From: June 23, 2018
Scripture for today: 2 Kings 4:18-5:27; Acts 15:1-35; Psalm 141:1-10; Proverbs 17:23
From: June 23, 2016
David prayed that the Lord would help him control his tongue. He wanted to stop sinful speech. He understood the difficulty in taming the tongue and knew he needed help. Many is the sin that spews forth from the mouth, which in fact, expresses the condition of the heart. David was right to petition the Lord for a guard over his mouth, yet an even better prayer is to ask the Lord to deal with our hearts. And this is just what David did in the next verse of the psalm, saying, “Do not let my heart incline to any evil” (Psa. 141:4). Let us join David in praying today, “Lord, cleanse my heart and control my tongue today!”
From: June 23, 2014
Simple instructions… The Uganda mission team is home again. Yet, I can still hear Blake teaching the “simple instructions” of salvation through the lesson of Naaman. Children and adults alike in Uganda freely responded. What a great surprise to return to the world of reliable internet and see this OYB reading today. Naaman had to surrender his pride and “go and wash” in the Jordan to be healed of leprosy. Jesus gave us simple instructions too in order to be saved. “Believe on the One whom God has sent” (John 6:29).
From: June 23, 2012
In today’s OYB reading Elisha (“El” – God; “sha” – saves/salvation) raised a child from the dead, multiplied a meal with leftovers, healed a leper, and was disappointed by a greedy disciple. Who else in the Bible does this sound like? Elisha is a clear foreshadowing of Christ. God was preparing His people for Jesus (“Je” – Jehovah; “sus” – saves/salvation).
From: June 23, 2011
In this chapter Elisha raises the dead and feeds a multitude. His name means “God is salvation.” His life along with his precursor, Elijah, point to the ministries of John the Baptist and Jesus. He prepares Israel to recognize Christ.