Devotion and Readings for September 25

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Bible Readings and Devotion for September 25, 2020

Here are the references for the readings.  Please look these up in your print Bible, your smartphone app Bible, or your online Bible:

Luke 9:1-9

2 Corinthians 7:13 – 8:7

Psalm 69

Job 32

Devotion for September 25, 2020

By Pastor David Tinker

The Psalms often point, eventually, to things about Jesus.  Psalm 69:21b reminds us of something about Jesus.  We read, “… and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.”

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This is very much like the reality of Jesus’ crucifixion.  We read in John 19:28-30, “28 After this, when Jesus knew that all was now finished, he said (in order to fulfill the scripture), “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar full of sour wine was standing there. So they put a sponge full of the wine on a branch of hyssop and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.”

One of the opportunities we have in our walk of faith is Bible Reading and Study.  Through these foundational tools we can become more and more familiar with God’s Holy Word.  With that familiarity we can get to know the vast and powerful connections in what the Spirit shares with us.  We will begin to see the ways that the Old Testament points to Jesus Christ.

Martin Luther noted, “The Scriptures are the manger that holds Christ.”  What he means is that the Old and New Testaments together bring Jesus to us.  Just as the manger was the cradle of Jesus in Bethlehem, so the Bible is the where we find Jesus presented to us.  Today is a grand opportunity to reinvest in daily reading of Scripture.  As you do this, pay attention to how these Spirit filled writings point us over and over again to Jesus.

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Prayer

Blessed Lord God, you have caused the holy scriptures to be written for the nourishment of your people. Grant that we may hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, comforted by your promises, we may embrace and forever hold fast to the hope of eternal life, which you have given us in Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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