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Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23 August 2023: Witnesses

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23 August 2023: Witnesses
Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23 August 2023: Witnesses

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23 August 2023

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23 August 2023, Wednesday ODB Devotional Message written by Tim Gustafson and Insight written by K. T. Sim

Today’s ODB Devotional Topic: Witnesses

Bible in a Year: Psalms 113–115; 1 Corinthians 6

Key Verse: The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Genesis 4:10

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 4:2–11

Insight: Genesis, which means “beginning,” is a book of origins. Genesis 1 tells how God created the universe and the first man and woman. Genesis 2 gives us the first wedding. Genesis 3 tells how perfect humanity became the sinful human race. Genesis 4 tells of the first family—the first parents, Adam and Eve; and the first sons, Cain and Abel. Adam and Eve were created by God, but Cain was the first human being conceived and carried in the womb of a woman. We also see the children in worship. Cain and Abel didn’t come empty-handed but brought offerings to worship God, so they must have been taught about Him and how to worship Him (vv. 3–4).

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23rd August 2023 ODB MESSAGE

In his poem “The Witnesses,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882) described a sunken slave ship. As he wrote of “skeletons in chains,” Longfellow mourned slavery’s countless nameless victims. The concluding stanza reads, “These are the woes of Slaves, / They glare from the abyss; / They cry from unknown graves, / We are the Witnesses!”

But who do these witnesses speak to? Isn’t such silent testimony futile?

There is a Witness who sees it all. When Cain murdered Abel, he pretended nothing had happened. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” he said dismissively to God. But God said, “Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand” (Genesis 4:9–11).

Cain’s name lives on as a warning. “Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother,” John the disciple cautioned (1 John 3:12). Abel’s name lives on too, but in a dramatically different way. “By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did,” said the writer of Hebrews. “By faith Abel still speaks” (Hebrews 11:4).

Abel still speaks! So do the bones of those long-forgotten slaves. We do well to remember all such victims, and to oppose oppression wherever we see it. God sees it all. His justice will triumph.

REFLECT: What situations of injustice and oppression do you know about? What might God be calling you to do today?

PRAY: Dear Father, You’re the God who sees. Help me to see oppression when it happens and show me what I can do to counter it.

Our Daily Bread Devotional for 23 August 2023, Wednesday ODB 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. our daily bread devotional for today audio our daily bread booklet.

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