Christianity 201

February 10, 2021

Scriptures for Dawn and Dusk

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.
 – Joshua 1:8 NLT, emphasis added

I knew I was getting confused when I had to turn to Wikipedia.

I was looking at a book titled Daily Light on the Daily Path by Samuel Bagster. I thought it would be helpful to include an entry here because in nearly eleven years, I’ve never mentioned this devotional and it has been so helpful to so many. (It would be like publishing an overview of devotional literature and never mentioning Oswald Chambers’ My Utmost for His Highest, which fortunately we’ve done at least three times.)

I decided to save myself some typing by finding the material online, since I was pretty sure that Daily Light… was public domain. But what I found wasn’t the same as the book I was holding, hence the trip to everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia, which stated:

Daily Light on the Daily Path or Daily Light is a Christian daily devotional scripture reading published by Bagster & Sons about 1875. It has been reprinted continually since then. It consists of brief groupings of scripture passages which speak to prominent Biblical themes—two themes (morning and evening) for each day of the year. It appends no commentary, but simply allows scripture to speak for itself.

It’s not the only one to do this. Many have found great benefit by starting the day and ending the day with God’s Word; having it be the first thing their mind considers in the morning, and the last thing to enter their minds when the lights go out. (Hence, several devotional books are available which use a “split shift” format for readings as you wake and as you prepare to sleep.)

Apparently, if you see an edition published by Barbour in 2012, it doesn’t have the morning and evening readings set out, which is what I believe Samuel Bagster was intending.

Here are the readings for today, February 10th, as posted at this website. I’ve decided to leave the scriptures as they appear in the KJV. If you struggle with that version — perhaps English isn’t your first language — the links take you to the NKJV.

You can also find a single daily scripture compilation (similar to what I saw in the Barbour print edition) at this UK website where the verses appear in NIV. There you’ll find a tab you can click to receive them daily by email.

As you read, look for the common theme in each grouping.

February 10

MORNING

The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light. Luke 11:34

The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. I Cor. 2:14

Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Psa. 119:18

I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image … even as by the Spirit of the Lord. II Cor. 3:18

God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. II Cor. 4:6

The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory… give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: … that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. Eph. 1:17, 18

EVENING

He smote the rock, that the waters gushed out, and the streams overflowed. Psa. 78:20

All our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that rock was Christ. I Cor. 10:1-4

One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. John 19:34

He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa. 53:5

Ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. John 5:40

My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water. Jer. 2:13

If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. John 7:3

Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Rev. 22:17