Sunday, June 14, 2015

life and death

today's readings: 1 Kings 12:20-34, Acts 9:26-43, Psalm 132:1-18, Proverbs 17:6

life and death. these things are important, but not always in the way we think they are.

in the OT reading, a prophet is killed because he is lied to. seems pretty senseless. in the NT, Peter brings a woman back to life.

this seems like a terrible thing and a great thing. and in one sense they are. but the prophet came to an afterlife, and who knows what rewards he found there? clearly death is not final as far as God is concerned... just look at Tabitha.

but speaking of Tabitha, she did then die once again, eventually. and what reward did she find after her death? probably something like the prophet, i would guess.

but life and death are important for all of us watching, maybe even more than for the ones living and dying. because when we see the prophet's death, we learn obedience. when we see Tabitha brought back to life, we learn faith.

God, please teach me the true value of life and death.

1 comment:

julie reedy said...

Interesting readings. The prophet was lied to, but God had been speaking to him and he chose to believe another human over what God had told him. Obedience is the part that we as humans have a problem with. Our society is suffering from lack of obedience. Majority rules and the majority does not always have anything to do with God's way. Our country needs to turn back to His way. Just because the majority says it's right does not make anything right in Gods eyes.