Saturday, February 25, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, February 25, 2017

 The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Ruth 4:1-17

No sooner had Boaz gone up to the gate and sat down there than the next-of-kin, of whom Boaz had spoken, came passing by. So Boaz said, "Come over, friend; sit down here." And he went over and sat down. Then Boaz took ten men of the elders of the city, and said, "Sit down here" so they sat down. He then said to the next-of-kin, "Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our kinsman Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it, and say: Buy it in the presence of those sitting here, and in the presence of the elders of my people. If you will redeem it, redeem it; but if you will not, tell me, so that I may know; for there is no one prior to you to redeem it, and I come after you." So he said, "I will redeem it." Then Boaz said, "The day you acquire the field from the hand of Naomi, you are also acquiring Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead man, to maintain the dead man's name on his inheritance." At this, the next-of-kin said, "I cannot redeem it for myself without damaging my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it." Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one took off a sandal and gave it to the other; this was the manner of attesting in Israel. So when the next-of-kin said to Boaz, "Acquire it for yourself," he took off his sandal. Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "Today you are witnesses that I have acquired from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. I have also acquired Ruth the Moabite, the wife of Mahlon, to be my wife, to maintain the dead man's name on his inheritance, in order that the name of the dead may not be cut off from his kindred and from the gate of his native place; today you are witnesses." Then all the people who were at the gate, along with the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you produce children in Ephrathah and bestow a name in Bethlehem; and, through the children that the LORD will give you by this young woman, may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah." So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife. When they came together, the LORD made her conceive, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, "Blessed be the LORD, who has not left you this day without next-of-kin; and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age; for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has borne him." Then Naomi took the child and laid him in her bosom, and became his nurse. The women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, "A son has been born to Naomi." They named him Obed; he became the father of Jesse, the father of David.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:10

But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture-- "I believed, and so I spoke"-- we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God. So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal. For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this tent we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling-- if indeed, when we have taken it off we will not be found naked. For while we are still in this tent, we groan under our burden, because we wish not to be unclothed but to be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord-- for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil.

This is the Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in Matthew 6:1-16
Glory be to Thee, O Lord

"Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. "So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. "When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. "Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. "And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

Here ends the Gospel lesson for today.
Glory be to Thee ,O Christ!

Morning Psalms

Psalm 137 Super flumina
1   By the waters of Babylon we sat down and wept, when we remembered you, O Zion.
2   As for our harps, we hung them up on the trees in the midst of that land.
3   For those who led us away captive asked us for a song, and our oppressors called for mirth: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
4   How shall we sing the LORD'S song upon an alien soil?
  If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.
6   Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7   Remember the day of Jerusalem, O LORD, against the people of Edom, who said, "Down with it! down with it! even to the ground!"
8   O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy the one who pays you back for what you have done to us!
9   Happy shall he be who takes your little ones, and dashes them against the rock!

Psalm 144 Benedictus Dominus
1   Blessed be the LORD my rock! who trains my hands to fight and my fingers to battle;
2   My help and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whom I trust, who subdues the peoples under me.
3   O LORD, what are we that you should care for us? mere mortals that you should think of us?
4   We are like a puff of wind; our days are like a passing shadow.
5   Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down; touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
6   Hurl the lightning and scatter them; shoot out your arrows and rout them.
7   Stretch out your hand from on high; rescue me and deliver me from the great waters, from the hand of foreign peoples,
8   Whose mouths speak deceitfully and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
9   O God, I will sing to you a new song; I will play to you on a ten-stringed lyre.
10   You give victory to kings and have rescued David your servant.
11   Rescue me from the hurtful sword and deliver me from the hand of foreign peoples,
12   Whose mouths speak deceitfully and whose right hand is raised in falsehood.
13   May our sons be like plants well nurtured from their youth, and our daughters like sculptured corners of a palace.
14   May our barns be filled to overflowing with all manner of crops; may the flocks in our pastures increase by thousands and tens of thousands; may our cattle be fat and sleek.
15   May there be no breaching of the walls, no going into exile, no wailing in the public squares.
16   Happy are the people of whom this is so! happy are the people whose God is the LORD!

Evening Psalms

Psalm 104 Benedic, anima mea
1   Bless the LORD, O my soul; O LORD my God, how excellent is your greatness! you are clothed with majesty and splendor.
2   You wrap yourself with light as with a cloak and spread out the heavens like a curtain.
3   You lay the beams of your chambers in the waters above; you make the clouds your chariot; you ride on the wings of the wind.
4   You make the winds your messengers and flames of fire your servants.
5   You have set the earth upon its foundations, so that it never shall move at any time.
6   You covered it with the Deep as with a mantle; the waters stood higher than the mountains.
7   At your rebuke they fled; at the voice of your thunder they hastened away.
8   They went up into the hills and down to the valleys beneath, to the places you had appointed for them.
9   You set the limits that they should not pass; they shall not again cover the earth.
10   You send the springs into the valleys; they flow between the mountains.
11   All the beasts of the field drink their fill from them, and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12   Beside them the birds of the air make their nests and sing among the branches.
13   You water the mountains from your dwelling on high; the earth is fully satisfied by the fruit of your works.
14   You make grass grow for flocks and herds and plants to serve mankind;
15   That they may bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden our hearts,
16   Oil to make a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen the heart.
17   The trees of the LORD are full of sap, the cedars of Lebanon which he planted,
18   In which the birds build their nests, and in whose tops the stork makes his dwelling.
19   The high hills are a refuge for the mountain goats, and the stony cliffs for the rock badgers.
20   You appointed the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows the time of its setting.
21   You make darkness that it may be night, in which all the beasts of the forest prowl.
22   The lions roar after their prey and seek their food from God.
23   The sun rises, and they slip away and lay themselves down in their dens.
24   Man goes forth to his work and to his labor until the evening.
25   O LORD, how manifold are your works! in wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
26   Yonder is the great and wide sea with its living things too many to number, creatures both small and great.
27   There move the ships, and there is that Leviathan, which you have made for the sport of it.
28   All of them look to you to give them their food in due season.
29   You give it to them; they gather it; you open your hand, and they are filled with good things.
30   You hide your face, and they are terrified; you take away their breath, and they die and return to their dust.
31   You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.
32   May the glory of the LORD endure for ever; may the LORD rejoice in all his works.
33   He looks at the earth and it trembles; he touches the mountains and they smoke.
34   I will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will praise my God while I have my being.
35   May these words of mine please him; I will rejoice in the LORD.
36   Let sinners be consumed out of the earth, and the wicked be no more.
37   Bless the LORD, O my soul. Hallelujah!

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Verse of the Day - February 25, 2017

Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Read all of Matthew 22

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "Undercover Agents"

Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Hebrews 1:14 (NKJV)

Wouldn’t it be interesting if you had actually met an angel and didn’t even know it? In fact, it is even possible that you have personally met an angel, because Hebrews 13:2 tells us, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”

In fact, when we read in the Bible of angels appearing, many times they were mistaken for men. They had to reveal the fact that they were indeed angels sent from God. Angels are actively involved in our lives as Christians on a regular basis.

Billy Graham described angels as “God’s secret agents.” I like that because they are undercover, really. They are not out to draw attention to themselves. They do the work of God and point us to Jesus Christ. That is their role. Angels are working behind the scenes, even when we are praying.

On one occasion in the Old Testament, the prophet Elisha’s servant woke up and saw the armies of their enemy closing in on them. He was filled with fear, but Elisha said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see” (2 Kings 6:17). The servant’s eyes were opened to the supernatural realm, and he was able to see what was actually going on behind the scenes. He was able to see the angelic protection that is around the children of God.

We have the assurance that God is with His people. We’re never alone. Of course, Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us (see Hebrews 13:5). That’s the most important thing of all. But He has promised that His angels are for us. And certainly this gives us hope in these troubled times in which we are living. When danger is around, the angels of God are with us.

In Jesus,
Cap'n Kenny

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Un Dia a la Vez - No estás en derrota

Levántate [...] Ya brotan flores en los campos; ¡el tiempo de la canción ha llegado!

Darnos por vencidos en la vida es cerrarles las puertas al cambio. Un divorcio, una enfermedad, una pérdida, un despido repentino de un trabajo, un hijo que se va de casa, tener un familiar en la cárcel o, más aun, en las drogas… ¡Qué terrible!

Sé que muchos de los que hoy leemos este libro hemos pasado al menos por una de estas penosas situaciones. Y sabes que la misma frustración de lo que estamos viviendo no nos permite ver, mucho menos creer, que después de la tormenta viene la calma.

En ocasiones dudamos que hasta Dios, que es el dueño de nuestra vida, pueda estar interesado en tal problema y que nos dé en algún momento la salida o una solución.

Sin embargo, necesitamos conocer a Dios en medio de estas crisis. En esos momentos tenemos la oportunidad más maravillosa de entregarnos por completo en sus brazos y decirle: «Estoy cansado… He luchado en mis fuerzas y ya no puedo más».

Sabemos que no existe prueba tan grande que tú y yo no podamos soportar. O sea, Dios conoce tu capacidad de dolor y sabe cuánto puedes resistir.

Recuerda, a Dios sí le puedes creer.

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Standing Strong Through the Storm - SUFFERING CAN MAKE OUR LIVES MORE HOLY

Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness.

Christmas is a time of peace and joy for those who are fortunate enough to celebrate the birth of their Saviour in freedom. For Marko and his two fellow believers it was the fifteenth Christmas that they had to celebrate behind the bars of a prison cell in a Muslim country.

The next day some colleagues felt they had to visit Marko and his friends as an encouragement and confirm to them once again the love of Immanuel—God with us.

Even though they often heard the saying that a prison cell in the Middle East is the closest to hell that you will experience on earth, nothing prepared them for the sense of hopelessness that they experienced in that waiting room of despair.

As the prisoners entered, it was not difficult to recognize Marko and his two friends. Beaming eyes and smiling faces immediately assured them Marko and friends knew they had not been separated from the love of God.

Tears flowed freely as they shared how lonely they were on Christmas day and how joyful they were to know that they were not forgotten.

“It was so difficult yesterday.” Marko spoke softly. “Apart from being Christian prisoners in a Muslim prison, it was also a fast day of Ramadan. We were not allowed out of our cells and we were not allowed to talk to anyone. Fortunately, a week ago the three of us got hold of pieces of a cake and we hid them underneath our cushions especially for Christmas day. Yesterday, when the fast was broken, we simply walked to one another, held the slices of cake together and said “Merry Christmas!”

The visiting hour flew past and soon it was time to say goodbye. Before being marched back to his prison cell, we looked at Marko and asked him a final question. “What are you going to do when you get to your cell and are once again all alone?

Marko smiled and answered, “I will simply spread the wings of my spirit and fly to Jesus.”

RESPONSE: Today I will seek to understand the biblical principle that suffering makes our lives more holy.

PRAYER: Lord, help me, like Marko, to keep my eyes fixed on You regardless of my circumstances.

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NIV Devotions for Couples - Tending Our Marriage

Isaiah 5:1–7

“What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?” Isaiah 5:4 (NIV)

When I was young, I attended the wedding of an extended family member. I don’t remember much about the ceremony, dancing or food. But I do remember the terrible fight at the reception. In front of all the guests, a woman screamed at her husband, broke down in tears and hid in a corner while her friends consoled her. The man yelled back, threatened to hit her, then stormed out of the building with his friends. He did not return that night.

It might shock you to learn that I’m describing the bride and groom. But it probably will not surprise you to learn that their marriage lasted less than a month.

In Isaiah 5, God addressed the people of Israel and described himself as the owner of a vineyard and Israel as the vineyard. He had chosen a prime location for his grapevines, nurtured the soil and protected the land from harm. But in the end, the crop of grapes was no good. So he asked, “What more could have been done for my vineyard than I have done for it?”

The farmer had done everything right; there was no reason why the crop should not have flourished. But the painful message soon became clear: Israel had failed despite God’s efforts to ensure her success. Though the people kept up elaborate rituals of worship, those were meaningless to God because the people neglected to do what he truly valued: caring for orphans, widows and the poor. As a result, they managed to spoil the harvest that God had nurtured.

God offers this same nurturing care today for your marriage. Even before you met your spouse, God was preparing the soil, removing the stones and building a watchtower. God placed you in a cultivated land, ready to produce good fruit. But in this vineyard, the Farmer doesn’t do all the work; you must also do your part.

More and more Christian couples today are producing bad marital fruit, spoiling their relationship despite God the Farmer’s efforts. Some couples, like the couple mentioned earlier, manage to kill their vine before it even takes hold.

In the end, a marriage will be judged not by the strength of its passion or by its ceremonial promises, but by the fruit it produces. The Farmer is there to weed, water and cultivate. But we must also take practical steps that will help our marriage reflect authentic devotion to each other and a true love for God and his values.

We can choose to forgive quickly and resist resentment. We can serve each other in purposeful ways throughout the day. We can encourage each other with words of love and by praying for each other. We can invite strong Christian couples to mentor us in spiritual growth. We can minister to others in need. By authentically reflecting God’s values in our relationship, we can do our part to nourish our marriage vineyard and produce a harvest of good fruit.

David and Kelli Trujillo

Let’s Talk
  • When we reflect on our life together (how we met, our courtship and our engagement), where do we see God’s guidance, protection and nurturing?
  • If we, as God’s people, are compared to a vineyard, how might we ensure the growth of good fruit within our marriage? What types of fruit do we most want to produce as a couple?
  • What habits or behaviors have we fallen into that could spoil the fruit of our marriage? What steps can we take to stop those damaging patterns?

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LHM Daily Devotion - "Jesus Receives Sinners"

February 25, 2017

But God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
- Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Jesus is always ready to receive sinners. Period.

Please, don't for a moment think Jesus stopped receiving sinners centuries ago or when the last of the apostles breathed his last. There has never been a moment in history -- no -- let me make this personal, there has never been a moment in your life, when Jesus has not been ready to receive you. That's right, Jesus wants to receive sinners like you.

No, don't tell me you're not a sinner. You are.

True, you may not be a really big sinner, but you are a sinner. Ask your spouse, or your loving children, or your best friend. I'll tell you what, ask the person who defends you and stands by your side no matter what you do. Ask him or her, "Am I a sinner? Have I ever done, or said, or thought anything that didn't seem right to you or pleasing to God?"

Go ahead, do it. Don't think I'm joking. Really, ask them. I'll wait.

You're not going to ask them, are you? I didn't think you would. You're not going to ask because you know, as much as they love you, as often as they've taken your side and defended you, they're going to hesitate just a little bit too long before they give an answer to your question. Their over-long hesitation means they know -- and you ought to know -- this truth: you are a sinner.

Worse, you are a sinner who can't do a single thing to change yourself. Nor can you do anything to change the unpleasant place you're going to be spending eternity after you die and have been judged. This is why, my sinful friend, you need to be received by Jesus.

Of course, it is possible that denying your sinfulness isn't your particular problem.

Is it possible there is overwhelming evidence showing you to be a depraved, debauched transgressor? Is your shame so great, your guilt so troubling and terrifying, that you believe if you were ever brought before Jesus, He would recoil at the sight of you and refuse to receive you?

My dear, big-sinning friend, don't be so foolish.

When Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, He was crushed to the ground by the great weight of humanity's sins. Your transgressions were there that night. Jesus knew you, your life, and every one of the sins you have ever committed.

Trust me on this. I've read the Bible.

There is not a single passage which speaks of Jesus carrying the sins of everybody with the exception of you. Nowhere does it record Jesus saying, "Yes, Father in heaven, I'll die to save the world with the exception of Bob or Bertha in the 21st century." There, on the accursed tree, He gave His life as your ransom and offered His perfection to win your salvation. He paid the price, and then, with His resurrection from the dead, showed to all who are given eyes to see it: Jesus receives sinners.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, once the Pharisees accused the Savior of receiving sinners. I give thanks, that for once, the Pharisees were right, and You have done all to receive us, forgive us, and save us. In the Savior's Name I give thanks. Amen.

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Our Daily Bread - Wholehearted!

Read: Numbers 13:26–32; 14:20–24 | Bible in a Year: Numbers 12–14; Mark 5:21–43

Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it. Numbers 14:24

Caleb was a “wholehearted” person. He and Joshua were part of a twelve-man reconnaissance team that explored the Promised Land and gave a report to Moses and the people. Caleb said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it” (Num. 13:30). But ten members of the team said they couldn’t possibly succeed. In spite of God’s promises, they saw only obstacles (vv. 31–33).

Ten men caused the people to lose heart and grumble against God, which led to forty years of wandering in the desert. But Caleb never quit. The Lord said, “Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it” (14:24). Forty-five years later God honored His promise when Caleb, at the age of 85, received the city of Hebron “because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly” (Josh. 14:14).

Centuries later an expert in the law asked Jesus, “Which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment” (Matt. 22:35–38).

Today Caleb is still inspiring us with his confidence in a God who deserves our wholehearted love, reliance, and commitment.

Lord, may we love You wholeheartedly today and follow You every day of our journey on this earth.

Commitment to Christ is a daily calling.

© 2017 Our Daily Bread Ministries

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Hết Lòng Trung Tín

Đọc: Dân số Ký 13:26-32; 14:20-24 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Dân số Ký 12-14; Mác 5:21-43

Nhưng vì đầy tớ Ta là Ca-lép không đồng tình với họ mà theo Ta một cách trung tín nên Ta sẽ đem người vào xứ mà người đã do thám; dòng dõi người sẽ được xứ ấy làm sản nghiệp. (Dân số Ký 14:24)

Ca-lép là một người hết lòng trung tín. Ông và Giô-suê có mặt trong nhóm 12 người đi do thám Đất Hứa về báo cáo cho Môi-se và dân sự. Ca-lép nói: “Chúng ta hãy đi lên và chiếm xứ đi, vì chúng ta có thể thắng được” (Dân 13:30). Nhưng mười thành viên còn lại trong nhóm đã nói rằng họ không thắng nổi đâu. Bất chấp lời hứa của Chúa, họ chỉ nhìn thấy chướng ngại mà thôi (c.31-33).

Mười người khiến dân sự nhụt chí và cằn nhằn về Chúa, điều đó dẫn đến việc họ phải lang thang suốt 40 năm trong đồng vắng. Nhưng Ca-lép không bao giờ bỏ cuộc. Chúa nói: “Nhưng vì đầy tớ Ta là Ca-lép không đồng tình với họ mà theo Ta một cách trung tín nên Ta sẽ đem người vào xứ mà người đã do thám; dòng dõi người sẽ được xứ ấy làm sản nghiệp” (14:24). Sau 45 năm, Chúa đã giữ lời hứa của Ngài khi Ca-lép, lúc này đã 85 tuổi, nhận được thành Hếp-rôn “vì ông trung thành vâng theo Giê-hô-va Đức Chúa Trời của Y-sơ-ra-ên” (Giô-suê 14:14).

Nhiều thế kỷ sau, một chuyên gia kinh luật đã hỏi Chúa Jêsus: “Thưa Thầy, trong luật pháp, điều răn nào quan trọng nhất?” Đức Chúa Jêsus đáp: “Ngươi phải hết lòng, hết linh hồn, hết tâm trí mà kính mến Chúa là Đức Chúa Trời ngươi.’ Ấy là điều răn thứ nhất và quan trọng hơn hết” (Ma-thi-ơ 22:35-38).

Ngày nay, Ca-lép vẫn tiếp tục truyền cảm hứng cho chúng ta qua lòng tin của ông nơi một Đức Chúa Trời xứng đáng nhận được tình yêu, sự nương cậy và tận hiến hết lòng của chúng ta.

Lạy Chúa, nguyện hôm nay chúng con yêu Ngài hết lòng và bước theo Ngài mỗi ngày trong linh trình trên đất.

Tận hiến cho Đấng Christ là sự kêu gọi mỗi ngày.

© 2017 Lời Sống Hằng Ngày

Nuestro Pan Diario - ¡De todo corazón!

Leer: Núm. 13:26-32; 14:20-24 | La Biblia en un año: Marcos 5:21-43

Pero a mi siervo Caleb, por cuanto […] decidió ir en pos de mí, yo le meteré en la tierra donde entró… (Núm. 14:24).

Caleb era una persona «de todo corazón». Con Josué, formaron parte del equipo de doce espías que exploraron la tierra prometida. Dijo: «Subamos luego, y tomemos posesión de ella; porque más podremos nosotros que ellos» (Números 13:30). Sin embargo, los otros diez afirmaron que era imposible conquistarla. A pesar de las promesas de Dios, solo vieron obstáculos (vv. 31-33).

Diez hombres hicieron que el pueblo se desanimara y se quejara contra Dios, y peregrinaron 40 años por el desierto. Pero Caleb nunca se rindió. El Señor declaró: «Pero a mi siervo Caleb, por cuanto hubo en él otro espíritu, y decidió ir en pos de mí, yo le meteré en la tierra donde entró, y su descendencia la tendrá en posesión» (14:24). Después de 45 años, Dios cumplió su promesa, cuando Caleb, de 85 años, recibió Hebrón «por cuanto había seguido cumplidamente al Señor Dios de Israel» (Josué 14:14).

Siglos más tarde, un experto de la ley le preguntó a Jesús: «Maestro, ¿cuál es el gran mandamiento en la ley? Jesús le dijo: Amarás al Señor tu Dios con todo tu corazón, y con toda tu alma, y con toda tu mente. Este es el primero y grande mandamiento» (Mateo 22:36-38).

Caleb sigue inspirándonos por su confianza en un Dios que merece nuestro amor, confianza y compromiso de todo corazón.

Señor, quiero tener el corazón de Caleb.

El compromiso con Cristo es un llamado diario.

Unser Täglich Brot - Treu sein

Lesen: 4.Mose 13,26-32; 14,20-24 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 4.Mose 12–14; Markus 5,21-43

Weil ein anderer Geist in [Kaleb] ist und er mir treu nachgefolgt ist, will ich [ihn] in das Land bringen, in das er gekommen ist, und seine Nachkommen sollen es einnehmen. 4.Mose 14,24

Kaleb war ein „treuer“ Mensch. Mit Josua und zehn anderen hatte er das gelobte Land erkundet und Mose und dem Volk Bericht erstattet. Kaleb hatte gesagt: „Lasst uns hinaufziehen und das Land einnehmen, denn wir können es überwältigen“ (4.Mose 13,30). Aber zehn andere meinten, sie würden das nicht schaffen. Trotz Gottes Verheißung sahen sie nur Hindernisse (V.31-33).

Zehn Männer waren schuld, dass das Volk den Mut verlor und murrte, so dass sie schließlich vierzig Jahre lang durch die Wüste wandern mussten. Nur Kaleb gab nicht auf. Und so sagte Gott: „Nur meinen Knecht Kaleb, weil ein anderer Geist in ihm ist und er mir treu nachgefolgt ist, den will ich in das Land bringen, in das er gekommen ist, und seine Nachkommen sollen es einnehmen“ (14,24). Fünfundvierzig Jahre später machte Gott sein Versprechen wahr. Mit 85 Jahren erhielt Kaleb die Stadt Hebron, „weil er dem Herrn, dem Gott Israels, treulich gefolgt war“ (Jos. 14,14).

Jahrhunderte später wurde Jesus gefragt: „Welches ist das höchste Gebot im Gesetz?“ Jesus erwiderte: „Du sollst den Herrn, deinen Gott, lieben von ganzem Herzen, von ganzer Seele und von ganzem Gemüt. Dies ist das höchste und größte Gebot“ (Matth. 22,35-38).

Mit seinem Vertrauen auf Gott, der unsere ganze Liebe, Treue und Hingabe verdient, kann Kaleb uns auch heute noch ein Beispiel sein.

Herr, lass mich dich heute von ganzem Herzen lieben und dir an jedem Tag meines Lebens treu bleiben.

Jeden Tag neu sind wir zur Hingabe an Gott aufgerufen.

© 2017 Unser Täglich Brot

Notre Pain Quotidien - Tout son coeur !

Lisez : Nombres 13.26‑32 ; 14.20‑24 | La Bible en un an : Nombres 12 – 14 et Marc 5.21-43

Et parce que mon serviteur Caleb a été animé d’un autre esprit, et qu’il a pleinement suivi ma voie, je le ferai entrer dans le pays où il est allé, et ses descendants le posséderont. (Nombres 14.24)

Caleb agissait en y mettant « tout son coeur ». Josué et lui faisaient partie d’une équipe d’éclaireurs envoyée pour explorer la Terre promise et rapporter leurs constats à Moïse et au peuple. Caleb a dit : « Montons, emparons‑nous du pays, nous y serons vainqueurs ! » (NO 13.30), mais dix membres de l’équipe ont dit leurs efforts être voués à l’échec, car, malgré les promesses de Dieu, ils ne voyaient que les obstacles (V. 31‑33).

Dix hommes ont ainsi découragé et poussé le peuple à murmurer contre Dieu, lui valant de passer 40 ans à errer au désert. Comme Caleb n’a jamais baissé les bras, Dieu lui a affirmé : « Et parce que mon serviteur Caleb a été animé d’un autre esprit, et qu’il a pleinement suivi ma voie, je le ferai entrer dans le pays où il est allé, et ses descendants le posséderont » (14.24). Quarante‑cinq ans plus tard, Dieu a tenu promesse en donnant en héritage la ville d’Hébron à Caleb, alors âgé de 85 ans, « parce qu’il avait pleinement suivi la voie de l’Éternel, le Dieu d’Israël » (JOS 14.14).

Des siècles plus tard, un spécialiste de la loi a demandé à Jésus : « Maître, quel est le plus grand commandement de la loi ? » ce à quoi Jésus a répondu : « Tu aimeras le Seigneur, ton Dieu, de tout ton coeur, de toute ton âme, et de toute ta pensée. C’est le premier et le plus grand commandement » (MT 22.35‑38).

Aujourd’hui, Caleb nous inspire encore par sa confiance en un Dieu qui mérite notre amour, notre fidélité et notre consécration.

Nous sommes appelés à nous engager chaque jour envers Christ.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Від щирого серця!

Читати: Числа 13:26-32; 14:20-24 | Біблія за рік: Числа 12–14 ; Марка 5:21-43

Але раб Мій Калев за те, що з ним був дух інший, і він виконував накази Мої, то Я введу його до того Краю, куди він увійшов був, і потомство його оволодіє ним. — Числа 14:24

Калев мав щире серце. Він та Ісус Навин були в числі 12 розвідників, що досліджували Обітовану Землю, а потім звітували Мойсею та всьому народу. “Конче ввійдемо ми й заволодіємо ним, бо ми справді переможем його!” – сказав Калев (Чис. 13:30). Але десять розвідників почали доводити, що немає жодних шансів заволодіти тією землею. Незважаючи на всі Божі обітниці, вони бачили перед собою лише перешкоди (Чис. 13:31-33).

Через це народ втратив присутність духу й почав ремствувати проти Бога, що стало причиною їхнього сорокарічного блукання пустелею. Але Калев ніколи не втрачав надії. Тому Господь сказав про нього так: “За те, що з ним був дух інший, і він виконував накази Мої, то Я введу його до того Краю, куди він увійшов був, і потомство його оволодіє ним” (Чис. 14:24). Через 45 років Бог виконав Свою обіцянку: 85-річний Калев отримав місто Хеврон, тому що від щирого серця виконував накази Бога Ізраїлева (Єг. 14:14).

Багато століть тому один книжник запитав Ісуса: “Котра заповідь найбільша в Законі?” І отримав відповідь: “Люби Господа Бога свого всім серцем своїм, і всією душею своєю, і всією своєю думкою” (Мт. 22:35-38).

Калев і сьогодні надихає нас своєю посвятою Господу, Хто заслуговує на всю нашу любов, довіру й вірність.

Господи, навчи нас любити Тебе від щирого серця й слідувати за Тобою щодня на своєму життєвому шляху.

Посвята Христу – наш щоденний поклик.

© 2017 Хліб Наш Насущній

Хлеб наш насущный - Всем сердцем

 Читать сейчас: Числа 13:26-32; 14:20-24 | Библия за год: Числа 12-14; Марка 5:21-43

«Раба Моего, Халева, за то, что в нем был иной дух и он совершенно повиновался Мне, введу в землю, в которую он ходил, и семя его наследует ее». — Числа 14:24

Халев был человеком, который отдавался делу всем сердцем. Вместе с Иисусом Навином и десятью разведчиками он исследовал Обетованную землю и принес израильтянам подробный отчет. Он сказал: «Пойдем и завладеем ей, потому что мы можем одолеть ее» (Числ. 13:31). Но другие десять не разделяли его мнения и смутили народ. Вопреки твердым Божьим обещаниям, они видели только препятствия (Числ. 13:32-34).

Из-за этого народ возроптал на Бога, что привело к сорокалетнему блужданию по пустыне. Но Халев остался верен. Поэтому Господь сказал: «Раба Моего, Халева, за то, что в нем был иной дух, и он совершенно повиновался Мне, введу в землю, в которую он ходил, и семя его наследует ее» (Числ. 14:24). Спустя 45 лет Бог исполнил Свое обетование, и Халев в возрасте 85 лет получил во владение город Хеврон «за то, что он в точности последовал [повелению] Господа, Бога Израилева» (Нав. 14:14).

Много веков спустя один из законников спросил Иисуса Христа: «Какая наибольшая заповедь в законе?» Тот ответил: «“Возлюби Господа, Бога твоего, всем сердцем твоим, и всей душой твоей, и всем разумением твоим” – это есть первая и наибольшая заповедь» (Мф. 22:35-38).

Сегодня Халев по-прежнему вдохновляет нас своей посвященностью Богу, Который, несомненно, достоин, чтобы мы любили Его всем сердцем, душой и разумением.

Господи, помоги нам любить Тебя всем сердцем и следовать за Тобой каждый день нашего странствования по земле.

Посвящение Христу – дело каждого дня.

 © 2017 Хлеб Наш Насущный