Scripture reading for May 20th: 2nd Samuel 11-12, 1st Chronicles 20, Psalm 51, 32, Acts 27
Key Scriptures: Acts 27:34-38 “”Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.” And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat. Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves. (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.) And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.”
While on his journey to Rome, the ship’s captain that Paul had warned not to proceed had gone ahead anyway. A great storm arose at sea and all on board despaired of life. Paul was encouraged in a vision that none would be lost except the ship and that he would travel to Rome to testify there. Paul shared his vision with the crew and those aboard the ship and encouraged them to eat something. He took the bread, gave thanks, broke it and ate! This was a type of Holy Communion, a remembering of Jesus’ death and indwelling life!
Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I trust in Your broken Body and shed Blood for cleansing, healing, forgiveness and encouragement. Open doors today of encouragement and hope, where I can break the Bread of Life through sharing Jesus Christ and His mercy for those who are fearful in the midst of a storm.
2nd Samuel 12:13 “David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.”
Scripture reading for December 14th: Revelation 10
“Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun and his legs were like fiery pillars. He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land and gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” (Revelation 10:1-4)
John saw this angel between the sixth and seventh trumpets. This mighty angel could put his feet on land and sea, signifying that his message was for the whole earth. As he shouted, sounding like the roar of a lion, seven thunders answered! John understood what they said, but was told not to write it down. This angel was telling John (and us) that there will be surprises in what happens on earth during the time of the great tribulation. All must be careful to stay close to the Lord and not to think that we have everything figured out! God has hidden some of his plans!
This angel with his feet on the sea and land spoke a message from God the Creator: “There will be no more delay!” (Revelation 10:6,7) Soon the seventh angel would sound his trumpet and the “mystery of God will be accomplished. just as He has announced to His servants the prophets.” John was told to take the scroll and eat it and prophesy about nations and peoples. It was sweet in his mouth, but sour in his stomach! (See Ezekiel 2:8-3:3) God’s word must be eaten by those proclaiming it. All of it is sweet to the believer, but brings holy fear over the judgments on the wicked. God’s holy word is a balanced diet bringing health to body and soul for those who eat it and digest it’s heavenly truth!