OYB January 21

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 42:18-38, Genesis 43
NT: Matthew 13:47-58, Matthew 14:1-12
Ps: Psalm 18:16-36
Pr: Proverbs 4:7-10

Gospel Thread - OT:

And may God Almighty grant you mercy before the man so that he will let your other brother and Benjamin come back with you. As for me, if I am bereaved, I am bereaved.

Genesis 43:14 (NIV)

What a change for Jacob! In his earlier years, Jacob relied upon himself to accomplish everything. But now, after years of experience, Jacob has undergone a dramatic change in character, and now relies upon God - recognizing Him alone as the Almighty: El Shaddai. The working of the Holy Spirit is much the same in our lives. Because of the fundamental change following salvation, the believer cannot help but to be transformed unto the character and likeness of God. It is the gospel alone that brings about this transformation - this sanctification.

Gospel Thread - NT:

And he did not do many miracles there because of their lack of faith.

Matthew 13:58 (NIV)

Faith is the vehicle through which the power of the Holy Spirit works in our lives - both to bring salvation and also to impart Spiritual gifts. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6).

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

For who is God besides the LORD ? And who is the Rock except our God?

Psalm 18:31 (NIV)

Jesus Christ (and faith in Him as Messiah) is the Rock upon which God has built His church (Matthew 16:18 - which uses a play on words to indicate that Christ Himself is the Rock).

OYB Photo of the Day:

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Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. (Matthew 13:47 NIV)
Photo © Chip Bennett; all rights reserved.

Whenever I read of fishing or fishermen as biblical symbolism, I am reminded of my mission work in Oaxaca. The mission base is located in Cacalote, which is a small fishing village. The men launch their boats from just outside the base, going out once a day to set the nets, and once a day to retrieve them. The fishermen can be seen cleaning and repairing their nets on the beach during the afternoon.

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