Daily Archives: January 25, 2020

January—25 The Poor Man’s Evening Portion

As the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons.—Song 2:3.

My soul! if the Church found so much blessedness in making comparisons between her Lord and any of the beautiful objects of nature around her, see if thou canst raise a subject for thy meditation, this evening, from the statement she hath made in this lovely verse. Why should not Jesus be in thy view as in hers? Doth he not infinitely transcend all sons, of whatever descriptions or character, that can be found? Angels, no doubt, by creation may be called “the sons of God;” and when God had finished the works of his hands, we are told that “the morning-stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” But Jesus as far excels all angels of light as the apple-tree the trees of the wood: for “he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.” Neither did God at any time say unto the angels, “Sit thou on my right hand until I make thine enemies thy footstool.” But to our Jesus he said, “Thy throne, O God! is for ever and ever, a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.” And to show at once the infinite superiority of the Lord Jesus, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, “And let all the angels of God worship him.” Therefore if by sons it could be supposed that angels are meant, well might the Church declare Jesus her beloved to be above them. And if by sons the sons of men be meant, what is the whole Church of saints compared to Jesus? Though the Church, by the comeliness her Lord hath put upon her, shines like a beautiful constellation among the heavenly bodies, yet all her glory and lustre is derived from Jesus, the Sun of righteousness. Pause, my soul, over this view of thy Lord. And when thou hast feasted thyself with the sweet subject, go on, and mark some of the many beauties contained in this comparison between the apple-tree and the trees of the wood. In our cold country, the apple-tree, in its best appearance, affords but a poor resemblance to what naturalists relate of the pome-citron, as it is called, of the warm Eastern climates. It is said of the apple-tree of those countries, that it is a lofty, majestic, stately tree, abundantly fruitful, and yielding both shade and fruit to the traveller. Some assert that it continues bearing fruit the whole year, and is never without blossom. If so, without going farther, we may discover enough to understand the beautiful allusion the Church hath made of it, in this verse, to her Lord. Jesus is all this, and infinitely more. He is indeed the Tree of Life, in the midst of the Paradise of God. And he bears fruit every month, and the leaves of this tree are for the healing of the nations. Precious Jesus! thou art the fairest and the chiefest among ten thousand! Be thou to me, Lord, as the fruitful bough which the dying patriarch blessed by the well, whose branches ran over the wall. And, oh! do thou give strength to my poor, feeble faith, to gather all the rich fruits of thy righteousness for the healing of my soul, that I may daily sit down under thy shadow with great delight, and thy fruit be sweet to my taste![1]

 

[1] Hawker, R. (1845). The Poor Man’s Evening Portion (A New Edition, pp. 29–30). Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle.

January 25 Streams in the Desert

Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” (Psa. 23:4.)

AT my father’s house in the country there is a little closet in the chimney corner where are kept the canes and walking-sticks of several generations of our family. In my visits to the old house, when my father and I are going out for a walk, we often go to the cane closet, and pick out our sticks to suit the fancy of the occasion. In this I have frequently been reminded that the Word of God is a staff.

During the war, when the season of discouragement and impending danger was upon us, the verse, “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord,” was a staff to walk with many dark days.

When death took away our child and left us almost heartbroken, I found another staff in the promise that “weeping may endure for the night, but joy cometh in the morning.”

When in impaired health, I was exiled for a year, not knowing whether I should be permitted to return to my home and work again, I took with me this staff which never failed, “He knoweth the thoughts that he thinketh toward me, thoughts of peace and not of evil.”

In times of special danger or doubt, when human judgment has seemed to be set at naught, I have found it easy to go forward with this staff, “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” And in emergencies, when there has seemed to be no adequate time for deliberation or for action, I have never found that this staff has failed me, “He that believeth shall not make haste.”—Benjamin Vaughan Abbott, in The Outlook.

“I had never known,” said Martin Luther’s wife, “what such and such things meant, in such and such psalms, such complaints and workings of spirit; I had never understood the practice of Christian duties, had not God brought me under some affliction.” It is very true that God’s rod is as the schoolmaster’s pointer to the child, pointing out the letter, that he may the better take notice of it; thus He pointeth out to us many good lessons which we should never otherwise have learned.—Selected.

“God always sends His staff with His rod.”

Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be.” (Deut. 33:25.)

Each of us may be sure that if God sends us on stony paths He will provide us with strong shoes, and He will not send us out on any journey for which He does not equip us well.

Maclaren[1]

 

[1] Cowman, L. B. (1925). Streams in the Desert (pp. 28–29). Los Angeles, CA: The Oriental Missionary Society.

January 25th The D. L. Moody Year Book

O Lord, open Thou my lips; and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise!—Psalm 51:15.

IT is a very sad thing that so many of God’s children are dumb; yet it is true. Parents would think it a great calamity to have their children born dumb; they would mourn over it, and weep, and well they might; but did you ever think of the many dumb children God has? The churches are full of them. They can talk about politics, art, and science; they can speak well enough and fast enough about the fashions of the day; but they have no voice for the Son of God.

Dear friend, if Christ is your Saviour, confess Him. Every follower of Jesus should bear testimony for Him. How many opportunities each one has in society and in business to speak a word for Him! How many opportunities occur daily wherein every Christian might be “instant in season and out of season” in pleading for Jesus! In so doing we receive blessing for ourselves, and also become a means of blessing to others.[1]

 

[1] Moody, D. L. (1900). The D. L. Moody Year Book: A Living Daily Message from the Words of D. L. Moody. (E. M. Fitt, Ed.) (pp. 22–23). East Northfield, MA: The Bookstore.

25 Jan 2020 – Rapture Ready News

Amir Peretz slams Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century
Labor-Meretz chairman Amir Peretz was a guest at a cultural event in Hadera on Saturday and attacked US President Donald Trump’s peace plan known as the “Deal of the Century.” “Our position is that negotiations should be conducted on the basis of a two-state solution for two peoples, with the principle of land swaps. We oppose any unilateral move,” Peretz said.

Analysis: The Pentagon has a credibility problem, and it’s only getting worse
Americans breathed a collective sigh of relief when, the morning after Iran’s Jan. 8 ballistic missile attack on Al Asad air base in Iraq, Defense Department leaders said there were “no casualties.” That initial assessment hasn’t held up, and neither have the department’s varying statements on the matter since then.

At March for Life, Trump gets an enthusiastic reception
President Donald Trump, seeking to court evangelical voters, addressed thousands of activists gathered Friday on the National Mall for the nation’s largest annual anti-abortion rally. Trump, who this week revealed his “Pro-Life Voices for Trump” coalition for his 2020 reelection campaign, has strong ties to the anti-abortion community and is the first president to speak onstage at the event.

‘This time I’m scared’: experts fear too late for China virus lockdown
China’s bid to contain a deadly new virus by placing cities of millions under quarantine is an unprecedented undertaking but it is unlikely to stop the disease spreading, experts warn. The contagious virus has already reached elsewhere in China and abroad, and even an authoritarian government has only a small timeframe in which trapped residents will submit to such a lockdown, they say.

Pence to Pope Francis: ‘You have made me a hero’
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, a former Catholic, held an unusually long meeting with Pope Francis on Friday and quipped that he emerged from the encounter feeling like “a hero”. Pence’s talks with Francis in the papal library lasted about an hour, twice as long as the meeting between the pope and U.S. President Donald Trump in the same frescoed room in May 2017.

Turkey earthquake: At least 22 dead as buildings collapse
At least 22 people have been killed and more than 1,000 injured in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey. The magnitude-6.8 quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and sent residents rushing into the street. Thirty-nine people have been pulled from the wreckage, with more than 20 feared to remain trapped, rescuers say.

Huge rally as Iraqis demand US troops pull out
Huge crowds have taken to the streets of Iraq’s capital, Baghdad, to demand that US forces leave Iraq. Powerful Iraqi Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr earlier called for a million people to join Friday’s march, close to the US embassy in the capital. Iranian-backed militias were among those protesting in the city.

Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law
Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU. Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is passed. EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to implement the new reforms, but the UK will have left the EU by then.

Cut meat and dairy intake ‘by a fifth’, report urges
People should cut the amount of beef, lamb and dairy produce they eat by a fifth to combat climate change, a report says. It says public bodies should lead the way by offering plant-based options with all meals. But it says if people don’t cut consumption willingly, taxes on meat and dairy might be needed.

Russia to Install ‘Spiritual’ Domestic Apps – Vedomosti
Russian authorities will give priority to “spiritual values” when deciding which Russian-made apps should come pre-installed under a controversial law banning smartphone sales without domestic software, the Vedomosti newspaper reported Thursday. From July 1, smartphones will be required to go on sale with pre-installed apps approved by the Russian government.

Source: 25 Jan 2020