Monday, January 23, 2012
Welcome to Day 23 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
Exodus 6, Moses tells the Israelites what God is about to do, but they are too discouraged to listen. Then Moses’ and Aaron’s family line… And once again, Moses again has his doubts about speaking with Pharaoh, even though God has told him what to say… “Why would Pharaoh listen to me?? I have faltering lips.” (I don’t talk so good…)
Exodus 7 and 8 are all about the plagues God is sending (water turns to blood, frogs, gnats, flies) and how Pharaoh one minute says they may go and worship, then the next minute his heart is hardened and he refuses to let them leave…
The big story today is the Crucifixion in Luke 23… and the thief who defends Jesus and asks Jesus to “remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Luke 23:39 “One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42, Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”43 Jesus answered him,
“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
(Also took note that Pilate and Herod “became friends that day” passing Jesus back and forth…)
It’s interesting to me that Pharaoh’s “wise men, sorcerers and magicians” could do some of the same miracles… Their staffs turned into snakes, they also turned water into blood “by their secret arts.” They couldn’t produce gnats from dust though… Wondering if Moses, being raised in a Pharaoh’s household, knew that they had magicians and sorcerers available… Can’t imagine this is new to only this Pharaoh…
What an amazing story… one thief hurls insults, the other defends Jesus and asks him, “Don’t you fear God?” then asks Jesus to remember him… Such a great picture of God’s mercy…
The common denominator between the Exodus readings and the Luke reading? Hardness of heart. Pharaoh and the other thief (who insulted Jesus). You could also add Pilate to this list… “This man has done nothing to deserve punishment.” But he still allowed them to crucify Jesus…
It’s so easy for our hearts to become hardened…
Lord, I don’t want to have a hard heart… I want to be like Joseph, “a member of the Council, a good and upright man, 51, who had not consented to their decision and action… and he himself was waiting for the kingdom of God.” Luke 23:51-52.