Daily we live in death’s shadow. Thankfully, the kingdom of heaven is just as near.

Scripture: Matthew 4:12-17

ESV Text: Matthew 4:12-17

Matthew 4:12-17 (Listen)

Jesus Begins His Ministry

12 Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. 13 And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, 14 so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:

15 “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
16 the people dwelling in darkness
have seen a great light,
and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death,
on them a light has dawned.”

17 From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4 12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.(KJV)


Scripture: Psalm 23

ESV Text: Psalm 23

Psalm 23 (Listen)

The Lord Is My Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

23:1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. (ESV)


KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 23: 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 436:
The Lord’s My Shepherd

— Organ Audio

1. The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want; 
He makes me down to lie 
In pastures green; He leadeth me 
The quiet waters by. 

2. My soul He doth restore again 
And me to walk doth make 
Within the paths of righteousness, 
E’en for His own name’s sake. 

3. Yea, tho’ I walk in death’s dark vale, 
Yet will I fear no ill; 
For Thou art with me, and Thy rod 
And staff me comfort still. 

4. My table Thou hast furnished 
In presence of my foes; 
My head Thou dost with oil anoint, 
And my cup overflows. 

5. Goodness and mercy, all my life, 
Shall surely follow me; 
And in God’s house forevermore 
My dwelling place shall be. 


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