74

Psalm 74

74. Psalm 74

1{An instruction: of Asaph.} Why, O God, hast thou cast off for ever? [why] doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? 2Remember thine assembly, which thou hast purchased of old, which thou hast redeemed [to be] the portion of thine inheritance, this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. 3Lift up thy steps unto the perpetual desolations: everything in the sanctuary hath the enemy destroyed. 4Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy place of assembly; they set up their signs [for] signs. 5[A man] was known as he could lift up axes in the thicket of trees; 6And now they break down its carved work altogether, with hatchets and hammers. 7They have set on fire thy sanctuary, they have profaned the habitation of thy name to the ground. 8They said in their heart, Let us destroy them together: they have burned up all God`s places of assembly in the land. 9We see not our signs; there is no more any prophet, neither is there among us any that knoweth how long. 10How long, O God, shall the adversary reproach? Shall the enemy contemn thy name for ever? 11Why withdrawest thou thy hand, and thy right hand? [pluck it] out of thy bosom: consume [them]. 12But God is my king of old, accomplishing deliverances in the midst of the earth. 13*Thou* didst divide the sea by thy strength; thou didst break the heads of the monsters on the waters: 14*Thou* didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert. 15*Thou* didst cleave fountain and torrent, *thou* driedst up ever-flowing rivers. 16The day is thine, the night also is thine; *thou* hast prepared the moon and the sun: 17*Thou* hast set all the borders of the earth; summer and winter -- *thou* didst form them. 18Remember this, that an enemy hath reproached Jehovah, and a foolish people have contemned thy name. 19Give not up the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast; forget not the troop of thine afflicted for ever. 20Have respect unto the covenant; for the dark places of the earth are full of the dwellings of violence. 21Oh let not the oppressed one return ashamed; let the afflicted and needy praise thy name. 22Rise up, O God, plead thine own cause: remember how the foolish man reproacheth thee all the day; 23Forget not the voice of thine adversaries: the tumult of those that rise up against thee ascendeth continually.

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