Day 25 – January 25, 2021

Genesis 25; Psalm 26; Proverbs 5:7–14; Matthew 16

Genesis 25

Abraham and Keturah

1 Now Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah.†

2 So she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.

3 Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan. Thus the sons of Dedan were Ragouel, Nabdeed and the Asshurim, the Letushim, and the Leummim.

4 And the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.

5 Now Abraham gave all his possessions to Isaac.†

6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines; and while he was still living, he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.

The Death and Burial of Abraham

7 After these things, the sum of years Abraham lived were one hundred and seventy-five years.†

8 Then Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, old and full of days and was added to his people.

9 So his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, opposite Mamre, in the field of Ephron, the son of Zohar the Hittite,

10 the field and the cave Abraham purchased from the sons of Heth. There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife.

11 Thus it came to pass, after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt at the Well of the Vision.†

The Genealogy of Ishmael and Isaac

12 Now this is the genealogy of Ishmael, Abraham’s son, whom Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant, bore to Abraham.

13 These were the names of Ishmael’s sons, by their names, according to their families: Ishmael’s firstborn, Nebajoth; then Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam,

14 Mishma, Dumah, Massa,

15 Hadar, Tema, Jetur, Naphish, and Kede-mah.

16 These were the sons of Ishmael, and these were their names, by their towns and settlements, twelve princes according to their nations.

17 These were the years of Ishmael’s life: one hundred and thirty-seven years; and he breathed his last and died, and was added to his people.

18 (He dwelt opposite Egypt, from Havilah as far as Shur, as you go toward Assyria, and dwelt separate from all his brothers.)

19 Now this is the genealogy of Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham begot Isaac.†

20 Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah as his wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Syrian of Mesopotamia, and the sister of Laban the Syrian.

21 Now Isaac pleaded with the Lord for his wife, because she was barren; and God granted his plea, and Rebekah his wife conceived.

22 But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If all is well, why am I like this?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, And two peoples shall be separated from your body. One shall be stronger than the other, And the older shall serve the younger.”† 

24 Thus, when her days were fulfilled to give birth, indeed, there were twins in her womb.

25 Now the firstborn came out red. He was like a hairy garment all over; so she named him Esau.

26 Afterward his brother came out, and his hand took hold of Esau’s heel; so she called his name Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah bore them.

Esau Sells His Birthright

27 So the boys grew. Now Esau was a skillful hunter, a man of the field; but Jacob was a simple man, dwelling in tents.†

28 Now Isaac loved Esau because he ate his venison, but Rebekah loved Jacob.

29 Then Jacob cooked a stew; and Esau came in from the field, and was weary.

30 So Esau said to Jacob, “Let me taste this red stew, for I am exhausted.” Therefore his name was called Edom.

31 But Jacob said to Esau, “Sell me your birthright today.”

32 Esau replied, “Look, I am about to die. What good then is this birthright to me?”

33 Then Jacob said, “Swear to me today.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob.

Psalms 26

1 Of David; before he was anointed. †The Lord is my light and my savior; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defender of my life; whom shall I dread? 

2 When the wicked drew near against me to eat up my flesh, Those who afflict me and are my enemies, they weakened and fell. 

3 Though an army should array itself against me, my heart shall not be afraid; Though war should rise up against me, in this I shall hope. 

4 One thing I ask from the Lord; this I will seek, That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, And behold the delights of the Lord, And visit His temple. 

5 For He hid me in His tabernacle in the day of my troubles; He sheltered me in the secret place of His tabernacle; He set me high upon a rock. 

6 And now, behold, He has lifted up my head above my enemies; I went around and offered in His tabernacle a sacrifice of joy; I will sing to the Lord, and praise Him with the harp. 

7 O Lord, hear my voice, wherein I cry; Have mercy on me and hear me. 

8 My heart speaks to You; my face seeks You; Your face, O Lord, I will seek. 

9 Do not turn away Your face from me; Do not turn away from Your servant in wrath; Be my helper; do not utterly cast me away, Nor forsake me, O God my savior. 

10 For my father and my mother forsook me, But the Lord laid hold of me. 

11 Instruct me, O Lord, in the way of Your law; Set me on a straight path because of my enemies. 

12 Do not deliver me to the souls of those who afflict me, For unjust witnesses rise up against me; And injustice lies to itself. 

13 I believe I shall see the Lord’s goodness in the land of the living. 

14 Wait on the Lord; Be courageous, and strengthen your heart, And wait on the Lord.

Proverbs of Solomon 5

The Perils of Sex outside of Marriage

7 Now therefore, my son, hear me, And do not make my words invalid;† 

8 Make your way distant from her And do not come near the doors of her house, 

9 That you may not give away your life to others And your existence to the merciless; 

10 That strangers may not be filled with your strength, And your labors go into the houses of strangers, 

11 And you should feel regret at the last, When the flesh of your body is consumed; 

12 And you will say, “How I hated instruction And turned my heart away from reproofs; 

13 I did not hear the voice of my instructor and teacher, Nor did I incline my ear; 

14 Little by little I was in every evil In the midst of the church and congregation.”

Matthew 16

Jewish Leaders Test Jesus

1 Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.†

2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;

3 and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.

4 A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.†

The Pharisees’ False Doctrine

5 Now when His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.†

6 Then Jesus said to them, “Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”

7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”

8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you have brought no bread?

9 Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?

10 Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up?

11 How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?— but to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”

12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Jesus Is the Christ, the Son of God

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”†

14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.†

19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.Ӡ

20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus’ Work: His Passion and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.†

22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.†

25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.†

26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?†

27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

28 Assuredly, I say to you, there are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.Ӡ

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