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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:08 AM

First Portion

Exodus 17; 18


17:1 All the congregation of the children of Israel traveled from the wilderness of Sin, by their journeys, according to Yahweh's commandment, and encamped in Rephidim; but there was no water for the people to drink. 17:2 Therefore the people quarreled with Moses, and said, "Give us water to drink."

Moses said to them, "Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Yahweh?"

17:3 The people were thirsty for water there; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?"

17:4 Moses cried to Yahweh, saying, "What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me."

17:5 Yahweh said to Moses, "Walk on before the people, and take the elders of Israel with you, and take the rod in your hand with which you struck the Nile, and go. 17:6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb. You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 17:7 He called the name of the place Massah, and Meribah, because the children of Israel quarreled, and because they tested Yahweh, saying, "Is Yahweh among us, or not?"

17:8 Then Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. 17:9 Moses said to Joshua, "Choose men for us, and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with God's rod in my hand." 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had told him, and fought with Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 17:11 It happened, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 17:12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side. His hands were steady until sunset. 17:13 Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 17:14 Yahweh said to Moses, "Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the sky." 17:15 Moses built an altar, and called its name Yahweh our Banner. 17:16 He said, "Yah has sworn: 'Yahweh will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.'"

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:09 AM

18:1 Now Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’ father-in-law, heard of all that God had done for Moses, and for Israel his people, how that Yahweh had brought Israel out of Egypt. 18:2 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, received Zipporah, Moses’ wife, after he had sent her away, 18:3 and her two sons. The name of one son was Gershom, for Moses said, “I have lived as a foreigner in a foreign land”. 18:4 The name of the other was Eliezer, for he said, “My father’s God was my help and delivered me from Pharaoh’s sword.” 18:5 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped, at the Mountain of God. 18:6 He said to Moses, “I, your father-in-law Jethro, have come to you with your wife, and her two sons with her.”

18:7 Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and bowed and kissed him. They asked each other of their welfare, and they came into the tent. 18:8 Moses told his father-in-law all that Yahweh had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, all the hardships that had come on them on the way, and how Yahweh delivered them. 18:9 Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which Yahweh had done to Israel, in that he had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 18:10 Jethro said, “Blessed be Yahweh, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of Pharaoh; who has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 18:11 Now I know that Yahweh is greater than all gods because of the thing in which they dealt arrogantly against them.” 18:12 Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, took a burnt offering and sacrifices for God. Aaron came with all of the elders of Israel, to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God.

18:13 It happened on the next day, that Moses sat to judge the people, and the people stood around Moses from the morning to the evening. 18:14 When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did to the people, he said, “What is this thing that you do for the people? Why do you sit alone, and all the people stand around you from morning to evening?”

18:15 Moses said to his father-in-law, “Because the people come to me to inquire of God. 18:16 When they have a matter, they come to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, and I make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.” 18:17 Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. 18:18 You will surely wear away, both you, and this people that is with you; for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to perform it yourself alone. 18:19 Listen now to my voice. I will give you counsel, and God be with you. You represent the people before God, and bring the causes to God. 18:20 You shall teach them the statutes and the laws, and shall show them the way in which they must walk, and the work that they must do. 18:21 Moreover you shall provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God: men of truth, hating unjust gain; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 18:22 Let them judge the people at all times. It shall be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they shall judge themselves. So shall it be easier for you, and they shall share the load with you. 18:23 If you will do this thing, and God commands you so, then you will be able to endure, and all of these people also will go to their place in peace.”

18:24 So Moses listened to the voice of his father-in-law, and did all that he had said. 18:25 Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens. 18:26 They judged the people at all times. They brought the hard causes to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 18:27 Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went his way into his own land.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:10 AM

Second Portion

Psalms 72


By Solomon.

72:1 God, give the king your justice;
your righteousness to the royal son.
72:2 He will judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice.
72:3 The mountains shall bring prosperity to the people.
The hills bring the fruit of righteousness.
72:4 He will judge the poor of the people.
He will save the children of the needy,
and will break the oppressor in pieces.
72:5 They shall fear you while the sun endures;
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
72:6 He will come down like rain on the mown grass,
as showers that water the earth.
72:7 In his days, the righteous shall flourish,
and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more.
72:8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea,
from the River to the ends of the earth.
72:9 Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him.
His enemies shall lick the dust.
72:10 The kings of Tarshish and of the islands will bring tribute.
The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
72:11 Yes, all kings shall fall down before him.
All nations shall serve him.
72:12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries;
the poor, who has no helper.
72:13 He will have pity on the poor and needy.
He will save the souls of the needy.
72:14 He will redeem their soul from oppression and violence.
Their blood will be precious in his sight.
72:15 They shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba.
Men shall pray for him continually.
They shall bless him all day long.
72:16 Abundance of grain shall be throughout the land.
Its fruit sways like Lebanon.
Let it flourish, thriving like the grass of the field.
72:17 His name endures forever.
His name continues as long as the sun.
Men shall be blessed by him.
All nations will call him blessed.
72:18 Praise be to Yahweh God, the God of Israel,
who alone does marvelous deeds.
72:19 Blessed be his glorious name forever!
Let the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and amen.
72:20 This ends the prayers by David, the son of Jesse.

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Posted 09 February 2008 - 11:12 AM

Third Portion

Mark 5


5:1 They came to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 5:2 When he had come out of the boat, immediately a man with an unclean spirit met him out of the tombs. 5:3 He lived in the tombs. Nobody could bind him any more, not even with chains, 5:4 because he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been torn apart by him, and the fetters broken in pieces. Nobody had the strength to tame him. 5:5 Always, night and day, in the tombs and in the mountains, he was crying out, and cutting himself with stones. 5:6 When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and bowed down to him, 5:7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, "What have I to do with you, Jesus, you Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, don't torment me." 5:8 For he said to him, "Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!"

5:9 He asked him, "What is your name?"

He said to him, "My name is Legion, for we are many." 5:10 He begged him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 5:11 Now on the mountainside there was a great herd of pigs feeding. 5:12 All the demons begged him, saying, "Send us into the pigs, that we may enter into them."

5:13 At once Jesus gave them permission. The unclean spirits came out and entered into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and they were drowned in the sea. 5:14 Those who fed them fled, and told it in the city and in the country.

The people came to see what it was that had happened. 5:15 They came to Jesus, and saw him who had been possessed by demons sitting, clothed, and in his right mind, even him who had the legion; and they were afraid. 5:16 Those who saw it declared to them how it happened to him who was possessed by demons, and about the pigs. 5:17 They began to beg him to depart from their region.

5:18 As he was entering into the boat, he who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. 5:19 He didn't allow him, but said to him, "Go to your house, to your friends, and tell them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how he had mercy on you."

5:20 He went his way, and began to proclaim in Decapolis how Jesus had done great things for him, and everyone marveled.

5:21 When Jesus had crossed back over in the boat to the other side, a great multitude was gathered to him; and he was by the sea. 5:22 Behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, came; and seeing him, he fell at his feet, 5:23 and begged him much, saying, "My little daughter is at the point of death. Please come and lay your hands on her, that she may be made healthy, and live."

5:24 He went with him, and a great multitude followed him, and they pressed upon him on all sides. 5:25 A certain woman, who had an issue of blood for twelve years, 5:26 and had suffered many things by many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better, but rather grew worse, 5:27 having heard the things concerning Jesus, came up behind him in the crowd, and touched his clothes. 5:28 For she said, "If I just touch his clothes, I will be made well." 5:29 Immediately the flow of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.

5:30 Immediately Jesus, perceiving in himself that the power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd, and asked, "Who touched my clothes?"

5:31 His disciples said to him, "You see the multitude pressing against you, and you say, 'Who touched me?'"

5:32 He looked around to see her who had done this thing. 5:33 But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had been done to her, came and fell down before him, and told him all the truth.

5:34 He said to her, "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be cured of your disease."

5:35 While he was still speaking, people came from the synagogue ruler's house saying, "Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher any more?"

5:36 But Jesus, when he heard the message spoken, immediately said to the ruler of the synagogue, "Don't be afraid, only believe." 5:37 He allowed no one to follow him, except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.. 5:38 He came to the synagogue ruler's house, and he saw an uproar, weeping, and great wailing. 5:39 When he had entered in, he said to them, "Why do you make an uproar and weep? The child is not dead, but is asleep."

5:40 They ridiculed him. But he, having put them all out, took the father of the child, her mother, and those who were with him, and went in where the child was lying. 5:41 Taking the child by the hand, he said to her, "Talitha cumi!" which means, being interpreted, "Girl, I tell you, get up!" 5:42 Immediately the girl rose up and walked, for she was twelve years old. They were amazed with great amazement. 5:43 He strictly ordered them that no one should know this, and commanded that something should be given to her to eat.

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Posted 09 February 2009 - 11:07 AM

09 February 2009

Exodus 17; 18
Psalms 72
Mark 5


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Posted 09 February 2010 - 09:06 AM

09 February 2010

Exodus 17; 18
Psalms 72
Mark 5

PRAYERS OF DAVID

The Psalms are divided into 5 books, and today we complete the second, today's Psalm [Psalm 72] ending with the words, "the prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended." There are more Psalms attributed to David later on. The Psalms (the Hymn Book of Israel) are not compiled in the order they were written and at the head of today's Psalm it says "of (or for) Solomon"

We believe David wrote this near the end of his life, probably his last Psalm, as Solomon was ascending the throne. But David, under inspiration, is really writing of his greater son's reign, that of Jesus. This Psalm is an incredible picture of the Kingdom of God on earth when Jesus reigns. As we read it we cannot help but contrast it with the kingdoms of men as they are now!

Whenever we listen to the news, it is largely an account of trouble and strife. In contrast David's prayer for his son is – "May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice … may he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy… in his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound … may he have dominion from sea to sea … to the ends of the earth … may all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him. May his name endure forever … all nations call him blessed … may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen" [Psalm 72:2,4,7,8,17,19]

May David's prayer be our prayer today – and when we say "AMEN" let us say it with fervent conviction and desire.
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Posted 07 March 2011 - 03:36 PM

09 February 2011

Exodus 17; 18
Psalms 72
Mark 5

PSALM 72

This is one of the best known Psalms of David; at the end it states, “The prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended.” It completes the 2nd book (or collection) of Psalms, Israel’s wonderful hymn book. The superscription at the beginning says, ‘OF SOLOMON’ – it was initially David’s thoughts and prayer for Solomon’s successful reign, but God’s inspiration took his prayer beyond this to the reign of his ‘greater son’ the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Psalm begins with, “Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!” [Psalms 72:1-2] This is what Solomon was motivated to ask God for when given the choice! His father’s prayer may well have influenced him.

But David’s vision expands and knows no limits, “In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound until the moon is no more! May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! … May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” [Psalms 72:7,8,11]

When the Lord Jesus sends his final message to his followers in the book of Revelation he conveys to them the same vision – that in the time to come when “the wrath of God is finished” and ungodliness eliminated - then “they will sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying … just and true are your ways, O King of the nations … for you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.’” [Revelation 15:1,3,4]

Notice the reference to the “song of Moses” which we read 2 days ago. Look at the final words of that song. “… till the people pass by whom you have purchased. You will bring them in and plant them … The LORD will reign for ever and ever.” [Exodus 15:17,18] God’s word presents a united message from beginning to end, a wonderful golden thread of the Divine purpose. The Lord Jesus purchased with his own blood those who have the spirit and vision we have seen in the writings of David. Let us make that our spirit and vision.
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Posted 09 February 2012 - 06:35 AM

09 February 2012

Exodus 17; 18
Psalms 72
Mark 5


"MAY ... HIS FAME CONTINUE AS LONG AS THE SUN"

Today we read one of the best known Psalms – Psalm 72. The introduction states, ‘OF SOLOMON’ but the last verse tells us, “The prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended.” We therefore conclude David began it as a Psalm for Solomon for the success, through the providence of God, of his coming reign. However, as he progressed in writing the Psalm David becomes inspired to see beyond the mortal reign of Solomon and his grandeur – to that of his greater son.


The Psalm starts, “Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice … May he defend the cause of the poor … and give deliverance to the children of the needy …” [Psalm 72:1,2,4] David’s vision then opens out to encompass the work of his greater son of which he was aware through God’s message to him through the prophet Nathan, that God will “establish the throne of his kingdom for ever … your kingdom shall be made sure forever before me.” [2 Samuel 7:13,16]

Of this Son he writes, “May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.” [Psalm 72:8]. In Psalm 72:10 we noted, “may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts.” The Queen of Sheba did bring gifts to Solomon [1 Kings 10:1-13] but Jesus said, “something greater than Solomon is here” [Luke 11:31]

The Psalm reaches its climax with a far reaching vision, “May his name endure for ever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed! Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever, may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!” [Psalm 72:17-19]


Oh the wonder of that time! At the moment “the whole earth” is experiencing more and more uncertainties and troubles as man tries to do all for the glory of man! We notice that tomorrow’s Psalm commences, “Truly God is good … to those who are pure in heart.” Those who follow Jesus with all their heart will be there.
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Posted 09 February 2013 - 02:52 AM

09 February 2013

Exodus 17; 18
Psalms 72
Mark 5

THE PRAYERS OF DAVID

The Psalms are divided into 5 books, and today we complete the second, today’s Psalm [Psalm 72] ending with the words, “the prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended.” There are more Psalms attributed to David later on. The Psalms (the Hymn Book of Israel) are not compiled in the order they were written and at the head of today’s Psalm it says “of (or for) Solomon”

It is probable that David wrote this near the end of his life, probably his last Psalm, as Solomon was ascending the throne. But David, under inspiration, very quickly extends his vision to that of his greater son’s reign, that of Jesus. This Psalm is an incredible picture of the Kingdom of God on earth when Jesus reigns. As we read it we cannot help but contrast it with the kingdoms of men as they are now! As man grows more godless the contrast is becoming more extreme.

Whenever we listen to the news., it is largely an account of trouble and strife – and also moves to pass more laws that contravene God’s laws allowing for behaviour that God has decreed to be evil. In contrast David’s prayer for his son is – “May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice” [Psalm 72:2]

May our prayers to God be, in taking words from this Psalm “… may he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy… in his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound … may he have dominion from sea to sea … to the ends of the earth … may all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him. May his name endure forever … all nations call him blessed … may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen” [Psalm 72:2,4,7,8,17,19]

When we say “AMEN” let us say it with fervent conviction and desire.
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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:44 AM

09 February 2014

Exodus 17; 18
Psalms 72
Mark 5

"THE LORD WILL REIGN FOR EVER AND EVER"

This is one of the best known Psalms of David; at the end it states, “The prayers of David, the son of Jesse are ended.” It completes the 2nd book (or collection) of Psalms, Israel’s wonderful hymn book. The superscription at the beginning says, ‘OF SOLOMON’ ­ it was initially David’s thoughts and prayer for Solomon’s successful reign, but God’s inspiration took his prayer beyond this to the reign of his ‘greater son’ the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Psalm begins with, “Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!” [Psalms 72:1-2] This is what Solomon was motivated to ask God for when given the choice! His father’s prayer may well have influenced him.

But David’s vision expands and knows no limits, “In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound until the moon is no more! May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! … May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!” [Psalms 72:7,8,11]

When the Lord Jesus sends his final message to his followers in the book of Revelation he conveys to them the same vision ­ that in the time to come when “the wrath of God is finished” and ungodliness eliminated - then “they will sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying … just and true are your ways, O King of the nations … for you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.’” [Revelation 15:1,3,4]

Notice the reference to the “song of Moses” which we read 2 days ago. Look at the final words of that song. “… till the people pass by whom you have purchased. You will bring them in and plant them … The LORD will reign for ever and ever.” [Exodus 15:17,18] God’s word presents a united message from beginning to end, a wonderful golden thread of the Divine purpose. The Lord Jesus purchased with his own blood those who have the spirit and vision we have seen in the writings of David. Let us make that our spirit and vision.
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