January 8 - Luke 9.1-27, Genesis 15 and Psalm 8
Instructions for the Twelve Apostles
6The apostles left and went from village to village, telling the good news and healing people everywhere.
Herod Is Worried
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
12Late in the afternoon the twelve apostles came to Jesus and said, "Send the crowd to the villages and farms around here. They need to find a place to stay and something to eat. There is nothing in this place. It is like a desert!"
13Jesus answered, "You give them something to eat."
But they replied, "We have only five small loaves of bread and two fish. If we are going to feed all these people, we will have to go and buy food." 14There were about five thousand men in the crowd.
Jesus said to his disciples, "Have the people sit in groups of fifty." 15They did this, and all the people sat down. 16Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish. He looked up toward heaven and blessed the food. Then he broke the bread and fish and handed them to his disciples to give to the people.
17Everyone ate all they wanted. What was left over filled twelve baskets.
Who Is Jesus?
19They answered, "Some say that you are John the Baptist or Elijah or a prophet from long ago who has come back to life."
20Jesus then asked them, "But who do you say I am?"
Peter answered, "You are the Messiah sent from God."
21Jesus strictly warned his disciples not to tell anyone about this.
Jesus Speaks about His Suffering and Death
23Then Jesus said to all the people:
If any of you want to be my followers, you must forget about yourself. You must take up your cross each day and follow me. 24If you want to save your life, you will destroy it. But if you give up your life for me, you will save it. 25What will you gain, if you own the whole world but destroy yourself or waste your life? 26If you are ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of you when he comes in his glory and in the glory of his Father and the holy angels. 27You can be sure that some of the people standing here will not die before they see God's kingdom.
The LORD's Promise to AbramGenesis 15 Later the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision, "Abram, don't be afraid! I will protect you and reward you greatly."
2But Abram answered, "LORD All-Powerful, you have given me everything I could ask for, except children. And when I die, Eliezer of Damascus will get all I own. 3You have not given me any children, and this servant of mine will inherit everything."
4The LORD replied, "No, he won't! You will have a son of your own, and everything you have will be his." 5Then the LORD took Abram outside and said, "Look at the sky and see if you can count the stars. That's how many descendants you will have." 6Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD was pleased with him.
The LORD Makes Another Promise to Abram7The LORD said to Abram, "I brought you here from Ur in Chaldea, and I gave you this land."
8Abram asked, "LORD God, how can I know the land will be mine?"
9Then the LORD told him, "Bring me a three-year-old cow, a three-year-old female goat, a three-year-old ram, a dove, and a young pigeon."
10Abram obeyed the LORD. Then he cut the animals in half and laid the two halves of each animal opposite each other on the ground. But he did not cut the doves and pigeons in half. 11And when birds came down to eat the animals, Abram chased them away.
12As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and everything became dark and frightening. 13-15Then the LORD said:
Abram, you will live to an old age and die in peace.
But I solemnly promise that your descendants will live as foreigners in a land that doesn't belong to them. They will be forced into slavery and abused for four hundred years. But I will terribly punish the nation that enslaves them, and they will leave with many possessions.
16Four generations later, your descendants will return here and take this land, because only then will the people who live here be so sinful that they deserve to be punished.
17Sometime after sunset, when it was very dark, a smoking cooking pot and a flaming fire went between the two halves of each animal. 18At that time the LORD made an agreement with Abram and told him:
I will give your descendants the land east of the Shihor River on the border of Egypt as far as the Euphrates River. 19They will possess the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaites, 21the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.
1Our LORD and Ruler,
your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
You let your glory be seen in the heavens above.
2With praises from children and from tiny infants,
you have built a fortress.
It makes your enemies silent,
and all who turn against you are left speechless.
3I often think of the heavens your hands have made,
and of the moon and stars you put in place.
4Then I ask, "Why do you care about us humans?
Why are you concerned for us weaklings?"
5You made us a little lower than you yourself,
and you have crowned us with glory and honor.
6You let us rule everything your hands have made.
And you put all of it under our power--
7the sheep and the cattle, and every wild animal,
8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and all ocean creatures.
9Our LORD and Ruler,
your name is wonderful everywhere on earth!
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