Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Tuesday, June 8th: Jeremiah 12-14, Matthew 22:23-46 ~ Nathan
Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Jeremiah 12-14; Matthew 22:23-46
Jeremiah 12:1 "You are always righteous, Lord, when I bring a case before you. Yet I would speak with you about your justice: Why does the way of the wicked prosper? Why do all the faithless live at ease?"
This verse stood out for me, it asks the same questions that Christians have been asking forever. Why do good things happen to bad people? This frustrates us when we see ourselves struggling in our jobs or in raising our children, and then look over to someone who doesn't even care about God and they seem to have it all together and have everything (material items).
To me, the answer to this comes at the beginning of 12:3, where it says "But you know my heart, Lord. You see me and test my mind...."
Nobody can fool God, He knows our hearts and cares for us. I think Christians would all agree that it is better to be rewarded in heaven then to gain rewards here on earth, which don't last.
In our New Testament reading we see how the Sadducees and Pharisees tried three times to fool Jesus with questions and three times He frustrated them with wise answers. He made them look foolish.
When I've read this over the years I've always wondered why they even tried to go head to head with Jesus and match wits with Him? I think it shows arrogance, and is a reminder for me of how small I am and how big God is. I'd rather be on His side and obey Him, then rebelling against Him.