Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Daily Bible Readings for THURSDAY, October 8, 2020

The Daily Readings
THURSDAY, October 8, 2020
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Exodus 24:1-8; 1 Peter 5:1-5, 12-14
The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Today’s Verse-of-the-Day:
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.
Idolaters are called to appear in defense of their idols. Those who make them, and trust in them, are like unto them. They have the shape and faculties of men, but they have not common sense. But God's people know the power of his grace, the sweetness of his comforts, the kind care of his providence, and the truth of his promise. All servants of God can give such an account of what he has wrought in them, and done for them, as may lead others to know and believe his power, truth, and love.

Today’s Readings:
God’s favor for the people
1 Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

2 Who can utter the mighty acts of the Lord? who can shew forth all his praise?

3 Blessed are they that keep judgment, and he that doeth righteousness at all times.

4 Remember me, O Lord, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;

5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

6 We have sinned with our fathers, we have committed iniquity, we have done wickedly.

19 They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped the molten image.

20 Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that eateth grass.

21 They forgat God their saviour, which had done great things in Egypt;

22 Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible things by the Red sea.

23 Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had not Moses his chosen stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy them.
None of our sins or sufferings should prevent our ascribing glory and praise to the Lord. The more unworthy we are, the more is his kindness to be admired. And those who depend on the Redeemer's righteousness will endeavor to copy his example, and by word and deed to show forth his praise. God's people have reason to be cheerful people and need not envy the children of men their pleasure or pride. Here begins a confession of sin; for we must acknowledge that the Lord has done right, and we have done wickedly. Often have we set up idols in our hearts, cleaved to some forbidden object; so that if a greater than Moses had not stood to turn away the anger of the Lord, we should have been destroyed.

The people pledge obedience
24:1 And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the Lord, thou, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel; and worship ye afar off.

2 And Moses alone shall come near the Lord: but they shall not come nigh; neither shall the people go up with him.

3 And Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, All the words which the Lord hath said will we do.

4 And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

5 And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord.

6 And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basons; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

7 And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient.

8 And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.
A solemn covenant was made between God and Israel. Very solemn it was, typifying the covenant of grace between God and believers, through Christ. As soon as God separated to himself a peculiar people, he governed them by a written word, as he has done ever since. God's covenants and commands are so just in themselves, and so much for our good, that the more we think of them, and the more plainly and fully they are set before us, the more reason we may see to comply with them. The blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled on the altar, on the book, and on the people. Neither their persons, their moral obedience, nor religious services, would meet with acceptance from a holy God, except through the shedding and sprinkling of blood. Also, the blessings granted unto them were all of mercy; and the Lord would deal with them in kindness. Thus the sinner, by faith in the blood of Christ, renders willing and acceptable obedience.

Stand fast the chief shepherd is coming
5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed:

2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;

3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being examples to the flock.

4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.

13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
The apostle Peter does not command but exhorts. He does not claim the power to rule over all pastors and churches. It was the peculiar honor of Peter and a few more, to be witnesses of Christ's sufferings; but it is the privilege of all true Christians to partake of the glory that shall be revealed. These poor, dispersed, suffering Christians, were the flock of God, redeemed to God by the great Shepherd, living in holy love and communion, according to the will of God. They are also dignified with the title of God's heritage or clergy; his peculiar lot, chosen for his own people, to enjoy his special favor, and to do him special service. Christ is the chief Shepherd of the whole flock and heritage of God. And all faithful ministers will receive a crown of unfading glory, infinitely better and more honorable than all the authority, wealth, and pleasure of the world.

In conclusion, the apostle prays to God for them, as the God of all grace. Perfect implies their progress towards perfection. Stablish imports the curing of our natural lightness and inconstancy. Strengthen has respect for the growth of graces, especially where weakest and lowest. Settle signifies to fix upon a sure foundation, and may refer to Him who is the Foundation and Strength of believers. These expressions show that perseverance and progress in grace are first to be sought after by every Christian. The power of these doctrines on the hearts, and the fruits in the lives, showed who are partakers of the grace of God. The cherishing and increase of Christian love, and of affection one to another, is no matter of empty compliment, but the stamp and badge of Jesus Christ on his followers. Others may have a false peace for a time, and wicked men may wish for it to themselves and to one another, but theirs is a vain hope and will come to naught. All solid peace is founded on Christ and flows from 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.
The Daily Readings for THURSDAY, October 8, 2020
Psalm 106:1-6, 19-23; Exodus 24:1-8; 1 Peter 5:1-5, 12-14 (KJV)

Prayer of the Day for THURSDAY, October 8, 2020

Prayer of the Day
THURSDAY, October 8, 2020

Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.

Lord our God, we thank you for giving us a strong fortress in Jesus, the only Lord, with whom we can oppose the whole raging, hateful, lawless, and cruel world. Come what may, we want to hold high the banner of Jesus Christ. In him we want to wait for the time when your mighty deeds will fully establish your kingdom for all nations on earth. You are our God and our Father. Protect us, and give light to our hearts so that we can always be joyful and can hope in you forevermore. Amen.

Verse of the Day for THURSDAY, October 8, 2020

Isaiah 43:11-12
I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour. I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.
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The Holy Bible, King James Version (KJV)

Ichthus Ministries Daily Devotions — Worthy



And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast."' But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests ... For many are called, but few are chosen."

Matthew 22:1-10, 14

This is a weird little story Jesus tells! It starts out normally—a king is throwing a party—but the guests refuse to come.

Please notice that the king is not sending out his servants to invite people to the party for the first time. He did that long ago, and Jesus calls them, "those who were invited." So the bad dinner guests are people who already RSVPed, and are now backing out of their commitment at the last minute. Miss Manners would have a fit!

When the king tries again, they behave even worse. Then the king retaliates. But he is left with the problem of a wedding feast and no guests.

So he sends out his servants to invite anybody they find—people passing by on the way to home or work or school, people in their grubbiest clothes, none of them expecting to be guests of a king. None of them are fit for a royal party, so it's pretty clear that the king is supplying them with clothes as well. His party will be full of people, no matter what he has to do!

The king refers to the first group as "not worthy," which is a pretty huge understatement. But the second group—are they worthy, then? Apparently so. But not because of their character—Jesus calls them "both bad and good." It's not because of their position or connections or anything about them, really. They were just passing by. To be "worthy," all you have to do is show up. Accept the king's invitation. Take the wedding clothes provided for you. Sit down and eat.

This is how it is for us, too, isn't it? Through Jesus' death and resurrection, God has thrown heaven open to everybody, absolutely everybody, who is willing to come. He Himself will provide the food and the proper clothes. Anybody—absolutely anybody—who is willing to trust Jesus' invitation is guaranteed a seat at God's party. We are worthy—not because of who we are, but because of what Jesus has done for us.

Lord, thank You for inviting me. Bring me to Your wedding feast. Amen.

Dr. Kari Vo

Reflection Questions:

1. Did you ever have someone back out of your invitation at the last minute?

2. How do you think the ruler or leader of your country chooses dinner guests-on what basis?

3. How does God choose guests for His heavenly party?

Use these devotions in your newsletter and bulletin! Used by permission; all rights reserved by the Int'l LLL (LHM).
This is a weird little story Jesus tells! It starts out normally—a king is throwing a party—but the guests refuse to come.

Standing Strong Through the Storm — BEAUTY FOR ASHES

…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.

This scripture has a special meaning to Christian women in Central Asia. Some of their “ashes” are: domestic violence, battering of women and sexual abuse, kidnapping of young girls (for marriage purposes) which is culturally accepted, and (in some countries) honor killings. Trafficking and prostitution are a well-known phenomenon: many Uzbek girls find themselves in Thailand, Tajik girls in Dubai, and Azeri girls in Turkey, without passports, without rights, forced into the sex industry. Central Asian women are often treated as objects of men’s desire or as the possession of men.

Poverty is everywhere in Central Asia. It adds to the heaviness of life together with serious health issues, a lack of available health care, and drug and alcohol addiction. Some of the Christian women have unbelieving husbands and rejected by relatives, become social outcasts in their villages. Others have a husband who is on the run from the authorities, is in prison for his faith, or is constantly monitored by the security police. How does she deal with all the pressure and what does she feel when there is a knock on the door? Add to this all the issues related to honor and shame, and the influence of folk Islam with its occult practices and curses. There are plenty of reasons to feel overwhelmed, overburdened, and depressed.

Open Doors sponsors regional conferences for these Christian women in Central Asia. The impact of the women’s conferences is like a ripple effect growing into ever-widening circles. For many women who come, just to worship openly and to be able to sing loudly in a big group is already a great encouragement as many come from areas where this is not possible. During the conferences, there is a lot of dancing, worship, and celebration.

Several years ago some Central Asian Christian women gained the vision for starting work among women in situations of domestic abuse, trafficking, and prostitution. All that was learned at the conferences was shared at home with the women in their area. Plans and teaching resources were drawn up, local churches were challenged and equipped and a start was made with various projects that are of great value to the local community.

A pastor’s wife, who spent three years in prison where she became a Christian, shared that she wanted to start ministering to women in prisons but she didn’t know how to start. “Now I have an idea how to minister to women,” she said after having attended the conference.

As God heals the pain and releases the women from their sorrows, He sets them free into a new love for Jesus and for ministry to others, both in the church and in society. They grow as mighty trees, providing shade and covering for others; all of this for the glory of God.

RESPONSE: Today I will live in the freedom Christ brings and become a mighty shade tree of ministry.

PRAYER: Pray for these women’s conferences in Central Asia that God will bestow beauty for ashes.

Standing Strong Through The Storm (SSTS), a daily devotional message by SSTS author Paul Estabrooks. © 2011 Open Doors International. Used by permission.
This scripture has a special meaning to Christian women in Central Asia.

Men's Devotional Bible — Job’s Performance Review
Job’s Performance Review

Job 22:1–30

Recommended Reading: Numbers 16:3; Proverbs 6:16–19; 2 Corinthians 8:20–21

Former hockey goalie Jacques Plante once quipped, “How would you like a job where, if you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and eighteen thousand people boo?”

Job didn’t face eighteen thousand booing people. Just a few so-called friends who made false accusations about his performance as a righteous man. Eliphaz started his attack on Job by criticizing his supposed lack of holiness. He accused Job of withholding water from the thirsty, keeping food from the hungry, and turning away widows. Eliphaz claimed that Job’s problems stemmed from his wicked heart.

However, Eliphaz’s criticism was unfounded. God wouldn’t have made Job the poster child of righteousness if he’d really committed such horrible acts.

We all deal with criticism. But how we respond to it often determines how we feel about ourselves. Most of us respond in one of three ways: (1) We deny the accusation; (2) we become defensive and feel victimized; or (3) we look for what might be true about the criticism and weed out what’s not true.

Quite often critics just want to help solve problems—they’re not out to get the person they’re evaluating. If someone’s criticism carries a seed of truth, we need to acknowledge our mistakes and make corrections in that area of life. By doing this, we honor the critic’s judgment. And we show a willingness to take responsibility without feeling victimized.

However, some critics use words to degrade and control others. We don’t have to let them make our lives miserable. Job allowed Eliphaz to vent, but Job didn’t let the criticism define him. He was secure in the integrity of his actions, and that allowed him to deflect unfounded criticism.

Poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and root-puller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.” False criticism never needs to define your self-worth. If someone throws an unjust accusation your way, don’t let it get under your skin. Look past it and move on. But if a critic’s words ring true, use them to make yourself a better person.

To Take Away
  • How do you handle criticism?
  • How does pride affect the way you respond to criticism?
  • Would you describe your words of criticism toward others as cutting and destructive or as guiding, instructive, and inspiring?
Former hockey goalie Jacques Plante once quipped, “How would you like a job where, if you make a mistake, a big red light goes on and eighteen thousand people boo?”

John Piper Devotional — Our Good Is God’s Delight
Our Good Is God’s Delight

“I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of me in their hearts, that they may not turn from me. I will rejoice in doing them good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all my heart and all my soul.”

God’s pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in him are one and the same pursuit. God’s quest to be glorified and our quest to be satisfied reach their goal in this one experience: our delight in God, which overflows in praise.

For God, praise is the sweet echo of his own excellence in the hearts of his people.

For us, praise is the summit of satisfaction that comes from living in fellowship with God.

The stunning implication of this discovery is that all the omnipotent energy that drives the heart of God to pursue his own glory also drives him to satisfy the hearts of those who seek their joy in him.

The good news of the Bible is that God is not at all disinclined to satisfy the hearts of those who hope in him. Just the opposite: The very thing that can make us happiest is what God delights in with all his heart and with all his soul.

With all his heart and with all his soul, God joins us in the pursuit of our everlasting joy because the consummation of that joy in him redounds to the glory of his own infinite worth.
God’s pursuit of praise from us and our pursuit of pleasure in him are one and the same pursuit.

Un dia a la Vez — Oración por perdón
Oración por perdón

Ten compasión de mí, oh Dios, conforme a tu gran amor [...] Lávame de toda mi maldad y límpiame de mi pecado.

Padre, gracias por tu presencia en mi vida. Vengo ante ti porque quiero reconocer que he sido una persona negativa y me he dejado llevar por esa manera dañina de ser. No solo les he hecho daño a los demás, sino a mí mismo. He afligido a los seres más queridos con palabras que han salido de mi boca, con las que he maldecido sus vidas, los he humillado y, sobre todo, te he faltado a ti.

Señor, te pido me ayudes y me des la fuerza para pedirle perdón a cada uno de los que les he faltado el debido respeto y les he atado con mis palabras.

Dios mío, permite que puedan perdonarme y tú cancela con tu poder cualquier maldición o atadura declarada sobre sus vidas.

Gracias por abrir mi entendimiento y mostrarme mis errores.

Me comprometo, Jesús, a cuidar mis palabras y a callar aun cuando no me guste algo.

Bendice mi vida, bendice a mi familia, a mis hijos y a mi cónyuge. Dame el favor y la gracia para restaurar las relaciones con mis seres queridos.

Te lo pido con todo mi corazón, amén y amén.

Un Día a la Vez Copyright © by Claudia Pinzón
Oración por perdón: Padre, gracias por tu presencia en mi vida. Vengo ante ti porque quiero reconocer que he sido una persona negativa y me he dejado llevar por esa manera dañina de ser.…

Devocional CPTLN — Digno


Jesús volvió a hablarles en parábolas, y les dijo: «El reino de los cielos es semejante a un rey que hizo una fiesta de bodas para su hijo. Y envió el rey a sus siervos para convocar a los invitados a la fiesta de bodas, pero éstos no quisieron asistir. Volvió el rey a enviar otros siervos, y les dijo: "Díganles a los invitados que ya he preparado el banquete; que he matado mis toros y animales engordados, y que todo está dispuesto. Que vengan a la fiesta." Pero los invitados no hicieron caso. Uno de ellos se fue a su labranza, otro a sus negocios, y otros más agarraron a los siervos, los maltrataron y los mataron. Cuando el rey supo esto, se enojó; así que envió a sus ejércitos, destruyó a aquellos homicidas, y quemó su ciudad. Entonces dijo a sus siervos: "La fiesta de bodas ya está preparada, pero los que fueron invitados no eran dignos de asistir. Por tanto, vayan a las encrucijadas de los caminos, e inviten a la fiesta de bodas a todos los que encuentren." Los siervos salieron por los caminos y juntaron a todos los que encontraron, lo mismo malos que buenos, y la fiesta de bodas se llenó de invitados... Porque son muchos los llamados, pero pocos los escogidos.

¡Esta es una historia extraña que cuenta Jesús! Empieza normalmente: un rey está organizando una fiesta, pero los invitados se niegan a venir.

Tengamos en cuenta que el rey no está enviando a sus sirvientes para invitar a personas a la fiesta por primera vez, eso ya lo había hecho hacía mucho tiempo, sino que los envía a "convocar a los invitados". Los invitados ya habían respondido pero ahora, a último momento, están renunciando a su compromiso. Cuando el rey vuelve a intentarlo se comportan aún peor, por lo que el rey toma represalias.

Pero aun así, se queda con el problema de una fiesta de bodas sin invitados. Así que envía a sus sirvientes a invitar a cualquiera que encuentren: personas que pasan de camino a casa, al trabajo o a la escuela, personas con sus ropas sucias que jamás esperarían ser invitados por un rey. Ninguno de ellos es apto para una fiesta real, por lo que está bastante claro que el rey también les está proporcionando ropa adecuada. Su fiesta estará llena de personas, ¡no importa lo que tenga que hacer para que así sea!

El rey se refiere al primer grupo como "no dignos", lo cual es una subestimación bastante grande. Pero y los del segundo grupo, ¿son dignos? Aparentemente sí. Aunque no por su carácter, ya que Jesús los llama "buenos y malos", ni por su posición o conexiones; en realidad, por nada sobre ellos. Para ser "digno" solo era necesario estar presente, aceptar la invitación del rey, llevar la ropa de boda que el rey ha proporcionado, sentarse y comer.

Así es también para nosotros. A través de la muerte y resurrección de Jesús, Dios ha abierto el cielo para todos, absolutamente para todos los que estén dispuestos a venir. Él mismo proporcionará la comida y la ropa adecuada. Cualquiera, absolutamente cualquiera, que esté dispuesto a confiar en la invitación de Jesús, tiene garantizado un asiento en la fiesta de Dios. Somos dignos no por quienes somos, sino por lo que Jesús ha hecho.

ORACIÓN: Señor, gracias por invitarme. Llévame a tu fiesta de bodas. Amén.

Dra. Kari Vo

Para reflexionar:
* ¿Cómo elige el líder de tu país a los invitados a una cena?

* ¿Cómo elige Dios a los invitados a su fiesta celestial?
© Copyright 2020 Cristo Para Todas Las Naciones. Que a través de estos devocionales, la Palabra de Dios te refresque en tu diario caminar.
¡Esta es una historia extraña que cuenta Jesús! Empieza normalmente: un rey está organizando una fiesta, pero los invitados se niegan a venir.

Хлеб наш насущный — Баранье упрямство

Баранье упрямство

Читать сейчас: Филиппийцам 4:1-7 | Библия за год: Исаии 30-31; 2 Коринфянам 10

Кротость ваша да будет известна всем людям.

Вы наверняка слышали известную басню про двух упрямых баранов, которые встретились на узком мостике через горную речку и ни за что не хотели уступать друг другу. Так и стояли, пока от изнеможения не свалились в реку и не утонули.

Басня представляет точную картину человеческой природы. В нас живет подсознательная потребность всегда быть правыми. И мы склонны упорно цепляться за этот инстинкт, иногда себе же во вред.

К счастью, Бог с любовью смягчает упрямые человеческие сердца. Апостол Павел знал это, поэтому, когда между двумя христианками из филиппийской церкви возникла ссора, обратился к ним. Перед этим он убеждал читателей иметь «те же чувствования, какие и во Христе Иисусе» (Флп. 2:5-8). А теперь он просит их помогать этим женщинам, его ценным сотрудницам в распространении Евангелия (Флп. 4:3). Судя по всему, миротворчество и мудрый компромисс требуют совместных усилий.

Конечно, иногда нужно твердо стоять за истину. Но христианский подход сильно отличается от бараньего упрямства. Многое в жизни не стоит того, чтобы за это воевать. Иначе мы будем пререкаться из-за любой мелочи, пока не разрушим сами себя (Гал. 5:15). Но ведь можно и поступиться гордостью, прислушаться к мудрому совету и искать единства с братьями и сестрами.
По каким вопросам у вас сейчас есть разногласия с другими? Как мудрые друзья могли бы помочь вам разрешить конфликт?
Смягчи мое ожесточенное, упрямое сердце, любящий Господь, чтобы я мог жить в единстве с другими. И помоги мне быть открытым для мудрого совета.

© 2020 Хлеб Наш Насущный
Вы наверняка слышали известную басню про двух упрямых баранов, которые встретились на узком мостике через горную речку и ни за что не хотели уступать друг другу. Так и стояли, пока от изнеможения не свалились в реку и не утонули.