Psalm of the Day: Psalm 119:145-152 Wisdom of the Day: Job 42:7-9 Scripture Reading: Luke 10:1-7 The first point in our Lord's charge to the seventy disciples is the importance of prayer. This is the leading thought with which our Lord opens His address. Before He tells His ambassadors what to do, He first bids them to pray, "Pray to the the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into his harvest." Prayer is one of the best and most powerful means of helping f
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 119:89-96 Wisdom of the Day: Job 39:1-15 Scripture Reading: Luke 9:46-50 In the second place, our Lord Jesus Christ gives us a warning against harsh in spirit. As in the preceding verses, the occasion of the warning is supplied by the conduct of His own disciples. We read that John said to Him, "Master, we saw one casting out devils in your name and we forbade him, because he does not follow with us." Who this man was, and why he did not associate with
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 119:41-48 Wisdom of the Day: Job 35:1-16 Scripture Reading: Luke 9:28-36 This passage shows us that the Old Testament saints in glory take a deep interest in Christ's atoning death. We are told that when Moses and Elijah appeared in glory with our Lord on the Mount of Transfiguration, they "talked with Him." And what was the subject of their conversation? We do not have to make conjectures and guesses about this. Luke tells us, "they spoke of His depar
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 118:1-15 Wisdom of the Day: Job 31:14-30 Scripture Reading: Luke 9:18-22 Let us notice the singular knowledge and faith displayed by the Apostle Peter. We read, that when our Lord said to His disciples, "Whom do you say that I am? Peter answered, "The Christ!" This was a noble confession we can hardly realize the full value. To estimate it aright we should place ourselves in the position of our Lord's disciples. We should call to mind that the great, a
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 111:1-10 Wisdom of the Day: Job 31:1-13 Scripture Reading: Luke 9:1-6 Let us observe that our Lord prepares His disciples to meet with unbelief and impenitence in those to whom they preached. He speaks of those "who will not receive them" as a class which they must expect to see. He tells them how to behave, when not received as if it was a state of things to which they must make up their mind. All Christians would do well to read carefully this portio
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 107:1-15 Wisdom of the Day: Job 26:1-14 Scripture Reading: Luke 8:41-48 Let us see how much our Lord desires that those who have received benefit from Him, should confess Him before men. We are told that He did not allow this woman to retire from the crowd unnoticed. He inquired "who had touched Him." He inquired again, until the woman came forward and "declared" her case before all the people. And then came the gracious words, "Daughter, be of good co
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 104:18-35 Wisdom of the Day: Job 22:16-30 Scripture Reading: Luke 8:22-25 We see what fears and anxiety may assault the hearts of true disciples of Christ. We read, that "when a storm of wind came down on the lake," and the boat in which our Lord was sailing was filled with water, and in jeopardy, His companions were greatly alarmed. "They came to Him and awoke Him, saying: Master, Master, we are going to perish!"They forgot, for a moment, their Master
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 93 Wisdom of the Day: Job 15:1-17 Scripture Reading: Luke 7:36-50 Forgiveness, must go before sanctification. We shall do nothing until we are reconciled to God. This is the first step in religion. We must work from life and not for life. Our best works before we are justified, are little better than splendid sins. We must live by faith in the Son of God, and then, and not until then, we shall walk in His ways. The heart which has experienced the pardo
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 89:11-21 Wisdom of the Day: Job 11:11-20 Scripture Reading: Luke 7:24-30 We read that "The Pharisees and Scribes rejected the counsel of God against themselves." The meaning of these words appears to be simply this: they rejected God's offer of salvation. They refused to avail themselves of the door of repentance which was offered to them by John the Baptist's preaching. In short, they fulfilled to the very letter the words of Solomon, "You have reject
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 83:1-18 Wisdom of the Day: Job 8:12-22 Scripture Reading: Luke 7:11-17 We also learn the almighty POWER of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can ask no proof of this more striking, than the miracle which we are now considering. He gives life back to a dead man, with a few words. He speaks to a cold corpse and at once it becomes a living person. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, the heart, the lungs, the brain, the senses, again resume their work and dis
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 78:31-45 Wisdom of the Day: Job 5:1-16 Scripture Reading: Luke 6:46-49 Let us see in these verses what a striking picture our Lord draws of the religion of the man who not only hears Christ's sayings, but DOES Christ's will. He compares him to one who "built a house, and dug deep, and laid the foundation on a rock." Such a man's religion may cost him much. Like the house built on a rock, it may entail on him pains, labor, and self-denial. To lay aside
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 74:1-12 Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 Scripture Reading: Luke 6:27-38 In the third place, our Lord points out to His disciples the necessity of their having a HIGHER STANDARD OF DUTY to their neighbor than the people of this world. He reminds them that to love those who love them, and do good to those who do good to them, and lend to those of whom they hope to receive is to act no better than the sinner who knows nothing of the Gospel. The Ch
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 69:17-36 Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 7:16-29 Scripture Reading: Luke 6:12-19 Let us observe that when our Lord ordained His first ministers, He did it after much prayer. We read that He "went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. When morning came, He called His disciples unto Him, and He chose twelve of them, whom He named apostles." We need not doubt that there is a deep significance in this special mention of our
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 63 Wisdom of the Day: Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 Scripture Reading: Luke 5:33-39 We should observe in these verses that men may disagree on the lesser points of religion, while they agree on its weightier matters. We have this brought out in the alleged difference between the disciples of John the Baptist, and the disciples of Christ. The question was put to our Lord, "John's disciples often fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but why do
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 56 Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 31:10-31 Scripture Reading: Luke 5:17-26 The friends of a paralyzed man desired to bring him to Jesus, that he might be cured. At first they were unable to do it because of the crowd by which our Lord was surrounded. What did they do? "When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd right in front of Jesus!"
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 49 Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 28:1-14 Scripture Reading: Luke 5:1-11 We should observe what encouragement our Lord gives to unquestioning obedience. We are told, that after preaching He said to Simon, "launch out into the deep and let down the nets for a catch." He receives an answer which shows the mind of a good servant. "Master," says Simon, "we have toiled all the night and have caught nothing, nevertheless, at your word I will let down the net."
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 42 Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 24:23-34 Scripture Reading: Luke 4:23-32 We learn how bitterly human nature dislikes the doctrine of the sovereignty of God. We see this in the conduct of the Jews of Nazareth when our Lord reminded them that God was under no obligation to work miracles among them.
Were there not many widows in Israel in the days of Elijah? No doubt there were. Yet to none of them was the prophet sent. All were passed over in favor of
Psalm of the Day: Psalm 35 Proverb of the Day: Proverbs 21:1-15 Scripture Reading: Luke 4 Let us notice our Lord Jesus Christ's ability to sympathize with those who are tempted. This is a truth that stands out prominently in this passage. Jesus has been really and literally tempted Himself. It was proper that He who came "to destroy the works of the devil" should begin His own work with a special conflict with Satan. It was proper that the great Shepherd and bishop of souls,