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Reading 1 - 2Ki 3:16,17
"And he [Elisha] said, 'This is what the LORD says: Make this
valley full of ditches. For this is what the LORD says: You will see neither
wind nor rain, yet this valley will be filled with water, and you, your cattle
and your other animals will drink' " (2Ki 3:16,17).
"The armies of the three kings were famishing for want of
water: God was about to send it, and in these words the prophet announced the
coming blessing. Here was a case of human helplessness: not a drop of water
could all the valiant men procure from the skies or find in the wells of earth.
Thus often the people of the Lord are at their wits' end; they see the vanity of
the creature, and learn experimentally where their help is to be found. Still
the people were to make a believing preparation for the divine blessing; they
were to dig the trenches in which the precious liquid would be held" (CH
Reading 2 - Jer 51
The difficult messages of Jeremiah against apostate Judah
conclude with a wonderful prophecy of the restoration of the nation in the
latter days. It is a literal action which will accompany the downfall of Babylon
the Great (Rev 18). Jer 51 outlined:
Israel will be revenged: vv 1-6.
The surrounding nations forsake
Babylon: vv 7-9.
"Thine end is come, Babylon": vv 10-13.
of Babylon: vv 14-19.
Yahweh's battle axe and weapons of war: vv 20-24.
Babylon: a burnt mountain: vv 25-29.
The city is taken: vv 30-33.
Jerusalem's complaint against Babylon: vv 34-35.
Yahweh's Answer: vv
The completeness of the destruction: vv 41-44.
"Get out before
Babylon's destruction comes": vv 45-50.
The reproach of the sanctuary: v
Requited by the God of Recompenses: vv 52-56.
annihilation: vv 57,58.
Seraiah instructed to read the book: vv 59-61.
The public prayer: v 62.
The book cast into the Euphrates: vv
Reading 3 - 1Co 11:29
"For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body
of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself" (1Co 11:29).
Those who look too much at the faults, or supposed faults, of
their brethren are in danger of doing this very thing. In looking at others
rather than themselves and Christ, they are first of all missing the point of
the ordinance, and nullifying in their heedlessness the benefit to themselves of
the offering of Christ's literal body. And in so judging others, they may also
be tearing the Lord's spiritual "body" to pieces. He who cannot discern the
Lord's "body" all around him, who sees his brothers and sisters only as so many
potential problems of doctrine and practice, is in danger of cutting himself off
from them. His "careful" eating and drinking in solitude will then degenerate
into a silly smugness, a self-satisfaction that may remove him from the very
benefit he thought was exclusively his. "I thank thee, Lord, that I am not as
these other men." But you are like them, and the sooner you realize it the