A Pale Reflection

Photo curtisy Yinan Chen

Photo courtesy Yinan-Chen

Psalm 17: 1-7, 16

Genesis 32:22-31

Romans 9:1-5

Matthew 14:13-21

Show me the wonders of your great love,
you who save by your right hand
those who take refuge in you from their foes.NIV

Jesus preformed miracles.  He fed people, healed them, cared for them.  But most were not convinced.  He cannot be the Promised One, the Messiah.  He must be from the Evil One.

They had every advantage as Paul wrote, family, glory, covenants, revelation, worship, promises, to say nothing of being the race that produced the Messiah, the Christ, who is God over everything, always. Oh, yes! MSG  Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, wrestled with the Son of God, earning the name Israel, he who struggles with God, other people, and overcomes.

God picked this small band of people, the smallest of the Semite tribes, to be His representative on earth to set the stage for His Son.  Just for the record, according to Merriam-Webster, Semites are any:  Person speaking one of a group of related languages, presumably derived from a common language, Semitic (see Semitic languages). The term came to include Arabs, Akkadians, Canaanites, some Ethiopians, and Aramaean tribes including Hebrews. Semitic tribes migrated from the Arabian Peninsula, beginning c. 2500 BC, to the Mediterranean coast, Mesopotamia, and the Nile River delta. In Phoenicia, they became seafarers. In Mesopotamia, they blended with the civilization of Sumer. The Hebrews settled at last with other Semites in Palestine.

The selection of Jacob to become the father of the Nation explains a great deal about how God works in the world.  To put it mildly, Jacob was a rogue.  His life story would fit into a supermarket tabloid and not stand out.  Yet God chose him.

God chooses you and me as well.  He fed 5,000 men, their wives and children, without asking for anything from them, without any proof of being a member of Club Jesus.  That is the way God works.  He loves Kim Jong-un of North Korea and Hassan Rouhani of Iran as much as he loves me.  God does not play favorites.  His love and mercy are too massive for us to comprehend.  The most loving human is a pale reflection of the Love of God.

 

Be righteous and do good.

Mike Lawrence

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