Devotion Day 69 – Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 69 – Matthew 5:1 – 15:39

I feel like I’ve been prospecting over the last 68 days, found some gold nuggets here and there, but not have hit the mother lode. Now in getting into the New Testament, right before us is that vein of precious gold and in every passage is a precious nugget or even two. We sort of heard about this in our reading today.

44 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. (Matthew 13:44)

The vein of course is Jesus; from his birth to his early ministry; the healing of the sick, his teaching ministry especially today the Sermon on the Mount, his calling of the disciples and his feeding many. Wow, what to focus upon?

In Matthew 6:33 we hear; “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness”. And then a couple of times we hear; “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” (9:13 & 12:27). The focus of our life, of our living, is to be God and God’s kingdom and righteousness. It is to be God’s ways, for in seeking to be a part of God’s kingdom we will discover the real meaning of life.

Then in 7:24-27 we heard about the wise and foolish builders.

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

This reminds me of the little pig who built his house out of brick to defend himself and family against the big, bad wolf; so may we build our life on the firm foundation of Jesus’ love and great sacrifice.

The other passages that I want to highlight are the ones that invite us to come. Yesterday we heard Jesus calling Peter and Andrew, James and John to follow him by saying; “come, follow me.” Today we hear our Lord saying to many, come.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

Jesus Christ, who is Lord and Savior over all life, invites us to come unto him and build our life upon his life. In doing so we’ll find the real treasures of life and build our life upon the solid Rock.

I got a chuckle out of this verse in chapter 10 of our reading; 30And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. When I read that I had a picture come into my mind of God or my guardian angel at a chalk board. “Now let’s see, yesterday Dennis had 1,525 hairs upon his head. Lost 75 overnight, now that leaves only 1,450.” God’s been doing a lot of subtraction in that area since I became an adult.

Jesus thanks for all the golden nuggets in our readings from Matthew. There really is too many to count and too many to list each one and yet each one priceless. Help me trust in thee and build my life upon your life. You were sent by God to be the gift of life and so you are if we only truly trust in you. Help us do just that, as we hear you saying to each of us; come, unto me. Amen.

Next reading: Day 70 – Matthew 16:1-Matthew 26:56 (or you can do as I plan on doing, reading all the rest of Matthew. So that tomorrow I’ll begin anew with the opening of the Gospel of Mark.)

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