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Posted 09 September 2007 - 12:31 PM

First Portion

2 Kings 15


15:1 In the twenty-seventh year of Jeroboam king of Israel began Azariah son of Amaziah king of Judah to reign. 15:2 Sixteen years old was he when he began to reign; and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 15:3 He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 15:4 However the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burnt incense in the high places. 15:5 Yahweh struck the king, so that he was a leper to the day of his death, and lived in a separate house. Jotham the king’s son was over the household, judging the people of the land. 15:6 Now the rest of the acts of Azariah, and all that he did, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15:7 Azariah slept with his fathers; and they buried him with his fathers in the city of David: and Jotham his son reigned in his place. 15:8 In the thirty-eighth year of Azariah king of Judah, Zechariah the son of Jeroboam reigned over Israel in Samaria six months. 15:9 He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh, as his fathers had done: he didn’t depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. 15:10 Shallum the son of Jabesh conspired against him, and struck him before the people, and killed him, and reigned in his place. 15:11 Now the rest of the acts of Zechariah, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 15:12 This was the word of Yahweh which he spoke to Jehu, saying, “Your sons to the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel.” So it came to pass.

15:13 Shallum the son of Jabesh began to reign in the thirty-ninth year of Uzziah king of Judah; and he reigned for a month in Samaria. 15:14 Menahem the son of Gadi went up from Tirzah, and came to Samaria, and struck Shallum the son of Jabesh in Samaria, and killed him, and reigned in his place. 15:15 Now the rest of the acts of Shallum, and his conspiracy which he made, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 15:16 Then Menahem struck Tiphsah, and all who were therein, and its borders, from Tirzah: because they didn’t open to him, therefore he struck it; and all the women therein who were with child he ripped up. 15:17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariah king of Judah, Menahem the son of Gadi began to reign over Israel for ten years in Samaria. 15:18 He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn’t depart all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. 15:19 There came against the land Pul the king of Assyria; and Menahem gave Pul one thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand. 15:20 Menahem exacted the money of Israel, even of all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria turned back, and didn’t stay there in the land. 15:21 Now the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that he did, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel? 15:22 Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his place. 15:23 In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria for two years. 15:24 He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn’t depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. 15:25 Pekah the son of Remaliah, his captain, conspired against him, and struck him in Samaria, in the castle of the king’s house, with Argob and Arieh; and with him were fifty men of the Gileadites: and he killed him, and reigned in his place. 15:26 Now the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 15:27 In the two and fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pekah the son of Remaliah began to reign over Israel in Samaria for twenty years. 15:28 He did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh: he didn’t depart from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, with which he made Israel to sin. 15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath Pileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel Beth Maacah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali; and he carried them captive to Assyria. 15:30 Hoshea the son of Elah made a conspiracy against Pekah the son of Remaliah, and struck him, and killed him, and reigned in his place, in the twentieth year of Jotham the son of Uzziah. 15:31 Now the rest of the acts of Pekah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. 15:32 In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah king of Israel began Jotham the son of Uzziah king of Judah to reign. 15:33 He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign; and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem: and his mother’s name was Jerusha the daughter of Zadok. 15:34 He did that which was right in the eyes of Yahweh; he did according to all that his father Uzziah had done. 15:35 However the high places were not taken away: the people still sacrificed and burned incense in the high places. He built the upper gate of the house of Yahweh. 15:36 Now the rest of the acts of Jotham, and all that he did, aren’t they written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? 15:37 In those days Yahweh began to send against Judah Rezin the king of Syria, and Pekah the son of Remaliah. 15:38 Jotham slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David his father: and Ahaz his son reigned in his place.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 12:32 PM

Second Portion

Ezekiel 5


5:1 You, son of man, take a sharp sword; You shall take it as a barber’s razor to you, and shall cause it to pass on your head and on your beard: then take balances to weigh, and divide the hair. 5:2 A third part you shall burn in the fire in the midst of the city, when the days of the siege are fulfilled; and you shall take a third part, and strike with the sword around it; and a third part you shall scatter to the wind, and I will draw out a sword after them. 5:3 You shall take of it a few in number, and bind them in your skirts. 5:4 Of these again you shall take, and cast them into the midst of the fire, and burn them in the fire; from it shall a fire come forth into all the house of Israel. 5:5 Thus says the Lord Yahweh: This is Jerusalem; I have set her in the midst of the nations, and countries are around her. 5:6 She has rebelled against my ordinances in doing wickedness more than the nations, and against my statutes more than the countries that are around her; for they have rejected my ordinances, and as for my statutes, they have not walked in them. 5:7 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Because you are turbulent more than the nations that are around you, and have not walked in my statutes, neither have kept my ordinances, neither have done after the ordinances of the nations that are around you; 5:8 therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I, even I, am against you; and I will execute judgments in the midst of you in the sight of the nations. 5:9 I will do in you that which I have not done, and whereunto I will not do any more the like, because of all your abominations. 5:10 Therefore the fathers shall eat the sons in the midst of you, and the sons shall eat their fathers; and I will execute judgments on you; and the whole remnant of you will I scatter to all the winds. 5:11 Therefore, as I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely, because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things, and with all your abominations, therefore will I also diminish you; neither shall my eye spare, and I also will have no pity. 5:12 A third part of you shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of you; and a third part shall fall by the sword around you; and a third part I will scatter to all the winds, and will draw out a sword after them. 5:13 Thus shall my anger be accomplished, and I will cause my wrath toward them to rest, and I shall be comforted; and they shall know that I, Yahweh, have spoken in my zeal, when I have accomplished my wrath on them. 5:14 Moreover I will make you a desolation and a reproach among the nations that are around you, in the sight of all that pass by. 5:15 So it shall be a reproach and a taunt, an instruction and an astonishment, to the nations that are around you, when I shall execute judgments on you in anger and in wrath, and in wrathful rebukes; (I, Yahweh, have spoken it;) 5:16 when I shall send on them the evil arrows of famine, that are for destruction, which I will send to destroy you: and I will increase the famine on you, and will break your staff of bread; 5:17 and I will send on you famine and evil animals, and they shall bereave you; and pestilence and blood shall pass through you; and I will bring the sword on you: I, Yahweh, have spoken it.

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Posted 09 September 2007 - 12:35 PM

Third Portion

Luke 1


1:1 Since many have undertaken to set in order a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us, 1:2 even as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word delivered them to us, 1:3 it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write to you in order, most excellent Theophilus; 1:4 that you might know the certainty concerning the things in which you were instructed.

1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the priestly division of Abijah. He had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 1:6 They were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord. 1:7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they both were well advanced in years. 1:8 Now it happened, while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his division, 1:9 according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to enter into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 1:10 The whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense.

1:11 An angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 1:12 Zacharias was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 1:13 But the angel said to him, "Don't be afraid, Zacharias, because your request has been heard, and your wife, Elizabeth, will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John.. 1:14 You will have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth. 1:15 For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 1:16 He will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord, their God. 1:17 He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, 'to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children,' and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to prepare a people prepared for the Lord."

1:18 Zacharias said to the angel, "How can I be sure of this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."

1:19 The angel answered him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God. I was sent to speak to you, and to bring you this good news. 1:20 Behold, you will be silent and not able to speak, until the day that these things will happen, because you didn't believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their proper time."

1:21 The people were waiting for Zacharias, and they marveled that he delayed in the temple. 1:22 When he came out, he could not speak to them, and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple. He continued making signs to them, and remained mute. 1:23 It happened, when the days of his service were fulfilled, he departed to his house. 1:24 After these days Elizabeth, his wife, conceived, and she hid herself five months, saying, 1:25 "Thus has the Lord done to me in the days in which he looked at me, to take away my reproach among men."

1:26 Now in the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 1:27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 1:28 Having come in, the angel said to her, "Rejoice, you highly favored one! The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!"

1:29 But when she saw him, she was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered what kind of salutation this might be. 1:30 The angel said to her, "Don't be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 1:31 Behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a son, and will call his name 'Jesus.' 1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father, David, 1:33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever. There will be no end to his Kingdom."

1:34 Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, seeing I am a virgin?"

1:35 The angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore also the holy one who is born from you will be called the Son of God. 1:36 Behold, Elizabeth, your relative, also has conceived a son in her old age; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 1:37 For everything spoken by God is possible."

1:38 Mary said, "Behold, the handmaid of the Lord; be it to me according to your word."

The angel departed from her. 1:39 Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah, 1:40 and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 1:41 It happened, when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, that the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 1:42 She called out with a loud voice, and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 1:43 Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 1:44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came into my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy! 1:45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord!"

1:46 Mary said,

"My soul magnifies the Lord.
1:47 My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
1:48 for he has looked at the humble state of his handmaid.
For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.
1:49 For he who is mighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name.
1:50 His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him.
1:51 He has shown strength with his arm.
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
1:52 He has put down princes from their thrones.
And has exalted the lowly.
1:53 He has filled the hungry with good things.
He has sent the rich away empty.
1:54 He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy,
1:55 As he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and his seed forever."

1:56 Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house. 1:57 Now the time that Elizabeth should give birth was fulfilled, and she brought forth a son. 1:58 Her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had magnified his mercy towards her, and they rejoiced with her. 1:59 It happened on the eighth day, that they came to circumcise the child; and they would have called him Zacharias, after the name of the father. 1:60 His mother answered, "Not so; but he will be called John."

1:61 They said to her, "There is no one among your relatives who is called by this name." 1:62 They made signs to his father, what he would have him called.

1:63 He asked for a writing tablet, and wrote, "His name is John."

They all marveled. 1:64 His mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue freed, and he spoke, blessing God. 1:65 Fear came on all who lived around them, and all these sayings were talked about throughout all the hill country of Judea. 1:66 All who heard them laid them up in their heart, saying, "What then will this child be?" The hand of the Lord was with him. 1:67 His father, Zacharias, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and prophesied, saying,

1:68 "Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
for he has visited and worked redemption for his people;
1:69 and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David
1:70 (as he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets who have been from of old),
1:71 salvation from our enemies, and from the hand of all who hate us;
1:72 to show mercy towards our fathers,
to remember his holy covenant,
1:73 the oath which he spoke to Abraham, our father,
1:74 to grant to us that we, being delivered out of the hand of our enemies,
should serve him without fear,
1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.
1:76 And you, child, will be called a prophet of the Most High,
for you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways,
1:77 to give knowledge of salvation to his people by the remission of their sins,
1:78 because of the tender mercy of our God,
whereby the dawn from on high will visit us,
1:79 to shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death;
to guide our feet into the way of peace."

1:80 The child was growing, and becoming strong in spirit, and was in the desert until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

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Posted 09 September 2008 - 10:56 AM

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Posted 09 September 2009 - 11:04 AM

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Posted 06 March 2011 - 03:55 AM

09 September 2010

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NINTH

Today we begin reading the Gospel of Luke. A chain reaction of our thoughts was triggered off by the dramatic appearance of an angel to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. All the people were “praying without at the hour of incense” Presumably this was the ninth hour: we recall that Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour the hour of prayer [Acts 3:1] Dramatic things sometimes happen when people pray. As I type this it is 9 am – but it is also the 9th day of the month, a month which is the 9th month of the year. In this evil world we need times of prayer more than ever.

When Jesus was dying on the cross there was darkness over all the land until the 9th hour [Matthew 27:45] – and we realize that the 9th hour to the Jew in those days was 3 pm. We live in a world in which there has been spiritual darkness as to the meaning of life and the reality of God. At some point that darkness will be dramatically lifted, but then, those who have not seen the light will find it is too late – the door will be shut as the parable says.

Zachariah was blessed, but he was struck dumb and mute – he was told his prayer had been heard, but he did not really believe and until 9 months had passed and the babe was born did he get the ability to speak again. Then God used him as a witness that made all the people marvel. [Luke 1:65] and the event was talked about everywhere.

So this chapter is about the drama of God’s intervention in the normal course of events – and the affect it had - the greatest of which is the faith of Mary his mother and the wonderful words she uttered. We stand now at the eleventh hour, and the appeal to us is as when Jesus talks of “the eleventh hour” – let us respond to what he said [Matthew 20:6], for the Master is looking for those who are ready to put their hands to the plough in “the eleventh hour.”

In contrast there was no one willing to put work for God at the time Ezekiel was writing [Ezekiel 23]. The way people lived then was the same as more and more people are living now, giving themselves over to sexual perversions, although the language he uses had, as its main aim, the portrayal of the total spiritual idolatry of the people. It provides us with a very unsavoury read, just as so much available now is very unsavoury. Let us read God’s word more and more – and what a wonderful message Luke has for us for the rest of this month.
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Posted 09 September 2011 - 11:49 AM

09 September 2011

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Ezekiel 5
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"THAT WE SHOULD BE SAVED FROM OUR ENEMIES"

Today we started reading the gospel of Luke. This is the Gospel that starts with an account of the father of John the Baptist, a priest in the Temple, who is made deaf and dumb because he questioned the words of the angel Gabriel who appeared to him as he was ministering in the Temple.

It was only after John was born that he was able to speak again. At that time he was “filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied” [Luke 1:67] and said, among other things, that their newborn son “will go before the Lord to prepare his ways, to give knowledge of salvation … “ [Luke 1:76,77] This happened! But we then noted what else he said that hasn’t happened yet!

John repeated the words of the “prophets from of old, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us” [Luke 1:70,71] The reason why these words were not fulfilled then was because they rejected their Messiah. Today there is great hatred of the Jews, now that they are back in the land, more hatred it seems, than existed then!

Now notice the vision that the Holy Spirit gave to John’s father of the time when “we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness” [Luke 1:74,75] Again, words that await fulfilment – and only today is the scene in the Holy Land such that fulfilment seems imminent.

Finally, come to Luke’s 3rd chapter where we read that the preaching of John Baptist includes the following prophecy about the work of Jesus, “His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” [Luke 3:17]

The fulfilment of this also seems imminent! The world seems to be full of “chaff” – modern communication making this more evident – but this communication also makes the final ingathering possible [Matthew 22:10]. May all who read this be among the wheat.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 06:06 AM

09 September 2012

2 Kings 15
Ezekiel 5
Luke 1

“AT THE NINTH HOUR”

Today we begin reading the Gospel of Luke. A chain reaction of thoughts was triggered as we read of the dramatic appearance of an angel to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. All the people were “praying without at the hour of incense.” Presumably this was the ninth hour as we recall that Peter and John went up into the temple “at the ninth hour, the hour of prayer” [Acts 3:1; 10:3]. Wonderful things can happen when people pray as we experienced recently.

When Jesus was dying on the cross there was darkness over all the land until the 9th hour [Matthew 27:45]. We realize that the 9th hour is 3 pm on our clock.. We live in a world in which there has been spiritual darkness as to the meaning of life and the reality of God. At some point that darkness will be dramatically lifted, but then, those who have not seen and acted on the light in God’s word will find it is too late – the door will be shut as the parable says.

Zachariah was blessed, but he was struck dumb and mute – he was told his prayer had been heard, but he did not really believe; not until 9 months had passed and the babe was born did he receive the ability to speak again. Then God used him as a witness that made all the people marvel. [Luke 1:65] and the event was talked about everywhere.

So this chapter is about the drama of God’s intervention in the normal course of events – and the affect it had - a great part of this is the faith of Mary his mother and the wonderful words she uttered. Today, it is now well past the eleventh hour in the world’s time clock, and the appeal to us is the same as when Jesus talks of “the eleventh hour” – let us respond to what he said [Matthew 20:6], for the Master is looking for those who are ready to put their hands to the plough in “the eleventh hour.”

In contrast there was no one willing to put their hands to work for God at the time Ezekiel was writing [Ezekiel 5], as we read today. The way people lived then was the same as so many are living now, totally focussed on themselves. The language Ezekiel uses exposes the total spiritual barrenness of the people with their misuse of God’s magnificent Temple, today nearly all misuse or ignore his Word. God’s message is, “because you have defiled my sanctuary with all your detestable things, therefore I will cut you down. My eye will not spare, I will have no pity.” [Ezekiel 5:11]. A divine prophet today would have a very similar message. We must read God’s word more and more – and what meaningful lessons are in Luke’s Gospel for the rest of this month.
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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:18 AM

09 September 2013

2 Kings 15
Ezekiel 5
Luke 1

“THE NINTH HOUR”

Today we began reading the Gospel of Luke. A chain reaction in our thoughts was triggered by the dramatic appearance of an angel to Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist. All the people were “praying without at the hour of incense” Presumably this was the ninth hour: we recall that Peter and John went up into the temple at the ninth hour the hour of prayer [Acts 3:1] Dramatic things sometimes happen when people pray. As I type this it is 9 am – but it is also the 9th day of the month, a month which is the 9th month of the year. In this evil world we need times of prayer more than ever,

When Jesus was dying on the cross there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour when he died [Matthew 27:45] – and we realize that the 9th hour to the Jew was 3 pm. We live in a world in which there is now spiritual darkness as to the meaning of life and the reality of God. At some point that darkness will be dramatically lifted, but then, those who have not seen the light will find it is too late – the door will be shut as in the parable of Jesus [Matthew 25:10].

Zachariah was struck dumb and mute – he was told his prayer had been heard, but as he did not really believe it was not until 9 months had passed and the babe was born did he get the ability to speak again. Then God used him as a witness that made all the people marvel. [Luke 1:65] and the event was talked about everywhere.

So this chapter is about the drama of God’s intervention in the normal course of events – and the affect it had - the greatest of which is the faith of Mary the mother to be of Jesus and the wonderful words she uttered.

We are now living at the eleventh hour, and the appeal to us is as when Jesus talks of “the eleventh hour” – let us respond to what he said [Matthew 20:6], for our Master is looking for those who are ready to put their hands to the plough in “the eleventh hour.”

In contrast there was no one willing to give any thought towards God at the time Ezekiel was writing. We read today, God’s complaint, you: “have not walked in my statutes or obeyed my rule” [Ezekiel 5:7]. In contrast to Ezekiel what a wonderful message Luke has for us for the rest of this month: may we be inspired to obey.
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