Saturday, April 1, 2017

Welcome to the first day of reading!!!

Wow, in just three chapters, I find I can comment on a lot of different verses. 
I could comment on how John said “produce fruit in keeping with repentance” Matt.3:8 (That line really stuck out to me) or I could comment on how Jesus set an example for us to get baptized Matt.3:15…. 
But instead, guess what I am going to comment on……..the lineage in chapter 1 that I bet you all skimmed through and didn’t give it a second thought!! Hahahah

I previously wrote in the margin of my Bible, next to some of the names:
Rehoboam (did evil)😩
Abijah (sinned)😞
Asa (did right!)😃
Jehosophat (did right)😌
Jehoram (did evil)😫
Uzziah (did right!)😀
Aha (did evil)☹️
Hezekiah (did right!) 😄
Manasseh (did evil)😒
Amon (did evil)😣
Reading through this list this time, I was reminded of a verse that I recently read in Deuteronomy 24:16
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their sons, nor shall sons be put to death for their fathers; everyone shall be put to death for his own sin”. 

You might be wondering why this stuck out to me?  Well, I am at an age where my kids are grown and flying from the nest (or getting ready to).  It’s natural, as a parent, to reflect on how it all went.  Did I teach them all they need to know? Did they get it?  Will they stick to what they know is right?  I love my kids, but the bottom line is, they are going to do what they want to do and, accordingly, be held accountable for their actions.  We are all going to approach the throne of God alone.  We will not be able to say, “Well, I messed up because my parents didn’t teach me well—it’s their fault” and I am not going to hear from God, “You don’t get in because your kid ended up not following me—you blew it!”
NOPE, none of that is going to be said.  We will come before the throne and be evaluated on our own faith in Jesus. Period!  
That actually gives me peace.  I can deal with my own faith.  I can’t be responsible for the faith of others. Whew!  What a relief.  

I would love to hear what stood out for you.


Lisa Reckinger said...

What always hits me hard is Matthew 6:25-34. No matter how many times I read it, reflect on it, pray about it. I have the most difficult time with practicing those words.

"therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow: for tomorrow will take care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:34

and yes I'm guilty of skimming the lineage. Thanks for the breakdown of some of the people.

Walking with The Way said...

I love that you are so excited to be reading the NT that your reading ahead! Great verse!

KathyS said...

Day 2 complete ! So far so good. I decided to read from my actual bible which I haven't read from in a long while (choosing IPAD/Kindle to read bible) but I loved all the verses in RED today. Great reminder of the source of the words.

Walking with The Way said...

The hard copy is also a great place to write notes to yourself in the margin!!