Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25th: Exodus 21-22, 2 Thessalonians 1 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Exodus 21-22; 2 Thessalonians 1

Though many of the laws in our Exodus passage are not directly applicable to our lives today, the truth behind it still is - human life has value because we are made in God's image, and we are to treat each other with the dignity and respect.

Unfortunately, our society does not have respect for all human life.  Abby Johnson (pro-life advocate) said this on her Facebook page today:

Of course we have euthanasia. Of course we have child abuse. Of course we have violent crime.

What else would we expect? When we don't value the most defenseless among us in the womb, why would we value them after they are born?

This theme is carried over into our Thessalonians passage and the persecution of the saints.  Christians are persecuted at an alarming rate in our day and age.  Thankfully, God has promised not only to give them the grace to endure, but that ultimately justice will be done.  I need to remember to pray for those suffering horrific persecution for their faith in Jesus - and be willing to stand up for my faith.

 Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Exodus 23-24; 2 Thessalonians 2


Conrad said...

What jumped out to me in the Exodus passage were the punishments for the crimes committed. In some cases, the punishment involved making restitution. Whereas in other cases the penalty was death.

"But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life," (Exodus 21:24)

God punishes all sin with death, both physical and eternal. Thankfully, our sins have been paid in full with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ!

Pamela said...

I think the thing that stood out most for me was the theme that we are to take responsibility for our actions and for our mistakes. Also to make restitution when we are guilty. So often today people are full of excuses about why they act the way that they do instead of owning up to their own actions.

Tammy said...

YES Pamela - such a good point!!