Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020
Psalm 143; Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41; Matthew 22:23-33

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Save me from death
1  Lord, hear my prayer,
     listen to my cry for mercy;
   in your faithfulness and righteousness
     come to my relief.
2  Do not bring your servant into judgment,
     for no one living is righteous before you.
3  The enemy pursues me,
     he crushes me to the ground;
   he makes me dwell in the darkness
     like those long dead.
4  So my spirit grows faint within me;
     my heart within me is dismayed.
5  I remember the days of long ago;
     I meditate on all your works
     and consider what your hands have done.
6  I spread out my hands to you;
     I thirst for you like a parched land.

7  Answer me quickly, Lord;
     my spirit fails.
   Do not hide your face from me
     or I will be like those who go down to the pit.
8  Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
     for I have put my trust in you.
   Show me the way I should go,
     for to you I entrust my life.
9  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
     for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
     for you are my God;
   may your good Spirit
     lead me on level ground.

11 For your name’s sake, Lord, preserve my life;
     in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.
12 In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
     destroy all my foes,
     for I am your servant.

Jeremiah buys a field
32:1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. 2 The army of the king of Babylon was then besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was confined in the courtyard of the guard in the royal palace of Judah.

3 Now Zedekiah king of Judah had imprisoned him there, saying, “Why do you prophesy as you do? You say, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am about to give this city into the hands of the king of Babylon, and he will capture it. 4 Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape the Babylonians but will certainly be given into the hands of the king of Babylon, and will speak with him face to face and see him with his own eyes. 5 He will take Zedekiah to Babylon, where he will remain until I deal with him, declares the Lord. If you fight against the Babylonians, you will not succeed.’”

6 Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me: 7 Hanamel son of Shallum your uncle is going to come to you and say, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth, because as nearest relative it is your right and duty to buy it.’

8 “Then, just as the Lord had said, my cousin Hanamel came to me in the courtyard of the guard and said, ‘Buy my field at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin. Since it is your right to redeem it and possess it, buy it for yourself.’

“I knew that this was the word of the Lord; 9 so I bought the field at Anathoth from my cousin Hanamel and weighed out for him seventeen shekels of silver.
36 “You are saying about this city, ‘By the sword, famine and plague it will be given into the hands of the king of Babylon’; but this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: 37 I will surely gather them from all the lands where I banish them in my furious anger and great wrath; I will bring them back to this place and let them live in safety. 38 They will be my people, and I will be their God. 39 I will give them singleness of heart and action, so that they will always fear me and that all will then go well for them and for their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. 41 I will rejoice in doing them good and will assuredly plant them in this land with all my heart and soul.

God of the living
22:23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question. 24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. 27 Finally, the woman died. 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”

29 Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”

33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets.]

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The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020
Psalm 143; Jeremiah 32:1-9, 36-41; Matthew 22:23-33

The Daily Prayer for WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020
The Daily Prayer
WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020

American humorist Garrison Keillor has said, “Some people think it is difficult to be a Christian and to laugh, but I think it’s the other way around. God writes a lot of comedy, it’s just that he has so many bad actors.”

You who led Israel through the waters, plant us by streams of living water. Root us in your love and grow us up to bear the fruit of your Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Amen.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020

Psalm 14:1
The fool says in his heart,
  “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
  there is no one who does good.
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The Lenten Prayer for WEDNESDAY, April 1, 2020 - Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 31 - Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Lent

Loving Creator,
I know in your great love for me,
you see the deep sorrow in my heart.
Hear my prayers which are offered
with such trust in you.

Be with me in both mind and heart
as I renew my life in your spirit.

Un dia a la Vez - Miércoles 01 de abril de 2020

La pildorita contra el estrés

Aun los jóvenes se cansan, se fatigan [...] pero los que confían en el Señor renovarán sus fuerzas.

Muchas veces a lo largo de tu vida, sin importar la edad que tengas, te sentirás con la sensación de que ya no puedes más con las cosas que estás viviendo. Incluso, ni siquiera te motivará la búsqueda de Dios.

Has intentado de todo para hallar la paz y la solución a tus problemas, y ya te has dado cuenta que las pastillas para la depresión no dan resultado. Que las visitas al que se supone que conoce tu futuro ya te desilusionó porque al fin comprendes que te han quitado tu dinero, pues nadie conoce tu futuro sino solo Dios.

Hoy te digo que Dios es el único que basta. Él es el que saca del hoyo tu vida. El que te viste con ropas nuevas y el Dios de las oportunidades.

Hace unos meses escuché una vez más que un joven de veintiún años se había quitado la vida porque no pudo soportar la muerte de su novia. Entró en depresión y, pasado un tiempo, se quitó la vida. ¡Qué dolor para la familia!

Ni tú, ni él, ni ninguno de nosotros se puede aferrar a la vida de otras personas, incluyendo las de nuestras parejas e hijos, nuestros pastores o líderes. No debemos convertir esos seres especiales en la razón para vivir. Es idolatría y Dios la detesta. Debes entender hoy que no puedes poner tu vida y tu confianza en el hombre porque lo más seguro es que te va a fallar.

Dios es el que te ayudará en todas tus necesidades y te dará nuevos comienzos.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Muchas veces a lo largo de tu vida, sin importar la edad que tengas, te sentirás con la sensación de que ya no puedes más con las cosas que estás viviendo.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Wednesday, April 1, 2020

They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!”

There were two crowds who greeted Jesus on that first Palm Sunday. The first crowd was Passover celebrators who came out from Jerusalem to meet Jesus as he approached from Bethany (John 12:12). The second crowd was made up of those accompanying Him from Bethany who had witnessed the recent miraculous resurrection of Lazarus (John 12:17). Both crowds loudly proclaimed praises to Jesus as he rode into town on a donkey on the road leading Him to Calvary.

John’s account of this day also indicates there were two types of responses to Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. One outspoken group “continued to spread the word” about Jesus causing many people to look for Him. It even caused the Pharisees to say, “Look how the whole world has gone after him” (John 12:19).

A second group believed in Jesus but would not publicly confess their faith because of fear of losing their status in the local synagogue. They loved praise from men more than praise from God, John concluded (John 12:42-43).

Palm Sunday is thus a challenge to us about how outspoken or not we are about King Jesus. Do we continue to loudly proclaim Him as our King or are we so fearful of consequences that we hold back and hesitate, losing every opportunity to make Him known.

A pastor friend of Rev. Joseph Tson in Romania was told by an interrogating officer, “We know that Mr. Tson would love to be a martyr, but we are not so foolish as to fulfill his wish.”

Pastor Tson said:
Now that I had placed my life on the altar and decided I was ready to die for the Gospel, they were telling me they would not kill me. I could go wherever I wanted in the country and preach whatever I wanted knowing I was safe. As long as I tried to save my life, I was losing it. Now that I was willing to lose it, I found it…
Jesus taught us long ago: with Him, the road down leads upward. With Him, the path of suffering ends in victory. The road to Calvary does not stop until the resurrection.

RESPONSE: Today I commit to joining the group of disciples who “continue to spread the word.”

PRAYER: Lord, help me walk the Calvary road with You right through to resurrection!

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

LHM Daily Devotions April 1, 2020 - WHO STRUCK YOU?


April 1, 2020

Then those who had seized Jesus led Him to Caiaphas the high priest ... And the high priest said to Him, "I adjure you by the living God, tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus said to him, "You have said so. But I tell you, from now on you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power and coming on the clouds of heaven." Then the high priest tore his robes and said, "He has uttered blasphemy. What further witnesses do we need? You have now heard His blasphemy. What is your judgment?" They answered, "He deserves death." Then they spit in His face and struck Him. And some slapped Him, saying, "Prophesy to us, you Christ! Who is it that struck You?"

It was a sadistic little game they were playing, slapping and hitting Jesus, and asking, "Who struck You?" I didn't understand the point of the question until I saw Luke 22:64, which says they blindfolded Jesus. Apparently, they were "testing" His abilities as Messiah. After all, the Son of God should surely be able to tell who was hitting Him, blindfolded or not!

What they didn't realize was that Jesus already knew the answer to that question—and on a deeper level than the purely physical. Just hours before, Jesus had warned His disciples, "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered'" (Mark 14:27b). Who was doing the striking there? Not just human beings. It is God Himself.

Jesus was quoting Zechariah 13, where God Himself says, "Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, against the man who stands next to Me ... Strike the Shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered" (Zechariah 13:7). This came true in Jesus' suffering and death. By God's own plan, He bore the harm, and His followers were scattered.

Yet it didn't end there. God took that evil and turned it into our salvation. As He goes on to say through the prophet Zechariah, "They will call upon My Name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are My people'; and they will say, 'The Lord is my God'" (Zechariah 13:9b).

So now we know the answers to these questions. Who are You? God. Who struck You? God. Who received the benefits—forgiveness, mercy, and everlasting life? God's people—everyone who puts their trust in the Lord Jesus.

THE PRAYER: Lord, thank You for what You bore for me. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
  1. Have you ever played guessing games? When?
  2. Have you ever borne suffering for the sake of someone else? When?
  3. Why do you think God made sure that the suffering for human evil fell upon Himself?

Lenten Devotions were written by Dr. Kari Vo. Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Have you ever played guessing games? When?

Devocional CPTLN del 01 de abril de 2020 - ¿Quién te golpeó?


¿Quién te golpeó?

01 de Abril de 2020

Los que aprehendieron a Jesús lo llevaron ante el sumo sacerdote Caifás, donde estaban reunidos los escribas y los ancianos... Pero Jesús guardó silencio. Entonces el sumo sacerdote le dijo: "Te ordeno en el nombre del Dios viviente, que nos digas si tú eres el Cristo, el Hijo de Dios." Jesús le respondió: "Tú lo has dicho."... El sumo sacerdote se rasgó entonces las vestiduras y dijo: "¡Ha blasfemado! ¿Qué necesidad tenemos de más testigos? ¡Ustedes acaban de oír su blasfemia! ¿Qué les parece?" Y ellos respondieron: "¡Que merece la muerte!" Entonces unos lo escupieron en el rostro, y le dieron puñetazos; y otros lo abofeteaban y decían: "¡Profetízanos, Cristo; dinos quién te golpeó!"

Fue un juego sádico. Abofeteaban y golpeaban a Jesús, y le preguntaban: "¿Quién te golpeó?" No entendí esto hasta que vi Lucas 22:64, donde dice que a Jesús le vendaron los ojos. Estaban "probando" sus habilidades como Mesías. ¡Después de todo, el Hijo de Dios seguramente debería poder decir quién lo golpeó, con los ojos vendados o no!

De lo que no se dieron cuenta fue que Jesús ya sabía la respuesta a esa pregunta. Pocas horas antes, Jesús había advertido a sus discípulos: "Todos ustedes se escandalizarán de mí. Está escrito: 'Heriré al pastor, y las ovejas serán dispersadas'" (Marcos 14:27).

Jesús citó Zacarías 13, donde Dios dice: "¡Ataca al pastor, y se dispersarán las ovejas!" Esto se hizo realidad en el sufrimiento y la muerte de Jesús. Por el plan de Dios, él sufrió el daño y sus seguidores se dispersaron.

Sin embargo, no terminó allí. Dios tomó ese mal y lo convirtió en nuestra salvación. Como él continúa diciendo a través del profeta Zacarías: "Invocarán mi nombre, y yo les responderé... 'Ustedes son mi pueblo', y ellos me dirán: 'El Señor es nuestro Dios.'"

Entonces ahora sabemos las respuestas a estas preguntas. ¿Quién eres? Dios. ¿Quién te golpeó? Dios. ¿Quién recibió los beneficios de perdón, misericordia, y vida eterna? El pueblo de Dios: todos los que confían en el Señor Jesús.

ORACIÓN: Señor, gracias por lo que cargaste por mí. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
  1. ¿Alguna vez has sufrido por el bien de otra persona? ¿Cuándo?
  2. ¿Por qué crees que Dios se aseguró de que el sufrimiento por el mal humano cayera sobre sí mismo?

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¿Alguna vez has sufrido por el bien de otra persona? ¿Cuándo?

Ministérios Pão Diário - Aprendendo com Pedro

Aprendendo com Pedro

Leia: Lucas 5:1-11 | A Bíblia em um ano: Juízes 13–15; Lucas 6:27-49

…por ser o senhor quem nos pede, vou lançar as redes novamente.
— Lucas 5:5

Simão passara a noite no mar, sem pescar nada. Jesus entrou no seu barco e pediu que o afastasse da praia. Simão lavava as redes enquanto o Mestre pregava. O sermão de Jesus impactou Simão de tal forma que, quando Cristo lhe ordenou que voltasse a pescar, ele obedeceu. Então, o barco cheio de peixes ameaçava virar. Simão concluiu que Aquele que realizara esse milagre era Deus. Nisso, aprendemos que:

Deus nos encontra e nos sustenta em nossa rotina diária. Simão obedeceu a Jesus e o fez sem reclamação ou preguiça.

Devemos “lavar nossas redes”, em prontidão para Deus. Precisamos estar preparados para as oportunidades que Ele nos dará.

A fé é generosa. Simão disponibilizou o seu barco para Jesus. Ele poderia questionar: “Por que o meu?”. O que Deus nos dá é para abençoar a nós, a nossa família e as nações!

Simão obedeceu a Jesus. Comece a vida de fé fazendo o óbvio: o que Deus já falou.

Simão seguiu a Jesus. Após viver 34 anos a serviço do Mestre, ele recomenda: “…cresçam na graça e no conhecimento de nosso Senhor e Salvador Jesus Cristo” (2 Pedro 3:18). Ele ainda crescia em graça.

Viver por fé significa: “lançar as redes”, ou seja, tentar de novo; renunciar ao que nos impede de prosseguir — Simão largou tudo, seguiu Jesus; e continuou a aprender, porque, na escola da fé, ninguém tira diploma.
Senhor, ajuda-me a agir sempre com fé, independentemente das circunstâncias.
Quando Deus fala as coisas acontecem. Tenha fé!

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Quando Deus fala as coisas acontecem. Tenha fé!