Monday, January 13, 2014

January 13, 2014

Psalm 89:5-37, Genesis 35:1-15, Acts 10:44-48

In the Psalm we see a lot of amazing attributes of God. In Genesis, we see God making a promise to Jacob (and changing his name to Israel), that his descendants will be a great nation, that kings will be in his family line (a reminder of the covenant he made with his grandfather, Abraham). And in Acts we see that Gentiles also get to participate in and experience God's goodness and being a part of His family of believers. The Holy Spirit is poured out on believers whether they are part of the descendants of Jacob or not. This is Good News! 
Though not everyone will believe in it, the Gospel is available for everyone...not just one group of people. Maybe in today's time, the division isn't between Jewish people and Gentile people. Maybe it is between two countries, or two political parties, or two social classes, or two church denominations, or two skin colors, or two sexualities, or two genders...or, you get the idea. We like to divide ourselves. But we are all a part of the human race. We are all created in God's image. We all can find ourselves described in some list in the Bible of people who don't deserve to inherit the kingdom. We all need grace. We all need Jesus to make us right with God.

Galatians 3:26-29 says,

For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.


O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us
through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole
human family; take away the arrogance and hatred which
infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us;
unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and
confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in
your good time, all nations and races may serve you in
harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.

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