Pro-Semitism

Thursdays: The New Testament
Romans 11

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Imagine a child disinterested in the gift of a toy. The parent says, “Well, if you don’t want it, I’ll give it to the child down the street who will love to have it.” Sometimes this causes a fresh interest in the toy. Verse 11 is Paul’s way of saying something similar with respect to the Jews; he hopes that a holy jealousy might quicken desires in them to embrace the Good News.

If only this chapter were carefully meditated upon, the ages-long, “anti” in semitism might have been changed to “pro.” Instead, the child down the street who receives the unwanted gift comes back to bully and taunt the child who originally received it.

Do not boast about the gifts God has given you. Rather humbly and fully receive them. Allow your expressions of wonder and praise for God to increase until your whole being is living the final verse of the reading.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
A remnant chosen by grace v. 5
Root holy; branches holy v. 16
Remaining in Your kindness v. 22
Depth of the riches of God v. 33

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Dancing in the Morning

Wednesdays: The Psalms
Psalm 30

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Place the grief over the loss of the Temple in the Book of Lamentations against this song attributed to David at the dedication of the Temple. Sadness and joy are set against each other in this psalm, with its message of ultimate joy for those who trust in the Lord. Surely, this prayer comes from David’s recollection of the triumph over Goliath, and the sadness of Saul’s destructive jealousy.

Whatever emotions you are experiencing as you come to this psalm, they are all present as a collage of verses. Link up with the ones that are taking place as you begin to read, allowing the Spirit to transform all your feelings into an immense joy in God’s presence.

The Hebrew word for “joy”in verse 11 is rinnah, meaning a joy that is so strong that it sends the person into a whirling dance. The Lord wants to give you joy—intense, explosive, dance-like, and expanding. Get ready: this kind of joy can come for you, even when you get up in the morning!

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
I cried to You; You healed me. v. 2
Your favor for a lifetime v. 5
Weep at night; joy in morning v. 5
My mourning turned to dancing v. 11

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This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Wednesdays are dedicated to the Psalms,
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Two Giants

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

1 Samuel 17—19

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Fear shakes the hands and hearts of the Israelites as they learn about Goliath, the great giant of their Philistine enemy. He eclipses God’s presence to the people, but not for David. Confidently aware of the presence of his God, far greater than the power of any giant, David stalks closer to his enemy. A tiny stone hurled with focus is enough to make the giant drop—how like the mustard seed of last Sunday’s parable!

If fear overwhelms God’s people, another destructive emotion, once small, now a “giant,”burns away in the heart of King Saul—jealousy. The Philistines are a relatively easy match for David; however, now he spends much of his time hiding from Saul as this wicked king pursues God’s anointed, instead of God’s enemies.

“Religious”people often chew each other up by jealousy and still another giant—gossip! Reflect upon the many lessons that these chapters can stir within you.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
I come in the name of God. 17:45
The battle belongs to You. 17:47
Trusting in the sling and stone 17:50
Souls united in You, Lord 18:1

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This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Pentecost, Year A.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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