Category: A-Z Weekly Memory Verses and Hymns

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This Week’s Memory Verse: X is for…
“eXalt the Lord our God; worship at His footstool! Holy is He!” Psalm 99:5

Hymn of the Week: “Jesus Shall Reign” (Isaac Watts)

Jesus shall reign where e’er the sun Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

From north to south the nations meet To pay their homage at His feet;
While western empires won their Lord, and eastern lands attend His word.

To Him shall endless prayer be made, and endless praises crown His head;
His name like sweet perfume shall rise With every morning sacrifice.

People and realms of every tongue Dwell on His love with sweetest song,
And infant voices shall proclaim Their early blessings on His name.

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This Week’s Memory Verse: W is for…
“When you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon and the stars –all the heavenly array– do not be enticed into bowing down to them and worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.” Deuteronomy 4:19
This verse ties in perfectly with our current study of the sky. This week we are beginning a survey of the signs of the Zodiac and how the ancient Hebrews viewed them before their meaning became perverted through pagan astrology. From scripture we know that God created the stars “to be for signs [from the Hebrew “avah” or “a mark,” as in the signs Moses used before Pharaoh] and seasons [from the Hebrew “moed” or “a fixed or appointed time,” never seasons of the year] (Genesis 1:14).” We also know He set the stars in their appointed places rather than just scattering them randomly across the sky (Psalm 8:3). God also named the stars (Psalm 147:4). He didn’t delegate this job to Adam like He did the naming of the animals. “The grand truth is that God made the stars for a witness to mankind of a coming Redeemer who would save fallen man from the clutches of the enemy, destroy the enemy and his power, and finally establish a kingdom of righteousness and light (Fleming, 12).”
But God also warned man repeatedly, as in our memory verse above, not to be lured into a false reverence for these created things and ignore their true purpose, to bring glory to their Creator. Of course, that is exactly what happened to His story in the sky. The real hero, the coming Messiah, was replaced by pagan personas and the stars themselves became their own source of meaning and power. This is astrology as it was millennia ago and as it is today. Here are a few quick facts to introduce our study:
1. The term Zodiac is from the Greek and means “a circle.” It’s root is from the word “zoad” which means “a way or path or going by steps”
2. The Biblical term for the Zodiac is “Mazzaroth” which means “the separated, the divided, or the apportioned”
3. Looking at the stars themselves which make up the 12 signs of the Zodiac it is only with great difficulty that one can imagine them to make up the intricate pictures and stories associated with them. And yet, they are universally found across all cultures to possess nearly identical names and meanings. Clearly, there had to be a common knowledge and understanding of these signs prior to the great dispersion of people mentioned in scripture. It is this ancient understanding and interpretation that we will be exploring in the next few weeks.

Boys enjoying the sunshine with a buddy.
Boys enjoying the sunshine with a buddy.

Hymn of the Week: “There is Sunshine in My Soul” (Hewitt/Sweney)
There is sunshine in my soul today, more glorious and bright
Than glows in any earthly sky, for Jesus is my light.

O there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, when the peaceful happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul.

There is music in my soul today, a carol to my King,
And Jesus, listening can hear, the songs I cannot sing.

O there’s sunshine, blessed sunshine, when the peaceful happy moments roll;
When Jesus shows His smiling face, there is sunshine in my soul.

Mom & Sam with Sunshine in our Souls
Mom & Sam with Sunshine in our Souls

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This Week’s Memory Verse: V is for…
“Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Savior…For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” -Isaiah 45:15-18

That's us.  A pale blue dot caught in a ray of sunshine.
That’s us. A pale blue dot caught in a ray of sunshine.

Last week we learned that of all the types of galaxies the only kind that could be host to any kind of life is a spiral galaxy, like our own Milky Way. And life could not just exist any where in this kind of galaxy. It has to be in an outer arm, like where our own solar system lies. The week before we learned that of all the different kinds of stars in the universe only a non-binary, non-variable, medium-temperature star like our own sun is safe to orbit for a life-bearing planet like our own. And earlier in the year we learned that planet has to be just the right distance from that just-right star located on an outer arm of that just-right galaxy. Oh yeah, and make sure the planet has the perfect mass, perfect rotation, perfect atmosphere, perfect tilt, perfect magnetosphere, a perfectly placed moon to keep the oceans from stagnating, and other planets placed just-so to keep it from being bombarded by asteroids. Yes, God indeed formed the Earth, not in vain, but especially to be inhabited. He is the Lord, and there is none else!

Hymn of the Week: “Unto the Hills” (Campbell/Purday)

Unto the hills around do I lift up my longing eyes;
O whence for me shall my salvation come, from whence arise?
From God the Lord doth come my certain aid,
From God the Lord who heaven and earth hath made.

He will not suffer that thy foot be moved: safe shalt thou be.
No careless slumber shall His eyelids close, who keepeth thee.
Behold our God the Lord, He slumbereth ne’er,
Who keepeth Israel in His holy care.

Jehovah is Himself thy keeper true, thy changeless shade;
Jehovah thy defense on thy right hand Himself hath made.
And thee no sun by day shall ever smite;
No moon shall harm thee in the silent night.

From every evil shall He keep thy soul, from every sin;
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, thy coming in.
Above thee watching, He whom we adore
Shall keep thee hence-forth, yea, forevermore.