Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Welcome to Day 283 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
Nehemiah 3:13 “The Valley Gate was repaired by Hanun and the residents of Zanoah.”
This chapter underscores an important theme of Ezra and Nehemiah: the people of God as a whole and not just the great leaders are vital for accomplishing God’s redemptive purpose. All of God’s people worked together to rebuild the wall: clergy and laity, craftsmen and tradesmen, by town and by family, each contributing to the completion of the whole. RSB
Nehemiah 4:3, “Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, “What they are building—even a fox climbing up on it would break down their wall of stones!”
16 “From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor.”
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.”
They were watchful while working…
I love the story of the rebuilding of the wall. A great picture of cooperation around a shared vision.
But nothing can compare to the story of Jesus and the two thieves on the cross.
One hurled insults, the other, a contrite request. “Remember me when you come into your kingdom.” He took responsibility for his actions, knew that he was deserving of punishment. And that Jesus wasn’t.
This story moves me every time I read it…
I imagine myself standing there… watching… listening. It had to be quite the scene. Then, a brief exchange and one last offer of mercy to one not deserving of mercy… and Jesus breathed his last.
And one of the two thieves entered paradise. The other… didn’t.
Taking responsibility for our actions is huge.
And a little humility goes a long way…
Lord, may I always be humble before you… Thank you that you are merciful!