Why was Israel taken into Babylonian captivity?
Who was the first born son of Benjamin?
Who was the father of Saul?
Lesson: It was a sad day for the children of Israel when they were taken as a nation into captivity. God had warned them, he had loved them, but they refused
to repent. Are we listening to God?
Prayer: Lord God, remove my pride that I may be willing to admit my sin and follow you. Amen.
King Canute was once ruler of England. The members of his court were
continually full of flatten,’. “You are the greatest man that ever
lived... You are the most powerful king of all.. Your highness, there is
nothing you cannot do, nothing in this world dares disobey you.” The
king was a wise man and he grew tired such foolish speeches. One day
as he was walking by the seashore Canute decided to teach them a
lesson. “So you say I am the greatest man in the world?” he asked
them. “0 king,” they cried, “there never has been anyone as mighty as
you, and there will never be anyone so great, ever again.” "The world
bows before you, and gives you honour.” “I see,” the king answered.
“In that case, bring me my chair, and place it down by the water.” The
servants scrambled to carry Canute’s royal chair over the sands. At his
direction, they placed it right at the water’s edge. The King sat down
and looked out at the ocean. “I notice the tide is coming in. Do you
think it will stop if I give the command?” “Give the order, 0 great king,
and it will obey,” cried his entourage “Sea,” cried Canute, “I command
you to come no further! Do not dare touch my feet!” He waited a
moment, and a wave rushed up the sand and lapped at his feet. “How
dare you!” Canute shouted. “Ocean, turn back now! I have ordered you
to retreat before me, and now you must obey! Go back!” Canute
remained on his throne throughout the day, screaming at the waves to
stop. The waves continued until the seat of the throne was covered with
water. finally Canute turned to his entourage and said, “It seems I do
not have quite so much power as you would have me believe. Perhaps
now you will remember there is only one King who is all-powerful, and it
is he who rules the sea, and holds the ocean in the hollow of his hand. I
suggest you reserve your praises for him.”