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)😩
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.