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Evening Meditations for December 7

Daily Light's Evening Reading

I will be as the dew unto Israel.HOS. 14:5.

The meekness and gentleness of Christ.

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench.

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth.

And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter, and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly.

He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.

II Cor. 10:1.Isa. 42:3.Luke 4:18,19,21,22.Luke 22:61,62.Isa. 40:11.

Spurgeon's Evening Reading

“I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”

1 Corinthians 9:22

Paul’s great object was not merely to instruct and to improve, but to save. Anything short of this would have disappointed him; he would have men renewed in heart, forgiven, sanctified, in fact, saved. Have our Christian labours been aimed at anything below this great point? Then let us amend our ways, for of what avail will it be at the last great day to have taught and moralized men if they appear before God unsaved? Blood-red will our skirts be if through life we have sought inferior objects, and forgotten that men needed to be saved. Paul knew the ruin of man’s natural state, and did not try to educate him, but to save him; he saw men sinking to hell, and did not talk of refining them, but of saving from the wrath to come. To compass their salvation, he gave himself up with untiring zeal to telling abroad the gospel, to warning and beseeching men to be reconciled to God. His prayers were importunate and his labours incessant. To save souls was his consuming passion, his ambition, his calling. He became a servant to all men, toiling for his race, feeling a woe within him if he preached not the gospel. He laid aside his preferences to prevent prejudice; he submitted his will in things indifferent, and if men would but receive the gospel, he raised no questions about forms or ceremonies: the gospel was the one all-important business with him. If he might save some he would be content. This was the crown for which he strove, the sole and sufficient reward of all his labours and self-denials. Dear reader, have you and I lived to win souls at this noble rate? Are we possessed with the same all-absorbing desire? If not, why not? Jesus died for sinners, cannot we live for them? Where is our tenderness? Where our love to Christ, if we seek not his honour in the salvation of men? O that the Lord would saturate us through and through with an undying zeal for the souls of men.

Old Testament Chapter a Day — Job 19

Job 19

19. Job Replies

1Then Job answered and said,

2How long will ye vex my soul,

And break me in pieces with words?

3These ten times have ye reproached me:

Ye are not ashamed that ye deal hardly with me.

4And be it indeed that I have erred,

Mine error remaineth with myself.

5If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me,

And plead against me my reproach;

6Know now that God hath subverted me in my cause,

And hath compassed me with his net.

7Behold, I cry out of wrong, but I am not heard:

I cry for help, but there is no justice.

8He hath walled up my way that I cannot pass,

And hath set darkness in my paths.

9He hath stripped me of my glory,

And taken the crown from my head.

10He hath broken me down on every side, and I am gone;

And my hope hath he plucked up like a tree.

11He hath also kindled his wrath against me,

And he counteth me unto him as one of his adversaries.

12His troops come on together,

And cast up their way against me,

And encamp round about my tent.

13He hath put my brethren far from me,

And mine acquaintance are wholly estranged from me.

14My kinsfolk have failed,

And my familiar friends have forgotten me.

15They that dwell in my house, and my maids, count me for a stranger;

I am an alien in their sight.

16I call unto my servant, and he giveth me no answer,

Though I entreat him with my mouth.

17My breath is strange to my wife,

And my supplication to the children of mine own mother.

18Even young children despise me;

If I arise, they speak against me.

19All my familiar friends abhor me,

And they whom I loved are turned against me.

20My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,

And I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.

21Have pity upon me, have pity upon me, O ye my friends;

For the hand of God hath touched me.

22Why do ye persecute me as God,

And are not satisfied with my flesh?

23Oh that my words were now written!

Oh that they were inscribed in a book!

24That with an iron pen and lead

They were graven in the rock for ever!

25But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth,

And at last he will stand up upon the earth:

26And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed,

Then without my flesh shall I see God;

27Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side,

And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger.

My heart is consumed within me.

28If ye say, How we will persecute him!

And that the root of the matter is found in me;

29Be ye afraid of the sword:

For wrath bringeth the punishments of the sword,

That ye may know there is a judgment.

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New Testament in Four Years — Mark 14:32-42

Mark 14:32-42

32And they come unto a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith unto his disciples, Sit ye here, while I pray. 33And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be greatly amazed, and sore troubled. 34And he saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful even unto death: abide ye here, and watch. 35And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass away from him. 36And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; remove this cup from me: howbeit not what I will, but what thou wilt. 37And he cometh, and findeth them sleeping, and saith unto Peter, Simon, sleepest thou? couldest thou not watch one hour? 38Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. 39And again he went away, and prayed, saying the same words. 40And again he came, and found them sleeping, for their eyes were very heavy; and they knew not what to answer him. 41And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough; the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42Arise, let us be going: behold, he that betrayeth me is at hand.

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Psalm a Day — Psalm 119:81-96

Psalm 119:81-96

81My soul fainteth for thy salvation;

But I hope in thy word.

82Mine eyes fail for thy word,

While I say, When wilt thou comfort me?

83For I am become like a wine-skin in the smoke;

Yet do I not forget thy statutes.

84How many are the days of thy servant?

When wilt thou execute judgment on them that persecute me?

85The proud have digged pits for me,

Who are not according to thy law.

86All thy commandments are faithful:

They persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.

87They had almost consumed me upon earth;

But I forsook not thy precepts.

LAMEDH.

88Quicken me after thy lovingkindness;

So shall I observe the testimony of thy mouth.

89For ever, O Jehovah,

Thy word is settled in heaven.

90Thy faithfulness is unto all generations:

Thou hast established the earth, and it abideth.

91 aThey abide this day according to thine ordinances;

For all things are thy servants.

92Unless thy law had been my delight,

I should then have perished in mine affliction.

93I will never forget thy precepts;

For with them thou hast quickened me.

94I am thine, save me;

For I have sought thy precepts.

95The wicked have waited for me, to destroy me;

But I will consider thy testimonies.

MEM.

96I have seen an end of all perfection;

But thy commandment is exceeding broad.

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