January 9, 2014

Genesis 23-24; Matthew 7

When Sarah dies, Abraham purchases land to bury her near Hebron.  Then, Abraham sends a trusted servant to find a wife for his son Isaac from among his relatives back in Haran (modern day Harran in southeast Turkey), and with God’s guidance the servant finds Rebekah.

 

Matthew 7:1-5 is a major passage on not being judgmental.  Jesus says it plainly: “Do not judge.”  This is perhaps one of the most difficult commandments to follow!

Jesus tells the truth that you know a good tree by its fruits, not its roots.  Though we are saved by God’s grace, and not by anything we do, yet how we live is important.  Jesus calls us to be ‘fruitful’ as we live obediently to God; that is how we build a life on a strong foundation.  You’ll find this emphasis of Jesus’ especially in the Gospel of Matthew.

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus casts a vision for a life lived in God’s presence, mindful of our thoughts and actions, living and sharing Jesus in all we say and do.

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