Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for TUESDAY, September 22, 2020

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The Daily Readings
TUESDAY, September 22, 2020
Psalm 119:97-104; Numbers 11:1-9; Romans 16:17-20
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day: Romans 15:7
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

Today’s Readings:
God’s word sweeter than honey
Commentary
What we love, we love to think of. All true wisdom is from God. A good man carries his Bible with him, if not in his hands, yet in his head and in his heart. By meditation on God's testimonies we understand more than our teachers, when we understand our own hearts. The written word is a more sure guide to heaven, than all the fathers, the teachers, and ancients of the church. We cannot, with any comfort or boldness, attend God in holy duties, while under guilt, or in any by-way. It was Divine grace in his heart, that enabled the psalmist to receive these instructions. The soul has its tastes as well as the body. Our relish for the word of God will be greatest, when that for the world and the flesh is least. The way of sin is a wrong way; and the more understanding we get by the precepts of God, the more rooted will be our hatred of sin; and the more ready we are in the Scriptures, the better furnished we are with answers to temptation.
97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day.

98 Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me.

99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.

100 I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

101 I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

102 I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.

103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

Complaints about manna
Commentary
Verses 1-3 — Here is the people's sin; they complained. See the sinfulness of sin, which takes occasion from the commandment to be provoking. The weakness of the law discovered sin, but could not destroy it; checked, but could not conquer it. They complained. Those who are of a discontented spirit, will always find something to quarrel or fret about, though the circumstances of their outward condition be ever so favourable. The Lord heard it, though Moses did not. God knows the secret frettings and murmurings of the heart, though concealed from men. What he noticed, he was much displeased with, and he chastised them for this sin. The fire of their wrath against God burned in their minds; justly did the fire of God's wrath fasten on their bodies; but God's judgments came on them gradually, that they might take warning. It appeared that God delights not in punishing; when he begins, he is soon prevailed with to let it fall.

Verses 4-9 — Man, having forsaken his proper rest, feels uneasy and wretched, though prosperous. They were weary of the provision God had made for them, although wholesome food and nourishing. It cost no money or care, and the labour of gathering it was very little indeed; yet they talked of Egypt's cheapness, and the fish they ate there freely; as if that cost them nothing, when they paid dearly for it with hard service! While they lived on manna, they seemed exempt from the curse sin has brought on man, that in the sweat of his face he should eat bread; yet they speak of it with scorn. Peevish, discontented minds will find fault with that which has no fault in it, but that it is too good for them. Those who might be happy, often make themselves miserable by discontent. They could not be satisfied unless they had flesh to eat. It is evidence of the dominion of the carnal mind, when we want to have the delights and satisfaction of sense. We should not indulge in any desire which we cannot in faith turn into prayer, as we cannot when we ask meat for our lust. What is lawful of itself becomes evil, when God does not allot it to us, yet we desire it.
11:1 And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it; and his anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them that were in the uttermost parts of the camp.

2 And the people cried unto Moses; and when Moses prayed unto the Lord, the fire was quenched.

3 And he called the name of the place Taberah: because the fire of the Lord burnt among them.

4 And the mixt multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat?

5 We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

6 But now our soul is dried away: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.

7 And the manna was as coriander seed, and the colour thereof as the colour of bdellium.

8 And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil.

9 And when the dew fell upon the camp in the night, the manna fell upon it.

A warning about troublemakers
Commentary
How earnest, how endearing are these exhortations! Whatever differs from the sound doctrine of the Scriptures, opens a door to divisions and offences. If truth be forsaken, unity and peace will not last long. Many call Christ, Master and Lord, who are far from serving him. But they serve their carnal, sensual, worldly interests. They corrupt the head by deceiving the heart; perverting the judgments by winding themselves into the affections. We have great need to keep our hearts with all diligence. It has been the common policy of seducers to set upon those who are softened by convictions. A pliable temper is good when under good guidance, otherwise it may be easily led astray. Be so wise as not to be deceived, yet so simple as not to be deceivers. The blessing the apostle expects from God, is victory over Satan. This includes all designs and devices of Satan against souls, to defile, disturb, and destroy them; all his attempts to keep us from the peace of heaven here, and the possession of heaven hereafter. When Satan seems to prevail, and we are ready to give up all as lost, then will the God of peace interpose in our behalf. Hold out therefore, faith and patience, yet a little while. If the grace of Christ be with us, who can prevail against us?
16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

19 For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

20 And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

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

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV).

Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Daily Bible Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Readings for TUESDAY, September 22, 2020
Psalm 119:97-104; Numbers 11:1-9; Romans 16:17-20 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for TUESDAY, September 22, 2020


Prayer of the Day
TUESDAY, September 22, 2020

He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

Lord our God, we lift our hearts to you, for you have given great promises to those who fear you. Let your Word strengthen us in faith, patience, and hope. Be with all those who call upon you, pleading for help in our time. For these times must work for our good, and in spite of sin, death, and all evil we can find joy in what you are doing. We call to you, O Lord our God. Let your hand be revealed, that something may be seen besides human striving and the efforts of human hands. Let the work of your hand be visible to many, to all peoples on this earth. May your name be honored, O Lord our God, your kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, September 22, 2020

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Romans 15:7
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Made Holy by God

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Made Holy by God

The Word of the LORD came to me: "What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge'? As I live, declares the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die. ... "Yet you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' Hear now, O house of Israel: Is My way not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? When a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice, he shall die for it; for the injustice that he has done he shall die. Again, when a wicked person turns away from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he shall save his life. Because he considered and turned away from all the transgressions that he had committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Yet the house of Israel says, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' O house of Israel, are My ways not just? Is it not your ways that are not just? "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord GOD; so turn, and live."

Ancient Israel's prophets had their hands full. If Israel wasn't chasing after false gods and practicing paganism, it was finding other ways to rationalize away its profuse sins. In this case, Israel was blaming its ongoing sinfulness on the transgressions of its ancestors. "The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge."

Trotting out this old, worn proverb, Israel wanted to get off the hook of God's punishment—one that was bearing down on them via the scourge of Babylon. Their wordplay was also an attempt to shirk God's call to be holy. Nothing doing. Israel's marching orders were crystal clear from the days of Moses. "You shall be holy to Me, for I the LORD am holy and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine" (Leviticus 20:26).

It was the same in New Testament times. Peter writes, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, 'You shall be holy, for I am holy'" (1 Peter 1:14-16).

But how can we be holy? How can we be sinless before God? Well, we can't ... on our own. But there is One who has gone before us, shedding His blood, giving His life for the world, and then in Easter victory, rising from the grave to conquer sin, death, and the devil, forevermore.

His Name is Jesus. In Him there is holiness of life for all who trust their lives to Him in faith (see John 3:16).

Heavenly Father, make our lives holy through the gift of faith in Your Son Jesus. In His Name we pray. Amen.

Paul Schreiber

Reflection Questions:
1. What are some things your ancestors have passed down to you?

2. Have you heard the proverb Ezekiel refers to before? What does it mean to you?

3. Do you feel you're received any negative traits from your parents or grandparents? Have you had to work in life to undo certain perspectives or habit patterns?
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"The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge."

Standing Strong Through the Storm — SIMPLICITY OF THE CHURCH

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SIMPLICITY OF THE CHURCH

And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Rene looked carefully both ways as he turned the corner. No one seemed to be watching. Wiping the perspiration from his forehead he glanced at his watch. He was five minutes early. He walked slowly around the block a second time to arrive at the large gate at exactly 7:14. He pressed the bell three times: short...long...short. It was the newly changed code to indicate he was a fellow-believer. The gate opened and closed quickly as Rene slipped inside. In two hours' time, there were several hundred believers gathered secretly in the basement for fellowship.

Rene sat quietly waiting for the others. He remembered reading in a magazine about a small group in China that gathered weekly in the back room of a small store to worship together. It was the era of the infamous Cultural Revolution. Since the believers could easily be overheard by anyone entering the store, they “sang” hymns together without words or music. Someone whispered the name of the song and they would silently move their lips and simply think of the words and music.

He chuckled out loud. The memory came of Pastor Wally saying, “We are an underground church like the believers behind the Bamboo Curtain, but the difference is that we can praise in full voice because the facilities are soundproofed. Not even our closest neighbor can hear us.”

This is a description of a church group in Saudi Arabia—a country that has not had an official church in over fourteen hundred years. And yet many believers meet together secretly and at great risk all over the country.

The most common way for the church to express its faith in western societies has been through the institutional pattern. Consequently, this is the only pattern with which many Christians are familiar. But this form can be easily eliminated by a repressive government, is difficult to maintain in other hostile environments, and may not be appropriate to local cultural needs. There are other options if you and your fellow believers were under the rule of those who were trying to repress Christianity.

RESPONSE: Today I will accept that there are many forms of church to fulfill the five biblical functions of the church.

PRAYER: Pray for those around the world who must meet in secret for worship services.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Rene looked carefully both ways as he turned the corner. No one seemed to be watching. Wiping the perspiration from his forehead he glanced at his watch. He was five minutes early. He walked slowly around the block a second time to arrive at the large gate at exactly 7:14. He pressed the bell three times: short...long...short. It was the newly changed code to indicate he was a fellow-believer. The gate opened and closed quickly as Rene slipped inside.

John Piper Devotional — Let Goods and Kindred Go

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Let Goods and Kindred Go

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.

The Christians in Hebrews 10:32–35 have earned the right to teach us about costly love.

The situation appears to be this: In the early days of their conversion, some of them were imprisoned for the faith. The others were confronted with a difficult choice: Shall we go underground and stay “safe,” or shall we visit our brothers and sisters in prison and risk our lives and property? They chose the way of love and accepted the cost.

“For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property.”

But were they losers? No. They lost property and gained joy! They joyfully accepted the loss.

In one sense, they denied themselves. But in another, they did not. They chose the way of joy. Evidently, these Christians were motivated for prison ministry the same way the Macedonians (of 2 Corinthians 8:1–9) were motivated to relieve the poor. Their joy in God overflowed in love for others.

They looked at their own lives and said, “The steadfast love of the Lord is better than life” (see Psalm 63:3).

They looked at all their possessions and said, “We have a possession in heaven that is better and lasts longer than any of this” (Hebrews 10:34).

Then they looked at each other and said:
Let goods and kindred go
This mortal life also
The body they may kill
God’s truth abideth still
His kingdom is forever
(Martin Luther)
The Christians in Hebrews 10:32–35 have earned the right to teach us about costly love.

Un dia a la Vez — Espera tu bendición

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Espera tu bendición

La bendición de Jehová es la que enriquece, y no añade tristeza con ella.
Proverbios 10:22, rv-60

Cada día que pasa puedo ser testigo de cómo mi amado Dios tiene muchas bendiciones separadas para nosotros. Lo que sucede es que a menudo colocamos nuestras expectativas y sueños en otras personas que quizá no nos ayuden a llevarlos a cabo. No se trata de que sean malas personas, sino que no son el canal de bendición que Él tiene para nosotros.

¿Cuántas veces te han ilusionado, te han prometido ayuda, y a la hora de la verdad nada de nada? Es verdad que se siente frustración y que hasta decimos: «No vuelvo a confiar en nadie».

Hay cosas que tú y yo debemos tener como una fórmula de vida y es que debemos aprender a identificar las cosas que vienen de parte de Dios, así como las personas que son canal de bendición.

Siempre debemos pedirle al Señor que nos guíe y nos muestre las cosas con claridad, a fin de que no nos confundan y, mucho menos, que nos engañen.

Es preferible que esperes tu bendición y saber que viene con la aprobación del cielo.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Cada día que pasa puedo ser testigo de cómo mi amado Dios tiene muchas bendiciones separadas para nosotros.

Devocional CPTLN — Santificado por Dios


Santificado por Dios

La palabra del Señor vino a mí, y me dijo: «Ustedes en la tierra de Israel acostumbran repetir aquel refrán que dice: "Los padres se comieron las uvas agrias, y a los hijos les dio la dentera." ¿En verdad lo creen? Vivo yo, que ese refrán nunca más volverá a repetirse en Israel. »Todos ustedes son míos. Lo mismo el padre que el hijo. Sólo morirá quien peque. Nadie más... »Escúchenme ahora, pueblo de Israel. Tal vez digan: "Los caminos del Señor no son rectos." ¿Pero en verdad no son rectos? ¿No es, más bien, que los caminos de ustedes son torcidos? Si el justo deja de ser justo, e incurre en actos malvados, merece la muerte, ¡y morirá por la maldad que cometió! Pero si el malvado se aparta de su maldad y se apega al derecho y a la justicia, habrá salvado su vida por fijarse en todas las transgresiones que había cometido y apartarse de ellas. Así que no morirá, sino que vivirá. »Pero si aun así el pueblo de Israel sigue diciendo: "Los caminos del Señor no son rectos", ¿en verdad no son rectos mis caminos, pueblo de Israel? ¡Lo cierto es que son los caminos de ustedes los que no son rectos! Así que, pueblo de Israel, voy a juzgar a cada uno de ustedes según sus caminos. Por lo tanto, vuélvanse a mí y apártense de todas sus transgresiones, para que su maldad no sea la causa de su ruina. »Pueblo de Israel, ¿por qué tienen que morir? Apártense de todas las transgresiones que han cometido, y forjen en ustedes un corazón y un espíritu nuevos, porque yo no quiero que ninguno de ustedes muera. Así que vuélvanse a mí, y vivirán.

Los profetas del antiguo Israel estaban muy ocupados. Si Israel no perseguía dioses falsos y practicaba el paganismo, estaba encontrando otras formas de racionalizar sus pecados. En este caso, Israel culpaba de su continua pecaminosidad a las transgresiones de sus antepasados. "Los padres se comieron las uvas agrias, y a los hijos les dio la dentera".

Al sacar a la luz este viejo y gastado proverbio, Israel quería librarse del castigo de Dios, uno que estaba cayendo sobre ellos a través del azote de Babilonia. Querían tratar de eludir el llamado de Dios a ser santos. Las órdenes de marcha de Israel fueron claras como el cristal desde los días de Moisés. "Ustedes tienen que serme santos, porque yo, el Señor, soy santo. Yo los he apartado a ustedes de los otros pueblos, para que sean míos" (Levítico 20:26).

Lo mismo sucedía en los tiempos del Nuevo Testamento. Pedro escribe: "Pórtense como hijos obedientes, y no sigan los dictados de sus anteriores malos deseos, de cuando vivían en la ignorancia. Al contrario, vivan una vida completamente santa, porque santo es aquel que los ha llamado. Escrito está: «Sean santos, porque yo soy santo.»" (1 Pedro 1:14-16).

Pero, ¿cómo podemos ser santos? ¿Cómo podemos estar sin pecado ante Dios? Bueno, no podemos ... por nuestra cuenta. Pero hay Uno que ha ido antes que nosotros derramando Su sangre, dando Su vida por el mundo y luego, en la victoria de Pascua, resucitando de la tumba para conquistar el pecado, la muerte y el diablo para siempre. Su nombre es Jesús. En él hay santidad de vida para todos los que le confían su vida con fe (ver Juan 3:16).

ORACIÓN: Padre Celestial, santifica nuestras vidas mediante el don de la fe en Tu Hijo Jesús. En Su Nombre oramos. Amén.

Paul Schreiber

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Qué cosas te han transmitido tus antepasados?

* ¿Sientes que has recibido algún rasgo negativo de tus padres o abuelos?
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Los profetas del antiguo Israel estaban muy ocupados. Si Israel no perseguía dioses falsos y practicaba el paganismo, estaba encontrando otras formas de racionalizar sus pecados.

Nuestro Pan Diario — Un desvío riesgoso

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Un desvío riesgoso

La escritura de hoy: 2 Timoteo 4:1-5
La Biblia en un año: Eclesiastés 10–12; Gálatas 1

Que prediques la palabra; que instes a tiempo y fuera de tiempo…

Qué pérdida de tiempo, pensó Julia. Su agente de seguros insistía en volver a reunirse. Sabía que sería otro aburrido lanzamiento de ventas, pero decidió aprovecharlo al máximo, buscando una oportunidad de hablar de su fe.

Al notar que la agente tenía las cejas tatuadas, le preguntó vacilante por qué, y supo que lo había hecho porque creía que le traería suerte. La pregunta de Julia fue un desvío riesgoso de la charla rutinaria sobre finanzas, pero abrió la puerta para hablar de la suerte y la fe, y de por qué ella descansaba en Cristo. Esa hora «perdida» se convirtió en una cita divina.

Jesús también tomó un desvío riesgoso. Viajando de Judea a Galilea, salió del camino para hablar con una samaritana; algo impensable para un judío. Peor aún, ella era una mujer adúltera que incluso los samaritanos evitaban. Pero Él terminó teniendo una conversación que llevó a que muchos fueran salvos (Juan 4:1-26, 39-42).

¿Tienes que reunirte con alguien a quien no quieres ver? ¿Te cruzas siempre con un vecino que normalmente evitas? La Biblia nos recuerda que estemos siempre preparados —«a tiempo y fuera de tiempo»— para compartir el evangelio (2 Timoteo 4:2). Considera tomar un «desvío riesgoso». Tal vez Dios esté dándote una oportunidad divina de hablarle a alguien de Él.

De:  Leslie Koh

Reflexiona y ora
Señor, dame valor para hablarles de ti a otros.
¿Cómo puedes buscar hoy una oportunidad para hablar del evangelio de una manera valiente y al mismo tiempo sensible y afectuosa?

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Qué pérdida de tiempo, pensó Julia. Su agente de seguros insistía en volver a reunirse.