Saturday, July 4, 2015

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29, Psalm 135:10-6, Matthew 9:14-17


Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29, Psalm 135:10-6, Matthew 9:14-17

Genesis 27:1-5, 15-29

My Beloved, it would seem like a clear case of a mother playing favorites and through deception stealing the blessing that the father clearly wished to bestow on the older son whom he favored over the younger.  While it is duplicitous we see that God can even use our frailties to ensure that His will is accomplished. 

God Himself desired that Jacob receive the blessing of his father Isaac be granted to him. God is able to execute His plans in all circumstances so we ought never to be discouraged but place our faith and trust in God always.

You have won the victory. You have triumphed.

Psalm 135:10-6

My Beloved, these verses help us understand the above reading in its right context. We must praise You in all circumstances because You are worth of praise.  It was Jacob who was chosen and through him all his descendants were to be blessed. So while we may condemn Rebecca for her action, we must understand that God can and will always draw good from our actions no matter how reprehensible they may be.

Verse 6
Whatever the Lord pleases, he does – in heaven and on earth, in the seas and in their depths.

Matthew 9:14-17

My Beloved, we too can be like the disciples of John and the Pharisees who question You about why neither You or Your disciples faster. We do things for the wrong reasons even when they lose their relevance. We are too rigid and set in our ways refusing to break the mold preferring to remain stagnant. we do things because they were always done even when we no longer know why we do them.

But You teach us two important lessons. First You are the Bridegroom. The disciples would enjoy Your Presence among them for a few years only - this was the time for rejoicing sorrow would come when You would be taken from them.  With John the Baptist the old comes to an end. This was the reason for his coming to paves the way for the new. There is a new law a new commandment and the old must give way. Love is now the rule of law not fear, punishment and condemnation for breaking it.  Where there is love there is no fear for perfect casts out fear.

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