Day 35 – February 4, 2021

Genesis 35; Psalm 33:12–23; Proverbs 6:37–40; Matthew 22:23–46

Genesis 35

Jacob at Bethel

1 Now God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.”†

2 Then Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Put away the foreign gods among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.

3 Let us arise and go up to Bethel and make there an altar to God, who answered me in the day of my tribulation, and was with me and saved me on the road I traveled.”

4 So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods in their hands, and the earrings in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree near Shechem.

5 Then Israel departed from Shechem, and the fear of God was upon all the cities around them. Thus they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.

6 Now Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), in the land of Canaan, he and all the people with him.

7 He built an altar there and called the place Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother Esau.

8 Now Deborah, Rebekah’s nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the oak. So Jacob called its name the Oak of Mourning.

9 Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Mesopotamia, and blessed him.†

10 God said to him, “Your name is Jacob; your name shall not any more be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name.”

11 God also said to him, “I am your God. Increase and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body.†

12 The land I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your seed after you I give this land.”

13 Then God ascended from him in the place where He talked with him.†

14 So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it.

15 Thus Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him Bethel.

The Death of Rachel

16 Then Jacob departed from Bethel, and when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored with much difficulty in childbirth.

17 Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, “Take courage; you will have this son also.”

18 So it was, as her soul was departing (for she died), she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin.

19 Thus Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

20 Then Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.

21 Now Israel journeyed and pitched his tent beyond the tower of Eder.

22 So it happened, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father’s concubine. Israel heard about it, and it was seen as evil in his sight.

The Twelve Sons of Jacob

23 Now the sons of Jacob were twelve: the sons of Leah were Reuben, Jacob’s firstborn, and Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun;

24 the sons of Rachel were Joseph and Benjamin;

25 the sons of Bilhah, Rachel’s maidservant, were Dan and Naphtali;

26 and the sons of Zilpah, Leah’s maidservant, were Gad and Asher. These were the sons of Jacob who were born to him in Mesopotamia of Syria.

The Death of Isaac

27 Then Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kirjath Arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.

28 Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years.

29 So Isaac breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people, being old and full of days. Thus his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

Psalms 33

12 Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. 

13 Who is the man who desires life, Who loves to see good days? 

14 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking deceit. 

15 Shun evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. 

16 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And His ears are open to their supplications. 

17 The Lord’s face is against those who do evil, So as to destroy their remembrance from the earth. 

18 The righteous cried, and the Lord heard them; And He delivered them from all their afflictions. 

19 The Lord is near those who are brokenhearted, And He will save the humble in spirit. 

20 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But He will deliver them from them all. 

21 The Lord shall guard all their bones; Not one of them shall be broken. 

22 The death of sinners is evil, And those who hate the righteous shall go wrong. 

23 The Lord will redeem the souls of His servants, And all who hope in Him shall not go wrong.

Proverbs of Solomon 6

37 But the adulterer through his lack of discernment Obtains the destruction of his soul; 

38 He bears both pain and dishonor, And his disgrace will not be wiped away forever. 

39 For the anger of her husband is full of jealousy; He will not spare in the day of judgment; 

40 He will not take any ransom in exchange for his hatred, Nor will he be reconciled by many gifts.

Matthew 22

Resurrection of the Dead

23 The same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him and asked Him,†

24 saying: “Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.

25 Now there were with us seven brothers. The first died after he had married, and having no offspring, left his wife to his brother.

26 Likewise the second also, and the third, even to the seventh.

27 Last of all the woman died also.

28 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had her.”

29 Jesus answered and said to them, “You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.

30 For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.

31 But concerning the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God, saying,

32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”

33 And when the multitudes heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.

The Greatest Commandment

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together.

35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying,†

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ †

40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

David’s Son Is His Lord

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,†

42 saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?” They said to Him, “ The Son of David.”

43 He said to them, “How then does David in the Spirit call Him ‘Lord,’ saying:

44 ‘The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool”’ ? 

45 If David then calls Him ‘Lord,’ how is He his Son?”

46 And no one was able to answer Him a word, nor from that day on did anyone dare question Him anymore.

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