First day back to school. Good and bad. Glad the mess makers are not going to be here all day making messes, sad because I miss those jokers when they are not here. Did not have time to linger in His word like I have been for the last week of break, but here we go anyway.
In the story of Abraham pleading with God for the righteous of Sodom I am left with the idea that God is merciful and loving, but God is not going to put up with sin. It’s not something He sweeps under the rug. It must be dealt with. He says he will save there city if there are any righteous. He goes in and drags Lot and his family out! He wiped out Sodom to prevent the spread of their sinful lifestyle. Another mercy, to the people who were trying to live uprightly. You can totally tell that Lot and his family are believers in the Lord (because Lot recognizes the angels and cares for them) but have also been tainted by the lifestyle in Sodom(tries to give the Sodomites his virgin daughters). It makes me think of what we read in Matthew yesterday, that you cannot serve two masters. It is either God or the world, you cannot have both.
You can take the daughters out of Sodom but you can’t take the Sodom out of the girls. They act in a way that shows us how far from God they are. The product of their actions results in the birth of the two nations that will cause Israel the most trouble. Don’t forget, Moses is writing this to teach the Israelites about God. So exposing how these nations came into existence would solidify in the Israelites mind how ungodly they are. Hopefully serving as a warning to stay away from them.
Worry—the life sucker. And no it cannot add a single moment to my life. Worry is my signal that I am NOT believing that God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown in to the fires tomorrow, he will certainly care fo you. Once again Jesus is correcting the teaching of the Pharisee’s here. They would require people to plead cases before them and they would judge their “holiness.” Jesus is saying worry about your own holiness, before you worry about someone else’s holiness. I love how this is telling us to ask God for what we need and he delights, as a father would, in giving it to us.
And hey there, look! The Golden rule is in the bible!! I knew it was in there somewhere.
That last verse is a warning that the way to heaven is the road less traveled, so to speak. You can’t serve two masters keeps coming into my head. God is telling us that to get to Him we will not be on the wide road everyone else is on.
Psalm 8: 1-9
I love these Psalms that reminds us of God’s majesty, strength, wisdom, and glory. I have to remember this about Him for the world to make sense.
Proverbs 2: 6-15
Need to know what is right, just and fair? Need to know the way to go? It all comes for wisdom given to us by the Lord. It is our protection and joy!