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Let thy mercies come also unto me, O Lord, even thy saivation, according to thy word. So shall I have wherewith to answer him that reproacheth me: for I trust in thy word. Ps. 119:41, 42 The apologia! The believer in this work; is conscious of the need of an apology, Not, indeed, in the modern sense of the word, as if he felt the need of apologizing, of making an excuse, of assuming a miserably weak defensive position over against the world that lieth in darkness. Or why should the light apologize to the darkness, righteousness to unrighteousness, holiness...

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If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready. He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors. Psalm 7:12, 13 These words picture the absolute certainty of God’s judgment upon the sinner. They also tell us how fierce and terrible that judgment is. God has a sword, a sword of justice, and with it He will punish man on account of his sin. The instruments wherewith God will inflict this judgment and which He has also prepared, according to the text, are...

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“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death.” Psalm 48:1, 14 This text is a beautiful confession of faith. It is a beautiful confession to make as we begin a new year. We do not know what will happen to us in 2018. Who will be born and who will die? What afflictions will enter into our lives? What will happen in our family? What will take place in...

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Remember the word unto thy servant, upon which thou hast caused me to hope. Psalm 119:49 From the depths! Always from the depths the cry of the people of God in this present world ascends unto Jehovah their God. It must needs be so. For such is the good pleasure of Him, Who work- eth all things after the counsel of His own will, that He should reveal Himself as the Highest unto those that are in the depths, as the Blessed to them that are in misery, as the Light to them that are in darkness, as the Living...

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For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet he accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end. Luke 22:37 Dreadful hour! The sinless One was to be numbered with the transgressors! He that knew no sin, who did no evil, neither was guile found in His mouth, the Son of God in the flesh, was to be considered, reckoned and treated as a public enemy! Well might the Savior warn His disciples in this darkest of hours, when the darkest forces of the powers of darkness...

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“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.” Genesis 49:10 These are the words of an astounding prophecy from our great God Himself! These words spoken by Jacob were a prophecy. To be sure, they were not just a dying man’s words, though it is true that Jacob was dying. And in his dying, we know from Hebrews 11 that he worshiped God, leaning upon the top of his staff and blessed the sons of Joseph. A tremendous twofold act of...

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Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. Proverbs 10:12 Is there a great deal of strife in your life? Are there others with whom you are constantly contending and arguing? Do you find that you have a running battle with certain individuals? Perhaps it is a spouse, a family member, a coworker, or a fellow student? The proverb (wise saying) that we consider for this meditation speaks about this kind of strife. It tells us that strife is stirred up by hatred. This hatred and strife are contrasted to love. Love does not stir up strife. Love, rather,...

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O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalm 136:1 Long before Thanksgiving was observed as an annual event in North America, the Israelites of old gave thanks to God after bringing in the harvest. “Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine” (Deut. 16:13). The feast of tabernacles pointed forward to the day when God will tabernacle with men in the new heavens and the new earth. Evidently, the picture of the harvest pointed the Old Testament saints to...

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For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God. . . . I Pet. 8:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins! O, there can be no doubt about it, even though wo repeat it with fear and trembling, our Lord is not the only one, though He be the Chief, that suffered for sins. He suffered for sins also. . . . Our Lord may not be, He must not remain the sole sufferer for sins. Or rather: because He suffered for sins once, we, too, dare...

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And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them: Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but he is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, Saying, The Son of man must be delivered info the hands of sinful mem, and be crucified, and the third day rise again. And they remembered his words. Luke 24:5-8 They remembered! Somehow, deeply buried in their subconsciousness, these words of their Lord had been hid. Yes, indeed, they had heard His words, spoken to...

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