Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Tuesday, June 16th: Jeremiah 30-31, Matthew 26:1-25 ~ Nathan
In chapter 30 of Jeremiah, we read how God both explains why He is punishing Israel and Judah...
15.Why do you cry out over your wound, your pain that has no cure? Because of your great guilt and many sins I have done these things to you.
and later explains, and reassures, what will happen to his people after He punishes them...
22 “ ‘So you will be my people, and I will be your God .’ ”
This reminded me of when I was a child and did something wrong and was spanked (not sure if I can talk publicly about spanking now a days). My dad hated doing it, but told me he did it because he loved me and cared enough that he had to do something that hurt me and him now but would benefit me later. My parents weren't going to put up with ongoing misbehaviour and reached a point where something had to be done, and after a few warnings I usually got a spanking. After this I usually felt relieved and much better.
This is a lot like how God explains what will happen after He punishes Israel and Judah in chapter 31...
2.This is what the Lord says: “The people who survive the sword will find favor in the wilderness; I will come to give rest to Israel.”
The one thing that stood out for me in our New Testament reading is found in verse 13,
"Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Little did that women know that by doing a kind deed for Jesus she would be remembered forever. How many politicians or athletes try to do things for their own legacies, so that they will be remembered? Here a humble and lowly women came and did a kind and loving thing for Jesus 2000 years ago, and we're still talking about it today!
Just goes to show that doing something kind for God will truly count in the end.