Happy Saturday to all.
As noted before, we spent another day yesterday pretty well fully occupied with Wife's physical issues. We made it through, so far. So we will continue to trust that the Lord is in control, no matter what, and that He is accomplishing some purpose through this. Perhaps more than one purpose. He is driving this bus, we're just riding. He knows the situation, better than we do, and He knows where we're all headed. And, yes, sometimes the road gets bumpy.
The reading from the Old Testament is chapters 16, 17, and 18 of the Exodus.
First we see manna. A huge crowd, which the Hebrews were, need a LOT of food, daily. They didn't have any, until the Lord provided. Miraculously. Not something that could have been anticipated. Not earned. Provided, with some rules attached. Promptly violated, of course. We see how that turned out.
Then we see that they needed water. Of course. Again, provided, right out of a rock.
And then, a fight. The Amalekites. The Amalekites were the descendants of Amalek, a grandson of Esau, and long were fierce enemies of the Israelites. Think of it as a sort of a vicious family fight, one that lasted until the monarchy was set up. The Lord had a hand in this fight as well.
And then a bit of a reunion. Jethro, the father-in-law of Moses came out to see him. I wonder what Aaron and Miriam and Caleb and Joshua thought of that. Perhaps it was a useful object lesson that they could recall when things in the future got tough, as they would. Good lesson for us as well.
Our passage from the New Testament is verses 16-30 of chapter 19 in the Gospel of Matthew.
How do we gain eternal life? It's a fair question, a very old one, still important. And, yes, there are those who fully believe that humans are like oversized earthworms, and when the body gives out, that's it. There is, I believe, something in most of us that rejects that idea, and causes us to believe that there is more to this than we can see. Trying to earn the Lord's favor is an old thing. Not necessarily evil in itself, the urge is not wrong. But it's also futile. And that reality is a large part of what we believe, and what Jesus taught. I can't "buy" or "earn" my way into Heaven. It is both more and less than that. The price has already been paid, which is the Good News, the Gospel. But that is now. In the time when Jesus walked the earth, and before, and often today, the idea was that we had I's to be dotted, t's to be crossed, a lot of things that one must do in a particular way and a particular time, and other things to not be done. Or out of order. The question asked of Jesus was neither new nor wrong to be asked. Indeed, I think it likely that he asked that just so we could see the answer.
Where is our treasure? Here, or above? Can't be both. Can't.