July 17, 2017
Pharaoh then commanded all his subjects, “Throw into the river every boy that is born to the Hebrews,” Ex_1:8-14,22
They always talk about the light at the end of the tunnel, the blue skies beyond the cloudy days. But what about the next tunnel? What about next storm? Do we truly appreciate every moment of the light, every second of the blue skies when we have them, knowing that the only thing that will last forever is God’s love?
The Israelites enjoyed a reprieve from famine. They came into the very best of new lands, out of the desert. And they had the favor of Pharaoh, since Joseph was the second in command. But now Joseph was long gone. Pharaoh was dead as well. And the new Pharaoh didn’t know anything about all that Joseph had done to save them all.
So the Hebrews, as they became known, seemed to be more of a nuisance to the native Egyptians than they were a blessing. So control was the new name of the game. Funny, though not really, it’s the same game that’s played all over our globe still today.
The Love that Jesus spoke of didn’t mean that all the evil of hatred and genocide would disappear. It meant, rather, that instead of his believers initiating and propagating that behavior, they would, to the contrary, peacefully fight for cooperation and understanding and coexistence and compassion. They would place their greatest Love in Jesus and share it with others.
They would not stand by and allow their own demise, but when forcefully put to the sword as opposed to striking in retaliation they would take up their cross and follow in the footsteps of Jesus, making known that their salvation is not in revenge but in love!
Jesus told His disciples that it was possible that not even their own parents, brothers and sisters would believe in Him. But they were to love them anyway and always keep Jesus as number one in every thought and deed. And that number one means Love!
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