Anthony Delgado

Jacob’s Death (February 8, 2021)

Jacob ordered them, “I am soon to join my people. Bury me with my ancestors in the cave that’s in the field of Ephron the Hittite; in the cave that’s in the field of Machpelah near Mamre in the land of Canaan that Abraham bought from Ephron the Hittite as a burial property. That is where Abraham and his wife Sarah are buried, and where Isaac and his wife Rebekah are buried, and where I buried Leah. It is the field and the cave in it that belonged to the Hittites.” After he finished giving orders to his sons, he put his feet up on the bed, took his last breath, and joined his people.

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Anthony Delgado

Joseph Tests his Brothers (February 2, 2021)

Joseph tests his brothers: Joseph gave commands to his household manager: “Fill the men’s sacks with as much food as they’ll hold, and put each man’s silver at the top of his sack. Put my cup, the silver cup, on top of the youngest brother’s sack, together with the silver for his grain.” At dawn, the men and their donkeys were sent off. They had left the city but hadn’t gone far when Joseph said to his household manager, “Get ready, go after the men and catch up with them! Ask them, ‘Why have you repaid hospitality with ingratitude? Isn’t this the cup my master drinks from?”

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Anthony Delgado

Joseph in Egypt (January 29, 2021)

When Joseph had been taken down to Egypt, Potiphar, Pharaoh’s chief officer, the commander of the royal guard and an Egyptian, purchased him from the Ishmaelites who had brought him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man and served in his Egyptian master’s household. Potiphar thought highly of Joseph, and Joseph became his assistant; he appointed Joseph head of his household and put everything he had under Joseph’s supervision. From the time he appointed Joseph head of his household and of everything he had, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s household because of Joseph.

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Anthony Delgado

Joseph’s Dream (January 28, 2021)

Joseph had a dream and told it to his brothers, which made them hate him even more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had. When we were binding stalks of grain in the field, my stalk got up and stood upright, while your stalks gathered around it and bowed down to my stalk.” His brothers said to him, “Will you really be our king and rule over us?” So they hated him even more because of the dreams he told them.

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Anthony Delgado

JACOB WRESTLED WITH GOD (JANUARY 27, 2021)

Jacob got up during the night, took his two wives, his two women servants, and his eleven sons, and crossed the Jabbok River’s shallow water. He took them and everything that belonged to him, and he helped them cross the river. But Jacob stayed apart by himself, and a man wrestled with him until dawn broke. When the man saw that he couldn’t defeat Jacob, he grabbed Jacob’s thigh and tore a muscle in Jacob’s thigh as he wrestled with him. The man said, “Let me go because the dawn is breaking.”

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12 Sons of Jacob
Anthony Delgado

The 12 Sons of Jacob (January 25, 2021)

God responded to Leah. She became pregnant and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob…”Now my husband will honor me since I’ve borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. After this, she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah. Then God remembered Rachel, responded to her, and let her conceive. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my shame.” She named him Joseph, saying to herself, May the Lord give me another son.

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Blessing of Jacob and Esau
Anthony Delgado

Blessing of Jacob and Esau (January 22, 2021)

Isaac summoned Jacob, blessed him, and gave him these orders: “Don’t marry a Canaanite woman. Esau understood that Isaac had blessed Jacob and sent him to Paddan-aram to marry a woman from there. Esau said to his father, “Do you really have only one blessing, Father? Bless me too, my father!” Esau was furious at Jacob because his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, When the period of mourning for the death of my father is over, I will kill my brother.

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Anthony Delgado

Jacob and Esau (January 21, 2021)

When the young men grew up, Esau became an outdoorsman who knew how to hunt, and Jacob became a quiet man who stayed at home. Isaac loved Esau because he enjoyed eating game, but Rebekah loved Jacob. Once when Jacob was boiling stew, Esau came in from the field hungry and said to Jacob, “I’m starving! Let me devour some of this red stuff.” That’s why his name is Edom.

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Anthony Delgado

ISAAC AND REBEKAH (JANUARY 20, 2021)

One evening as he was walking and meditating in the fields, he looked up and saw the camels coming. When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted from her camel. “Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?” she asked the servant. And he replied, “It is my master.” So Rebekah covered her face with her veil. Then the servant told Isaac everything he had done. And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother Sarah’s tent, [he married her] and she became his wife. He loved her deeply, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother.

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Anthony Delgado

Woe Is Me! I Am Undone.

Woe is the feeling you get in your gut when you’ve been on the freeway for an hour, and it occurs to you that you’ve been driving in the wrong direction.

More so, it is a pain you feel in your gut when you realize you have been heading in the wrong direction for a decade, for two decades, for three decades, or more, and the exasperation is so great, the pressure upon your heart so immense, breath is forced from your lips, and you sigh, “Woe to me. I am undone.”

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Anthony Delgado

Uncharacteristic Callings (God Calls the Prophet Amos)

God calls us to pray. But, God also calls us to the practical ministries of love and word to go with it. God calls some of you to minister to the lost through the way you live your life. He calls others through prophetic gifting—preaching, teaching, evangelism. But, we are all called to be a part of the mission of God.

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Anthony Delgado

Hagar and Ishmael Are Sent Away (January 15, 2021)

arah saw Hagar’s son laughing, the one Hagar the Egyptian had borne to Abraham. So she said to Abraham, “Send this servant away with her son! This servant’s son won’t share the inheritance with my son Isaac.” This upset Abraham terribly because the boy was his son. God said to Abraham, “Don’t be upset about the boy and your servant. Do everything Sarah tells you to do because your descendants will be traced through Isaac. But I will make of your servant’s son a great nation too, because he is also your descendant.” Abraham got up early in the morning, took some bread and a flask of water, and gave it to Hagar. He put the boy in her shoulder sling and sent her away. She left and wandered through the desert near Beer-sheba.

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Sodom and Gomorrah
Anthony Delgado

Sodom and Gomorrah (January 14, 2021)

As the sun rose over the earth, Lot arrived in Zoar; and the Lord rained down burning asphalt from the skies onto Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord destroyed these cities, the entire valley, everyone who lived in the cities, and all of the fertile land’s vegetation. When Lot’s wife looked back, she turned into a pillar of salt. Abraham set out early for the place where he had stood with the Lord, and looked out over Sodom and Gomorrah and over all the land of the valley. He saw the smoke from the land rise like the smoke from a kiln.

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