Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 21, 2020


The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, July 21, 2020
Psalm 139:13-18; Genesis 33:1-17; Galatians 4:21—5:1
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Wonderful are God’s works
13 For you created my inmost being;
     you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
     your works are wonderful,
     I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
     when I was made in the secret place,
     when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
     all the days ordained for me were written in your book
     before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
     How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
     they would outnumber the grains of sand—
     when I awake, I am still with you.

Jacob and Esau meet
33:1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.

Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”

“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.

9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”

13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”

“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.

An allegory about those saved
4:21 Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. 23 His son by the slave woman was born according to the flesh, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise.

24 These things are being taken figuratively: The women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. 25 Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. 27 For it is written:

   “Be glad, barren woman,
     you who never bore a child;
   shout for joy and cry aloud,
     you who were never in labor;
   because more are the children of the desolate woman
     than of her who has a husband.”

28 Now you, brothers and sisters, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 At that time the son born according to the flesh persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” 31 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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

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The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, July 21, 2020
Psalm 139:13-18; Genesis 33:1-17; Galatians 4:21—5:1

The Daily Prayer for TUESDAY, July 21, 2020

The Daily Prayer
TUESDAY, July 21, 2020

Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities, said, “My experience has shown that when we welcome people from this world of anguish, brokenness and depression, and when they gradually discover that they are wanted and loved as they are and that they have a place, then we witness a real transformation—I would even say ‘resurrection.’ Their tense, angry, fearful, depressed body gradually becomes relaxed, peaceful and trusting. This shows through the expression on the face and through all their flesh. As they discover a sense of belonging, that they are part of a ‘family,’ then the will to live begins to emerge. I do not believe it is of any value to push people into doing things unless this desire to live and to grow has begun to emerge.”

Lord, save us from trouble, but help us to be people who get in the way of injustice and trouble the waters of oppression. Thank you for whispering to us that we are beloved. Help us now to whisper your love to those who long to hear that there is a loving God. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, July 21, 2020


Psalm 119:30
I have chosen the way of faithfulness; I have set my heart on your laws.
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Un dia a la Vez - Martes 21 de julio de 2020


Bueno es el Señor; es refugio en el día de la angustia, y protector de los que en él confían.

Dios mío, esta vida cada vez está más difícil. Solo podemos sentir seguridad a tu lado.

Solo los que hemos experimentado tu favor podemos dar fe de esa protección que nos das, por muy complicadas que estén las cosas.

Señor, fortaleza mía, castillo mío.

Guárdame en tus manos y muestra el camino que debo seguir.

Dame sabiduría y guíame para llevar a mi familia por el buen camino.

No permitas, mi Dios, que tome malas decisiones y protégeme de todo mal y peligro.

En el nombre de Jesús, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Dios mío, esta vida cada vez está más difícil.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Tuesday, July 21, 2020


Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.

At the end of His Beatitudes, Jesus stated that His followers were to be salt and light in the world. Salt was highly valued in the ancient world for four special qualities:

  1. Its purity - glistening white and coming from the sun and the sea, it was the most primitive of all offerings to the gods. If we are to be salt, we must be an example of purity. In the world, efforts to lower standards of honesty, diligence in work, conscientiousness, and morality are going on all the time. The Christian must be the person who holds aloft the standard for purity of speech, conduct and thought. Words cannot be effective unless backed up by pure living. 
  2. It was inexpensive but precious - Christians may seem few, insignificant, and of no consequence to society. In 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Paul addressed the early church with the concept that though few in numbers, lowly and unimportant, Christians are called to exercise godly influence over the whole of society. 
  3. As a preservative to keep meat from going bad - salt rubbed into meat slowed the rotting process. Christians whose lives exhibit “blessedness” will have a preserving impact upon a society that, if left to itself, will rot and deteriorate. In Judges 9:45, Abimelech, after defeating the city of Shechem destroyed it and scattered salt all over it. Spiritually, this is what the Christian does when he takes his stand for God in society. He makes that society, be it his friends in school, his fellow students at college, his co-workers, or those with whom he plays sports, less fertile soil for other ungodly influences. We too can have a preserving witness, by being involved with this world gone wrong, if we will pay the price. 
  4. To season food - salt brings out the distinctive flavor of food. The increase of God’s people should increase the flavor of life in many different ways. By His very presence, Jesus raised the spirits of people. There was a quality about His life that could not be explained in natural terms. As our verse for today says, our speech especially should be seasoned with salt. In this context Paul also talks about not grieving the Holy Spirit. Since speech is linked to a person’s spiritual state and has tremendous potential for building up or tearing down (James3:3-12), the constant reminder is to watch not only what is allowed to come forth but how it comes.

By our presence, participation and penetration of society, in our daily contacts in our neighborhood and community, we are to bring the flavor of Christ to an unbelieving world.

RESPONSE: Today I will check my conversation and be sure I season it with the salt of purity.

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me when I grieve Your Holy Spirit by what I do and what I say and how I say it.

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 - July 21, 2020 - "Why?"


Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


July 21, 2020

(Moses said) "For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you to be a people for His treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the LORD set His love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the LORD loves you and is keeping the oath that He swore to your fathers, that's why the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh, king of Egypt. Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations ...."

Why does God love me? That's a question pretty much everybody has to deal with at some point. Does He love me because I'm so wonderful? Because I'm so gifted or beautiful or intelligent? Does He love me because I do so many good deeds? And if He loves me for any of these reasons ... does that mean I could lose His love? Because I might not always be beautiful or intelligent or respectable or moral. Would God still love me then?

In our Bible reading for today, it's clear that the Israelites were thinking about it. In fact, Moses feels the need to deal with this question directly. He asks them, "Did God love you and choose you to be His people because you are the biggest, strongest nation on earth? No! In fact, you were the tiniest, weakest nation."

Then Moses explains the real reason why God loved and chose the people of Israel. Moses says, "It is because the Lord loves you." Basically, Moses is saying, "God loves you because God loves you. He loves you because that's His nature."

The answer is the same for all of us who believe in Jesus and have become God's children. God loves us because He loves us. That is His nature—to be "the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him." God's love for us is not based on anything we have done. It is based in the fact that He Himself is love, and that He shows this love through Jesus Christ, His Son. As Paul says, "God shows His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8). Nothing we could do could earn that love, and that means that there's no danger of losing it. We are safe in God's love. We are loved, truly and forever—because that's the way God is. And that love frees us to love Him back.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for loving me. Plant Your love in my heart. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. What are human reasons for loving people?

2. Have you ever worried about being unlovable?

3. How have you seen God's free love for you in your life?
This Daily Devotion was 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).
What are human reasons for loving people?

Devocional CPTLN del 21 de julio de 2020 - ¿Por qué?


¿Por qué?

21 de Julio de 2020

Tú eres un pueblo santo para el Señor tu Dios. El Señor tu Dios te ha escogido para que le seas un pueblo especial, por encima de todos los pueblos que están sobre la tierra. El Señor los quiere, y los ha escogido, no porque ustedes sean más numerosos que todos los pueblos, pues ustedes eran el pueblo más insignificante de todos, sino porque el Señor los ama y porque quiso cumplir el juramento que les hizo a sus padres. Por eso el Señor los ha sacado con mano poderosa; por eso los ha rescatado de la esclavitud y del poder del faraón, el rey de Egipto. Sábelo bien: el Señor tu Dios es Dios, el Dios fiel que cumple con su pacto y su misericordia con aquellos que lo aman y cumplen sus mandamientos, hasta mil generaciones...

¿Por qué me ama Dios? Esta es una pregunta con la que casi todos tenemos que lidiar en algún momento. ¿Me ama porque soy tan maravilloso? ¿Porque soy tan dotado, hermoso o inteligente? ¿Me ama porque hago muchas buenas obras? Y si me ama por alguna de estas razones... ¿podría perder entonces Su amor? Porque no siempre puedo ser bella, inteligente, respetable o moral.

En nuestra lectura de la Biblia para hoy, está claro que los israelitas estaban pensando en eso. De hecho, Moisés siente la necesidad de abordar esta pregunta directamente, diciéndoles: ¿Acaso Dios los amó y eligió para ser su pueblo porque son la nación más grande y más fuerte de la tierra? ¡No! De hecho, son la nación más pequeña y más débil. Entonces les explica la verdadera razón por la que Dios amó y eligió al pueblo de Israel: "Es porque el Señor los ama". Básicamente, Moisés está diciendo: "Dios los ama porque los ama, porque esa es su naturaleza".

La respuesta es la misma para todos los que a través de Jesús nos hemos convertido en hijos de Dios. Dios nos ama porque nos ama. Esa es su naturaleza: ser "el Dios fiel que cumple con su pacto y su misericordia con aquellos que lo aman". El amor de Dios por nosotros no se basa en nada que hayamos hecho. Se basa en el hecho que Él mismo es amor, y que muestra ese amor a través de Jesucristo, su Hijo. Como dice Pablo, "Dios muestra su amor por nosotros en que siendo aún pecadores, Cristo murió por nosotros" (Romanos 5:8). Nada de lo que podamos hacer podría ganar ese amor, y eso significa que no hay peligro de perderlo. Estamos a salvo en el amor de Dios. Somos amados, de verdad y para siempre, porque así es Dios. Y eso nos libera para amarlo a Él.

ORACIÓN: Querido Señor, gracias por amarme. Siembra tu amor en mi corazón. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Cuáles son las razones humanas para amar a los demás?

* ¿Cómo se ha manifestado el amor libre de Dios por ti en tu vida?
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¿Cuáles son las razones humanas para amar a los demás?

Nuestro Pan Diario - Un papel real


Un papel real

La escritura de hoy: Juan 1:9-14
La Biblia en un año: Salmos 29–30; Hechos 23:1-15

Mas a todos los que le recibieron, a los que creen en su nombre, les dio potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios.

Cuanto más cerca está alguien de una familia real al trono, más oye el público sobre esa persona. La familia real británica tiene una línea de sucesión de casi 60 integrantes. Uno de ellos es Lord Frederick Windsor, el número 49.° en la línea al trono. En lugar de estar en el centro de atención, sigue su vida tranquilamente. Aunque trabaja como analista financiero, no se lo considera «trabajador de la realeza»; uno de los miembros importantes de la familia a quien se le paga por representarla.

Natán, hijo de David (2 Samuel 5:14), es otro de la realeza que no tuvo protagonismo. Se sabe muy poco de él. Pero mientras que la genealogía de Jesús en Mateo menciona a Salomón —trazando el linaje de José; Mateo 1:6—, la de Lucas —que muchos eruditos consideran la línea familiar de María— menciona a Natán (Lucas 3:31). Aunque Natán no empuñaba un cetro, tuvo un papel en el reino eterno de Dios.

Como creyentes en Cristo, nosotros también somos realeza. El apóstol Juan escribió que Dios nos dio «la potestad de ser hechos hijos de Dios» (Juan 1:12). Aunque no estemos en el candelero, ¡somos hijos del Rey! Dios nos considera lo suficientemente importantes como para representarlo aquí en la tierra; y un día, reinaremos con Él (2 Timoteo 2:11-13). Como Natán, tenemos un papel en el reino de Dios.

De:  Linda Washington

Reflexiona y ora
Padre, gracias por adoptarme.
¿Cómo te hace sentir saber que eres de la realeza: hijo de Dios? Como hijo del Rey, ¿qué consideras tus responsabilidades hacia los que te rodean?

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Cuanto más cerca está alguien de una familia real al trono, más oye el público sobre esa persona.