Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunday, November 22nd: 2 Chronicles 4-6; Luke 5:17-39

Today's passage: 2 Chronicles 4-6; Luke 5:17-39

One thing I thought of during today's reading was how bitter sweet this passage must have been for the Jews when this was written,  as it also for us,  in a lesser way.  Chronicles was written to the Jews returning from Babylonian exile,  a few of which were still alive and had seen this beautiful temple that was being described,  but that now lay in ruins around them. 

They knew that they would prove so unfaithful that God would use the Babylonians to judge His people,  and destroy the very temple described in this passage.  How their tears must have fell as they listened to beautiful description after beautiful description,  and to how God's glory filled the temple. 

Sin is serious and it has serious,  sometimes devastating, consequences. 

And yet,  in His great mercy,  God always offers us a way back,  an opportunity to be reconciled with the One Holy God.  May we take the opportunity He gives,  and may we not waste it!

We need to do what the Pharisees could not,  and acknowledge our desperate need for a spiritual physician.

Tomorrow's passage: 2 Chronicles 7-9; Luke 6:1-26


Pamela said...

This stood out for me:

30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

We are so quick to judge someone else's actions without regarding their true intent.

Conrad said...

"It is not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick."

It is true, we are quick to judge, and yet we are all sinners. Despite that fact, God will still use us to help further His kingdom.