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Bible Pathways - July 18, 2006

Psalms 139

In Today's Reading:

The all-seeing providence of God; David's prayer for deliverance from evil men; comfort in prayer; prayer for mercy in judgment

Our Creator inspired David to write: O LORD, Thou. . . . art acquainted with all my ways (from the time I was conceived to this very day). . . . Such knowledge is too wonderful for me (beyond my understanding). . . . For Thou hast possessed my reins (formed my inward spirit and heart): Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. . . . when I was made in secret. . . . Thine eyes did see my substance . . . when as yet there was none (Psalm 139:1-16). God reveals that, at conception, David became a person, a living soul. Although, as an unborn infant, he was hidden from human view, as if buried in the earth, his body was no mystery to his Creator, who was skillfully preparing him for his God-ordained destiny on earth.

The Holy Spirit inspired the beloved physician Luke to record what the Angel Gabriel announced to the virgin Mary: Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His Name JESUS (Luke 1:31). Note that the Lord Jesus Christ was announced as a Person at conception.

God also led Isaiah to prophesy concerning Christ: The LORD hath called Me from the womb; from the bowels (body, internal parts) of My mother hath He made mention of My Name. . . . in the shadow of His hand hath He hid Me. . . . And now, saith the LORD who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant. . . . I will also give Thee for a Light to the Gentiles (Isaiah 49:1-6).

God revealed to Jeremiah: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). If the mothers of David, Isaiah, or Jeremiah had aborted them, they would have murdered great men of God. But the world's records today would have just shown more unnamed fetuses. Life is sacred and is given by the Creator for His own purposes.

Jesus said, Suffer (Permit) little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me: for of such is the Kingdom of heaven (Matthew 19:14).

Christ Revealed:

As the One who delivers souls from prison (Psalm 142:7). Jesus said: He hath sent Me . . . to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18).

Word Studies:

139:15 curiously wrought =b> skillfully fashioned; 140:5 gins =b> lures, snares; 141:7 Our bones are scattered =b> Overwhelming destruction is contemplated; 143:3 smitten =b> crushed, struck.

Prayer Needs:

Pray for The English International Shortwave Radio Broadcast in honor of Linda Kennon · Staff: George Kopchak · Government Officials: Rep. William Delahunt (MA), Rep. Mark Souder (IN), and Rep. Mark Udall (CO) · Country: Costa Rica (4 million) in Central America Major languages: Spanish and English Religious freedom is increasing 90% Roman Catholic; 6% Protestant · Prayer Suggestion: Praise God for the power of His Word (Hebrews 4:12).

Optional Reading: II Timothy 3

Memory Verse for the Week: Psalms 23:4

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