Sunday, December 4, 2016

Standing Strong Through the Storm - FELLOWSHIP FUNCTION OF THE CHURCH

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household. Ephesians 2:19

As Christians we are called to belong—not just believe. We are not meant to be loners but true members of his body—part of Jesus’ family. It is thus important for Christians to spend time together to share their spiritual lives, encourage each other and have fellowship.

Satan brings all his efforts to bear upon Christians to prevent this fellowship. He realizes that believers need to help and strengthen each other, so he will try to prevent it by promoting indifference or by using the force of circumstances (Hebrews 10:24,25). Even informal or casual meetings can be used of the Lord for strengthening Christians, especially when formal meetings and large group fellowships are forbidden. Of course, large meetings can be useful, too. But normally, more help is given one-to-one in small “cell” groups where specific needs can be shared, discussed and ministered to in-depth.

Mona’s story is a good illustration. It wasn’t only that she was raped when she sneaked across the border into Malaysia. It wasn’t simply because she sent her daughter back to Burma and had never seen her since she was a baby. It wasn’t just the violence of those terrifying days in the ‘80’s in Rangoon when students and soldiers clashed in the streets forcing her husband (then a student) and her to flee the country.

It was the thousand nights of loneliness. The trauma of the past haunted her. The papers she needed to stay in Malaysia legally. Papers that she could not acquire. The possibility of arrest and punishment by police.

The nightmares came on leathery wings of fear, dug their claws deeply and took up residence in her psyche. Her mind, once sound and clear, clouded with doubts and delusions: the sound of voices she did not know and horrifying images that would not go away.

But hers was not a life destined for darkness. The clouds were pulled away slowly, partly by the psychiatrist at the General Hospital, secured for her by the volunteers at the free medical clinic. Also by the kindness of strangers who reached out their hands in generosity.

It was the moment Mona was able to tell another woman in her own language of her troubles; this was when the first ray of light cut through the cloud and shone the possibility of hope into her circumstance.

Later, it was the time she spent with other women from Burma at the church. It was the songs they sang, the shared experience and language, the friendship, the food, the games.

Fellowship is life-giving to those who have been deprived of it.

RESPONSE: Today I will seek to experience true fellowship in Christ.

PRAYER: Pray for opportunities to support others who need a listening ear or a word of encouragement.

Un Dia a la Vez - Nueva criatura

Como hijos obedientes, no se amolden a los malos deseos que tenían antes, cuando vivían en la ignorancia. Más bien, sean ustedes santos en todo. 1 Pedro 1:14-15

Para vivir hay que morir. Si la semilla no muere, no hay fruto. Así que vale la pena morir a la vieja naturaleza pecadora y enderezar nuestra vida por el buen camino.

En nuestro andar con Cristo, hemos aprendido que, aunque fallemos, Dios nos levanta y nos hace nuevas criaturas. Por lo tanto, dejemos atrás las personas que no son una buena influencia y los amigos que lo único que quieren es que vivamos las cosas del mundo. Entonces se burlan porque eres hombre de una sola mujer, o porque eres una mujer sujeta a su esposo, o porque no estás en fiestas y vicios. Quizá hasta debas dejar trabajos donde tu vida está expuesta a malas influencias.

No temas hacer estos cambios, porque si lo haces bajo el pacto con Dios, Él te respaldará en tus decisiones y abrirá nuevas oportunidades para ti. No olvidemos que la obediencia es igual a bendición.

Los cambios requieren sacrificios, dominio propio y mucha oración. En realidad, necesitamos mucha oración porque siempre estarán rondando las tentaciones.

Verse of the Day - December 04, 2016

John 8:12 (NIV) [ Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony ] When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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The World's Only Way Out--Repent - The Sunday Sermon for SUNDAY, December 4, 2016 - Second Sunday in Advent

The Preaching of St. John the Baptist by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

The Holy Gospel
according to St Matthew, the 3rd Chapter

Glory to You, O Lord

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near." This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, "The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: 'Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'" Now John wore clothing of camel's hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, 'We have Abraham as our ancestor' for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the ax is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. "I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."  (Matthew 3:1-12, NRSV)

This is the Gospel of the Lord

Grace and peace to you from our Lord and Saviour, Jesus who is the Christ. Amen

The World's Only Way Out--Repent
There is a purely American art form that has been lost to the American scene over the last 25 to 30 years. It is the Circus Poster. Some of you can remember those colorful posters that were hung about a month before the circus would come to your area announcing the greatest show on earth. These posters would announce the glory, the "thrills, the glamor and the excitement of the most magical of worlds SOON to arrive for one day and one day only.

The life of the bill poster was tedious and hard work, never accompanied by applause or any sign of appreciation. Few people even noticed him at work, but when he was done, the results of his hard work were seen on barn sides, wooden fences and store windows. It was not at all his job to call attention to himself; his job was to leave a visible sign, a visible proclamation of the greater than himself that was yet to come.

The Circus was coming to town!!

So, our text for this morning from Matthew’s gospel, tells of another whose job was not to point attention to himself, but to one who was coming who was greater than I." John was not the big show, but he came to proclaim that the big show was coming.

Jesus was coming!!

Yes, this is the season to get ready, to prepare for the one who is coming. We light the Advent candles on the wreath this morning as a signal that someone is coming and we have the next weeks to get ready.

But ready for who?? Who is coming?

Beginning today and continuing the next weeks of Advent, we will answer that question, who is coming.

We will answer the question posed by our hymn of the day,"What child is this, who laid to rest, on Mary’s lap is sleeping?"

What child is this who is coming?? Does he get confused with another who is coming this season? I would imagine if we asked our children who is coming they might answer with another song that is sung during this season.

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why, Santa Claus is coming to town! He knows when you’ve been sleeping, he knows when you’re awake,he knows when you’ve been bad or good so be good for goodness sake!!"

Yes, this is the season to get ready. Ready for the Christ child in our lives. John the Baptist gives us a hint this morning about how we are to get ready for the Christ child in our lives.

John brought and still brings into our lives a message for personal repentance. This message that told people they needed, to get out of the ruts, the grooves they are in, to change, to turn around from the kind of lives they are living, to change, to make a 180 degree turn. Advent is the time for us to look at our lives, to note the changes that need to be made and then to make them.

The Greek word for repentance is metanoia. Meta means "to change or shift" and noia means "perspective." It literally means a change in the way one views things. Repentance means not only saying you’re sorry, it means you are going to genuinely change and mend your ways.

John was preaching a repentance, a change in the way things are done. Not just being sorry, but changing the way things are done by us.

"The repentance that John was preaching goes beyond making some flip comment about being "sorry". Sorry is what we are if we go to the store and bring home a loaf of pumpernickel bread when we were asked to bring home rye. The repentance that John preaches is better understood by the phrase "a contrite heart". This is a heart that finds its present condition unacceptable. A heart that seeks real and substantial change. A heart that is prepared for the coming of the Christ. This is a repentant heart for the forgiveness of sins. The question John puts before the people living in the Jordan valley and the question that people in each generation must ask is: What are those areas in our lives that need purifying? Where are the places where we have gone astray? Where the path that scripture led us was too hard to follow? Where does our indifference to injustice and oppression that others must endure stand as roadblocks to God’s rule on earth?

John’s voice comes down to us over the years. John’s voice is the stoplight in the wee hours of the morning. It is the lighthouse guarding ships from shallow waters, calling us to change our course. Calling us to prepare the way for the Christ.

"Picture yourself looking in the bathroom mirror as you begin your beauty regimen after getting up in the morning. I’m talking about after you get over the initial shock over what you see! I don’t want to gross anyone out by getting you to think of looking at yourself in the mirror. It is an essential part of the beginning of our day. If you are like me you want to have plenty of light to shine upon the blemishes and disarray and may want to squint very closely into the mirror as you begin the repair work.

So it is with repentance. Repentance puts us into the frame of mind to shine the light on our lives, to look into the mirror, and begin to see all the clutter that is there. We see the blemish of sin, we see the disarrayed hair of inappropriate behavior, we see the scraggly whiskers or caked-on make-up of broken relationships. Most of us would no doubt make a decision right then and there to start the repairs, to do something about what you see. Some would simply go back to bed!!

But John does not want us to go back to bed, but to begin the process of repenting, of changing our ways.

An example;

Not too many years ago newspapers carried the story of Al Johnson, a Kansas man who came to faith in Jesus Christ. What made his story remarkable was not his conversion, but the fact that as a result of his newfound faith in Christ, he confessed to a bank robbery he had participated in when he was nineteen years old. Because the statute of limitations on the case had run out, Johnson could not be prosecuted for the offense. Still, he believed his relationship with Christ demanded a confession. And he even voluntarily repaid his share of the stolen money! ( Today in the Word, April, 1989, p. 13 )

What Child is this? A child that leads us to repentance, a child that challenges us to change our ways, to shine a light on our lives so that with and through that child we might change.

Repentance simply means to change form.

In Clarence Jordan’s Cotton Patch interpretation of the Bible he uses the illustration of the caterpillar-butterfly image to clarify the real meaning of repentance.

"The ugly caterpillar crawls along, in the dirt with the warm sun shining upon him. Then he climbs by instinct out onto a limb of a tree and weaves a cocoon all around himself. The sun continues to bathe him with warmth and when the time is right something wonderful happens to him. The protective shell begins to crack and break open with new life. He emerges changed, changed into a new form to face a whole new world.

Jordan’s continues," The happiest, most joyful thing you’ll ever do is to metoroia.

Would you say to the caterpillar,"Well little fellow, you know I sure feel sorry for you--you’re fixin’ to become a butterfly. It’s terrible man! "

And the little fellow weeps and moans and groans because he’s fixing to be a butterfly.

No! His birthday is here. He’s about to enter into a new order that God Almighty has prepared for him. The happiest thing a little caterpillar can do is to metamorphose. And the happiest thing for a person is for the light of God to shine on him for him to be taken out of his darkness and put in a new order of things."

John is calling us to change, to change our form. To look beyond what is, to what we can become. John is calling us to change, not to just say we are sorry for our misdeeds, or our deeds we should have done and didn’t. He is calling us to change, to become that caterpillar, to have a birthday in Christ.

And John calls us through the ages. He calls us through modern, "John the Baptist" to change in this modern age. We can look at this text and say, pastor that is then this is now. How do I know what needs to be changed? How do I know what to look for?

Modern John the Baptist are all around us, look, see, experience.

A closing story tells it well:

The streets of one suburban town in northern New Jersey ooze with history. There is a stately gothic Episcopal Church on one corner on the main street and a matching town library on the other. One can walk down the maple tree lined streets to the town green. To the south, on the hill, is where Washington's army spent one of the winters of the Revolution. Walking the streets from the church to the green there was, some years ago, an odd character dressed in a green parka with worn fake fur trim. Let's call him Robert. Robert wore the parka summer and winter. He talked to no one but muttered at everyone. Unclean. Strange. Robert was, during the 80's, as much a fixture in the town as the town hall or the Victorian building housing "The Men's Club."

Robert was the "dean," the "chairman" of the street people in that community. He certainly had his few minutes of fame. The library tried to ban him from the building because of his odor and odd habit of staring at library patrons. Robert's rights to smell and to stare were duly upheld by the courts in New Jersey. He refused to eat in the soup kitchen or sleep in the shelter. He would eat what he could scavenge and he slept in a mysterious cranny near the train station.

One cold clear morning, as the rector of the Episcopal Church made his way down the path from the rectory to the parish hall, Robert called out from the steps of the library: "Hey! Reverend, I need to talk to you! Hey, Reverend!"

It was bitter cold and the street was covered with ice and packed snow. Robert slowly maneuvered his way to the church driveway. The priest stood shivering as he watched the strange figure in the bright sun, make his way across the street. "Reverend, it's too cold at night. You'll have to keep the church open at night and turn up the heat." Always the gentleman, the rector pulled his scarf over his face to keep out the cold - and the smell.

"Robert, you know the church is open from 9 in the morning until 5 o'clock. Everyone is welcome." Ignoring the words being spoken, Robert continued, "It's too cold. Some folk won't go the shelter and there's not room for everyone. Now, you keep the church open and it'll give people a safe place to go. It's what you're supposed to do, isn't it?" Robert didn't wait for an answer. He had finished giving his orders for the day and turned to take his place at the library.

That morning at the parish staff meeting the bitter cold was discussed and the need for a safe place for the homeless to gather. Calls were made to the shelter. The soup kitchen's director was invited up to join the conversation. That night the doors were left open to the church and the heat was turned up. Volunteers served coffee. Robert was no where to be seen.

Robert took a liking to the church's curate. Hired to oversee the soup kitchen and other outreach ministries, this newly ordained priest was always around the street folk. Robert decided that the curate was all right. He cornered the curate at the bank ATM machine near the town green on a hot August day. As Robert did with the folk he liked, he got right up into the priest's face. "Hey, Reverend. Are you doing O.K. today? You know, I need to talk to you about someone." "Well, that's fine Robert." The priest moved up wind as he responded. Robert continued, "You know Shirley? Well Shirley wants to go to your church. You need to invite her." The curate thought for a moment and slowly asked, "You mean she wants to attend a service." "Yeah, she wants to go to church. She thinks you and the guys in the soup kitchen are real nice. So, you invite her to church."

Shifting in the sun, the curate decided to pull Robert's chain a little. He asked, "Well, Robert, why don't you bring her to church on Sunday. There are services at 8, 9, and 11." Robert stared at the priest indignantly and replied, "Well Reverend, I'm Jewish and I make it to Temple on High Holy Days. Shirley is one of yours and if she's good enough for you to feed, she's good enough for you to have in church, isn't she?" "Well yes," the curate said.

Robert turned and walked back down the street toward the library. The curate watched the man in the green parka turn into the doorway of the library. The money from the bank machine was still caught in the metal jaws waiting to be collected.

Shirley walked into church with Mrs. Terwilliger on Sunday morning. The colorful scarves and flowers in her short-cropped Afro highlighted Shirley's dark brown skin. A thin woman in her late forties, she had fought the demons of mental illness for years. She was educated and articulate. Except for the extra skirts and the paper bags filled with her worldly possessions, she seemed as natural part of the community as her blue-haired patrician guide. They took seats next to Mr. Terwilliger. She nodded to the clergy as they processed into the sanctuary. She had found a place. Robert was at his usual place in front of the closed library.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness - or in the desert - or on the street corner - or in the seat next to us: "Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." The voice of one whom points to this kingdom. What is it like, this kingdom? This is place where there is room for everyone. Room for almost everyone - although the smug, self-confident, those with all the answers, "you brood of vipers," might find it hard to find a place. Yet even the "vipers" hear the voice of warning and of new possibilities.

For those of us who know Jesus Christ as Lord, the "kingdom of heaven" makes real the presence of the king in our lives. The voice of warning is also the promise of a New World, a new way of living life. In this New World, honor and welcome are a given. There is no room for smugness and self-righteousness. This voice is the word reminding us of what we know: God has come to dwell among us. We are therefore reminded of God in the faces and the lives around us.

What child is this? A child who call for repentance.

Listen to the voices that remind us that "The kingdom of heaven is at hand!"


New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The New Revised Standard Version Bible may be quoted and/or reprinted up to and inclusive of five hundred (500) verses without express written permission of the publisher, provided the verses quoted do not amount to a complete book of the Bible or account for fifty percent (50%) of the total work in which they are quoted. Sermon by Tim Zingale.

The Daily Readings for SUNDAY, December 4, 2016 - Second Sunday in Advent

First Reading
from the Old Testament

A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. His delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide by what his ears hear; but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall kill the wicked. Righteousness shall be the belt around his waist, and faithfulness the belt around his loins. The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze, their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. The nursing child shall play over the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put its hand on the adder's den. They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a signal to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious. (Isaiah 11:1-10, NRSV)

This is the Word of the Lord

Responsorial Psalm

Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19
1  Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
2  May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
3  May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
4  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
5  May he live[a] while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6  May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
7  In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
18  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
19  Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.

Second Reading
from the Epistles

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. May the God of steadfastness and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the circumcised on behalf of the truth of God in order that he might confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, "Therefore I will confess you among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name" and again he says, "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people" and again, "Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples praise him" and again Isaiah says, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope." May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:4-13, NRSV)

This is the Word of the Lord

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The Daily Meditation for SUNDAY, December 4, 2016 - Second Sunday in Advent

From Forward Day By Day
Written by Hugo Olaiz

Romans 15:4 (NRSV) For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, so that by steadfastness and by the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.

You may have heard of John Wycliffe, who produced the first handwritten English translation of the Bible in the 1300s. Or perhaps you know the names of William Tyndale or Myles Coverdale, the first to print the New Testament and then the whole Bible in English. One name you may not know is Casidoro de Reina, who translated the first complete Bible printed in Spanish in 1569. It’s often called the Bible of the Bear: On the title page, a bear consumes the sweet honey out of a beehive, even as it is being attacked by the bees. The title page also includes a quote from Isaiah 40:8, “The word of our God will stand forever.” I think Paul has a similar idea in today’s lesson from Romans when he calls scripture “steadfast.”

In order to publish his translation, Reina had to flee his home country of Spain, eventually dying in exile. I am grateful for Reina and many others, who, because of their courageous work, have given us instruction, steadfastness, encouragement, and hope.

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Our Daily Bread - The Treasure in Tomb 7

Read: Psalm 119:161–168 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 47–48; 1 John 3

I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. Psalm 119:162

In 1932, Mexican archaeologist Alfonso Caso discovered Tomb 7 at Monte Alban, Oaxaca. He found more than four hundred artifacts, including hundreds of pieces of pre-Hispanic jewelry he called “The Treasure of Monte Alban.” It is one of the major finds of Mexican archaeology. One can only imagine Caso’s excitement as he held a jade cup in its purest form.

Centuries earlier, the psalmist wrote of a treasure more valuable than gold or rock crystal. He said, “I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil” (Ps. 119:162). In Psalm 119, the writer knew how valuable God’s instructions and promises are to our lives, so he compared them to the great treasure that comes in hand with the victory of a conqueror.

Caso’s name is remembered today because of his discovery in Tomb 7. We can enjoy it if we visit a museum in Oaxaca. However, the psalmist’s treasure is at our fingertips. Day by day we can dig into the Scriptures and find diamonds of promises, rubies of hope, and emeralds of wisdom. But by far the greatest thing we find is the person whom the book points to: Jesus Himself. After all, He is the Author of the book.

Let us seek diligently with the confidence that this is the treasure that will enrich us. As the psalmist said, “Your laws are my treasure; they are my heart’s delight” (v. 111 nlt).

Father, I want to value the Scriptures as a treasure. Help me enjoy Your Word every day.

God’s Word is a valuable possession and a guide to life.

© 2016 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Nuestro Pan Diario - El tesoro en la tumba 7

Leer: Salmo 119:161-168 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Juan 3

Me regocijo en tu palabra como el que halla muchos despojos (Salmo 119:162).

En 1932, el arqueólogo mejicano Antonio Caso descubrió la Tumba 7 en Monte Albán, en Oaxaca. Encontró más de 400 objetos, incluidas cientos de joyas prehispánicas a las que denominó «El tesoro de Monte Albán»; uno de los hallazgos más importantes de la arqueología mejicana. ¿Te imaginas la emoción de aquel hombre al sostener una copa de jade en su forma más pura?

Siglos antes, el salmista escribió sobre un tesoro más valioso que el oro y el cristal de roca: «Me regocijo en tu palabra como el que halla muchos despojos» (Salmo 119:162). En este salmo, el escritor sabía cuán valiosas son para nosotros las instrucciones y las promesas de Dios; por eso, las comparó con el gran tesoro que le queda a un conquistador tras una victoria.

Caso es recordado hoy por haber descubierto la Tumba 7, la cual podemos visitar en un museo de Oaxaca. Sin embargo, al tesoro del salmista lo tenemos en nuestras manos: día tras día, podemos cavar en las Escrituras y descubrir diamantes de promesas, rubíes de esperanza y esmeraldas de sabiduría. Pero lo más hermoso que podemos hallar es la Persona a quien apunta este libro: Jesús. Después de todo, Él es su Autor.

Como afirmó el salmista: «Tus leyes son mi tesoro; son el deleite de mi corazón» (v. 111 NTV).

Señor, ayúdame a disfrutar cada día el tesoro de tu Palabra.

La Palabra de Dios es una posesión valiosa y una guía para la vida.

© 2016 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario

Unser Täglich Brot - Der Schatz in Grab 7

Lesen: Psalm 119,161-168 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: Hesekiel 47–48; 1.Johannes 3

Ich freue mich über dein Wort wie einer, der große Beute macht. (Psalm 119,162)

1932 entdeckte der mexikanische Archäologe Alfonso Caso am Monte Alban in Oaxaca das Grab 7. Darin fand er unter anderen Hunderten von Schmuckstücken aus der Zeit vor der spanischen Eroberung den „Schatz von Monte Alban“. Er ist einer der größten Funde der mexikanischen Archäologie. Wie begeistert mag Caso gewesen sein, als er etwa einen Becher aus reiner Jade in den Händen hielt.

Jahrhunderte früher beschrieb der Psalmist einen Schatz, der viel kostbarer ist als Gold oder Bergkristall: „Ich freue mich über dein Wort wie einer, der große Beute macht“ (Ps. 119,162). Er wusste, wie wertvoll Gottes Anweisungen und Verheißungen für unser Leben sind. Deshalb verglich er sie mit einem großen Schatz, wie er dem Sieger bei einer Eroberung in die Hände fällt.

Casos Name ist heute noch bekannt wegen seiner Entdeckungen in Grab 7. Im Museum in Oaxaca können wir sie bewundern. Der Schatz des Psalmisten liegt jedoch direkt vor unserer Nase. Tag für Tag können wir in der Schrift graben und Diamanten der Verheißung, Rubine der Hoffnung und Smaragde der Weisheit finden. Der größte Schatz aber ist die Person, auf die die Bibel hinweist: Jesus selbst.

Wir wollen eifrig nach ihm suchen im Vertrauen, dass dieser Schatz uns wirklich reich macht. Wie der Psalmist sagt: „Deine Weisungen sind mein Schatz, sie erfüllen mein Herz mit Freude.“ (V.111 NLB).

Vater, ich möchte dein Wort wie einen Schatz achten. Hilf mir, mich jeden Tag daran zu freuen.

Gottes Wort ist ein kostbarer Besitz und ein Führer durchs Leben.

© 2016 Unser Täglich Brot

Хлеб наш насущный - Сокровище в гробнице №7

автор: Кейла Очоа

Читать сейчас: Псалом 118:161-168 | Библия за год: Иезекииль 47-48; Евреям 10:1-18

Радуюсь я слову Твоему, как получивший великую прибыль. — Псалом 118:162

В 1932 г. мексиканский археолог Альфонсо Касо обнаружил гробницу №7 в древнем поселении Монте-Альбан. Там он нашел более 400 артефактов, включая сотни ювелирных изделий, которые он назвал «Сокровище Монте-Альбан». Это одна из главных находок мексиканской археологии. Можно лишь представить восторг Касо, держащего нефритовую чашу идеальной формы.

Тысячелетиями ранее псалмопевец писал о сокровище более ценном, чем золото или нефрит. Он говорил: «Радуюсь я слову Твоему, как получивший великую прибыль» (Пс. 118:162). Автор знал, как важны Божьи повеления и обетования для нашей жизни, поэтому и сравнил их с великим сокровищем, достающимся победителю.

Касо стал знаменитым, благодаря обнаружению гробницы №7. Теперь это музей в мексиканском штате Оахака. А сокровище древнего псалмопевца находится прямо у нас в руках. День за днем мы можем погружаться в глубины Писания и находить бриллианты обетований, рубины надежды и изумруды мудрости. Но еще большее сокровище мы находим в Том, на Кого указывает Библия, – в Иисусе Христе. Он и есть ее Создатель.

Будем усердно исследовать Писание, зная, что оно непременно обогатит нас. Как сказал псалмопевец: «Откровения Твои я принял как наследие навеки, ибо они – веселье сердца моего» (Пс. 118:111).

Отче, я хочу ценить Писание, словно сокровище. Помоги мне каждый день радоваться Твоему Слову.

Божье Слово – ценное приобретение и руководство по жизни.

© 2016 Хлеб Наш Насущный

Notre Pain Quotidien - Le trésor du tombeau 7

Lisez : Psaume 119.161‑168 | La Bible en un an : Ézéchiel 47 – 48 et 1 Jean 3

Je me réjouis de ta parole, comme celui qui trouve un grand butin. (Psaume 119.162)

En 1932, l’archéologue mexicain Antonio Caso a découvert le tombeau 7 à Monte Alban, dans l’État de l’Oaxaca. Il y a trouvé plus de quatre cents artéfacts, y compris des centaines de bijoux de l’époque préhispanique qu’il appelle « Le trésor de Monte Alban ». Il s’agit d’ailleurs de l’une des découvertes majeures de l’archéologie mexicaine. On ne peut qu’imaginer l’exaltation de Caso tenant une tasse d’un jade de la plus grande pureté.

Des siècles auparavant, le psalmiste a écrit au sujet d’un trésor plus précieux que l’or et que le cristal : « Je me réjouis de ta parole, comme celui qui trouve un grand butin » (PS 19.162). L’auteur du Psaume 119 reconnaît que les instructions et les promesses de Dieu sont si précieuses qu’il les compare au butin exceptionnel d’un conquérant.

On se rappelle aujourd’hui le nom de Caso grâce à sa découverte du tombeau 7, qu’il nous est possible de visiter dans un musée de l’Oaxaca. Nous avons cependant le trésor du psalmiste sous la main. Jour après jour, nous pouvons fouiller dans la Bible pour y trouver des diamants de promesses, des rubis d’espoir et des émeraudes de sagesse. Reste que le plus précieux des trésors que nous pouvons y découvrir est la personne même qu’elle nous présente : Jésus. Après tout, c’est lui qui en est l’auteur.

Consultons‑la avec l’assurance d’y trouver le trésor qui nous enrichira, comme le psalmiste l’a dit : « Tes préceptes sont pour toujours mon héritage, car ils sont la joie de mon coeur » (V. 111).

La Parole de Dieu est un bien précieux et un guide de vie.

© 2016 Ministères NPQ