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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, 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. 3It may be 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 evil of their doings. 4And thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith Jehovah: If ye will not hearken to me, to walk in my law, which I have set before you, 5to hearken to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I send unto you, even rising up early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened; 6then 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 made an end of speaking all that Jehovah had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people laid hold on him, saying, Thou shalt surely 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 unto Jeremiah in the house of Jehovah. 10And when the princes of Judah heard these things, they came up from the king's house unto the house of Jehovah; and they sat in the entry of the new gate of Jehovah's house. 11Then spake the priests and the prophets unto the princes and to all the people, saying, This man is worthy of death; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears. 12Then spake Jeremiah unto 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. 13Now therefore amend your ways and your doings, and obey 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 with me as is good and right in your eyes. 15Only know ye for certain that, if ye put me to death, ye will 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. 16Then said the princes and all the people unto the priests and to the prophets: This man is not worthy of death; for he hath spoken to us in the name of Jehovah our God. 17Then rose up certain of the elders of the land, and spake to all the assembly of the people, saying, 18Micah the Morashtite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah; and he spake to all the people of Judah, saying, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: Zion shall be plowed 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 to death? did he not fear Jehovah, and entreat the favor of Jehovah, and Jehovah repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus should we commit great evil against our own souls. 20And there was also a man that prophesied in the name of Jehovah, Uriah the son of Shemaiah of Kiriath-jearim; and he prophesied against this city and against this land according to all the words of Jeremiah: 21and when Jehoiakim the king, with all his mighty-men, and all the princes, heard his words, the king sought to put him to death; but when Uriah heard it, he was afraid, and fled, and went into Egypt: 22and Jehoiakim the king sent men into Egypt, namely, Elnathan the son of Achbor, and certain men with him, into Egypt; 23and they fetched forth Uriah out of Egypt, and brought him unto Jehoiakim the king, who slew him with the sword, and cast his dead body into the graves of the common people. 24But 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

1O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever?

Why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture?

2Remember thy congregation, which thou hast gotten of old,

Which thou hast redeemed to be the tribe of thine inheritance;

And mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.

3Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual ruins,

All the evil that the enemy hath done in the sanctuary.

4Thine adversaries have roared in the midst of thine assembly;

They have set up their ensigns for signs.

5They seemed as men that lifted up

Axes upon a thicket of trees.

6And now all the carved work thereof

They break down with hatchet and hammers.

7They have set thy sanctuary on fire;

They have profaned the dwelling-place of thy name by casting it to the ground.

8They said in their heart, Let us make havoc of them altogether:

They have burned up all the asynagogues of God 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 blaspheme thy name for ever?

11Why drawest thou back thy hand, even thy right hand?

Pluck it out of thy bosom and consume them.

12Yet God is my King of old,

Working salvation in the midst of the earth.

13Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength:

Thou brakest the heads of the sea-monsters in the waters.

14Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces;

Thou gavest him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

15Thou didst cleave fountain and flood:

Thou driedst up mighty rivers.

16The day is thine, the night also is thine:

Thou hast prepared the light and the sun.

17Thou hast set all the borders of the earth:

Thou hast made summer and winter.

18Remember this, that the enemy hath reproached, O Jehovah,

And that a foolish people hath blasphemed thy name.

19Oh deliver not the soul of thy turtle-dove unto the wild beast:

Forget not the life of thy poor for ever.

20Have respect unto the covenant;

For the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of violence.

21Oh let not the oppressed return ashamed:

Let the poor and needy praise thy name.

22Arise, 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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