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Evening Meditations for December 9

Daily Light's Evening Reading

The spirit shall return unto God who gave it.ECCL. 12:7.

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.—There is a spirit in man; and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.—The first man Adam was made a living soul.—The spirit of man that goeth upward.

Whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. We are confident, . . . and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.—With Christ; which is far better.—I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

Gen. 2:7. -Job 32:8. -I Cor. 15:45. -Eccl. 3:21.II Cor. 5:6,8. -Phi. 1:23. -I Thes. 4:13,14.John 14:2,3.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“My people shall dwell in quiet resting places.”

Isaiah 32:18

Peace and rest belong not to the unregenerate; they are the peculiar possession of the Lord’s people, and of them only. The God of Peace gives perfect peace to those whose hearts are stayed upon him. When man was unfallen, his God gave him the flowery bowers of Eden as his quiet resting places; alas! how soon sin blighted the fair abode of innocence. In the day of universal wrath when the flood swept away a guilty race, the chosen family were quietly secured in the resting-place of the ark, which floated them from the old condemned world into the new earth of the rainbow and the covenant, herein typifying Jesus, the ark of our salvation. Israel rested safely beneath the blood-besprinkled habitations of Egypt when the destroying angel smote the first-born; and in the wilderness the shadow of the pillar of cloud, and the flowing rock, gave the weary pilgrims sweet repose. At this hour we rest in the promises of our faithful God, knowing that his words are full of truth and power; we rest in the doctrines of his word, which are consolation itself; we rest in the covenant of his grace, which is a haven of delight. More highly favoured are we than David in Adullam, or Jonah beneath his gourd, for none can invade or destroy our shelter. The person of Jesus is the quiet resting-place of his people, and when we draw near to him in the breaking of the bread, in the hearing of the word, the searching of the Scriptures, prayer, or praise, we find any form of approach to him to be the return of peace to our spirits.

“I hear the words of love, I gaze upon the blood,

I see the mighty sacrifice, and I have peace with God.

’Tis everlasting peace, sure as Jehovah’s name,

’Tis stable as his steadfast throne, for evermore the same:

The clouds may go and come, and storms may sweep my sky,

This blood-sealed friendship changes not, the cross is ever nigh.”

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Job 21

Job 21

Job Replies: The Wicked Often Go Unpunished

21

Then Job answered:

2

“Listen carefully to my words,

and let this be your consolation.

3

Bear with me, and I will speak;

then after I have spoken, mock on.

4

As for me, is my complaint addressed to mortals?

Why should I not be impatient?

5

Look at me, and be appalled,

and lay your hand upon your mouth.

6

When I think of it I am dismayed,

and shuddering seizes my flesh.

7

Why do the wicked live on,

reach old age, and grow mighty in power?

8

Their children are established in their presence,

and their offspring before their eyes.

9

Their houses are safe from fear,

and no rod of God is upon them.

10

Their bull breeds without fail;

their cow calves and never miscarries.

11

They send out their little ones like a flock,

and their children dance around.

12

They sing to the tambourine and the lyre,

and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.

13

They spend their days in prosperity,

and in peace they go down to Sheol.

14

They say to God, ‘Leave us alone!

We do not desire to know your ways.

15

What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?

And what profit do we get if we pray to him?’

16

Is not their prosperity indeed their own achievement?

The plans of the wicked are repugnant to me.

 

17

“How often is the lamp of the wicked put out?

How often does calamity come upon them?

How often does God distribute pains in his anger?

18

How often are they like straw before the wind,

and like chaff that the storm carries away?

19

You say, ‘God stores up their iniquity for their children.’

Let it be paid back to them, so that they may know it.

20

Let their own eyes see their destruction,

and let them drink of the wrath of the Almighty.

21

For what do they care for their household after them,

when the number of their months is cut off?

22

Will any teach God knowledge,

seeing that he judges those that are on high?

23

One dies in full prosperity,

being wholly at ease and secure,

24

his loins full of milk

and the marrow of his bones moist.

25

Another dies in bitterness of soul,

never having tasted of good.

26

They lie down alike in the dust,

and the worms cover them.

 

27

“Oh, I know your thoughts,

and your schemes to wrong me.

28

For you say, ‘Where is the house of the prince?

Where is the tent in which the wicked lived?’

29

Have you not asked those who travel the roads,

and do you not accept their testimony,

30

that the wicked are spared in the day of calamity,

and are rescued in the day of wrath?

31

Who declares their way to their face,

and who repays them for what they have done?

32

When they are carried to the grave,

a watch is kept over their tomb.

33

The clods of the valley are sweet to them;

everyone will follow after,

and those who went before are innumerable.

34

How then will you comfort me with empty nothings?

There is nothing left of your answers but falsehood.”

 


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New Testament in Four Years — Mark 14:53-65

Mark 14:53-65

53And they led Jesus away to the high priest: and there come together with him all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes. 54And Peter had followed him afar off, even within, into the court of the high priest; and he was sitting with the officers, and warming himself in the light of the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole council sought witness against Jesus to put him to death; and found it not. 56For many bare false witness against him, and their witness agreed not together. 57And there stood up certain, and bare false witness against him, saying, 58We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands. 59And not even so did their witness agree together. 60And the high priest stood up in the midst, and asked Jesus, saying, Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee? 61But he held his peace, and answered nothing. Again the high priest asked him, and saith unto him, Art thou the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? 62And Jesus said, I am: and ye shall see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. 63And the high priest rent his clothes, and saith, What further need have we of witnesses? 64Ye have heard the blasphemy: what think ye? And they all condemned him to be worthy of death. 65And some began to spit on him, and to cover his face, and to buffet him, and to say unto him, Prophesy: and the officers received him with blows of their hands.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 119:113-128

Psalm 119:113-128


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