First Love (Rev. 2,3) – James Block

 

Revelation 2

What is commanded to be written to the angels, that is, the ministers of the churches of Ephesus
1 “To the messenger of the assembly of Ephesos write, ‘He who is holding the seven stars in His right hand, who is walking in the midst of the seven golden lampstands, says this: 2 “I know your works, and your labour, and your endurance, and that you are not able to bear evil ones, and have tried those who say they are emissaries and are not, and have found them false; 3 and you have been bearing up and have endurance, and have laboured for My Name’s sake and have not become weary. 4 “But I hold this against you, that you have left your first love. 5 “So remember from where you have fallen, and repent and do the first works, or else I shall come to you speedily and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent. 6 “Yet this you have, that you hate the works of the Nikolaites, which I also hate. 7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes (a) I shall give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise (b) of Elohim.” ’(c) Gen 2:9, Gen 3:22, Gen 3:24 Footnotes: a This word (and its noun) is used 17 times in the Book of Revelation. The name Yisra’ĕl means to overcome with Ěl. bLit. garden. c See Rev 22:2 and Rev 22:14.
Smyrna
8 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Smurna write, ‘This says the First and the Last, Isa 44:6, and Isa 48:12 who became dead, and came to life: 9 “I know your works, and pressure, and poverty – yet you are rich – and the blasphemy of those who say they are Yehuḏim and are not, but are a congregation of Satan. 10 “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. See, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, in order to try you, and you shall have pressure ten days. Be trustworthy until death, and I shall give you the crown of life. 11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. He who overcomes shall by no means be harmed by the second death.” (’d) Footnote: d See Rev 20:6.
Pergamos
12 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Pergamos write, ‘He who has the sharp two-edged sword, says this: 13 “I know your works, and where you dwell, where the throne of Satan is. And you hold fast to My Name, and did not deny the belief in Me, even in the days in which Antipas was My trustworthy witness, who was killed near you, where Satan dwells. 14 “But I hold a few matters against you, because you have there those who adhere to the teaching of Bil‛am, who taught Balaq to put a stumbling-block before the children of Yisra’ĕl, to eat food offered to idols, and to commit whoring. 15 “So you also have those who adhere to the teaching of the Nikolaites, which teaching I hate. 16 “Repent, or else I shall come to you speedily and fight against them with the sword of My mouth. 17 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To him who overcomes I shall give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I shall give him a white stone, and on the stone a renewed Name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” ’
Thyatira, and what is commended or found wanting in them
18 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Thyatira write, ‘This says the Son of Elohim, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like burnished brass: Dan 10:5-6. 19 “I know your works, and love, and service, and belief, and your endurance. And as for your works, the last are more than the first. 20 “But I hold against you that you allow that woman Izeḇel, who calls herself a prophetess, to teach and lead My servants astray to commit whoring and to eat food offered to idols. 21 “And I gave her time to repent of her whoring, and she did not repent. 22 “See, I am throwing her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great affliction, unless they repent of their works. 23 “And I shall slay her children with death. And all the assemblies shall know that I am the One searching the kidneys and hearts. And I shall give to each one of you according to your works. 24 “And to you I say, and to the rest in Thyatira, as many as do not possess this teaching, and who have not known the depths of Satan, as they call them, I am not putting on you another burden. 25 “But hold fast what you have until I come. 26 “And he who overcomes, and guards My works until the end, to him I shall give authority over the nations, Psa 2:8. 27 and he shall shepherd them with a rod of iron, as the potter’s vessels shall be broken to pieces, Psa 2:9 as I also have received from My Father. 28 “And I shall give him the morning star. 29 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’

Revelation 3

The angel of the church of Sardis is reproved
1 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Sardis write, ‘He who has the seven Spirits of Elohim and the seven stars, says this, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead. 2 “Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before Elohim.
exhorted to repent, and threatened if he do not repent
3 “Remember, then, how you have received, and heard. And watch and repent. If, then, you do not wake up, I shall come upon you as a thief, and you shall not know at all what hour I come upon you. 4 “Nevertheless, you have a few names in Sardis who have not defiled their garments. And they shall walk with Me in white, because they are worthy. 5 “He who overcomes shall be dressed in white robes, and I shall by no means blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I shall confess his name before My Father and before His messengers. 6 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’
7 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Philadelphia write, ‘He who is set-apart, He who is true, He who has the key of Dawiḏ, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens, Isa 22:22 says this:
The angel of the church of Philadelphia
8 “I know your works – see, I have set before you an open door, and no one is able to shut it – that you have little power, yet have guarded My Word, and have not denied My Name. 9 “See, I am giving up those of the congregation of Satan, who say they are Yehuḏim and are not, but lie. See, I am making them come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
is approved for his diligence and patience
10 “Because you have guarded My Word of endurance, I also shall guard you from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 “See, I am coming speedily! Hold what you have that no one take your crown. 12 “He who overcomes, I shall make him a supporting post in the Dwelling Place of My Elohim, and he shall by no means go out. And I shall write on him the Name of My Elohim and the name of the city of My Elohim, the renewed Yerushalayim, which comes down out of the heaven from My Elohim, and My renewed Name. 13 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’
14 “And to the messenger of the assembly in Laodikeia write, ‘The Amĕn, the Trustworthy and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of Elohim,  (a) says this: Footnote: a Col 1:15, Heb 1:6.
the angel of Laodicea rebuked for being neither hot nor cold
15 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I would that you were cold or hot. 16 “So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am going to vomit you out of My mouth. 17 “Because you say, ‘Rich I am, and I am made rich, Hos 12:8 and need none at all,’ and do not know that you are wretched, and pitiable, and poor, and blind, and naked. 18 “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, (b) so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see. Footnote: b Psa 19:10, Psa 119:72 and Psa 119:127, Pro 30:5.
and admonished to be more zealous
19 “As many as I love, I reprove and discipline. So be ardent and repent.
Christ stands at the door and knocks
20 “See, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I shall come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 “To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies.” ’ ”

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Psalms 146:7 – 9 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 18, 2020

Psalms 146

The Psalmist vows perpetual praises to God
1 Praise Yah! Praise יהוה (Yahweh) , O my being!
2 While I live I praise יהוה (Yahweh); I sing praises to my Elohim while I exist.
He exhorts not to trust in man
3 Do not put your trust in princes, In a son of man, in whom is no deliverance.
4 His spirit goes out, he returns to his earth; In that day his plans perish.
God, for his power, justice, mercy, and kingdom, is only worthy to be trusted
5 Blessed is he who has the Ěl of Ya‛aqoḇ for his help, Whose expectancy is in יהוה (Yahweh) his Elohim,
6 Maker of the heavens and earth, The sea and all that is in them, Who is guarding truth forever,
7 Doing right-ruling for the oppressed, Giving bread to the hungry. יהוה (Yahweh) releases those who are bound,
8 יהוה (Yahweh) opens the eyes of the blind, יהוה (Yahweh) raises those who are bowed down, יהוה (Yahweh) loves the righteous.
9 יהוה (Yahweh) guards the strangers, He lifts up the fatherless and widow, But the way of the wrong ones He turns upside down.
10 יהוה (Yahweh) reigns forever, O Tsiyon, Your Elohim to all generations. Praise Yah!

 

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – 2 Corinthians 5:18 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 7, 2020

2 Corinthians 5

That in his assured hope of immortal glory
1 For we know that if the tent of our earthly house is destroyed, we have a building from Elohim, a house not made with hands, everlasting in the heavens. 2 For indeed in this we groan, longing to put on our dwelling which is from heaven, 3 so that, having put it on, we shall not be found naked. 4 For indeed, we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we wish to put it off, but to put on the other, so that what is to die might be swallowed up by life.
5 Now He who has prepared us for this same purpose is Elohim, who has given us the Spirit as a pledge of what is to come. 6 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Master – 7 for we walk by belief, not by sight (a) – Footnote: a See 2Co 4:18 and 1Co 2:14. 8 we are of good courage, and are well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Master.
and in expectation of it, and of the general judgment, he labours to keep a good conscience
9 So we also make it our aim to be well-pleasing to Him, whether being at home, or being away from home. 10 For we all have to appear before the judgment seat of Messiah, in order for each one to receive according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.(b) Footnote: b See Mat 16:27, Joh 5:29.
11 Knowing, therefore, the fear of יהוה (Yahshua, Jesus), we persuade men, but we have been made manifest to Elohim, and I also trust in your consciences to have been manifested.
not that he may herein boast of himself
12 For we do not again commend ourselves to you, but give you an occasion to boast on our behalf, in order that you have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For whether we are beside ourselves, it was for Elohim, or whether we are of sound mind, it is for you.
but as one that, having received life from Christ, endeavours to live as a new creature to Christ only
14 For the love of Messiah compels us, having judged this: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves,(c )but for Him who died for them, and was raised. Footnote: c Rom 14:7-8, Gal 2:20. 16 So from now onwards we know no one according to the flesh. And if we have known Messiah according to the flesh, yet now we no longer know Him thus. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Messiah, he is a renewed creature – the old matters have passed away, see, all matters have become renewed!d Footnote: dRom 6:2-22, Gal 2:20, Eph 4:22-24, Col 3:10, 1Jn 3:9-10.
and by his ministry of reconciliation, to reconcile others also in Christ to God
18 And all matters are from Elohim, who has restored us to favour with Himself through יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah, and has given us the service of restoration to favour, 19 that is, that Elohim was in Messiah restoring the world to favour unto Himself, not reckoning their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of restoration to favour. 20 Therefore we are envoys on behalf of Messiah, as though Elohim were pleading through us. We beg, on behalf of Messiah: Be restored to favour with Elohim. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of Elohim.

 

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Psalm 51:3-4 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 6, 2020

Psalm 51

David prays for remission of sins, whereof he makes a deep confession
1 Show me favour, O Elohim, According to Your loving-commitment; According to the greatness of Your compassion, Blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me completely from my guilt, And cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I know my transgressions, And my sin is ever before me.
4 Against You, You alone, have I sinned, And done evil in Your eyes; That You might be proven right in Your words; Be clear when You judge.
5 See, I was brought forth in crookedness, And in sin my mother conceived me.
He prays for sanctification
6 See, You have desired truth in the inward parts, And in the hidden part You make me know wisdom.
7 Cleanse me with hyssop, and I am clean; Wash me, and I am whiter than snow.
8 Let me hear joy and gladness, Let the bones You have crushed rejoice.
9 Hide Your face from my sins, And blot out all my crookednesses.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O Elohim, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me away from Your presence, And do not take Your Set-apart Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of Your deliverance, And uphold me, Noble Spirit!
13 Let me teach transgressors Your ways, So that sinners turn back to You.
14 Deliver me from blood-guilt, O Elohim, Elohim of my deliverance, Let my tongue sing aloud of Your righteousness.
15 O יהוה (Yahweh) , open my lips, And that my mouth declare Your praise.
God delights not in sacrifice, but in sincerity
16 For You do not desire slaughtering, or I would give it; You do not delight in ascending offering.
17 The slaughterings of Elohim are a broken spirit, A heart broken and crushed, O Elohim, These You do not despise.
He prays for the church
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Tsiyon; Build the walls of Yerushalayim.
19 Then You would delight in slaughterings of righteousness, In ascending offering and complete ascending offering; Then young bulls would be offered on Your slaughter-place.

 

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Bill’s Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Mark 13:33-37 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 5, 2020

Mark 13

Christ foretells the destruction of the temple
1 And as He went out of the Set-apart Place, one of His taught ones said to Him, “Teacher, see what stones! And what buildings!”
2 And יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) answering, said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone shall be left upon another at all, which shall not be thrown down.”(a) Footnote: a Mat 24:1-51.
3 And as He sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the Set-apart Place, Kĕpha, and Ya‛aqoḇ, and Yoḥanan, and Andri asked Him separately, 4 “Say to us, when shall these events be? And what shall be the sign when all this is going to be accomplished?”
5 And יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) began to say to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray, 6 for many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and they shall lead many astray.
7 “And when you hear of fightings and reports of fightings, do not be troubled – it has to take place, but the end is not yet. 8 “For nation shall rise against nation, and reign against reign. And there shall be earthquakes in various places, and there shall be scarcities of food, and disturbances. These are the beginnings of birth-pains.
the persecutions for the gospel
9 “But take heed to yourselves, for they shall deliver you up to councils and to congregations. You shall be beaten, and you shall be brought before rulers and sovereigns for My sake, for a witness to them.
that the gospel must be preached to all nations
10 “And the Good News has to be proclaimed first to all the nations. 11 “And when they lead you away and deliver you up, do not worry beforehand what you are to say. But whatever is given you in that hour, speak that, for it is not you who are speaking, but the Set-apart Spirit. 12 “And brother shall deliver up brother to death, and a father his child. And children shall rise up against parents and shall put them to death. 13 “And you shall be hated by all because of My Name. But he who shall have endured to the end, he shall be saved.(b) Footnote: b Mat 10:22, Mat 24:13.
that great calamities shall happen to the Jews
14 “And when you see the ’abomination that lays waste,’ (c) spoken of by Dani’ĕl the prophet, set up where it should not be” – he who reads, let him understand – “then let those who are in Yehuḏah flee to the mountains. Footnote: c See Abomination that lays waste in Explanatory Notes. 15 “And he who is on the house-top, let him not go down into the house, nor come in to take whatever out of his house. 16 “And he who is in the field, let him not go back to get his cloak. 17 “And woe to those who are pregnant and to those nursing children in those days! 18 “And pray that your flight does not take place in winter. 19 “For in those days there shall be distress, such as has not been from the beginning of creation which Elohim created until this time, nor ever shall be. 20 “And if the Master had not shortened those days, no flesh would have been saved; but because of the chosen ones, whom He chose, He shortened the days.
21 “And if anyone then says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ do not believe it. 22 “For false messiahs and false prophets shall rise and show signs and wonders to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones. 23 “And you, take heed. See, I have forewarned you of it all.
and the manner of his coming to judgment
24 “But in those days, after that distress, the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, 25 and the stars of heaven shall fall, Isa 13:10 and the powers in the heavens shall be shaken.(d) Isa 34:4. Footnote: d Also see Eze 32:7, Joe 2:10, Joe 2:31, Joe 3:15, Hag 2:6, Hag 2:21 26 “And then they shall see the Son of Aḏam coming in the clouds Dan 7:13 with much power and esteem. 27 “And then He shall send His messengers, and assemble His chosen ones from the four winds, from the farthest part of earth to the farthest part of heaven. Deu 30:4, Zec 2:6.
28 “And learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. 29 “So you also, when you see these taking place, know that it is near, at the door. 30 “Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away till all this takes place. 31 “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
the hour whereof being known to none, every man is to watch and pray, that we be not found unprovided, when he comes to each one particularly by death
32 “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
33 “Take heed, watch and pray, for you do not know when the time is – 34 as a man going abroad, having left his house and given authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. 35 “Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening or at midnight, or at the crowing of the cock, or in the morning, 36 lest, coming suddenly, he should find you sleeping. 37 “And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!”

 

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Bill’s Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Psalms 104:1-7 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 3, 2020

Psalms 104

1 Bless יהוה (Yahweh), O my being! O יהוה (Yahweh) my Elohim, You have been very great: You have put on excellency and splendour,
2 Covering Yourself with light as with a garment, Stretching out the heavens like a curtain,
3 Who is laying the beams of His upper rooms in the waters, Who is making thick clouds His chariot, Who is walking on the wings of the wind,
4 Making His messengers the winds, His servants a flame of fire.
5 He established the earth on its foundations, So that it would not totter forever,
6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters stood above the mountains.
and wonderful providence of Elohim-God
7 At Your rebuke they flee; At the voice of Your thunder they hurry away.
8 They go up the mountains; They go down the valleys, To the place which You founded for them.
9 You did set a boundary, they do not pass over, They do not return to cover the earth.
10 Who is sending the springs into the valleys, They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field; Wild donkeys break their thirst.
12 The birds of the heavens dwell beside them; They sing from between the branches.
13 Watering the hills from His upper rooms; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
14 Causing the grass to grow for the cattle, And plants for the service of mankind, To bring forth food from the earth,
15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man, Oil to make the face shine, And bread which sustains man’s heart.
16 The trees of יהוה (Yahweh) are satisfied, The cedars of Leḇanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds do make nests; The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for wild goats; Rocks a refuge for rock badgers.
19 He made the moon for appointed times; The sun knows its going down.
20 You put darkness, and it is night, In it all the beasts of the forest creep.
21 The young lions are roaring for prey, And seeking their food from Ěl.
22 The sun arises – they withdraw And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to his work, And to his labour, till evening.
24 O יהוה (Yahweh), how many have been Your works! You have made all of them in wisdom. The earth is filled with Your possessions.
25 There is the sea, great and wide, In which are innumerable swarms, Living creatures, small with great.
26 There do ships go; That Liwiathan which You made, to play there.
27 All of them wait for You, To give their food in due season.
28 You give to them, they gather in; You open Your hand, they are satisfied with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are alarmed; You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust;
30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth.
God’s glory is eternal
31 The esteem of יהוה (Yahweh) is forever, יהוה (Yahweh) rejoices in His works,
32 Who looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the mountains, and they smoke.
The prophet vows perpetually to praise God
33 I sing to יהוה (Yahweh) as long as I live, I sing praise to my Elohim while I exist.
34 My meditation on Him is sweet; I rejoice in יהוה (Yahweh) .
35 Let sinners be consumed from the earth, And let the wrong be no more. Bless יהוה (Yahweh) , O my being! Praise Yah!

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Philippians 3:12 – 14 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – July 3, 2020

Philippians 3

Phil 3:1 For the rest, my brothers, rejoice in יהוה (Yahshua, Jesus). To write the same matters to you is truly no trouble to me, and for you it is safe.
Phil 3:2 Look out for dogs, look out for the evil workers, look out for the mutilation!
Phil 3:3 For we are the circumcision, who are serving Elohim in the Spirit, and boasting in Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus), and do not trust in the flesh,
Phil 3:4 though I too might have trust in the flesh. If anyone else thinks to trust in the flesh, I more –
Phil 3:5 circumcised the eighth day, of the race of Yisra’ĕl, of the tribe of Binyamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews, according to Torah a Pharisee,
Phil 3:6 according to ardour, persecuting the assembly; according to righteousness that is in the law, having become blameless.
Phil 3:7 But what might have been a gain to me, I have counted as loss, because of Messiah.
Phil 3:8 What is more, I even count all to be loss because of the excellence of the knowledge of Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) my Master, for whom I have suffered the loss of all, and count them as refuse, in order to gain Messiah,
Phil 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through belief in Messiah, the righteousness which is from Elohim on the basis of belief,
Phil 3:10 to know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,
Phil 3:11 if somehow I might attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Phil 3:12 Not that I have already received, or already been perfected, but I press on, to lay hold of that for which Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:13 Brothers, I do not count myself to have laid hold of it yet, but only this: forgetting what is behind and reaching out for what lies ahead,
Phil 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of Elohim in Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus).
Phil 3:15 As many, then, as are perfect, should have this mind. And if you think differently in any respect, Elohim shall also reveal this to you.
Phil 3:16 But to what we have already attained – walk by the same rule, be of the same mind.
Phil 3:17 Become joint imitators of me, brothers, and look at those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern.
Phil 3:18 For many – of whom I have often told you, and now say to you even weeping – walk as enemies of the stake of Messiah.
Phil 3:19 Their end is destruction, their mighty one is their stomach, and their esteem is in their shame – they mind the earthly.
Phil 3:20 For our citizenship is in the heavens, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Master יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah,
Phil 3:21 who shall change our lowly body, to be conformed to His esteemed body, according to the working by which He is able even to bring all under His control.

 

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Your Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Ephesians 3:16 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – June 29, 2020

Ephesians 3

1 Because of this I, Sha’ul, am the prisoner of יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah on behalf of you nations – 2 if indeed you have heard of the administration of the favour of Elohim that was given to me for you, 3 that by revelation was made known to me the secret, as I wrote before briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you are able to understand my insight into the secret of Messiah, 5 which was not made known to the sons of men in other generations, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His set-apart emissaries and prophets: 6 The nations to be co-heirs, united in the same body, and partakers together (a) in the promise in Messiah through the Good News, Footnote: a See Rom 11:17-24, Isa 14:1. 7 of which I became a servant according to the gift of the favour of Elohim given to me, according to the working of His power.
and to him was that grace given, that he should preach it
8 To me, the very least of all the set-apart ones, this favour was given, to bring the Good News of the unsearchable riches of Messiah among the nations, 9 and to make all see how this secret is administered, which for ages past has been hidden in Elohim who created all through יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah,(b) Footnote: b See Joh 1:3. 10 so that now, through the assembly, the many-sided wisdom of Elohim might be known to the principalities and authorities in the heavenlies, 11 according to the everlasting purpose which He made in Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) our Master, 12 in whom we have boldness and access, with reliance, through belief in Him.
He desires them not to faint for his tribulation
13 I pray therefore, that you do not lose heart at my pressures on your behalf, which is your esteem.
and prays that they may perceive the great love of Christ toward them
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Master יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) Messiah, 15 from whom all fatherhood (c) in the heavens and earth is named, Footnote: c Or lineage, or paternal descent. 16 in order that He might give you, according to the riches of His esteem by power, to be strengthened in the inner man, through His Spirit, 17 that the Messiah might dwell in your hearts (d) through belief – having become rooted and grounded in love, Footnote: d See Gal 2:20. 18 in order that you might be strengthened to firmly grasp, with all the set-apart ones, what is the width and length and depth and height, 19 to know the love of Messiah which surpasses knowledge, in order that you might be filled to all the completeness of Elohim.
20 And to Him who is able to do exceedingly above what we ask or think, according to the power that is working in us, 21 to Him be esteem in the assembly by Messiah יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) unto all generations, for ever and ever. Amĕn.

 

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Psalm 90 (A Thousand Years) – James Block

 

Psalms 90

1 יהוה (Yahweh), You have been our refuge In all generations.
2 Before the mountains were born, Or You had brought forth the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting You are Ěl.
complains of human fragility
3 You turn man back to dust, And say, “Return, O children of men.”
4 For a thousand years in Your eyes Are like yesterday that has past, Or like a watch in the night.
5 You have swept them away, They are as a sleep, Like grass that springs up in the morning.
6 In the morning it flourishes and springs up, At evening it is cut down and withered.
divine chastisements
7 For we have been consumed by Your displeasure, And by Your wrath we are alarmed.
8 You have set our crookednesses before You, Our secret sin in the light of Your face.
9 For all our days have passed away in Your wrath, We spend our years like a whisper.
and brevity of life
10 The days of our lives are seventy years; Or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet the best of them is but toil and exertion; For it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
11 Who knows the power of Your displeasure? And your wrath, according to the fear of You?
He prays for the knowledge and sensible experience of God’s good providence
12 Teach us to number our days, And let us bring the heart to wisdom.
13 Return, O יהוה (Yahweh)! How long? And be sorry for Your servants.
14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your loving-commitment, And let us sing for joy all our days!
15 Give us joy according to The days You have afflicted us, The years we have seen evil.
16 Reveal Your work to Your servants, And Your splendour to their children.
17 And let the pleasantness Of יהוה (Yahweh)our Elohim be upon us, And confirm the work of our hands for us; O confirm the work of our hands!

 

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Bill’s Daily Readings – Verse of the Day – Matthew 24:3- 14 – The Scriptures by Institute For Scripture Research – 2009 Edition – June 28, 2020

Matthew 24

Matt 24:1 And going out, יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) went away from the Set-apart Place, and His taught ones came near to point out to Him the buildings of the Set-apart Place.
Matt 24:2 And יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) said to them, “Do you not see all these? Truly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, at all, which shall not be thrown down.”
Matt 24:3 And as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the taught ones came to Him separately, saying, “Say to us, when shall this be, and what is the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
Matt 24:4 And יהושע (Yahshua, Jesus) answering, said to them, “Take heed that no one leads you astray.
Matt 24:5 “For many shall come in My Name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and they shall lead many astray.
Matt 24:6 “And you shall begin to hear of fightings and reports of fightings. See that you are not troubled, for these have to take place, but the end is not yet.
Matt 24:7 “For nation shall rise against nation, and reign against reign. And there shall be scarcities of food, and deadly diseases, and earthquakes in places.
Matt 24:8 “And all these are the beginning of birth pains.
Matt 24:9 “Then they shall deliver you up to affliction and kill you, and you shall be hated by all nations for My Name’s sake.
Matt 24:10 “And then many shall stumble, and they shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another.
Matt 24:11 “And many false prophets shall rise up and lead many astray.
Matt 24:12 “And because of the increase in lawlessness, the love of many shall become cold.
Matt 24:13 “But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.(a) Footnote: a See Mat 10:22.
Matt 24:14 “And this Good News of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come.
Matt 24:15 “So when you see the ’abomination that lays waste,’(b) Dan 11:31 spoken of by Dani’ĕl the prophet, set up in the set-apart place” – he who reads, let him understand – Footnote: b See also Dan 9:27 and Abomination that lays waste in Explanatory Notes.
Matt 24:16 “then let those who are in Yehuḏah flee to the mountains.
Matt 24:17 “Let him who is on the house-top not come down to take whatever out of his house.
Matt 24:18 “And let him who is in the field not turn back to get his garments.
Matt 24:19 “And woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing children in those days!
Matt 24:20 “And pray that your flight does not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.
Matt 24:21 “For then there shall be great distress,(c) such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. Footnote: c Or great pressure, or great affliction.
Matt 24:22 “And if those days were not shortened, no flesh would be saved, but for the sake of the chosen ones those days shall be shortened.
Matt 24:23 “If anyone then says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe.
Matt 24:24 “For false messiahs and false prophets shall arise, and they shall show great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen ones.
Matt 24:25 “See, I have forewarned you.
Matt 24:26 “So if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe.
Matt 24:27 “For as the lightning comes from the east and shines to the west, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.
Matt 24:28 “For wherever the dead body is, there the vultures (d) shall be gathered together. Footnote: d Luke 17:37.
Matt 24:29 “And immediately after the distress (e) of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give its light, and the stars shall fall from the heaven,(f) Isa 13:10; Isa 24:23, Eze 32:7-8, Joe 2:10, Joe 2:31, Joe 3:15 and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken.(g) Hag 2:6, Hag 2:21 Footnotes: (e)Or pressure. fAlso see Amo 5:20, Amo 8:9. (g)Also see Isa 34:4.
Matt 24:30 “And then the sign of the Son of Aḏam shall appear in the heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth shall mourn, Zec 12:10, Zec 12:14 and they shall see the Son of Aḏam coming on the clouds Dan 7:13 of the heaven with power and much esteem.(h) Footnote: h Also see Dan 7:14.
Matt 24:31 “And He shall send His messengers with a great sound of a trumpet, Isa 27:13 and they shall gather together His chosen ones from the four winds, Dan 7:2 from one end of the heavens to the other. Deu 4:32.
Matt 24:32 “And learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near.
Matt 24:33 “So you also, when you see all these, know that He is near, at the doors.
Matt 24:34 “Truly, I say to you, this generation shall by no means pass away until all this takes place.
Matt 24:35 “The heaven and the earth shall pass away, but My words shall by no means pass away.
Matt 24:36 “But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only.h Footnote: (h)Mar 13:32
Matt 24:37 “And as the days of Noaḥ, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.
Matt 24:38 “For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noaḥ entered into the ark, Gen 7:7.
Matt 24:39 and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of Aḏam be.
Matt 24:40 “Then two (i) shall be in the field, the one is taken and the one is left. Footnote: i A masculine plural can refer to either gender; feminine plural refers to females only.
Matt 24:41 “Two women (i) shall be grinding at the mill, one is taken and one is left. Footnote: i A masculine plural can refer to either gender; feminine plural refers to females only.
Matt 24:42 “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming.
Matt 24:43 “And know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
Matt 24:44 “Because of this, be ready too, for the Son of Aḏam is coming at an hour when you do not expect Him.
Matt 24:45 “Who then is a trustworthy and wise servant, whom his master set over his household, to give them food in season?
Matt 24:46 “Blessed is that servant whom his master, having come, shall find so doing.
Matt 24:47 “Truly, I say to you that he shall set him over all his possessions.
Matt 24:48 “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’
Matt 24:49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,
Matt 24:50 the master of that servant shall come on a day when he does not expect it, and at an hour he does not know,
Matt 24:51 and shall cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites – there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

 

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