January 9 - Luke 9.28-62, Genesis 16 and Psalm 9

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The Transfiguration
(Matthew 17.1-8; Mark 9.2-8)

Luke 9 28About a week after he had said these things, Jesus took Peter, John, and James with him and went up a hill to pray. 29While he was praying, his face changed its appearance, and his clothes became dazzling white. 30Suddenly two men were there talking with him. They were Moses and Elijah, 31who appeared in heavenly glory and talked with Jesus about the way in which he would soon fulfill God's purpose by dying in Jerusalem. 32Peter and his companions were sound asleep, but they woke up and saw Jesus' glory and the two men who were standing with him. 33As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, "Master, how good it is that we are here! We will make three tents, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." (He did not really know what he was saying.)
34While he was still speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them with its shadow; and the disciples were afraid as the cloud came over them. 35A voice said from the cloud, "This is my Son, whom I have chosen--listen to him!"
36When the voice stopped, there was Jesus all alone. The disciples kept quiet about all this and told no one at that time anything they had seen.

Jesus Heals a Boy with an Evil Spirit
(Matthew 17.14-18; Mark 9.14-27)

37The next day Jesus and the three disciples went down from the hill, and a large crowd met Jesus. 38A man shouted from the crowd, "Teacher! I beg you, look at my son--my only son! 39A spirit attacks him with a sudden shout and throws him into a fit, so that he foams at the mouth; it keeps on hurting him and will hardly let him go! 40I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn't."
41Jesus answered, "How unbelieving and wrong you people are! How long must I stay with you? How long do I have to put up with you?" Then he said to the man, "Bring your son here."
42As the boy was coming, the demon knocked him to the ground and threw him into a fit. Jesus gave a command to the evil spirit, healed the boy, and gave him back to his father. 43All the people were amazed at the mighty power of God.

Jesus Speaks Again about His Death
(Matthew 17.22, 23; Mark 9.30-32)

The people were still marveling at everything Jesus was doing, when he said to his disciples, 44"Don't forget what I am about to tell you! The Son of Man is going to be handed over to the power of human beings." 45But the disciples did not know what this meant. It had been hidden from them so that they could not understand it, and they were afraid to ask him about the matter.

Who Is the Greatest?
(Matthew 18.1-5; Mark 9.33-37)

46An argument broke out among the disciples as to which one of them was the greatest. 47Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he took a child, stood him by his side, 48and said to them, "Whoever welcomes this child in my name, welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me, also welcomes the one who sent me. For the one who is least among you all is the greatest."

Whoever Is Not against You Is for You
(Mark 9.38-40)

49John spoke up, "Master, we saw a man driving out demons in your name, and we told him to stop, because he doesn't belong to our group."
50"Do not try to stop him," Jesus said to him and to the other disciples, "because whoever is not against you is for you."

A Samaritan Village Refuses to Receive Jesus

51As the time drew near when Jesus would be taken up to heaven, he made up his mind and set out on his way to Jerusalem. 52He sent messengers ahead of him, who went into a village in Samaria to get everything ready for him. 53But the people there would not receive him, because it was clear that he was on his way to Jerusalem. 54When the disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?"
55Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56Then Jesus and his disciples went on to another village.

The Would-Be Followers of Jesus
(Matthew 8.19-22)

57As they went on their way, a man said to Jesus, "I will follow you wherever you go."
58Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest."
59He said to another man, "Follow me."
But that man said, "Sir, first let me go back and bury my father."
60Jesus answered, "Let the dead bury their own dead. You go and proclaim the Kingdom of God."
61Someone else said, "I will follow you, sir; but first let me go and say good-bye to my family."
62Jesus said to him, "Anyone who starts to plow and then keeps looking back is of no use for the Kingdom of God."

Hagar and Ishmael

Genesis 16 Abram's wife Sarai had not borne him any children. But she had an Egyptian slave woman named Hagar, 2and so she said to Abram, "The LORD has kept me from having children. Why don't you sleep with my slave? Perhaps she can have a child for me." Abram agreed with what Sarai said. 3So she gave Hagar to him to be his concubine. (This happened after Abram had lived in Canaan for ten years.) 4Abram had intercourse with Hagar, and she became pregnant. When she found out that she was pregnant, she became proud and despised Sarai.
5Then Sarai said to Abram, "It's your fault that Hagar despises me. I myself gave her to you, and ever since she found out that she was pregnant, she has despised me. May the LORD judge which of us is right, you or me!"
6Abram answered, "Very well, she is your slave and under your control; do whatever you want with her." Then Sarai treated Hagar so cruelly that she ran away.
7The angel of the LORD met Hagar at a spring in the desert on the road to Shur 8and said, "Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?"
She answered, "I am running away from my mistress."
9He said, "Go back to her and be her slave." 10Then he said, "I will give you so many descendants that no one will be able to count them. 11You are going to have a son, and you will name him Ishmael, because the LORD has heard your cry of distress. 12But your son will live like a wild donkey; he will be against everyone, and everyone will be against him. He will live apart from all his relatives."
13Hagar asked herself, "Have I really seen God and lived to tell about it?" So she called the LORD, who had spoken to her, "A God Who Sees." 14That is why people call the well between Kadesh and Bered "The Well of the Living One Who Sees Me."
15Hagar bore Abram a son, and he named him Ishmael. 16Abram was eighty-six years old at the time.

Thanksgiving to God for His Justice

Psalm 9 I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart;
I will tell of all the wonderful things you have done.
2I will sing with joy because of you.
I will sing praise to you, Almighty God.

3My enemies turn back when you appear;
they fall down and die.
4You are fair and honest in your judgments,
and you have judged in my favor.

5You have condemned the heathen
and destroyed the wicked;
they will be remembered no more.
6Our enemies are finished forever;
you have destroyed their cities,
and they are completely forgotten.

7But the LORD is king forever;
he has set up his throne for judgment.
8He rules the world with righteousness;
he judges the nations with justice.

9The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
a place of safety in times of trouble.
10Those who know you, LORD, will trust you;
you do not abandon anyone who comes to you.

11Sing praise to the LORD, who rules in Zion!
Tell every nation what he has done!
12God remembers those who suffer;
he does not forget their cry,
and he punishes those who wrong them.

13Be merciful to me, O LORD!
See the sufferings my enemies cause me!
Rescue me from death, O LORD,
14that I may stand before the people of Jerusalem
and tell them all the things for which I praise you.
I will rejoice because you saved me.

15The heathen have dug a pit and fallen in;
they have been caught in their own trap.
16The LORD has revealed himself by his righteous judgments,
and the wicked are trapped by their own deeds.

17Death is the destiny of all the wicked,
of all those who reject God.
18The needy will not always be neglected;
the hope of the poor will not be crushed forever.

19Come, LORD! Do not let anyone defy you!
Bring the heathen before you
and pronounce judgment on them.
20Make them afraid, O LORD;
make them know that they are only mortal beings.

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This reading is from The Holy Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.

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