In the morning let us prepare for the new day with the words of the New Testament and in the evening let us reflect on how God moves in the lives of his people.

Morning Reading from the New Testament: Matthew 11

John sent word from prison. Jesus said, “John the Baptist is Elijah.” Jesus denounced the cities and said, “Come, my burden is light.”

Evening Reading from the Old Testament: Genesis 33-35

Esau and his men arrived. Jacob bowed down but Esau ran to embrace him. Jacob settled near Shechem and built an altar.

Shechem raped Jacob’s daughter and asked to marry her. Jacob’s sons told him to circumcise his men, then Simeon and Levi killed them.

Jacob went to Bethel and God renamed him Israel. They journeyed on. Rachel died having Israel’s twelfth son. Isaac died in Hebron.

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