Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for TUESDAY, September 29, 2020

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The Daily Readings
TUESDAY, September 29, 2020
Psalm 42; Exodus 18:13-27; Philippians 1:15-21
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
People offer many excuses for not accepting Christ. Some cite the presence of hypocrites in the church. Others claim the inability to believe some of the truths about Christ or the gospel. These are merely attempts to conceal a heart in rebellion against God. The ultimate reason people do not come to Christ is that they do not want to. The one who does the truth is obviously already a believer because his or her deeds are done in God. Therefore, “coming to the light” is more than exercising faith. A person who comes to the light not only believes but also openly identifies with the light so that his or her works can be seen as things done in union with God.

Today’s Readings:
Hope in God the rock
1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

3 My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?

4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.

7 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

8 Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

9 I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?

10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God?

11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Verses 1-5 — The psalmist looked to the Lord as his chief good, and set his heart upon him accordingly; casting anchor thus at first, he rides out the storm. A gracious soul can take little satisfaction in God's courts if it does not meet with God himself there. Living souls never can take up their rest anywhere short of a living God. To appear before the Lord is the desire of the upright, as it is the dread of the hypocrite. Nothing is more grievous to a gracious soul than what is intended to shake its confidence in the Lord. It was not the remembrance of the pleasures of his court that afflicted David, but the remembrance of the free access he formerly had to God's house, and his pleasure in attending there. Those that commune much with their own hearts, will often have to hide them. See the cure of sorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catches hold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept above the billows. And what is our support under present woes but this, that we shall have comfort in Him? We have great cause to mourn for sin, but being cast down springs from unbelief and a rebellious will; we should therefore strive and pray against it.

Verses 6-11 — The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God of our mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, and that discouraged him. But if one trouble follows hard after another, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us remember they are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regards the Divine favor as the fountain of all the good he looked for. In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from him will calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the light of noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Our believing expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it. At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him to trust in the name of the Lord and to stay himself upon his God. He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph over all his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of our life, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us if we have made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus the psalmist strove against his despondency: at last, his faith and hope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelieving doubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and then plead it to God.

Jethro’s leadership advice
18:13 And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses sat to judge the people: and the people stood by Moses from the morning unto the evening.

14 And when Moses' father in law saw all that he did to the people, he said, What is this thing that thou doest to the people? why sittest thou thyself alone, and all the people stand by thee from morning unto even?

15 And Moses said unto his father in law, Because the people come unto me to enquire of God:

16 When they have a matter, they come unto me; and I judge between one and another, and I do make them know the statutes of God, and his laws.

17 And Moses' father in law said unto him, The thing that thou doest is not good.

18 Thou wilt surely wear away, both thou, and this people that is with thee: for this thing is too heavy for thee; thou art not able to perform it thyself alone.

19 Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God:

20 And thou shalt teach them ordinances and laws, and shalt shew them the way wherein they must walk, and the work that they must do.

21 Moreover thou shalt provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness; and place such over them, to be rulers of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens:

22 And let them judge the people at all seasons: and it shall be, that every great matter they shall bring unto thee, but every small matter they shall judge: so shall it be easier for thyself, and they shall bear the burden with thee.

23 If thou shalt do this thing, and God command thee so, then thou shalt be able to endure, and all this people shall also go to their place in peace.

24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds, rulers of fifties, and rulers of tens.

26 And they judged the people at all seasons: the hard causes they brought unto Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves.

27 And Moses let his father in law depart; and he went his way into his own land.
Here is the great zeal and the toil of Moses as a magistrate. Having been employed to redeem Israel out of the house of bondage, he is a further type of Christ, that he is employed as a lawgiver and a judge among them. If the people were as quarrelsome one with another as they were with God, no doubt Moses had many causes brought before him. This business Moses was called to; it appears that he did it with great care and kindness. The meanest Israelite was welcome to bring his cause before him. Moses kept to his business from morning to night. Jethro thought it was too much for him to undertake alone; also it would make the administration of justice tiresome to the people. There may be over-doing even in well-doing. Wisdom is profitable to direct, that we may neither content ourselves with less than our duty nor task ourselves beyond our strength. Jethro advised Moses to a better plan. Great men should not only study to be useful themselves but contrive to make others useful. Care must be taken in the choice of the persons admitted into such a trust. They should be men of good sense, that understood business, and that would not be daunted by frowns or clamors, but abhorred the thought of a bribe. Men of piety and religion; such as fear God, who dare not to do a base thing, though they could do it secretly and securely. The fear of God will best fortify a man against temptations to injustice. Moses did not despise this advice. Those are not wise, who think themselves too wise to be counseled.

Christ is proclaimed regardless of the motive
1:15 Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:

16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds:

17 But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.

18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,

20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.

21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
The apostle was a prisoner at Rome; and to take off the offense of the cross, he shows the wisdom and goodness of God in his sufferings. These things made him known, where he would never have otherwise been known; and led some to inquire after the gospel. He suffered from false friends, as well as from enemies. How wretched the temper of those who preached Christ out of envy and contention, and to add affliction to the bonds that oppressed this best of men! The apostle was easy in the midst of all. Since our troubles may tend to the good of many, we ought to rejoice. Whatever turns to our salvation, is by the Spirit of Christ; and prayer is the appointed means of seeking for it. Our earnest expectation and hope should not be to be honored of men, or to escape the cross, but to be upheld amidst temptation, contempt, and affliction. Let us leave it to Christ, which way he will make us serviceable to his glory, whether by labor or suffering, by diligence or patience, by living to his honor in working for him, or dying to his honor in suffering for him.

Death is a great loss to a carnal, worldly man, for he loses all his earthly comforts and all his hopes; but to a true believer, it is gain, for it is the end of all his weakness and misery. It delivers him from all the evils of life and brings him to possess the chief good. The apostle's difficulty was not between living in this world and living in heaven; between these two there is no comparison, but between serving Christ in this world and enjoying him in another. Not between two evil things, but between two good things; living to Christ and being with him.

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 29, 2020
Psalm 42; Exodus 18:13-27; Philippians 1:15-21 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for TUESDAY, September 29, 2020


Prayer of the Day
TUESDAY, September 29, 2020

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.
John 16:21–22 (NIV)

Dear Father in heaven, grant us your Spirit so that here on earth we may be united with you in Jesus Christ the Savior. May truth dawn on us with its light, bringing joy no matter what happens to us. May all the pain in our lives be turned into birth pangs of a new life in which we can rejoice as people you have created, people prepared for the struggle on earth, who are called into battle and led to victory. Grant that we may not be blinded by the surrounding darkness. Shed a clear light on the new life that is coming. May we see what has already happened because Jesus Christ came to the earth and remains on earth, and may we see what is still to come through him, the Savior. O God of wonders, keep us aware of the wonders that increasingly surround us, until all the pain on earth is finally overcome and we men glorify your love and your great goodness. Amen.

Verse of the Day for TUESDAY, September 29, 2020

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John 3:20-21
For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
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Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — A Love Song

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A Love Song

Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard: My beloved had a vineyard on a very fertile hill. He dug it and cleared it of stones, and planted it with choice vines; he built a watchtower in the midst of it, and hewed out a wine vat in it; and he looked for it to yield grapes, but it yielded wild grapes. What more was there to do for my vineyard, that I have not done in it? When I looked for it to yield grapes, why did it yield wild grapes? And now I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard. I will remove its hedge, and it shall be devoured; I will break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. I will make it a waste; it shall not be pruned or hoed, and briers and thorns shall grow up; I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it. For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are His pleasant planting; and He looked for justice, but behold, bloodshed; for righteousness, but behold, an outcry!

"Let me sing for my beloved my love song concerning his vineyard." That's a strange beginning for this poem about God's disobedient people. It doesn't sound like a love song, at least to me. It sounds like a song of disappointment and heartbreak. It sounds like a song of judgment—a final warning to the people who have repaid God evil for good, in spite of all His care. How is this a love song?

And yet—look at how the song describes God's work. When He is planting the vineyard, He is very active: He digs out the stones; He plants the vines; He builds the watchtower and the winepress. God shows His love through activity.

But then the vineyard produces nothing but sour, wild grapes—and God condemns it. But look at the way He does it! He doesn't say, "I will rip up the vines." No, He says only, "I will remove its hedge," that is, its protection. He doesn't say, "I will burn it to the ground." No, He says instead, "I will not hoe it or prune it, and I will not send rain." In this song, at least, God is not actively doing anything to destroy the vineyard itself. He is only stopping things—stopping His protection and care-taking, and letting nature take its course. Why so hands-off? I can't help wondering if that's because He still loves it, and He can't bear to do it active harm.

It is a love song, after all—the song of a grieving but loving God, who still wants His people to return to Him, against all odds. It is the song of a God who is not finished with His disobedient people—who still loves them, and who has plans to redeem them.

Look at the first verse again. "Let me sing for my beloved"—who is the Beloved? Ephesians 1:6 calls Jesus by this name. And what did Jesus do with His disobedient people? He took God's judgment upon Himself, when He died and rose again for us. Because He loved us, "In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7). Through Jesus, God has re-created His vineyard—has turned our sour grapes into the good wine of His kingdom. And so the love song has a happy ending after all—because of Jesus.

Lord, give me a heart that loves You, and produces good fruit for You. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:
1. Do you like to garden? Why or why not?

2. When have you been surprised by a bad result when you expected a good one?

3. In what specific area or event of your life have you seen God turn evil into good?
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Do you like to garden? Why or why not?

Standing Strong Through the Storm — I AM NOT AFRAID ANYMORE

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I AM NOT AFRAID ANYMORE

One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.”

Paul was experiencing great pressure and persecution while sharing the gospel in Corinth. With the encouragement of these “red letter” words from Jesus Himself, Paul gained the courage to stay in Corinth for another year and a half teaching the word of God.

Known for its rich historical heritage and tourist attractions, Aurangabad is one of the very famous districts of Maharashtra, India. It has been an important place since ancient times because of its location in the famous Silk Route. The route traveled across the width of Asia to Europe. The city is named after the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and is one of the fastest-growing cities in India. Marathi and Urdu are the main languages spoken in the city.

During the first Standing Strong Through the Storm (SSTS) seminar, the participants expressed profound appreciation, gratitude, and the need for more such seminars. So new sets of people were targeted in order to bring awareness and educate them on how to handle persecution when it comes.

The majority of the students confessed that they had never heard of this kind of teaching before. Topics such as addressing religious intolerance were highly appreciated. While the participants were initially apprehensive of sharing their testimonies, they stepped forward after watching the persecution related movies and video clips, and boldly shared what God had done in their lives.

Pratima Pagare attended and commented, “I was always scared to death with the thought that fundamentalists will attack and stone us because we minister to people in the name of Jesus. I am so encouraged to come to this seminar and to hear the testimonies of people who faced persecution in their ministries and still went on. I was also strengthened by the teachings on how to stand strong in the midst of storms and this has driven away all my fears. I thank God and Open Doors for this.”

Priti Alhad said, “I did not know what the content of the seminar would be, but gradually as the sessions went by, I considered myself privileged to be present here and be blessed by the teachings. I am not afraid of persecution but these teachings encouraged me and prepared me for the times of persecution…As I go from here I want to share this knowledge that I have gained here and create awareness among my church members and utilize these teachings in my ministry. I thank your ministry for organizing this seminar in our area.

RESPONSE: Today I will keep on speaking and not be silent trusting the Lord for His protection and blessing.

PRAYER: Help me Lord to lose my fearfulness and trust You when I face those who oppose me.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
With the encouragement of these “red letter” words from Jesus Himself, Paul gained courage to stay in Corinth for another year and a half teaching the word of God.

John Piper Devotional — Make War with Unbelief

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Make War with Unbelief

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

When I am anxious about getting old, I battle unbelief with the promise, “Even to your old age, I shall be the same, and even to your graying years I shall bear you! I have done it, and I shall carry you; and I shall bear you, and I shall deliver you” (Isaiah 46:4).

When I am anxious about dying, I battle unbelief with the promise that “not one of us lives for himself and not one of us dies for himself; for if we live, we live for the Lord, or if we die, we die for the Lord; therefore whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ died and lived again that he might be Lord both of the dead and of the living” (Romans 14:7–9).

When I am anxious that I may make shipwreck of faith and fall away from God, I battle unbelief with the promises, “He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ” (Philippians 1:6); and, “He is able to save forever those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25).

Let us make war, not with other people, but with our own unbelief. It is the root of anxiety, which, in turn, is the root of so many other sins. So let us turn on our windshield wipers and use the washer fluid, and keep our eyes fixed on the precious and very great promises of God.

Take up the Bible, ask the Holy Spirit for help, lay the promises up in your heart, and fight the good fight—to live by faith in future grace.
When I am anxious about getting old, I battle unbelief with the promise…

Un dia a la Vez — Días de preparación

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Días de preparación

Toda la Escritura es inspirada por Dios, y útil para enseñar [...] a fin de que el hombre de Dios sea perfecto, enteramente preparado para toda buena obra.
2 Timoteo 3:16-17, RV-60

Si estás buscando un cambio en tu vida, y en especial le has pedido a Dios que te dé una oportunidad para cambiar, servir y cumplir con un llamado, piensa que Dios escucha con mucha seriedad tus peticiones. Por eso, va a empezar a dirigir tu vida de tal forma que te irá llevando a dejar cosas, a tomar decisiones muy duras para ti, pero que serán necesarias para los planes que tienes. Conozco personas que han hecho pactos con Dios y han dejado sus trabajos seculares que no honraban su nombre y han buscado algo que vaya de acuerdo a su estilo de vida.

¿Sabes lo que pasa a veces? Parecemos muy espirituales y nos dejamos llevar por las emociones. Le decimos al Señor: «Quiero ser misionero, quiero ser pastor y vivir para ti».

«Perfecto», dice Dios. «¿Estás dispuesto a dejarlo todo por mí? ¿Dejarías ese trabajo que te da buen dinero, pero te roba tiempo con tu familia? ¿O estás listo para ser misionero dejando tu familia y viajando a lugares en los que quizá no tengas una cama donde dormir y la comida no sea la más apetitosa?».

El servicio a Dios tiene un precio y sacrificios que enfrentar. Sin embargo, la gran verdad es que si Dios te llama, te capacita y te prepara. Creo que ya te lo dije, pero lo repito ahora: Así como los soldados van a la guerra, pero antes necesitan preparación física y entrenamientos muy fuertes, igual sucede con nosotros. Dios necesita prepararnos para darnos lo que anhelamos.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Si estás buscando un cambio en tu vida, y en especial le has pedido a Dios que te dé una oportunidad para cambiar, servir y cumplir con un llamado, piensa que Dios escucha con mucha seriedad tus peticiones.

Devocional CPTLN — Un canto de amor


Un canto de amor

Quiero cantar ahora por mi amado el canto de mi amado a su viña: Mi amado tenía una viña en una ladera fértil. La cercó y la despejó de piedras, y luego plantó en ella vides escogidas; en medio del campo levantó una torre, y además construyó un lagar. Esperaba que su viña diera buenas uvas, pero dio uvas silvestres. Y ahora, habitantes de Jerusalén, hombres de Judá: juzguen entre mi viña y yo. ¿Qué más podía hacerse a mi viña, que yo no le haya hecho? ¿Cómo es que dio uvas silvestres, cuando yo esperaba que diera buenas uvas? Pues voy a mostrarles lo que haré con mi viña: Le quitaré la cerca, para que sea consumida; abriré una brecha en su muralla, para que sea pisoteada. Haré que se quede desierta. Nadie la podará ni la cultivará. Crecerán en ella cardos y espinos, y ordenaré a las nubes que no derramen lluvia sobre ella. En realidad, la viña del Señor de los ejércitos es la casa de Israel, y los hombres de Judá son la planta en que él se complace. Esperaba él justicia, y sólo hay injusticia; equidad, y sólo hay iniquidad.

"Quiero cantar ahora por mi amado el canto de mi amado a su viña." Un comienzo extraño para un poema sobre el pueblo desobediente de Dios. No suena como una canción de amor, al menos para mí. Suena como una canción de decepción y desamor. Suena como un canto de juicio, una advertencia final para quienes le han devuelto a Dios mal por bien, a pesar de todo Su cuidado.

Y, sin embargo, mira cómo la canción describe la obra de Dios. Cuando está plantando la viña, está muy activo: excava las piedras; planta las vides; construye la torre de vigilancia y el lagar. Dios muestra su amor a través de la actividad.

Pero entonces la viña no produce más que uvas agrias y silvestres, y Dios lo condena. ¡Pero mira cómo lo hace! No dice: "Voy a romper las vides". No, sólo dice: "Le quitaré la cerca", o sea, su protección. No dice: "La quemaré hasta los cimientos". No, en su lugar dice: "Nadie la podará ni la cultivará... y ordenaré a las nubes que no derramen lluvia sobre ella". Aquí Dios no está haciendo nada activamente para destruir la viña, sino deteniendo las cosas, deteniendo Su protección y cuidado y dejando que la naturaleza siga su curso. ¿Por qué será? No puedo evitar preguntarme si se debe a que todavía la ama y no puede soportar hacerle daño.

Después de todo, es un canto de amor: la canción de un Dios afligido pero amoroso, que todavía quiere que Su pueblo regrese a Él, contra todo pronóstico. Es el canto de un Dios que no ha terminado con su pueblo desobediente, que todavía lo ama y tiene planes de redimirlo.

"Quiero cantar ahora por mi amado." ¿Quién es el Amado? Efesios 1: 6 llama a Jesús por este nombre. ¿Y qué hizo Jesús con su pueblo desobediente? Tomó el juicio de Dios sobre sí mismo, muriendo y resucitando por nosotros. Porque nos amó, "tenemos la redención por medio de su sangre, el perdón de los pecados según las riquezas de su gracia" (Efesios 1:7). A través de Jesús, Dios ha recreado Su viña, ha convertido nuestras uvas agrias en el buen vino de Su reino. Y así, después de todo y gracias a Jesús, la canción de amor tiene un final feliz.

ORACIÓN: Señor, dame un corazón que te ame y produzca buenos frutos para ti. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Alguna vez has sido sorprendido con un mal resultado cuando esperabas uno bueno?

* ¿En qué área o situación específica de tu vida has visto a Dios convertir el mal en bien?
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¿Alguna vez has sido sorprendido con un mal resultado cuando esperabas uno bueno?

Nuestro Pan Diario — Ojos para ver

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Ojos para ver

La escritura de hoy: Salmo 119:97-104
La Biblia en un año: Isaías 7–8; Efesios 2

Abre mis ojos, y miraré las maravillas de tu ley.

Hace poco, descubrí la maravilla del arte anamórfico. Aunque al principio parece una mezcla de partes incoherentes, una escultura anamórfica solo tiene sentido si se la observa desde el ángulo correcto. Una serie de varas verticales se combinan para revelar el rostro de un famoso líder; una masa de cables bosquejan un elefante; cientos de motas negras suspendidas con un alambre se convierten en el ojo de una mujer. La clave de este arte es observar desde distintos ángulos hasta que se revela su significado.

Con miles de versículos de historia, poesías y otros recursos, la Biblia puede ser difícil de entender. Pero ella misma nos dice cómo develar su significado. Hay que tratarla como una escultura anamórfica: verla desde diferentes ángulos y meditar en ella profundamente.

Así funcionan las parábolas de Jesús. Los que meditan en ellas obtienen «ojos [que] ven» su significado (Mateo 13:10-16). Pablo le dijo a Timoteo que reflexionara en sus palabras para que Dios le diera discernimiento (2 Timoteo 2:7). Y el estribillo que se repite en el Salmo 119 alude a que meditar en la Escritura abre nuestros ojos para ver su significado (119:18, 97-99).

Pasa tiempo observando un versículo desde todos los ángulos. El discernimiento bíblico viene de meditar en la Escritura, no solo de leerla.

De:  Sheridan Voysey

Reflexiona y ora
Dios, danos ojos para ver.
¿Qué diferencia piensas que hay entre leer las Escrituras y meditar en ellas? ¿Cómo pasarás tiempo meditando en el versículo bíblico de hoy?

© 2020 Ministerios Nuestro Pan Diario
Hace poco, descubrí la maravilla del arte anamórfico. Aunque al principio parece una mezcla de partes incoherentes, una escultura anamórfica solo tiene sentido si se la observa desde el ángulo correcto.