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October 12

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Reading 1 - 1Ch 29:9

"The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly" (1Ch 29:9).

THE PEOPLE REJOICED AT THE WILLING RESPONSE OF THEIR LEADERS: "They were not only glad that they had it to offer, but that they had hearts to do it; they found themselves quite free to do the work, and saw it was so with others, which gave them extreme pleasure..."

FOR THEY HAD GIVEN FREELY AND WHOLEHEARTEDLY TO THE LORD: "Not grudgingly, but cheerfully; not pressed and urged to it; not by constraint, but freely, and that with a pure view to the honour and glory of God..."

DAVID THE KING ALSO REJOICED GREATLY: "It made his heart glad exceedingly, now he was old, and just going out of the world, to see this good work in such forwardness, on which his heart had been so much set; it gave him reason to believe it would be set about in good earnest, be carried on with vigour, and brought to perfection" (John Gill).

Reading 2 - Eze 38; 39

Eze 38; 39 will be fulfilled after Christ has returned and begun his reign as King of the Holy Land:

Reading 3 - John 4:35

"Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35).

"Jesus uses words which recall Isaiah's language concerning the gathering of Zion's children in the day of her exaltation: 'Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee' (Isa 49:18). Even then the Lord himself was realizing the joy of sowing and reaping, and gathering fruit unto life eternal. He was the sower, and he called them to be fellow labourers with him. The work is one of toil and sometimes hardship. The clouds and the rain may discourage going out into the fields; but it has to be done at the cost of present advantage and comfort. It may even entail the suffering of present loss for future gain" (John Carter, "Gospel of John" 72,73).

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