Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday, May 30: 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11:30-57 ~ Jody

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is: 2 Chronicles 10-12; John 11:30-57

The story of Lazarus touched my heart in today's reading. I've always just looked at it from the perspective of the miracle that it is: Jesus raising him from the dead after 4 days! Today when I read it, I really felt Jesus' love for Lazarus and his sisters. What beautiful friendship!

As I re-read the passage a couple of times, I was struck with how we get to have the same friendship and love from Jesus. Because of what He did for us on the cross, and God sending the Holy Spirit, we also get to be so close to Jesus! So close to Him that He weeps for us when we are lost and is moved deeply for us too.

What a friend we have in Jesus,
all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit,
O what needless pain we bear,
all because we do not carry
everything to God in prayer. 

Song written by: Joseph M. Scriven in 1855. 

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:2 Chronicles 13-14; John 12:1-26


Nathan Reimer said...

2 Chronicles 12: 6&7
The leaders of Israel and the king humbled themselves and said, “The Lord is just.”

7 When the Lord saw that they humbled themselves, this word of the Lord came to Shemaiah: “Since they have humbled themselves, I will not destroy them but will soon give them deliverance. My wrath will not be poured out on Jerusalem through Shishak.

The Israelites were sinners and heading down the wrong path. They corrected themselves somewhat and the Lord had mercy on them. What a loving God, and a God who truly wants us to live for Him, He gave Israel another chance, just like He gives us another chance often.

Tammy Reimer said...

God's love for us is truly amazing!

One thing I noted in our OT passage was the Reheboam had around 80 children. 80!! I don't think the Bible says how many children Solomon had, but it must have been a lot since he had 1,000 wives/concubines! How can you possibly be a good father to that many children? From scripture, it doesn't appear that Solomon was a very good father (neither was David for that matter). Perhaps the sheer volume of children was one of the reasons for that.