Saturday, March 24

threecrossesRead:
Exodus 12:31-51
Psalm 78:36-72
Romans 9:27-10:4

Even after God worked to get the Israelites released from Egypt, and the people saw the mighty wonders he performed, they rebelled against him in the wilderness and grieved him in the desert. They did not keep in mind his power of the day when he redeemed them from the foe and led them to safety.

God has tried to let us know his power and to experience his patience. Those that he has called shall be called “children of the living God.” So how do we experience this relationship with God? We become righteous through our faith, not our works. Righteousness is not through our own hands, but through our belief. Do you believe? Do you have faith? Or, are you still trying to do it on your own?

Thursday and Friday (March 22 &23)

lentpurpleThursday, March 22

Read:
Exodus 10:19-11:10
Psalm 77
Romans 8:18-39

Often in the Bible, we can see the detailed planning of the Lord. Do you remember to look back to what God has done, to remember the deeds of the Lord and the wonders of old? Do you remember to meditate on all his works and on his mighty deeds?

Then, we are told to look to the future and remember his promises. He tells us that the suffering of this present time is not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. His desire is to search our heart. Through our prayers, the Spirit knows what we need and desire. We can rest assured that the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. If we stay in prayer, nothing can separate us from the love of God.

Friday, March 23

Read:
Exodus 12:1-30
Psalm 78:1-35
Romans 9:1-26

Why do we study the Bible? Why do we teach our children the stories from the Bible? We teach the stories so that we and our children and our grandchildren might know the mighty workings of the Lord and set their hope in God.

The Israelites were slaves in Egypt and Pharaoh wouldn’t let them go. So God told Moses that he would pass through the land of Egypt that night, and would strike down every first born in the land of Egypt. God said he would execute judgments. He declared, “I am the Lord. When I see the blood I shall pass over you.”

Do you continue to learn about God so that you understand who he is? Do you study your Bible? Do you teach your children about your God?

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Wednesday, March 21

crownofthornsRead:
Exodus 10:1-18
Psalm 76
Romans 8:1-17

Moses and Aaron tried to get the attention of the king. He refused to let the people go. Pharaoh thought his kingly power would stop God, but God has more power than we do. We live in this world and think we have power, but, God is in control.

The Psalm says that God is awesome, that he cuts off the spirit of Princes and inspires fear in the Kings of the Earth.

Do you remember who is in control? Do you humble yourself before him?

Daily Readings Revisted

lentpurpleDear friends,
From this point on I will put up the daily readings without the texts. You can read the selections from your own Bible which actually might be better for many. Each day will have a few comments to think about. Again, feel free to start the conversation here by posting a comment of your own. Here are the reading for Sunday through today.

Pastor Amy

Sunday, March 18

Read:
Exodus 8:1-19
Psalm 73
Romans 6:15-23

When you look around at this world, are you envious of those who are arrogant and speak with confidence? Do you envy those who have sound and sleek bodies, those who have prosperity, those who don’t seem to have troubles, like you do? Our Psalm also tells us that they have pride in themselves, that they scoff and speak with malice and that they set their mouths against heaven. They think they know more than God. But when we see the world through God’s eyes and we see the truth, our viewpoint changes. Do you make the Lord God your refuge? Is your goal to be near God?

Monday, March 19

Read:
Exodus 8:20-9:7
Psalm 74
Romans 7:1-6

Pharaoh was the ruler of Egypt. He watched pestilence harm his lands and his people. He watched all of the livestock of his people die while not one of the livestock of the Israelites died. He even asked Moses and Aaron to pray for him to their God. But, Pharaoh himself, would not turn to the Lord. God gave us the law so that we could see that we don’t act as we should. Then, if we turn to him and repent, he will forgive us in his grace. Pharaoh could see that God was powerful and that Pharaoh was not doing God’s will, but Pharaoh wouldn’t turn to God. Do you have faith in the Lord? Do you turn to him and repent and ask his forgiveness? Do you trust in his grace and in his love for you?

Tuesday, March 20

Read:
Exodus 9:8-35
Psalm 75
Romans 7:7-25

God wanted to get Pharaoh’s attention. He wanted the Egyptians to know that there is no one like him in all the earth. Pharaoh and the Egyptians trusted their magicians, they trusted their various gods. They even trusted themselves more than God. When God told them that hail would fall and would damage or kill their livestock and even themselves, they didn’t fear the Lord. They ignored his warning. Do you ignore God’s warnings? Do you live your daily life mindful of walking with him?

Saturday, March 17, 2018

threecrossesangledExodus 6:28-7:24

28 On the day when the Lord spoke to Moses in the land of Egypt, 29 the Lord said to Moses, “I am the Lord; tell Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say to you.” 30 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips. How will Pharaoh listen to me?”

Moses and Aaron Before Pharaoh

7 And the Lord said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet. 2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land. 3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and bring my hosts, my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment. 5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” 6 Moses and Aaron did so; they did just as the Lord commanded them. 7 Now Moses was eighty years old, and Aaron eighty-three years old, when they spoke to Pharaoh.

8 Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 9 “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’ ” 10 So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and his servants, and it became a serpent. 11 Then Pharaoh summoned the wise men and the sorcerers, and they, the magicians of Egypt, also did the same by their secret arts. 12 For each man cast down his staff, and they became serpents. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs. 13 Still Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

The First Plague: Water Turned to Blood
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Pharaoh’s heart is hardened; he refuses to let the people go. 15 Go to Pharaoh in the morning, as he is going out to the water. Stand on the bank of the Nile to meet him, and take in your hand the staff that turned into a serpent. 16 And you shall say to him, ‘The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, sent me to you, saying, “Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness.” But so far, you have not obeyed. 17 Thus says the Lord, “By this you shall know that I am the Lord: behold, with the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water that is in the Nile, and it shall turn into blood. 18 The fish in the Nile shall die, and the Nile will stink, and the Egyptians will grow weary of drinking water from the Nile.” ’ ” 19 And the Lord said to Moses, “Say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt, over their rivers, their canals, and their ponds, and all their pools of water, so that they may become blood, and there shall be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, even in vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’ 

20 Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded. In the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants he lifted up the staff and struck the water in the Nile, and all the water in the Nile turned into blood. 21 And the fish in the Nile died, and the Nile stank, so that the Egyptians could not drink water from the Nile. There was blood throughout all the land of Egypt. 22 But the magicians of Egypt did the same by their secret arts. So Pharaoh’s heart remained hardened, and he would not listen to them, as the Lord had said. 23 Pharaoh turned and went into his house, and he did not take even this to heart. 24 And all the Egyptians dug along the Nile for water to drink, for they could not drink the water of the Nile.

Psalm 72

1  Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son! 2  May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice! 3  Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness! 4  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor! 5  May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations! 6  May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth! 7  In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more! 8  May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! 9  May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust! 10  May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts! 11  May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! 12  For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. 13  He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 14  From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight. 15  Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day! 16  May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field! 17 May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed! 18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19  Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen! 20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

Romans 6:1-14

What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. 13 Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness. 14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

Slaves to Righteousness
15 What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! 16 Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. 19 I am speaking in human terms, because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness leading to sanctification.

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Questions to Ponder:

What is justice? What is righteousness? When Pharaoh would not listen to Moses and Aaron, God disciplined him but Pharaoh wouldn’t let God’s people go. God wanted justice for his people. We see God working in this world, trying to bring justice. When we are in line with God and his law, we are righteous. But, the only way we can be righteous and free from sin, is through God’s grace. We can’t do that on our own. We see God working in us trying to show us how much he loves us and revealing to us our sin and need to turn our lives over to him.

Are you at the place where the life you live, you live to God?

March 16, 2018

threecrossesangledExodus 5:22-6:27

22 Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? 23 For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”

God Promises Deliverance
6 But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.” 2 God spoke to Moses and said to him, “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but by my name the Lord I did not make myself known to them. 4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, the land in which they lived as sojourners. 5 Moreover, I have heard the groaning of the people of Israel whom the Egyptians hold as slaves, and I have remembered my covenant. 6 Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment. 7 I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 I will bring you into the land that I swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.’ ” 9 Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.

10 So the Lord said to Moses, 11 “Go in, tell Pharaoh king of Egypt to let the people of Israel go out of his land.” 12 But Moses said to the Lord, “Behold, the people of Israel have not listened to me. How then shall Pharaoh listen to me, for I am of uncircumcised lips?” 13 But the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron and gave them a charge about the people of Israel and about Pharaoh king of Egypt: to bring the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

The Genealogy of Moses and Aaron
14 These are the heads of their fathers’ houses: the sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi; these are the clans of Reuben. 15 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman; these are the clans of Simeon. 16 These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari, the years of the life of Levi being 137 years. 17 The sons of Gershon: Libni and Shimei, by their clans. 18 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel, the years of the life of Kohath being 133 years. 19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the clans of the Levites according to their generations. 20 Amram took as his wife Jochebed his father’s sister, and she bore him Aaron and Moses, the years of the life of Amram being 137 years. 21 The sons of Izhar: Korah, Nepheg, and Zichri. 22 The sons of Uzziel: Mishael, Elzaphan, and Sithri. 23 Aaron took as his wife Elisheba, the daughter of Amminadab and the sister of Nahshon, and she bore him Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar. 24 The sons of Korah: Assir, Elkanah, and Abiasaph; these are the clans of the Korahites. 25 Eleazar, Aaron’s son, took as his wife one of the daughters of Putiel, and she bore him Phinehas. These are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites by their clans. 26 These are the Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said: “Bring out the people of Israel from the land of Egypt by their hosts.” 27 It was they who spoke to Pharaoh king of Egypt about bringing out the people of Israel from Egypt, this Moses and this Aaron.

Psalm 71

In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! 2  In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! 3  Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. 4 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. 5  For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth. 6  Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you. 7  I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge. 8  My mouth is filled with your praise, and with your glory all the day. 9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength is spent. 10  For my enemies speak concerning me; those who watch for my life consult together 11  and say, “God has forsaken him; pursue and seize him, for there is none to deliver him.” 12  O God, be not far from me; O my God, make haste to help me! 13  May my accusers be put to shame and consumed; with scorn and disgrace may they be covered who seek my hurt. 14  But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more. 15  My mouth will tell of your righteous acts, of your deeds of salvation all the day, for their number is past my knowledge. 16  With the mighty deeds of the Lord God I will come; I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. 17  O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. 18  So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim your might to another generation, your power to all those to come. 19  Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you? 20  You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. 21  You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. 22  I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. 23  My lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed. 24  And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long, for they have been put to shame and disappointed who sought to do me hurt.

Romans 5:1-21

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.

15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

18 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Questions to Ponder:

We have all had times in our lives when we have suffered, felt tormented by others, or felt that we were treated unjustly. Moses was sent by God to help the Israelite people who were suffering. David felt pursued and suffered. The Lord is always with us. He sends help, even when we don’t realize it. His word tells us that suffering leads to hope in the Lord. His grace and love abound if we have faith in him.

Who do you turn to when you are suffering?

Thursday, March 15

threecrossesangledExodus 4:18-5:21

18 Moses went back to Jethro his father-in-law and said to him, “Please let me go back to my brothers in Egypt to see whether they are still alive.” And Jethro said to Moses, “Go in peace.” 19 And the Lord said to Moses in Midian, “Go back to Egypt, for all the men who were seeking your life are dead.” 20 So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.

21 And the Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go. 22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me.” If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’ ”

24 At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death. 25 Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26 So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

27 The Lord said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him. 28 And Moses told Aaron all the words of the Lord with which he had sent him to speak, and all the signs that he had commanded him to do. 29 Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel. 30 Aaron spoke all the words that the Lord had spoken to Moses and did the signs in the sight of the people. 31 And the people believed; and when they heard that the Lord had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

 

Making Bricks Without Straw
5 Afterward Moses and Aaron went and said to Pharaoh, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.’ ” 2 But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and moreover, I will not let Israel go.” 3 Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.” 4 But the king of Egypt said to them, “Moses and Aaron, why do you take the people away from their work? Get back to your burdens.” 5 And Pharaoh said, “Behold, the people of the land are now many, and you make them rest from their burdens!” 6 The same day Pharaoh commanded the taskmasters of the people and their foremen, 7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves. 8 But the number of bricks that they made in the past you shall impose on them, you shall by no means reduce it, for they are idle. Therefore they cry, ‘Let us go and offer sacrifice to our God.’ 9 Let heavier work be laid on the men that they may labor at it and pay no regard to lying words.”

10 So the taskmasters and the foremen of the people went out and said to the people, “Thus says Pharaoh, ‘I will not give you straw. 11 Go and get your straw yourselves wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced in the least.’ ” 12 So the people were scattered throughout all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw. 13 The taskmasters were urgent, saying, “Complete your work, your daily task each day, as when there was straw.” 14 And the foremen of the people of Israel, whom Pharaoh’s taskmasters had set over them, were beaten and were asked, “Why have you not done all your task of making bricks today and yesterday, as in the past?”

15 Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this? 16 No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people.” 17 But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ 18 Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.” 19 The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” 20 They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; 21 and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”

Psalm 70

Make haste, O God, to deliver me! O Lord, make haste to help me! 2  Let them be put to shame and confusion who seek my life! Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt! 3  Let them turn back because of their shame who say, “Aha, Aha!” 4  May all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you! May those who love your salvation say evermore, “God is great!” 5  But I am poor and needy; hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O Lord, do not delay!

Romans 4:13-25

13 For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. 15 For the law brings wrath, but where there is no law there is no transgression.

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Questions to Ponder:

Sometimes when we read the Lord’s word, we don’t understand everything. We must ask the Lord to help us. God is our help and our deliverer. Abraham hoped in God, and became the father of many nations, as the angel of the Lord had told him. Even though he and Sarah were too old to have a baby, Abraham believed and trusted God. We believe and trust the Lord when his Word tells us that he raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead. In faith, we believe. Do you believe God? Do you trust that his word tells you the truth?