Matthew: Our purpose—let us not forget why we are here! Give glory to the Father, and let His light shine in our hearts—and in the way we live. We need to look intently at the Law, as we pursue holy and Christ-centered living. Jesus calls those who abandon the law—least in the Kingdom—whoever practices and teaches these commands are considered great in the Kingdom. Jesus builds on the commandments we are taught through the Law. Choose whom you will serve—Serve Him, not yourselves!
Acts: The ancestors were remembered in Stephen’s speech. When it came to Moses, Moses decided to go see his kinsmen in their affliction. After reacting, he thought they would understand. Moses heard the Israelites’ words and he fled. Moses trembled with fear as he encountered God for the first time. He trembled. What I am reminded of is reacting—we need to be careful how we react even when we stare injustices in the face. We are still called to be a light in this dark world!
OT Verses: Gen. 12:1; 15:13-14; Ex. 1:8; 2:14; 3:5-8, 10; Deut. 18:15
Psalm: The Lord sees everyone. He examines and tests all mankind. Where does our faith lie? Do we realize He reigns with justice? Remember: “The Lord is righteous. He loves justice. The upright will see His face.” Seek Him no matter what storm you are facing. Let Him be your refuge!
Memorable Verse: Psalm 11:1,4-5,7
Genesis: Isaac sent Jacob away—blessing him—encouraging him to choose a wife wisely. Learning from his brother’s choices. Esau sought to displease his parents—perhaps even before Jacob stole his blessing. Overhearing Isaac bless Jacob, Esau rebelled and took a wife from Ishmael—Isaac’s estranged half brother. Jacob sought to please and be obedient to his parents, while Esau went astray—doing what displeased them. Sibling rivalry and their different paths are evident, even in this passage. From the same house, but two very different people with very different relationships and paths.
God spoke to Jacob: 28:13-15
God’s Presence: 28:16-19—Jacob said, “Surely God is in this place and I was not aware of it.” How often do we forget about the Presence of God? How often do we forget that God has such a mighty hand in our lives? Let us not forget the Presence of the Lord, and enjoy our time spent with Him!
Vow: 28: 20-22