Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan
is Psalms 49-51, Matthew 27:1-31
Two things stood out to me in today’s reading:
1). The religious leaders acknowledged that their plan was in fact murder.
Vs 6- The chief priests picked up the coins & said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.”
In their self-righteousness, they completely lost sight of right & wrong. Or maybe, they had fallen so far that they knew what they were doing & justified it (being so determined that they knew what was right-better than God-that they adjusted the commandments to suit their needs/desires)
How does this resonate? It’s easy to justify our own actions to either make ourselves feel better or to make the Bible work for us.
2). “Washing your hands” of a situation or “turning a blind eye” to something does not free you of the responsibility, it’s just taking the cowardly way out.
Vs 24- When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water & washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility.”
For us, it boils down to trust. Trusting that God will remain faithful when we remain faithful. When we choose to stand up for what’s right in the face of evil, maintain our integrity in the midst of corruption, or speak out when it goes against the crowd we may be risking a lot (a job, social standings, family relationships, etc). We need to trust God that when we “step out” for him, he will provide for our needs. Whether we simply need the strength or words to handle the situation or if we should actually lose everything, he will meet our needs. We need to be accountable for our actions, that one day when we stand before him, he will be able to say “well done, good & faithful servant.”
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage
: Psalms 52-54, Matthew 27:32-66