Be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. – Luke 21:34


Luke 21

1 Just then he looked up and saw the rich people dropping offerings in the collection plate. 2 Then he saw a poor widow put in two pennies. 3 He said, “The plain truth is that this widow has given by far the largest offering today. 4 All these others made offerings that they’ll never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford – she gave her all!

5 One day people were standing around talking about the Temple, remarking how beautiful it was, the splendor of its stonework and memorial gifts. Jesus said, 6 “All this you’re admiring so much – the time is coming when every stone in that building will end up in a heap of rubble.” 7 They asked him, “Teacher, when is this going to happen? What clue will we get that it’s about to take place?” 8 He said, “Watch out for the doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities claiming, ‘I’m the One,’ or, ‘The end is near.’ Don’t fall for any of that. 9 When you hear of wars and uprisings, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history and no sign of the end.” 10 He went on, “Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. 11 Huge earthquakes will occur in various places. There will be famines. You’ll think at times that the very sky is falling. 12 “But before any of this happens, they’ll arrest you, hunt you down, and drag you to court and jail. It will go from bad to worse, dog-eat-dog, everyone at your throat because you carry my name. 13 You’ll end up on the witness stand, called to testify. 14 Make up your mind right now not to worry about it. 15 I’ll give you the words and wisdom that will reduce all your accusers to stammers and stutters. 16 “You’ll even be turned in by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. Some of you will be killed. 17 There’s no telling who will hate you because of me. 18 Even so, every detail of your body and soul – even the hairs of your head! – is in my care; nothing of you will be lost. 19 Staying with it – that’s what is required. Stay with it to the end. You won’t be sorry; you’ll be saved.

20 “When you see soldiers camped all around Jerusalem, then you’ll know that she is about to be devastated. 21 If you’re living in Judea at the time, run for the hills. If you’re in the city, get out quickly. If you’re out in the fields, don’t go home to get your coat. 22 This is Vengeance Day everything written about it will come to a head. 23 Pregnant and nursing mothers will have it especially hard. Incredible misery! Torrential rage! 24 People dropping like flies; people dragged off to prisons; Jerusalem under the boot of barbarians until the nations finish what was given them to do. 25 “It will seem like all hell has broken loose – sun, moon, stars, earth, sea, 26 in an uproar and everyone all over the world in a panic, the wind knocked out of them by the threat of doom, the powers-that-be quaking. 27 “And then – then! – they’ll see the Son of Man welcomed in grand style – a glorious welcome! 28 When all this starts to happen, up on your feet. Stand tall with your heads high. Help is on the way!”

29 He told them a story. “Look at a fig tree. Any tree for that matter. 30 When the leaves begin to show, one look tells you that summer is right around the corner. 31 The same here – when you see these things happen, you know God’s kingdom is about here. 32 Don’t brush this off: I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too – these things will happen. 33 Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out. 34 “But be on your guard. Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping. Otherwise, that Day is going to take you by complete surprise, spring on you suddenly like a trap, 35 for it’s going to come on everyone, everywhere, at once. 36 So, whatever you do, don’t go to sleep at the switch. Pray constantly that you will have the strength and wits to make it through everything that’s coming and end up on your feet before the Son of Man.37 He spent his days in the Temple teaching, but his nights out on the mountain called Olives. 38 All the people were up at the crack of dawn to come to the Temple and listen to him.

Genesis 38

1 About that time, Judah separated from his brothers and hooked up with a man in Adullam named Hirah. 2 While there, Judah met the daughter of a Canaanite named Shua. He married her, they went to bed, 3 she became pregnant and had a son named Er. 4 She got pregnant again and had a son named Onan. 5 She had still another son; she named this one Shelah. They were living at Kezib when she had him. 6 Judah got a wife for Er, his firstborn. Her name was Tamar. 7 But Judah’s firstborn, Er, grievously offended God and God took his life. 8 So Judah told Onan, “Go and sleep with your brother’s widow; it’s the duty of a brother-in-law to keep your brother’s line alive.” 9 But Onan knew that the child wouldn’t be his, so whenever he slept with his brother’s widow he spilled his semen on the ground so he wouldn’t produce a child for his brother. 10 God was much offended by what he did and also took his life. 11 So Judah stepped in and told his daughter-in-law Tamar, “Live as a widow at home with your father until my son Shelah grows up.” He was worried that Shelah would also end up dead, just like his brothers. So Tamar went to live with her father.

12 Time passed. Judah’s wife, Shua’s daughter, died. When the time of mourning was over, Judah with his friend Hirah of Adullam went to Timnah for the sheep shearing. 13 Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law has gone to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14 She took off her widow’s clothes, put on a veil to disguise herself, and sat at the entrance to Enaim which is on the road to Timnah. She realized by now that even though Shelah was grown up, she wasn’t going to be married to him. 15 Judah saw her and assumed she was a prostitute since she had veiled her face. 16 He left the road and went over to her. He said, “Let me sleep with you.” He had no idea that she was his daughter-in-law. She said, “What will you pay me?” 17 “I’ll send you,” he said, “a kid goat from the flock.” She said, “Not unless you give me a pledge until you send it.” 18 “So what would you want in the way of a pledge?” She said, “Your personal seal-and-cord and the staff you carry.” He handed them over to her and slept with her. And she got pregnant. 19 She then left and went home. She removed her veil and put her widow’s clothes back on. 20 Judah sent the kid goat by his friend from Adullam to recover the pledge from the woman. But he couldn’t find her. 21 He asked the men of that place, “Where’s the prostitute that used to sit by the road here near Enaim?” They said, “There’s never been a prostitute here.” 22 He went back to Judah and said, “I couldn’t find her. The men there said there never has been a prostitute there.” 23 Judah said, “Let her have it then. If we keep looking, everyone will be poking fun at us. I kept my part of the bargain – I sent the kid goat but you couldn’t find her.”

24 Three months or so later, Judah was told, “Your daughter-in-law has been playing the whore – and now she’s a pregnant whore.” Judah yelled, “Get her out here. Burn her up!” 25 As they brought her out, she sent a message to her father-in-law, “I’m pregnant by the man who owns these things. Identify them, please. Who’s the owner of the seal-and-cord and the staff?26 Judah saw they were his. He said, “She’s in the right; I’m in the wrong – I wouldn’t let her marry my son Shelah.” He never slept with her again. 27 When her time came to give birth, it turned out that there were twins in her womb. 28 As she was giving birth, one put his hand out; the midwife tied a red thread on his hand, saying, “This one came first.” 29 But then he pulled it back and his brother came out. She said, “Oh! A breakout!” So she named him Perez (Breakout). 30 Then his brother came out with the red thread on his hand. They named him Zerah (Bright).

Psalms 29

1 Bravo, God, bravo! Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!” 2 In awe before the glory, in awe before God’s visible power. Stand at attention! Dress your best to honor him! 3 God thunders across the waters, Brilliant, his voice and his face, streaming brightness – God, across the flood waters. 4 God’s thunder tympanic, God’s thunder symphonic. 5 God’s thunder smashes cedars, God topples the northern cedars. 6 The mountain ranges skip like spring colts, The high ridges jump like wild kid goats. 7 God’s thunder spits fire. 8 God thunders, the wilderness quakes; He makes the desert of Kadesh shake. 9 God’s thunder sets the oak trees dancing A wild dance, whirling; the pelting rain strips their branches. We fall to our knees – we call out, “Glory!” 10 Above the floodwaters is God’s throne from which his power flows, from which he rules the world. 11 God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace.

Comments

– 1/29/2005 10:54:50 AM

Yeah.. worry doesn’t help anything.. I’m fine, I will always be fine.. Sueños dulces.

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