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Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?JOB 2:10.

I know, O Lord, that thy judgments are right, and that thou in faithfulness hast afflicted me.—O Lord, thou art our father, we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.—It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good.

Righteous art thou, O Lord, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments.

He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.—Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.—It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord.—Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered.

Rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.—These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Psa. 119:75. -Isa. 64:8. -I Sam. 3:18.Jer. 12:1.Mal. 3:3. -Heb. 12:6. -Matt. 10:25. -Heb. 5:8.I Pet. 4:13. -Rev. 7:14.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“O Lord of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy upon Jerusalem? ... And the Lord answered the angel ... with good words and comfortable words.”

Zechariah 1:12,13

What a sweet answer to an anxious enquiry! This night let us rejoice in it. O Zion, there are good things in store for thee; thy time of travail shall soon be over; thy children shall be brought forth; thy captivity shall end. Bear patiently the rod for a season, and under the darkness still trust in God, for his love burneth towards thee. God loves the church with a love too deep for human imagination: he loves her with all his infinite heart. Therefore let her sons be of good courage; she cannot be far from prosperity to whom God speaketh “good words and comfortable words.” What these comfortable words are the prophet goes on to tell us: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.” The Lord loves his church so much that he cannot bear that she should go astray to others; and when she has done so, he cannot endure that she should suffer too much or too heavily. He will not have his enemies afflict her: he is displeased with them because they increase her misery. When God seems most to leave his church, his heart is warm towards her. History shows that whenever God uses a rod to chasten his servants, he always breaks it afterwards, as if he loathed the rod which gave his children pain. “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.” God hath not forgotten us because he smites—his blows are no evidences of want of love. If this is true of his church collectively, it is of necessity true also of each individual member. You may fear that the Lord has passed you by, but it is not so: he who counts the stars, and calls them by their names, is in no danger of forgetting his own children. He knows your case as thoroughly as if you were the only creature he ever made, or the only saint he ever loved. Approach him and be at peace.

Old Testament Chapter a Day - Numbers 2

Numbers 2

2. Arrangement of Tribal Camps

The Order of Encampment and Marching

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The Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:2The Israelites shall camp each in their respective regiments, under ensigns by their ancestral houses; they shall camp facing the tent of meeting on every side.3Those to camp on the east side toward the sunrise shall be of the regimental encampment of Judah by companies. The leader of the people of Judah shall be Nahshon son of Amminadab,4with a company as enrolled of seventy-four thousand six hundred.5Those to camp next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar. The leader of the Issacharites shall be Nethanel son of Zuar,6with a company as enrolled of fifty-four thousand four hundred.7Then the tribe of Zebulun: The leader of the Zebulunites shall be Eliab son of Helon,8with a company as enrolled of fifty-seven thousand four hundred.9The total enrollment of the camp of Judah, by companies, is one hundred eighty-six thousand four hundred. They shall set out first on the march.

10 On the south side shall be the regimental encampment of Reuben by companies. The leader of the Reubenites shall be Elizur son of Shedeur,11with a company as enrolled of forty-six thousand five hundred.12And those to camp next to him shall be the tribe of Simeon. The leader of the Simeonites shall be Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai,13with a company as enrolled of fifty-nine thousand three hundred.14Then the tribe of Gad: The leader of the Gadites shall be Eliasaph son of Reuel,15with a company as enrolled of forty-five thousand six hundred fifty.16The total enrollment of the camp of Reuben, by companies, is one hundred fifty-one thousand four hundred fifty. They shall set out second.

17 The tent of meeting, with the camp of the Levites, shall set out in the center of the camps; they shall set out just as they camp, each in position, by their regiments.

18 On the west side shall be the regimental encampment of Ephraim by companies. The leader of the people of Ephraim shall be Elishama son of Ammihud,19with a company as enrolled of forty thousand five hundred.20Next to him shall be the tribe of Manasseh. The leader of the people of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel son of Pedahzur,21with a company as enrolled of thirty-two thousand two hundred.22Then the tribe of Benjamin: The leader of the Benjaminites shall be Abidan son of Gideoni,23with a company as enrolled of thirty-five thousand four hundred.24The total enrollment of the camp of Ephraim, by companies, is one hundred eight thousand one hundred. They shall set out third on the march.

25 On the north side shall be the regimental encampment of Dan by companies. The leader of the Danites shall be Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai,26with a company as enrolled of sixty-two thousand seven hundred.27Those to camp next to him shall be the tribe of Asher. The leader of the Asherites shall be Pagiel son of Ochran,28with a company as enrolled of forty-one thousand five hundred.29Then the tribe of Naphtali: The leader of the Naphtalites shall be Ahira son of Enan,30with a company as enrolled of fifty-three thousand four hundred.31The total enrollment of the camp of Dan is one hundred fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They shall set out last, by companies.

32 This was the enrollment of the Israelites by their ancestral houses; the total enrollment in the camps by their companies was six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty.33Just as the Lord had commanded Moses, the Levites were not enrolled among the other Israelites.

34 The Israelites did just as the Lord had commanded Moses: They camped by regiments, and they set out the same way, everyone by clans, according to ancestral houses.

New Testament in Four Years - Acts 13:32-41

Acts 13:32-41

13. Barnabas and Saul Sent Out

32And we bring you the good news that what God promised to our ancestors33he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising Jesus; as also it is written in the second psalm,

‘You are my Son;

today I have begotten you.’

34 As to his raising him from the dead, no more to return to corruption, he has spoken in this way,

‘I will give you the holy promises made to David.’

35 Therefore he has also said in another psalm,

‘You will not let your Holy One experience corruption.’

36 For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died, was laid beside his ancestors, and experienced corruption;37but he whom God raised up experienced no corruption.38Let it be known to you therefore, my brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you;39by this Jesus everyone who believes is set free from all those sins from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.40Beware, therefore, that what the prophets said does not happen to you:

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‘Look, you scoffers!

Be amazed and perish,

for in your days I am doing a work,

a work that you will never believe, even if someone tells you.’ ”

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Psalm a Day - Psalm 37:1-20

Psalm 37:1-20

37. Psalm 37

Psalm 37

Exhortation to Patience and Trust

Of David.

1

Do not fret because of the wicked;

do not be envious of wrongdoers,

2

for they will soon fade like the grass,

and wither like the green herb.

 

3

Trust in the Lord, and do good;

so you will live in the land, and enjoy security.

4

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

 

5

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in him, and he will act.

6

He will make your vindication shine like the light,

and the justice of your cause like the noonday.

 

7

Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;

do not fret over those who prosper in their way,

over those who carry out evil devices.

 

8

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath.

Do not fret—it leads only to evil.

9

For the wicked shall be cut off,

but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

 

10

Yet a little while, and the wicked will be no more;

though you look diligently for their place, they will not be there.

11

But the meek shall inherit the land,

and delight themselves in abundant prosperity.

 

12

The wicked plot against the righteous,

and gnash their teeth at them;

13

but the Lord laughs at the wicked,

for he sees that their day is coming.

 

14

The wicked draw the sword and bend their bows

to bring down the poor and needy,

to kill those who walk uprightly;

15

their sword shall enter their own heart,

and their bows shall be broken.

 

16

Better is a little that the righteous person has

than the abundance of many wicked.

17

For the arms of the wicked shall be broken,

but the Lord upholds the righteous.

 

18

The Lord knows the days of the blameless,

and their heritage will abide forever;

19

they are not put to shame in evil times,

in the days of famine they have abundance.

 

20

But the wicked perish,

and the enemies of the Lord are like the glory of the pastures;

they vanish—like smoke they vanish away.

 

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