每日诗歌: 與主相親 (http://www.mbcsfv.org/chinese/library/hymncampanions/006.html)
Genesis 29 [Read]
Genesis 30 [Read]
Matthew 10:1-23 [Read]
Both today's passages (Gen and Matt) contain sayings that are difficult to fully understand. If you are like me with a logical mind, you will have many questions. The Bible warns us not to over-interpret things (Deut 29:29, 2 Pt 3:16), but to hold firmly unto the main theme of God's salvation plan. That's what we should do here.
I found it fascinating that God was so deeply involved in Jacob's life while he was in Laban's house. He was like a father watching over his rebellious son, and He took every opportunity to show that He was with him and protecting him. As a response, we also see the gradual turnaround of Jacob in those 20 years from a skeptical half-believer (Gen 28:20-22) to a humble (Gen 30:2) and grateful (Gen 30:30) believer of God. If there is a lesson in this passage, it's not the devious scheme of man, but the conquering love of our heavenly Father, who is watching us all the time.
We may say the same thing about Matt 10. Even though some of the sayings were still being debated by scholars, the love of Jesus towards his disciples was unmistakable. But such love of God, just like that in Gen 29-30, is not like that of an over-protective parent who picks a fight with everyone who comes in the child's way. Instead, Jesus told them to "stand firm to the end" (Matt 10:22). God's love is shown in his faithfulness, regardless how doubtful (Jacob) or limited (disciples) we are. He is always there for us.
The direct translation of the last verse of Psalm 23 reads "Surely goodness and love will PURSUE me all the days of my life," That's how deep and incredible His love is. It pursues us. Meditate on that today at home and at work, and let that comfort you as you labor in this world.
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