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November 8- Read Psalm 141 Psalm 141: 5–6 reads, “Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness: and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.  When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they […]

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Oct. 8 – A Tragic Day Read 1 Samuel 4 Proverbs 19:3 declares, “The foolishness of man perverteth his way: and his heart fretteth against the Lord.”  Thus was the case when the Philistines smote Israel.  Israel’s sin led to their defeat, but instead of repenting, they grumble: “Wherefore hath the Lord smitten us today […]

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September 8- Joshua 21 What we see in this chapter with the Levites can be applied to our ministers (and teachers) today.  The Levites were not given their own section in Canaan.  Instead, the other tribes were commanded to provide cities for them, much as our ministers today are provided for by the church.  I […]

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August 8—Judgement for the Oppressed Read Deuteronomy 24 Psalm 103:6 declares, “The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.”  And in Isaiah 1:16–17 Jehovah commands his people, “Cease to do evil…learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”  Deuteronomy 24 is a list of […]

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July 8- Read Numbers 29 According to Matthew Henry, the Israelites had more ceremonies and special events in the seventh month than in any other.  There appears to be a few different reasons for this.  First, this month was the first month of the year until it changed when the Israelites came out of Egypt.  […]

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June 8 – Vow and Pay Read Leviticus 27 The principle throughout Leviticus 27 is this: if one vowed to dedicate someone or something to Jehovah and then changed his mind, he was required to pay the value of the offering plus 20 (one-fifth) percent interest to redeem it.  (God does not value the souls […]

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May 8– Read Exodus 36 In verses 4–6 of this chapter, we read that the tabernacle workers had a very good problem on their hands.  The people had been commanded to supply the materials for the building of the tabernacle, and they gave so liberally that the men had to actually tell Moses to instruct […]

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Exodus 5–35   April 7 – Two Lessons Read Exodus 5 The moment of truth has arrived.  Moses and Aaron appear before Pharaoh with Jehovah’s command, “Let my people go.”  They a ramification to their request: “lest he fall upon us with pestilence, or with the sword” (v. 3c).  Calvin suggests that “the threatening, which […]

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Genesis 25–50; Exodus 1–4   March 8-–Read Genesis 25 As we were discussing these stories in Bible class recently, a student raised her hand and said, “Would people start dreading being the oldest, because they never actually got the blessing?”  I had never really thought of this before, but she had a point.  There are […]

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February 8 – Wisdom Without Price Read Job 28 Last August our family camped in the Rocky Mountains.  As we drove to a trailhead one afternoon, intending to hike to a nearby waterfall, we passed a gaping hole in the side of a mountain.  Aha!  This must be the gold mine that a camp volunteer […]

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