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Worth the Effort!

Luke 17    Genesis 29:1-30    Psalm 22

In today’s readings, please notice the value of reading God’s Word as a whole. First, in Luke 17, as Jesus teaches, he uses illustrations from Genesis: “Just as it was in the days of Noah” (v.26) . . . “Just as it was in the days of Lot” (v.28) . . . “Remember Lot’s wife (v.32) . . . and, you know what he is talking about because you recently read these stories! It is worth the effort, isn’t it?

Now, consider Psalm 22. You will recognize the opening line, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  as words Jesus uttered from the cross. As you read the whole psalm, reflect upon what Jesus was saying and doing when he voiced these words. . .  An illustration: If I place before you the words, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,” what happens next in your mind? I know what happens to me: I continue the song! Now, remember that the psalms were sung prayers committed to memory. . .  Do you see it!? When Jesus uttered the first line of this psalm, the whole psalm was brought to his mind and the minds of those around him. Ponder, then, the message he was delivering when, from the cross, he turned to a psalm that ends with these words:
“I shall live for him.
Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord,
and proclaim his deliverance to a people yet unborn,
saying that he has done it!”
— Psalm 22:29-31

Oh, yes, reading the Bible whole is worth the effort, so keep it up!


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