Today Solomon reveals to you the wisdom Aaron the priest and how his prayers saved the people of Israel from death. He also reveals how the miraculous power of God protects his people.
The people of Israel once disobeyed the commandments of God while they were in the desert and God struck them with diseases which killed many of them Aaron out of his wisdom and kindness, prayed to God on behalf of the Israelites and offered sweet smelling incenses for the forgiveness of their sins. God was so touched by Aaron’s kindness that he held back the epidemic and the rest of the Israelites were saved.
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This shows that prayer touches God and can make him revert your different situations for good. Why not pray to God today about your ugly situations God tracing guides and protects his people. When we disobey him, his anger does not last forever. He only wants for us to repent and turn back to him. His mercies and steadfastness endures forever.
Solomon also revealed the suicidal stupidity of the Egyptians when they forget that God always protects his people, when the Israelites left the land of Egypt, the Egyptians regretted of allowing them to go. Therefore, they went after them. But God showed his mercies and night at the Red Sea. He divided the sea and his people Israel crossed on dry land. But when the Egyptians were at the middle of the sea, he commanded the sea to return to their original state. So the Egyptians drowned in the sea. With this God showed his miraculous power and the Israelites were amazed and praised his Holy Name.
Do you want to experience the miraculous power of God?
TODAY’S READING (Wisdom 18.20-19.22)
AARON’S PRAYER SAVES THE ISRAELITES FROM DEATH (18.20-18.25)
20 The experience of death touched also the righteous, and a plague came upon the multitude in the desert, but the wrath did not long continue.
21 For a blameless man was quick to act as their champion; he brought forward the shield of his ministry, prayer and propitiation by incense; he withstood the anger and put an end to the disaster, showing that he was your servant.
22 He conquered the wrath not by strength of body, not by force of arms, but by his word he subdued the avenger, appealing to the oaths and covenants given to our ancestors.
23 For when the dead had already fallen on one another in heaps, he intervened and held back the wrath, and cut off its way to the living.
24 For on his long robe the whole world was depicted, and the glories of the ancestors were engraved on the four rows of stones, and your majesty was on the diadem upon his head.
25 To these the destroyer yielded, these he feared; for merely to test the wrath was enough.
THE SUICIDAL STUPIDITY OF THE EGYPTIANS (19.1-19.5)
1 But the ungodly were assailed to the end by pitiless anger, for God knew in advance even their future actions:
2 how, though they themselves had permitted your people to depart and hastily sent them out, they would change their minds and pursue them.
3 For while they were still engaged in mourning, and were lamenting at the graves of their dead, they reached another foolish decision, and pursued as fugitives those whom they had begged and compelled to leave.
4 For the fate they deserved drew them on to this end, and made them forget what had happened, in order that they might fill up the punishment that their torments still lacked,
5 and that your people might experience an incredible journey, but they themselves might meet a strange death.
GOD GUIDES AND PROTECTS IS PEOPLE (19.6-19.12)
6 For the whole creation in its nature was fashioned anew, complying with your commands, so that your children might be kept unharmed.
7 The cloud was seen overshadowing the camp, and dry land emerging where water had stood before, an unhindered way out of the Red Sea, and a grassy plain out of the raging waves,
8 where those protected by your hand passed through as one nation, after gazing on marvelous wonders.
9 For they ranged like horses, and leaped like lambs, praising you, O Lord, who delivered them.
10 For they still recalled the events of their sojourn, how instead of producing animals the earth brought forth gnats, and instead of fish the river spewed out vast numbers of frogs.
11 Afterward they saw also a new kind of birds, when desire led them to ask for luxurious food;
12 for, to give them relief, quails came up from the sea.
THE PUNISHMENT OF THE EGYPTIANS (19.13-19.17)
13 The punishments did not come upon the sinners without prior signs in the violence of thunder, for they justly suffered because of their wicked acts; for they practiced a more bitter hatred of strangers.
14 Others had refused to receive strangers when they came to them, but these made slaves of guests who were their benefactors.
15 And not only so — but, while punishment of some sort will come upon the former for having received strangers with hostility,
16 the latter, having first received them with festal celebrations, afterward afflicted with terrible sufferings those who had already shared the same rights.
17 They were stricken also with loss of sight — just as were those at the door of the righteous man — when, surrounded by yawning darkness, all of them tried to find the way through their own doors.
GOD’S MIRACULOUS POWER (19.18-19.22)
18 For the elements changed places with one another, as on a harp the notes vary the nature of the rhythm, while each note remains the same.
This may be clearly inferred from the sight of what took place.
19 For land animals were transformed into water creatures, and creatures that swim moved over to the land.
20 Fire even in water retained its normal power, and water forgot its fire-quenching nature.
21 Flames, on the contrary, failed to consume the flesh of perishable creatures that walked among them, nor did they melt the crystalline, quick-melting kind of heavenly food.
22 For in everything, O Lord, you have exalted and glorified your people, and you have not neglected to help them at all times and in all places.
WISE QUOTE FOR DAY 8
The worst suffering is that which man brings upon himself by challenging God’s Authority - Kelly Joseph
(Recite with deep faith)
Lord Jesus, may the prayers of your priest save us from death as the prayer of Aaron saved the Israelites. Guide and protect us with your miraculous power and remove from all any desire that will make me to persecute your people – Amen.
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