January 31, 2017
Exodus 12:14-13:16, Matthew 20:29-21:22, Psalms 25:16-22, Proverbs 6:12-15
Today is my first Tuesday back in the saddle. I have been trying to play catch up with my readings, and I’m getting close. I have found that reading in the morning after my farm chores (because animals aren’t going to wait for me to take my sweet time reading) but before the rest of my day has helped me stay more on track than usual. I was all ready to read and blog today and then I read today’s word and was like great… I have no idea what to say about these passages. In a desperate attempt to think of something meaningful to say, I pulled out my handy but dusty student Bible with thoughtful messages from scholars wiser than myself. All this to say, please forgive me if I have nothing to terribly profound to say today. Here goes nothing…
Exodus 13:3 “This is a day to remember forever-the day you left Egypt, the place of your slavery. Today the Lord has brought you out by the power of his mighty hand.” (NLT)
It may seem obvious to most but as I was reading about the Passover celebrations, I was reminded that the Jewish celebration of Passover is celebrated at the same time as Easter. Jesus was crucified after the last supper, aka the Passover meal.The significance of this realization was that the Passover meal was to remember the Jews’ exit and freedom from slavery in Egypt. Easter is the day that we now remember Jesus’ sacrifice that freed us from our slavery from sin.
I struggled to think of something to take away from Matthew today, but the notes in my student Bible mentioned the two blind men. Though they could not see they believed Jesus was the Messiah, and they were healed and followed Christ immediately. The irony was that they believed without seeing while many who could see the miracles being preformed by Jesus did not believe. My handy student Bible made the connection that seeing with your eyes does not guarantee seeing with your heart.
I have been healed therefore I should follow Jesus. I wish I could say I am always faithful to follow and pursue Jesus with all my heart, but some days are harder than others. I am reminded today to follow with faith and in turn Jesus would say,
“I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” (NLT)
My prayer today is that I see both with my eyes and with my heart. I pray that I hear with my ears and my soul. Lord help me to follow you and see your work in my life and the lives of others daily. Help me to not be blind to your glory. Help me not to deaf but to hear your Word.
May you both see and believe.