Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020
Psalm 65:8-13; Genesis 46:2—47:12; Mark 4:30-34
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Meadows clothed with flocks
8  The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders;
     where morning dawns, where evening fades,
     you call forth songs of joy.

9  You care for the land and water it;
     you enrich it abundantly.
   The streams of God are filled with water
     to provide the people with grain,
     for so you have ordained it.
10 You drench its furrows and level its ridges;
     you soften it with showers and bless its crops.
11 You crown the year with your bounty,
     and your carts overflow with abundance.
12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
     the hills are clothed with gladness.
13 The meadows are covered with flocks
     and the valleys are mantled with grain;
     they shout for joy and sing.

Jacob settles in Goshen
46:2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. 4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 6 So Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt, taking with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan. 7 Jacob brought with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters—all his offspring.

8 These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt:

   Reuben the firstborn of Jacob.

9  The sons of Reuben:

   Hanok, Pallu, Hezron and Karmi.

10 The sons of Simeon:

   Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman.

11 The sons of Levi:

   Gershon, Kohath and Merari.

12 The sons of Judah:

   Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan).

   The sons of Perez:

   Hezron and Hamul.

13 The sons of Issachar:

   Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron.

14 The sons of Zebulun:

   Sered, Elon and Jahleel.

15 These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all.

16 The sons of Gad:

   Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli.

17 The sons of Asher:

   Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah.

   Their sister was Serah.

   The sons of Beriah:

   Heber and Malkiel.

18 These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah—sixteen in all.

19 The sons of Jacob’s wife Rachel:

   Joseph and Benjamin. 20 In Egypt, Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.

21 The sons of Benjamin:

   Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard.

22 These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob—fourteen in all.

23 The son of Dan:


24 The sons of Naphtali:

   Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem.

25 These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel—seven in all.

26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob—those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons’ wives—numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt, the members of Jacob’s family, which went to Egypt, were seventy in all.

28 Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time.

30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”

31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father’s household, “I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. 32 The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.’ 33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 you should answer, ‘Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians.”

47:1 Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 2 He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.

3 Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”

“Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 4 They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while, because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants’ flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”

5 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you, 6 and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.”

7 Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, 8 Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”

9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” 10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence.

11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.

Jesus’ use of parables
4:30 Again he said, “What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? 31 It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. 32 Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.”

33 With many similar parables Jesus spoke the word to them, as much as they could understand. 34 He did not say anything to them without using a parable. But when he was alone with his own disciples, he explained everything.

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

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The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020
Psalm 65:8-13; Genesis 46:2—47:12; Mark 4:30-34

The Daily Prayer for WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020
The Daily Prayer
WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020

Listen to these words of Martin Luther King Jr.: “Truth crushed to earth will rise again. How long? Not long! Because no lie can live forever. How long? Not long! Truth forever on the scaffold, wrong forever on the throne. Yet that scaffold sways the future and behind the dim unknown standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch over his own. How long? Not long! Because the arc of the mortal universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

Lord, raise us up as servants who are willing to bear one another’s burdens. Surround us with others who will help make the burdens lighter. And help us rest in the assurance that you will not put more on our shoulders than we are able to carry. We ask this through Christ Jesus, our Lord, who both told us to take up our cross and had help carrying his own. Amen.

Verse of the Day for WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2020

Psalm 119:93
I will never forget your precepts, for by them you have preserved my life.
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Un dia a la Vez - Miércoles 29 de julio de 2020
Nuevas oportunidades

Susténtame conforme a tu palabra, y viviré; y no quede yo avergonzado de mi esperanza.
Salmo 119:116, RV-60

En el transcurso de este libro hemos comprobado por los testimonios y los pasajes bíblicos que nuestro Padre es un Dios de oportunidades. A veces la gente nos frustra nuestros sueños. Incluso, los padres por error cortamos las alas de nuestros hijos. Muchos líderes también cortan los anhelos de sus discípulos y, en otros casos, hasta los cónyuges arruinan la vida de sus parejas. Sin embargo, la buena noticia es que no todo está perdido. Por el contrario, Dios nos está llamando a brindarnos más oportunidades con nuevo retos. Claro está, todo dependerá de nosotros si estamos alertas a los cambios que Él quiere en la vida de sus hijos.

Aunque pensemos que es imposible salir adelante, debemos tener presente que Dios está siempre dispuesto a darnos la salida. Nunca nos dejará solos y nos pondrá nuevos anhelos. El secreto es confiar en Él.

Pídele a Dios que resucite esos sueños que ya habías enterrado y empieza a visualizarte alcanzado esos logros. Ubícate en el futuro, mírate renovado y trabaja hacia ese blanco con la seguridad que alcanzarás tu meta. No importa la edad que tengas. Aunque para otros sea absurdo, recuerda que Dios es el que tiene la última palabra. Por lo tanto, Él es el que decide cuándo, cómo y dónde cumple ese anhelo de tu corazón.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
A veces la gente nos frustra nuestros sueños.

Standing Strong Through the Storm - Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.

Corrie ten Boom often thought back over the horrors of Ravensbruck prison camp and realized that it was hard to find forgiveness in her heart—the true Christian attitude for the former Nazis that would reveal through her the Spirit’s goodness. Where was love, acceptance, and forgiveness in a horror camp where allegedly more than 95,000 women died? How could she ever forget the horrible cruelty of the guards and the smoke constantly coming from the chimney of the crematorium?

A few years later, Corrie was speaking in a church in Munich, and when the meeting was over she saw one of the cruelest male guards of Ravensbruck coming to speak to her. He had his hand outstretched. “I have become a Christian,” he explained. “I know that God has forgiven me for the cruel things I did, but I would like to hear it from your lips as well. Fraulein, will you forgive me?”

Conflict raged in Corrie’s heart. The good Spirit of God urged her to forgive. The spirit of bitterness and coldness urged her to turn away. “Jesus, help me. I can lift my hand. I can do that much.” As their hands met it was as if warmth and healing broke forth with tears and joy. “I forgive you, brother, with all my heart.” Later Corrie testified that “it was the power of the Holy Spirit” who had poured the love of God into her heart that day.

Philip Yancey gives a pragmatic reason why we must forgive that seems very foundational: forgiveness alone can stop the cycle of blame, pain as well as vengeance and violence. The meaning of the New Testament word “forgiveness,” he says, is literally “to release, to hurl away, to free yourself.” The only way to break the chain or cycle of hurtfulness is to stop and ask for forgiveness. This allows a relationship to start over and begin anew. The Russian writer, Solzhenitsyn, believed this forgiveness is what truly makes us different from animals. Only humans can perform that most unnatural act of forgiveness that transcends the relentless law of nature.

The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative. A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refused to forgive in their life's experience, they chose a potato, wrote on it the name and date, and put it in the plastic bag. They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at work. The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention to it all the time to not forget and keep leaving it in embarrassing places…Too often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person, and it clearly is for ourselves as well!

RESPONSE: Today I will give myself the gift of forgiveness. Is there someone I need to forgive?

PRAYER: Father, I pray today for the power of Your Holy Spirit to enable me to release any cycles of hurtfulness in my life by forgiving others.

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 29, 2020 - "Choices"

Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries


July 29, 2020

And not only so, but also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of Him who calls—she was told, "The older will serve the younger." As it is written, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

God says something really difficult in our reading for today—He says, "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated." What? How can God love one person and hate another? Especially when we're talking about unborn twins? What a terrible thing to say! (By the way, this is a quotation from the Old Testament, so those of us who have a hard time with it can get upset twice.)

The answer to this lies in understanding what "love" and "hate" mean in this context. God is not saying that He has strong negative emotions for poor Esau, or that He was going to curse him. In fact, if you compare Esau's life to Jacob's, it looks like just the opposite: Esau was a lot happier! While both brothers became leaders and ancestors of great nations, Jacob spent 20 years exiled from home, went through endless trouble with his family, and then had his descendants became slaves in Egypt for 400 years. As far as we know, none of this ever happened to Esau. Humanly speaking, Esau had a much better deal.

So what was the difference, then? Just this: God chose Jacob—Jacob the liar, Jacob the cheater—to be the ancestor of Jesus. It was through Jacob's descendants that God would bring salvation to the rest of the world. In this sense we can say that God "loved" Jacob—and by comparison, you can say he "hated" Esau. Esau was not chosen to carry this burden—to pass on this blessing. His role was to be like all the rest of us—to be a receiver of the blessing.

We might think that Esau has reason to be jealous of Jacob—after all, who wouldn't want to be an ancestor of Jesus! But that's missing the point. God chose Jacob precisely for Esau's sake—yes, and for your sake and for mine, for everybody in the world. God chose Jacob so that God could choose all of us—so that God could send Jesus into the world to suffer, die, and rise again, so that everyone who trusts in Him could become God's children.

So God loved Jacob, yes. But through him, and his great-great-grandchild Jesus, God loved Esau—and everyone He has called to become His own beloved children through Jesus our Savior.

THE PRAYER: Father, thank You for calling me to Yourself in Jesus. Amen.

Reflection Questions:
1. Did you ever get chosen for a difficult job? How did it make you feel?

2. Did you ever miss out on being chosen for a difficult job? How did that make you feel, and why?

3. Like Jacob, God has chosen you to bring the Good News of Jesus to other people. How can you grow in your ability to do that?
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).
Did you ever get chosen for a difficult job? How did it make you feel?

Devocional CPTLN del 29 de julio de 2020 - Elecciones



29 de Julio de 2020

Y no sólo esto. También sucedió cuando Rebeca concibió de un solo hombre, de nuestro antepasado Isaac, aunque sus hijos todavía no habían nacido ni habían hecho algo bueno o malo; y para confirmar que el propósito de Dios no está basado en las obras sino en el que llama, se le dijo: «El mayor servirá al menor.» Como está escrito: «A Jacob amé, pero a Esaú aborrecí.»

Dios dice algo realmente difícil en nuestra lectura de hoy: "A Jacob amé, pero a Esaú aborrecí". ¿Qué? ¿Cómo puede Dios amar a una persona y odiar a otra, y especialmente cuando hablamos de gemelos no nacidos? ¡Es terrible decir eso!

La respuesta a esto radica en entender lo que significa "amor" y "odio" en este contexto. Dios no está diciendo que tiene fuertes emociones negativas hacia el pobre Esaú, o que iba a maldecirlo. De hecho, si comparamos la vida de Esaú con la de Jacob, parece todo lo contrario: ¡Esaú era mucho más feliz! Mientras ambos hermanos se convirtieron en líderes y antepasados de grandes naciones, Jacob pasó veinte años exiliado de su hogar, tuvo problemas interminables con su familia y luego hizo que sus descendientes se convirtieran en esclavos en Egipto durante 400 años. Hasta donde sabemos, nada de eso le sucedió a Esaú. Humanamente hablando, Esaú tenía un trato mucho mejor.

Entonces, ¿cuál fue la diferencia? Solo esto: Dios eligió a Jacob, Jacob el mentiroso, Jacob el tramposo, para ser el antepasado de Jesús. Fue a través de los descendientes de Jacob que Dios traería su salvación al resto del mundo. En este sentido es que podemos decir que Dios "amaba" a Jacob y, en comparación, podemos decir que "odiaba" a Esaú. Esaú no fue elegido para llevar tal carga, para transmitir tal bendición. Su papel era ser como todos los demás: un simple receptor de la bendición de Dios.

Podríamos pensar que Esaú tiene razones para estar celoso de Jacob; después de todo, ¡quién no querría ser un antepasado de Jesús! Pero no se trata de eso. Dios eligió a Jacob precisamente por el bien de Esaú y por tu bien y el mío. Dios eligió a Jacob para poder elegirnos a todos, para poder enviar a Jesús al mundo a sufrir, morir y resucitar, para que todos los que confiamos en Él podamos convertirnos en hijos de Dios.

Dios amaba a Jacob, sí. Pero a través de él y de su descendiente Jesús, Dios amaba a Esaú y a todos los que Él ha llamado a convertirse en hijos suyos amados a través de Jesús, nuestro Salvador.

ORACIÓN: Padre, gracias por llamarme a ti mismo en Jesús. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Alguna vez no te eligieron para un trabajo difícil? ¿Cómo te hizo sentir eso y por qué?

* Al igual que Jacob, Dios te ha elegido para llevar las Buenas Nuevas de Jesús a otras personas. ¿Cómo puedes crecer en tu habilidad para hacerlo?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¿Alguna vez no te eligieron para un trabajo difícil? ¿Cómo te hizo sentir eso y por qué?

Ministérios Pão Diário - Esperança no luto

Esperança no luto

Escritura de hoje: Lucas 24:13-32
Bíblia em um ano: Salmos 49–50; Romanos 1

Então os olhos deles foram abertos e o reconheceram. Nesse momento, ele desapareceu.

Aos 19 anos, uma de minhas melhores amigas morreu num acidente de carro. Nas semanas e meses seguintes, andei por um túnel de luto. A dor de perder alguém tão jovem e maravilhosa me fez perder o rumo, e às vezes, até me sentia alheia ao que acontecia ao meu redor. Sentia-me tão cega pela dor e luto, que simplesmente não podia ver Deus.

Em Lucas 24, dois discípulos confusos e abatidos após a morte de Jesus, entenderam que estavam andando com seu Mestre ressurreto, mesmo depois de Ele ter-lhes explicado, pelas Escrituras, por que o Salvador prometido tinha que morrer e ressuscitar. Somente quando Ele pegou o pão e o partiu, foi-lhes revelado que estavam na presença de Jesus (vv.30,31). Embora os seguidores de Jesus tenham enfrentado a morte em todo o seu horror quando Ele morreu, através de Sua ressurreição, Deus lhes mostrou como ter esperança novamente.

Como os discípulos, podemos nos sentir pesados pela confusão ou luto. Porém, podemos encontrar esperança e conforto no fato de Jesus estar vivo e agindo neste mundo — e em nós. Embora ainda enfrentemos abatimento e dor, podemos “convidar” Cristo para andar conosco em nosso túnel de sofrimento. Ele é a Luz do mundo (João 8:12), e pode nos trazer raios de esperança para iluminar o nosso caminho.

Por:  Amy Boucher Pye

Refletir & Orar
Senhor, obrigado por seres a luz na escuridão e me concederes esperança quando estou triste e confuso. Ajuda-me a ver a Tua glória.
Embora nos entristeçamos ao enfrentar os lutos, temos esperança em Jesus.

© 2020 Ministérios Pão Diário
A dor de perder alguém tão jovem e maravilhosa me fez perder o rumo, e às vezes, até me sentia alheia ao que acontecia ao meu redor. Sentia-me tão cega pela dor e luto, que simplesmente não podia ver Deus.