Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)

Australia Ministry Trip (Sept 26-November 10, 2017)
From September 26 to November 10, 2017, my husband, daughter and I will be on a ministry trip in Australia and New Zealand. The places we will be visiting are shown on the map above - along with the dates in which we'll be in these places (and what we'll be doing while there). Please keep this ministry trip and all of us in your prayers! Blogs will appear daily throughout this time, as I have written them and scheduled them in advance. I welcome your comments - and enjoy them! Just know I will not have Internet access for much of this time. So, I will look forward to reading your responses upon my return. Thank you for your understanding! And please keep reading to complete the "Reading the Bible in a Year" challenge and blessing! I am very grateful to Claire for her faithful blog comments (please everyone - join her in sharing each day as a discussion blesses everyone so much more!) And I am thankful that Claire has graciously agreed to add a bit more into her daily comments during my time of absence. Please direct special comments or questions which require immediate responses to her (on this blog). Blessings as you continue your journey through God's Word this year!

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Daily Bible Reading - January 22, 2017

Today's Reading:

Luke 17

Genesis 29:1-30

Psalm 22

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Thoughts and Commentary on Today's Reading:

In today's reading I most resonated with the message of Psalm 22. This Psalm portrays an experience that we have probably all passed through at one time or another. We've all been in dire circumstances - dark times which seemed without hope. Yet, there is a reason to hope - beyond what we can see or perceive. We hope in God.

There are special chapters of the Bible, which specifically focus on certain things. For example, Hebrews 11 is known as "The Faith Chapter", 1 Corinthians 13 is known as "The Love Chapter" and Psalm 119 is the Chapter extoling "The Law of God" through all the letters of the Hebrew alphabet (alephbet) - there are 8 verses per Hebrew letter. Well, now we can add to this that Psalm 22 is "The Hope Chapter".

The word "hope" certainly appears in the Chapter, as it says in Psalm 22:9, "...Thou didst make me hope...". But I don't call this chapter "The Hope Chapter" because the term is repeated over and over. Rather, I call it "The Hope Chapter" because the concept and reason to Hope are powerfully given.

Psalm 22 is a Messianic prophesy. The Saviour's Death is foretold in this Chapter. And it is in His Death - because of His Death - and Resurrection that we have reason to Hope - Always!

At the time of the Crucifixion, Messiah cried out, "My God, My God, Why hast Thou forsaken Me?" These were the very words David was inspired to write when foretelling Christ's Experience at Calvary, in Psalm 22:1.

In Psalm 22:16, we find the prophesy that the Saviour's Hands and Feet would be pierced. And in Psalm 22:18 it is foretold that they would divide His clothes amongst themselves, casting lots to see who would win His garments.

But the Chapter ends with a powerful promise. Because of His Death and Suffering - by His stripes, we are healed - a "seed" will serve Him and be accounted as His generation of people (Psalm 22:30). 

What a powerful reason to HOPE! So, no matter what you're facing, no matter how dark or dire your circumstances may seem, remember the Message and Promise of hope in Psalm 22... Remember to Hope in God!


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