每日诗歌: 主爱有多少 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXgZwhHwUII)
2 Chronicles 7 [Read]
2 Chronicles 8 [Read]
2 Chronicles 9 [Read]
John 13:1-17 [Read]
It’s beneficial to read the OT and NT together, for it presents a compelling picture through contrast which helps us to see the true essence of Grace.
Solomon dedicated the magnificent temple he built for God in today’s OT reading. God obviously was pleased with him, for “the glory of the LORD filled the temple” (2Ch 7:1, 2). Solomon offered a sacrifice of 22,000 heads of cattle and 120,000 sheep and goats (7:5). Let us pause and think about this. Anyone who has been to a farm should know that cattle are pretty big animals, and each head can probably provide enough of 16 oz stakes for my son for months. And they had 22,000 slaughtered for the LORD. Sheep and goats are smaller by comparison, but 120,000 is still a very big number. I can’t even imagine how long it would have taken them to do the slaughtering, not to mention shaving off the fat and burning it on the altar. No wonder Solomon had to consecrate the middle part of the courtyard for this task (7:7). And all these sacrifices were just for a temple that could be used as a footstool for the LORD (1Ch 28:2). That’s amazing!
In the mean time, today’s NT reading portrays a teacher, who had no place to lay his head (Lk 9:58), bent down on his knees and washed the feet of his disciples and traitor. The same God who enjoyed the extravagant offering by his anointed king became someone who probably couldn’t even afford one head of cattle, just so that he could dwell among his people “full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:14). “No servant is greater than this master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him” (13:16). We talked about serving him in the last two day’s devotion, and now Jesus just gave a perfect example of what he meant by “where I am, my servant also will be” (12:26). A disciple of Jesus has to become a servant who is basically nobody.
Honestly speaking, this does not make sense. On the other hand, God never told us that his Grace would make sense to us. In fact, God’s Grace cannot make human sense because it is divine. That maybe why Jesus said: “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them” (13:17). Just do it, then we just might make some sense of his Grace.
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