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October 23, 2017

Deuteronomy 10:1-22 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Deuteronomy 10:1-22: Today’s reading parallels the renewal of the covenant as recorded in Exodus 34. Moses is instructed to make the Covenant Box in which to place the tablets containing the Ten Commandments. The concluding verses outline the obedience that God demands.

Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 10:20

[Moses said]: “Have reverence for the LORD your God and worship only him. Be faithful to him and make your promises in his name alone.”

Today's Reading

Moses Receives the Commandments Again (Exodus 34.1-10)

1“Then the Lord said to me, ‘Cut two stone tablets like the first ones and make a wooden Box to put them in. Come up to me on the mountain,2and I will write on those tablets what I wrote on the tablets that you broke, and then you are to put them in the Box.’

3“So I made a Box of acacia wood and cut two stone tablets like the first ones and took them up the mountain.4Then the Lord wrote on those tablets the same words that he had written the first time, the Ten Commandments that he gave you when he spoke from the fire on the day you were gathered at the mountain. The Lord gave me the tablets,5and I turned and went down the mountain. Then, just as the Lord had commanded, I put them in the Box that I had made—and they have been there ever since.”

(6 The Israelites set out from the wells that belonged to the people of Jaakan, and went to Moserah. There Aaron died and was buried, and his son Eleazar succeeded him as priest.7From there they went to Gudgodah and then on to Jotbathah, a well-watered place.8 At that time the Lord appointed the men of the tribe of Levi to be in charge of the Covenant Box, to serve him as priests, and to pronounce blessings in his name. And these are still their duties.9That is why the tribe of Levi received no land as the other tribes did; what they received was the privilege of being the Lord's priests, as the Lord your God promised.)

10 “I stayed on the mountain forty days and nights, as I did the first time. The Lord listened to me once more and agreed not to destroy you.11Then he told me to go and lead you, so that you could take possession of the land that he had promised to give to your ancestors.

What God Demands

12“Now, people of Israel, listen to what the Lord your God demands of you: Worship the Lord and do all that he commands. Love him, serve him with all your heart,13and obey all his laws. I am giving them to you today for your benefit.14To the Lord belong even the highest heavens; the earth is his also, and everything on it.15But the Lord's love for your ancestors was so strong that he chose you instead of any other people, and you are still his chosen people.16So then, from now on be obedient to the Lord and stop being stubborn.17 The Lord your God is supreme over all gods and over all powers. He is great and mighty, and he is to be obeyed. He does not show partiality, and he does not accept bribes.18 He makes sure that orphans and widows are treated fairly; he loves the foreigners who live with our people, and gives them food and clothes.19So then, show love for those foreigners, because you were once foreigners in Egypt.20Have reverence for the Lord your God and worship only him. Be faithful to him and make your promises in his name alone.21Praise him—he is your God, and you have seen with your own eyes the great and astounding things that he has done for you.22 When your ancestors went to Egypt, there were only seventy of them. But now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.

Reflect

Reread verses 12-21. What does God demand? What do these verses teach you about God? In what ways do you demonstrate your reverence for God?

Pray

Sovereign God, teach me to do all that you command and keep me faithful. I promise to love and serve you with all my heart and to obey all your laws. You are my God and I praise you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those seeking spiritual renewal

Tomorrow's Reading

Deuteronomy 11:1-17: Moses reminds the Israelites of God’s greatness.
22nd of October 2017 09:11 AM
October 22, 2017

Deuteronomy 8:1-20 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Deuteronomy 8:1-20: Moses reminds the people to guard against pride when they begin to enjoy the rich blessings that await them in Canaan and not to forget how the LORD saved them in the past.

Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:19a

[Moses said]: “Never forget the LORD your God or turn to other gods to worship and serve them.”

Today's Reading

A Good Land to Be Possessed

1“Obey faithfully all the laws that I have given you today, so that you may live, increase in number, and occupy the land that the Lord promised to your ancestors.2Remember how the Lord your God led you on this long journey through the desert these past forty years, sending hardships to test you, so that he might know what you intended to do and whether you would obey his commands.3 He made you go hungry, and then he gave you manna to eat, food that you and your ancestors had never eaten before. He did this to teach you that you must not depend on bread alone to sustain you, but on everything that the Lord says.4During these forty years your clothes have not worn out, nor have your feet swollen up.5 Remember that the Lord your God corrects and punishes you just as parents discipline their children.6So then, do as the Lord has commanded you: live according to his laws and obey him.7The Lord your God is bringing you into a fertile land—a land that has rivers and springs, and underground streams gushing out into the valleys and hills;8a land that produces wheat and barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and honey.9There you will never go hungry or ever be in need. Its rocks have iron in them, and from its hills you can mine copper.10You will have all you want to eat, and you will give thanks to the Lord your God for the fertile land that he has given you.

Warnings against Forgetting the Lord

11 “Make certain that you do not forget the Lord your God; do not fail to obey any of his laws that I am giving you today.12When you have all you want to eat and have built good houses to live in13and when your cattle and sheep, your silver and gold, and all your other possessions have increased,14be sure that you do not become proud and forget the Lord your God who rescued you from Egypt, where you were slaves.15He led you through that vast and terrifying desert where there were poisonous snakes and scorpions. In that dry and waterless land he made water flow out of solid rock for you.16In the desert he gave you manna to eat, food that your ancestors had never eaten. He sent hardships on you to test you, so that in the end he could bless you with good things.17So then, you must never think that you have made yourselves wealthy by your own power and strength.18Remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you the power to become rich. He does this because he is still faithful today to the covenant that he made with your ancestors.19Never forget the Lord your God or turn to other gods to worship and serve them. If you do, then I warn you today that you will certainly be destroyed.20If you do not obey the Lord, then you will be destroyed just like those nations that he is going to destroy as you advance.

Reflect

How did God care for the people throughout their forty years in the desert? What warning is given if the people fail to obey the LORD? Have you ever experienced consequences as a result of not acting according to the will of God?

Pray

Merciful and loving God, I thank and praise you for your constant love and care. Remind me never to forget that you are the source of all blessings. May all I say and do this day bring glory and honor to you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Nomadic peoples throughout the world

Tomorrow's Reading

Deuteronomy 10:1-22: The covenant is renewed.
21st of October 2017 08:16 PM Link
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1st of October 2017 10:00 AM
21st of October 2017 09:49 AM
October 21, 2017

Deuteronomy 1:1-18 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Deuteronomy 1:1-18: The book of Deuteronomy is presented as Moses’ last words to the generation of Israelites who are ready to enter and occupy the Promised Land. Today’s reading is Moses’ first speech in which he reviews Israel’s wilderness journey from Mount Sinai to where they are now, camping in the plains of Moab.

Today's Scripture: Deuteronomy 1:11

[Moses said]: “May the LORD, the God of your ancestors, make you increase a thousand times more and make you prosperous, as he promised!”

Today's Reading

Introduction

1In this book are the words that Moses spoke to the people of Israel when they were in the wilderness east of the Jordan River. They were in the Jordan Valley near Suph, between the town of Paran on one side and the towns of Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab on the other. (2It takes eleven days to travel from Mount Sinai to Kadesh Barnea by way of the hill country of Edom.)3On the first day of the eleventh month of the fortieth year after they had left Egypt, Moses told the people everything the Lord had commanded him to tell them.4 This was after the Lord had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in the town of Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan, who ruled in the towns of Ashtaroth and Edrei.5It was while the people were east of the Jordan in the territory of Moab that Moses began to explain God's laws and teachings.

He said,6“When we were at Mount Sinai, the Lord our God said to us, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.7Break camp and move on. Go to the hill country of the Amorites and to all the surrounding regions—to the Jordan Valley, to the hill country and the lowlands, to the southern region, and to the Mediterranean coast. Go to the land of Canaan and on beyond the Lebanon Mountains as far as the great Euphrates River.8All of this is the land which I, the Lord, promised to give to your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to their descendants. Go and occupy it.’”

Moses Appoints Judges (Exodus 18.13-27)

9Moses said to the people, “While we were still at Mount Sinai, I told you, ‘The responsibility for leading you is too much for me. I can't do it alone.10The Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars in the sky.11May the Lord, the God of your ancestors, make you increase a thousand times more and make you prosperous, as he promised!12But how can I alone bear the heavy responsibility for settling your disputes?13Choose some wise, understanding, and experienced men from each tribe, and I will put them in charge of you.’14And you agreed that this was a good thing to do.15So I took the wise and experienced leaders you chose from your tribes, and I placed them in charge of you. Some were responsible for a thousand people, some for a hundred, some for fifty, and some for ten. I also appointed other officials throughout the tribes.

16“At that time I instructed them, ‘Listen to the disputes that come up among your people. Judge every dispute fairly, whether it concerns only your own people or involves foreigners who live among you.17Show no partiality in your decisions; judge everyone on the same basis, no matter who they are. Do not be afraid of anyone, for the decisions you make come from God. If any case is too difficult for you, bring it to me, and I will decide it.’18At the same time I gave you instructions for everything else you were to do.

Reflect

In today’s reading, Moses recounts the appointment of judges to help bear the responsibility of leadership (verses 9-18). What instructions had Moses given to those appointed as judges (verses 16-18)? How are disputes resolved within your community of faith?

Pray

God of promise, teach me to follow your commands and guide me this day. Draw me close to you in the safety of your love and care. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who serve as mediators to settle disputes

Tomorrow's Reading

Deuteronomy 8:1-20: Moses reminds the Israelites of the LORD’s care
19th of October 2017 08:17 AM
October 19, 2017

Numbers 27:1-11 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Numbers 27:1-11: The daughters of Zelophehad speak up for their right to inherit their father’s property. Their case calls for a re-examination of the inheritance law concerning property.

Today's Scripture: Numbers 27:7

[The LORD said]: “What the daughters of Zelophehad request is right; give them property among their father’s relatives. Let his inheritance pass on to them.”

Today's Reading

The Daughters of Zelophehad

1Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah were the daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, son of Joseph.2They went and stood before Moses, Eleazar the priest, the leaders, and the whole community at the entrance of the Tent of the Lord's presence and said,3“Our father died in the wilderness without leaving any sons. He was not among the followers of Korah, who rebelled against the Lord; he died because of his own sin.4Just because he had no sons, why should our father's name disappear from Israel? Give us property among our father's relatives.”

5Moses presented their case to the Lord,6and the Lord said to him,7 “What the daughters of Zelophehad request is right; give them property among their father's relatives. Let his inheritance pass on to them.8Tell the people of Israel that whenever a man dies without leaving a son, his daughter is to inherit his property.9If he has no daughter, his brothers are to inherit it.10If he has no brothers, his father's brothers are to inherit it.11If he has no brothers or uncles, then his nearest relative is to inherit it and hold it as his own property. The people of Israel are to observe this as a legal requirement, just as I, the Lord, have commanded you.”

Reflect

In Israel, property was usually passed on from father to son. How did the specific case of Zelophehad’s daughters effect change in the law? What does today’s reading teach you about the LORD’s justice?

Pray

Lord God, you care for all people. You are merciful and just in all your ways. Keep me mindful of those in need and help me to be an instrument of your love and grace. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those engaged in property disputes

Tomorrow's Reading

Numbers 36:1-13: The law concerning property rights is defined regarding tribal territory.
18th of October 2017 08:22 AM
October 18, 2017

Leviticus 25:39-55 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Leviticus 25:39-55: The Israelites are reminded that it is God who freed them from slavery in Egypt and that they are now the “LORD’s slaves,” called to serve God and obey his commands.

Today's Scripture: Leviticus 25:55

Israelites cannot be permanent slaves, because the people of Israel are the LORD’s slaves. He brought them out of Egypt; he is the LORD their God.

Today's Reading

Release of Slaves

39 If any Israelites living near you become so poor that they sell themselves to you as a slave, you shall not make them do the work of a slave.40They shall stay with you as hired workers and serve you until the next Year of Restoration.41At that time they and their children shall leave you and return to their family and to the property of their ancestors.42The people of Israel are the Lord's slaves, and he brought them out of Egypt; they must not be sold into slavery.43Do not treat them harshly, but obey your God.44If you need slaves, you may buy them from the nations around you.45You may also buy the children of the foreigners who are living among you. Such children born in your land may become your property,46and you may leave them as an inheritance to your children, whom they must serve as long as they live. But you must not treat any Israelites harshly.

47Suppose a foreigner living with you becomes rich, while some Israelites become poor and sell themselves as slaves to that foreigner or to a member of that foreigner's family.48After they are sold, they still have the right to be bought back. A brother49or an uncle or a cousin or another close relative may buy them back; or if they themselves earn enough, they may buy their own freedom.50They must consult the one who bought them, and they must count the years from the time they sold themselves until the next Year of Restoration and must set the price for their release on the basis of the wages paid hired workers.51-52They must refund a part of the purchase price according to the number of years left,53as if they had been hired on an annual basis. Their master must not treat them harshly.54If they are not set free in any of these ways, they and their children must be set free in the next Year of Restoration.55Israelites cannot be permanent slaves, because the people of Israel are the Lord's slaves. He brought them out of Egypt; he is the Lord their God.

Reflect

How were the people of God instructed to treat fellow Israelites who sold themselves as slaves? Today’s reading refers to the Israelites as “the LORD’s slaves.” What does being a slave of the LORD mean to you?

Pray

Holy God, I seek to obey your commands. Teach me your ways so that all I do and say this day is in accord with your will. I trust in your steadfast love and care. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Housekeeping personnel working in hotels

Tomorrow's Reading

Numbers 27:1-11: Five daughters call for a re-examination of the law regarding property rights.
17th of October 2017 08:20 AM
October 17, 2017

Leviticus 25:23-38 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Leviticus 25:23-38: The poor were those who were forced to sell their property or land and thus they were no longer able to make a living from it. Today’s reading commands the people of God to look after the needs of the poor.

Today's Scripture: Leviticus 25:23

Your land must not be sold on a permanent basis, because you do not own it; it belongs to God, and you are like foreigners who are allowed to make use of it.

Today's Reading

Restoration of Property

23Your land must not be sold on a permanent basis, because you do not own it; it belongs to God, and you are like foreigners who are allowed to make use of it.

24When land is sold, the right of the original owner to buy it back must be recognized.25If any of you Israelites become poor and are forced to sell your land, your closest relative is to buy it back.26If you have no relative to buy it back, you may later become prosperous and have enough to buy it back yourself.27In that case you must pay to the one who bought it a sum that will make up for the years remaining until the next Year of Restoration, when you would in any event recover your land.28But if you do not have enough money to buy the land back, it remains under the control of the one who bought it until the next Year of Restoration. In that year it will be returned to its original owner.

29If you sell a house in a walled city, you have the right to buy it back during the first full year from the date of sale.30But if you do not buy it back within the year, you lose the right of repurchase, and the house becomes the permanent property of the purchasers and their descendants; it will not be returned in the Year of Restoration.31But houses in unwalled villages are to be treated like fields; the original owner has the right to buy them back, and they are to be returned in the Year of Restoration.32However, Levites have the right to buy back at any time their property in the cities assigned to them.33If a house in one of these cities is sold by a Levite and is not bought back, it must be returned in the Year of Restoration, because the houses which the Levites own in their cities are their permanent property among the people of Israel.34But the pasture land around the Levite cities shall never be sold; it is their property forever.

Loans to the Poor

35 If any Israelites living near you become poor and cannot support themselves, you must provide for them as you would for a hired worker, so that they can continue to live near you.36Do not charge Israelites any interest, but obey God and let them live near you.37 Do not make them pay interest on the money you lend them, and do not make a profit on the food you sell them.38This is the command of the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt in order to give you the land of Canaan and to be your God.

Reflect

How were the laws of ancient Israel set up to help those who were poor? How are the poor cared for in your community? Does your community of faith play a role?

Pray

Holy God, I am your servant. May I honor you today by sharing your love and helping someone in need. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those facing foreclosure of their homes

Tomorrow's Reading

Leviticus 25:39-55: The treatment and release of slaves is described.
16th of October 2017 08:40 AM
October 16, 2017

Leviticus 25:1-22 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Leviticus 25:1-22: Moses is given instructions for a “sabbatical” year that is to be dedicated to the LORD. Instructions are also given for observing the Year of Restoration, the fiftieth year, which occurs at the end of seven 7-year cycles, a time when property is to be restored to the original owners.

Today's Scripture: Leviticus 25:2b

When you enter the land that the LORD is giving you, you shall honor the LORD by not cultivating the land every seventh year.

Today's Reading

The Seventh Year (Deuteronomy 15.1-11)

1 The Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and commanded him2to give the following regulations to the people of Israel. When you enter the land that the Lord is giving you, you shall honor the Lord by not cultivating the land every seventh year.3You shall plant your fields, prune your vineyards, and gather your crops for six years.4But the seventh year is to be a year of complete rest for the land, a year dedicated to the Lord. Do not plant your fields or prune your vineyards.5Do not even harvest the grain that grows by itself without being planted, and do not gather the grapes from your unpruned vines; it is a year of complete rest for the land.6Although the land has not been cultivated during that year, it will provide food for you, your slaves, your hired men, the foreigners living with you,7your domestic animals, and the wild animals in your fields. Everything that it produces may be eaten.

The Year of Restoration

8Count seven times seven years, a total of forty-nine years.9Then, on the tenth day of the seventh month, the Day of Atonement, send someone to blow a trumpet throughout the whole land.10In this way you shall set the fiftieth year apart and proclaim freedom to all the inhabitants of the land. During this year all property that has been sold shall be restored to the original owner or the descendants, and any who have been sold as slaves shall return to their families.11You shall not plant your fields or harvest the grain that grows by itself or gather the grapes in your unpruned vineyards.12The whole year shall be sacred for you; you shall eat only what the fields produce of themselves.

13In this year all property that has been sold shall be restored to its original owner.14So when you sell land to an Israelite or buy land, do not deal unfairly.15The price is to be set according to the number of years the land can produce crops before the next Year of Restoration.16If there are many years, the price shall be higher, but if there are only a few years, the price shall be lower, because what is being sold is the number of crops the land can produce.17Do not cheat an Israelite, but obey the Lord your God.

The Problem of the Seventh Year

18Obey all the Lord's laws and commands, so that you may live in safety in the land.19The land will produce its crops, and you will have all you want to eat and will live in safety.

20But someone may ask what there will be to eat during the seventh year, when no fields are planted and no crops gathered.21The Lord will bless the land in the sixth year so that it will produce enough food for two years.22When you plant your fields in the eighth year, you will still be eating what you harvested during the sixth year, and you will have enough to eat until the crops you plant that year are harvested.

Reflect

The year of rest (seventh year) was intended to help the soil regain some of the nutrients lost in the previous growing season. Is it important that this practice be followed today? What does the LORD promise (verses 18-22)? Envision what life would be like today if all nations observed the Year of Restoration (also known as a Jubilee year). What would be the benefits? Are there obstacles that prevent this from taking place?

Pray

Creator God, teach me to be a good steward of the earth. The whole earth belongs to you, and I praise you for your wondrous creation. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Migrant farm workers

Tomorrow's Reading

Leviticus 25:23-38: Instructions are given for the restoration of land and property and offering loans to the poor.
15th of October 2017 08:34 PM Link
15th of October 2017 11:05 AM
Psalm 91 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 91: This psalm expresses confidence in God’s protection, particularly in times of danger. Those who are faithful are assured of God’s unfailing presence.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 91:14

God says, “I will save those who love me and will protect those who acknowledge me as LORD.”

Today's Reading

God Our Protector

1Whoever goes to the Lord for safety,

whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty,

2can say to him,

“You are my defender and protector.

You are my God; in you I trust.”

3He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers

and from all deadly diseases.

4He will cover you with his wings;

you will be safe in his care;

his faithfulness will protect and defend you.

5You need not fear any dangers at night

or sudden attacks during the day

6or the plagues that strike in the dark

or the evils that kill in daylight.

7A thousand may fall dead beside you,

ten thousand all around you,

but you will not be harmed.

8You will look and see

how the wicked are punished.

9You have made the Lord your defender,

the Most High your protector,

10and so no disaster will strike you,

no violence will come near your home.

11 God will put his angels in charge of you

to protect you wherever you go.

12 They will hold you up with their hands

to keep you from hurting your feet on the stones.

13 You will trample down lions and snakes,

fierce lions and poisonous snakes.

14God says, “I will save those who love me

and will protect those who acknowledge me as Lord.

15When they call to me, I will answer them;

when they are in trouble, I will be with them.

I will rescue them and honor them.

16I will reward them with long life;

I will save them.”

Reflect

How does the psalm writer express trust in God’s protection? Reread verses 3-13 and personalize this psalm by replacing the word “you” with “me” or “I,” as appropriate, and replacing the word “your” with “my.” What verses in this psalm are particularly meaningful to you and why?

Pray

Almighty God, you are my protector and defender. Whenever I am in trouble, I know that you are with me. You are my place of safety. In you, Lord God, I put my trust. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those serving in the armed forces

Tomorrow's Reading

Leviticus 25:1-22: The Year of Restoration is described
14th of October 2017 08:34 PM Link
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1st of October 2017 10:00 AM
14th of October 2017 11:49 AM
October 14, 2017

Psalm 82 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 82: This psalm is in the form of a prophetic oracle of judgment whereby God rebukes unjust earthly rulers. The psalm concludes with a call upon God to exercise divine authority over all the nations of the world.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 82:8

Come, O God, and rule the world; all the nations are yours.

Today's Reading

God the Supreme Ruler

1God presides in the heavenly council;

in the assembly of the gods he gives his decision:

2“You must stop judging unjustly;

you must no longer be partial to the wicked!

3Defend the rights of the poor and the orphans;

be fair to the needy and the helpless.

4Rescue them from the power of evil people.

5“How ignorant you are! How stupid!

You are completely corrupt,

and justice has disappeared from the world.

6 ‘You are gods,’ I said;

‘all of you are children of the Most High.’

7But you will die like mortals;

your life will end like that of any prince.”

8Come, O God, and rule the world;

all the nations are yours.

Reflect

Today’s reading describes a trial in heaven. The “heavenly council” (verse 1) is derived from an ancient Near East concept of attendant beings who surround the supreme god and who glorify, praise, and carry out the will of the supreme god. Reread verses 2-7. What does God say to those who have been appointed to govern the people? Do these verses speak to situations in our world today? If so, how?

Pray

Come, O God, and rule the world. You are the Sovereign God of the universe. Guide us in the ways of your justice, mercy, and love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who are helpless and in need

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 91: A psalm expressing trust in God.
13th of October 2017 10:28 AM
October 13, 2017

Psalm 75 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 75: In today’s reading, the psalm writer expresses trust in God’s judgment and acknowledges that God judges with fairness.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 75:2

“I have set a time for judgment,” says God, “and I will judge with fairness.”

Today's Reading

God the Judge

1We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks to you!

We proclaim how great you are

and tell of the wonderful things you have done.

2“I have set a time for judgment,” says God,

“and I will judge with fairness.

3Though every living creature tremble

and the earth itself be shaken,

I will keep its foundations firm.

4I tell the wicked not to be arrogant;

5I tell them to stop their boasting.”

6Judgment does not come from the east or from the west,

from the north or from the south;

7it is God who is the judge,

condemning some and acquitting others.

8The Lord holds a cup in his hand,

filled with the strong wine of his anger.

He pours it out, and all the wicked drink it;

they drink it down to the last drop.

9But I will never stop speaking of the God of Jacob

or singing praises to him.

10He will break the power of the wicked,

but the power of the righteous will be increased.

Reflect

Verse 2 says that God has “set a time for judgment” and “will judge with fairness.” What are your thoughts when you read these words? What does this psalm teach you about God’s justice?

Pray

Righteous God, you rule with fairness and mercy. I will never stop speaking about you, and daily will I sing your praises and proclaim the wonderful things you have done. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Court judges

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 82: God is the supreme ruler.
12th of October 2017 08:19 AM
October 12th

Psalm 73 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 73: In today’s reading the psalm writer expresses concern about the prosperity of the wicked and questions the value of faithful behavior. The psalm concludes with an affirmation of remaining close to God.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 73:26

My mind and my body may grow weak, but God is my strength; he is all I ever need.

Today's Reading

BOOK THREE (Psalms 73–89) The Justice of God

1God is indeed good to Israel,

to those who have pure hearts.

2But I had nearly lost confidence;

my faith was almost gone

3because I was jealous of the proud

when I saw that things go well for the wicked.

4They do not suffer pain;

they are strong and healthy.

5They do not suffer as other people do;

they do not have the troubles that others have.

6And so they wear pride like a necklace

and violence like a robe;

7their hearts pour out evil,

and their minds are busy with wicked schemes.

8They laugh at other people and speak of evil things;

they are proud and make plans to oppress others.

9They speak evil of God in heaven

and give arrogant orders to everyone on earth,

10so that even God's people turn to them

and eagerly believe whatever they say.

11They say, “God will not know;

the Most High will not find out.”

12That is what the wicked are like.

They have plenty and are always getting more.

13Is it for nothing, then, that I have kept myself pure

and have not committed sin?

14O God, you have made me suffer all day long;

every morning you have punished me.

15If I had said such things,

I would not be acting as one of your people.

16I tried to think this problem through,

but it was too difficult for me

17until I went into your Temple.

Then I understood what will happen to the wicked.

18You will put them in slippery places

and make them fall to destruction!

19They are instantly destroyed;

they go down to a horrible end.

20They are like a dream that goes away in the morning;

when you rouse yourself, O Lord, they disappear.

21When my thoughts were bitter

and my feelings were hurt,

22I was as stupid as an animal;

I did not understand you.

23Yet I always stay close to you,

and you hold me by the hand.

24You guide me with your instruction

and at the end you will receive me with honor.

25What else do I have in heaven but you?

Since I have you, what else could I want on earth?

26My mind and my body may grow weak,

but God is my strength;

he is all I ever need.

27Those who abandon you will certainly perish;

you will destroy those who are unfaithful to you.

28But as for me, how wonderful to be near God,

to find protection with the Sovereign Lord

and to proclaim all that he has done!

Reflect

Of whom was the psalm writer jealous (verse 3)? How are the wicked described (verses 4-12)? Have you ever had similar thoughts? Why does the psalm writer choose to remain loyal to God? What influences your decision to be faithful to God?

Pray

How wonderful it is to be near you, O God, and to find protection in you and proclaim all that you have done. You are my strength. Guide me with your instruction so that I grow in knowledge of you. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Healing for those suffering in body, mind, or spirit

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 75: God is a righteous judge.
11th of October 2017 08:22 AM
Psalm 72 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 72: This psalm is an intercessory prayer for the king, with petitions for the king’s righteous judgment, long life, and worldwide rule that is marked by justice.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 72:1

Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God; share with him your own justice.

Today's Reading

A Prayer for the King

1Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;

share with him your own justice,

2so that he will rule over your people with justice

and govern the oppressed with righteousness.

3May the land enjoy prosperity;

may it experience righteousness.

4May the king judge the poor fairly;

may he help the needy

and defeat their oppressors.

5May your people worship you as long as the sun shines,

as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.

6May the king be like rain on the fields,

like showers falling on the land.

7May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,

and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.

8 His kingdom will reach from sea to sea,

from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth.

9The peoples of the desert will bow down before him;

his enemies will throw themselves to the ground.

10The kings of Spain and of the islands will offer him gifts;

the kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him offerings.

11All kings will bow down before him;

all nations will serve him.

12He rescues the poor who call to him,

and those who are needy and neglected.

13He has pity on the weak and poor;

he saves the lives of those in need.

14He rescues them from oppression and violence;

their lives are precious to him.

15Long live the king!

May he be given gold from Sheba;

may prayers be said for him at all times;

may God's blessings be on him always!

16May there be plenty of grain in the land;

may the hills be covered with crops,

as fruitful as those of Lebanon.

May the cities be filled with people,

like fields full of grass.

17May the king's name never be forgotten;

may his fame last as long as the sun.

May all nations ask God to bless them

as he has blessed the king.

18Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!

He alone does these wonderful things.

19Praise his glorious name forever!

May his glory fill the whole world.

Amen! Amen!

20This is the end of the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Reflect

The petitions in this psalm read almost like a job description for a king. What verses indicate how a king should rule? Are any of these petitions relevant for leaders today? What petitions resonate most with you? Why? You may wish to compare Psalm 72 with the way the prophet Samuel had described the treatment the Israelites would receive from a king (see 1 Samuel 8:11-18). What differences can you identify?

Pray

Righteous and loving God, I will praise your glorious name forever. May all nations seek your blessing, may your justice flourish throughout the earth, and may your glory fill the whole world. Amen.

Prayer Concern

World leaders

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 73: An affirmation of God’s justice and care.
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10th of October 2017 08:47 AM
October 10, 2017

Psalm 52 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 52: Today’s reading is a psalm attributed to David, written after Doeg the Edomite (who was one of King Saul’s army officers) went to Saul and told him that David had gone to the house of the priest Ahimelech. While trying to help Saul capture David, Doeg killed Ahimelech and many of Israel’s priests and their families (see 1 Samuel 22:6-19). The opening verses include accusations against the wicked and words of God’s judgment, and the psalm concludes by affirming the goodness of God.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 52:8

But I am like an olive tree growing in the house of God; I trust in his constant love forever and ever.

Today's Reading

God's Judgment and Grace

1Why do you boast, great one, of your evil?

God's faithfulness is eternal.

2You make plans to ruin others;

your tongue is like a sharp razor.

You are always inventing lies.

3You love evil more than good

and falsehood more than truth.

4You love to hurt people with your words, you liar!

5So God will ruin you forever;

he will take hold of you and snatch you from your home;

he will remove you from the world of the living.

6Righteous people will see this and be afraid;

then they will laugh at you and say,

7“Look, here is someone who did not depend on God for safety,

but trusted instead in great wealth

and looked for security in being wicked.”

8But I am like an olive tree growing in the house of God;

I trust in his constant love forever and ever.

9I will always thank you, God, for what you have done;

in the presence of your people

I will proclaim that you are good.

Reflect

In verse 8, the psalm writer compares himself to an olive tree. Olive trees live a long time, and even when cut down, they sprout from the root. They symbolize people whose foundation for life is their trust in God’s love. Such people are the opposite of the wicked who have no roots (see verse 5). In what ways can you be like an olive tree, demonstrating that your foundation for life is built on your trust in God and God’s love?

Pray

Lord God, nurture me each day with your holy Word so that I grow like an olive tree in knowledge of you. I thank and praise you and will proclaim your goodness forever. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those who tend olive gardens

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 72: A prayer for the king.
9th of October 2017 08:20 AM
October 9, 2017

Psalm 50 (Good News Translation)God’s Faithful Word of Justice and Peace

Introduction

Psalm 50: This psalm utilizes the metaphor of a court case, where God is both plaintiff and judge. God calls upon heaven and earth as witnesses and testifies against his people and rebukes those who violate his laws. God speaks about the purpose of sacrifice and the kind of sacrifice he desires. This psalm was most likely used in worship during a festival in which the people renewed their covenant with God.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 50:6

The heavens proclaim that God is righteous, that he himself is judge.

Today's Reading

True Worship

1The Almighty God, the Lord, speaks;

he calls to the whole earth from east to west.

2God shines from Zion,

the city perfect in its beauty.

3Our God is coming, but not in silence;

a raging fire is in front of him,

a furious storm around him.

4He calls heaven and earth as witnesses

to see him judge his people.

5He says, “Gather my faithful people to me,

those who made a covenant with me by offering a sacrifice.”

6The heavens proclaim that God is righteous,

that he himself is judge.

7“Listen, my people, and I will speak;

I will testify against you, Israel.

I am God, your God.

8I do not reprimand you because of your sacrifices

and the burnt offerings you always bring me.

9And yet I do not need bulls from your farms

or goats from your flocks;

10all the animals in the forest are mine

and the cattle on thousands of hills.

11All the wild birds are mine

and all living things in the fields.

12“If I were hungry, I would not ask you for food,

for the world and everything in it is mine.

13Do I eat the flesh of bulls

or drink the blood of goats?

14Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God,

and give the Almighty all that you promised.

15Call to me when trouble comes;

I will save you,

and you will praise me.”

16But God says to the wicked,

“Why should you recite my commandments?

Why should you talk about my covenant?

17You refuse to let me correct you;

you reject my commands.

18You become the friend of every thief you see,

and you associate with adulterers.

19“You are always ready to speak evil;

you never hesitate to tell lies.

20You are ready to accuse your own relatives

and to find fault with them.

21You have done all this, and I have said nothing,

so you thought that I am like you.

But now I reprimand you

and make the matter plain to you.

22“Listen to this, you that ignore me,

or I will destroy you,

and there will be no one to save you.

23Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me,

and I will surely save all who obey me.”

Reflect

How is God described in verse 3? What does God say to the wicked (verses 16-22)? What is the kind of sacrifice that God desires (verses 14, 23)? What does God promise to those who obey him (verse 23)? What does this psalm teach about the nature of true worship versus ritual acts of piety? How will you offer your sacrifice of thanksgiving today?

Pray

Holy God, may I never forget to honor you with a sacrifice of thanksgiving. When you speak, Lord, I will listen and I promise to obey you. I praise your holy name and your saving love. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Those facing trial

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 52: A psalm of judgment and God’s grace.
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