We rely upon the grace of Jesus, His Word in our hearts, and a daily life of prayer to keep our lamps burning.

Today’s Reading: Leviticus 24

Key Verse: Leviticus 24:2

Command the children of Israel that they bring to you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.

The word “continually” is repeated four times here. Oil is a symbol for the Spirit of God as is fire which produces light. To keep God’s Light shining brightly in our lives, we must have a daily fresh supply of oil. This can only be experienced by a fresh daily life of prayer, the source of the oil, and the study of Holy Scripture, the bread. Our praise and worship in the midst of our prayer and study is like the altar of incense, a sweet fragrance ascending to God. The man taken in blasphemy is punished by death. Jesus died in our place, so that we, like the thief who hung beside Jesus and repented, could be forgiven and have eternal life. Thank God for the age of grace, which Jesus began. We rely continually upon that grace. I remember a sermon my Dad preached on 1 John 1:1-10. Dad particularly pointed out that, in the original Greek, the verb “cleanses” is in a tense meaning the cleansing is continually happening, non-stop.


Lord God, as the Apostle John wrote, I can never claim to be sinless. I’m totally dependent on the continuous cleansing in the Blood of Your sacrifice. May I ever be conscious of my sin, and may I hide Your Word in my heart continually “that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11). Through the grace Jesus gives, I pray, Amen!


When I was 10 or 11, I walked into a classroom at Annesley College in Ottawa and watched my Dad write the Greek lesson for the next morning on the blackboard. I knew the original language of the New Testament was Greek, so an understanding of Greek was important. I signed up for two years of Greek study Bible College but, unfortunately, don’t remember much. The reason, I rely on a lexicon is that it enables me to work in English and find all the shades of meaning from the Greek. One day, on live national television, I was being translated into Greek by the host of our Greek language TV series. I mentioned the word “cartoon,” and was amazed to hear Bazil Zetas say, “Mickey Mouse.” It stopped me in my tracks. I turned to him and said, “Did you just say Mickey Mouse?” “Yes,” he said, “That’s Greek for cartoon.” We had a good laugh.

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