Saturday, April 8, 2017

The Daily Readings for SATURDAY, April 8, 2017

The Old Testament Lesson

The Old Testament Lesson for today is taken from Jeremiah 31:27-34

The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of humans and the seed of animals. And just as I have watched over them to pluck up and break down, to overthrow, destroy, and bring evil, so I will watch over them to build and to plant, says the LORD. In those days they shall no longer say: "The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge." But all shall die for their own sins; the teeth of everyone who eats sour grapes shall be set on edge. The days are surely coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah. It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt-- a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the LORD. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. No longer shall they teach one another, or say to each other, "Know the LORD," for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, says the LORD; for I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more.

The Epistle Lesson

The Epistle Lesson for today is taken from Romans 11:25-36

So that you may not claim to be wiser than you are, brothers and sisters, I want you to understand this mystery: a hardening has come upon part of Israel, until the full number of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved; as it is written, "Out of Zion will come the Deliverer; he will banish ungodliness from Jacob." "And this is my covenant with them, when I take away their sins." As regards the gospel they are enemies of God for your sake; but as regards election they are beloved, for the sake of their ancestors; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. Just as you were once disobedient to God but have now received mercy because of their disobedience, so they have now been disobedient in order that, by the mercy shown to you, they too may now receive mercy. For God has imprisoned all in disobedience so that he may be merciful to all. O the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?" "Or who has given a gift to him, to receive a gift in return?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory forever. Amen.

The Holy Gospel Lesson

The Holy Gospel is written in John 11:28-44

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, "The Teacher is here and is calling for you." And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died." When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, "Where have you laid him?" They said to him, "Lord, come and see." Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, "See how he loved him!" But some of them said, "Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?" Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, "Take away the stone." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, "Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days." Jesus said to her, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, "Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me." When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, "Unbind him, and let him go."

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?
5   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 42 Quemadmodum
1   As the deer longs for the water-brooks, so longs my soul for you, O God.
2   My soul is athirst for God, athirst for the living God; when shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3   My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long they say to me, "Where now is your God?"
4   I pour out my soul when I think on these things; how I went with the multitude and led them into the house of God,
5   With the voice of praise and thanksgiving, among those who keep holy-day.
6   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
7   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.
8   My soul is heavy within me; therefore I will remember you from the land of Jordan, and from the peak of Mizar among the heights of Hermon.
9   One deep calls to another in the noise of your cataracts; all your rapids and floods have gone over me.
10   The LORD grants his loving-kindness in the daytime; in the night season his song is with me, a prayer to the God of my life.
11   I will say to the God of my strength, "Why have you forgotten me? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?"
12   While my bones are being broken, my enemies mock me to my face;
13   All day long they mock me and say to me, "Where now is your God?"
14   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
15   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

Psalm 43 Judica me, Deus
1   Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people; deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.
2   For you are the God of my strength; why have you put me from you? and why do I go so heavily while the enemy oppresses me?
3   Send out your light and your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling;
4   That I may go to the altar of God, to the God of my joy and gladness; and on the harp I will give thanks to you, O God my God.
5   Why are you so full of heaviness, O my soul? and why are you so disquieted within me?
6   Put your trust in God; for I will yet give thanks to him, who is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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Verse of the Day - April 8, 2017

Romans 5:10 (NIV) For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

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Morning Devotions with Cap'n Kenny - "What Breaks God's Heart"

Now as He drew near, He saw the city and wept over it, saying, "If you had known, even you, especially in this your day, the things that make for your peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes."
Luke 19:41–42 (NKJV)

As Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowds were celebrating. They were laughing. They were cheering. They were having a great time. And what was Jesus doing? He saw the city, and He wept over it. Here was the crowd, whipped into a frenzy, and Jesus was weeping. The crowd was rejoicing, and Christ was sobbing.

Why did Jesus weep when He saw Jerusalem? Being God and having omniscience, Jesus knew these fickle people who were crying out, “Hosanna!” would soon be shouting, “Crucify Him!” He knew that one of His handpicked disciples, Judas, would betray Him. He knew that another disciple, Peter, would deny Him. He knew that Caiaphas, the high priest, would conspire with Pilate, the Roman governor, to bring about His death. And, He knew the future of Jerusalem. Looking ahead 40 years, He saw the destruction that would come upon the city at the hands of the Emperor Titus and his Roman legions.

Jesus also wept because His ministry was almost over. Time was short. He had healed their sick. He had raised their dead. He had cleansed their lepers. He had fed their hungry. He had forgiven their sins. Yet for the most part, He had been rejected. John 1:11 says, “He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him.” And so He wept. This broke His heart, and it still does.

Unbelief and rejection breaks God’s heart, because He knows the consequences. But when the door of the human heart is shut, He refuses to enter forcibly. He will only knock, wanting to gain admittance. He has given us the ability to choose. But when we choose the wrong thing, He knows the repercussions that will follow—in this life and the one to come. And His heart is broken.

In Jesus,
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Un Dia a la Vez - La edad dorada

Corona de honra es la vejez, que se halla en el camino de justicia.
Proverbios 16:31, RV-60

Me gusta mucho cuando se habla de la edad dorada, pues dan la idea de las experiencias maravillosas en la vida.

Hoy quizá seas tú esa persona de la tercera edad que se siente triste y solitaria. A lo mejor tu familia te dejó en un hogar para viejitos y de vez en cuando te visitan y a veces te llaman. La soledad en esta etapa de la vida es una de las razones que más lleva a la depresión.

En este día, Dios quiere decirte que no estás sola ni solo aunque pases días sin saber de tu familia. Tal vez te encuentres en tu casa viendo pasar los días y, en muchos casos, sin poder salir siquiera porque tu salud no lo permite o porque ya hasta conducir un auto es un problema para ti.

Hoy Dios te dice que Él está contigo, que eres más que una hermosa joya para Él y que es tu compañía. Refúgiate en Dios.

Ante esto, las preguntas que caben son las siguientes: ¿Qué estamos haciendo tú y yo por ellos? ¿Cómo estamos ayudando a nuestros viejitos, empezando por casa? ¿Cómo los tratamos? ¿Sabías que después del abuso infantil el abuso a las personas mayores está en segundo lugar? Lo más triste de todo es son víctimas de sus propios familiares.

La Palabra nos enseña que las canas son sabiduría y merecen todo el respeto.

Por lo tanto, honro hoy a las personas de la edad dorada.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - WOUNDS FOR CHRIST

The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Today’s devotional comes from Ron Boyd-MacMillan’s excellent volume Faith That Endures:

The Biblical scholar William Barclay famously described a New Testament Christian as having three remarkable characteristics: “One, they were absurdly happy; two, they were filled with an irrational love for everyone; and three, they were always in trouble!”

Persecuted Christians are constantly in trouble. As a Palestinian pastor put it, “If you speak truth to power, power always reacts.” An encounter with the persecuted reveals the incendiary nature of this gospel we follow, and if our witness does not provoke some sort of explosive reaction, we have to check whether our gospel powder is damp or dry. We should be in trouble for Jesus! If we aren’t, something is wrong…

Persecuted Christians are not tempted into the illusion that the world is actually a friendly place that does not mind our identifying with Christ. The world for them is unmasked in its hostility to Christ.

Once when visiting Czechoslovakia in the 1980’s, I delivered a Bible to an elderly pastor. He had not seen a Bible in years. He smelled it, kissed it with trembling lips, cradled it, and then with great reverence, opened it. Then he turned to me and said, “Let me tell you of my wounds.” And he poured out his trials for God, which included seven beatings by the secret police and the awful seduction of his daughter by a government agent who then fooled her into betraying him. Then he turned to me, his eyes boring into my soul, and asked, “What wounds have you for the Master?” I was embarrassed to have so few to share.

The questions of the persecuted church are simple: Are you in trouble for Jesus? Where are your wounds? If you don’t have any, maybe you’ve forgotten you’re in a fight at all. Whatever culture we are in, we are always being subtly coerced into spending our money, or time, on what is not of Christ. Persecution afflicts us all if we stand up for Christ. The world, the flesh, and the devil will never reach an accommodation with Christ. Like it or not, we are caught up in cosmic warfare. The gospel has landed us in it. We will all be scarred by the battle. We will all experience persecution. The difference is only one of degree and type.[1]

RESPONSE: Today I will evaluate my life and assess what are my wounds for Christ. I will then rejoice in suffering for Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, I submit to Your Lordship over my life and accept whatever wounds You will enable me to bear for Your sake and the gospel’s.

1. Ronald Boyd-MacMillan, Faith That Endures (Grand Rapids: Fleming Revell, 2006), pp. 322-323.

NIV Devotions for Couples - Fighting Over Nothing

Joel 2:1–32

Do not be afraid, land of Judah; be glad and rejoice. Surely the LORD has done great things!
Joel 2:21, NIV

In the midst of calamity, of living with the consequences of sin, the prophet Joel reminds us not to be afraid, but rather to be glad and rejoice, for “the LORD has done great things!” This is a great reminder for me in marriage.

Okay, my marriage doesn’t usually feel like a calamity. But at times it has felt impossible . . . like a mistake… like a mess. It has felt, to borrow an image from Joel, like a horde of locusts has come in and taken over everything.

Our most recent rough patch was over nothing. I think the immediate cause was sleep deprivation and too many evening meetings at church and work. Griff and I just got stuck, like a needle on a broken record. For about three days, we couldn’t exchange a pleasant word, let alone a loving one.

We had lost our sense of being a team. Each, I think, was thinking, “I’m contributing way more here.” One of us was thinking, “I do way more housework,” and the other was thinking, “I slog away at work for endless hours to pay the mortgage.” And together we were concluding, “Why do I put up with this? I’m not getting anything out of it.” There were moments in that three-day period when I seriously wondered if we would ever get through that horrible time. “This is how we’ll be for the rest of forever,” I thought.

Our dissatisfaction was not only superficial but also sinful. We were allowing ourselves to feel alienated from each other and to enjoy strangely delicious feelings of self-righteous annoyance. I felt a little superior; I’m sure Griff did too.

The prophet Joel told the people of Judah that unless they got their act together (that is, repented), God would destroy them just as locusts had destroyed their land.

At the time, I didn’t think God was waiting around to unleash lightning bolts on our marriage. But unless Griff and I repented of our small sins—tetchiness, selfishness, anger—our small sins would quickly become large sins that could do serious harm to our marriage.

At times like that, I find it helpful to remember that the Lord has done great things. He has done great things in our marriage. He has gotten us through far worse patches than three days of clawing at each other. Remembering that I don’t have to be in control and that I should cede that control to God, who has done great things, leads me to repent. After three days or three hours of tetchiness, repentance can be as simple and profound as acknowledging that if I let God into the situation, we won’t feel so stuck.

For me, the beginning of repentance is as basic as picturing Jesus walking into the situation. Sometimes I do that when Griff and I are in the middle of a squabble. Sometimes, I can’t get there until later, when I’m alone. Then I replay the scene, the tension and the annoyance, and I envision Jesus showing up. This is not just some imaginative exercise. It is a prayer, a plea for help. And the God who does great things answers.

Lauren Winner

Let’s Talk
  • What are some of the great things God has done in our marriage?
  • What are some small sins in our marriage that sometimes threaten to turn into big, destructive sins?
  • How might inviting Jesus into our squabbles lead us to repentance? What might change as a result?

LHM Daily Devotion - "Pontius Pilate"

The Jewish high court and temple police arise as a large company and...

Lenten Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Pontius Pilate"

April 8, 2017

Then the whole company of them arose and brought Him before Pilate. (Luke 23:1, ESV)

Read Luke 23:1-4

The Jewish high court and temple police arise as a large company and lead Jesus to Pilate. As they bring their charges against Him, they won't even call Him by name, saying instead, "this fellow." They level three charges against Jesus. First, they accuse Him of stirring up the nation against Rome. Next, they charge Him with hindering the payment of taxes to Caesar. And finally, they accuse Him of declaring Himself to be the Christ-a king who would be a definite threat to Caesar.

Pilate directly asks Jesus, "Are You the King of the Jews?"

Jesus answers the same way He answered the Jewish high court previously. "You have said so." In Luke's Greek Jesus is really saying, "Yes, what you have said is true. I am King of the Jews."

In Pilate's mind there was no doubt, Jesus definitely was claiming to be the King of the Jews. And yet Pilate recognized this Christ-King was no threat to Caesar.

After this questioning Pilate went back out to the Jewish leaders and made his verdict known: "I find no guilt in this Man." At this point the trial should be over. Pilate should order the Jewish crowd to disperse and free Jesus, with an armed escort, if necessary.

But upmost in Pilate's mind is maintaining peace and order during this festival, when so many Jews from across the Empire have streamed into Jerusalem. He could certainly use his troops to disperse the Jewish leaders and free Jesus, but he prefers a more peaceful resolution. He seeks consent for his ruling from the Jewish high court-his first fatal flaw of the day.

THE PRAYER: Lord Jesus, Pilate was convinced of Your innocence, yet He opened the door to injustice when he should have set You free. Thank You for being willing to suffer and die for me. Amen

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Devociones de Cuaresma - Dejemos de jugar a los héroes

Devociones de Cuaresma  2017

Dejemos de jugar a los héroes

08 de Abril de 2017

Porque no tenemos un sumo sacerdote que no pueda compadecerse de nuestras debilidades, sino uno que fue tentado en todo de la misma manera que nosotros, aunque sin pecado. Por tanto, acerquémonos confiadamente al trono de la gracia, para alcanzar misericordia y hallar gracia para cuando necesitemos ayuda.
Hebreos 4:15-16, RVC (4:14-16)

Un día, hace bastante tiempo, me descuidé respecto del dinero que tenía depositado en el banco. Ese día entraron dos extracciones automáticas que dejaron la cuenta bajo cero. El banco me cobró 40 dólares por eso. A la tarde, cuando fui a depositar, y a tratar de que me perdonaran esos 40 dólares, le dije a la persona que me atendió: "Yo sé que fue un error mío, así que no tengo a nadie más a quien echarle la culpa, por lo que lo que pido es misericordia." Seguramente la persona que me estaba atendiendo nunca había escuchado una argumentación semejante para pelear por unos dólares, porque sin chistar canceló la multa del banco. Le quedé muy agradecido.

Me pregunto: ¿quién no necesita ayuda alguna vez? Después que dejamos de ser presuntuosos, y a causa de las dificultades de la vida dejamos de jugar a tratar de ser héroes que todo lo podemos, comenzamos a reconocer nuestra necesidad de ayuda. Y cuando se trata de alcanzar la misericordia de Dios, es cuando más ayuda necesitamos.

El autor de Hebreos nos dice que Jesús entiende perfectamente cuánta ayuda de la gracia de Dios necesitamos. Él vivió en carne propia los sufrimientos de la cruz, el abandono de sus amigos, la traición de uno de los suyos, y las tentaciones del diablo. Él es ahora nuestro intercesor ante Dios para que podamos acercarnos confiadamente a él sabiendo que, a pesar de nuestros pecados, nos mirará con cariño, entendimiento, y amor.

Gracias, Padre, porque nos diste un sumo sacerdote que, aunque sin pecado, fue como nosotros. Ayúdanos a tener presente que él nos quiere y recibe siempre, y que podemos contar con su ayuda. Amén

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Our Daily Bread - A Shepherd for Life

God . . . has been my shepherd all my life to this day. Genesis 48:15

When my son changed grades in school he cried, “I want my teacher for life!” We had to help him realize that changing teachers is a part of life. We may wonder: Is there any relationship that can last a lifetime?

Jacob, the patriarch, found out there is one. After living through many dramatic changes and losing loved ones along the way, he realized there had been a constant presence in his life. He prayed, “May the God . . . who has been my shepherd all my life to this day . . . bless these boys” (Gen. 48:15–16).

Jacob had been a shepherd, so he compared his relationship to God as that of a shepherd and his sheep. From the time a sheep is born through its growth to old age the shepherd cares for it day and night. He guides it during the day and protects it during the night. David, also a shepherd, had the same conviction, but he highlighted the eternal dimension to it when he said, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6).

Changing teachers is a part of life. But how good it is to know that we can have a relationship for life. The Shepherd has promised to be with us every day of our earthly existence (Matt. 28:20). And when life here ends, we will be closer to Him than ever.

Father, I thank You for being the Shepherd of my life. I praise Your faithfulness.

God never abandons us.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày - Đấng Chăn Dắt Trọn Đời
Đọc: Sáng Thế Ký 48:8-16 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: 1 Sa-mu-ên 10-12; Lu-ca 9:37-62

Đức Chúa Trời đã chăn dắt con từ khi mới ra đời cho đến ngày nay. Sáng Thế Ký 48:15

Khi con trai tôi chuyển lớp, cháu khóc lóc: “Con muốn cô giáo con dạy cho con suốt đời luôn!” Chúng tôi phải giúp cháu hiểu rằng việc thay đổi giáo viên là chuyện bình thường của cuộc sống. Có lẽ chúng ta tự hỏi: Có mối quan hệ nào bền vững suốt đời không?

Tổ phụ Gia-cốp đã tìm thấy một mối quan hệ như thế. Sau khi trải qua nhiều thay đổi lớn và mất đi những người thân yêu, ông nhận ra rằng vẫn có một người luôn hiện diện trong suốt cuộc đời ông. Ông cầu nguyện: “Lạy Đức Chúa Trời… là Đức Chúa Trời đã chăn dắt con từ khi mới ra đời cho đến ngày nay… xin Chúa ban phước cho hai đứa trẻ nầy” (Sáng 48:15-16).

Gia-cốp là một người chăn chiên, vì thế ông so sánh mối quan hệ của mình với Chúa như mối quan hệ giữa người chăn với chiên mình. Từ lúc chiên ra đời cho tới khi già, người chăn luôn chăm sóc chiên cả ngày lẫn đêm, ban ngày chăn dắt chiên, ban đêm bảo vệ chiên. Đa-vít, cũng là một người chăn chiên, ông cũng nhận ra điều đó, nhưng ông nhấn mạnh đến khía cạnh đời đời của mối liên hệ với Chúa khi nói: “Tôi sẽ ở trong nhà Đức Giê-hô-va cho đến lâu dài” (Thi 23:6).

Việc thay đổi thầy cô giáo là một phần của cuộc sống. Nhưng thật tốt biết bao khi biết rằng chúng ta có một mối quan hệ vững bền suốt đời. Đấng Chăn Chiên hứa ở với chúng ta trong mỗi một ngày chúng ta còn sống trên đất (Mat. 28:20). Và khi sự sống trên đất kết thúc, chúng ta sẽ gần với Ngài hơn bao giờ hết.

Lạy Cha, con cảm ơn Ngài là Đấng Chăn Giữ cuộc đời con. Con ngợi khen sự thành tín của Ngài.

Đức Chúa Trời không bao giờ từ bỏ chúng ta.

Nuestro Pan Diario - Pastor de por vida
Leer: Génesis 48:8-16 | La Biblia en un año: 1 Samuel 10–12; Lucas 9:37-62

… Dios […] ha sido mi pastor toda mi vida hasta este día (v. 15 LBLA).

Cuando mi hijo pasó de grado en la escuela, lloró, diciendo: «¡Quiero a mi maestra para siempre!». Tuvimos que ayudarle a darse cuenta de que cambiar de maestra es parte de la vida. Tal vez nos preguntemos: ¿Habrá alguna relación que dure para siempre?

Jacob, el patriarca, descubrió una. Después de vivir muchos cambios drásticos y de perder seres queridos en el camino, se dio cuenta de que había una presencia constante en su vida. Oró: «El Dios […] que ha sido mi pastor toda mi vida […] bendiga a estos muchachos» (Génesis 48:5-16 LBLA).

Jacob había sido pastor, así que comparaba su relación con Dios con la del pastor y sus ovejas. Desde que la oveja nace hasta que es vieja, el pastor la cuida día y noche. La guía durante el día y la protege mientras duerme. David, también un pastor, tenía la misma convicción, pero hizo énfasis en la dimensión eterna al declarar: «en la casa del Señor moraré por largos días» (Salmo 23:6).

Cambiar de maestro es parte de la vida. Pero qué bueno es saber que podemos tener una relación eterna. El Pastor nos ha prometido estar con nosotros todos los días de nuestra existencia terrenal (Mateo 28:20). Y, cuando nuestra vida aquí termine, estaremos más cerca de Él que nunca.

Padre, gracias por ser el Pastor de mi vida. Te alabo por tu fidelidad.

Dios nunca nos abandona.

Unser Täglich Brot - Hirte meines Lebens
Lesen: 1.Mose 48,8-16 | Die Bibel In Einem Jahr: 1.Samuel 10–12; Lukas 9,37-62

Der Gott, der mein Hirte gewesen ist mein Leben lang bis auf diesen Tag. 1.Mose 48,15

Als mein Sohn in eine neue Klasse kam, jammerte er: „Ich will meinen Lehrer behalten!“ Wir mussten ihm erst klarmachen, dass ein Lehrerwechsel zum Leben gehört. Aber fragen wir uns nicht selbst manchmal, ob es überhaupt Beziehungen gibt, die ein Leben lang halten?

Jakob, der Patriarch, hatte erfahren, dass es tatsächlich so eine Beziehung gibt. Nach vielen dramatischen Veränderungen und dem Verlust geliebter Menschen erkannte er, dass es in seinem Leben doch immer eine Konstante gegeben hatte. Er betete: „Der Gott, der mein Hirte gewesen ist mein Leben lang bis auf diesen Tag . . ., der segne die Knaben“ (1.Mose 48,15-16).

Jakob war selbst ein Hirte gewesen und so verglich er seine Beziehung zu Gott mit der eines Hirten zu seinen Schafen. Vom Augenblick der Geburt an bis ins Alter sorgt der Hirte Tag und Nacht für sein Schaf. Er führt es am Tag und beschützt es in der Nacht. David, ebenfalls ein Hirte, war derselben Überzeugung, aber er betont auch noch die Ewigkeitsperspektive, wenn er sagt: „Ich werde bleiben im Hause des Herrn immerdar“ (Ps. 23,6).

Lehrerwechsel gehören zum Leben. Aber wie gut ist es zu wissen, dass wir eine Beziehung haben können, die ein Leben lang bestehen bleibt. Der Hirte hat versprochen, alle Tage unseres irdischen Lebens bei uns zu sein (Matth. 28,20). Und wenn unser Leben hier zu Ende geht, werden wir ihm näher sein als je zuvor.

Hab Dank, Herr, dass du der Hirte meines Lebens bist. Ich preise deine Treue.

Gott lässt uns nie im Stich.

Notre Pain Quotidien - Un Berger pour la vie
Lisez : Genèse 48.8‑16 | La Bible en un an : 1 SAMUEL 10 – 12 et LUC 9.37‑62

Dieu [...] m'a conduit depuis que j'existe jusqu'à ce jour. V.15

En changeant d’année scolaire, mon fils s’est écrié : « Je veux avoir mon professeur pour toujours ! » Nous avons dû l’aider à comprendre que le changement de professeur fait partie de la vie. Il se peut que nous nous demandions : Y a‑t‑il une seule relation qui dure toute une vie ?

Jacob, le patriarche, en a trouvé une. Après avoir connu de nombreux changements et deuils tragiques, il s’est rendu compte que quelqu’un avait été à ses côtés toute sa vie. Il a alors prié ainsi : « Que le Dieu […] qui m’a conduit depuis que j’existe jusqu’à ce jour […] bénisse ces enfants ! » (GE 48.15,16.)

Ayant lui‑même été berger, Jacob a comparé sa relation avec Dieu à celle d’un berger avec ses brebis. Le berger s’occupe de ses brebis jour et nuit, depuis leur naissance jusqu’à leur vieillesse. Il les garde durant le jour et les protège durant la nuit. David, lui aussi berger, nourrissait la même conviction, mais il en a souligné la dimension éternelle en déclarant : « [J’habiterai] dans la maison de l’Éternel jusqu’à la fin de mes jours » (PS 23.6).

Le changement de professeurs fait partie de la vie, mais combien il est agréable de savoir que nous pouvons compter toute notre vie sur une certaine relation ! Le Berger a promis de rester auprès de nous chaque jour de notre existence terrestre (MT 28.20). Et lorsque notre vie ici‑bas prendra fin, nous nous retrouverons plus près de lui que jamais.

Dieu ne nous abandonne jamais.

Хліб Наш Насущній - Пастир на все життя
Читати: Буття 48:8-16 | Біблія за рік: 1 Самуїлова 10−12 ; Луки 9:37-62

Бог… що пасе мене, відколи існую аж до цього дня. — Буття 48:15

Коли мій син переходив у старші класи, він завжди плакав: “Хочу, щоб цей вчитель викладав усе моє життя!” Ми змушені були пояснювати йому, що зміна вчителів – то невід’ємна частина життя. Інколи ми запитуємо себе: “Чи можливі стосунки, що тривають усе життя?”

Яків – один із патріархів – знайшов Того, з Ким можливі такі стосунки. В кінці буремного життя, сповненого змін і втрати коханих людей, він зрозумів, що в його житті завжди був присутній Господь. Тому він молився: “Бог… що пасе мене, відколи існую аж до цього дня… нехай поблагословить цих юнаків” (Бут. 48:15-16).

Яків був пастухом, тому порівняв свої відношення з Богом з тим, як пастух пасе своїх овець. Пастух дбає про вівцю день і ніч з моменту її народження аж до самої смерті. Вдень він водить її пастися, а вночі захищає. Давид також був пастухом і дійшов до переконання, що Бог є найкращим Пастирем. Але він підкреслює ще й вічний вимір стосунків з Богом: “Я пробуватиму в домі Господньому довгі часи!” (Пс. 22:6).

Вчителі приходять і вiдходять. Таке життя. Але як добре знати, що існують стосунки, що тривають усе життя. Добрий Пастир пообіцяв бути з нами щодня, протягом усього нашого земного існування (Мт. 28:20). І коли земне життя скінчиться, ми будемо близькі з Ним як ніколи.

Отче, дякую за те, що Ти є Пастир усього мого життя. Славлю Тебе за Твою вірність.

Бог ніколи не полишить нас.

Хлеб наш насущный - Пастырь всей жизни
Читать сейчас: Бытие 48:8-16 | Библия за год: 1 Царств 10-12; Луки 9:37-62

Бог, пасущий меня с тех пор, как я существую, до сего дня. — Бытие 48:15

Переходя в следующий класс, мой сын расплакался: «Я хочу, чтобы эта учительница всегда меня учила». Пришлось объяснять ему, что никуда не деться, учителя меняются, так устроен мир. И я задумалась: могут ли вообще быть отношения на всю жизнь?

Патриарх Иаков знал по крайней мере об одной такой связи. Пережив много драматических перемен, потеряв любимых людей, он осознал, что был Тот, Кто всегда присутствовал рядом с ним на протяжении всей жизни. «Бог, пасущий меня с тех пор, как я существую, до сего дня», – сказал Иаков о Нем (Быт. 48:15-16).

Иаков был пастухом, и он сравнил Божье присутствие в своей жизни с тем, как пастух ухаживает за овцами. С того времени, как овца появляется на свет, и до самого конца жизни пастух заботится о ней день и ночь. Давид, тоже пастух, имел такое же убеждение, выразив свое главное желание в словах: «Я пребуду в доме Господнем многие дни» (Пс. 22:6).

Учителя приходят и уходят. Но как хорошо знать, что есть Тот, Кто будет рядом всегда. Добрый Пастырь обещал сопровождать нас во все дни земного странствования (Мф. 28:20). А когда жизнь на земле закончится, мы станем еще ближе к Нему.

Отче, благодарю, что Ты – мой Пастырь. Славлю Тебя за доброту и верность.

Бог никогда не оставит нас.

автор: Кейла Очоа