Exodus 15: 19—17: 7
Alright you need to guard your heart from getting annoyed with the Israelites. I don’t know how they can complain to Moses about God when there is a GIANT pillar of fire and clouds leading them around. I don’t know how they can complain about how good the food was in Egypt when food is literally falling out of the sky for them. I don’t know how they can say, “Is the Lord here with us or not?” But here is what I do know. We are the same as the Israelites. Just sinners in need of a patient God. So before I get all, “How could they be so terrible to God?” I have to remind myself of the times I have questioned Him too. Every time I say to myself, Why?, I am being just like the Israelites.
An important theme is developed in this section. in verse 15: 26 God tells them that if they will obey Him He will not make them suffer the diseases He sent to the Egyptians. God says He is implementing this to test their faith. Remember this journey is meant to grow their faith. So this idea that if they obey God, God will bless them and if they disobey God He will curse them is born. As we continue in the story this will be important to understand why certain things are happening to them.
Matthew 22: 1-33
The Pharisee’s prided themselves on being at all the best banquets in town. Jesus is challenging their thinking again because He is telling them they are missing the most important banquet, the one thrown by God. They are the guests who refuse to come. God sent messengers to them and they refused them and killed them. Now the invite is extended to the Church (us). The only way to get into the banquet is to accept the invite and have the right clothes (accept the salvation Jesus is offering, not the fake clothes of unbelief).
The pharisees are really trying to get some dirt on Him so they can arrest Him. They try to trap Him with the taxes question, but Jesus sees them coming a mile away. He says that God and Government are SEPARATE!!! Caesar gets your taxes, God gets your devotion.
The Sadducees did not believe in resurrection from the dead. So they are trying to expose how ridiculous the idea of resurrection is by asking Jesus who this woman would be married to. Jesus says that in the Eternal State, life after death, marriage will not be needed. He uses the fact that God refers to Abraham, Issac and Jacob in the present tense. He is still currently the God of them. If resurrection wasn’t true then He would not bring them up.
Psalms 27: 1-6
I want to live in the House of the Lord all the days of my life. It is the only place where things make sense and I feel safe. He is a good God.
Proverbs 6: 20-26
Instead of stenciling verses like, “For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord….” on our kids walls, we should stencil this one! Listen to me, kid, or you will die at the hands of a prostitute, k, bye!
Have a great Saturday!