Our Daily Bread Devotional

Our Daily Bread | 23 August 2021 | Devotional

Our Daily Bread | 23 August 2021 | Devotional

Our Daily Bread | 23 August 2021 | Devotional

Our Daily Bread | 23 August 2021 | Devotional

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Our Daily Bread 23rd August 2021 Devotional Message Written By Mike Wittmer (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

Topic: Loving Your Enemy

Today’s Scripture: Acts 1:1-8

Key Verse: You will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria. – Acts 1:8

Bible in a Year: Psalms 113–1151 Corinthians 6

INSIGHT: 

After conquering the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the Assyrians adopted a policy of racial assimilation. They deported the Jews to Assyria and brought in other people groups to repopulate Samaria and marry the remaining Jews still in the land.

This new group, the Samaritans, eventually devised their own religion, a hybrid of Judaism and paganism (2 Kings 17:22–41) with a temple of their own on Mount Gerizim (see John 4:20–23), creating deep-seated hostility between the two peoples (Ezra 4:1–3Luke 9:51–55John 4:9). In the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when reaching the Jews was His priority, He told His disciples not to go to the gentile or Samaritan towns to preach (Matthew 10:5–6). Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus specifically commanded His disciples to “be [his] witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

MESSAGE (Our Daily Bread Ministries)

I ducked into a room before she saw me. I was ashamed of hiding, but I didn’t want to deal with her right then—or ever. I longed to tell her off, to put her in her place. Though I’d been annoyed by her past behaviour, it’s likely I had irritated her even more!

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The Jews and Samaritans also shared a mutually irritating relationship. Being a people of mixed origin and worshipping their own gods, the Samaritans—in the eyes of the Jews—had spoiled the Jewish bloodline and faith, erecting a rival religion on Mount Gerizim (John 4:20). In fact, the Jews so despised Samaritans they would walk the long way around rather than take the direct route through their country.

Jesus revealed a better way. He brought salvation for all people, including Samaritans. So He ventured into the heart of Samaria to bring living water to a sinful woman and her town (Vv. 4–42). His last words to His disciples were to follow His example.

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Our Daily Bread Devotional | 23 August 2021

They must share His good news with everyone, beginning in Jerusalem and dispersing through Samaria until they reached “the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Samaria was more than the next geographical sequence. It was the most painful part of the mission. The disciples had to overcome lifetimes of prejudice to love people they didn’t like.

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Does Jesus matter more to us than our grievances? There’s only one way to be sure. Love your “Samaritan.”

Reflect & Pray

How can you begin to show love to those who aren’t very loving? When have you been loving to a difficult person and then found them softening?

Our Daily Bread 23rd August 2021 Devotional Message. Our Daily Bread Ministries  (ODB) is a Christian organization founded by Dr Martin De Haan in 1938. It is based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, with over 600 employees. It produces several devotional publications, including Our Daily Bread.

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