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Daily Reading - January 15, 2020

 

Genesis 22

Chapter 22

The Offering of Isaac

1 Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
2 He said, "Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you."
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.
5 Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey, and I and the lad will go over there; and we will worship and return to you."
6 Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.
7 Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"
8 Abraham said, "God will provide [fn] for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.
10 Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
12 He said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear [fn] God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
13 Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.
14 Abraham called the name of that place The [fn] Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the Lord it will be [fn] provided."

15 Then the angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
16 and said, "By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son,
17 indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed [fn] as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed [fn] shall possess the gate of their [fn] enemies.
18 "In your seed [fn] all the nations of the earth shall be [fn] blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."
19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they arose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham lived at Beersheba.

20 Now it came about after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, "Behold, Milcah also [fn] has borne children to your brother Nahor:
21 Uz his firstborn and Buz his brother and Kemuel the father of Aram
22 and Chesed and Hazo and Pildash and Jidlaph and Bethuel."
23 Bethuel became [fn] the father of Rebekah; these eight Milcah bore to Nahor, Abraham's brother.
24 His concubine, whose name was Reumah, also [fn] bore Tebah and Gaham and Tahash and Maacah.

 
Psalms 15

Psalm 15

Description of a Citizen of Zion.

A Psalm of David.

1 O Lord, who may abide [fn] in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
2 He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
3 He does not slander with [fn] his tongue, Nor does evil to his neighbor, Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
4 In whose [fn] eyes a reprobate is despised, But who [fn] honors those who fear the Lord; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
5 He does not put out his money at [fn] interest, Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things will never be shaken.
 
Luke 12:32-59
32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.
33 "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
34 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Be in Readiness

35 "Be [fn] dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps lit.
36 "Be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks.
37 "Blessed are those slaves whom the master will find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.
38 "Whether he comes in the second [fn] watch, or even in the third [fn], and finds them so, blessed are those slaves.

39 "But be [fn] sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have allowed his house to be broken [fn] into.
40 "You too, be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect [fn]."

41 Peter said, "Lord, are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?"
42 And the Lord said, "Who then is the faithful and sensible steward, whom his master will put in charge of his servants [fn], to give them their rations at the proper time?
43 "Blessed is that slave whom his master [fn] finds so doing when he comes.
44 "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions.
45 "But if that slave says in his heart, 'My master will [fn] be a long time in coming,' and begins to beat the slaves, both men and women, and to eat and drink and get drunk;
46 the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and assign him a place with the unbelievers.
47 "And that slave who knew his master's will and did not get ready or act in accord with his will, will receive many lashes,
48 but the one who did not know it, and committed deeds worthy of a [fn] flogging, will receive but few. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more.

Christ Divides Men

49 "I have [fn] come to cast fire upon the earth; and how [fn] I wish it were already kindled!
50 "But I have a baptism to undergo [fn], and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!
51 "Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division;
52 for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three.
53 "They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."

54 And He was also saying to the crowds, "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'A shower is coming,' and so it turns out.
55 "And when you see a south wind blowing, you say, 'It will be a hot day,' and it turns out that way.
56 "You hypocrites! You know how to analyze the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why [fn] do you not analyze this present time?

57 "And why do you not even on your own initiative judge what is right?
58 "For while you are going with your opponent to appear before the magistrate, on your way there make an effort to settle [fn] with him, so that he may not drag you before the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison.
59 "I say to you, you will not get out of there until you have paid the very last cent [fn]."

 
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