Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday, October 26th: Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17, Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30, Matthew 20:1-19, Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34, Matthew 20:20-28, Mark 10:35-45 ~ Nathan

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, Matthew 19:13-15, Mark 10:13-16, Luke 18:15-17, Matthew 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-31, Luke 18:18-30, Matthew 20:1-19, Mark 10:32-34, Luke 18:31-34, Matthew 20:20-28, Mark 10:35-45

I found today's reading had a lot to comment on and discuss. This made me think that Jesus life here on earth must have been exhausting, I imagine He was constantly being asked for advice or being tested, all day every day. He would take a break and sail off with His disciples, but that lead to other events that lead to Him acting, then teaching a lesson. His teaching never ended. Us humans would be exhausted, but He is God and can do anything, and He shows this by His tireless work.

A couple of things that caught my attention while reading today's scripture...

- We need to give thanks for our spouse, and do all we can to make our marriages work. So often we see couples splitting up and treating it like it's not a big deal, like it's normal for people to grow apart. It's a serious issue, and we need to take our marriages seriously.

Mark 10: 11&12
He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. [12] And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery .”

- Matthew 19: 23&24
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven. [24] Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”


We here in Canada are all rich, when compared to other people elsewhere in the world. This passage made me think of how often I'm too busy to devote proper time into reading and learning what the Bible talks about. We have time and money for many things, and devote ourselves to hobbies and things we like to do, but do I take the time and make the effort to be properly devoted to God? A good reminder to make Him priority.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43, Luke 19:1-27, Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, John 12:1-11, Matthew 21:1-11, Mark 11:1-11, Luke 19:28-40, John 12:12-19, Luke 19:41-44, Matthew 21:12-17, Mark 11:15-19, Luke 19:45-48, John 12:20-50

1 comment:

Tammy Reimer said...

I have to admit that the parable in Matthew 20 caught my eye because I can see myself in the first group of workers, protesting about the pay the latecomers got being equal to their own. But this passage is about salvation (not rewards) and God's gracious is perfectly described by this parable. It is never too late for anyone to be saved, no matter how late in life they come to Him. After all, it's not about works, so they're still saved if they believe upon their dying breath - like the thief on the cross.

This isn't to say that there is no benefit to becoming a Christian early in life. There absolutely is! For one thing, there are rewards in this life as you see the blessings of living for Him from a young age, and avoiding much of the heartache that is caused by a life of sin. And there will be eternal rewards as well - many other passages speak of us receiving rewards in heaven based on our lives now. But this passage is speaking of salvation - and I am grateful indeed that it is available to anyone as long as there is breath in their body, and I will not give up praying for loved ones to turn to Him as long as there is still hope!