Friday, October 2, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for FRIDAY, October 2, 2020

The Daily Readings
FRIDAY, October 2, 2020
Psalm 19; Exodus 23:14-19; Philippians 2:14-18; 3:1-4a
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
Many are ashamed to own Christ now; and he will not own them in the day of judgment. But he that trusts in the Lord will be saved from this snare.

Today’s Readings:
The law rejoices the heart
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

8 The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
The wonder and glory of creation, and the perfection and power of God’s Word. The God of nature is made known to humanity through His written Word. These thoughts about God’s Word are greatly expanded in Psalm 119. The closing prayer (Psalm 19:13–14) is one of the best prayers in the whole Bible. God’s Word is perfect, sure, true; it gives joy and is sweeter than honey (Halley's Bible Handbook Notes).

Festivals recall the covenant
23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God.

18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning.

19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother's milk.
Solemn religious attendance on God, in the place which he should choose, is strictly required. They must come together before the Lord. What a good Master do we serve, who has made it our duty to rejoice before him! Let us devote with pleasure to the service of God that portion of our time which he requires, and count his sabbaths and ordinances to be a feast unto our souls. They were not to come empty-handed; so now, we must not come to worship God empty-hearted; our souls must be filled with holy desires toward him, and dedications of ourselves to him; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

Boast only in Jesus Christ
2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

18 For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

3:1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

4a Though I might also have confidence in the flesh.
We must be diligent in the use of all the means which lead to our salvation, persevering therein to the end. With great care, lest, with all our advantages, we should come short. Work out your salvation, for it is God who worketh in you. This encourages us to do our utmost because our labor shall not be in vain: we must still depend on the grace of God. The working of God's grace in us is to quicken and engage our endeavors. God's good-will to us, is the cause of his good work in us. Do your duty without murmurings. Do it, and do not find fault with it. Mind your work, and do not quarrel with it. By peaceableness; give no just occasion of offense. The children of God should differ from the sons of men. The more perverse others are, the more careful we should be to keep ourselves blameless and harmless. The doctrine and example of consistent believers will enlighten others, and direct their way to Christ and holiness, even as the lighthouse warns mariners to avoid rocks, and directs their course into the harbor. Let us try thus to shine. The gospel is the word of life, it makes known to us eternal life through Jesus Christ. Running, denotes earnestness and vigor, continual pressing forward; laboring denotes constancy, and close application. It is the will of God that believers should be much in rejoicing; and those who are so happy as to have good ministers, have great reason to rejoice with them. Sincere Christians rejoice in Christ Jesus. The prophet calls the false prophets dumb dogs, Isaiah 56:10; to which the apostle seems to refer. Dogs, for their malice against faithful professors of the gospel of Christ, barking at them and biting them. They urged human works in opposition to the faith of Christ, but Paul calls them evil-workers. He calls them the concision; as they rent the church of Christ, and cut it to pieces. The work of religion is to no purpose unless the heart is in it, and we must worship God in the strength and grace of the Divine Spirit. They rejoice in Christ Jesus, not in mere outward enjoyments and performances. Nor can we too earnestly guard against those who oppose or abuse the doctrine of free salvation.

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, October 2, 2020
Psalm 19; Exodus 23:14-19; Philippians 2:14-18; 3:1-4a (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for FRIDAY, October 2, 2020

Prayer of the Day
FRIDAY, October 2, 2020

In you, Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness. Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me.
Psalm 31:1–2 (NIV)

Lord our God, give us your Spirit, we beseech you, that we may find your paths on earth and live in the hope and certainty that everything is in your hands, even when we see much that is unjust and evil. May we remain under your protection, living by your commandments and in your Spirit. For your Spirit witnesses to the truth and longs to change and lift up our lives. Your Spirit longs to reach all people who have felt your touch, longs that they may come to you and have life. Amen.

Verse of the Day for FRIDAY, October 2, 2020

Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
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The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Keeping Jesus Front and Center

Keeping Jesus Front and Center

So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

When some people do a thing well, they often expect praise or recognition for their deed. Truth be told, some people are often entirely preoccupied in their desire for praise for the good things they have done.

Sadly, this all-too-human tendency sometimes manages to creep into the church. You may have met individuals—either clergy and laity—whose itch for public praise draws people's attention away from God, and directs it to themselves.

Now, it occurs to me that if ever there was someone who deserved a palm-branch parade for the work he did, it was the apostle Paul. He was a tireless worker for the Gospel's cause, but rather than receive the praise rightfully due his efforts, he was vilified, bound in chains, thrown in prison, and even placed at death's door—several times.

Yet, in spite of all of this, Paul maintained that Christ should be the center of everything. He does not minimize or discount the work done by himself or others on their missionary journeys, especially at Corinth, but he does point out that they are all merely servants—table workers—whom God has used to carry His message of salvation to the world.

Likewise, those of us who are workers in Christ's church—clergy and laity—don't serve God for our own glory. We don't seek our own glory because to do this we draw attention to ourselves and take honor away from the One to whom it is rightfully due: our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

This kind of attitude was what Paul confronted in the church at Corinth. There were believers there who were not living with a Christ-first-and-before-all-things mindset. Instead, some were acting like children—competing with each other, seeking their own way, acting immaturely. Paul writes, "For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?" (1 Corinthians 3:3)

As part of his ministerial duties, Paul took time to address and warn Corinthian Christians about placing emphasis on the human worker and not on their divine Creator, Savior, and Sanctifier. It is God all the way. He provides the nourishment and growth. There is no room for our egos and foolish pride.

These are words we do well to heed. After all, we are the recipients of God's great grace as shown to us in Jesus' life, His suffering, and the cruel cross of Calvary. It is through His sacrifice we are saved, and it is to the Lord that all glory is due.

Heavenly Father, keep us steadfast in Your Word—mindful to live as those before Your throne, as humble servants before an awesome God. In Jesus' Name we pray. Amen.

Elias Thejoane, prison ministry volunteer in Africa

Reflection Questions:
1. What's your response, typically, to people who seek the attention or applause of others?

2. How do you react to people who should be more mature than they are based on their age and experience?

3. Is there a way to do our work and avoid being "too full of ourselves" when we work hard and accomplish things?
Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
Some people are often entirely preoccupied in their desire for praise for the good things they have done.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — CHRISTIAN PRISONER ENCOURAGEMENT

Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people.

Twenty-nine-year-old Maryam Rostampour and thirty-two-year old Marzieh Amirizadeh spent 259 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in 2009 in Iran. They had to overcome the fear of life imprisonment and the possibility of execution because they loved and followed Jesus Christ. They had to remain strong through weeks in solitary confinement, and endless hours of interrogation by Iranian officials and religious leaders. They had to endure months of harsh living conditions and debilitating sickness. In their first interview (with Sam Yeghnazar of Elam Ministries), they shared what life was like in prison and how they survived.

Marzieh said, “I would like to thank them [prayer partners] for their prayers and support, and the letters they sent us. During this time it wasn’t just Maryam and Marzieh who were imprisoned, but all these prayer warriors. This was a great encouragement for us. We felt their presence alongside us. So please keep praying for those who are in prison for their faith, believers in Afghanistan and Pakistan…Don’t think that your prayers are unimportant.”

She added, “We heard that people sent us letters in prison, but we didn’t get any of them. Just hearing that people sent us letters, was a great encouragement to us. And what’s interesting is that the guards who opened our letters, read the Bible verses and the prayers, and were impacted. We know this because they told us and mentioned some of the verses from the gospel. I can’t thank them [those who sent letters] with all that is in my heart; I can say ‘thank you,’ but this is not enough.”

Maryam concluded, “I thank them. It’s true we didn’t see the letters they sent, but we knew there was a large group supporting us. This was a huge encouragement to us and helped us to stand firm. We heard from our guards that forty to fifty letters were coming every day. They saw how Christians stood together to support their own. This was something that gave us hope.”

Check our website for names and addresses of Christians in prison for their faith whom you can write to and pray for.

RESPONSE: Today I will pray for and send letters to Christians in prison for their faith to encourage them in their persecution.

PRAYER: Pray for hope and encouragement for Christian prisoners—especially those in solitary confinement—in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
Twenty-nine-year-old Maryam Rostampour and thirty-two-year old Marzieh Amirizadeh spent 259 days in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison in 2009 in Iran. They had to overcome the fear of life imprisonment and the possibility of execution because they loved and followed Jesus Christ.

Men of the Bible — Jesus

His name means: "Yahweh Is Salvation"

His work: Although a member of the Holy Trinity who participated in the creation of the universe, his assignment was to come humbly to earth as a man to serve as Redeemer and Lord.
His character: Fully God, fully man; sinless perfection.
His sorrow: Taking upon himself the sins of every human being to satisfy the wrath of a holy God—the sins of those who lived before his birth, those who lived during his lifetime, and those who were to follow.
His triumph: The completion of his mission as the Savior of the world.
Key Scriptures: The Gospel of John

A Look at the Man

The first day of school, the first day on a new job—these are landmark moments, times to celebrate, to give your best, to set a pattern for the days to follow.

Jesus could have begun his public ministry with a healing service or a deliverance session. He could have gathered twice as many people as John the Baptist had and begun by excoriating the religious leaders for their sins. Instead, he performed a miracle, turning water into wine so that a bride and groom could avoid embarrassment, so that a party could continue.

Didn't Jesus have more important things to attend to? What was he thinking? What about all the hungry people who needed feeding, the blind who needed to see? What about restoring worship in the temple, freeing the demon-possessed, silencing gale-force winds, and walking on water?

Jesus knew the time would come for him to confront the ugliness in people's hearts. He knew about the suffering that lay ahead and the resistance he would face. But right now it was time for a party. True, the bridegroom hadn't been quite ready for the wedding, running out of wine before the celebration was half finished. Jesus wasn't quite ready either.

But three years later, as he hung on a Roman cross dying for our sins, it was a completely different story, because now the Bridegroom was ready. That day Jesus declared his work "finished," for the purpose of his life and ministry was to prepare his people to become his spotless bride.

At Cana he had changed water to expensive wine. On the night before he died, he lifted a cup of wine, saying to his friends: "This is my blood, shed for you." On the cross he turned the costly wine into his own precious blood.

After Jesus' resurrection, the Spirit of God moved on the disciples so powerfully that three thousand people became believers in one day. Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit at work in his followers, was drawing people to himself, changing the course of history, giving us the best news we could ever hear, throwing the greatest party anyone had ever attended.

Reflect On: Matthew 26:36–46
Praise God: For his love.
Offer Thanks: For his Son—the child born of a virgin, the boy who grew in character, the one who lived a sinless life and died to redeem us—the groom who not only loved his bride but gave his life for her.
Confess: The temptation to forget who Jesus really is and to treat his life as only an example of right living rather than to fully embrace his purpose for coming to earth.
Ask God: To fill you with his Spirit, to live as a person who has been redeemed by the blood of Jesus, to teach you to pray and to celebrate.

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The first day of school, the first day on a new job—these are landmark moments, times to celebrate, to give your best, to set a pattern for the days to follow.

John Piper Devotional — God Isn’t Gloomy
God Isn’t Gloomy

“The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations.”

“Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases” (Psalm 115:3). The implication of this text is that God has the right and power to do whatever makes him happy. That is what it means to say that God is sovereign.

Think about it for a moment: If God is sovereign and can do anything he pleases, then none of his purposes can be frustrated. “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; he frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations” (Psalm 33:10–11).

And if none of his purposes can be frustrated, then he must be the happiest of all beings.

This infinite, divine happiness is the fountain from which the Christian (Hedonist) drinks and longs to drink more deeply.

Can you imagine what it would be like if the God who ruled the world were not happy? What if God were given to grumbling and pouting and depression, like some Jack-and-the-beanstalk giant in the sky? What if God were frustrated and despondent and gloomy and dismal and discontented and dejected?

Could we join David and say, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water” (Psalm 63:1)? I don’t think so.

We would all relate to God like little children who have a frustrated, gloomy, dismal, discontented father. They can’t enjoy him. They can only try not to bother him, or maybe try to work for him to earn some little favor. For the aim of the Christian Hedonist is to be happy in God, to delight in God, to cherish and enjoy his fellowship and favor.
If God is sovereign and can do anything he pleases, then none of his purposes can be frustrated.

Un dia a la Vez — Dominio propio
Dominio propio

Porque no nos ha dado Dios espíritu de cobardía, sino de poder, de amor y de dominio propio.
2 Timoteo 1:7, RV-60

Creo que lo más difícil para cualquier ser humano es el dominio propio. Es decir, controlar los deseos, las cosas nocivas y las que más nos gustan. Por diferentes razones, y debido a que somos débiles, no tenemos una razón por la cual renunciar a algo que no es bueno para nosotros.

También es posible que el problema esté en que no tengamos motivación para hacer cambios. Sin embargo, cuando tenemos temor de Dios, esa lucha se hace aun más difícil porque queremos cumplirle. Entonces, si le fallamos, nos sentimos muy mal con Él.

Déjame aclararte que el domino propio no necesariamente es útil para abandonar una falta grave. Puede ayudarnos en otras cosas como trabajar en exceso, comer sin control, fumar, beber y descuidar a la familia. Asimismo, es conveniente para la gente que va al gimnasio, pero no por salud ni por deporte, sino porque idolatra su cuerpo. En fin, el dominio propio les resulta provechoso también a los compradores compulsivos y los malos administradores del dinero.

Todos estos ejemplos que menciono quizá te identifiquen y no es que seas una mala persona, ni que te desprecie Dios. Todo lo contrario. Dios es tu Padre y te ama. A Él le interesa que seas feliz y una persona equilibrada en todo lo que haces.

Así que ahora quiero hacerte la pregunta del millón: «¿Cómo lo logras?». Depende de ti, pues si quieres ver un cambio, la oración es más que suficiente para respaldar tu decisión.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Creo que lo más difícil para cualquier ser humano es el dominio propio.

Devocional CPTLN — Manteniendo a Jesús en el centro

Manteniendo a Jesús en el centro

Así que ni el que siembra ni el que riega son algo, sino Dios, que da el crecimiento.

Algunas personas viven esperando recibir elogios por las cosas buenas que hacen. Lamentablemente, a veces esto logra infiltrarse también en la iglesia. Quizás hayas conocido a personas, ya sean clérigos o laicos, cuyo ansia de alabanza pública desvía la atención de Dios y la dirige hacia ellos mismos.

Se me ocurre que si alguna vez hubo alguien que mereciera un desfile de halagos por su trabajo, fue el apóstol Pablo. Pablo fue un obrero incansable del Evangelio; pero en lugar de recibir elogios por sus esfuerzos fue vilipendiado, encadenado, encarcelado e incluso puesto a las puertas de la muerte.

A pesar de todo esto, Pablo mantuvo que Cristo debía ser el centro de todo. No minimizó ni descartó el trabajo realizado por él mismo o por otros en sus viajes misioneros, especialmente en Corinto, pero sí señaló que todos son meramente siervos, obreros a quienes Dios usó para llevar Su mensaje de salvación al mundo.

Del mismo modo, aquellos de nosotros que somos obreros en la iglesia de Cristo, clérigos y laicos, no servimos a Dios para nuestra gloria, ni buscamos llamar la atención sobre nosotros mismos, quitándole el honor a Aquél a quien por derecho se lo debemos: nuestro Señor y Salvador Jesucristo.

Este tipo de actitud fue lo que Pablo enfrentó en la iglesia de Corinto. Había creyentes allí que no vivían con la mentalidad de Cristo primero y antes de todas las cosas, sino que actuaban como niños, compitiendo entre sí, buscando su propio camino, actuando de manera inmadura. Pablo escribe: "... porque aún son gente carnal. Pues mientras haya entre ustedes celos, contiendas y divisiones, serán gente carnal y vivirán según criterios humanos" (1 Corintios 3:3).

Como parte de sus deberes ministeriales, Pablo se tomó el tiempo para advertir a los cristianos corintios acerca de poner énfasis en el trabajador humano y no en su divino Creador, Salvador y Santificador. Dios es quien proporciona el alimento y el crecimiento. No hay lugar para nuestros egos y nuestro tonto orgullo.

Hacemos bien en prestar atención a estas palabras. Después de todo, somos los destinatarios de la gran gracia de Dios como se nos mostró en la vida de Jesús, su sufrimiento y cruel muerte en la cruz del Calvario. Es por su sacrificio que somos salvos, y es al Señor a quien se le debe toda la gloria.

ORACIÓN: Padre celestial, mantennos firmes en tu Palabra, conscientes de vivir como humildes siervos ante un Dios maravilloso. En el nombre de Jesús oramos. Amén.

Elias Thejoane, LHM África

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Cómo reaccionas ante las personas que deberían ser más maduras de lo que son según su edad y experiencia?

* ¿Es posible hacer nuestro trabajo y evitar estar "demasiado llenos de nosotros mismos" cuando trabajamos duro y tenemos éxito?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
Algunas personas viven esperando recibir elogios por las cosas buenas que hacen.

Lời Sống Hằng Ngày — Chúa Không Bỏ Chúng Ta

Chúa Không Bỏ Chúng Ta

Đọc: Giăng 10:22–30 | Đọc Kinh Thánh suốt năm: Ê-sai 14–16; Ê-phê-sô 5:1–16

Ta ban cho chúng sự sống đời đời, chúng chẳng hư mất bao giờ, và chẳng ai cướp được chúng khỏi tay Ta.

Julio gặp phải tình huống sinh tử khi đang đạp xe qua cầu George Washington, cây cầu hai tầng đông đúc nối liền thành phố New York và New Jersey. Một người đàn ông đứng trên gờ đá bên sông Hudson chuẩn bị nhảy xuống. Biết rằng cảnh sát sẽ không đến kịp, Julio nhanh chóng hành động. Anh nhớ lại lúc mình xuống xe và dang tay ra, nói những câu như: “Đừng làm điều đó. Chúng tôi yêu anh”. Sau đó, giống như người chăn chiên với cây gậy, anh nắm lấy người đàn ông quẫn trí và đưa anh ta đến nơi an toàn với sự giúp đỡ của một người qua đường. Theo báo cáo, Julio vẫn không lìa bỏ người đó, ngay cả sau khi anh ta đã an toàn.

Hai thiên niên kỷ trước đây, trong tình huống sinh tử, Chúa Jêsus – Người Chăn Nhân Lành – cho biết Ngài sẽ hy sinh mạng sống để cứu chuộc những ai tin Ngài và Ngài không lìa bỏ họ. Chúa nói về cách Ngài ban phước cho chiên Ngài rằng: chúng sẽ nhận biết Ngài cách cá nhân, được ban cho sự sống đời đời, chẳng hư mất bao giờ và sẽ được an toàn trong sự chăm sóc của Ngài. Sự bảo an này không phụ thuộc vào khả năng của những con chiên yếu ớt, nhưng phụ thuộc vào sự chu cấp của Người Chăn, Đấng sẽ không để một con nào bị cướp “khỏi tay [Ngài]” (Gi. 10:28–29).

Khi chúng ta rối trí và cảm thấy tuyệt vọng, Chúa Jêsus giải cứu chúng ta; giờ đây chúng ta cảm thấy an toàn trong mối liên hệ với Ngài. Ngài yêu thương, theo đuổi, tìm kiếm, cứu chuộc và hứa sẽ không bao giờ lìa bỏ chúng ta.
Điều gì khiến bạn cảm thấy không an toàn trong mối liên hệ với Chúa Jêsus? Bạn cảm thấy thế nào khi biết rằng sự an toàn của bạn trong Ngài phụ thuộc vào sự chu cấp của Ngài chứ không phải sự yếu đuối của bạn?
Lạy Chúa Jêsus, khi con phạm tội và chạy trốn Ngài, Ngài vẫn không bao giờ lìa bỏ con vì ân điển của Ngài.

Chú Giải

Lễ Cung Hiến, còn được biết đến là Hanukkah hoặc Lễ hội ánh sáng, kỷ niệm việc cung hiến lại đền thờ vào năm 164 TCN sau khi vua Antiochus IV Epiphanes cai trị xứ Seleucid làm ô uế đền thờ vào năm 167 TCN. Trong bối cảnh này, Chúa Jêsus đã phán: “Ta với Cha là một” (Giăng 10:30), gợi nhớ lại niềm tin trọng tâm của người Giu-đa, được biết đến là shema “Giê-hô-va Đức Chúa Trời chúng ta là Giê-hô-va có một không hai” (Phục Truyền 6:4). Bằng cách nhắc lại shema, Chúa Jêsus đã khẳng định Ngài là Đức Chúa Trời của dân Y-sơ-ra-ên. Vì việc Chúa Jêsus là một với Cha Ngài không khác gì một lời tuyên bố về thần tính của Ngài.

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