January 8

Genesis 20-22

In our reading today we have an interesting passage where God literally threatens a man to kill him and all of his family (Genesis 20:1-7). It is one thing when the neighborhood bully tells you “You’re a dead man!” It’s another thing when the head of the mafia tells you, “You’re a dead man!” But it’s another thing altogether when the God of the Universe tells you, “You’re a dead man!” Then adds to it by saying not only will you die but everything that is your’s will die also, You’re whole nation will die (Genesis 20:4). Why such a strong reaction from the Lord? In the case of Pharaoh, the Lord punished him but not to this degree, that he would wipe him and his family off the face of the earth. There was much at stake here regarding Abraham and Sarah’s deception. God had told them just days (Genesis 18:9-15), earlier that the couple together would have a son, but not just any son. This “son” would also be the “seed” of the furthering of the Covenant that would inherit the land (Genesis 15:1-21), with whom the Covenant would be established (Genesis 17:1-21). I don’t believe Abraham knew it at the time but this covenant would pave the way for the next Covenant that would bring redemption to the human race and establish God’s kingdom on earth. The whole plan was in jeopardy of being hijacked and destroyed. This is why God literally stepped in and took over and gave the most severe warning to Abimelech as could be given. Saints, just as Abraham and Sarah did not know the end of God’s plan for their lives, we don’t know either, but God gives a little bit as we are faithful to the previous light that was given. Let’s trust Him. The best is yet to come. 


Matthew 6:19-34

In our reading today we have a passage that defines where our heart is, and where our treasure is. Matthew 6:19-21 “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” There is a true saying that declares that we can’t take our wealth with us when we die, but we can send it on ahead of us. Jesus said that we should lay up treasure in heaven now. How do we do that? We have two witnesses from Jesus in the gospels. In   Matthew 19:21 “Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” and again in Luke 12:33 “Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.” Saints, where is our treasure and where is our heart? The way we handle our money in relation to eternal things will give us big indicators of where they are. 

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