February 4 – Day 35
Genesis 18:16-25 (CEB)
16 The men got up from there and went over to look down on Sodom. Abraham was walking along with them to send them off 17 when the Lord said, “Will I keep from Abraham what I’m about to do? 18 Abraham will certainly become a great populous nation, and all the earth’s nations will be blessed because of him. 19 I have formed a relationship with him so that he will instruct his children and his household after him. And they will keep to the Lord’s path, being moral and just so that the Lord can do for Abraham everything he said he would.” 20 Then the Lord said, “The cries of injustice from Sodom and Gomorrah are countless, and their sin is very serious! 21 I will go down now to examine the cries of injustice that have reached me. Have they really done all this? If not, I want to know.”
22 The men turned away and walked toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing in front of the Lord 23 Abraham approached and said, “Will you really sweep away the innocentwith the guilty?24 What if there are fifty innocent people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not save the place for the sake of the fifty innocent people in it? 25 It’s not like you to do this, killing the innocent with the guilty as if there were no difference. It’s not like you! Will the judge of all the earth not act justly?”
Comment: I am so grateful to father Abraham for standing toe to toe with God: “it is not like you! Will the judge of all the earth not act justly?” Watch for God’s gentle response to his servant Abraham.
The Gospel of John 11:55-57 (CEB)
55 It was almost time for the Jewish Passover, and many people went from the countryside up to Jerusalem to purify themselves through ritual washing before the Passover. 56 They were looking for Jesus. As they spoke to each other in the temple, they said, “What do you think? He won’t come to the festival, will he?” 57 The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where he was should report it, so they could arrest him.
The Lord is my shepherd. I lack nothing.
2 He lets me rest in grassy meadows; he leads me to restful waters;
3 he keeps me [a] alive. He guides me in proper paths for the sake of his good name.
4 Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no danger because you are with me. Your rod and your staff—they protect me.
5 You set a table for me right in front of my enemies. You bathe my head in oil; my cup is so full it spills over!
6 Yes, goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will livein the Lord’s house as long as I live.
Prayer:“I am God’s child, deserving of love and respect, and God will use me to change the world.”