Demand your rights, they tell us today. For if you don’t stand up for yourself, who else will? The Christian, however, is able to act differently, as Abram did with his nephew Lot:
The whole countryside is open to you. Take your choice of any section of the land you want, and we will separate. If you want the land to the left, then I’ll take the land on the right. If you prefer the land on the right, then I’ll go to the left.
Genesis 13.9 NLT Continue reading
Being on a chain suggests restriction of liberty, loss of choices. It’s what we do to animals. We tether them at our pleasure, without consulting them, either for our convenience or for their security. In a way, the follower of Christ is tethered to the Lord.
But he knows the pathway that I take;
if he tested me, I would come forth like gold.
Job 23:10 NET Continue reading
Nobody likes to arrive in last place. But the one who appears in life to be in front may wind up, in God’s eyes, in last place.
Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
Matthew 10:4 NET
The list of apostles in Matthew 10 is divided by pairs, evidently reflecting their sending by twos, in the limited commission. In the gospels Judas appears in last place and always with the identification of being the Lord’s betrayer. Continue reading