Category : Encouragement
Daily Bible Reading Day 31: Genesis 32/Mark 3
Jacob was seeking a place for his family to settle. He came upon an area where angels of God met him. Jacob sent ahead some messengers to find his brother Esau. Jacob wanted to make ammends with his brother.
His messengers came back and said that Esau is coming to meet him with his 400 men army. The last time Jacob and Esau were together, Esau wanted to kill him for taking away what was rightfully his.
Jacob was faced with a difficult situation of seeing his brother. Even though Jacob was wrong to deceive his brother, he sought after God through prayer for direction and protection.
Since it would take awhile for Esau to meet him, Jacob sept the night there. A man came over to Jacob and begins to fight him. He and Jacob fought all night and the man ended up dislocating Jacob’s hip. Jacob in this situation was wrestling God. God changed his name from Jacob to Israel. Israel means, one who struggles with God but overcomes.
Jesus went into a synagogue and there was a man that needed healing on his hand. It was illegal to work on the Sabbath. The religious leaders were looking for anything they could use against Jesus. Jesus asked if it was better to heal or kill on the Sabbath and then he healed the man’s hand. The religious leaders did not like they were proven wrong and began to plot the murder of Jesus. Interestingly, this would be illegal on the Sabbath too…
Jesus knew the Pharisees hated him. But he did not like their motives and constantly exposed them. Jesus drew a lot of crowds wherever he went. Evil spirits fell and proclaimed Jesus was the son of God. Jesus always has the ultimate victory over evil.
Jesus selected his 12 disciples. They ranged from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Jesus was in another house and crowds were following him. Some religious leaders could not understand where Jesus’ power came from and accused him of being under Satan’s power. Jesus again told them they were wrong and showed the truth.
Jesus stated that we have a family were are born into but our brothers and sisters in Christ are just as important, if not more. God’s family is inclusive. When people commit to living their lives for God, the church family is of great importance.
Let us strive for solid personal relationships. Not through a screen either!