Scriptures for June 26th: Genesis 22:1-14; Psalm 13; Romans 6:12-23; Matthew 10:40-42. Theme: God will provide song: Amazing Grace UMH 378
Genesis: This is the powerful story of how Abraham believes that he must sacrifice the special gift that God has given him. He and his son, Isaac are hiking in the woods. Isaac thinks that this is a special time with his dad. His dad has a more sinister plan – to kill Isaac. Does he think that God will give him more sons? At 90 years old? But God saves the day and provides a ram to be sacrificed instead. He must have misunderstood God’s promise to make his children as numerous as the stars. Or perhaps Abraham did not believe that God fulfills his promises. Do you?
Matthew: The text from Matthew have been very short lately. But they are still very meaningful. This text tells us the most important part of being a Christian. To welcome others, and to make sure that you know that you are welcomed at God’s table. God provides for us, so that we are able to provide for others, not for us to hoard everything ourselves. It encourages us to think about what others think about us. And to think of how we think of others. Are they people that we don’t like and don’t understand- or are they important vessels of God? We are all children of God.
Questions: What do you do with the gifts that God gives you? Are you sometimes your own worst enemy by thinking that what God intended for good is a curse? In what instance has God provided what you needed out of nowhere? How do you welcome others? How do you see the good in everyone? What is the reward of the righteous?