Daily Devotion Saturday, June 29

Saturday, June 29, 2013 – Psalm 56; 1 Samuel 9:15-10:1; Acts 7:30-43 and Luke 22:39-51

Luke 22:39-51 – 39He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” (43Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground.) 45When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.”

47While he was still speaking, suddenly a crowd came, and the one called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him; 48but Jesus said to him, “Judas, is it with a kiss that you are betraying the Son of Man?” 49When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 50Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. 51But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.

In our readings from the gospel of Luke, we come to the time when Jesus is betrayed and arrested. In the garden with his disciples Jesus prays; “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” I believe most of us have prayed a similar prayer. What’s important to me is how Jesus ends by saying; “not my will but yours be done.” In Psalm 56 we hear;

Psalm 56 – 9b This I know, that God is for me.
10  In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11a  in God I trust; I am not afraid.

I think it is because Jesus knew that God was and is for us and that he put his full trust in God that he could offer himself up as the eternal sacrifice for our sins.

Someone I’m curious about is the slave of the High Priest. I’d like to know the rest of his story. Did Jesus’ touching and healing his right ear transform his life? I’d think so and how did this affect others who saw it happen? Simply some questions I wonder about.

Today, give thanks that as Jesus knew so can we know that God is for us and in God we can trust. Thanks be to God for the gift of His Son, and thanks be to God that God is for us.

O God, may I put my full faith and trust in you for you are the God of love and life. Amen.

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