Monday, October 19, 2015

Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven - Daily Bible Readings October 19,2015

Paul tells us that Abraham believed that God would be faithful to His promises. He was willing to give to God his only son, Isaac, and trusted that God would give him many descendants. God stopped Abraham from killing Isaac and provided a ram in his place. Jesus is the fulfillment of all the promises God made to Abraham, the descendants of Jesus being descendants by faith, not blood. We are all sons and daughters of both Abraham and God through our faith.
Romans 4:20-25
20 Brothers and sisters: Abraham did not doubt God’s promise in unbelief; rather, he was empowered by faith and gave glory to God 21 and was fully convinced that what God had promised he was also able to do. 22 That is why it was credited to him as righteousness. 23 But it was not for him alone that it was written that it was credited to him; 24 it was also for us, to whom it will be credited, who believe in the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was handed over for our transgressions and was raised for our justification.
Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
R: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
69 He has raised up for us a mighty savior, born of the house of his servant David. (R) 70 Through his holy prophets he promised of old 71 that he would save us from our enemies, from the hand of all who hate us. 72 He promised to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant. (R) 73 This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to set us free from the hand of enemies, free to worship him without fear, 75 holy and righteous in his sight all the days of our life. (R)
You cannot take any of your earthly possessions with you to heaven. What legacy do we want to leave behind when we die? Do we want to leave behind a legacy of selfishness and lack of concern for the poor? Or should we look at ways to distribute the wealth we have made over our lifetime? It is especially important for those who have made their wealth using questionable means. Do we have a responsibility to correct the injustices we may have committed? Remember that death is as certain as the next sunrise.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Luke 12:13-21
13 Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, tell my brother to share the inheritance with me.” 14 He replied to him, “Friend, who appointed me as your judge and arbitrator?” 15 Then he said to the crowd, “Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” 16 Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. 17 He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ 18 And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods 19 and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!” ’ 20 But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ 21 Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”
think: You cannot take any of your earthly possessions with you to heaven.
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