Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

10 October 2017 Verse of the Day

Then, when they had fasted and prayed and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.  (Acts 13:3 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Zophar Speaks: You Deserve Worse
Job 11:1-20  Then Zophar the Naamathite answered,  (2)  “Shall a multitude of words go unanswered, And a talkative man be acquitted?  (3)  “Shall your boasts silence men? And shall you scoff and none rebuke?  (4)  “For you have said, ‘My teaching is pure, And I am innocent in your eyes.’  (5)  “But would that God might speak, And open His lips against you,  (6)  And show you the secrets of wisdom! For sound wisdom has two sides. Know then that God forgets a part of your iniquity.  (7)  “Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?  (8)  “They are high as the heavens, what can you do? Deeper than Sheol, what can you know?  (9)  “Its measure is longer than the earth And broader than the sea.  (10)  “If He passes by or shuts up, Or calls an assembly, who can restrain Him?  (11)  “For He knows false men, And He sees iniquity without investigating.  (12)  “An idiot will become intelligent When the foal of a wild donkey is born a man.  (13)  “If you would direct your heart right And spread out your hand to Him,  (14)  If iniquity is in your hand, put it far away, And do not let wickedness dwell in your tents;  (15)  “Then, indeed, you could lift up your face without moral defect, And you would be steadfast and not fear.  (16)  “For you would forget your trouble, As waters that have passed by, you would remember it.  (17)  “Your life would be brighter than noonday; Darkness would be like the morning.  (18)  “Then you would trust, because there is hope; And you would look around and rest securely.  (19)  “You would lie down and none would disturb you, And many would entreat your favor.  (20)  “But the eyes of the wicked will fail, And there will be no escape for them; And their hope is to breathe their last.”
 
Job Replies: The Lord Has Done This
Job 12:1-25  Then Job responded,  (2)  “Truly then you are the people, And with you wisdom will die!  (3)  “But I have intelligence as well as you; I am not inferior to you. And who does not know such things as these?  (4)  “I am a joke to my friends, The one who called on God and He answered him; The just and blameless man is a joke.  (5)  “He who is at ease holds calamity in contempt, As prepared for those whose feet slip.  (6)  “The tents of the destroyers prosper, And those who provoke God are secure, Whom God brings into their power.  (7)  “But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you; And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.  (8)  “Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you; And let the fish of the sea declare to you.  (9)  “Who among all these does not know That the hand of the LORD has done this,  (10)  In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?  (11)  “Does not the ear test words, As the palate tastes its food?  (12)  “Wisdom is with aged men, With long life is understanding.  (13)  “With Him are wisdom and might; To Him belong counsel and understanding.  (14)  “Behold, He tears down, and it cannot be rebuilt; He imprisons a man, and there can be no release.  (15)  “Behold, He restrains the waters, and they dry up; And He sends them out, and they inundate the earth.  (16)  “With Him are strength and sound wisdom, The misled and the misleader belong to Him.  (17)  “He makes counselors walk barefoot And makes fools of judges.  (18)  “He loosens the bond of kings And binds their loins with a girdle.  (19)  “He makes priests walk barefoot And overthrows the secure ones.  (20)  “He deprives the trusted ones of speech And takes away the discernment of the elders.  (21)  “He pours contempt on nobles And loosens the belt of the strong.  (22)  “He reveals mysteries from the darkness And brings the deep darkness into light.  (23)  “He makes the nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges the nations, then leads them away.  (24)  “He deprives of intelligence the chiefs of the earth’s people And makes them wander in a pathless waste.  (25)  “They grope in darkness with no light, And He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


9 October 2017 Verse of the Day

While they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  (Acts 13:2 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job Replies: There Is No Arbiter
Job 9:1-35  Then Job answered,  (2)  “In truth I know that this is so; But how can a man be in the right before God?  (3)  “If one wished to dispute with Him, He could not answer Him once in a thousand times.  (4)  “Wise in heart and mighty in strength, Who has defied Him without harm?  (5)  “It is God who removes the mountains, they know not how, When He overturns them in His anger;  (6)  Who shakes the earth out of its place, And its pillars tremble;  (7)  Who commands the sun not to shine, And sets a seal upon the stars;  (8)  Who alone stretches out the heavens And tramples down the waves of the sea;  (9)  Who makes the Bear, Orion and the Pleiades, And the chambers of the south;  (10)  Who does great things, unfathomable, And wondrous works without number.  (11)  “Were He to pass by me, I would not see Him; Were He to move past me, I would not perceive Him.  (12)  “Were He to snatch away, who could restrain Him? Who could say to Him, ‘What are You doing?’  (13)  “God will not turn back His anger; Beneath Him crouch the helpers of Rahab.  (14)  “How then can I answer Him, And choose my words before Him?  (15)  “For though I were right, I could not answer; I would have to implore the mercy of my judge.  (16)  “If I called and He answered me, I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.  (17)  “For He bruises me with a tempest And multiplies my wounds without cause.  (18)  “He will not allow me to get my breath, But saturates me with bitterness.  (19)  “If it is a matter of power, behold, He is the strong one! And if it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?  (20)  “Though I am righteous, my mouth will condemn me; Though I am guiltless, He will declare me guilty.  (21)  “I am guiltless; I do not take notice of myself; I despise my life.  (22)  “It is all one; therefore I say, ‘He destroys the guiltless and the wicked.’  (23)  “If the scourge kills suddenly, He mocks the despair of the innocent.  (24)  “The earth is given into the hand of the wicked; He covers the faces of its judges. If it is not He, then who is it?  (25)  “Now my days are swifter than a runner; They flee away, they see no good.  (26)  “They slip by like reed boats, Like an eagle that swoops on its prey.  (27)  “Though I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will leave off my sad countenance and be cheerful,’  (28)  I am afraid of all my pains, I know that You will not acquit me.  (29)  “I am accounted wicked, Why then should I toil in vain?  (30)  “If I should wash myself with snow And cleanse my hands with lye,  (31)  Yet You would plunge me into the pit, And my own clothes would abhor me.  (32)  “For He is not a man as I am that I may answer Him, That we may go to court together.  (33)  “There is no umpire between us, Who may lay his hand upon us both.  (34)  “Let Him remove His rod from me, And let not dread of Him terrify me.  (35)  “Then I would speak and not fear Him; But I am not like that in myself.
 
Job Continues: A Plea to God
Job 10:1-22  “I loathe my own life; I will give full vent to my complaint; I will speak in the bitterness of my soul.  (2)  “I will say to God, ‘Do not condemn me; Let me know why You contend with me.  (3)  ‘Is it right for You indeed to oppress, To reject the labor of Your hands, And to look favorably on the schemes of the wicked?  (4)  ‘Have You eyes of flesh? Or do You see as a man sees?  (5)  ‘Are Your days as the days of a mortal, Or Your years as man’s years,  (6)  That You should seek for my guilt And search after my sin?  (7)  ‘According to Your knowledge I am indeed not guilty, Yet there is no deliverance from Your hand.  (8)  ‘Your hands fashioned and made me altogether, And would You destroy me?  (9)  ‘Remember now, that You have made me as clay; And would You turn me into dust again?  (10)  ‘Did You not pour me out like milk And curdle me like cheese;  (11)  Clothe me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews?  (12)  ‘You have granted me life and lovingkindness; And Your care has preserved my spirit.  (13)  ‘Yet these things You have concealed in Your heart; I know that this is within You:  (14)  If I sin, then You would take note of me, And would not acquit me of my guilt.  (15)  ‘If I am wicked, woe to me! And if I am righteous, I dare not lift up my head. I am sated with disgrace and conscious of my misery.  (16)  ‘Should my head be lifted up, You would hunt me like a lion; And again You would show Your power against me.  (17)  ‘You renew Your witnesses against me And increase Your anger toward me; Hardship after hardship is with me.  (18)  ‘Why then have You brought me out of the womb? Would that I had died and no eye had seen me!  (19)  ‘I should have been as though I had not been, Carried from womb to tomb.’  (20)  “Would He not let my few days alone? Withdraw from me that I may have a little cheer  (21)  Before I go—and I shall not return—To the land of darkness and deep shadow,  (22)  The land of utter gloom as darkness itself, Of deep shadow without order, And which shines as the darkness.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


8 October 2017 Verse of the Day

I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, As much as in all riches.  (Psalms 119:14 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job Continues: My Life Has No Hope
Job 7:1-21  “Is not man forced to labor on earth, And are not his days like the days of a hired man?  (2)  “As a slave who pants for the shade, And as a hired man who eagerly waits for his wages,  (3)  So am I allotted months of vanity, And nights of trouble are appointed me.  (4)  “When I lie down I say, ‘When shall I arise?’ But the night continues, And I am continually tossing until dawn.  (5)  “My flesh is clothed with worms and a crust of dirt, My skin hardens and runs.  (6)  “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, And come to an end without hope.  (7)  “Remember that my life is but breath; My eye will not again see good.  (8)  “The eye of him who sees me will behold me no longer; Your eyes will be on me, but I will not be.  (9)  “When a cloud vanishes, it is gone, So he who goes down to Sheol does not come up.  (10)  “He will not return again to his house, Nor will his place know him anymore.  (11)  “Therefore I will not restrain my mouth; I will speak in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.  (12)  “Am I the sea, or the sea monster, That You set a guard over me?  (13)  “If I say, ‘My bed will comfort me, My couch will ease my complaint,’  (14)  Then You frighten me with dreams And terrify me by visions;  (15)  So that my soul would choose suffocation, Death rather than my pains.  (16)  “I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.  (17)  “What is man that You magnify him, And that You are concerned about him,  (18)  That You examine him every morning And try him every moment?  (19)  “Will You never turn Your gaze away from me, Nor let me alone until I swallow my spittle?  (20)  “Have I sinned? What have I done to You, O watcher of men? Why have You set me as Your target, So that I am a burden to myself?  (21)  “Why then do You not pardon my transgression And take away my iniquity? For now I will lie down in the dust; And You will seek me, but I will not be.”
 
Bildad Speaks: Job Should Repent
Job 8:1-22  Then Bildad the Shuhite answered,  (2)  “How long will you say these things, And the words of your mouth be a mighty wind?  (3)  “Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert what is right?  (4)  “If your sons sinned against Him, Then He delivered them into the power of their transgression.  (5)  “If you would seek God And implore the compassion of the Almighty,  (6)  If you are pure and upright, Surely now He would rouse Himself for you And restore your righteous estate.  (7)  “Though your beginning was insignificant, Yet your end will increase greatly.  (8)  “Please inquire of past generations, And consider the things searched out by their fathers.  (9)  “For we are only of yesterday and know nothing, Because our days on earth are as a shadow.  (10)  “Will they not teach you and tell you, And bring forth words from their minds?  (11)  “Can the papyrus grow up without a marsh? Can the rushes grow without water?  (12)  “While it is still green and not cut down, Yet it withers before any other plant.  (13)  “So are the paths of all who forget God; And the hope of the godless will perish,  (14)  Whose confidence is fragile, And whose trust a spider’s web.  (15)  “He trusts in his house, but it does not stand; He holds fast to it, but it does not endure.  (16)  “He thrives before the sun, And his shoots spread out over his garden.  (17)  “His roots wrap around a rock pile, He grasps a house of stones.  (18)  “If he is removed from his place, Then it will deny him, saying, ‘I never saw you.’  (19)  “Behold, this is the joy of His way; And out of the dust others will spring.  (20)  “Lo, God will not reject a man of integrity, Nor will He support the evildoers.  (21)  “He will yet fill your mouth with laughter And your lips with shouting.  (22)  “Those who hate you will be clothed with shame, And the tent of the wicked will be no longer.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


7 October 2017 Verse of the Day

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure.  (Isaiah 33:6 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job 5:1-27  “Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn?  (2)  “For anger slays the foolish man, And jealousy kills the simple.  (3)  “I have seen the foolish taking root, And I cursed his abode immediately.  (4)  “His sons are far from safety, They are even oppressed in the gate, And there is no deliverer.  (5)  “His harvest the hungry devour And take it to a place of thorns, And the schemer is eager for their wealth.  (6)  “For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,  (7)  For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.  (8)  “But as for me, I would seek God, And I would place my cause before God;  (9)  Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number.  (10)  “He gives rain on the earth And sends water on the fields,  (11)  So that He sets on high those who are lowly, And those who mourn are lifted to safety.  (12)  “He frustrates the plotting of the shrewd, So that their hands cannot attain success.  (13)  “He captures the wise by their own shrewdness, And the advice of the cunning is quickly thwarted.  (14)  “By day they meet with darkness, And grope at noon as in the night.  (15)  “But He saves from the sword of their mouth, And the poor from the hand of the mighty.  (16)  “So the helpless has hope, And unrighteousness must shut its mouth.  (17)  “Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves, So do not despise the discipline of the Almighty.  (18)  “For He inflicts pain, and gives relief; He wounds, and His hands also heal.  (19)  “From six troubles He will deliver you, Even in seven evil will not touch you.  (20)  “In famine He will redeem you from death, And in war from the power of the sword.  (21)  “You will be hidden from the scourge of the tongue, And you will not be afraid of violence when it comes.  (22)  “You will laugh at violence and famine, And you will not be afraid of wild beasts.  (23)  “For you will be in league with the stones of the field, And the beasts of the field will be at peace with you.  (24)  “You will know that your tent is secure, For you will visit your abode and fear no loss.  (25)  “You will know also that your descendants will be many, And your offspring as the grass of the earth.  (26)  “You will come to the grave in full vigor, Like the stacking of grain in its season.  (27)  “Behold this; we have investigated it, and so it is. Hear it, and know for yourself.”
 
Job Replies: My Complaint Is Just
Job 6:1-30  Then Job answered,  (2)  “Oh that my grief were actually weighed And laid in the balances together with my calamity!  (3)  “For then it would be heavier than the sand of the seas; Therefore my words have been rash.  (4)  “For the arrows of the Almighty are within me, Their poison my spirit drinks; The terrors of God are arrayed against me.  (5)  “Does the wild donkey bray over his grass, Or does the ox low over his fodder?  (6)  “Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?  (7)  “My soul refuses to touch them; They are like loathsome food to me.  (8)  “Oh that my request might come to pass, And that God would grant my longing!  (9)  “Would that God were willing to crush me, That He would loose His hand and cut me off!  (10)  “But it is still my consolation, And I rejoice in unsparing pain, That I have not denied the words of the Holy One.  (11)  “What is my strength, that I should wait? And what is my end, that I should endure?  (12)  “Is my strength the strength of stones, Or is my flesh bronze?  (13)  “Is it that my help is not within me, And that deliverance is driven from me?  (14)  “For the despairing man there should be kindness from his friend; So that he does not forsake the fear of the Almighty.  (15)  “My brothers have acted deceitfully like a wadi, Like the torrents of wadis which vanish,  (16)  Which are turbid because of ice And into which the snow melts.  (17)  “When they become waterless, they are silent, When it is hot, they vanish from their place.  (18)  “The paths of their course wind along, They go up into nothing and perish.  (19)  “The caravans of Tema looked, The travelers of Sheba hoped for them.  (20)  “They were disappointed for they had trusted, They came there and were confounded.  (21)  “Indeed, you have now become such, You see a terror and are afraid.  (22)  “Have I said, ‘Give me something,‘ Or, ‘Offer a bribe for me from your wealth,’  (23)  Or, ‘Deliver me from the hand of the adversary,’ Or, ‘Redeem me from the hand of the tyrants’?  (24)  “Teach me, and I will be silent; And show me how I have erred.  (25)  “How painful are honest words! But what does your argument prove?  (26)  “Do you intend to reprove my words, When the words of one in despair belong to the wind?  (27)  “You would even cast lots for the orphans And barter over your friend.  (28)  “Now please look at me, And see if I lie to your face.  (29)  “Desist now, let there be no injustice; Even desist, my righteousness is yet in it.  (30)  “Is there injustice on my tongue? Cannot my palate discern calamities?

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


6 October 2017 Verse of the Day

Do you not know? Have you not heard? Yahweh is the everlasting God, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no limit to His understanding.  (Isaiah 40:28 HCSB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job Laments His Birth
Job 3:1-26  Afterward Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth.  (2)  And Job said,  (3)  “Let the day perish on which I was to be born, And the night which said, ‘A boy is conceived.’  (4)  “May that day be darkness; Let not God above care for it, Nor light shine on it.  (5)  “Let darkness and black gloom claim it; Let a cloud settle on it; Let the blackness of the day terrify it.  (6)  “As for that night, let darkness seize it; Let it not rejoice among the days of the year; Let it not come into the number of the months.  (7)  “Behold, let that night be barren; Let no joyful shout enter it.  (8)  “Let those curse it who curse the day, Who are prepared to rouse Leviathan.  (9)  “Let the stars of its twilight be darkened; Let it wait for light but have none, And let it not see the breaking dawn;  (10)  Because it did not shut the opening of my mother’s womb, Or hide trouble from my eyes.  (11)  “Why did I not die at birth, Come forth from the womb and expire?  (12)  “Why did the knees receive me, And why the breasts, that I should suck?  (13)  “For now I would have lain down and been quiet; I would have slept then, I would have been at rest,  (14)  With kings and with counselors of the earth, Who rebuilt ruins for themselves;  (15)  Or with princes who had gold, Who were filling their houses with silver.  (16)  “Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.  (17)  “There the wicked cease from raging, And there the weary are at rest.  (18)  “The prisoners are at ease together; They do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.  (19)  “The small and the great are there, And the slave is free from his master.  (20)  “Why is light given to him who suffers, And life to the bitter of soul,  (21)  Who long for death, but there is none, And dig for it more than for hidden treasures,  (22)  Who rejoice greatly, And exult when they find the grave?  (23)  “Why is light given to a man whose way is hidden, And whom God has hedged in?  (24)  “For my groaning comes at the sight of my food, And my cries pour out like water.  (25)  “For what I fear comes upon me, And what I dread befalls me.  (26)  “I am not at ease, nor am I quiet, And I am not at rest, but turmoil comes.”
 
Eliphaz Speaks: The Innocent Prosper
Job 4:1-21  Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered,  (2)  “If one ventures a word with you, will you become impatient? But who can refrain from speaking?  (3)  “Behold you have admonished many, And you have strengthened weak hands.  (4)  “Your words have helped the tottering to stand, And you have strengthened feeble knees.  (5)  “But now it has come to you, and you are impatient; It touches you, and you are dismayed.  (6)  “Is not your fear of God your confidence, And the integrity of your ways your hope?  (7)  “Remember now, who ever perished being innocent? Or where were the upright destroyed?  (8)  “According to what I have seen, those who plow iniquity And those who sow trouble harvest it.  (9)  “By the breath of God they perish, And by the blast of His anger they come to an end.  (10)  “The roaring of the lion and the voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.  (11)  “The lion perishes for lack of prey, And the whelps of the lioness are scattered.  (12)  “Now a word was brought to me stealthily, And my ear received a whisper of it.  (13)  “Amid disquieting thoughts from the visions of the night, When deep sleep falls on men,  (14)  Dread came upon me, and trembling, And made all my bones shake.  (15)  “Then a spirit passed by my face; The hair of my flesh bristled up.  (16)  “It stood still, but I could not discern its appearance; A form was before my eyes; There was silence, then I heard a voice:  (17)  ‘Can mankind be just before God? Can a man be pure before his Maker?  (18)  ‘He puts no trust even in His servants; And against His angels He charges error.  (19)  ‘How much more those who dwell in houses of clay, Whose foundation is in the dust, Who are crushed before the moth!  (20)  ‘Between morning and evening they are broken in pieces; Unobserved, they perish forever.  (21)  ‘Is not their tent-cord plucked up within them? They die, yet without wisdom.’

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


5 October 2017 Verse of the Day

Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.  (Psalms 143:10 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Job’s Character and Wealth
Job 1:1-22  There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil.  (2)  Seven sons and three daughters were born to him.  (3)  His possessions also were 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, 500 female donkeys, and very many servants; and that man was the greatest of all the men of the east.  (4)  His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them.  (5)  When the days of feasting had completed their cycle, Job would send and consecrate them, rising up early in the morning and offering burnt offerings according to the number of them all; for Job said, “Perhaps my sons have sinned and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

Satan Allowed to Test Job
(6)  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.  (7)  The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”  (8)  The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”  (9)  Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing?  (10)  “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.  (11)  “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.”  (12)  Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD.

Satan Takes Job’s Property and Children
(13)  Now on the day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,  (14)  a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them,  (15)  and the Sabeans attacked and took them. They also slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”  (16)  While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”  (17)  While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three bands and made a raid on the camels and took them and slew the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”  (18)  While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,  (19)  and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”  (20)  Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head, and he fell to the ground and worshiped.  (21)  He said, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, And naked I shall return there. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.”  (22)  Through all this Job did not sin nor did he blame God.
 
Satan Attacks Job’s Health
Job 2:1-13  Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them to present himself before the LORD.  (2)  The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”  (3)  The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man fearing God and turning away from evil. And he still holds fast his integrity, although you incited Me against him to ruin him without cause.”  (4)  Satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life.  (5)  “However, put forth Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh; he will curse You to Your face.”  (6)  So the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your power, only spare his life.”  (7)  Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.  (8)  And he took a potsherd to scrape himself while he was sitting among the ashes.  (9)  Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die!”  (10)  But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God and not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job’s Three Friends
(11)  Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, they came each one from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite; and they made an appointment together to come to sympathize with him and comfort him.  (12)  When they lifted up their eyes at a distance and did not recognize him, they raised their voices and wept. And each of them tore his robe and they threw dust over their heads toward the sky.  (13)  Then they sat down on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights with no one speaking a word to him, for they saw that his pain was very great.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


4 October 2017 Verse of the Day

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (1 John 4:10 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

The Jews Destroy Their Enemies
Est 9:1-32  Now in the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar), on the thirteenth day when the king’s command and edict were about to be executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.  (2)  The Jews assembled in their cities throughout all the provinces of King Ahasuerus to lay hands on those who sought their harm; and no one could stand before them, for the dread of them had fallen on all the peoples.  (3)  Even all the princes of the provinces, the satraps, the governors and those who were doing the king’s business assisted the Jews, because the dread of Mordecai had fallen on them.  (4)  Indeed, Mordecai was great in the king’s house, and his fame spread throughout all the provinces; for the man Mordecai became greater and greater.  (5)  Thus the Jews struck all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying; and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.  (6)  At the citadel in Susa the Jews killed and destroyed five hundred men,  (7)  and Parshandatha, Dalphon, Aspatha,  (8)  Poratha, Adalia, Aridatha,  (9)  Parmashta, Arisai, Aridai and Vaizatha,  (10)  the ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Jews’ enemy; but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.  (11)  On that day the number of those who were killed at the citadel in Susa was reported to the king.  (12)  The king said to Queen Esther, “The Jews have killed and destroyed five hundred men and the ten sons of Haman at the citadel in Susa. What then have they done in the rest of the king’s provinces! Now what is your petition? It shall even be granted you. And what is your further request? It shall also be done.”  (13)  Then said Esther, “If it pleases the king, let tomorrow also be granted to the Jews who are in Susa to do according to the edict of today; and let Haman’s ten sons be hanged on the gallows.”  (14)  So the king commanded that it should be done so; and an edict was issued in Susa, and Haman’s ten sons were hanged.  (15)  The Jews who were in Susa assembled also on the fourteenth day of the month Adar and killed three hundred men in Susa, but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.  (16)  Now the rest of the Jews who were in the king’s provinces assembled, to defend their lives and rid themselves of their enemies, and kill 75,000 of those who hated them; but they did not lay their hands on the plunder.  (17)  This was done on the thirteenth day of the month Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made it a day of feasting and rejoicing.  (18)  But the Jews who were in Susa assembled on the thirteenth and the fourteenth of the same month, and they rested on the fifteenth day and made it a day of feasting and rejoicing.  (19)  Therefore the Jews of the rural areas, who live in the rural towns, make the fourteenth day of the month Adar a holiday for rejoicing and feasting and sending portions of food to one another.

The Feast of Purim Inaugurated
(20)  Then Mordecai recorded these events, and he sent letters to all the Jews who were in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, both near and far,  (21)  obliging them to celebrate the fourteenth day of the month Adar, and the fifteenth day of the same month, annually,  (22)  because on those days the Jews rid themselves of their enemies, and it was a month which was turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and rejoicing and sending portions of food to one another and gifts to the poor.  (23)  Thus the Jews undertook what they had started to do, and what Mordecai had written to them.  (24)  For Haman the son of Hammedatha, the Agagite, the adversary of all the Jews, had schemed against the Jews to destroy them and had cast Pur, that is the lot, to disturb them and destroy them.  (25)  But when it came to the king’s attention, he commanded by letter that his wicked scheme which he had devised against the Jews, should return on his own head and that he and his sons should be hanged on the gallows.  (26)  Therefore they called these days Purim after the name of Pur. And because of the instructions in this letter, both what they had seen in this regard and what had happened to them,  (27)  the Jews established and made a custom for themselves and for their descendants and for all those who allied themselves with them, so that they would not fail to celebrate these two days according to their regulation and according to their appointed time annually.  (28)  So these days were to be remembered and celebrated throughout every generation, every family, every province and every city; and these days of Purim were not to fail from among the Jews, or their memory fade from their descendants.  (29)  Then Queen Esther, daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim.  (30)  He sent letters to all the Jews, to the 127 provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, namely, words of peace and truth,  (31)  to establish these days of Purim at their appointed times, just as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had established for them, and just as they had established for themselves and for their descendants with instructions for their times of fasting and their lamentations.  (32)  The command of Esther established these customs for Purim, and it was written in the book.
 
The Greatness of Mordecai
Est 10:1-3  Now King Ahasuerus laid a tribute on the land and on the coastlands of the sea.  (2)  And all the accomplishments of his authority and strength, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai to which the king advanced him, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Media and Persia?  (3)  For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


3 October 2017 Verse of the Day

By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  (1 John 4:9 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Est 7:1-10  Now the king and Haman came to drink wine with Esther the queen.  (2)  And the king said to Esther on the second day also as they drank their wine at the banquet, “What is your petition, Queen Esther? It shall be granted you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.”  (3)  Then Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor in your sight, O king, and if it pleases the king, let my life be given me as my petition, and my people as my request;  (4)  for we have been sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be killed and to be annihilated. Now if we had only been sold as slaves, men and women, I would have remained silent, for the trouble would not be commensurate with the annoyance to the king.”  (5)  Then King Ahasuerus asked Queen Esther, “Who is he, and where is he, who would presume to do thus?”  (6)  Esther said, “A foe and an enemy is this wicked Haman!” Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.

Haman Is Hanged
(7)  The king arose in his anger from drinking wine and went into the palace garden; but Haman stayed to beg for his life from Queen Esther, for he saw that harm had been determined against him by the king.  (8)  Now when the king returned from the palace garden into the place where they were drinking wine, Haman was falling on the couch where Esther was. Then the king said, “Will he even assault the queen with me in the house?” As the word went out of the king’s mouth, they covered Haman’s face.  (9)  Then Harbonah, one of the eunuchs who were before the king said, “Behold indeed, the gallows standing at Haman’s house fifty cubits high, which Haman made for Mordecai who spoke good on behalf of the king!” And the king said, “Hang him on it.”  (10)  So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the king’s anger subsided.
 
Esther Saves the Jews
Est 8:1-17  On that day King Ahasuerus gave the house of Haman, the enemy of the Jews, to Queen Esther; and Mordecai came before the king, for Esther had disclosed what he was to her.  (2)  The king took off his signet ring which he had taken away from Haman, and gave it to Mordecai. And Esther set Mordecai over the house of Haman.  (3)  Then Esther spoke again to the king, fell at his feet, wept and implored him to avert the evil scheme of Haman the Agagite and his plot which he had devised against the Jews.  (4)  The king extended the golden scepter to Esther. So Esther arose and stood before the king.  (5)  Then she said, “If it pleases the king and if I have found favor before him and the matter seems proper to the king and I am pleasing in his sight, let it be written to revoke the letters devised by Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, which he wrote to destroy the Jews who are in all the king’s provinces.  (6)  “For how can I endure to see the calamity which will befall my people, and how can I endure to see the destruction of my kindred?”  (7)  So King Ahasuerus said to Queen Esther and to Mordecai the Jew, “Behold, I have given the house of Haman to Esther, and him they have hanged on the gallows because he had stretched out his hands against the Jews.  (8)  “Now you write to the Jews as you see fit, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for a decree which is written in the name of the king and sealed with the king’s signet ring may not be revoked.”  (9)  So the king’s scribes were called at that time in the third month (that is, the month Sivan), on the twenty-third day; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded to the Jews, the satraps, the governors and the princes of the provinces which extended from India to Ethiopia, 127 provinces, to every province according to its script, and to every people according to their language as well as to the Jews according to their script and their language.  (10)  He wrote in the name of King Ahasuerus, and sealed it with the king’s signet ring, and sent letters by couriers on horses, riding on steeds sired by the royal stud.  (11)  In them the king granted the Jews who were in each and every city the right to assemble and to defend their lives, to destroy, to kill and to annihilate the entire army of any people or province which might attack them, including children and women, and to plunder their spoil,  (12)  on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar).  (13)  A copy of the edict to be issued as law in each and every province was published to all the peoples, so that the Jews would be ready for this day to avenge themselves on their enemies.  (14)  The couriers, hastened and impelled by the king’s command, went out, riding on the royal steeds; and the decree was given out at the citadel in Susa.  (15)  Then Mordecai went out from the presence of the king in royal robes of blue and white, with a large crown of gold and a garment of fine linen and purple; and the city of Susa shouted and rejoiced.  (16)  For the Jews there was light and gladness and joy and honor.  (17)  In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s commandment and his decree arrived, there was gladness and joy for the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the dread of the Jews had fallen on them.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


2 October 2017 Verse of the Day

And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,  (Hebrews 1:3 NASB)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Esther Prepares a Banquet
Est 5:1-14  Now it came about on the third day that Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace in front of the king’s rooms, and the king was sitting on his royal throne in the throne room, opposite the entrance to the palace.  (2)  When the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, she obtained favor in his sight; and the king extended to Esther the golden scepter which was in his hand. So Esther came near and touched the top of the scepter.  (3)  Then the king said to her, “What is troubling you, Queen Esther? And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be given to you.”  (4)  Esther said, “If it pleases the king, may the king and Haman come this day to the banquet that I have prepared for him.”  (5)  Then the king said, “Bring Haman quickly that we may do as Esther desires.” So the king and Haman came to the banquet which Esther had prepared.  (6)  As they drank their wine at the banquet, the king said to Esther, “What is your petition, for it shall be granted to you. And what is your request? Even to half of the kingdom it shall be done.”  (7)  So Esther replied, “My petition and my request is:  (8)  if I have found favor in the sight of the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my petition and do what I request, may the king and Haman come to the banquet which I will prepare for them, and tomorrow I will do as the king says.”

Haman Plans to Hang Mordecai
(9)  Then Haman went out that day glad and pleased of heart; but when Haman saw Mordecai in the king’s gate and that he did not stand up or tremble before him, Haman was filled with anger against Mordecai.  (10)  Haman controlled himself, however, went to his house and sent for his friends and his wife Zeresh.  (11)  Then Haman recounted to them the glory of his riches, and the number of his sons, and every instance where the king had magnified him and how he had promoted him above the princes and servants of the king.  (12)  Haman also said, “Even Esther the queen let no one but me come with the king to the banquet which she had prepared; and tomorrow also I am invited by her with the king.  (13)  “Yet all of this does not satisfy me every time I see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the king’s gate.”  (14)  Then Zeresh his wife and all his friends said to him, “Have a gallows fifty cubits high made and in the morning ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on it; then go joyfully with the king to the banquet.” And the advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows made.
 
The King Honors Mordecai
Est 6:1-14  During that night the king could not sleep so he gave an order to bring the book of records, the chronicles, and they were read before the king.  (2)  It was found written what Mordecai had reported concerning Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s eunuchs who were doorkeepers, that they had sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus.  (3)  The king said, “What honor or dignity has been bestowed on Mordecai for this?” Then the king’s servants who attended him said, “Nothing has been done for him.”  (4)  So the king said, “Who is in the court?” Now Haman had just entered the outer court of the king’s palace in order to speak to the king about hanging Mordecai on the gallows which he had prepared for him.  (5)  The king’s servants said to him, “Behold, Haman is standing in the court.” And the king said, “Let him come in.”  (6)  So Haman came in and the king said to him, “What is to be done for the man whom the king desires to honor?” And Haman said to himself, “Whom would the king desire to honor more than me?”  (7)  Then Haman said to the king, “For the man whom the king desires to honor,  (8)  let them bring a royal robe which the king has worn, and the horse on which the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown has been placed;  (9)  and let the robe and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble princes and let them array the man whom the king desires to honor and lead him on horseback through the city square, and proclaim before him, ‘Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.'”  (10)  Then the king said to Haman, “Take quickly the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king’s gate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said.”  (11)  So Haman took the robe and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.”  (12)  Then Mordecai returned to the king’s gate. But Haman hurried home, mourning, with his head covered.  (13)  Haman recounted to Zeresh his wife and all his friends everything that had happened to him. Then his wise men and Zeresh his wife said to him, “If Mordecai, before whom you have begun to fall, is of Jewish origin, you will not overcome him, but will surely fall before him.”

Esther Reveals Haman’s Plot
(14)  While they were still talking with him, the king’s eunuchs arrived and hastily brought Haman to the banquet which Esther had prepared.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


1 October 2017 Verse of the Day

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  (Galatians 5:14 NIV)

Let the Word of God speak to you.  Focus and meditate on what this verse is saying to you.    Let the Holy Spirit guide you and direct your thoughts and actions by His Infallible Holy Word.  Memorize it and share it with others throughout the day.

Read the Bible through with me in 2 years:

Haman Plots Against the Jews
Est 3:1-15  After these events King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and established his authority over all the princes who were with him.  (2)  All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage.  (3)  Then the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why are you transgressing the king’s command?”  (4)  Now it was when they had spoken daily to him and he would not listen to them, that they told Haman to see whether Mordecai’s reason would stand; for he had told them that he was a Jew.  (5)  When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage.  (6)  But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.  (7)  In the first month, which is the month Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, Pur, that is the lot, was cast before Haman from day to day and from month to month, until the twelfth month, that is the month Adar.  (8)  Then Haman said to King Ahasuerus, “There is a certain people scattered and dispersed among the peoples in all the provinces of your kingdom; their laws are different from those of all other people and they do not observe the king’s laws, so it is not in the king’s interest to let them remain.  (9)  “If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry on the king’s business, to put into the king’s treasuries.”  (10)  Then the king took his signet ring from his hand and gave it to Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews.  (11)  The king said to Haman, “The silver is yours, and the people also, to do with them as you please.”  (12)  Then the king’s scribes were summoned on the thirteenth day of the first month, and it was written just as Haman commanded to the king’s satraps, to the governors who were over each province and to the princes of each people, each province according to its script, each people according to its language, being written in the name of King Ahasuerus and sealed with the king’s signet ring.  (13)  Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder.  (14)  A copy of the edict to be issued as law in every province was published to all the peoples so that they should be ready for this day.  (15)  The couriers went out impelled by the king’s command while the decree was issued at the citadel in Susa; and while the king and Haman sat down to drink, the city of Susa was in confusion.
 
Esther Agrees to Help the Jews
Est 4:1-17  When Mordecai learned all that had been done, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly.  (2)  He went as far as the king’s gate, for no one was to enter the king’s gate clothed in sackcloth.  (3)  In each and every province where the command and decree of the king came, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping and wailing; and many lay on sackcloth and ashes.  (4)  Then Esther’s maidens and her eunuchs came and told her, and the queen writhed in great anguish. And she sent garments to clothe Mordecai that he might remove his sackcloth from him, but he did not accept them.  (5)  Then Esther summoned Hathach from the king’s eunuchs, whom the king had appointed to attend her, and ordered him to go to Mordecai to learn what this was and why it was.  (6)  So Hathach went out to Mordecai to the city square in front of the king’s gate.  (7)  Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the exact amount of money that Haman had promised to pay to the king’s treasuries for the destruction of the Jews.  (8)  He also gave him a copy of the text of the edict which had been issued in Susa for their destruction, that he might show Esther and inform her, and to order her to go in to the king to implore his favor and to plead with him for her people.  (9)  Hathach came back and related Mordecai’s words to Esther.  (10)  Then Esther spoke to Hathach and ordered him to reply to Mordecai:  (11)  “All the king’s servants and the people of the king’s provinces know that for any man or woman who comes to the king to the inner court who is not summoned, he has but one law, that he be put to death, unless the king holds out to him the golden scepter so that he may live. And I have not been summoned to come to the king for these thirty days.”  (12)  They related Esther’s words to Mordecai.  (13)  Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews.  (14)  “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”  (15)  Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai,  (16)  “Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.”  (17)  So Mordecai went away and did just as Esther had commanded him.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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