Tue October 16, 2018

Daily Devotion

Daily Devotion - Oct16

 




Bible Portion

Jeremiah 1

1 The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests who were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin,

2 to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign.

3 It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, until the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month.

4 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

5 " Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations."

6 Then said I: " Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth."

7 But the LORD said to me: " Do not say, 'I am a youth,' For you shall go to all to whom I send you, And whatever I command you, you shall speak.

8 Do not be afraid of their faces, For I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD.

9 Then the LORD put forth His hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: " Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.

10 See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, To root out and to pull down, To destroy and to throw down, To build and to plant."

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, "Jeremiah, what do you see?" And I said, "I see a branch of an almond tree."

12 Then the LORD said to me, "You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word."

13 And the word of the LORD came to me the second time, saying, "What do you see?" And I said, "I see a boiling pot, and it is facing away from the north."

14 Then the LORD said to me: " Out of the north calamity shall break forth On all the inhabitants of the land.

15 For behold, I am calling All the families of the kingdoms of the north," says the LORD; " They shall come and each one set his throne At the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, Against all its walls all around, And against all the cities of Judah.

16 I will utter My judgments Against them concerning all their wickedness, Because they have forsaken Me, Burned incense to other gods, And worshiped the works of their own hands.

17 " Therefore prepare yourself and arise, And speak to them all that I command you. Do not be dismayed before their faces, Lest I dismay you before them.

18 For behold, I have made you this day A fortified city and an iron pillar, And bronze walls against the whole land --- Against the kings of Judah, Against its princes, Against its priests, And against the people of the land.

19 They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you," says the LORD, "to deliver you."

Jeremiah 2

1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,

2 "Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: " I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown.

3 Israel was holiness to the LORD, The firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; Disaster will come upon them," says the LORD.' "

4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel.

5 Thus says the LORD: " What injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters?

6 Neither did they say, 'Where is the LORD, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and pits, Through a land of drought and the shadow of death, Through a land that no one crossed And where no one dwelt?'

7 I brought you into a bountiful country, To eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination.

8 The priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.

9 " Therefore I will yet bring charges against you," says the LORD, " And against your children's children I will bring charges.

10 For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, Send to Kedar and consider diligently, And see if there has been such a thing.

11 Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.

12 Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horribly afraid; Be very desolate," says the LORD.

13 " For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns --- broken cisterns that can hold no water.

14 " Is Israel a servant? Is he a homeborn slave? Why is he plundered?

15 The young lions roared at him, and growled; They made his land waste; His cities are burned, without inhabitant.

16 Also the people of Noph and Tahpanhes Have broken the crown of your head.

17  Have you not brought this on yourself, In that you have forsaken the LORD your God When He led you in the way?

18  And now why take the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of Sihor? Or why take the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the River?

19  Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you," Says the Lord GOD of hosts.

20  " For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds; And you said, 'I will not transgress,' When on every high hill and under every green tree You lay down, playing the harlot.

21  Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?

22  For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me," says the Lord GOD.

23  " How can you say, 'I am not polluted, I have not gone after the Baals'? See your way in the valley; Know what you have done: You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,

24  A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.

25  Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'There is no hope. No! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go.'

26  " As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, So is the house of Israel ashamed; They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets,

27  Saying to a tree, 'You are my father,' And to a stone, 'You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble They will say, 'Arise and save us.'

28  But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.

29  " Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me," says the LORD.

30  " In vain I have chastened your children; They received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.

31  " O generation, see the word of the LORD! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, 'We are lords; We will come no more to You'?

32  Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.

33  " Why do you beautify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught The wicked women your ways.

34  Also on your skirts is found The blood of the lives of the poor innocents. I have not found it by secret search, But plainly on all these things.

35  Yet you say, 'Because I am innocent, Surely His anger shall turn from me.' Behold, I will plead My case against you, Because you say, 'I have not sinned.'

36  Why do you gad about so much to change your way? Also you shall be ashamed of Egypt as you were ashamed of Assyria.

37  Indeed you will go forth from him With your hands on your head; For the LORD has rejected your trusted allies, And you will not prosper by them.

Jeremiah 3

1 "They say, 'If a man divorces his wife, And she goes from him And becomes another man's, May he return to her again?' Would not that land be greatly polluted? But you have played the harlot with many lovers; Yet return to Me," says the LORD.

2  " Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see: Where have you not lain with men? By the road you have sat for them Like an Arabian in the wilderness; And you have polluted the land With your harlotries and your wickedness.

3  Therefore the showers have been withheld, And there has been no latter rain. You have had a harlot's forehead; You refuse to be ashamed.

4  Will you not from this time cry to Me,  ' My Father, You are the guide of my youth?

5  Will He remain angry forever? Will He keep it to the end?' Behold, you have spoken and done evil things, As you were able."

6 The LORD said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: "Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot.

7 And I said, after she had done all these things, 'Return to Me.' But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.

9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees.

10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense," says the LORD.

11 Then the LORD said to me, "Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.

12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ' Return, backsliding Israel,' says the LORD; ' I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,' says the LORD; ' I will not remain angry forever.

13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, That you have transgressed against the LORD your God, And have scattered your charms To alien deities under every green tree, And you have not obeyed My voice,' says the LORD.

14 "Return, O backsliding children," says the LORD; "for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.

15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.

16 "Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days," says the LORD, "that they will say no more, 'The ark of the covenant of the LORD.' It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.

17 "At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the LORD, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.

18 "In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.

19 "But I said: ' How can I put you among the children And give you a pleasant land, A beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations?' "And I said: ' You shall call Me, "My Father," And not turn away from Me.'

20  Surely, as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, So have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel," says the LORD.

21  A voice was heard on the desolate heights, Weeping and supplications of the children of Israel. For they have perverted their way; They have forgotten the LORD their God.

22  " Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings." " Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God.

23  Truly, in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, And from the multitude of mountains; Truly, in the LORD our God Is the salvation of Israel.

24  For shame has devoured The labor of our fathers from our youth --- Their flocks and their herds, Their sons and their daughters.

25  We lie down in our shame, And our reproach covers us. For we have sinned against the LORD our God, We and our fathers, From our youth even to this day, And have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God."

Jeremiah 4

1 "If you will return, O Israel," says the LORD, "Return to Me; And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, Then you shall not be moved.

2  And you shall swear, 'The LORD lives,' In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness; The nations shall bless themselves in Him, And in Him they shall glory."

3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: " Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.

4  Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, And take away the foreskins of your hearts, You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem, Lest My fury come forth like fire, And burn so that no one can quench it, Because of the evil of your doings."

5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say: " Blow the trumpet in the land; Cry, 'Gather together,' And say, 'Assemble yourselves, And let us go into the fortified cities.'

6  Set up the standard toward Zion. Take refuge! Do not delay! For I will bring disaster from the north, And great destruction."

7  The lion has come up from his thicket, And the destroyer of nations is on his way. He has gone forth from his place To make your land desolate. Your cities will be laid waste, Without inhabitant.

8  For this, clothe yourself with sackcloth, Lament and wail. For the fierce anger of the LORD Has not turned back from us.

9  " And it shall come to pass in that day," says the LORD, " That the heart of the king shall perish, And the heart of the princes; The priests shall be astonished, And the prophets shall wonder."

10  Then I said, "Ah, Lord GOD! Surely You have greatly deceived this people and Jerusalem, Saying, 'You shall have peace,' Whereas the sword reaches to the heart."

11  At that time it will be said To this people and to Jerusalem, " A dry wind of the desolate heights blows in the wilderness Toward the daughter of My people --- Not to fan or to cleanse ---

12  A wind too strong for these will come for Me; Now I will also speak judgment against them."

13  " Behold, he shall come up like clouds, And his chariots like a whirlwind. His horses are swifter than eagles. Woe to us, for we are plundered!"

14  O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, That you may be saved. How long shall your evil thoughts lodge within you?

15  For a voice declares from Dan And proclaims affliction from Mount Ephraim:

16  " Make mention to the nations, Yes, proclaim against Jerusalem, That watchers come from a far country And raise their voice against the cities of Judah.

17  Like keepers of a field they are against her all around, Because she has been rebellious against Me," says the LORD.

18  " Your ways and your doings Have procured these things for you. This is your wickedness, Because it is bitter, Because it reaches to your heart."

19  O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, Because you have heard, O my soul, The sound of the trumpet, The alarm of war.

20  Destruction upon destruction is cried, For the whole land is plundered. Suddenly my tents are plundered, And my curtains in a moment.

21  How long will I see the standard, And hear the sound of the trumpet?

22  " For My people are foolish, They have not known Me. They are silly children, And they have no understanding. They are wise to do evil, But to do good they have no knowledge."

23  I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void; And the heavens, they had no light.

24  I beheld the mountains, and indeed they trembled, And all the hills moved back and forth.

25  I beheld, and indeed there was no man, And all the birds of the heavens had fled.

26  I beheld, and indeed the fruitful land was a wilderness, And all its cities were broken down At the presence of the LORD, By His fierce anger.

27 For thus says the LORD: " The whole land shall be desolate; Yet I will not make a full end.

28  For this shall the earth mourn, And the heavens above be black, Because I have spoken. I have purposed and will not relent, Nor will I turn back from it.

29  The whole city shall flee from the noise of the horsemen and bowmen. They shall go into thickets and climb up on the rocks. Every city shall be forsaken, And not a man shall dwell in it.

30  " And when you are plundered, What will you do? Though you clothe yourself with crimson, Though you adorn yourself with ornaments of gold, Though you enlarge your eyes with paint, In vain you will make yourself fair; Your lovers will despise you; They will seek your life.

31  " For I have heard a voice as of a woman in labor, The anguish as of her who brings forth her first child, The voice of the daughter of Zion bewailing herself; She spreads her hands, saying, ' Woe is me now, for my soul is weary Because of murderers!'

Proverbs 30

1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, his utterance. This man declared to Ithiel --- to Ithiel and Ucal:

2 Surely I am more stupid than any man, And do not have the understanding of a man.

3 I neither learned wisdom Nor have knowledge of the Holy One.

4 Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son's name, If you know?

5 Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.

6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

7 Two things I request of You (Deprive me not before I die):

8 Remove falsehood and lies far from me; Give me neither poverty nor riches --- Feed me with the food allotted to me;

9 Lest I be full and deny You, And say, "Who is the LORD?" Or lest I be poor and steal, And profane the name of my God.

10 Do not malign a servant to his master, Lest he curse you, and you be found guilty.

11 There is a generation that curses its father, And does not bless its mother.

12 There is a generation that is pure in its own eyes, Yet is not washed from its filthiness.

13 There is a generation --- oh, how lofty are their eyes! And their eyelids are lifted up.

14 There is a generation whose teeth are like swords, And whose fangs are like knives, To devour the poor from off the earth, And the needy from among men.

15 The leech has two daughters --- Give and Give! There are three things that are never satisfied, Four never say, "Enough!":

16 The grave, The barren womb, The earth that is not satisfied with water --- And the fire never says, "Enough!"

17 The eye that mocks his father, And scorns obedience to his mother, The ravens of the valley will pick it out, And the young eagles will eat it.

18 There are three things which are too wonderful for me, Yes, four which I do not understand:

19 The way of an eagle in the air, The way of a serpent on a rock, The way of a ship in the midst of the sea, And the way of a man with a virgin.

20 This is the way of an adulterous woman: She eats and wipes her mouth, And says, "I have done no wickedness."

21 For three things the earth is perturbed, Yes, for four it cannot bear up:

22 For a servant when he reigns, A fool when he is filled with food,

23 A hateful woman when she is married, And a maidservant who succeeds her mistress.

24 There are four things which are little on the earth, But they are exceedingly wise:

25 The ants are a people not strong, Yet they prepare their food in the summer;

26 The rock badgers are a feeble folk, Yet they make their homes in the crags;

27 The locusts have no king, Yet they all advance in ranks;

28 The spider skillfully grasps with its hands, And it is in kings' palaces.

29 There are three things which are majestic in pace, Yes, four which are stately in walk:

30 A lion, which is mighty among beasts And does not turn away from any;

31 A greyhound, A male goat also, And a king whose troops are with him.

32 If you have been foolish in exalting yourself, Or if you have devised evil, put your hand on your mouth.

33 For as the churning of milk produces butter, And wringing the nose produces blood, So the forcing of wrath produces strife.

Meditation

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” (Isa.12:3)

Yes. Will not they be happy, when those who thirst find wells and draw water? The Lord opened the eyes of Hagar when Ishmael was about to die due to thirsty in the wilderness.  She saw a well of water, went and filled a skin with water and gave the lad a drink. When she found the well, with how much joy she would have drawn water from it. The water of that well gave life to the lad. The living water Jesus alone is the well of salvation to us. With joy, let us draw the salvation that He gives.

The Lord gave water to the Israelites by asking Moses to smite the rock (Num.21:16). He said, “Gather the people together, and I will give them water,” and asked them to dig up a well. When the leaders, the nation’s nobles, the lawgiver with their staves dug the well with one mind, the well sprang up. They drew from the dug wells with joy. They sang happily. It was true that David desired the water of the well at the gate of Bethlehem. But when three mighty men went in jeopardy of their lives and gave the water in his hand, he poured it out to the Lord and got a name of digging a well that was poured out (II Sam.23:15-17). Moreover, do we know that there is an Open Fountain for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness? Today, let us accept the salvation of Jesus, Who opened and gave His body as an open fountain. With joy, let us draw water from the wells of salvation. Amen.

Prayer: Oh, Our Living Water and Living Fountain! Quench my thirst with the living water and give me joy. Bless me. Amen!