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Pressing in to receive!

Scripture reading for January 11th: Genesis 19-20, Psalm 1, Mark 7

Mark 7:31-36 “Then He returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to Him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged Him to lay His hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, He put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, He sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it.”

Jesus had gone into the region of the Gentiles around the Sea of Galilee. In spite of His desire to remain out of sight, He had healed the daughter of a Syrophoenician woman who had pressed in to lay hold of a better life for her demon-possessed daughter. Jesus was next sought out by friends of a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment. They approached Jesus and begged Him to lay his hands on their friend. Jesus took him aside and ministered personally to the man by placing fingers in his deaf ears and spitting on His own finger and touching the man’s mute tongue. At the simple command of Jesus, the ears were opened, his tongue was loosed, and he was made whole! Again Jesus wanted to remain anonymous and told him not to tell anyone. But who can remain silent when they can now hear and speak! Praise Jesus for bringing abundant life, even to the Gentiles!

Genesis 20:17 “Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children.”

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, thank You for these examples of Abraham and Jesus Christ reflecting Your heart of love and mercy to all people of all races and backgrounds. Help me by the Holy Spirit to press into You in prayer for those with needs and believe and received the abundant life! Let the abundant waters of Your love and grace flow through Your Word producing eternal fruit!

Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

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Strike the Rock!

Scripture reading for January 25th: Exodus 16-18

You would think that God’s people would not grumble against Him!  The Israelites had seen the miracles of the plagues in Egypt and been protected from their effects.  They had been miraculously delivered from the death angel by the blood of the Passover lamb.  They had seen the Lord lead them with a cloud of glory by day and fire by night.  They experienced deliverance through the Red Sea and saw how Pharaoh and his army were drowned.  They had been given loads of silver and gold before they left Egypt and saw God bring manna to feed them in the desert.  Their clothes and shoes did not wear out and not one of them was sick or disabled!  What they experienced of God’s presence and miraculous power would make most of us stand in awe!

Yet, after being fed with manna and traveling on to Rephidim, they found no water to drink.  They first quarreled with Moses.   (Exodus 17: 1-3)  God’s leadership always takes flack when things don’t go as the people think it should.  The people easily turn on leaders, but God looks at this differently.  They are actually turning on Him!  (Exodus 16:8)  Moses asked them why they were putting the Lord to the test by quarreling with Him.  They responded by blaming Moses for bringing them out into the desert to die of thirst!  It is amazing how short-sighted and forgetful people can become.  Miracles don’t instantly transform people into faith giants!

To help Mose through this situation, God gave him specific instructions.  He told Moses to walk on ahead of the people and take some of the elders of Israel with him.   He was to go to the rock at Horeb and God would stand before him there.  Moses was to strike the rock and God would supply water for the people to drink!   (Exodus 17:5-6)  When Moses obeyed, water gushed out to satisfy the 2-3 million people, and their flocks and herds, as well!

The New Testament gives insight into this event.  Paul taught that the spiritual rock that the Israelites drank from was Christ.  (1st Corinthians 10:1-6)  He was smitten for us to give us “Living Water”.   He has walked ahead of us and taken God’s rod of judgment on sin!  Drink today from the smitten Rock!  The living water is flowing freely for all to drink!

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