January 12

Genesis 29, 30

In our reading today we have the marriage of Jacob to Rachel and Leah. After serving seven years to Laban for Rachel, Laban instead give Jacob Leah because she was the elder daughter. God’s word declares whatever a man sows that is what he will reap (Galatians 6:7). The deceit Jacob worked on his father Isaac to steal the blessing was played on Jacob by Laban. Jacob substituted himself for Esau (Genesis 27), Laban substituted Leah for Rachel (Genesis 29:21-26). Jacob’s twenty years of labor under Laban was filled with Laban’s deceit. Laban changed Jacob’s wages ten times. Jacob was reaping what he sowed. Saints, let us strive to sow to the Spirit for we will reap life everlasting(Galatians 6:8). 

 

Matthew 9:1-17

In our reading today we have the account of a man brought to Jesus by four friends (Matthew 9:1-8). The Bible says that when Jesus “saw their faith”, the faith of the man being brought and the faith of the four friends. Saints, it was James who wrote, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:20). A frequently quoted true saying is, “Faith alone saves, but faith that saves is not alone”.        

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