God Like a Rock

Like an eagle protecting its nest,
    hovering over its young,
God spread out his wings, took hold of Israel,
    carried him on his back.
Deuteronomy 32:11

At the end of Moses’ long speeches, we come to a song.  We don’t have the melody, so you might take a few verses that touch you, and make a tune out of them.  

Moses sings about God being like a rock. He recalls how unfaithful God’s people were in their desert wanderings.  They looked to foreign gods as phony rocks that they thought could save them. How wrong they were!

     To get a feel for this, imagine that you are sitting on a great rock that has not moved for hundreds of thousands of years.  God is like that—never changing…always there…a place to rest.  Make it a high rock so that no enemies can get to you.  Enjoy this time of rest.  You can always return to God as your rock.  It takes just a moment of time to sense how good this feels.

Deuteronomy 32:1-39

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Your teaching falling like rain.  v. 2
You are faithful and upright.  v. 4
You cover me with Your wings.  v. 11
You nourish us with honey.  v. 13

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The Saturday passages follow the reading list that Jewish people use in their synagogue worship throughout the world. They are taken from
“The Torah,” the first five books of the Bible from Genesis to Deuteronomy that are read each year beginning with autumn.

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Fully Alive in God

He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself.
Matthew 22: 37-39

Arguments, arguments!  That’s all the religious leaders want to do with Jesus—argue with him so that they can say, “Gotcha, Jesus!”

    Jesus always finds a way not to get caught.  Here’s one of those times.  Isn’t it sad that instead of sitting at Jesus’ feet and learning about the marvels of God’s love for them, they just want to play mind-games with him!   

The final verses of the reading get right to the most important things: how to live God’s ways.  Jesus gives the basics about loving as the way to be fully alive in God. Actually, this was already taught in the Old Testament.  It’s as though God is saying through Jesus: “Hey!  I really meant this thing about loving!”  Jesus takes this right up to the most powerful kind of love—to give up one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:13

Matthew 22:23-40

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Rising with You when I die v. 23
In You I’m fully alive. v. 32
Loving You, heart, soul and mind v. 37
Loving neighbor as myself v. 39

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In Year A, we continue to read from the Gospel of St. Matthew.

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Letter of a Loving Father

Rembrandt – Paul in Prison

We work hard with our own hands. When we are insulted, we respond with a blessing; when we are harassed, we put up with it.
1 Corinthians 4:12

Here we are in Corinth again—a city with restless people, often angry, proud and competing with one another.  Each person wants to be Number One. St. Paul shares with his new Christians the suffering that he and they are having as this new way of live clashes with worldly, selfish power.  Listen closely to verses 10 and following, where in a few sentences, St. Paul describes what a tough time he is having.  

But you know, it is worth it for Paul.  Like the writer of yesterday’s Psalm 38, his suffering brings him not only closer to God, but results in more love for the struggling Christians of Corinth. He encourages them to know that God’s Kingdom is the one with real power, and not the phony show of power of the world.  Imagine you are one of those faithful ones listening to St. Paul’s letter for the very first time.

1 Corinthians 4

Examples of Bible Breaths Learn More…

Never judging anyone v. 5
Wishing well when others hurt v. 12
When cursed at, using kind words v. 13
Your kingdom: not words, but pow’r v. 20

Check out Study Tools in BibleGateway.
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in Matthew Henry’s Commentary.

Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.

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