Friday, September 25, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for FRIDAY, September 25, 2020

The Daily Readings
 FRIDAY, September 25, 2020
 Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Numbers 20:1-13; Acts 13:32-41
 The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
We have an Advocate with the Father; one who has undertaken, and is fully able, to plead on behalf of everyone who applies for pardon and salvation in his name, depending on his pleading for them. He is “Jesus,” the Saviour, and “Christ,” the Messiah, the Anointed. He alone is “the Righteous One,” who received his nature pure from sin, and as our Surety perfectly obeyed the law of God, and so fulfilled all righteousness. All men, in every land, and through successive generations, are invited to come to God through this all-sufficient atonement, and by this new and living way. The gospel, when rightly understood and received, sets the heart against all sin, and stops the allowed practice of it; at the same time, it gives blessed relief to the wounded consciences of those who have sinned.

Today’s Readings:
Recounting God’s power
1 Give ear, O my people, to my law: incline your ears to the words of my mouth.

2 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

3 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

4 We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done.

12 Marvellous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan.

13 He divided the sea, and caused them to pass through; and he made the waters to stand as an heap.

14 In the daytime also he led them with a cloud, and all the night with a light of fire.

15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.

16 He brought streams also out of the rock, and caused waters to run down like rivers.
These are called dark and deep sayings, because they are carefully to be looked into. The law of God was given with a particular charge to teach it diligently to their children, that the church may abide forever. Also, the providences of God, both in mercy and in judgment, might encourage them to conform to the will of God. The works of God much strengthen our resolution to keep his commandments. Hypocrisy is the high road to apostasy; those that do not set their hearts right, will not be steadfast with God. Many parents, by negligence and wickedness, become murderers of their children. But young persons, though they are bound to submit in all things lawful, must not obey sinful orders, or copy sinful examples.

Another story of water from the rock
20:1 Then came the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, into the desert of Zin in the first month: and the people abode in Kadesh; and Miriam died there, and was buried there.

2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the Lord!

4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the Lord into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto them.

7 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.

9 And Moses took the rod from before the Lord, as he commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

12 And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.
After thirty-eight years' tedious abode in the wilderness, the armies of Israel advanced towards Canaan again. There was no water for the congregation. We live in a wanting world, and wherever we are, must expect to meet with something to put us out. It is a great mercy to have plenty of water, a mercy which, if we found the want of, we should more own the worth of. Hereupon they murmured against Moses and Aaron. They spake the same absurd and brutish language their fathers had done. It made their crime the worse, that they had smarted so long for the discontent and distrusts of their fathers, yet they venture in the same steps. Moses must again, in God's name, command water out of a rock for them; God is as able as ever to supply his people with what is needful for them. But Moses and Aaron acted wrong. They took much of the glory of this work of wonder to themselves; “Must we fetch water?” As if it were done by some power or worthiness of their own. They were to speak to the rock, but they smote it. Therefore it is charged upon them, that they did not sanctify God, that is, they did not give to him alone that glory of this miracle which was due unto his name. And being provoked by the people, Moses spake unadvisedly with his lips. The same pride of man would still usurp the office of the appointed Mediator; and become to ourselves wisdom, righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Such a state of sinful independence, such a rebellion of the soul against its Saviour, the voice of God condemns in every page of the gospel.

Through Jesus forgiveness is proclaimed
13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers,

33 God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.

34 And as concerning that he raised him up from the dead, now no more to return to corruption, he said on this wise, I will give you the sure mercies of David.

35 Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

37 But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.

38 Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

39 And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

40 Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets;

41 Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
The resurrection of Christ was the great proof of his being the Son of God. It was not possible he should be held by death, because he was the Son of God, and therefore had life in himself, which he could not lay down but with a design to take it again. The sure mercies of David are that everlasting life, of which the resurrection was a sure pledge; and the blessings of redemption in Christ are a certain earnest, even in this world. David was a great blessing to the age wherein he lived. We were not born for ourselves, but there are those living around us, to whom we must study to be serviceable. Yet here is the difference; Christ was to serve all generations. May we look to Him who is declared to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead, that by faith in him we may walk with God, and serve our generation according to his will; and when death comes, may we fall asleep in him, with a joyful hope of a blessed resurrection.

Let all that hear the gospel of Christ, know these two things: 1. That through this Man, who died and rose again, is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. Your sins, though many and great, may be forgiven, and they may be so without any injury to God's honor. 2. It is by Christ only that those who believe in him, and none else, are justified from all things; from all the guilt and stain of sin, from which they could not be justified by the law of Moses. The great concern of convinced sinners is, to be justified, to be acquitted from all their guilt, and accepted as righteous in God's sight, for if any is left charged upon the sinner, he is undone. By Jesus Christ we obtain a complete justification; for by him a complete atonement was made for sin. We are justified, not only by him as our Judge but by him as the Lord our Righteousness. What the law could not do for us, in that it was weak, the gospel of Christ does. This is the most needful blessing, bringing in every other. The threatenings are warnings; what we are told will come upon impenitent sinners, is designed to awaken us to beware lest it comes upon us. It ruins many, that they despise religion. Those that will not wonder and be saved, shall wonder and perish.

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.
The Daily Readings for FRIDAY, September 25, 2020
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16; Numbers 20:1-13; Acts 13:32-41 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for FRIDAY, September 25, 2020

Prayer of the Day
FRIDAY, September 25, 2020

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more...And he who sat upon the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Lord our God, our Father, we look deep into your mighty Word and see the glory of the new world you will create according to your justice and truth. We thank you for giving us this joy on earth in the midst of all our toil and striving. We look deep into your Word. You make all things new. To this hope our lives are directed, to this hope you have called us, and we want to be faithful forever. Praise to your name, for you have already done great things for us! Keep us in your Word. Let many find the light, for in this light they may look to you in simple faith and constancy until the end, when throughout the world we may see your glory and your grace. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, September 25, 2020

1 John 2:1
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — In Pain Comes Blessing

In Pain Comes Blessing

They returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.

Pain makes us hurt and cry; it makes us sad, exhausts us, and can anger us. No one wants pain, but we cannot escape it. It's part of the sinful human tragedy we're all are born into.

I must confess I too have pains in my life. I am pained by family, health, and finances. I have noticed when I am in pain, I often go to God and sometimes hear myself challenging Him: "Why did You give this particular pain to me? Are You there when I am in pain? Are You happy to see I am in pain?"

I'm not proud to ask these questions. I'm not pleased when I don't understand what the Lord is trying to convey. Sadly, too, when I'm in pain, I never want to blame myself. Instead, I want to place the blame for the problems on others.

At least that's the way it used to be.

Then, one day, I read an article about a girl born without the capacity to feel pain. She didn't know how certain things could be bad or dangerous for her. Without pain, it was easy for her to cut her hands. Without pain, she hardly noticed when boiling water scalded her body. Incidents like these left her scarred and contemplating suicide.

At the end of the article, the author concluded that pain is a "friend" of sorts—like a wake-up call to warn us. Through pain we learn what is good and bad for us.

Spiritually, the same is true. Without pain, we can't really know what is eternally dangerous to us. To help us grow and learn, God may allow pains or discomforts to come. It's His way of shielding us from something that could be far worse.

There's one other thing which must be said: God never leaves us alone in this pain. He is always with us, making sure that pain is constructive and not overwhelming. In this way, He teaches us and gives us those blessings that come from a faith that leans on Him.

The apostle Paul knew this well. "... a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).

May we all have a faith that trusts in God through the difficult and painful times of our lives.

Heavenly Father, grant me faith to trust in Your caring ways in my life. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

Myo Aundra Maw

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you deal with any sort of chronic pain in your life? How do you manage it?

2. When you hear of possible trials or tribulations coming your way, do you typically lean on God more, or less?

3. How might a discomfort or problem help draw us closer to God?
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Pain makes us hurt and cry; it makes us sad, exhausts us, and can anger us. No one wants pain, but we cannot escape it.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE BODY

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

It is a beautiful picture when the church of Jesus Christ operates as the Bible teaches for the benefit of the body.

On January 21st, 2007, Dimitri from Uzbekistan was arrested and subsequently sentenced to four years in a labor camp because of his “illegal religious activities.” The labor camp in which he is being held is 850 kilometers from where his wife Marina and their three daughters live. They are allowed to visit him just a few times a year.

Marina is grateful for all the prayers for them and for all the encouragement which they have received through letters and cards.

“We’ve really experienced God’s faithfulness. He’s protected and blessed us, and He’s always been close when we’ve needed Him. We want to thank God, because He doesn’t leave us on our own. He helps us through tough times.

“I’ve visited Dimitri a few times and also taken the children with me a few times. His health is good and he’s even trying to encourage others. They have to get up early in the morning to start work. Often he doesn’t have the strength to pray, but then he senses that others are praying for him. He finds his strength in the Lord Jesus, tries not to become oppressed by the circumstances, and he thinks a lot about us. This helps him to survive.

“His Bible was confiscated by the guards and now he is writing out Bible texts from memory in a little notebook. In this way, he has his own handwritten Word of God. He’d like to have his Bible back, but permission is still being refused.

“We’re thankful for the many friends who are supporting us and writing to us at this difficult time. I’d also like to thank everyone for their many prayers. Now I’m coming to understand what the Bible means when it says, ‘we are one body,’ because ‘if one part suffers, every part suffers with it.’”

RESPONSE: Today I will not just think about myself, but function as a vital member of the body of Jesus.

PRAYER: Lord, bless prisoners like Dimitri who today may be feeling lonely. May they experience the blessing of realizing they are part of Your body.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
It is a beautiful picture when the church of Jesus Christ operates as the Bible teaches for the benefit of the body.

Men of the Bible — John the Baptist
John the Baptist

His name may mean: "Yahweh Has Been Gracious"

His work: He was the forerunner of Jesus, called to live in the spirit and power of Elijah. John prepared the way by preaching the need for repentance.
His character: John was completely focused on his assignment, unaffected by anything other than his message. And he wasn't willing to take on this duty without plenty of preparation.
His sorrow: A prophet's greatest joy is in preaching. But John spent the final days of his life in prison, unable to do what God had called and gifted him to do.
His triumph: God chose John to baptize his Son. No greater honor has ever been given a man.
Key Scriptures: Luke 1:5-25; 3:1-20

A Look at the Man

People in Israel were expecting the Messiah. The prophet Malachi had spoken of a redeemer, saying, "See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes" this long-awaited day of the Lord had melted into years, decades, centuries. Generations had come and gone, and still, there was silence. God's voice was not heard.

But then came John with the clear-cut assignment pronounced centuries earlier by the prophet Isaiah: "A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord; make straight paths for him.'" John's voice was so strong and so persistent that it was heard even in the king's palace. When Herod learned that John had pronounced judgment on his illegal and immoral marriage to his brother's wife, he threw the prophet in prison.

While imprisoned, John felt the need for reassurance about the one whose way he was preparing. Had he, like so many others, secretly hoped the Messiah would be like other great kings, using military force to overthrow his adversaries? But Jesus had assembled no armies. Perhaps, he may have thought, Jesus would use political force. But civil reform would never prove to be part of Jesus' agenda.

When John's emissaries questioned Jesus, they found him at work, curing diseases, giving sight to the blind, delivering those who were possessed by evil spirits. Jesus merely replied to their questions with the command: "Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard."

Imagine how John must have been pleased with this message. This is not what I expected in the Messiah, he may have thought. But Jesus must be from God. No one could do these things unless he was the one we have waited for.

A short time later, John was beheaded by Herod. By his life and by his death he prepared the way of the Lord, whose kingdom was not of this earth. Jesus said of John: "I tell you the truth. Among those born of a woman there has not risen anyone greater than John."

John said of Jesus, "One more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie... He must become greater; I must become less." A perfect summary of what it means to prepare the way of the Lord.

Reflect On: Luke 3:7–14
Praise God: For his faithfulness.
Offer Thanks: For God’s plan of salvation, for the obedience of John the Baptist, and for sending his Son.
Confess: Your fear of boldness in speaking the truth and in telling of your love for God and your faith in him.
Ask God: For opportunities to tell others of his mercy and for courage to speak.

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John spent the final days of his life in prison, unable to do what God had called and gifted him to do.

John Piper Devotional — Life Hangs on the Word of God
Life Hangs on the Word of God

He said to them, “Take to heart all the words by which I am warning you today, that you may command them to your children, that they may be careful to do all the words of this law. For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

The Word of God is not a trifle; it is a matter of life and death. If you treat the Scriptures as a trifle or as empty words, you forfeit life.

Even our physical life depends on God’s Word, because by his Word we were created (Psalm 33:6; Hebrews 11:3), and “He upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3).

Our spiritual life begins by the Word of God: “Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth” (James 1:18). “You have been born again…through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Peter 1:23).

Not only do we begin to live by God’s Word, but we also go on living by God’s Word: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:3).

Our physical life is created and upheld by the Word of God, and our spiritual life is quickened and sustained by the Word of God. How many stories could be gathered to bear witness to the life-giving power of the Word of God!

Indeed, the Bible is “no empty word for you”—it is your life! The foundation of all joy is life. Nothing is more fundamental than sheer existence—our creation and our preservation.

All this is owing to the Word of God’s power. By that same power, he has spoken in Scripture for the creation and sustenance of our spiritual life. Therefore, the Bible is no empty word, but is your very life—the kindling of your joy!
The Word of God is not a trifle; it is a matter of life and death.

Un dia a la Vez — Hay que pagar un precio
Hay que pagar un precio

Ustedes fueron comprados por un precio; no se vuelvan esclavos de nadie.

Para mí la llegada a este país hace veintidós años ha sido toda una experiencia. Lo he visto como la universidad de la vida donde me tocó aprender de todo un poco, desde ser mamá y ser esposa, hasta cocinar, trabajar y valerme por mi cuenta.

Podría decir que me tocó pagar un precio. Aunque fue muy duro y tuve que sacrificar muchas cosas que deseaba, no cambio por nada lo que he vivido. ¿Sabes por qué? Porque nunca debemos olvidar de dónde nos sacó Dios. Porque aprendemos a valorar lo que tenemos. Es una manera de mantenernos más enfocados y con los pies en la tierra. Lo que es más importante… ¡ser agradecidos!

Es mejor adquirir poco a poco las cosas, a que Dios nos lo dé todo de una vez, pues lo más seguro es que nos llenemos de orgullo y se nos olvide quién es el Rey de reyes.

No te quejes más de lo que estás viviendo en el lugar en que estás. Si te tocó regresar a tu tierra y esos no eran tus planes, da GRACIAS porque quizá te guardara de algo. Si estás en los Estados Unidos pero la situación no pinta bien para ti, piensa que Dios es el que te sostendrá siempre.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Para mí la llegada a este país hace veintidós años ha sido toda una experiencia. Lo he visto como la universidad de la vida donde me tocó aprender de todo un poco, desde ser mamá y ser esposa, hasta cocinar, trabajar y valerme por mi cuenta.

Devocional CPTLN — El sufrimiento trae bendición

El sufrimiento trae bendición

Después de anunciar el evangelio en aquella ciudad y de hacer muchos discípulos, los dos regresaron a Listra, a Iconio y a Antioquía, y allí infundían ánimo a los discípulos y los alentaban a mantener la fe. Les decían: «Para entrar en el reino de Dios nos es necesario pasar por muchas tribulaciones.»

El sufrimiento duele y nos hace llorar; nos entristece, nos agota y hasta puede enfurecernos. Nadie quiere sufrir, pero no podemos escapar de él. Es parte de la tragedia humana pecaminosa en la que todos nacemos. Yo también sufro. Sufro por mi familia, por mi salud y por las finanzas. Y he notado que cuando sufro, a veces desafío a Dios: ¿Por qué permites que me suceda esto? ¿Dónde estás cuando estoy sufriendo? No estoy orgulloso de hacer estas preguntas. Pero no me agrada cuando no entiendo lo que el Señor está tratando de decirme. Lamentablemente, cuando estoy sufriendo no pienso que pueda ser por causa mía, sino que trato de culpar a los demás por lo que me sucede.

Al menos así solía ser.

Pero un día leí un artículo sobre una niña que nació sin la capacidad de sentir dolor, por lo que no sabía cómo ciertas cosas podían ser malas o peligrosas para ella. Al no sentir dolor, fue fácil para ella cortarse las manos. Al no sentir dolor, apenas se dio cuenta cuando el agua hirviendo le quemó el cuerpo. Incidentes como estos la dejaron con tales cicatrices, que llegó a contemplar el suicidio.

Al final del artículo, el autor concluyó que el sufrimiento es una especie de "amigo", como una llamada de atención para advertirnos. A través de él aprendemos lo que es bueno y malo para nosotros.

Lo mismo es cierto en el ámbito espiritual. Sin sufrimiento no podemos saber qué es eternamente peligroso para nosotros. Para ayudarnos a crecer y aprender, Dios puede permitir que suframos. Es su forma de protegernos de algo que podría ser mucho peor.

Pero Dios nunca nos deja solos en el sufrimiento. Él está siempre con nosotros, asegurándose de que el dolor sea constructivo y no abrumador. De esta manera, Él nos enseña y nos da las bendiciones que provienen de una fe que se apoya en Él.

El apóstol Pablo lo sabía bien. "... se me clavó un aguijón en el cuerpo, un mensajero de Satanás, para que me abofetee y no deje que yo me enaltezca. Tres veces le he rogado al Señor que me lo quite, pero él me ha dicho: «Con mi gracia tienes más que suficiente, porque mi poder se perfecciona en la debilidad.» Por eso, con mucho gusto habré de jactarme en mis debilidades, para que el poder de Cristo repose en mí. Por eso, por amor a Cristo me gozo en las debilidades, en las afrentas, en las necesidades, en las persecuciones y en las angustias; porque mi debilidad es mi fuerza" (2 Corintios 12: 7b-10).

Que todos tengamos una fe que confíe en Dios en los momentos difíciles y dolorosos de nuestra vida.

ORACIÓN: Padre Celestial, concédeme fe para confiar en tus caminos bondadosos en mi vida. En el nombre de Jesús. Amén.

Myo Aundra Maw

Para reflexionar:
* Cuando pasas por problemas o sufrimientos, ¿te apoyas más o menos en Dios?

* ¿De qué manera un problema o sufrimiento puede acercarnos más a Dios?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
El sufrimiento duele y nos hace llorar; nos entristece, nos agota y hasta puede enfurecernos. Nadie quiere sufrir, pero no podemos escapar de él.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày — Ổ Khóa Tình Yêu

Ổ Khóa Tình Yêu

Đọc: Nhã Ca 8:5–7 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Nhã Ca 6–8; Ga-la-ti 4
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Xin đặt em như chiếc ấn nơi tim anh, như chiếc ấn trên cánh tay anh.

Tôi đứng ngỡ ngàng trước hàng trăm ngàn ổ khóa, nhiều cái còn khắc tên viết tắt của những người yêu nhau, gắn khắp mọi nơi trên chiếc cầu Pont des Arts ở Paris. Cây cầu dành cho người đi bộ bắc qua sông Seine tràn ngập biểu tượng của tình yêu, lời tuyên bố của các cặp đôi về sự cam kết trọn đời. Năm 2014, các ổ khóa tình yêu được ước tính nặng khoảng năm mươi tấn và thậm chí đã khiến một phần chiếc cầu bị sập xuống, nên cần phải gỡ bỏ đi.

Các ổ khóa tình yêu này cho thấy mong muốn sâu thẳm của con người là đảm bảo tình yêu của họ được vững bền. Trong Nhã Ca, một sách trong Cựu Ước mô tả cuộc đối thoại giữa hai người yêu nhau, người nữ bày tỏ khát khao về một tình yêu vững bền khi yêu cầu người mình yêu “đặt em như chiếc ấn nơi tim anh, như chiếc ấn trên cánh tay anh” (Nhã. 8:6). Mong muốn của cô ấy là được an toàn và đảm bảo trong tình yêu của người nam như chiếc ấn nơi tim anh hay chiếc nhẫn nơi ngón tay anh.

Khát khao về tình yêu lãng mạn bền vững được ký thuật trong Nhã Ca đưa chúng ta đến với lẽ thật trong Tân Ước, sách Ê-phê-sô nói rằng chúng ta được “đóng ấn” bởi Thánh Linh của Chúa (1:13). Dù tình yêu của con người hay thay đổi và những ổ khóa bị gỡ bỏ khỏi cây cầu, nhưng Thánh Linh Chúa luôn sống trong chúng ta là một chiếc ấn vĩnh viễn bày tỏ tình yêu đảm bảo không bao giờ phai tàn của Chúa đối với mỗi một con dân Ngài.
Bạn đã kinh nghiệm tình yêu đảm bảo từ Cha Thiên Thượng thế nào? Bạn để tình yêu Ngài hướng dẫn và khích lệ bạn hôm nay ra sao?
Lạy Cha Thiên Thượng, cảm tạ Ngài vì dẫu tình người có hời hợt thì tình yêu vững bền và đời đời của Ngài vẫn luôn dành cho con.

Chú Giải

Mặc dù có những cách giải nghĩa khác nhau về sách Nhã Ca, nhưng ngay khi đọc vào, chúng ta có thể thấy đây là một tập thơ ca ngợi tình yêu và sự thân mật thể xác xuất phát từ tình yêu đó và cảnh báo về việc giữ gìn tình yêu trong bối cảnh thích hợp (2:15). Sách Nhã Ca giới thiệu cho chúng ta một số bài thơ bày tỏ những khao khát tin kính phù hợp với cách Đức Chúa Trời đã tạo dựng chúng ta khi Ngài tạo nên thế giới này, những khao khát được đáp ứng qua mối quan hệ hôn nhân “cả hai trở nên một thịt” được thiết lập trong vườn Ê-đen.

Nhưng liệu sách Nhã Ca có nói gì về Đức Chúa Trời và mối quan hệ của chúng ta với Ngài? Chúng ta có thể khẳng định là có khi đọc sách Nhã Ca trong ngữ cảnh của cả Kinh Thánh, chúng ta thường thấy Kinh Thánh so sánh mối quan hệ của chúng ta với Đức Chúa Trời và hôn nhân của con người. Sứ đồ Phao-lô mô tả mối liên hệ của hội thánh và Đấng Christ với những ràng buộc của hôn nhân (Ê-phê-sô 5:21-33), điều mà ông gọi là “sự mầu nhiệm cao sâu”.

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