Verse of the Day

Daily Devotion 

By:  Bro. Bob Maynard
 

2 July 2017 Verse of the Day

You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.  (Leviticus 19:11 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:

Saul Defeats the Ammonites
1Sa 11:1-15  Now Nahash the Ammonite came up and besieged Jabesh-gilead; and all the men of Jabesh said to Nahash, “Make a covenant with us and we will serve you.”  (2)  But Nahash the Ammonite said to them, “I will make it with you on this condition, that I will gouge out the right eye of every one of you, thus I will make it a reproach on all Israel.”  (3)  The elders of Jabesh said to him, “Let us alone for seven days, that we may send messengers throughout the territory of Israel. Then, if there is no one to deliver us, we will come out to you.”  (4)  Then the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and spoke these words in the hearing of the people, and all the people lifted up their voices and wept.  (5)  Now behold, Saul was coming from the field behind the oxen, and he said, “What is the matter with the people that they weep?” So they related to him the words of the men of Jabesh.  (6)  Then the Spirit of God came upon Saul mightily when he heard these words, and he became very angry.  (7)  He took a yoke of oxen and cut them in pieces, and sent them throughout the territory of Israel by the hand of messengers, saying, “Whoever does not come out after Saul and after Samuel, so shall it be done to his oxen.” Then the dread of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out as one man.  (8)  He numbered them in Bezek; and the sons of Israel were 300,000, and the men of Judah 30,000.  (9)  They said to the messengers who had come, “Thus you shall say to the men of Jabesh-gilead, ‘Tomorrow, by the time the sun is hot, you will have deliverance.'” So the messengers went and told the men of Jabesh; and they were glad.  (10)  Then the men of Jabesh said, “Tomorrow we will come out to you, and you may do to us whatever seems good to you.”  (11)  The next morning Saul put the people in three companies; and they came into the midst of the camp at the morning watch and struck down the Ammonites until the heat of the day. Those who survived were scattered, so that no two of them were left together.

The Kingdom Is Renewed
(12)  Then the people said to Samuel, “Who is he that said, ‘Shall Saul reign over us?’ Bring the men, that we may put them to death.”  (13)  But Saul said, “Not a man shall be put to death this day, for today the LORD has accomplished deliverance in Israel.”  (14)  Then Samuel said to the people, “Come and let us go to Gilgal and renew the kingdom there.”  (15)  So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they also offered sacrifices of peace offerings before the LORD; and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
 
Samuel’s Farewell Address
1Sa 12:1-25  Then Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have listened to your voice in all that you said to me and I have appointed a king over you.  (2)  “Now, here is the king walking before you, but I am old and gray, and behold my sons are with you. And I have walked before you from my youth even to this day.  (3)  “Here I am; bear witness against me before the LORD and His anointed. Whose ox have I taken, or whose donkey have I taken, or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed, or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? I will restore it to you.”  (4)  They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.”  (5)  He said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and His anointed is witness this day that you have found nothing in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”  (6)  Then Samuel said to the people, “It is the LORD who appointed Moses and Aaron and who brought your fathers up from the land of Egypt.  (7)  “So now, take your stand, that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous acts of the LORD which He did for you and your fathers.  (8)  “When Jacob went into Egypt and your fathers cried out to the LORD, then the LORD sent Moses and Aaron who brought your fathers out of Egypt and settled them in this place.  (9)  “But they forgot the LORD their God, so He sold them into the hand of Sisera, captain of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines and into the hand of the king of Moab, and they fought against them.  (10)  “They cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth; but now deliver us from the hands of our enemies, and we will serve You.’  (11)  “Then the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Bedan and Jephthah and Samuel, and delivered you from the hands of your enemies all around, so that you lived in security.  (12)  “When you saw that Nahash the king of the sons of Ammon came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ although the LORD your God was your king.  (13)  “Now therefore, here is the king whom you have chosen, whom you have asked for, and behold, the LORD has set a king over you.  (14)  “If you will fear the LORD and serve Him, and listen to His voice and not rebel against the command of the LORD, then both you and also the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God.  (15)  “If you will not listen to the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the command of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you, as it was against your fathers.  (16)  “Even now, take your stand and see this great thing which the LORD will do before your eyes.  (17)  “Is it not the wheat harvest today? I will call to the LORD, that He may send thunder and rain. Then you will know and see that your wickedness is great which you have done in the sight of the LORD by asking for yourselves a king.”  (18)  So Samuel called to the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day; and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.  (19)  Then all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, so that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil by asking for ourselves a king.”  (20)  Samuel said to the people, “Do not fear. You have committed all this evil, yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.  (21)  “You must not turn aside, for then you would go after futile things which can not profit or deliver, because they are futile.  (22)  “For the LORD will not abandon His people on account of His great name, because the LORD has been pleased to make you a people for Himself.  (23)  “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you; but I will instruct you in the good and right way.  (24)  “Only fear the LORD and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.  (25)  “But if you still do wickedly, both you and your king will be swept away.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


1 July 2017 Verse of the Day

The wise store up knowledge, but the mouth of a fool invites ruin. (Proverbs 10:14 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:

Saul Chosen to Be King
1Sa 9:1-27  Now there was a man of Benjamin whose name was Kish the son of Abiel, the son of Zeror, the son of Becorath, the son of Aphiah, the son of a Benjamite, a mighty man of valor.  (2)  He had a son whose name was Saul, a choice and handsome man, and there was not a more handsome person than he among the sons of Israel; from his shoulders and up he was taller than any of the people.  (3)  Now the donkeys of Kish, Saul’s father, were lost. So Kish said to his son Saul, “Take now with you one of the servants, and arise, go search for the donkeys.”  (4)  He passed through the hill country of Ephraim and passed through the land of Shalishah, but they did not find them. Then they passed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he passed through the land of the Benjamites, but they did not find them.  (5)  When they came to the land of Zuph, Saul said to his servant who was with him, “Come, and let us return, or else my father will cease to be concerned about the donkeys and will become anxious for us.”  (6)  He said to him, “Behold now, there is a man of God in this city, and the man is held in honor; all that he says surely comes true. Now let us go there, perhaps he can tell us about our journey on which we have set out.”  (7)  Then Saul said to his servant, “But behold, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread is gone from our sack and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?”  (8)  The servant answered Saul again and said, “Behold, I have in my hand a fourth of a shekel of silver; I will give it to the man of God and he will tell us our way.”  (9)  (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he used to say, “Come, and let us go to the seer”; for he who is called a prophet now was formerly called a seer.)  (10)  Then Saul said to his servant, “Well said; come, let us go.” So they went to the city where the man of God was.  (11)  As they went up the slope to the city, they found young women going out to draw water and said to them, “Is the seer here?”  (12)  They answered them and said, “He is; see, he is ahead of you. Hurry now, for he has come into the city today, for the people have a sacrifice on the high place today.  (13)  “As soon as you enter the city you will find him before he goes up to the high place to eat, for the people will not eat until he comes, because he must bless the sacrifice; afterward those who are invited will eat. Now therefore, go up for you will find him at once.”  (14)  So they went up to the city. As they came into the city, behold, Samuel was coming out toward them to go up to the high place.  (15)  Now a day before Saul’s coming, the LORD had revealed this to Samuel saying,  (16)  “About this time tomorrow I will send you a man from the land of Benjamin, and you shall anoint him to be prince over My people Israel; and he will deliver My people from the hand of the Philistines. For I have regarded My people, because their cry has come to Me.”  (17)  When Samuel saw Saul, the LORD said to him, “Behold, the man of whom I spoke to you! This one shall rule over My people.”  (18)  Then Saul approached Samuel in the gate and said, “Please tell me where the seer’s house is.”  (19)  Samuel answered Saul and said, “I am the seer. Go up before me to the high place, for you shall eat with me today; and in the morning I will let you go, and will tell you all that is on your mind.  (20)  “As for your donkeys which were lost three days ago, do not set your mind on them, for they have been found. And for whom is all that is desirable in Israel? Is it not for you and for all your father’s household?”  (21)  Saul replied, “Am I not a Benjamite, of the smallest of the tribes of Israel, and my family the least of all the families of the tribe of Benjamin? Why then do you speak to me in this way?”  (22)  Then Samuel took Saul and his servant and brought them into the hall and gave them a place at the head of those who were invited, who were about thirty men.  (23)  Samuel said to the cook, “Bring the portion that I gave you, concerning which I said to you, ‘Set it aside.'”  (24)  Then the cook took up the leg with what was on it and set it before Saul. And Samuel said, “Here is what has been reserved! Set it before you and eat, because it has been kept for you until the appointed time, since I said I have invited the people.” So Saul ate with Samuel that day.  (25)  When they came down from the high place into the city, Samuel spoke with Saul on the roof.  (26)  And they arose early; and at daybreak Samuel called to Saul on the roof, saying, “Get up, that I may send you away.” So Saul arose, and both he and Samuel went out into the street.  (27)  As they were going down to the edge of the city, Samuel said to Saul, “Say to the servant that he might go ahead of us and pass on, but you remain standing now, that I may proclaim the word of God to you.”

Saul Anointed King
1Sa 10:1-27  Then Samuel took the flask of oil, poured it on his head, kissed him and said, “Has not the LORD anointed you a ruler over His inheritance?  (2)  “When you go from me today, then you will find two men close to Rachel’s tomb in the territory of Benjamin at Zelzah; and they will say to you, ‘The donkeys which you went to look for have been found. Now behold, your father has ceased to be concerned about the donkeys and is anxious for you, saying, “What shall I do about my son?”‘  (3)  “Then you will go on further from there, and you will come as far as the oak of Tabor, and there three men going up to God at Bethel will meet you, one carrying three young goats, another carrying three loaves of bread, and another carrying a jug of wine;  (4)  and they will greet you and give you two loaves of bread, which you will accept from their hand.  (5)  “Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying.  (6)  “Then the Spirit of the LORD will come upon you mightily, and you shall prophesy with them and be changed into another man.  (7)  “It shall be when these signs come to you, do for yourself what the occasion requires, for God is with you.  (8)  “And you shall go down before me to Gilgal; and behold, I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and sacrifice peace offerings. You shall wait seven days until I come to you and show you what you should do.”  (9)  Then it happened when he turned his back to leave Samuel, God changed his heart; and all those signs came about on that day.  (10)  When they came to the hill there, behold, a group of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily, so that he prophesied among them.  (11)  It came about, when all who knew him previously saw that he prophesied now with the prophets, that the people said to one another, “What has happened to the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?”  (12)  A man there said, “Now, who is their father?” Therefore it became a proverb: “Is Saul also among the prophets?”  (13)  When he had finished prophesying, he came to the high place.  (14)  Now Saul’s uncle said to him and his servant, “Where did you go?” And he said, “To look for the donkeys. When we saw that they could not be found, we went to Samuel.”  (15)  Saul’s uncle said, “Please tell me what Samuel said to you.”  (16)  So Saul said to his uncle, “He told us plainly that the donkeys had been found.” But he did not tell him about the matter of the kingdom which Samuel had mentioned.

Saul Proclaimed King
(17)  Thereafter Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah;  (18)  and he said to the sons of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I brought Israel up from Egypt, and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the power of all the kingdoms that were oppressing you.’  (19)  “But you have today rejected your God, who delivers you from all your calamities and your distresses; yet you have said, ‘No, but set a king over us!’ Now therefore, present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your clans.”  (20)  Thus Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was taken by lot.  (21)  Then he brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its families, and the Matrite family was taken. And Saul the son of Kish was taken; but when they looked for him, he could not be found.  (22)  Therefore they inquired further of the LORD, “Has the man come here yet?” So the LORD said, “Behold, he is hiding himself by the baggage.”  (23)  So they ran and took him from there, and when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the people from his shoulders upward.  (24)  Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom the LORD has chosen? Surely there is no one like him among all the people.” So all the people shouted and said, “Long live the king!”  (25)  Then Samuel told the people the ordinances of the kingdom, and wrote them in the book and placed it before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, each one to his house.  (26)  Saul also went to his house at Gibeah; and the valiant men whose hearts God had touched went with him.  (27)  But certain worthless men said, “How can this one deliver us?” And they despised him and did not bring him any present. But he kept silent.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


30 June 2017 Verse of the Day

Your adornment must not be merely external; braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. (1 Peter 3:3-4 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:

1Sa 7:1-17  And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the LORD and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.  (2)  From the day that the ark remained at Kiriath-jearim, the time was long, for it was twenty years; and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.

Samuel Judges Israel
(3)  Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your heart, remove the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you and direct your hearts to the LORD and serve Him alone; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”  (4)  So the sons of Israel removed the Baals and the Ashtaroth and served the LORD alone.  (5)  Then Samuel said, “Gather all Israel to Mizpah and I will pray to the LORD for you.”  (6)  They gathered to Mizpah, and drew water and poured it out before the LORD, and fasted on that day and said there, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel judged the sons of Israel at Mizpah.  (7)  Now when the Philistines heard that the sons of Israel had gathered to Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the sons of Israel heard it, they were afraid of the Philistines.  (8)  Then the sons of Israel said to Samuel, “Do not cease to cry to the LORD our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines.”  (9)  Samuel took a suckling lamb and offered it for a whole burnt offering to the LORD; and Samuel cried to the LORD for Israel and the LORD answered him.  (10)  Now Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, and the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day against the Philistines and confused them, so that they were routed before Israel.  (11)  The men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and struck them down as far as below Beth-car.  (12)  Then Samuel took a stone and set it between Mizpah and Shen, and named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”  (13)  So the Philistines were subdued and they did not come anymore within the border of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.  (14)  The cities which the Philistines had taken from Israel were restored to Israel, from Ekron even to Gath; and Israel delivered their territory from the hand of the Philistines. So there was peace between Israel and the Amorites.  (15)  Now Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.  (16)  He used to go annually on circuit to Bethel and Gilgal and Mizpah, and he judged Israel in all these places.  (17)  Then his return was to Ramah, for his house was there, and there he judged Israel; and he built there an altar to the LORD.
 
Israel Demands a King
1Sa 8:1-22  And it came about when Samuel was old that he appointed his sons judges over Israel.  (2)  Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judging in Beersheba.  (3)  His sons, however, did not walk in his ways, but turned aside after dishonest gain and took bribes and perverted justice.  (4)  Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah;  (5)  and they said to him, “Behold, you have grown old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint a king for us to judge us like all the nations.”  (6)  But the thing was displeasing in the sight of Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” And Samuel prayed to the LORD.  (7)  The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to the voice of the people in regard to all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me from being king over them.  (8)  “Like all the deeds which they have done since the day that I brought them up from Egypt even to this day—in that they have forsaken Me and served other gods—so they are doing to you also.  (9)  “Now then, listen to their voice; however, you shall solemnly warn them and tell them of the procedure of the king who will reign over them.”

Samuel’s Warning Against Kings
(10)  So Samuel spoke all the words of the LORD to the people who had asked of him a king.  (11)  He said, “This will be the procedure of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and place them for himself in his chariots and among his horsemen and they will run before his chariots.  (12)  “He will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and of fifties, and some to do his plowing and to reap his harvest and to make his weapons of war and equipment for his chariots.  (13)  “He will also take your daughters for perfumers and cooks and bakers.  (14)  “He will take the best of your fields and your vineyards and your olive groves and give them to his servants.  (15)  “He will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards and give to his officers and to his servants.  (16)  “He will also take your male servants and your female servants and your best young men and your donkeys and use them for his work.  (17)  “He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his servants.  (18)  “Then you will cry out in that day because of your king whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the LORD will not answer you in that day.”

The Lord Grants Israel’s Request
(19)  Nevertheless, the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel, and they said, “No, but there shall be a king over us,  (20)  that we also may be like all the nations, that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.”  (21)  Now after Samuel had heard all the words of the people, he repeated them in the LORD’S hearing.  (22)  The LORD said to Samuel, “Listen to their voice and appoint them a king.” So Samuel said to the men of Israel, “Go every man to his city.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


29 June 2017 Verse of the Day

Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;  (Psalms 103:2 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:

The Philistines and the Ark
1Sa 5:1-12  Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it from Ebenezer to Ashdod.  (2)  Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.  (3)  When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again.  (4)  But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.  (5)  Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.  (6)  Now the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He ravaged them and smote them with tumors, both Ashdod and its territories.  (7)  When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, “The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is severe on us and on Dagon our god.”  (8)  So they sent and gathered all the lords of the Philistines to them and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?” And they said, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath.” And they brought the ark of the God of Israel around.  (9)  After they had brought it around, the hand of the LORD was against the city with very great confusion; and He smote the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors broke out on them.  (10)  So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And as the ark of God came to Ekron the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel around to us, to kill us and our people.”  (11)  They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, so that it will not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly confusion throughout the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.  (12)  And the men who did not die were smitten with tumors and the cry of the city went up to heaven.
 
The Ark Returned to Israel
1Sa 6:1-21  Now the ark of the LORD had been in the country of the Philistines seven months.  (2)  And the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we shall send it to its place.”  (3)  They said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty; but you shall surely return to Him a guilt offering. Then you will be healed and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.”  (4)  Then they said, “What shall be the guilt offering which we shall return to Him?” And they said, “Five golden tumors and five golden mice according to the number of the lords of the Philistines, for one plague was on all of you and on your lords.  (5)  “So you shall make likenesses of your tumors and likenesses of your mice that ravage the land, and you shall give glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will ease His hand from you, your gods, and your land.  (6)  “Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He had severely dealt with them, did they not allow the people to go, and they departed?  (7)  “Now therefore, take and prepare a new cart and two milch cows on which there has never been a yoke; and hitch the cows to the cart and take their calves home, away from them.  (8)  “Take the ark of the LORD and place it on the cart; and put the articles of gold which you return to Him as a guilt offering in a box by its side. Then send it away that it may go.  (9)  “Watch, if it goes up by the way of its own territory to Beth-shemesh, then He has done us this great evil. But if not, then we will know that it was not His hand that struck us; it happened to us by chance.”  (10)  Then the men did so, and took two milch cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home.  (11)  They put the ark of the LORD on the cart, and the box with the golden mice and the likenesses of their tumors.  (12)  And the cows took the straight way in the direction of Beth-shemesh; they went along the highway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right or to the left. And the lords of the Philistines followed them to the border of Beth-shemesh.  (13)  Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the valley, and they raised their eyes and saw the ark and were glad to see it.  (14)  The cart came into the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite and stood there where there was a large stone; and they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.  (15)  The Levites took down the ark of the LORD and the box that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone; and the men of Beth-shemesh offered burnt offerings and sacrificed sacrifices that day to the LORD.  (16)  When the five lords of the Philistines saw it, they returned to Ekron that day.  (17)  These are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned for a guilt offering to the LORD: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for Gath, one for Ekron;  (18)  and the golden mice, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both of fortified cities and of country villages. The large stone on which they set the ark of the LORD is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua the Beth-shemite.  (19)  He struck down some of the men of Beth-shemesh because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. He struck down of all the people, 50,070 men, and the people mourned because the LORD had struck the people with a great slaughter.  (20)  The men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the LORD, this holy God? And to whom shall He go up from us?”  (21)  So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of Kiriath-jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the LORD; come down and take it up to you.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


28 June 2017 Verse of the Day

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.  (1 Corinthians 15:58 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 Lord Calls Samuel
1Sa 3:1-21  Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD before Eli. And word from the LORD was rare in those days, visions were infrequent.  (2)  It happened at that time as Eli was lying down in his place (now his eyesight had begun to grow dim and he could not see well),  (3)  and the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD where the ark of God was,  (4)  that the LORD called Samuel; and he said, “Here I am.”  (5)  Then he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, lie down again.” So he went and lay down.  (6)  The LORD called yet again, “Samuel!” So Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he answered, “I did not call, my son, lie down again.”  (7)  Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, nor had the word of the LORD yet been revealed to him.  (8)  So the LORD called Samuel again for the third time. And he arose and went to Eli and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli discerned that the LORD was calling the boy.  (9)  And Eli said to Samuel, “Go lie down, and it shall be if He calls you, that you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for Your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.  (10)  Then the LORD came and stood and called as at other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for Your servant is listening.”  (11)  The LORD said to Samuel, “Behold, I am about to do a thing in Israel at which both ears of everyone who hears it will tingle.  (12)  “In that day I will carry out against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.  (13)  “For I have told him that I am about to judge his house forever for the iniquity which he knew, because his sons brought a curse on themselves and he did not rebuke them.  (14)  “Therefore I have sworn to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be atoned for by sacrifice or offering forever.”  (15)  So Samuel lay down until morning. Then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. But Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.  (16)  Then Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” And he said, “Here I am.”  (17)  He said, “What is the word that He spoke to you? Please do not hide it from me. May God do so to you, and more also, if you hide anything from me of all the words that He spoke to you.”  (18)  So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. And he said, “It is the LORD; let Him do what seems good to Him.”  (19)  Thus Samuel grew and the LORD was with him and let none of his words fail.  (20)  All Israel from Dan even to Beersheba knew that Samuel was confirmed as a prophet of the LORD.  (21)  And the LORD appeared again at Shiloh, because the LORD revealed Himself to Samuel at Shiloh by the word of the LORD.
 
The Philistines Capture the Ark
1Sa 4:1-22  Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped in Aphek.  (2)  The Philistines drew up in battle array to meet Israel. When the battle spread, Israel was defeated before the Philistines who killed about four thousand men on the battlefield.  (3)  When the people came into the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the LORD defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us take to ourselves from Shiloh the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that it may come among us and deliver us from the power of our enemies.”  (4)  So the people sent to Shiloh, and from there they carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD of hosts who sits above the cherubim; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were there with the ark of the covenant of God.  (5)  As the ark of the covenant of the LORD came into the camp, all Israel shouted with a great shout, so that the earth resounded.  (6)  When the Philistines heard the noise of the shout, they said, “What does the noise of this great shout in the camp of the Hebrews mean?” Then they understood that the ark of the LORD had come into the camp.  (7)  The Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp.” And they said, “Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before.  (8)  “Woe to us! Who shall deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who smote the Egyptians with all kinds of plagues in the wilderness.  (9)  “Take courage and be men, O Philistines, or you will become slaves to the Hebrews, as they have been slaves to you; therefore, be men and fight.”  (10)  So the Philistines fought and Israel was defeated, and every man fled to his tent; and the slaughter was very great, for there fell of Israel thirty thousand foot soldiers.  (11)  And the ark of God was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, died.

The Death of Eli
(12)  Now a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes torn and dust on his head.  (13)  When he came, behold, Eli was sitting on his seat by the road eagerly watching, because his heart was trembling for the ark of God. So the man came to tell it in the city, and all the city cried out.  (14)  When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the noise of this commotion mean?” Then the man came hurriedly and told Eli.  (15)  Now Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were set so that he could not see.  (16)  The man said to Eli, “I am the one who came from the battle line. Indeed, I escaped from the battle line today.” And he said, “How did things go, my son?”  (17)  Then the one who brought the news replied, “Israel has fled before the Philistines and there has also been a great slaughter among the people, and your two sons also, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead, and the ark of God has been taken.”  (18)  When he mentioned the ark of God, Eli fell off the seat backward beside the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he was old and heavy. Thus he judged Israel forty years.  (19)  Now his daughter-in-law, Phinehas’s wife, was pregnant and about to give birth; and when she heard the news that the ark of God was taken and that her father-in-law and her husband had died, she kneeled down and gave birth, for her pains came upon her.  (20)  And about the time of her death the women who stood by her said to her, “Do not be afraid, for you have given birth to a son.” But she did not answer or pay attention.  (21)  And she called the boy Ichabod, saying, “The glory has departed from Israel,” because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.  (22)  She said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God was taken.”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


27 June 2017 Verse of the Day

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.  (John 16:33 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 Birth of Samuel
1Sa 1:1-28  Now there was a certain man from Ramathaim-zophim from the hill country of Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite.  (2)  He had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.  (3)  Now this man would go up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were priests to the LORD there.  (4)  When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters;  (5)  but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the LORD had closed her womb.  (6)  Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the LORD had closed her womb.  (7)  It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the LORD, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat.  (8)  Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad? Am I not better to you than ten sons?”  (9)  Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the LORD.  (10)  She, greatly distressed, prayed to the LORD and wept bitterly.  (11)  She made a vow and said, “O LORD of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the LORD all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.”  (12)  Now it came about, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli was watching her mouth.  (13)  As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard. So Eli thought she was drunk.  (14)  Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk? Put away your wine from you.”  (15)  But Hannah replied, “No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit; I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the LORD.  (16)  “Do not consider your maidservant as a worthless woman, for I have spoken until now out of my great concern and provocation.”  (17)  Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.”  (18)  She said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.  (19)  Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the LORD, and returned again to their house in Ramah. And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her.  (20)  It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the LORD.”

Samuel Given to the Lord
(21)  Then the man Elkanah went up with all his household to offer to the LORD the yearly sacrifice and pay his vow.  (22)  But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will bring him, that he may appear before the LORD and stay there forever.”  (23)  Elkanah her husband said to her, “Do what seems best to you. Remain until you have weaned him; only may the LORD confirm His word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son until she weaned him.  (24)  Now when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, with a three-year-old bull and one ephah of flour and a jug of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD in Shiloh, although the child was young.  (25)  Then they slaughtered the bull, and brought the boy to Eli.  (26)  She said, “Oh, my lord! As your soul lives, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the LORD.  (27)  “For this boy I prayed, and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of Him.  (28)  “So I have also dedicated him to the LORD; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the LORD.” And he worshiped the LORD there.
 
Hannah’s Prayer
1Sa 2:1-36  Then Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; My horn is exalted in the LORD, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.  (2)  “There is no one holy like the LORD, Indeed, there is no one besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God.  (3)  “Boast no more so very proudly, Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth; For the LORD is a God of knowledge, And with Him actions are weighed.  (4)  “The bows of the mighty are shattered, But the feeble gird on strength.  (5)  “Those who were full hire themselves out for bread, But those who were hungry cease to hunger. Even the barren gives birth to seven, But she who has many children languishes.  (6)  “The LORD kills and makes alive; He brings down to Sheol and raises up.  (7)  “The LORD makes poor and rich; He brings low, He also exalts.  (8)  “He raises the poor from the dust, He lifts the needy from the ash heap To make them sit with nobles, And inherit a seat of honor; For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, And He set the world on them.  (9)  “He keeps the feet of His godly ones, But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness; For not by might shall a man prevail.  (10)  “Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered; Against them He will thunder in the heavens, The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; And He will give strength to His king, And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”  (11)  Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the LORD before Eli the priest.

Eli’s Worthless Sons
(12)  Now the sons of Eli were worthless men; they did not know the LORD  (13)  and the custom of the priests with the people. When any man was offering a sacrifice, the priest’s servant would come while the meat was boiling, with a three-pronged fork in his hand.  (14)  Then he would thrust it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fork brought up the priest would take for himself. Thus they did in Shiloh to all the Israelites who came there.  (15)  Also, before they burned the fat, the priest’s servant would come and say to the man who was sacrificing, “Give the priest meat for roasting, as he will not take boiled meat from you, only raw.”  (16)  If the man said to him, “They must surely burn the fat first, and then take as much as you desire,” then he would say, “No, but you shall give it to me now; and if not, I will take it by force.”  (17)  Thus the sin of the young men was very great before the LORD, for the men despised the offering of the LORD.  (18)  Now Samuel was ministering before the LORD, as a boy wearing a linen ephod.  (19)  And his mother would make him a little robe and bring it to him from year to year when she would come up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice.  (20)  Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife and say, “May the LORD give you children from this woman in place of the one she dedicated to the LORD.” And they went to their own home.  (21)  The LORD visited Hannah; and she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. And the boy Samuel grew before the LORD.

Eli Rebukes His Sons
(22)  Now Eli was very old; and he heard all that his sons were doing to all Israel, and how they lay with the women who served at the doorway of the tent of meeting.  (23)  He said to them, “Why do you do such things, the evil things that I hear from all these people?  (24)  “No, my sons; for the report is not good which I hear the LORD’S people circulating.  (25)  “If one man sins against another, God will mediate for him; but if a man sins against the LORD, who can intercede for him?” But they would not listen to the voice of their father, for the LORD desired to put them to death.  (26)  Now the boy Samuel was growing in stature and in favor both with the LORD and with men.

The Lord Rejects Eli’s Household
(27)  Then a man of God came to Eli and said to him, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Did I not indeed reveal Myself to the house of your father when they were in Egypt in bondage to Pharaoh’s house?  (28)  ‘Did I not choose them from all the tribes of Israel to be My priests, to go up to My altar, to burn incense, to carry an ephod before Me; and did I not give to the house of your father all the fire offerings of the sons of Israel?  (29)  ‘Why do you kick at My sacrifice and at My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling, and honor your sons above Me, by making yourselves fat with the choicest of every offering of My people Israel?’  (30)  “Therefore the LORD God of Israel declares, ‘I did indeed say that your house and the house of your father should walk before Me forever’; but now the LORD declares, ‘Far be it from Me—for those who honor Me I will honor, and those who despise Me will be lightly esteemed.  (31)  ‘Behold, the days are coming when I will break your strength and the strength of your father’s house so that there will not be an old man in your house.  (32)  ‘You will see the distress of My dwelling, in spite of all the good that I do for Israel; and an old man will not be in your house forever.  (33)  ‘Yet I will not cut off every man of yours from My altar so that your eyes will fail from weeping and your soul grieve, and all the increase of your house will die in the prime of life.  (34)  ‘This will be the sign to you which will come concerning your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas: on the same day both of them will die.  (35)  ‘But I will raise up for Myself a faithful priest who will do according to what is in My heart and in My soul; and I will build him an enduring house, and he will walk before My anointed always.  (36)  ‘Everyone who is left in your house will come and bow down to him for a piece of silver or a loaf of bread and say, “Please assign me to one of the priest’s offices so that I may eat a piece of bread.”‘”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


26 June 2017 Verse of the Day

Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? (Matthew 7:15-16 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.

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Ruth and Boaz at the Threshing Floor
Rth 3:1-18  Then Naomi her mother-in-law said to her, “My daughter, shall I not seek security for you, that it may be well with you?  (2)  “Now is not Boaz our kinsman, with whose maids you were? Behold, he winnows barley at the threshing floor tonight.  (3)  “Wash yourself therefore, and anoint yourself and put on your best clothes, and go down to the threshing floor; but do not make yourself known to the man until he has finished eating and drinking.  (4)  “It shall be when he lies down, that you shall notice the place where he lies, and you shall go and uncover his feet and lie down; then he will tell you what you shall do.”  (5)  She said to her, “All that you say I will do.”  (6)  So she went down to the threshing floor and did according to all that her mother-in-law had commanded her.  (7)  When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down.  (8)  It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet.  (9)  He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative.”  (10)  Then he said, “May you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich.  (11)  “Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence.  (12)  “Now it is true I am a close relative; however, there is a relative closer than I.  (13)  “Remain this night, and when morning comes, if he will redeem you, good; let him redeem you. But if he does not wish to redeem you, then I will redeem you, as the LORD lives. Lie down until morning.”  (14)  So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another; and he said, “Let it not be known that the woman came to the threshing floor.”  (15)  Again he said, “Give me the cloak that is on you and hold it.” So she held it, and he measured six measures of barley and laid it on her. Then she went into the city.  (16)  When she came to her mother-in-law, she said, “How did it go, my daughter?” And she told her all that the man had done for her.  (17)  She said, “These six measures of barley he gave to me, for he said, ‘Do not go to your mother-in-law empty-handed.'”  (18)  Then she said, “Wait, my daughter, until you know how the matter turns out; for the man will not rest until he has settled it today.”
 
Boaz Redeems Ruth
Rth 4:1-22  Now Boaz went up to the gate and sat down there, and behold, the close relative of whom Boaz spoke was passing by, so he said, “Turn aside, friend, sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.  (2)  He took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.  (3)  Then he said to the closest relative, “Naomi, who has come back from the land of Moab, has to sell the piece of land which belonged to our brother Elimelech.  (4)  “So I thought to inform you, saying, ‘Buy it before those who are sitting here, and before the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if not, tell me that I may know; for there is no one but you to redeem it, and I am after you.'” And he said, “I will redeem it.”  (5)  Then Boaz said, “On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance.”  (6)  The closest relative said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it.”  (7)  Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning the redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter: a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel.  (8)  So the closest relative said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself.” And he removed his sandal.  (9)  Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon.  (10)  “Moreover, I have acquired Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.”  (11)  All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.  (12)  “Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the LORD will give you by this young woman.”

Ruth and Boaz Marry
(13)  So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife, and he went in to her. And the LORD enabled her to conceive, and she gave birth to a son.  (14)  Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed is the LORD who has not left you without a redeemer today, and may his name become famous in Israel.  (15)  “May he also be to you a restorer of life and a sustainer of your old age; for your daughter-in-law, who loves you and is better to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.”  (16)  Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her lap, and became his nurse.  (17)  The neighbor women gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi!” So they named him Obed. He is the father of Jesse, the father of David.

The Genealogy of David
(18)  Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron,  (19)  and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab,  (20)  and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon,  (21)  and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed,  (22)  and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


25 June 2017 Verse of the Day

You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.  (Leviticus 18:22 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.

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Naomi Widowed
Rth 1:1-22  Now it came about in the days when the judges governed, that there was a famine in the land. And a certain man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the land of Moab with his wife and his two sons.  (2)  The name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife, Naomi; and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion, Ephrathites of Bethlehem in Judah. Now they entered the land of Moab and remained there.  (3)  Then Elimelech, Naomi’s husband, died; and she was left with her two sons.  (4)  They took for themselves Moabite women as wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. And they lived there about ten years.  (5)  Then both Mahlon and Chilion also died, and the woman was bereft of her two children and her husband.

Ruth’s Loyalty to Naomi
(6)  Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the land of Moab, for she had heard in the land of Moab that the LORD had visited His people in giving them food.  (7)  So she departed from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah.  (8)  And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the LORD deal kindly with you as you have dealt with the dead and with me.  (9)  “May the LORD grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept.  (10)  And they said to her, “No, but we will surely return with you to your people.”  (11)  But Naomi said, “Return, my daughters. Why should you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands?  (12)  “Return, my daughters! Go, for I am too old to have a husband. If I said I have hope, if I should even have a husband tonight and also bear sons,  (13)  would you therefore wait until they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters; for it is harder for me than for you, for the hand of the LORD has gone forth against me.”  (14)  And they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.  (15)  Then she said, “Behold, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and her gods; return after your sister-in-law.”  (16)  But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God.  (17)  “Where you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. Thus may the LORD do to me, and worse, if anything but death parts you and me.”  (18)  When she saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more to her.

Naomi and Ruth Return
(19)  So they both went until they came to Bethlehem. And when they had come to Bethlehem, all the city was stirred because of them, and the women said, “Is this Naomi?”  (20)  She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi; call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.  (21)  “I went out full, but the LORD has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the LORD has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?”  (22)  So Naomi returned, and with her Ruth the Moabitess, her daughter-in-law, who returned from the land of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.
 
Ruth Meets Boaz
Rth 2:1-23  Now Naomi had a kinsman of her husband, a man of great wealth, of the family of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz.  (2)  And Ruth the Moabitess said to Naomi, “Please let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after one in whose sight I may find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.”  (3)  So she departed and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers; and she happened to come to the portion of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the family of Elimelech.  (4)  Now behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem and said to the reapers, “May the LORD be with you.” And they said to him, “May the LORD bless you.”  (5)  Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?”  (6)  The servant in charge of the reapers replied, “She is the young Moabite woman who returned with Naomi from the land of Moab.  (7)  “And she said, ‘Please let me glean and gather after the reapers among the sheaves.’ Thus she came and has remained from the morning until now; she has been sitting in the house for a little while.”  (8)  Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Listen carefully, my daughter. Do not go to glean in another field; furthermore, do not go on from this one, but stay here with my maids.  (9)  “Let your eyes be on the field which they reap, and go after them. Indeed, I have commanded the servants not to touch you. When you are thirsty, go to the water jars and drink from what the servants draw.”  (10)  Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?”  (11)  Boaz replied to her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.  (12)  “May the LORD reward your work, and your wages be full from the LORD, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.”  (13)  Then she said, “I have found favor in your sight, my lord, for you have comforted me and indeed have spoken kindly to your maidservant, though I am not like one of your maidservants.”  (14)  At mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar.” So she sat beside the reapers; and he served her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied and had some left.  (15)  When she rose to glean, Boaz commanded his servants, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not insult her.  (16)  “Also you shall purposely pull out for her some grain from the bundles and leave it that she may glean, and do not rebuke her.”  (17)  So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.  (18)  She took it up and went into the city, and her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also took it out and gave Naomi what she had left after she was satisfied.  (19)  Her mother-in-law then said to her, “Where did you glean today and where did you work? May he who took notice of you be blessed.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The name of the man with whom I worked today is Boaz.”  (20)  Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed of the LORD who has not withdrawn his kindness to the living and to the dead.” Again Naomi said to her, “The man is our relative, he is one of our closest relatives.”  (21)  Then Ruth the Moabitess said, “Furthermore, he said to me, ‘You should stay close to my servants until they have finished all my harvest.'”  (22)  Naomi said to Ruth her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his maids, so that others do not fall upon you in another field.”  (23)  So she stayed close by the maids of Boaz in order to glean until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


24 June 2017 Verse of the Day

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  (Deuteronomy 6:5 NASB)

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Israel’s War with the Tribe of Benjamin
Jdg 20:1-48  Then all the sons of Israel from Dan to Beersheba, including the land of Gilead, came out, and the congregation assembled as one man to the LORD at Mizpah.  (2)  The chiefs of all the people, even of all the tribes of Israel, took their stand in the assembly of the people of God, 400,000 foot soldiers who drew the sword.  (3)  (Now the sons of Benjamin heard that the sons of Israel had gone up to Mizpah.) And the sons of Israel said, “Tell us, how did this wickedness take place?”  (4)  So the Levite, the husband of the woman who was murdered, answered and said, “I came with my concubine to spend the night at Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.  (5)  “But the men of Gibeah rose up against me and surrounded the house at night because of me. They intended to kill me; instead, they ravished my concubine so that she died.  (6)  “And I took hold of my concubine and cut her in pieces and sent her throughout the land of Israel’s inheritance; for they have committed a lewd and disgraceful act in Israel.  (7)  “Behold, all you sons of Israel, give your advice and counsel here.”  (8)  Then all the people arose as one man, saying, “Not one of us will go to his tent, nor will any of us return to his house.  (9)  “But now this is the thing which we will do to Gibeah; we will go up against it by lot.  (10)  “And we will take 10 men out of 100 throughout the tribes of Israel, and 100 out of 1,000, and 1,000 out of 10,000 to supply food for the people, that when they come to Gibeah of Benjamin, they may punish them for all the disgraceful acts that they have committed in Israel.”  (11)  Thus all the men of Israel were gathered against the city, united as one man.  (12)  Then the tribes of Israel sent men through the entire tribe of Benjamin, saying, “What is this wickedness that has taken place among you?  (13)  “Now then, deliver up the men, the worthless fellows in Gibeah, that we may put them to death and remove this wickedness from Israel.” But the sons of Benjamin would not listen to the voice of their brothers, the sons of Israel.  (14)  The sons of Benjamin gathered from the cities to Gibeah, to go out to battle against the sons of Israel.  (15)  From the cities on that day the sons of Benjamin were numbered, 26,000 men who draw the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah who were numbered, 700 choice men.  (16)  Out of all these people 700 choice men were left-handed; each one could sling a stone at a hair and not miss.  (17)  Then the men of Israel besides Benjamin were numbered, 400,000 men who draw the sword; all these were men of war.  (18)  Now the sons of Israel arose, went up to Bethel, and inquired of God and said, “Who shall go up first for us to battle against the sons of Benjamin?” Then the LORD said, “Judah shall go up first.”  (19)  So the sons of Israel arose in the morning and camped against Gibeah.  (20)  The men of Israel went out to battle against Benjamin, and the men of Israel arrayed for battle against them at Gibeah.  (21)  Then the sons of Benjamin came out of Gibeah and felled to the ground on that day 22,000 men of Israel.  (22)  But the people, the men of Israel, encouraged themselves and arrayed for battle again in the place where they had arrayed themselves the first day.  (23)  The sons of Israel went up and wept before the LORD until evening, and inquired of the LORD, saying, “Shall we again draw near for battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin?” And the LORD said, “Go up against him.”  (24)  Then the sons of Israel came against the sons of Benjamin the second day.  (25)  Benjamin went out against them from Gibeah the second day and felled to the ground again 18,000 men of the sons of Israel; all these drew the sword.  (26)  Then all the sons of Israel and all the people went up and came to Bethel and wept; thus they remained there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening. And they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.  (27)  The sons of Israel inquired of the LORD (for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days,  (28)  and Phinehas the son of Eleazar, Aaron’s son, stood before it to minister in those days), saying, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the sons of my brother Benjamin, or shall I cease?” And the LORD said, “Go up, for tomorrow I will deliver them into your hand.”  (29)  So Israel set men in ambush around Gibeah.  (30)  The sons of Israel went up against the sons of Benjamin on the third day and arrayed themselves against Gibeah as at other times.  (31)  The sons of Benjamin went out against the people and were drawn away from the city, and they began to strike and kill some of the people as at other times, on the highways, one of which goes up to Bethel and the other to Gibeah, and in the field, about thirty men of Israel.  (32)  The sons of Benjamin said, “They are struck down before us, as at the first.” But the sons of Israel said, “Let us flee that we may draw them away from the city to the highways.”  (33)  Then all the men of Israel arose from their place and arrayed themselves at Baal-tamar; and the men of Israel in ambush broke out of their place, even out of Maareh-geba.  (34)  When ten thousand choice men from all Israel came against Gibeah, the battle became fierce; but Benjamin did not know that disaster was close to them.  (35)  And the LORD struck Benjamin before Israel, so that the sons of Israel destroyed 25,100 men of Benjamin that day, all who draw the sword.  (36)  So the sons of Benjamin saw that they were defeated. When the men of Israel gave ground to Benjamin because they relied on the men in ambush whom they had set against Gibeah,  (37)  the men in ambush hurried and rushed against Gibeah; the men in ambush also deployed and struck all the city with the edge of the sword.  (38)  Now the appointed sign between the men of Israel and the men in ambush was that they would make a great cloud of smoke rise from the city.  (39)  Then the men of Israel turned in the battle, and Benjamin began to strike and kill about thirty men of Israel, for they said, “Surely they are defeated before us, as in the first battle.”  (40)  But when the cloud began to rise from the city in a column of smoke, Benjamin looked behind them; and behold, the whole city was going up in smoke to heaven.  (41)  Then the men of Israel turned, and the men of Benjamin were terrified; for they saw that disaster was close to them.  (42)  Therefore, they turned their backs before the men of Israel toward the direction of the wilderness, but the battle overtook them while those who came out of the cities destroyed them in the midst of them.  (43)  They surrounded Benjamin, pursued them without rest and trod them down opposite Gibeah toward the east.  (44)  Thus 18,000 men of Benjamin fell; all these were valiant warriors.  (45)  The rest turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, but they caught 5,000 of them on the highways and overtook them at Gidom and killed 2,000 of them.  (46)  So all of Benjamin who fell that day were 25,000 men who draw the sword; all these were valiant warriors.  (47)  But 600 men turned and fled toward the wilderness to the rock of Rimmon, and they remained at the rock of Rimmon four months.  (48)  The men of Israel then turned back against the sons of Benjamin and struck them with the edge of the sword, both the entire city with the cattle and all that they found; they also set on fire all the cities which they found.
 
Wives Provided for the Tribe of Benjamin
Jdg 21:1-25  Now the men of Israel had sworn in Mizpah, saying, “None of us shall give his daughter to Benjamin in marriage.”  (2)  So the people came to Bethel and sat there before God until evening, and lifted up their voices and wept bitterly.  (3)  They said, “Why, O LORD, God of Israel, has this come about in Israel, so that one tribe should be missing today in Israel?”  (4)  It came about the next day that the people arose early and built an altar there and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings.  (5)  Then the sons of Israel said, “Who is there among all the tribes of Israel who did not come up in the assembly to the LORD?” For they had taken a great oath concerning him who did not come up to the LORD at Mizpah, saying, “He shall surely be put to death.”  (6)  And the sons of Israel were sorry for their brother Benjamin and said, “One tribe is cut off from Israel today.  (7)  “What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since we have sworn by the LORD not to give them any of our daughters in marriage?”  (8)  And they said, “What one is there of the tribes of Israel who did not come up to the LORD at Mizpah?” And behold, no one had come to the camp from Jabesh-gilead to the assembly.  (9)  For when the people were numbered, behold, not one of the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead was there.  (10)  And the congregation sent 12,000 of the valiant warriors there, and commanded them, saying, “Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones.  (11)  “This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every man and every woman who has lain with a man.”  (12)  And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 400 young virgins who had not known a man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.  (13)  Then the whole congregation sent word and spoke to the sons of Benjamin who were at the rock of Rimmon, and proclaimed peace to them.  (14)  Benjamin returned at that time, and they gave them the women whom they had kept alive from the women of Jabesh-gilead; yet they were not enough for them.  (15)  And the people were sorry for Benjamin because the LORD had made a breach in the tribes of Israel.  (16)  Then the elders of the congregation said, “What shall we do for wives for those who are left, since the women are destroyed out of Benjamin?”  (17)  They said, “There must be an inheritance for the survivors of Benjamin, so that a tribe will not be blotted out from Israel.  (18)  “But we cannot give them wives of our daughters.” For the sons of Israel had sworn, saying, “Cursed is he who gives a wife to Benjamin.”  (19)  So they said, “Behold, there is a feast of the LORD from year to year in Shiloh, which is on the north side of Bethel, on the east side of the highway that goes up from Bethel to Shechem, and on the south side of Lebonah.”  (20)  And they commanded the sons of Benjamin, saying, “Go and lie in wait in the vineyards,  (21)  and watch; and behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to take part in the dances, then you shall come out of the vineyards and each of you shall catch his wife from the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.  (22)  “It shall come about, when their fathers or their brothers come to complain to us, that we shall say to them, ‘Give them to us voluntarily, because we did not take for each man of Benjamin a wife in battle, nor did you give them to them, else you would now be guilty.'”  (23)  The sons of Benjamin did so, and took wives according to their number from those who danced, whom they carried away. And they went and returned to their inheritance and rebuilt the cities and lived in them.  (24)  The sons of Israel departed from there at that time, every man to his tribe and family, and each one of them went out from there to his inheritance.  (25)  In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 


23 June 2017 Verse of the Day

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.  (Revelation 22:17 NASB)

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Danites Take the Levite and the Idol
Jdg 18:1-31  In those days there was no king of Israel; and in those days the tribe of the Danites was seeking an inheritance for themselves to live in, for until that day an inheritance had not been allotted to them as a possession among the tribes of Israel.  (2)  So the sons of Dan sent from their family five men out of their whole number, valiant men from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and to search it; and they said to them, “Go, search the land.” And they came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.  (3)  When they were near the house of Micah, they recognized the voice of the young man, the Levite; and they turned aside there and said to him, “Who brought you here? And what are you doing in this place? And what do you have here?”  (4)  He said to them, “Thus and so has Micah done to me, and he has hired me and I have become his priest.”  (5)  They said to him, “Inquire of God, please, that we may know whether our way on which we are going will be prosperous.”  (6)  The priest said to them, “Go in peace; your way in which you are going has the LORD’S approval.”  (7)  Then the five men departed and came to Laish and saw the people who were in it living in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and secure; for there was no ruler humiliating them for anything in the land, and they were far from the Sidonians and had no dealings with anyone.  (8)  When they came back to their brothers at Zorah and Eshtaol, their brothers said to them, “What do you report?”  (9)  They said, “Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good. And will you sit still? Do not delay to go, to enter, to possess the land.  (10)  “When you enter, you will come to a secure people with a spacious land; for God has given it into your hand, a place where there is no lack of anything that is on the earth.”  (11)  Then from the family of the Danites, from Zorah and from Eshtaol, six hundred men armed with weapons of war set out.  (12)  They went up and camped at Kiriath-jearim in Judah. Therefore they called that place Mahaneh-dan to this day; behold, it is west of Kiriath-jearim.  (13)  They passed from there to the hill country of Ephraim and came to the house of Micah.  (14)  Then the five men who went to spy out the country of Laish said to their kinsmen, “Do you know that there are in these houses an ephod and household idols and a graven image and a molten image? Now therefore, consider what you should do.”  (15)  They turned aside there and came to the house of the young man, the Levite, to the house of Micah, and asked him of his welfare.  (16)  The six hundred men armed with their weapons of war, who were of the sons of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.  (17)  Now the five men who went to spy out the land went up and entered there, and took the graven image and the ephod and household idols and the molten image, while the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men armed with weapons of war.  (18)  When these went into Micah’s house and took the graven image, the ephod and household idols and the molten image, the priest said to them, “What are you doing?”  (19)  They said to him, “Be silent, put your hand over your mouth and come with us, and be to us a father and a priest. Is it better for you to be a priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?”  (20)  The priest’s heart was glad, and he took the ephod and household idols and the graven image and went among the people.  (21)  Then they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the livestock and the valuables in front of them.  (22)  When they had gone some distance from the house of Micah, the men who were in the houses near Micah’s house assembled and overtook the sons of Dan.  (23)  They cried to the sons of Dan, who turned around and said to Micah, “What is the matter with you, that you have assembled together?”  (24)  He said, “You have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and have gone away, and what do I have besides? So how can you say to me, ‘What is the matter with you?'”  (25)  The sons of Dan said to him, “Do not let your voice be heard among us, or else fierce men will fall upon you and you will lose your life, with the lives of your household.”  (26)  So the sons of Dan went on their way; and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.  (27)  Then they took what Micah had made and the priest who had belonged to him, and came to Laish, to a people quiet and secure, and struck them with the edge of the sword; and they burned the city with fire.  (28)  And there was no one to deliver them, because it was far from Sidon and they had no dealings with anyone, and it was in the valley which is near Beth-rehob. And they rebuilt the city and lived in it.  (29)  They called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father who was born in Israel; however, the name of the city formerly was Laish.  (30)  The sons of Dan set up for themselves the graven image; and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Manasseh, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.  (31)  So they set up for themselves Micah’s graven image which he had made, all the time that the house of God was at Shiloh.
 
A Levite and His Concubine
Jdg 19:1-30  Now it came about in those days, when there was no king in Israel, that there was a certain Levite staying in the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, who took a concubine for himself from Bethlehem in Judah.  (2)  But his concubine played the harlot against him, and she went away from him to her father’s house in Bethlehem in Judah, and was there for a period of four months.  (3)  Then her husband arose and went after her to speak tenderly to her in order to bring her back, taking with him his servant and a pair of donkeys. So she brought him into her father’s house, and when the girl’s father saw him, he was glad to meet him.  (4)  His father-in-law, the girl’s father, detained him; and he remained with him three days. So they ate and drank and lodged there.  (5)  Now on the fourth day they got up early in the morning, and he prepared to go; and the girl’s father said to his son-in-law, “Sustain yourself with a piece of bread, and afterward you may go.”  (6)  So both of them sat down and ate and drank together; and the girl’s father said to the man, “Please be willing to spend the night, and let your heart be merry.”  (7)  Then the man arose to go, but his father-in-law urged him so that he spent the night there again.  (8)  On the fifth day he arose to go early in the morning, and the girl’s father said, “Please sustain yourself, and wait until afternoon”; so both of them ate.  (9)  When the man arose to go along with his concubine and servant, his father-in-law, the girl’s father, said to him, “Behold now, the day has drawn to a close; please spend the night. Lo, the day is coming to an end; spend the night here that your heart may be merry. Then tomorrow you may arise early for your journey so that you may go home.”  (10)  But the man was not willing to spend the night, so he arose and departed and came to a place opposite Jebus (that is, Jerusalem). And there were with him a pair of saddled donkeys; his concubine also was with him.  (11)  When they were near Jebus, the day was almost gone; and the servant said to his master, “Please come, and let us turn aside into this city of the Jebusites and spend the night in it.”  (12)  However, his master said to him, “We will not turn aside into the city of foreigners who are not of the sons of Israel; but we will go on as far as Gibeah.”  (13)  He said to his servant, “Come and let us approach one of these places; and we will spend the night in Gibeah or Ramah.”  (14)  So they passed along and went their way, and the sun set on them near Gibeah which belongs to Benjamin.  (15)  They turned aside there in order to enter and lodge in Gibeah. When they entered, they sat down in the open square of the city, for no one took them into his house to spend the night.  (16)  Then behold, an old man was coming out of the field from his work at evening. Now the man was from the hill country of Ephraim, and he was staying in Gibeah, but the men of the place were Benjamites.  (17)  And he lifted up his eyes and saw the traveler in the open square of the city; and the old man said, “Where are you going, and where do you come from?”  (18)  He said to him, “We are passing from Bethlehem in Judah to the remote part of the hill country of Ephraim, for I am from there, and I went to Bethlehem in Judah. But I am now going to my house, and no man will take me into his house.  (19)  “Yet there is both straw and fodder for our donkeys, and also bread and wine for me, your maidservant, and the young man who is with your servants; there is no lack of anything.”  (20)  The old man said, “Peace to you. Only let me take care of all your needs; however, do not spend the night in the open square.”  (21)  So he took him into his house and gave the donkeys fodder, and they washed their feet and ate and drank.

Gibeah’s Crime
(22)  While they were celebrating, behold, the men of the city, certain worthless fellows, surrounded the house, pounding the door; and they spoke to the owner of the house, the old man, saying, “Bring out the man who came into your house that we may have relations with him.”  (23)  Then the man, the owner of the house, went out to them and said to them, “No, my fellows, please do not act so wickedly; since this man has come into my house, do not commit this act of folly.  (24)  “Here is my virgin daughter and his concubine. Please let me bring them out that you may ravish them and do to them whatever you wish. But do not commit such an act of folly against this man.”  (25)  But the men would not listen to him. So the man seized his concubine and brought her out to them; and they raped her and abused her all night until morning, then let her go at the approach of dawn.  (26)  As the day began to dawn, the woman came and fell down at the doorway of the man’s house where her master was, until full daylight.  (27)  When her master arose in the morning and opened the doors of the house and went out to go on his way, then behold, his concubine was lying at the doorway of the house with her hands on the threshold.  (28)  He said to her, “Get up and let us go,” but there was no answer. Then he placed her on the donkey; and the man arose and went to his home.  (29)  When he entered his house, he took a knife and laid hold of his concubine and cut her in twelve pieces, limb by limb, and sent her throughout the territory of Israel.  (30)  All who saw it said, “Nothing like this has ever happened or been seen from the day when the sons of Israel came up from the land of Egypt to this day. Consider it, take counsel and speak up!”

Pray to the Lord

Yours in Christ,
Bob Maynard

 



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