with a daily devotion
Evening Meditations for October 4
There are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.—I COR. 12:6.
There fell some of Manasseh to David. And they helped David against the band of the rovers: for they were all mighty men of valour.—The manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.—To one is given by the Spirit . . . the word of wisdom, to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.
Of Zebulun, such as went forth to battle, expert in war, with all instruments of war, fifty thousand, which could keep rank: they were not of double heart.—A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
There should be no schism in the body; but . . . the members should have the same care one for another. And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
“If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
“If any man sin, we have an advocate.” Yes, though we sin, we have him still. John does not say, “If any man sin he has forfeited his advocate,” but “we have an advocate,” sinners though we are. All the sin that a believer ever did, or can be allowed to commit, cannot destroy his interest in the Lord Jesus Christ, as his advocate. The name here given to our Lord is suggestive. “Jesus.” Ah! then he is an advocate such as we need, for Jesus is the name of one whose business and delight it is to save. “They shall call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins.” His sweetest name implies his success. Next, it is “Jesus Christ”—Christos, the anointed. This shows his authority to plead. The Christ has a right to plead, for he is the Father’s own appointed advocate and elected priest. If he were of our choosing he might fail, but if God hath laid help upon one that is mighty, we may safely lay our trouble where God has laid his help. He is Christ, and therefore authorized; he is Christ, and therefore qualified, for the anointing has fully fitted him for his work. He can plead so as to move the heart of God and prevail. What words of tenderness, what sentences of persuasion will the anointed use when he stands up to plead for me! One more letter of his name remains, “Jesus Christ the righteous.” This is not only his character but his plea. It is his character, and if the Righteous One be my advocate, then my cause is good, or he would not have espoused it. It is his plea, for he meets the charge of unrighteousness against me by the plea that he is righteous. He declares himself my substitute and puts his obedience to my account. My soul, thou hast a friend well fitted to be thine advocate, he cannot but succeed; leave thyself entirely in his hands.
13. Proverbs of Solomon
1A wise son heareth his father's instruction;
But a scoffer heareth not rebuke.
2A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth;
But the soul of the treacherous shall eat violence.
3He that guardeth his mouth keepeth his life;
But he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
4The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing;
But the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.
5A righteous man hateth lying;
But a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame.
6Righteousness guardeth him that is upright in the way;
But wickedness overthroweth the sinner.
7There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
There is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great wealth.
8The ransom of a man's life is his riches;
But the poor heareth no threatening.
9The light of the righteous rejoiceth;
But the lamp of the wicked shall be put out.
10By pride cometh only contention;
But with the well-advised is wisdom.
11Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished;
But he that gathereth by labor shall have increase.
12Hope deferred maketh the heart sick;
But when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.
13Whoso despiseth the word bringeth destruction on himself;
But he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded.
14The law of the wise is a fountain of life,
That one may depart from the snares of death.
15Good understanding giveth favor;
But the way of the transgressor is hard.
16Every prudent man worketh with knowledge;
But a fool flaunteth his folly.
17A wicked messenger falleth into evil;
But a faithful ambassador is health.
18Poverty and shame shall be to him that refuseth correction;
But he that regardeth reproof shall be honored.
19The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul;
But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.
20Walk with wise men, and thou shalt be wise;
But the companion of fools shall smart for it.
21Evil pursueth sinners;
But the righteous shall be recompensed with good.
22A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children;
And the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the righteous.
23Much food is in the tillage of the poor;
But there is that is destroyed by reason of injustice.
24He that spareth his rod hateth his son;
But he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
25The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul;
But the belly of the wicked shall want.
21From that time began Jesus to show unto his disciples, that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and the third day be raised up. 22And Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall never be unto thee. 23But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art a stumbling-block unto me: for thou mindest not the things of God, but the things of men. 24Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man would come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. 25For whosoever would save his life shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose his life for my sake shall find it. 26For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his life? or what shall a man give in exchange for his life? 27For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then shall he render unto every man according to his deeds. 28Verily I say unto you, there are some of them that stand here, who shall in no wise taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
17Yet went they on still to sin against him,
To rebel against the Most High in the adesert.
18And they tempted God in their heart
By asking food aaccording to their desire.
19Yea, they spake against God;
They said, Can God prepare a table in the wilderness?
20Behold, he smote the rock, so that waters gushed out,
And streams overflowed;
Can he give bread also?
Will he provide flesh for his people?
21Therefore Jehovah heard, and was wroth;
And a fire was kindled against Jacob,
And anger also went up against Israel;
22Because they believed not in God,
And trusted not in his salvation.
23Yet he commanded the skies above,
And opened the doors of heaven;
24And he rained down manna upon them to eat,
And gave them afood from heaven.
25aMan did eat the bread of the mighty:
He sent them food to the full.
26He acaused the east wind to blow in the heavens;
And by his power he guided the south wind.
27He rained flesh also upon them as the dust,
And winged birds as the sand of the seas:
28And he let it fall in the midst of their camp,
Round about their habitations.
29So they did eat, and were well filled;
And he gave them their own desire.
30They were not estranged from that which they desired,
Their food was yet in their mouths,
31When the anger of God went up against them,
And slew of the fattest of them,
And smote down the young men of Israel.
32For all this they sinned still,
And believed not in his wondrous works.
33Therefore their days did he consume in vanity,
And their years in terror.
34When he slew them, then they inquired after him;
And they returned and sought God earnestly.
35And they remembered that God was their rock,
And the Most High God their redeemer.
36But they flattered him with their mouth,
And lied unto him with their tongue.
37For their heart was not aright with him,
Neither were they faithful in his covenant.
38But he, being merciful, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not:
Yea, many a time turned he his anger away,
And did not stir up all his wrath.
39And he remembered that they were but flesh,
A wind that passeth away, and cometh not again.