Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading –Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Theme: GOD IS MIGHTY TO SAVE

Text: “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust:  he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence. I will call on the LORD, who is worthy to be praised:  so shall I be saved from mine enemies”- 2 Samuel 22:2-4.

Comment: David, the son of Jesse, a warrior with God’s favor, (1Samuel 16:18) came to the limelight when he killed Goliath, a giant of Gath, with a sling and a stone by faith in the name of the LORD of hosts. (1Samuel 17:45-51) Indeed, he had a glorious military career, even as the anointed king of Israel, and prophet. However, when he became old his strength of course diminished. But for the mercy of God, he would have been killed by Ishbi-benob, a giant and relative of Goliath whom he had killed, but Abishai the son of Zeruiah succored him, and killed the giant by God’s grace. – 2 Samuel 21:15-22

David and his men eventually slew the remaining giant relatives of Goliath by the power of God. The text for today is part of a song of thanksgiving that David sang in praise of the MOST HIGH GOD Who spared his life. Seeing how God delivered the Jews from slavery, Moses in his valedictory speech to the Israelites before his death, sang in praise of God, “Give ear, O ye heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. …Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God. He is the Rock, his work is perfect:  for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he”. – Deuteronomy 32:1-4.

Theme: COMMENTARY ON HEBREWS 11:32 - 40

Text:“For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.” – Jeremiah 32:3.

Comment: Because the king and people of Judah had given themselves to the worship of the devil, God Almighty used Jeremiah the prophet to warn them, telling them that if they would not repent, He would make Jerusalem and the temple they took pride in to suffer the fate of Shiloh, where the name of God was in earlier times before it was destroyed and abandoned. (Joshua 18:1; 19:51; 1Kings 14:2.) For warning the people against sin the leaders determined that Jeremiah must die. (Jeremiah 26:1-10) However, some of the elders, together with Ahikam, an officer of the king, intervened to prevent them from their wicked plot.

 

Again, when the Chaldeans besieged Jerusalem, Jeremiah was instructed by God to tell them to submit to their rule to avoid death and destruction. This was  seen as treason for which the leaders of the people convinced King Zedekiah to cast Jeremiah into.a well. But God also delivered him. When we stand up for the truth, even in the face of danger, God will give us victory in the end. St. Paul in his writings recalled God delivered them “from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).. He added that God Almighty shall deliver him “from every evil work, and will preserve him unto his heavenly kingdom. –  2 Timothy 4:18