Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Welcome to Day 10 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Genesis 25, OK, so yesterday started with the depressing news that Sarah, wife of Abraham had died… Today’s reading starts in similar fashion with the death of Abraham (175) and the news that after Sarah’s death, he remarried and started another family, having SIX more kids in his 100’s. (And for the first time we read about his concubines!)
I notice I tend to think of most Bible history being in the “Middle East.” However, a great portion was in Africa (considered to be part of the Middle East.) Thought about this when reading that the descendants of Ishmael settled 25:18 “near the eastern border of Egypt” which would be eastern modern day Egypt and western Libya?
Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah, and Jacob and Esau weren’t born for TWENTY years.
What a thoughtless decision Esau made, selling his birthright for a bowl of STEW! (Funny, Esau’s nickname was “Red.”)
Genesis 26, Wow, does this sound familiar?? “7 When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, “She is my sister,” because he was afraid to say, “She is my wife.” He thought, “The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah, because she is beautiful.” Even to the point of Abimilek’s decree that everyone needed to leave Isaac’s wife alone. This just makes me shake my head in disbelief. Like father, like son? I wonder if this was a piece of fatherly advice that Abraham passed on to Isaac?
Funny distinction between “rich” and “very wealthy.” Note that water was a precious commodity… lots of arguments over wells. The Philistines are starting to become a nuisance…
Preview of Jacob taking Esau’s blessing… tomorrow.
Psalms 6, Boy, the psalmist has a heavy heart. The good news is that the Lord hears our weeping and our cries for mercy. “Accepts my prayer?” I wonder if that’s a given, or if that was in this case? Need to ponder that ? for a while.
In Luke 9 Jesus sent out the twelve… in Luke 10 Jesus broadens the scope a bit and sends out the 72. “20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Jesus kept things in proper perspective… Keep the main thing the main thing. Great that we can heal the sick and have power over demons, etc, but that’s NOT the main thing.
22 “No one knows who the Son is except the Father, and no one knows who the Father is except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Great verse that Jesus reveals the Father to us.
27 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” (37 and showing mercy…) All the Law and the Prophets rest on these passages. Love God. Love People. Not complicated.
The story of Mary and Martha has always been one that I have pointed to, in terms of the tension between working and waiting. Someone had to make dinner and clean up the mess. There is always work to be done. Finding the balance (although I really don’t like that word) between Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet, and Martha who was “distracted.” I think THAT’S the real issue. What are my distractions? What keeps me from hearing from Jesus or waiting on him?
Waiting is not doing nothing. It is an active waiting that I want to do… Anticipating, learning, full of faith.
Obviously I have made many observations along the way. My overall observation this morning is two-fold. First that I am wondering what I have passed on to my kids… The second is that as we are pressing into God’s presence as a church family. It takes work to wait on God.
It takes a laser focus to not let anything and everything squeeze out our time with God. There is risk involved in pressing in to His presence… there is uncertainty and it can be uncomfortable at times… but the rewards are huge. I’m learning to wait. And waiting to learn. There is no doubt that we are called to serve, actively. “Even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…” Matthew 20:28. balanced with “This is the work of God… to believe on the one he has sent.” John 6:29
Lord help me (and our church family) as we learn to wait on You. To have the hands of Martha and the heart of Mary.