Today I read:
- Genesis 19
- Psalm 23-24
- 2 Thessalonians 1
- Matthew 17
My meditation was: Why does this passage intrigue me? What about it stirs my curiosity?
This is a dangerous meditation, because I am intrigued by and curious about so much, I am at risk of spending the rest of the day writing up my thoughts and questions! (Some day, when the kids are grown and I have less of a need to work for pay, I might do just that, Lord willing!)
So, here are my initial thoughts and impressions, presented without commentary. The Scripture is so rich!
- Genesis 19:3 – A foreshadowing of a Passover meal? What prompted Lot to make the bread without yeast? Did he realize already that time was short and he was in a rush?
- v 5 – Things like this still happen in the world today.
- v 12, 15, 16, 21, 29 – God is merciful and accommodates our lack of faith and our weakness almost to a fault.
- Psalm 23:6 – This verse reminds me of the end of the Serenity Prayer: “So that I may be reasonably happy in this life; And supremely happy with You forever in the next.”
- Psalm 24:1 – The foundation of a stewardship mindset is that God made it all and owns it all.
- v 3ff – We are not worthy to stand in the holy place.
- v 7ff – But Jesus is! 🙂
- 2 Thessalonians 1:6-9 – With “The Shack” in theaters recently, the idea of “universal salvation” has been on my mind. Passages like this make it seem to me like a pretty wrong-headed idea.
- Matthew 17 – Jesus is fascinating.
- v 2 – I think of Jesus mostly as a man, the one who makes a transcendent God close enough for me to access. I do well to remember Jesus is also fully God himself. The majesty!
- v 17 – Why is Jesus upset? Is it the disciples lack of faith? In what specific ways do I lack faith, too?
- v 22-23 – The disciples grieve at the news of Jesus’ impending death. But did they miss the bit about his resurrection? Or did they not believe that either?
- v 24ff – We are truly free (Galatians 5:1). But we choose to constrain our freedom for the good of those who do not yet possess the same freedom we have in Christ. Once the Kingdom of God is fully realized on this earth, there will be no more need for the kingdoms of men.
I could go on! The Scripture is so rich! I am fortunate and happy (blessed!) to have God’s words in my life.