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Daily Journey: January 1st

Genesis 1:1-3:24, Matthew 1:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: I. The “Creation Hymn,” Genesis 1:1 to 2:3 Who wrote the “Creation Hymn”? Used by Moses, but written, no doubt, long before. Writing was in common use long before the days of Moses. Furthermore, some of God’s “commands, decrees, and laws” were in existence in…

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Daily Journey: January 2nd

Genesis 4:1-6:8, Matthew 2:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Cain lay with his wife, and she became pregnant. (Gen. 4:17) Immediately we want to know, where did Cain get his wife?… This question has been asked so many times that it no doubt deserves a place in the Biblical Hall of Famous Questions. The…

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Daily Journey: January 3rd

Genesis 6:9-8:22, Matthew 3:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 9. Noah was a righteous man and perfect… and Noah walked with God. With these words the author describes three characteristics of a godly life—justice, purity, and holiness (cf. 6:8—he found grace in the eyes of the Lord). The word righteous, from Hebrew saddiq, describes…

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Daily Journey: January 4th

Genesis 9:1-11:26, Matthew 4:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The only valid basis for any law is a previously existing morality. We see this in the institution of capital punishment in Genesis 9:6. Here government is given the right to take the murderer’s life on the basis that the one killed was “in the…

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Daily Journey: January 5th

Job 1:1-3:26, Matthew 4:18-5:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed…

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Daily Journey: January 6th

Job 4:1-7:21, Matthew 5:17-37 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: An old adage called Murphy’s Law states that “If something can go wrong, it will.” The Book of Job states the matter a bit more poetically: “Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward” (Job 5:7). Eliphaz, Job’s friend who gave this piece…

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Daily Journey: January 7th

Job 8:1-10:22, Matthew 5:38-6:18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.” Job ix. 20. Suppose now for a moment that a command is issued to the beasts of the forest that they should become…

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Daily Journey: January 8th

Job 11:1-14:22, Matthew 6:19-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him [Job 13:15]. This is Job’s great statement of faith. Job’s friends, you see, were accusing him of some gross secret sin such as immorality or dishonesty…

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Daily Journey: January 9th

Job 15:1-17:16, Matthew 7:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “The righteous also shall hold on his way.” Job 17:9. The man who is righteous before God has a way of his own. It is not the way of the flesh, nor the way of the world; it is a way marked out for him…

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Daily Journey: January 10th

Job 18:1-19:29, Matthew 7:24-8:17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes…

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Daily Journey: January 11th

Job 20:1-21:34, Matthew 8:18-9:8 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Job 21:17-26 Job had largely described the prosperity of wicked people; now, in these verses, I. He opposes this to what his friends had maintained concerning their certain ruin in this life. “Tell me how often do you see the candle of the wicked put…

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Daily Journey: January 12th

Job 22:1-24:25, Matthew 9:9-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Oh, that I knew where I might find Him!” (Job 23:3) God sometimes delayeth manifesting His forgiving mercy to men, in order that they may find out some secret sin. There is something hidden in their hearts of which they do not know. They come…

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Daily Journey: January 13th

Job 25:1-28:28, Matthew 9:35-10:15 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: If we look up to heaven above, we shall see instances of God’s sovereignty and power. (1.) He stretches out the north over the empty place, [ch. 25] v. 7. So he did at first, when he stretched out the heavens like a curtain (Ps.…

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Daily Journey: January 14th

Job 29:1-31:40, Matthew 10:16-11:1 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; when His candle shined upon my head, and when, by His light I walked through darkness; as I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of…

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Daily Journey: January 15th

Job 32:1-34:37, Matthew 11:2-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Then He is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.” Job 33:24 God deals with convinced sinners in a way of grace. Every word here is weighty. “Then He is gracious unto him.” Mark…

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Daily Journey: January 16th

Job 35:1-37:24, Matthew 11:25-12:21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The providence of God is to be acknowledged, both by husbandmen in the fields and travelers upon the road, in every shower of rain, whether it does them a kindness or a diskindness. It is sin and folly to contend with God’s providence in the…

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Daily Journey: January 17th

Job 38:1-39:30, Matthew 12:22-37 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?” Job 38:31. On the very surface lies the lesson of humility. I trust, brethren, I have no need to say this, for the doctrine before us must have already had an…

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Daily Journey: January 18th

Job 40:1-42:17, Matthew 12:38-50 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:5-6 [W]hen God is seen with admiration, then of necessity we are filled with self-loathing. The more…

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Daily Journey: January 19th

Genesis 11:27-14:24, Matthew 13:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 In verse 1 we read: “Now the Lord had said unto Abram.” We know from…

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Daily Journey: January 20th

Genesis 15:1-17:27, Matthew 13:24-35 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Genesis 15] 8-21. Immediately Jehovah was ready to ratify the covenant with the man who had yielded himself to the divine will (cf. Gen 12:1-3). Hebrew berit is variously translated “covenant,” “compact,” “solemn agreement,” “testament,” “treaty.” No one of these words brings over into English…

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Daily Journey: January 21st

Genesis 18:1-19:38, Matthew 13:36-58 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt [Gen. 19:26]. I think this verse has been greatly misunderstood. Why in the world did Mrs. Lot turn and look back? I think that the reason is twofold. First of…

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Daily Journey: January 22nd

Genesis 20:1-22:24, Matthew 14:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Genesis 22:1 “Some time later God tested Abraham.” The old English word for test was to prove. In our context it does not have the sense of exciting to sin or provoking someone to commit an evil. Indeed, James 1:13 states, “God cannot be tempted…

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Daily Journey: January 23rd

Genesis 23:1-24:27, Matthew 14:22-15:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee,…

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Daily Journey: January 24th

Genesis 24:28-25:18, Matthew 15:12-39 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Rebekah is a type of the church. One commentator says, “She was thought of before she knew it and was chosen when she did not know of the existence of her bridegroom.” (Donald Grey Barnhouse, Genesis: A Devotional Commentary, 2 vols. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1970),…

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Daily Journey: January 25th

Genesis 25:19-27:29, Matthew 16:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Stolen Blessing In assessing the importance of this episode, we need to guard against two extremes: either to condemn the characters entirely, without any recognition of their better motives, or to excuse them at the expense of true morality. Robert Candlish writes: “On the…

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Daily Journey: January 26th

Genesis 27:30-29:35, Matthew 16:21-17:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father’s house in peace;…

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Daily Journey: January 27th

Genesis 30:1-31:18, Matthew 17:14-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Now Jacob took for himself rods of green poplar and of the almond and chestnut trees, peeled white strips in them, and exposed the white which was in the rods. And the rods which he had peeled, he set before the flocks in the gutters,…

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Daily Journey: January 28th

Genesis 31:19-32:32, Matthew 18:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “And Thou saidst, I will surely do thee good.” Genesis 32:12. Brethren, what is your present trouble? One sighs out because he knows not where to look for food and raiment. But there is a word of the Lord for that need: “No good thing…

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Daily Journey: January 29th

Genesis 33:1-35:29, Matthew 18:21-19:12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Here and there in the Bible we come upon chapters that report such disgraceful deeds that it is difficult to know how to comment or preach on them. The thirty-fourth chapter of Genesis is such a chapter…. The chapter does indeed give “an invaluable sidelight…

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Daily Journey: January 30th

Genesis 36:1-37:36, Matthew 19:13-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Perhaps someone will want to argue with God about His choice of Jacob over Esau. Esau looked so good on the outside. Could God have made a mistake? Well, over in the little prophecy of Obadiah we see Esau unveiled. One little Esau has become…

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Daily Journey: January 31st

Genesis 38:1-40:23, Matthew 19:27-20:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: There is no person in the Old Testament in whose life the purpose of God is more clearly seen than Joseph. The providence of God is manifest in every detail of his life. The hand of God is upon him and the leading of the…

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Daily Journey: February 1st

Genesis 41:1-42:17, Matthew 20:17-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Here again we are reminded of the question whether we are to believe in dreams or not. Moses in Deuteronomy 13:3 warns us against hearkening unto the words of false prophets and of false dreamers or dreams, while in Joel 2:28, true dreams are predicted…

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Daily Journey: February 2nd

Genesis 42:18-44:17, Matthew 21:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Gen. 44:1-17: Joseph, with an air of justice, gives sentence that Benjamin only should be kept in bondage, and the rest should be dismissed; for why should any suffer but the guilty? Perhaps Joseph intended hereby to try Benjamin’s temper, whether he could bear such…

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Daily Journey: February 3rd

Genesis 44:18-46:27, Matthew 21:23-46 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.” So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of…

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Daily Journey: February 4th

Genesis 46:28-48:22, Matthew 22:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: When the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Now if I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury…

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Daily Journey: February 5th

Genesis 49:1-50:26, Matthew 22:23-46 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The process of embalming, described already in some detail by Herodotus, involved the removal of the brain through the nose by a hooked instrument as well as the removal of the entrails through an incision in the side made with a sharp stone knife. The…

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Daily Journey: February 6th

Exodus 1:1-2:25, Matthew 23:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: (Exodus 1-2) Then he took a stick of green tamarisk against him. Then he belabored all his limbs with it, and his donkeys were taken away and driven into his estate. Thereupon this peasant wept very greatly because of the pain of what had been…

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Daily Journey: February 7th

Exodus 3:1-4:31, Matthew 23:23-39 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: At last the actual call of God came Moses. It found him fulfilling a daily duty, keeping the sheep of his father-in-law. There can be no doubt that in the silent solitudes of the wilderness he had meditated on the condition of his people. Forty…

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Daily Journey: February 8th

Exodus 5:1-7:13, Matthew 24:1-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: THE POWER OF AARON’S ROD “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”-Exodus 7:12 We shall not attempt to discuss the question as to whether these magicians actually did turn their rods into serpents or no; it is probable that they, by dexterous sleight of hand,…

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Daily Journey: February 9th

Exodus 7:14-9:35, Matthew 24:32-51 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses. Ex. 9:12 God twice predicts he will harden Pharaoh’s heart. These two prophetic notices were given to Moses before the whole contest…

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Daily Journey: February 10th

Exodus 10:1-12:20, Matthew 25:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: This great Passover event was not only a unique revelation regarding the price of redemption from bondage for Israel, but it was a special revelation pointing to the impotence of Egyptian idolatry. It is specifically stated in [chapter 12] verse 12 that these judgments were…

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Daily Journey: February 11th

Exodus 12:21-14:14, Matthew 25:24-46 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ex. 13:1-10 Care is here taken to perpetuate the remembrance… [o]f the preservation of Israel’s firstborn, when the firstborn of the Egyptians were slain. In memory of that distinguishing favour, and in gratitude for it, the firstborn, in all ages, were to be consecrated to…

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Daily Journey: February 12th

Exodus 14:15-15:27, Matthew 26:1-35 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go…

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Daily Journey: February 13th

Exodus 16:1-18:27, Matthew 26:36-56 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Many have speculated on the precise nature of this manna, and several partial parallels are known. To the present time in Sinai, certain insects produce honeydew excretions on tamarisk twigs seasonally every June for some weeks. At night these drops fall from the trees to…

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Daily Journey: February 14th

Exodus 19:1-21:27, Matthew 26:57-75 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Lex talionis, “law of the tooth,” or the so-called law of retaliation, is found here in Exodus 21:23-25… Simply stated the talion principle was “life for life.” But in actuality this rule functioned as a stereotyped expression for the judges who had to assign compensations…

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Daily Journey: February 15th

Exodus 21:28-24:18, Matthew 27:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body…

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Daily Journey: February 16th

Exodus 25:1-26:37, Matthew 27:27-56 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Exodus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel that they bring me an offering; and there was all the reason in the world that they should, for (v. 1), [1.] It was God himself that had not only enlarged them, but enriched them with the…

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Daily Journey: February 17th

Exodus 27:1-28:43, Matthew 27:57-28:20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: THE URIM AND THUMMIM And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his…

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Daily Journey: February 18th

Exodus 29:1-30:21, Mark 1:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Exodus 30:11-16 Moses is here ordered to levy money upon the people by way of poll, so much a head, for the service of the tabernacle. This he must do when he numbered the people. … This was that tribute-money which Christ paid, for fear…

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Daily Journey: February 19th

Exodus 30:22-33:6, Mark 1:21-45 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me.” Ex. 32:26 Before I enlarge upon this exceedingly personal and practical question, I must ask you to remember the man who asked it.…

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Daily Journey: February 20th

Exodus 33:7-34:26, Mark 2:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while…

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Daily Journey: February 21st

Exodus 34:27-36:7, Mark 2:23-3:19 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ex. 34:28-35 The coming down of Moses from the mount, greatly enriched and miraculously adorned. 1. He came down enriched with the best treasure; for he brought in his hands the two tables of the law, written with the finger of God, 5:28, 29. It…

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Daily Journey: February 22nd

Exodus 36:8-38:31, Mark 3:20-4:9 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Exodus 38:8 The symbolic meaning of this laver is indeed significant and precious. It provided for…

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Daily Journey: February 23rd

Exodus 39:1-40:38, Mark 4:10-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: After the materials for the tabernacle were prepared for construction, Moses was instructed to erect the structure on the first day of the first month (40:1). This would have been the month of Abib or Nisan. When final preparations were complete Moses along with the…

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Daily Journey: February 24th

Leviticus 1:1-4:21, Mark 4:35-5:20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Concerning the killing and slaying of the offering, our first point is that it was ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. The pouring out of the blood of the victim was of the very essence of the type. The death of Christ by blood-shedding was absolutely necessary to make…

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Daily Journey: February 25th

Leviticus 4:22-6:30, Mark 5:21-43 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one…

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Daily Journey: February 26th

Leviticus 7:1-8:36, Mark 6:1-29 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 1. Aaron and his sons were washed with water (8:6), to signify that they ought now to purify themselves from all sinful dispositions and inclinations, and ever after to keep themselves pure. Christ washes those from their sins in his own blood whom he makes…

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Daily Journey: February 27th

Leviticus 9:1-10:20, Mark 6:30-56 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Book of Leviticus has very little narrative, but is filled with instructions, rituals, regulations, and laws. This chapter [10] offers a change of pace in the reading for it is a narrative. However, the interest is almost obliterated because it is a horrible tragedy…

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Daily Journey: February 28th

Leviticus 11:1-12:8, Mark 7:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: As regards the dietary regulations, the division of species into clean and unclean (Lev. 11:1 ff.) is to be regarded not so much as a reaction against Egyptian totemism or the protest of a superior religion against contemporary pagan customs as the positive delineation of…

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Daily Journey: March 1st

Leviticus 13:1-59, Mark 7:24-8:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: We come now to another unusual section of this book, the section on leprosy. Someone may ask whether this is practical for today. May I say that all of this book is practical. We are in the section of the book which we have entitled…

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Daily Journey: March 2nd

Leviticus 14:1-57, Mark 8:11-30 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Lev. 14:4-7] The ritual is both unusual and beautiful. One of the birds is slain over the earthen vessel in which there is the living water. This represents the death of Christ who offered Himself by the eternal Spirit. “How much more shall the blood…

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Daily Journey: March 3rd

Leviticus 15:1-16:34, Mark 8:31-9:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord.”—Lev. 16:30. God cannot commune with sinful men, for He is holy. Sinful men cannot commune with a holy…

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Daily Journey: March 4th

Leviticus 17:1-19:37 , Mark 9:14-32 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Keep my decrees and laws, for the man who obeys them will live by them. (Lev. 18:5) The text appears to offer an alternate method of gaining eternal life, even if only theoretically. Is it true…that a person could have eternal life by perfectly…

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Daily Journey: March 5th

Leviticus 20:1-22:16, Mark 9:33-10:12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Leviticus 21:16-24] Under the gospel, 1. Those that labour under any such blemishes as these have reason to thank God that they are not thereby excluded from offering spiritual sacrifices to God; nor, if otherwise qualified for it, from the office of the ministry. There…

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Daily Journey: March 6th

Leviticus 22:17-24:9, Mark 10:13-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Therefore shall ye keep my commandments, and do them: I am the Lord. Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the Lord which hallow you, That brought you out of the land of…

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Daily Journey: March 7th

Leviticus 24:10-25:55, Mark 10:32-52 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The laws connected with the jubilee.—These embrace three points: 1. Rest for the soil. Lev. 25:11, 12. The land was to lie fallow, and there was to be no tillage as on the ordinary sabbatic year. The land was not to be sown, nor the…

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Daily Journey: March 8th

Leviticus 26:1-27:34, Mark 11:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Leviticus 26 In these brief repetitions of laws two gracious promises and solemn warnings were set forth. The laws reiterated were fundamental. There must be no idolatry. There must be perpetual observance of the Sabbath and a constant reverence in the sanctuary. The great promises…

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Daily Journey: March 9th

Numbers 1:1-2:34, Mark 11:27-12:17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you; of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur [Num. 1:5]. That doesn’t sound very interesting or thrilling, but let me explain it. Reuben was the eldest son of Jacob, and…

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Daily Journey: March 10th

Numbers 3:1-4:20, Mark 12:18-37 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: On pain of death no one but Aaron and his sons was allowed to see or touch the sacred implements within the sanctuary (4:15, 19-20). Instruments for proper handling of these most holy things, and for covering them are here given. The family of Moses…

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Daily Journey: March 11th

Numbers 4:21-5:31, Mark 12:28-13:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: This is the service of the families of the Gershonites, to serve, and for burdens: And they shall bear the curtains of the tabernacle, and the tabernacle of the congregation, … so shall they serve. Numbers 4:24-26 It is worthy of note that these Levites,…

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Daily Journey: March 12th

Numbers 6:1-7:53, Mark 13:14-37 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Naz´arite, more properly Naz´irite (one separated), one of either sex who was bound by a vow of a peculiar kind to be set apart from others for the service of God. The obligation was either for life or for a defined time.… The Nazarite, during…

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Daily Journey: March 13th

Numbers 7:54-9:23, Mark 14:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: In our division of Numbers into chapters, chapter seven is the longest. It deals with worship and, first of all, with the princes’ voluntary offering of their substance to the maintenance of worship. It is to be noticed that this offering was voluntary, not in…

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Daily Journey: March 14th

Numbers 10:1-11:35, Mark 14:27-52 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 11:4-15—They were sick of the good provision God had made for them, v. 6. It was bread from heaven, angels’ food. To show how unreasonable their complaint was, it is here described, v. 7-9. It was good for food, and pleasant to the eye, every…

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Daily Journey: March 15th

Numbers 12:1-14:25, Mark 14:53-72 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Whose idea was it to send in the spies? Was it the idea of God? Was it His thought to spy out the land? No.… Although we get the impression here that this is God’s idea, we find that He was responding to their request.…

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Daily Journey: March 16th

Numbers 14:26-15:41, Mark 15:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ceremonial Details. 15:1-41. Looking forward to the time when the people would eat the food of Canaan, the Lord gave them directions for making a token contribution of the first fruits of their produce (heave offerings). He made provision for forgiveness of sins of ignorance—cases…

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Daily Journey: March 17th

Numbers 16:1-17:13, Mark 15:21-47 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Numbers 17:8-13 Here is the final determination of the controversy concerning the priesthood by a miracle, v. 8, 9. The rods or staves were brought out from the most holy place where they were laid up, and publicly produced before the people; and, while all…

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Daily Journey: March 18th

Numbers 18:1-20:13, Mark 16:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Numbers 19:2-3 The true heading of all the books of Moses is to be found in the words of Jesus, “Moses wrote of me.” Take the Lord Jesus Christ with you as a key, and however difficult the riddles of Leviticus or Numbers may at…

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Daily Journey: March 19th

Numbers 20:14-22:1, John 1:1-28 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, they mourned for Aaron thirty days, even all the house of Israel [Num. 20:29]. There is a precious lesson here for us. This was a very sad thing in Israel, but it has in it…

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Daily Journey: March 20th

Numbers 22:2-23:26, John 1:29-51 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Despite Balaam’s strong declaration in [chapter 22] verse 18 that, “Even if Balak gave me his palace filled with silver and gold, I could not do anything great or small to go beyond the command of the Lord my God,” his mentioning both money and…

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Daily Journey: March 21st

Numbers 23:27-26:18, John 2:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Have you ever stopped to wonder where the wise men learned to look for a star? How did they associate a star with a king born over in Israel? Why would they make such a long trek? About 1500 years after this prophecy was given,…

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Daily Journey: March 22nd

Numbers 26:19-27:23, John 3:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Law of Inheritance. 27:1-11. Verse 4: Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. The Manassite Zelophehad had five daughters and no sons. These daughters pointed out that if they, as daughters, could not inherit land, then their father’s inheritance…

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Daily Journey: March 23rd

Numbers 28:1-29:40, John 3:22-36 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: NUMBERS 28 This and the next chapter contain a repetition of laws concerning the great religious observances of the nation. This repetition is an orderly statement covering the whole year and, indeed, showing its relationship in every period to spiritual matters. It was thus set…

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Daily Journey: March 24th

Numbers 30:1-31:54, John 4:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Validity of Women’s Vows. 30:1-16. Every culture devises ways of making human intention binding. In civil matters the Bible world used both the signed document and sworn testimony (oaths). In religious matters people made vows. The unspoken intention was made binding when embodied in…

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Daily Journey: March 25th

Numbers 32:1-33:49, John 4:27-54 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: If you went to visit a friend who had just returned from Europe, you would ask him to tell you about his trip. Suppose he said that they went to Rome, then they went to Milan, then they went to Florence, then they went into…

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Daily Journey: March 26th

Numbers 33:50-36:13, John 5:1-30 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares. Numbers 35:11 Note, first, the person for whom the city of refuge was provided. It was not a place of…

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Daily Journey: March 27th

Deut. 1:1-2:37, John 5:31-6:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ancient suzerainty treaties began with a preamble in which the speaker, the one who was declaring his lordship and demanding the vassal’s allegiance, identified himself. The Deuteronomic preamble identifies the speaker as Moses, but Moses as the earthly, mediatorial representative of the Lord, the heavenly…

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Daily Journey: March 28th

Deut 3:1-4:49, John 6:14-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: We have here another brave country delivered into the hand of Israel, that of Bashan; the conquest of Sihon is often mentioned together with that of Og, to the praise of God,… Og, [was] a very formidable prince [and] very strong, for he was of…

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Daily Journey: March 29th

Deut. 5:1-7:11, John 6:41-71 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 6] Here is, I. A brief summary of religion, containing the first principles of faith and obedience, v. 4, 5. These two verses the Jews reckon one of the choicest portions of scripture: they write it in their phylacteries, and think themselves not only…

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Daily Journey: March 30th

Deut. 7:12-9:29, John 7:1-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Here is the new generation, standing on the east bank of the Jordan River. They are ready to cross over into the land with high anticipation and hope. As Moses is preparing them to enter the land, he encourages them to obey God. “And thou…

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Daily Journey: March 31st

Deut. 10:1-11:32, John 7:25-52 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: DEUTERONOMY 10 In a passage of great beauty, thrilling with earnestness, Moses made a statement summarizing the truth concerning the requirements of God as His people entered the land. The whole revealed the fact that everything depended on their relationship to Him. They were to…

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Daily Journey: April 1st

Deut. 12:1-14:21, John 7:53-8:20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Deuteronomy 12 Having repeated the great words of the Law and called the people to obedience, Moses now proceeds to deal with the statutes…. In dealing with these he commenced with the true place of worship. He solemnly charged them what their attitude toward false…

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Daily Journey: April 2nd

Deut. 14:22-16:17, John 8:21-38 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God redeemed thee.”—Deuteronomy 15:15. Now, beloved, if the Jew was so carefully instructed to remember his deliverance out of Egypt, should not we also take heed to ourselves…

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Daily Journey: April 3rd

Deut. 16:18-19:2, John 8:39-59 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: ASHERAH ‘Asherah refers to a cultic object representing the presence of the Canaanite goddess Asherah. When the people of Israel entered Palestine, they were to have nothing to do with the idolatrous religions of its inhabitants. Rather, God said, “But ye shall destroy their altars,…

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Daily Journey: April 4th

Deut. 20:1-22:5, John 9:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Deut. 21:18-21—Stone a Stubborn and Rebellious Son Children were to honor their parents as God’s earthly representatives. To rebel against these representatives was equal to rebelling against God. In practice, obedience to parents (a command strictly qualified by “in the Lord”) could then be transferred…

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Daily Journey: April 5th

Deut. 22:6-24:22, John 9:24-41 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Deuteronomy 24:16 lays down a general principle that human courts and human governments are not to impute to children or grandchildren the guilt of their parents or forebears when they themselves have not become implicated in the crime committed. It is clearly recognized in Scripture…

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Daily Journey: April 6th

Deut. 25:1-27:26, John 10:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Now we move on to another point. You can’t make me believe that God does not have a sense of humor. God has a law here to take care of widows. It worked effectively, as we shall see in the Book of Ruth. But to…

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Daily Journey: April 7th

Deut. 28:1-68, John 10:22-42 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Blessings. 28:1-14… If thou shalt hearken diligently. Although Israel’s inheritance and continued enjoyment of the promises was not a matter of legal merit, there was a connection between the nation’s corporate piety and her prosperity. For the Old Testament theocratic kingdom prefigured the consummate kingdom…

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Daily Journey: April 8th

Deut. 29:1-31:13, John 11:1-29 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: For this commandment which I command you today is not too mysterious for you, nor is it far off. It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend into heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it…

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Daily Journey: April 9th

Deut. 31:14-32:47, John 11:30-53 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Deuteronomy 32:1-2 Observe, (1.) The subject of this song is doctrine; he had given them a song of praise and thanksgiving (Ex. 15), but this is a song of instruction, for in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, we are not only to give glory…

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Daily Journey: April 10th

Deut. 32:48-34:12, John 11:54-12:19 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Underneath are the everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27 “Underneath” is the great matter to which the architect, if he be wise, will give his best attention. And truly, brethren, when you and I begin to examine into our graces and our professions, that word “underneath” suggests…

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Daily Journey: April 11th

Joshua 1:1-3:17, John 12:20-36a Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Josh. 2:4-5—There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they were: And it came to pass about the time of the shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not. This clever…

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Daily Journey: April 12th

Joshua 4:1-6:27, John 12:36b-50 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Joshua 6 We hear the song, “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho.” The question is—did he? No, he did not. He didn’t fight at all. He just marched around the city. Who did the fighting? God did that, friend, and I think any other explanation…

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Daily Journey: April 13th

Joshua 7:1-8:35, John 13:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testmaent Passage: Joshua 7 This chapter opens with a significant and ominous “But.” So far we have had the record of remarkable progress—but! We now see the triumphant people defeated and flying and the reason is declared. It was the sin of a man, but it was…

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Daily Journey: April 14th

Joshua 9:1-10:27, John 13:31-14:14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Joshua 9 recounts the crafty deception practiced by the Gibeonite envoys (vv. 4-5) when they came to the camp of Israel to conclude a treaty of alliance and peace. They lied by saying that they had come “from a very far country” (v. 9) because…

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Daily Journey: April 15th

Joshua 10:28-12:24, John 14:15-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Joshua 11:1-9] We are here entering upon the story of another campaign that Joshua made, and it was a glorious one, no less illustrious than the former in the success of it, though in respect of miracles it was inferior to it in glory. The…

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Daily Journey: April 16th

Joshua 13:1-15:12, John 15:1-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And now, behold, the Lord hath kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the Lord spake this word unto Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five…

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Daily Journey: April 17th

Joshua 15:13-17:18, John 16:1-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: … for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong. Joshua 17:18 Remember, brethren, we cannot have Christ and have any one sin reigning in our hearts. We come to Christ as sinners, but when we receive…

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Daily Journey: April 18th

Joshua 18:1-19:51, John 16:17-33 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: JOSHUA 19 Now that all had been provided, Joshua was given a special portion. Moreover, he was given what he asked. The time and the nature of his choice are alike revelations of the character of the man. As to time, he did not ask…

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Daily Journey: April 19th

Joshua 20:1-22:20, John 17:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Joshua 20:1-6—The cities of refuge.] Some observe a significancy in the names of these cities with application to Christ our refuge. I delight not in quibbling upon names, yet am willing to take notice of these. Kedesh signifies holy, and our refuge is the holy…

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Daily Journey: April 20th

Joshua 22:21-24:33, John 18:1-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Your fathers dwelt on the other side of the flood in old time, even Terah, the father of Abraham, and the father of Nachor: and they served other gods [Josh. 24:2].…

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Daily Journey: April 21st

Judges 1:1-3:11, John 18:28-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Chapter 2:11–13. The statement that they served Baalim (vs. 11) indicates that they worshiped localized Baal deities, thus the plural form im is used. Baal was a fertility god. He was looked upon as the chief vegetation god of the Canaanites and was thought to…

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Daily Journey: April 22nd

Judges 3:12-5:31, John 19:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Judges 4 With almost wearisome monotony the story of declension, discipline, and deliverance goes forward. After the eighty years of rest, the children of Israel sinned again, and were delivered into the hands of Jabin. Then followed twenty years of oppression and suffering which became…

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Daily Journey: April 23rd

Judges 6:1-7:25, John 19:23-42 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house [Jud. 6:15]. Now consider for a moment the position Gideon occupies in his own thinking. He…

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Daily Journey: April 24th

Judges 8:1-9:29, John 20:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and…

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Daily Journey: April 25th

Judges 9:30-11:11, John 20:24-21:14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Judges 10—While… Tola and Jair, presided in the affairs of Israel, things went well, but afterwards, Israel returned to their idolatry, that sin which did most easily beset them (v. 6): They did evil again in the sight of the Lord, from whom they were…

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Daily Journey: April 26th

Judges 11:12-13:25, John 21:15-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: That Jephthah actually sacrificed his daughter, tragic as that would be, seems the most natural reading of the text. If Jephthah’s “sacrifice” of his daughter meant relegating her to a life of perpetual virginity and service at the temple, not one word in the text…

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Daily Journey: April 27th

Judges 14:1-16:22, Luke 1:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: How could Samson’s marriage be “from the lord,” as Judges 14:4 says, if it was wrong to marry unbelievers? Judges 14:3 makes it plain that Samson was doing the wrong thing by marrying the Philistine woman from Timnah, for his parents remonstrated with him about…

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Daily Journey: April 28th

Judges 16:23-18:31, Luke 1:26-56 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Judges 16:23-24—How insolently the Philistines affronted the God of Israel… by the sacrifices they offered to Dagon, his rival. This Dagon they call their god, a god of their own making, represented by an image, the upper part of which was in the shape of…

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Daily Journey: April 29th

Judges 19:1-20:23, Luke 1:57-80 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: JUDGES 19 The story of the Levite occupies three chapters and is again a mirror held up to the times, revealing startling moral conditions and showing the conflict of good and evil among them. In considering the story of this chapter, several things are to…

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Daily Journey: April 30th

Judges 20:24-21:25, Luke 2:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: While it is overlooked in most commentaries, the term inheritance (Heb nachalah) seems to be crucial to the understanding of the appendices [chapters 17-21]. In the first section, the Danites gave up their inheritance and by ungodly means took another. In this account, the Benjamites…

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Daily Journey: May 1st

1 Samuel 1:1-2:36, Luke 2:21-52 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Hannah, who was once a woman of a sorrowful spirit, had so learned to delight herself in God, that she could dwell upon the different points of the divine character with joyful adoration. Like others of God’s instructed people, she was very happy in…

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Daily Journey: May 2nd

1 Samuel 3:1-5:12, Luke 3:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 5] This is a story of supreme and arresting interest, showing as it does how, when the people of God fail to bear testimony for Him among the nations, He becomes His own witness. The Ark was not a charm equal to delivering…

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Daily Journey: May 3rd

1 Samuel 6:1-7:14, Luke 3:21-4:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Eben-ezer, saying, Hitherto hath the Lord helped us [1 Sam. 7:12]. The name Eben-ezer means “stone of help.” “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” It was…

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Daily Journey: May 4th

1 Samuel 7:15-10:8, Luke 4:14-30 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: There can be no doubt that God’s plan for Israel included a king, a specially chosen dynasty from the tribe of Judah (Gen. 49:10), and that in anticipation of that event He laid down certain basic guidelines for such a theocratic king to follow,……

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Daily Journey: May 5th

1 Samuel 10:9-12:25, Luke 4:31-5:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the LORD in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way”— I Samuel xii. 23 Intercessory prayer is a benefit to the man who exercises…

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Daily Journey: May 6th

1 Samuel 13:1-14:35, Luke 5:12-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [1 Sam. 13] [Saul] ordered his son Jonathan to surprise and destroy the garrison of the Philistines that lay near him in Geba, v. 3. I wish there were no ground for supposing that this was a violation or infraction of some articles with…

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Daily Journey: May 7th

1 Samuel 14:36-15:35, Luke 5:27-6:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 1 Sam. 15:29: And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. It can be affirmed from the start that God’s essence and character, his resolute determination to punish sin and to…

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Daily Journey: May 8th

Ruth 1:1-2:23, Luke 6:12-38 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Book of Ruth stands in striking contrast to the Book of Judges and yet is closely connected with it. In Judges the national outlook has been presented and so dark has it been as to create the impression of universal pollution. The story of…

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Daily Journey: May 9th

Ruth 3:1-4:22, 1 Samuel 16:1-23, Luke 6:39-7:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then said Boaz, What day thou buyest the field of the hand of Naomi, thou must buy it also of Ruth the Moabitess, the wife of the dead, to raise up the name of the dead upon his inheritance. And the kinsman…

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Daily Journey: May 10th

1 Samuel 17:1-18:5, Luke 7:11-35 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why…

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Daily Journey: May 11th

1 Samuel 17:1-18:5, Luke 7:11-35 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam; and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and one bearing a shield went before him. And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why…

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Daily Journey: May 12th

1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, Luke 8:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the Lord, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away [1 Sam. 21:6]. Although Israel had a God-given religion,…

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Daily Journey: May 13th

1 Samuel 22:1-23:29, Luke 8:19-39 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 1 Samuel 23:14-18 Here is, I. David absconding. He abode in a wilderness, in a mountain (v. 14), in a wood, v. 15. We must here, 1. Commend his eminent virtues, his humility, modesty, fidelity to his prince, and patient attendance on the providence…

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Daily Journey: May 14th

1 Samuel 24:1-25:44, Luke 8:40-56 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 25] The story of Nabal, as here written, is intensely interesting. He was of a type which continues to this time. The whole fact is most forcibly expressed in the word “churlish.” David’s approach to him was characterized by fine courtesy, which was…

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Daily Journey: May 15th

1 Samuel 26:1-28:25, Luke 9:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Did Samuel really appear to Saul? Did Saul actually talk with him in the witch’s cave? There is little doubt that satanic powers are able to produce illusionary images and communicate with the living by this means…. On the other hand, it certainly lies…

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Daily Journey: May 16th

1 Samuel 29:1-31:13, 1 Chron. 10:1-14, Luke 9:18-36 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God [1 Sam.…

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Daily Journey: May 17th

1 Chron. 1:1-2:41, Luke 9:37-56 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Why are there so many genealogies in 1 & 2 Chronicles? The Chronicles were apparently compiled by Ezra in the middle of the fifth century B.C., or at least by a contemporary of his. After the long ordeal of the Babylonian captivity,… a group…

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Daily Journey: May 18th

1 Chron. 2:42-5:10, Luke 9:57-10:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 1 Chron. 4:9-10: Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my…

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Daily Journey: May 19th

1 Chron. 5:11-6:81, Luke 10:17-37 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Music was also a part of the religious life of Israel. The Israelites’ formal worship observed various rituals prescribed by God. Music served as an accompaniment to these rituals. Temple music consisted of singers and an orchestra. The singers and musicians could come only…

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Daily Journey: May 20th

1 Chron. 7:1-9:9, Luke 10:38-11:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Apparently the genealogies of each tribe of Israel were on exhibit in the temple. They were registered until the people went away into captivity. However, the genealogies were preserved and brought back to Jerusalem. When the returning remnant rebuilt the temple, the genealogies were…

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Daily Journey: May 21st

1 Chron. 9:10-44, 1 Chron. 11:1-47, Luke 11:14-36 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: David’s rise to power was assured from the outset by the promises of God (1 Chr. 11:10; compare 1 Sam. 13:14; 15:28; 16:12)…. David attracted a growing movement of loyal supporters who helped him attain the throne. Some of the most…

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Daily Journey: May 22nd

1 Chron. 12:1-14:17, Luke 11:37-54 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 13] [The Ark] had been at Kirjath-jearim, and neglected for long years. [David] now set himself to bring it into the midst of the people as a recognition of the nation’s relationship to Jehovah In connection with this action a terrible event taught…

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Daily Journey: May 23rd

1 Chron. 15:1-16:43, Luke 12:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Chapter 15] David now ordered that the Levites or priests should carry the ark upon their shoulders. Now he bethought himself of that which he could not but know before, that, none ought to carry the ark but the Levites, v. 2. The Kohathites…

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Daily Journey: May 24th

1 Chron. 17:1-19:19, Luke 12:22-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: At this point somebody is going to say, “You have been emphasizing that Chronicles is God’s viewpoint. How can wars be fitted into this interpretation?” … In the New Testament James, in a very practical manner, asked the question: “From where do wars come?”…

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Daily Journey: May 25th

1 Chron. 20:1-23:1, Luke 12:41-59 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “At that time when David saw that the Lord had answered him in the threshing-floor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there.” –1 Chronicles 21:28 From the whole, learn that it is not needful for meeting with God that you should be aided…

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Daily Journey: May 26th

2 Samuel 1:1-2:32, Luke 13:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [David] knew it, before his son wrote it (Prov. 24:17, 18), that if we rejoice when our enemy falls the Lord sees it, and it displeases him; and that he who is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished, Prov. 17:5. By this it…

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Daily Journey: May 27th

2 Samuel 3:1-5:10, Luke 13:18-35 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur;…

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Daily Journey: May 28th

2 Samuel 5:11-7:29, Luke 14:1-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.” 2 Samuel v.…

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Daily Journey: May 29th

2 Samuel 8:1-11:13, Luke 14:25-15:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: 11:1-5—One evening, restless on his bed… David arose, went to a rooftop of the palace, and from there happened to observe Bathsheba… the wife of his neighbor Uriah. She was bathing out in the open. One may not fault David for perhaps seeking the…

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Daily Journey: May 30th

2 Samuel 11:14-13:22, Luke 15:11-32 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: At last the prophet Nathan came and uttered a parable in which David’s sin was portrayed. David uttered his opinion on the side of right. Then, like a flash, the prophet charged David with having committed the sin David had condemned. It was at…

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Daily Journey: May 31st

2 Samuel 13:23-15:12, Luke 16:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Absalom’s prank succeeded in persuading Joab to bring him to his father for reconciliation. Although David’s kiss was a sign of complete reconciliation and restoration of Absalom’s position as the king’s son, it was given reluctantly. The fact that his father did not give…

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Daily Journey: June 1st

2 Samuel 15:13-17:14; Luke 16:19-17:10 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Samuel 15:31-37] When [David] heard that Ahithophel was in the plot he lifted up his heart to God in this short prayer: Lord, turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness, v. 31. He had not opportunity for a long prayer, but he was…

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Daily Journey: June 2nd

2 Samuel 17:15-19:8; Luke 17:11-37 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: “And the king said, Is the young man Absalom safe?” 2 Samuel 18:29. The anxieties of parents are very great, and some young people do not sufficiently reflect upon them, or they would be more grateful, and would not so often increase them by…

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Daily Journey: June 3rd

2 Samuel 19:9-20:26; Luke 18:1-30 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, A Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said, We have no part in David, neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man…

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Daily Journey: June 4th

2 Samuel 21:1-22:51; Luke 18:31-19:10 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Samuel 22] The character of David is revealed in the two psalms recorded here. In the first of these, found in this chapter, we find the deepest things concerning him. It may be well to note its main divisions, with the definite teaching…

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Daily Journey: June 5th

2 Samuel 23:1-24:25; Luke 19:11-28 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: “As the tender grass springing out of the earth by clear shining after rain.” 2 Samuel xxiii. 4. The beautiful simile, by which David sets forth the rule of a good king, I will first take out of its connection, and look at it…

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Daily Journey: June 6th

1 Kings 1:1-2:11; Luke 19:29-48 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: There is very little attention ever given to David’s legacy to Solomon, but I believe that what David left to him enabled him to become one of the great kings of the earth. In fact, Solomon is probably one of the best known kings…

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Daily Journey: June 7th

1 Chron. 23:2-25:31; Luke 20:1-26 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [1 Chron. 23] The Levites [were] mustered, and disposed of into their respective families and kindreds, that an account of them might the better be kept, and those that neglected their duty might be the more easily discovered, by calling over the roll, and…

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Daily Journey: June 8th

1 Chron. 26:1-27:34; Luke 20:27-21:4 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [1 Chron. 26] It is interesting in this section to note… how long men had looked forward to building the Temple. In the statement that the dedicated treasure was in the care of Shelomoth, some is specified as set apart by Samuel, some by…

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Daily Journey: June 9th

1 Chron. 28:1-29:30; Luke 21:5-38 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [1 Chron. 29] This is the account of the final stage in the greatest work of David’s life, namely, his preparation for building the Temple. The king had a treasure of his own, over and above what he had gathered for the house of…

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Daily Journey: June 10th

Psalms 1:1-6:10; Luke 22:1-23 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: Psalm 2 has been called the drama of the ages. It contains a decisive declaration concerning the outcome of events and forces that are in the world today. This psalm is divided more like a television program than a play. It is presented as if…

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Daily Journey: June 11th

Psalms 7:1-10:18; Luke 22:24-53 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: “For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.” Psalm 9:18. Have you ever noticed how a father carves for a large family? You do not expect him, at a single stroke, to carve enough to…

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Daily Journey: June 12th

Psalms 11:1-17:15; Luke 22:54-23:12 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 11] This psalm is the answer of faith to the advice of fear. Both are alike conscious of immediate peril. Fear sees only the things that are near. Faith takes in the larger distances. If the things fear sees are indeed all, its advice…

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Daily Journey: June 13th

Psalms 18:1-20:9; Luke 23:13-32 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 19:12-13] All the discoveries of sin made to us by the law should drive us to the throne of grace, there to pray, as David does here, (1.) For mercy to pardon. Finding himself unable to specify all the particulars of his transgressions, he…

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Daily Journey: June 14th

Psalms 21:1-24:10; Luke 23:33-56 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 22] Whatever may have been the local conditions creating this psalm, it has become so perfectly and properly associated with the one Son of God that it is almost impossible to read it in any other way. This and the two following psalms constitute…

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Daily Journey: June 15th

Psalms 25:1-28:9; Luke 24:1-27 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.” Psalm 25:18 I do not think it would have been worth one’s while to have preached from the text if it had only said, “Remember my affliction and my pain,” but when it…

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Daily Journey: June 16th

Psalms 29:1-32:11; Luke 24:28-53 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defense to save me [Ps. 31:2]. We need a strong rock—not just some little pebble. “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And…

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Daily Journey: June 17th

Psalms 33:1-35:28; Acts 1:1-14 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 33] David, … has found him a prayer-hearing God (v. 4): “I sought the Lord, in my distress, entreated his favour, begged his help, and he heard me, answered my request immediately, and delivered me from all my fears, both from the death I…

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Daily Journey: June 18th

Psalms 36:1-38:22; Acts 1:15-2:13 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: I was young and now I am old; yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread. They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be blessed. Psalm 37:25-26 One wonders where the psalmist has been all his life…

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Daily Journey: June 19th

Psalms 39:1-41:13; Acts 2:14-36 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put…

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Daily Journey: June 20th

Psalms 42:1-45:17; Acts 2:37-3:10 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: In Psalms 42–44 we see the children of Israel in Egypt with Pharaoh ruling over them. Psalm 43 mentions the Antichrist, and Israel is mourning because of the oppression of the enemy. We find them crying out to God to deliver them, and deliverance comes…

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Daily Journey: June 21st

Psalms 46:1-49:20; Acts 3:11-4:4 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 46] Comment on this great song of confidence seems almost unnecessary so powerfully has it taken hold on the heart of humanity, and so perfectly does it set forth the experience of trusting souls in all ages and in tumultuous times. The system of…

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Daily Journey: June 22nd

Psalms 50:1-53:6; Acts 4:5-31 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 51] The title has reference to a very sad story, that of David’s fall. But, though he fell, he was not utterly cast down, for God graciously upheld him and raised him up. 1. The sin which, in this psalm, he laments, was the…

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Daily Journey: June 23rd

Psalms 50:1-53:6; Acts 4:5-31 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 51] The title has reference to a very sad story, that of David’s fall. But, though he fell, he was not utterly cast down, for God graciously upheld him and raised him up. 1. The sin which, in this psalm, he laments, was the…

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Daily Journey: June 24th

Psalms 58:1-62:12; Acts 5:17-42 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: “The God of my mercy shall prevent me.” Psalm 59:10. Let me utter a great saying, worth your treasuring up—if any one saint should have all the wants of all the saints in the world put upon him, and if his necessities should be so…

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Daily Journey: June 25th

Psalms 63:1-67:7; Acts 6:1-15 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 66] This is one of the most beautiful of the songs of worship. It is divided into two parts by a change from the use of the plural pronoun (verses 1-12) to the use of the singular (verses 13-20) In the first part all…

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Daily Journey: June 26th

Psalms 68:1-69:36; Acts 7:1-23 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 69] I was drawn to this psalm when I was a student in college, and from that day to this it has been a favorite of mine. Psalm 22 is number one on the Hit Parade of the New Testament as far as quotes…

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Daily Journey: June 27th

Psalms 70:1-72:20; Acts 7:24-43 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: PSALM 71 David penned this psalm in his old age, as appears by several passages in it, which makes many think that it was penned at the time of Absalom’s rebellion; for that was the great trouble of his later days. It might be occasioned…

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Daily Journey: June 28th

Psalms 73:1-76:12; Acts 7:44-8:3 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: “But it is good for me to draw near to God.” Psalm 73:28. Let me remark, that prayer has a mighty power to sustain the soul in every season of its distress and sorrow. Whenever the soul becomes weak, use the heavenly strengthening plaster of…

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Daily Journey: June 29th

Psalms 77:1-78:53; Acts 8:4-24 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 78] The supreme quantity of this psalm is that throughout all its measures, over against the repeated failure of His people God’s persistent patience is set forth in bold relief. The purpose of the psalm, however, is to warn God’s people against unfaithfulness by…

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Daily Journey: June 30th

Psalms 78:54-81:16; Acts 8:25-9:9 Thought From Today’s Old Testament Passage: Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure [Ps. 80:5]. This is one of the most remarkable verses in the Word of God. God has given His people “tears to drink” and tears for their bread—all…

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Daily Journey: July 1st

Psalms 82:1-86:17; Acts 9:10-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgment among the “gods.” Psa. 82:1 We are surprised to find a biblical text appearing to acknowledge the tacit existence of gods rivaling Yahweh. The singer Asaph beholds Elohim presiding over a great congregation and rendering judgments…

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Daily Journey: July 2nd

Psalms 87:1-89:52; Acts 9:32-43 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 88] This is a song of sadness from beginning to end. It seems to have no gleam of light or of hope. Commencing with an appeal to Jehovah to hear, it proceeds to describe the terrible sorrows through which the singer is passing. He…

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Daily Journey: July 3rd

Psalms 90:1-93:5; Acts 10:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 90] The setting for this psalm is out there on the desert during Israel’s wanderings.… For thirty-eight years they wandered in the desert—until that generation died. Moses saw a lot of people die—over two million of them—and his psalm is the psalm of death.…

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Daily Journey: July 4th

Psalms 94:1-98:9; Acts 10:23-48 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 94] The position of this song immediately after the song which sets forth the fact of the enthronement of Jehovah is remarkable. It creates a contrast while it suggests a continuity of ideas. The contrast is between the celebration in the previous psalm of…

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Daily Journey: July 5th

Psalms 99:1-102:28; Acts 11:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 100] I would emphasize the fact that God does not want you to come before Him to worship with a long face. There are times when we have long faces; problems beset us, temptations overcome us, or we come to God in repentance, asking…

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Daily Journey: July 6th

Psalms 103:1-105:15; Acts 11:27-12:25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 104] He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, v. 2. So he did at first, when he made the firmament, which in the Hebrew has its name from its being expanded, or stretched out, Gen. 1:7. He made it to divide the waters…

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Daily Journey: July 7th

Psalms 105:16-106:48; Acts 13:1-12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “O visit me with Thy salvation.” –Psalm 106:4. One of the worst results of the Fall is that men who are spiritually dead do not pray for life; but if there be one here who is sufficiently under the influence of the Holy Spirit to…

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Daily Journey: July 8th

Psalms 107:1-108:13; Acts 13:13-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy [Ps. 107:1–2]. We need more “say so” Christians. Let the redeemed…

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Daily Journey: July 9th

Psalms 109:1-113:9; Acts 13:32-52 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 111] [The psalmist] recommends to us the works of the Lord as the proper subject of our meditations when we are praising him—the dispensations of his providence towards the world, towards the church, and towards particular persons. 1. God’s works are very magnificent, great…

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Daily Journey: July 10th

Psalms 114:1-118:29; Acts 14:1-28 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”—Psalm 116:15 We love the people of God, they are exceedingly precious to us, and, therefore, we are too apt to look upon their deaths as a very grievous loss. We would never…

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Daily Journey: July 11th

Psalms 119:1-88; Acts 15:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all Thy commandments.”—Psalm 119:6 Any attempt to keep the law of God with the view of being saved thereby is sure to end in failure. So contrary is it to the express warnings of…

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Daily Journey: July 12th

Psalms 119:89-176; Acts 15:22-16:5 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Hold Thou me up, and I shall be safe: and I will have respect unto Thy statutes continually.”—Psalm 119:117. A prayer is the shadow of a coming blessing. Therefore do we pray, because the blessing is coming. It is said that prayer cannot alter the…

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Daily Journey: July 13th

Psalms 120:1-127:5; Acts 16:6-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 122] Here we have the pleasure which David and other pious Israelites took in approaching to and attending upon God in public ordinances, v. 1, 2. Note, (1.) It is the will of God that we should worship him in concert, that many should…

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Daily Journey: July 14th

Psalms 128:1-134:3; Acts 16:25-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 133] At last the pilgrims are in the city. After the long and toilsome march their feet stand in the city of God. The common impulse of all has been the desire to reach the dwelling place of Jehovah, and to worship before His…

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Daily Journey: July 15th

Psalms 135:1-138:8; Acts 17:1-15 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us—he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” Psa. 137:8-9 These invocations are not mere outbursts of a vengeful spirit; they are, instead,…

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Daily Journey: July 16th

Psalms 139:1-142:7; Acts 17:16-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Grant not, O Lord, the desires of the wicked: further not his wicked device; lest they exalt themselves. Selah. As for the head of those that compass me about, let the mischief of their own lips cover them. Let burning coals fall upon them: let…

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Daily Journey: July 17th

Psalms 143:1-146:10; Acts 18:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “I flee unto Thee to hide me.” Psalm 143:9. Now, brethren and sisters, in our weakness lies our strength. The apostle Paul says, “When I am weak, then am I strong;” and I wish it were possible for me to produce in all of you,…

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Daily Journey: July 18th

Psalms 147:1-150:6; Acts 18:24-19:20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Psalm 150] This psalm, which concludes the book and all the Psalter as final doxology, is the most comprehensive and illuminative illustration of perfect praise in the whole Psalter. The central place of prayer is the sanctuary, that is, the place of divine manifestation, whether…

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Daily Journey: July 19th

I Kings 2:12-3:28; Acts 19:21-41 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [1 Kings 3:1-4] We are here told concerning Solomon something that was unquestionably good, for which he is to be praised and in which he is to be imitated. 1. He loved the Lord, v. 3. Particular notice was taken of God’s love to…

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Daily Journey: July 20th

I Kings 4:1-6:22; Acts 20:1-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [1 Kings 5] It was in David’s heart to build the temple. The pattern for the building was given to David, not Solomon. First Chronicles 28:19 tells us, “All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me,…

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Daily Journey: July 21st

I Kings 6:23-7:51; Acts 20:17-38 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: First Kings 7:23 says, “He [Hiram] made the sea of cast metal ten cubits from brim to brim, circular in form,… and thirty cubits in circumference.” Some critics have urged this approximate value of three to one as the relationship between the diameter and…

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Daily Journey: July 22nd

I Kings 8:1-66; Acts 21:1-14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Solomon’s] prayer itself was very long, and perhaps much longer than is here recorded. At the throne of grace we have liberty of speech, and should use our liberty. It is not making long prayers, but making them for a pretence, that Christ condemns.…

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Daily Journey: July 23rd

I Kings 9:1-11:13; Acts 21:15-36 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments [1 Kings 9:4]. Integrity of heart is…

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Daily Journey: July 24th

I Kings 11:14-43, II Chronicles 1:1-2:18; Acts 21:37-22:21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Then Huram, the king of Tyre, answered in writing, which he sent to Solomon, Because the Lord hath loved His people, He hath made thee king over them.”— 2 Chronicles ii. 11. In the letter which was written by Huram, we…

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Daily Journey: July 25th

II Chronicles 3:1-6:11; Acts 22:22-23:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 3:10-13] Here is an account of the two cherubim, which were set up in the holy of holies. There were two already over the ark, which covered the mercy-seat with their wings; these were small ones. Now that the most holy place…

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Daily Journey: July 26th

II Chronicles 6:12-7:22; Acts 23:12-35 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God [2…

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Daily Journey: July 27th

II Chronicles 8:1-9:31; Acts 24:1-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 9] This passage of story had been largely considered in the Kings; yet, because our Saviour has proposed it as an example to us in our enquiries after him (Mt. 12:42), we must not pass it over without observing briefly, 1. Those…

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Daily Journey: July 28th

Proverbs 1:1-3:35; Acts 25:1-19 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction [Prov. 1:7]. There is an interesting contrast here: “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” They do not learn from…

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Daily Journey: July 29th

Proverbs 4:1-6:35; Acts 25:20-26:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Take fast hold of instruction; let her not go: keep her; for she is thy life.”— Proverbs 4:13. Faith may be well described as taking hold upon divine instruction. God has condescended to teach us, and it is ours to hear with attention and receive…

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Daily Journey: July 30th

Proverbs 7:1-9:18; Acts 26:12-32 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding [Prov. 9:10]. Perhaps you are saying, We’ve had this verse before. Yes, when the little fellow was in the home, the first lesson he was given was…

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Daily Journey: July 31st

Proverbs 10:1-12:28; Acts 27:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: No real harm befalls the godly, but the wicked have their fill of trouble. Proverbs 12:21 Note, 1. Piety is a sure protection. If men be sincerely righteous, the righteous God has engaged that no evil shall happen to them. He will, by the power…

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Daily Journey: August 1st

Proverbs 13:1-15:33; Acts 27:27-44 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. [Prov. 14:15]. The viewpoint of the world is that the Christian is a person who has a low I. Q., is very naïve, and will believe everything that is said to…

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Daily Journey: August 2nd

Proverbs 16:1-18:24; Acts 28:1-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.”— Proverbs 17:17. My dear brethren, when we read “a friend loveth at all times,” and refer that to Christ, the sentence, full as it is, falls short of what we mean, for…

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Daily Journey: August 3rd

Proverbs 19:1-21:31; Acts 28:17-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Proverbs 19:17—He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. Here is, I. The duty of charity described. It includes two things:—1. Compassion, which is the inward principle of charity in the…

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Daily Journey: August 4th

Proverbs 22:1-24:9; Romans 1:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Does this verse furnish us with an iron-clad guarantee that all the children of conscientious, God-fearing, nobly living parents will turn out…

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Daily Journey: August 5th

Proverbs 24:10-26:28; Romans 1:18-32 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small [Prov. 24:10]. He is saying something here that is rather important: It takes a man to do a man’s job. We use the old bromide, “Never send a boy to do a man’s…

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Daily Journey: August 6th

Proverbs 27:1-29:27; Romans 2:1-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Proverbs 27:21—As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise. This gives us a touchstone by which we may try ourselves. Silver and gold are tried by putting them into the furnace and fining-pot; so is…

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Daily Journey: August 7th

Proverbs 30:1-31:31; Romans 2:17-3:8 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Proverbs 30] This and the following chapter constitute an appendix to the Book of Proverbs. It is impossible to say who Agur was. In this selection from his writings we have an introduction, in which he affirms the fact of man’s little wisdom, and then…

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Daily Journey: August 8th

Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22; Romans 3:9-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: To correctly understand any book of the Bible, it is important to know the purpose for which it was written. We need to back off and get a perspective of the book. We need to put down the telescope on the Word of God before…

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Daily Journey: August 9th

Ecclesiastes 4:1-7:29; Romans 4:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ecclesiastes 7:16-18] For all too many, Solomon’s advice has been labeled as the golden mean. It is as if he had said, “Don’t be too holy and don’t be an outright criminal; just sin moderately!” But this reading of these verses is indefensible. The Preacher…

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Daily Journey: August 10th

Ecclesiastes 8:1-12:14; Romans 5:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ecclesiastes 12] The preacher now proceeds in language full of poetic beauty to urge the young to remember their Creator. We then reach the epilogue of the sermon. It first repeats the theme as announced at the beginning, and tells how the preacher, through study…

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Daily Journey: August 11th

Song of Solomon 1:1-3:11; Romans 6:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: There is no denying that the Song of Solomon (or Song of Songs, or Canticles, as it is variously called) is a very different book from the rest of the Bible. Its theme is not doctrine but inner feeling—that most exciting and uplifting…

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Daily Journey: August 12th

Song of Solomon 4:1-5:16; Romans 7:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock [Song 5:5]. The background for this was a lovely custom that they had in that day.…

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Daily Journey: August 13th

Song of Solomon 6:1-8:14; Romans 8:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 7] Now here we have, I. A copious description of the beauty of the spouse, which, some think, is given by the virgins her companions, and that those were they who called upon her to return; it seems rather to be given…

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Daily Journey: August 14th

I Kings 12:1-13:34; Romans 8:26-39 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: I would like to look back to Solomon for a moment to see why the kingdom was rent. Here is what happened. Solomon was given a special dispensation of wisdom from God to administer the kingdom. Yet that wisdom, apparently, did not enter into…

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Daily Journey: August 15th

I Kings 14:1-31, II Chronicles 10:1-11:23; Romans 9:1-33 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 10] Despotism is seldom transmissible. That Solomon had been an autocrat and had ruled with a hand of iron under the velvet is evidenced by the words of the men of Israel, “Thy father hath make our yoke grievous.”…

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Daily Journey: August 16th

II Chronicles 12:1-13:22, I Kings 15:1-8; Romans 10:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 13] Verses 13-22 We do not find that Jeroboam offered to make any answer at all to Abijah’s speech. Though it was much to the purpose, he resolved not to heed it, and therefore he heard it as though…

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Daily Journey: August 17th

I Kings 15:9-17:7; Romans 11:1-12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Omri is succeeded by his son Ahab. Omri had been the most corrupt ruler up to that time, but his son Ahab exceeded him in evil. “And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in…

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Daily Journey: August 18th

I Kings 17:8-18:46; Romans 11:13-36 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”— 1 Kings 17:16 Although the Lord’s dealings with this woman of Sarepta were very trying, yet they were…

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Daily Journey: August 19th

I Kings 19:1-20:43; Romans 12:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not…

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Daily Journey: August 20th

I Kings 19:1-20:43; Romans 12:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not…

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Daily Journey: August 21st

II Chronicles 14:1-16:14; Romans 14:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 14] In Asa there was a break in the continuity of naughtiness which so regularly characterized the succession of kings. His was a long reign, and though not characterized by the pronounced reforms which obtained under future kings, it did give the…

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Daily Journey: August 22nd

I Kings 22:41-53, II Kings 1:1-2:25; Romans 15:1-33 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Kings 2:23-24] A careful study of this incident in context shows that it was far more serious than a “mild personal offense.” It was a situation of serious public danger, quite as grave as the large youth gangs that roam……

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Daily Journey: August 23rd

II Kings 3:1-4:44; Romans 16:1-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Kings 4] Elisha had a present brought him of twenty barley-loaves and some ears of corn (v. 42), a present which, in those ages, would not be despicable at any time, but now in a special manner valuable, when there was a dearth…

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Daily Journey: August 24th

II Kings 5:1-7:2; I Corinthians 1:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper…

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Daily Journey: August 25th

II Kings 7:3-8:15, II Chronicles 17:1-18:11; I Corinthians 1:26-2:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Kings 7:3-7] The story of the four leprous men inserted in the Book of the Kings of Israel: is it not singular? No; it is not singular for the Bible. If you were to take out of the scriptures…

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Daily Journey: August 26th

II Chronicles 18:12-20:37; I Corinthians 3:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 20] This chapter gives us the story which perhaps reveals most graphically the simplicity and splendor of the faith of Jehoshaphat. His kingdom was threatened with powerful and terrible invasion. In his extremity he gathered his people about him, and prayed.…

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Daily Journey: August 27th

II Chronicles 21:1-20, II Kings 8:16-24, Obadiah 1-21; I Corinthians 4:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: A student once approached Dr. Griffith Thomas with this question, “Dr. Thomas, I am having a problem with this statement in Malachi. I cannot understand why God says He hated Esau.” Dr. Thomas replied, “Young man, I am…

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Daily Journey: August 28th

I Kings 8:25-10:17; I Corinthians 5:1-6:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Kings 9] 30-37 The greatest delinquent in the house of Ahab was Jezebel: it was she that introduced Baal, slew the Lord’s prophets, contrived the murder of Naboth, stirred up her husband first, and then her sons, to do wickedly; a cursed…

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Daily Journey: August 29th

II Chronicles 22:1-12, II Kings 10:18-12:16; I Corinthians 6:12-7:7 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The story of Ahab and Jezebel is not a pretty section, and you probably thought we were through with them, but we are not. While it is true that Jehu had eliminated all the line of Ahab in the northern…

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Daily Journey: August 30th

II Kings 12:17-13:25, II Chronicles 23:1-21; I Corinthians 7:8-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 23] The story of Jehoida is one of devotion and courage. Doubtless he had known of the hiding place of Joash and his nurse. After six years of terrible experience, he took means to bring about the death…

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Daily Journey: August 31st

II Chronicles 24:1-27, Joel 1:1-20; I Corinthians 7:25-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Joel 1:15] The day of the Lord is much too complex a subject to be contained in a brief discussion, for the prophets found it a most engaging topic in their ministries and writings. But it does not completely defy description.…

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Daily Journey: September 1st

Joel 2:1-3:21; I Corinthians 8:1-13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand [Joel 2:1]. What is the significance of the blowing…

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Daily Journey: September 2nd

II Chronicles 25:1-28, II Kings 14:1-29; I Corinthians 9:1-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 25] The story of the reign of Amaziah opens with a remarkable statement which gives us the key to all that follows. “He did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, but not with a…

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Daily Journey: September 3rd

Jonah 1:1-4:11; I Corinthians 10:1-11:1 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The book of Jonah has often been challenged as to its credibility and historical value because of the amazing adventures it narrates concerning the prophet from Gath-hepher. How could a man be saved from drowning by the friendly offices of a whale (or “large…

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Daily Journey: September 4th

Amos 1:1-3:15; I Corinthians 11:2-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Amos signifies a burden, whence the Jews have a tradition that he was of a slow tongue and spoke with stammering lips; we may rather, in allusion to his name, say that his speech was weighty and his word the burden of the Lord.…

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Daily Journey: September 5th

Amos 4:1-6:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. —Amos 4:12 These words may have sounded through the green alleys of Paradise, and have caused no discord there. Blending with the sweet song of new-created birds, these notes would have but given emphasis to the harmony.…

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Daily Journey: September 6th

Amos 7:1-9:15; I Corinthians 13:1-14:19* Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down [Amos 9:2]. “Though they dig into hell.” The word translated “hell” is the Hebrew word sheol, meaning “the grave or the…

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Daily Journey: September 7th

Hosea 1:1-3:5; I Corinthians 14:20-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Hosea’s unhappy marriage was intended by God to serve as a heartrending illustration of the apostasy of the northern kingdom, whose citizens had turned from the worship of Yahweh to the worship of the various Baals of the degenerate religions of Canaan and Phoenicia.…

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Daily Journey: September 8th

Hosea 4:1-6:11; I Corinthians 15:1-34 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 4] Prophets were sent to be reprovers, to tell people of their faults, and to warn them of the judgments of God, to which by sin they exposed themselves; so the prophet is employed in this and the following chapters. He is here,…

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Daily Journey: September 9th

Hosea 7:1-9:17; I Corinthians 15:35-58 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned [Hos. 7:8]. “Ephraim, he hath mixed himself among the people.” God never goes in for mixtures. Have you noted that? He seems to want His children to stay in their…

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Daily Journey: September 10th

Hosea 10:1-11:12; I Corinthians 16:1-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. — Hosea 10:12 Our nature at its largest is but a small farm, and we had need to get a harvest out of…

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Daily Journey: September 11th

Hosea 12:1-14:9; II Corinthians 1:1-14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. Where, O death, are your plagues? Where, O grave, is your destruction? (Hosea 13:14) This text is either one of the greatest notes of triumph over death in…

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Daily Journey: September 12th

II Kings 15:1-38, II Chronicles 26:1-27:9; II Corinthians 1:15-2:17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 26] The story of Uzziah’s long reign of fifty-two years is most interesting and remarkable. He was a man of strong character, and the early part of his occupancy of the throne was characterized by true prosperity. He…

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Daily Journey: September 13th

II Kings 16:1-17:41; II Corinthians 3:1-4:6 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “They feared the Lord and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence. Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not the Lord.” –2 Kings 17:33, 34. He says, “They feared…

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Daily Journey: September 14th

II Chronicles 28:1-29:36; II Corinthians 4:7-5:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: When you come down all the list of the twenty-one kings of Judah who followed David, there is none greater than Hezekiah. He is the outstanding one, a man who turned to God. I believe he led in one of the greatest revivals,…

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Daily Journey: September 15th

II Chronicles 30:1-32:8; II Corinthians 5:11-6:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chron. 32] Here is the formidable design of Sennacherib against Hezekiah’s kingdom, and the vigorous attempt he made upon it. This Sennacherib was now, as Nebuchadnezzar was afterwards, the terror and scourge and great oppressor of that part of the world. He…

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Daily Journey: September 16th

II Chronicles 32:9-33, II Kings 18:1-37; II Corinthians 6:11-7:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: — 2 Kings xviii. 4. I have frequently, especially in our country churches, met with…

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Daily Journey: September 17th

II Kings 19:1-20:21; II Corinthians 8:1-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz [2 Kings 19:2]. I wonder if you have noted the parallel to the…

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Daily Journey: September 18th

Micah 1:1-2:13; II Corinthians 9:1-15 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Arise ye, and depart for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.” —Micah 2:10. There is a miserable tendency in men to cling to things that are seen. Though that which we behold…

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Daily Journey: September 19th

Micah 3:1-5:15; II Corinthians 10:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Micah 4, 5] The prophet lifts his eyes, and looking into the future, sees the day when under true government deliverance will be wrought and the divine order be established. Out of Zion the Lord would come forth, and the word of the Lord…

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Daily Journey: September 20th

Micah 6:1-7:20; II Corinthians 11:1-15 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Micah 6:6-8] Two different and opposing kinds of false claims are made about this text. Some readers see the text refuting all external, ceremonial religion in favor of a totally internalized faith response to God. Others, reacting against more conservative theologies of the atonement,…

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Daily Journey: September 21st

Isaiah 1:1-2:22; II Corinthians 11:16-12:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the Lord, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward [Isa. 1:4]. We see God as the Judge…

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Daily Journey: September 22nd

Isaiah 3:1-5:30; II Corinthians 12:11-13:14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isa. 3:1-8] The prophet, in the close of the foregoing chapter, had given a necessary caution to all not to put confidence in man, or any creature; he had also given a general reason for that caution, taken from the frailty of human life…

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Daily Journey: September 23rd

Isaiah 6:1-8:22; Galatians 1:1-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the…

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Daily Journey: September 24th

Isaiah 9:1-10:34; Galatians 2:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isa 9:6] Notice the names that are given to our Lord: “Wonderful”—this is not an adjective; this is His name. In Judges 13:18 we see the preincarnate Christ appearing as the Captain of the hosts of the Lord: “And the angel of the Lord said…

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Daily Journey: September 25th

Isaiah 11:1-13:22; Galatians 3:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise Thee; though Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou comfortedst me.” —Isaiah 12:1. This prophecy is said by some to relate to the invasion by Sennacherib. That calamity…

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Daily Journey: September 26th

Isaiah 14:1-16:14; Galatians 3:23-4:20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 14] Anticipating the great day of restoration, the prophet puts into the mouth of Israel the great parable or song which celebrates the downfall of Assyria. This moves in five distinct strophes. In the first (verses 4-8), the deliverance wrought for the whole earth…

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Daily Journey: September 27th

Isaiah 17:1-20:6; Galatians 4:21-5:12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 18:1-7] Here is the assurance God gives to his prophet, by him to be given to his people, that, though he might seem for a time to sit by as an unconcerned spectator, yet he would certainly and seasonably appear for the comfort of…

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Daily Journey: September 28th

Isaiah 21:1-23:18; Galatians 5:13-6:18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: In that day, saith the Lord of hosts, shall the nail that is fastened in the sure place be removed, and be cut down, and fall; and the burden that was upon it shall be cut off: for the Lord hath spoken it [Isa. 22:25].…

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Daily Journey: September 29th

Isaiah 24:1-26:21; Ephesians 1:1-14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed in Thee; because he trusteth in Thee.” — Isaiah 26:3. How does the Lord keep His people in peace? I answer, first, by a special operation upon the mind in the time of its…

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Daily Journey: September 30th

Isaiah 27:1-28:29; Ephesians 1:15-2:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 27] This circle of prophecy ends with a message which describes the process toward ultimate restoration, and announces its certainty. The way to restoration is the way of judgment, and this the prophet first announces in figurative language. The first issue of judgment will…

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Daily Journey: October 1st

Isaiah 29:1-30:33; Ephesians 2:11-3:21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “He will be very gracious unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee.”—Isaiah 30:19. The great sin of man is his alienation from God. He hath said in his heart, “No God,” and in his life…

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Daily Journey: October 2nd

Isaiah 31:1-33:24; Ephesians 4:1-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 33] This chapter celebrates a great victory, and is prophetic of the method of the final triumph. In the first thirteen verses we have the prophet’s appeal, in which there are two movements. In the first he describes the foe, lifts his cry to…

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Daily Journey: October 3rd

Isaiah 34:1-37:7; Ephesians 4:25-5:14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 34:9-17] The book of the prophets is the book of the Lord, and we ought to consult it and converse with it as of divine origin and authority. We must not only read it, but see out of it, search into it, turn first…

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Daily Journey: October 4th

Isaiah 37:8-39:8; Ephesians 5:15-6:9 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 38:1] The sentence of death was delivered to Hezekiah by Isaiah. It is true that this sentence of death rests upon each one of us, although we do not know the day nor the hour. But we do know this: “… it is appointed…

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Daily Journey: October 5th

Isaiah 40:1-41:20; Ephesians 6:10-24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd:…”—Isaiah 40:11. Our Lord Jesus is very frequently described as the Shepherd of His people…. We all know, and are very glad and comforted in the knowledge, that the Lord Jesus Christ, as our Shepherd, exercises towards us…

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Daily Journey: October 6th

Isaiah 41:21-43:13; Philippians 1:1-30 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine [Isaiah 43:1]. He speaks of their origin: “the Lord that…

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Daily Journey: October 7th

Isaiah 43:14-45:7; Philippians 2:1-30 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Isaiah 45:7: “I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.” The evil spoken of in this text… refers to natural evil and not moral evil. Natural evil is seen in the volcano eruption, plague, earthquake, destructive fire. It is God…

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Daily Journey: October 8th

Isaiah 45:8-47:15; Philippians 3:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 46] This chapter and the next contain the prophecy of the fall of Babylon. This one describes the failure of the gods. It opens with a graphic picture of the idols being hurried away for safety, carried on beasts of burden. In immediate contrast…

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Daily Journey: October 9th

Isaiah 48:1-49:26; Philippians 4:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Chapter 49—Glorious things had been spoken in the previous chapters concerning the deliverance of the Jews out of Babylon; but lest any should think, when it was accomplished, that it looked much greater and brighter in the prophecy than in the performance, and that the…

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Daily Journey: October 10th

Isaiah 50:1-52:12; Colossians 1:1-23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back [Isaiah 50:5]. This speaks of the Lord’s true submission in His crucifixion. In Exodus 21:1–6 we are told that when a servant wanted to become a permanent servant, his…

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Daily Journey: October 11th

Isaiah 52:13-55:13; Colossians 1:24-2:19 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief: when Thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, he shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.…

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Daily Journey: October 12th

Isaiah 56:1-58:14; Colossians 2:20-3:17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 58] We now commence the last division of the book, which deals with the program of peace as it sets forth the conditions, describes the ultimate realization, and insists on a principle of discrimination. In dealing with conditions the prophet first declares the moral…

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Daily Journey: October 13th

Isaiah 59:1-60:22; Colossians 3:18-4:18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Chapter 60—This whole chapter is all to the same purport, all in the same strain; it is a part of God’s covenant with his church, which is spoken of in the last verse of the foregoing chapter, and the blessings here promised are the fruits…

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Daily Journey: October 14th

Isaiah 61:1-64:12; I Thessalonians 1:1-2:12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Isaiah 63:10-11] We are startled to find two explicit references to the Holy Spirit in this Old Testament text. Why would he be mentioned here when the New Testament seems to place his coming after the Son returned to his Father in heaven?… Even…

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Daily Journey: October 15th

Isaiah 65:1-66:24; I Thessalonians 2:13-3:13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things…

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Daily Journey: October 16th

Nahum 1:1-3:19; I Thessalonians 4:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The name of this prophet [Nahum] signifies a comforter; for it was a charge given to all the prophets, Comfort you, comfort you, my people: and even this prophet, though wholly taken up in foretelling the destruction of Nineveh, which speaks terror to the…

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Daily Journey: October 17th

II Kings 21:1-18, II Chronicles 33:1-20, Habakkuk 1:1-17; I Thessalonians 5:1-28 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Second Chronicles 33:13-16 tells of King Manasseh’s repentance and dedication to God after his release from captivity in Babylon (cf. v. 11). In despair Manasseh cast himself on the mercy of the God he had hated and mocked…

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Daily Journey: October 18th

Habakkuk 2:1-3:19; II Thessalonians 1:1-2:12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Habakkuk 3:16-18] The prophet Habakkuk had been given a vision which left him deeply agitated. He was so shaken by the terrifying news that God would bring Babylonian hordes down on Judah that his body seemed to fall to pieces right then and there.…

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Daily Journey: October 19th

II Kings 21:19-26, II Chronicles 33:21-35:15; II Thessalonians 2:13-3:18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [2 Chronicles 34] The story of Josiah’s reign is full of brightness. The conditions around were very terrible, but in this boy king, especially as he developed to manhood, testimony to the government of God was unmistakable. Ascending to the…

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Daily Journey: October 20th

II Chronicles 35:16-27, II Kings 22:1-23:20; I Timothy 1:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the Lord. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it [2 Kings 22:8]. The third…

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Daily Journey: October 21st

II Kings 23:21-30, Zephaniah 1:1-2:15; I Timothy 2:1-3:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Zephaniah 1] See who the sinners are that shall be consumed. Those also shall be consumed that think to compound the matter between God and idols, and keep an even hand between them, that halt between God and Baal, and worship…

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Daily Journey: October 22nd

Zephaniah 3:1-20, Jeremiah 1:1-2:8; I Timothy 4:1-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “She obeyed not the voice; she received not correction; she trusted not in the Lord; she drew not near to her God.” –Zephaniah 3:2. This text is not only applicable to a nation and to a church, but to individuals among God’s…

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Daily Journey: October 23rd

Jeremiah 2:9-3:18; I Timothy 5:1-6:2 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 3:2] Idolatry is not simply making a little idol to worship. Anything that a man gives himself to wholeheartedly is idolatry.… Especially in these last days we see a great many people who are dedicated to sin, and the energy they put into…

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Daily Journey: October 24th

Jeremiah 3:19-5:9; I Timothy 6:3-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 4] Jehovah immediately promised that if Israel would return, she would be established. Then the prophet declared that judgment was determined on. He appealed to the people to repent, and that not in external manifestation, but actually and in heart. The people are…

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Daily Journey: October 25th

Jeremiah 5:10-6:26; II Timothy 1:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Fear ye not me? saith the LORD: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they…

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Daily Journey: October 26th

Jeremiah 6:27-8:13; II Timothy 2:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: It should be carefully observed that the whole thrust of Jeremiah 7 is to the effect that for sacrificial worship to be acceptable to God, worshipers must come to the altar with yielded and believing hearts, with a sincere purpose to do God’s will.…

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Daily Journey: October 27th

Jeremiah 8:14-10:16; II Timothy 3:1-4:8 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 8: 22]: “Is there no balm in Gilead—no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom? Is there no physician there—no skillful faithful hand to apply the medicine?” He looks upon the case to be deplorable and past relief. There is no balm…

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Daily Journey: October 28th

Jeremiah 10:17-12:17; II Timothy 4:9-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps [Jeremiah 10:23]. No man can walk aright apart from the revelation of God in His Word. The minute a man…

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Daily Journey: October 29th

Jeremiah 13:1-14:22; Titus 1:1-2:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Thus saith the Lord unto me, Go and get thee a linen girdle, and put it upon thy loins, and put it not in water [Jeremiah 13:1]. I just can’t help but smile at this. I don’t think that Jeremiah was putting on weight. In…

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Daily Journey: October 30th

Jeremiah 15:1-17:4; Titus 2:11-3:15 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Thy words were found, and I did eat them;…” Jeremiah 15:16. To find God’s words means that we have been made to understand them. A man may be well versed in Scripture, both in the English and in the original tongue; he may be accustomed…

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Daily Journey: October 31st

Jeremiah 17:5-19:13; Philemon 1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 18] Verses 1-10. The prophet is here sent to the potter’s house (he knew where to find it), not to preach a sermon as before to the gates of Jerusalem, but to prepare a sermon, or rather to receive it ready prepared…. “Go to…

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Daily Journey: November 1st

Jeremiah 19:14-22:23; Hebrews 1:1-2:4 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 20:1-18] This is one of the most personally revealing passages in prophetic literature. At his blackest hour, perhaps while still imprisoned in the stocks, Jeremiah complains vigorously that God has deceived him (Heb. “misled”, “seduced”). He was not a prophet of his own choice;…

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Daily Journey: November 2nd

Jeremiah 22:24-24:10; Hebrews 2:5-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 23] In the divine economy the king has always been a shepherd, but the men who had held the kingly office had destroyed and scattered the sheep. This is the charge of Jehovah against them, and the prophet declared that Jehovah would visit on…

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Daily Journey: November 3rd

Jeremiah 29:24-31:26; Hebrews 5:1-6:8 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Chapter 30— The sermon which we have in this and the following chapter is of a very different complexion from all those before. The prophet does indeed, by direction from God, change his voice. Most of what he had said hitherto was by way of…

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Daily Journey: November 4th

Jeremiah 25:1-26:24; Hebrews 3:1-4:2 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years [Jer. 25:11]. When God is dealing with the nation of Israel, He deals with the calendar. He spells out time in relation to…

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Daily Journey: November 5th

Jeremiah 27:1-29:23; Hebrews 4:3-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. —Jeremiah 29:11. A people in such a position as the Jews in Babylon were in danger in two ways:…

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Daily Journey: November 6th

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44; Hebrews 6:9-7:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and…

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Daily Journey: November 7th

Jeremiah 33:1-34:22; Hebrews 7:11-28 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 33:14-26] Jeremiah has already foretold the renewal of the royal line in which a king will rule justly and here he repeats 23:5. The Messiah bears the royal name and title—the righteous new “shoot” (Branch) who will bring peace and security—and give His name…

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Daily Journey: November 8th

Jeremiah 35:1-37:10; Hebrews 8:1-13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: It is stated in Jeremiah 36:30 that Jehoiakim “shall have none to sit upon the throne of David.” Yet in 2 Kings 24:6 and 2 Chronicles 36:9 we read that his son Jehoiachin reigned in his stead. Isn’t this a contradiction? The point of this…

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Daily Journey: November 9th

Jeremiah 37:11-40:12; Hebrews 9:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 39] This chapter records the fall of Jerusalem. After a long siege lasting from the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign until the fourth month of the eleventh year, at last “a breach was made in the city,” and the princes…

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Daily Journey: November 10th

Jeremiah 40:13-43:13; Hebrews 9:23-10:18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto the Lord your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass, that whatsoever thing the Lord shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I…

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Daily Journey: November 11th

Jeremiah 44:1-46:28; Hebrews 10:19-39 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: In Canaanite mythological texts Baal is sometimes called the son of Dagon. Dagon (Judg. 16:23; 1 Sam. 5:2–7; 1 Chr. 10:10) was the chief god of the ancient Philistines, a grain and fertility god whose most famous temples were at Gaza and Ashdod. Dagon continued…

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Daily Journey: November 12th

Jeremiah 47:1-48:47; Hebrews 11:1-16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 48] Verses 14-47 [Notice]: V. It is the destruction of that which is dear to them, not only of their summer fruits and their vintage, but of their wealth (v. 36): The riches that he has gotten have perished, though he thought he had…

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Daily Journey: November 13th

Jeremiah 49:1-39; Hebrews 11:17-40 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Edom (49:7-22) Edom, formerly Seir (Gen. 22:3), lay south of Moab and SSE of Judah. It was originally occupied by Esau and his descendants (10). The northern tribe and capital Teman (7; cf. Job 4:1) took their name from Esau’s grandson (Gen. 36:1). It extended…

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Daily Journey: November 14th

Jeremiah 50:1-46; Hebrews 12:1-29 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces…

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Daily Journey: November 15th

Jeremiah 51:1-58; Hebrews 13:1-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: In the second movement of the prophecy which deals with Babylon’s doom and Israel’s responsibility, Jeremiah first repeated his declarations concerning the determination of Jehovah to bring about the complete overthrow of Babylon, and thus to insure the deliverance of His people. Then, in a…

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Daily Journey: November 16th

Jeremiah 51:59-52:34, Lamentations 1:1-22; James 1:1-27 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Chapter 52—History is the best expositor of prophecy; and therefore, for the better understanding of the prophecies of this book which relate to the destruction of Jerusalem and the kingdom of Judah, we are here furnished with an account of that sad event.…

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Daily Journey: November 17th

Lamentations 2:1-3:38; James 2:1-26 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? (Lamentations 3:38) Once again we face the problem of evil being linked with God as its sponsor or author…. Verse 37 appears to have Psalm 33:9 in mind,…

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Daily Journey: November 18th

Lamentations 3:39-5:22; James 3:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. — Lamentations 3:57. How different are our expectations from our fears! This man of God had said, “When I cry and shout He shutteth out my prayer.” He had said…

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Daily Journey: November 19th

II Chronicles 36:1-8, II Kings 23:31-24:7, Daniel 1:1-2:24; James 4:1-5:6 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Daniel 1:1 says that Nebuchadnezzar first invaded Palestine in the “third” year of Jehoiakim of Judah. But Jeremiah 46:2 says that the first year of Nebuchadnezzar was the “fourth” year of Jehoiakim. Which is right? Actually, both are right.…

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Daily Journey: November 20th

Daniel 2:25-3:30; James 5:7-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Daniel 2:25-30] This was the image of a man erect: It stood before him, as a living man; and, because those monarchies which were designed to be represented by it were admirable in the eyes of their friends, the brightness of this image was excellent;…

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Daily Journey: November 21st

Daniel 4:1-5:16; I Peter 1:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and…

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Daily Journey: November 22nd

Daniel 5:17-7:14; I Peter 1:22-2:17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Dan. 6:4] One thing is for sure: When you find yourself the number one man in any position—whether it be in church, in politics, in school, or even in the home—you are the one who will be watched by those who have a jealous…

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Daily Journey: November 23rd

Daniel 7:15-9:19; I Peter 2:18-3:12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Daniel 9:1-19] Daniel, aware of God’s rule in history thought on current affairs in the light of earlier prophecy and realized [Jeremiah’s prophecies concerning] a Babylonian term of seventy years, had almost come to fulfillment…. Daniel’s discovery brought him to pray that God would…

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Daily Journey: November 24th

Daniel 9:20-11:35; I Peter 3:13-4:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Daniel 9:20-27] [W]hatever uncertainty we may labour under concerning the exact fixing of these times, there is enough clear and certain to answer the two great ends of determining them. [1.] It did serve them to raise and support the expectations of believers. There…

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Daily Journey: November 25th

Daniel 11:36-12:13, II Chronicles 36:9-21, II Kings 24:8-25:26; I Peter 4:12-5:14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Daniel 12:8-10] Some clumsily attempting to lessen God’s revelatory ability and others trying to heighten the supernatural aspects of Scripture have argued that the prophets who wrote Scripture often did not understand what they wrote. Daniel’s plain assertion,…

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Daily Journey: November 26th

Ezekiel 1:1-3:27; II Peter 1:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ezekiel’s vision of the glory of the Lord may very well be a key to all of the visions in the entire Word of God; it certainly is the key to the rest of the Book of Ezekiel. Many people think of the Book…

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Daily Journey: November 27th

Ezekiel 4:1-7:27; II Peter 2:1-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 7] The second denunciation dealt with the completeness of judgment. Its keynote was expressed in the words, “an end.” The prophet declared that an end on the land and the people had been determined on, emphasizing that this final judgment would be accomplished…

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Daily Journey: November 28th

Ezekiel 8:1-11:12; II Peter 3:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 8:1-6] We may well imagine what a surprise and what a grief it was to Ezekiel to see this image in the house of God, when he was in hopes that the judgments they were under had, by this time, wrought some reformation…

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Daily Journey: November 29th

Ezekiel 11:13-13:23; I John 1:1-2:6 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house [Ezek. 12:2]. God had warned Ezekiel before about these people,…

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Daily Journey: November 30th

Ezekiel 14:1-16:43; I John 2:7-29 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 14] Certain of the elders of Israel now came to Ezekiel, evidently to hear what message he had to deliver to them. The word of the Lord revealed to him that whatever their outward attitude might be, they were at heart idolaters, and…

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Daily Journey: December 1st

Jeremiah 19:14-22:23; Hebrews 1:1-2:4 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Jeremiah 20:1-18] This is one of the most personally revealing passages in prophetic literature. At his blackest hour, perhaps while still imprisoned in the stocks, Jeremiah complains vigorously that God has deceived him (Heb. “misled”, “seduced”). He was not a prophet of his own choice;…

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Daily Journey: December 2nd

Ezekiel 19:1-20:44; I John 4:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: I gave them over to statutes that were not good and laws they could not live by (Ezekiel 20:25) Verse 26 makes clear what these statutes were. Israel had been defiled by adopting the Canaanite practice of sacrificing their firstborn children to the god…

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Daily Journey: December 3rd

Ezekiel 20:45-22:31; I John 5:1-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: I will overturn, overturn, overturn, it: and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is; and I will give it him [Ezek. 21:27]. This is a remarkable prophecy. “Until he come whose right it is; and I will give it…

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Daily Journey: December 4th

Ezekiel 23:1-24:14; II John 1-13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 23] This long chapter (as before ch. 16 and 20) is a history of the apostasies of God’s people from him and the aggravations of those apostasies under the similitude of corporal whoredom and adultery. Here the kingdoms of Israel and Judah, the…

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Daily Journey: December 5th

Ezekiel 24:15-27:11; III John 1-14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 25] The last division of the prophecy deals with the subject of the ultimate restoration of the chosen nation. It falls into three sections. The first has to do with the nations, the second with the nation, and the last describes the restored…

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Daily Journey: December 6th

Ezekiel 27:12-28:26; Jude 1-13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters:… —Ezekiel 27:26. Look, sirs, you have been resting in your own righteousness; have you never sinned? Take even to-day to pieces; has no evil thought, or wrong desire, or wanton imagination, defiled its hours? Have you never…

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Daily Journey: December 7th

Ezekiel 29:1-30:26; Jude 14-25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 29:1-6] The Pharaoh in Egypt at that time was Hophra who reigned from 589 to 570 BC. His promises of assistance prompted Judah to break with Babylon. Both Egypt and her leader were singled out for judgment. Ezekiel compares Pharaoh to a great monster…

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Daily Journey: December 8th

Ezekiel 31:1-32:32; Revelation 1:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Chapter 31] The prophecy of this chapter, as the two chapters before, is against Egypt, and designed for the humbling and mortifying of Pharaoh. In passing sentence upon great criminals it is usual to consult precedents, and to see what has been done to others…

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Daily Journey: December 9th

Ezekiel 33:1-34:31; Revelation 2:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house…

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Daily Journey: December 10th

Ezekiel 35:1-37:14; Revelation 2:18-3:6 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord [Ezek. 37:4]. This is something rather ironical and even humorous. I have always insisted that God has a sense of humor, and…

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Daily Journey: December 11th

Ezekiel 37:15-39:29; Revelation 3:7-22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 38] The final message concerning the nation dealt with matters far removed from the times of the prophet. In the dim distance he saw Gog of the land of Magog, prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal, gathering against Israel. He saw them, however, gathering…

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Daily Journey: December 12th

Ezekiel 40:1-41:20; Revelation 4:1-11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezekiel 40] The waters of the sanctuary which this prophet saw in vision (47:1) are a proper representation of this prophecy. Hitherto the waters have been sometimes but to the ankles, in other places to the knees, or to the loins, but now the waters…

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Daily Journey: December 13th

Ezekiel 41:21-44:14; Revelation 5:1-14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: What is the significance of the temple in Ezekiel’s prophecy?… We may… be confident that the sacrifices mentioned in Ezekiel 43 have nothing to do with atonement for sin. Their function will be parallel to that of the Lord’s Supper, which Christ established as a…

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Daily Journey: December 14th

Ezekiel 44:15-46:24; Revelation 6:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezek 45:9-12] Ezekiel used the reality of God’s promised future blessings as a springboard to exhort the princes in his day to repentance. “You have gone far enough, O princes of Israel! (cf. 44:6) Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just…

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Daily Journey: December 15th

Ezekiel 47:1-48:35, II Kings 25:27-30, II Chronicles 36:22-23; Revelation 7:1-17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “The waters shall be healed.” Ezekiel xlvii. 8. Ezekiel is robed in dreadful tempest, and his whole book is “as the terrible crystal” for brightness, and for mystery; yet he often gives us visions of exceeding comfort. For instance,…

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Daily Journey: December 16th

Haggai 1:1-2:23, Zechariah 1:1-2:13; Revelation 8:1-13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Haggai begins his book by saying, “In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, in the first day of the month.” Hystaspes (the Darius mentioned here) began to reign in 521 b.c., making the second year of his reign…

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Daily Journey: December 17th

Zechariah 3:1-8:17; Revelation 9:1-12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Zechariah was contemporary with Haggai, but his book is in direct contrast to Haggai’s. They definitely knew each other and prophesied to the same people at the same period of time. Yet their prophecies are just about as different as any two could be. They…

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Daily Journey: December 18th

Zechariah 8:18-11:17; Revelation 9:13-10:11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Zechariah 11:12-13] Zechariah’s prophetic parable followed his prophecy of the Good Shepherd’s relations to the flock. In verse 11 the people reacted to Zechariah’s breaking his staff. They realized that God was annulling the covenant of protection over them. Some terrible acts of judgment were…

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Daily Journey: December 19th

Zechariah 12:1-14:21, Esther 1:1-22; Revelation 11:1-19 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Zechariah 13:7] This highly poetic utterance by the Lord Almighty combines a number of figures of speech. The abrupt turning aside to address a non-present agent (Awake, O sword) combines two figures of speech—apostrophe (a direct address to an impersonal object as if…

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Daily Journey: December 20th

Esther 2:1-4:17; Revelation 12:1-13:1 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Was it right for Esther to take part in a pagan beauty contest and become part of Xerxes’ harem?… Whether Esther actually volunteered to participate, or whether she was compelled by the King’s agents to join with the other contestants, we have no way of…

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Daily Journey: December 21st

Esther 5:1-9:16; Revelation 13:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Esther 8:9-10] The official letters were now prepared in the same way as those which Haman had sent forth (3:12-15). The date was June 25, 474 B.C., a little over two months after the first decree was issued, allowing more than eight months for the…

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Daily Journey: December 22nd

Esther 9:17-10:3, Ezra 1:1-2:70; Revelation 14:1-13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezra 1] The Book of Ezra contains an account of a most important epoch in the history of the people of God. After seventy years of captivity, a return from captivity was made possible by the decree of a Gentile king. This Book…

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Daily Journey: December 23rd

Ezra 3:1-5:17; Revelation 14:14-16:1 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Now because we have maintenance from the king’s palace, and it was not meet for us to see the king’s dishonour, therefore have we sent and certified the king; —Ezra 4:14. “It was not meet for us to see the King’s dishonour.” No doubt you…

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Daily Journey: December 24th

Ezra 6:1-8:14; Revelation 16:2-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezra 6:1-12] From all this we learn, (1.) That the heart of kings is in the hand of God, and he turns it which way soever he pleases; what they are he makes them to be, for he is King of kings. (2.) That when…

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Daily Journey: December 25th

Ezra 8:15-10:44; Revelation 17:1-18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Ezra 10:2-3] Even before Israel had entered into the land, they had been warned not to intermarry with the inhabitants. Such intermarriage would inevitably result in idolatry…. Divorce was permitted under certain circumstances in Deuteronomy 24:1-4. Could it be that Ezra unlocked the meaning of…

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Daily Journey: December 26th

Nehemiah 1:1-4:23; Revelation 18:1-20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Nehemiah 1] God’s chosen people were called to witness against idolatry, but too often they themselves succumbed and became idolaters. God sent them to Babylon, the fountainhead of idolatry, to take the “gold cure.” They returned repudiating idolatry. Their restoration was incomplete, however. They were…

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Daily Journey: December 27th

Nehemiah 5:1-7:73; Revelation 18:21-19:16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Nehemiah 5] A new difficulty now presented itself. This time it arose among the people themselves. The rich among them exacted usury from their poorer brethren to such an extent as to oppress and impoverish them. Perhaps nowhere in the story does the nobility of…

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Daily Journey: December 28th

Nehemiah 8:1-9:31; Revelation 19:17-20:10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” —Nehemiah 8:10. Let us endeavor to analyse that special and peculiar pleasure which is here called “The joy of the Lord.” It springs from God, and has God for its object. The believer who is in a…

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Daily Journey: December 29th

Nehemiah 9:32-11:36; Revelation 20:11-21:8 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it [Neh. 9:38]. The terms of the covenant will be seen in the next chapter. And each leader of the nation was asked to…

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Daily Journey: December 30th

Nehemiah 12:1-13:31; Revelation 21:9-22:5 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Nehemiah 12 Verses 1-26] We have here the names, and little more than the names, of a great many priests and Levites, that were eminent in their day among the returned Jews. Why this register should be here inserted by Nehemiah does not appear, perhaps…

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Daily Journey: December 31st

Malachi 1:1-4:6; Revelation 22:6-21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: [Malachi 1:2-3] When Scripture talks about God’s hatred, it uses a distinctly biblical idiom which does not imply that Yahweh exhibits disgust, disdain and a desire for revenge. There are clear objects meriting God’s hatred, including the seven evils of Proverbs 6:16-19, all forms of…

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