March 14, 2024
Lenten Weekday
Wrapped Up in Minutia
How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?
John 5:44

Pity the Pharisees. They studied the Scriptures. Oh, how they studied the Scriptures! They were faithful to the letter of the Law of Moses and created further rules to ensure the Law was being followed. But they were so sure that all that study would show them the way to salvation that they couldn’t see God’s presence right in front of them. They were so wrapped up in minutia, such as whether Jesus should be healing people on the Sabbath, that they were blinded to the living light.

Pity the Pharisees, for it’s easy to become like them. We attempt to understand God on human terms and wonder how good things can happen to bad people and vice versa, and why, if we pray, we don’t always get what we want when we want it. Learn from the Pharisees—embrace God’s goodness without trying to understand the particulars.

Lord, I may never fully understand you, yet, for some reason, you love me. Let that be enough for me.

- Melanie Rigney

Exodus 32:7-14 • Psalm 106:19-23 • John 5:31-47

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March 15, 2024 at 06:31 AM

Amen

March 14, 2024 at 11:34 PM

I laughed reading the exchange between God and Moses in today’s reading in Exodus :-) *** God told Moses that these stiff-necked people were ‘your’ people!’ *** Moses responded that these were ‘Your’ people!’ *** Moses also reminded God that these were the people ‘You’ brought out of Egypt…all other nations knew that and it would look really bad for God to destroy them, plus Moses reminded God of His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel)! ******* Wow, when God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, his response was He was not a good speaker in Exodus 4:10, “Moses spoke to the Lord. He said, “Lord, I’ve never been a good speaker. And I haven’t gotten any better since You spoke to me. I don’t speak very well at all.” Look at Moses now speaking to God on behalf of God’s people!!! Exodus 32:14, “Then the Lord took pity on His people. He didn’t destroy them as He had said He would!” *** Hmmm, what can I learn from this exchange? Is my conversation (prayer) with God like that?

March 14, 2024 at 05:44 PM

Amen...beautiful reflections from everyone today..Praise God

March 14, 2024 at 10:19 AM

Loved, "embrace God’s goodness!" *** Learn and trust God's attributes(character) in His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to explain what I don't understand and He will in John 14:26, "But the Father will send the Friend in My Name (Jesus) to help you. The Friend is the Holy Spirit. He will teach you all things. He will remind you of everything I have said to you.!" *** Why did Jesus said "what I say is not true?" in John 5:31-32, "If I am a witness about Myself, what I say is not true. There is someone else who is a witness in My favor. And I know that what he says about Me is true!" That is because of the Jewish law of two witnesses in Deutoronomy 19:15, "Suppose someone is charged with committing a crime of any kind. Then one witness won’t be enough to prove that person is guilty. Every matter must be proved by the words of two or three witnesses!" *** Basically, Jesus had two witnesses testifying on His behalf: John the Baptist and God the Father!!! John 5:33, 37a, "You have sent people to John the Baptist. He has been a witness to the truth... The Father Who sent Me is hHimself a witness about Me!" ******* The pharisees had the head knowledge of Scripture, but they didn't accept the Holy Spirit to translate/explain that head knowledge into hearts' desires :-( Matthew 16:15, "But what about you?” He (Jesus) asked. “Who do you say I AM?”

March 14, 2024 at 09:50 AM

I’ve learned to pity those who seem so misguided as opposed to hatred and anger and that includes people in my very own family. One of the the things I’ve found in myself over the recent years is that I, like those ancient scholars and Pharisees studying scripture, read a passage or chapter and think “boy that is speaking to ‘so and so’ because that’s exactly what they need to hear and fix!’ I think our law makers and politicians are like that today. They see injustice or wrongs and then decide to make a law to “fix” the situation rather than fix themselves. That plank in my own eye to the “smaller” infractions I make keeps me from seeing how I can change my small world and ripple out just by applying the scripture message to my “little” indiscretions. I may not worship a golden calf (throw over my 1-2 hour prayer time for social media) or make unrealistic burdens and rules (like parents with screaming children should be asked to leave the restaurant), but how many times do I hog a conversation because of my knowledge and experience (so feel justified in what I have to add or take up extra space and slow things down in a crowded space with my “special needs mobility devices). Jesus was speaking to me as well as all those “big time offenders” and I need not be like the Pharisees who would try to slay the elephant when the real problem was all the pesky flies buzzing around me.

jane
March 14, 2024 at 06:33 PM

Ah yes Vicky, you are speaking directly to me as a recovering Judger. I must remember that when I point with my thoughts or fingers there are 3 fingers pointing back at me. Amen.

Salina
March 14, 2024 at 10:26 AM

I am a member of this club you are talking about, Vicky!!! The truth is without the Holy Spirit, no one can understand God and His Word!!! 2 Corinthians 4:3-5, "Suppose our Good News is covered with a veil. Then it is veiled to those who are dying. The god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They can’t see the light of the Good News that makes Christ’s glory clear. Christ is the likeness of God. The message we preach is not about ourselves. Our message is about Jesus Christ. We say that He is Lord. And we say that we serve you because of Jesus!" Yes, Lord Jesus!!!

March 14, 2024 at 09:47 AM

AMEN!

March 14, 2024 at 08:49 AM

Amen.

March 14, 2024 at 08:14 AM

Good morning Melanie, great reflection! This reminds me to live in the moment. No matter how much we try to understand and dissect scripture, I don't believe we will ever know the real truths, until God is ready to let us know. Continued lifting prayers for all Living Faith Family. Sandy

March 14, 2024 at 08:05 AM

Amen. :)

March 14, 2024 at 07:52 AM

As I’ve posted in the past, the stiffed neck Jews are portrayed so very well in “The Chosen”!

Kjc
March 14, 2024 at 09:24 AM

Yes stiffed neck cause the refuse to bow their head to pray or accept blessings. Ken

March 14, 2024 at 07:37 AM

Melanie - fantastic devotion for today. Agree with Joe 100%! His ways are not my ways. How limited I am in trying to decipher the messages God’s sending. May I continue to seek God to better experience His path for me. Thank you for the continued prayers for Robert and Lyndell. Also, Stormy, how is Journey doing? Lifting Vincent today and hoping his week has been less stressful than anticipated. Amen.

March 14, 2024 at 07:30 AM

Lord please hear our prayers and bring your light to all those suffering in Haiti, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia, the Sudan, and all those suffering around the world - also for their strength, courage and resilience to continue walking in faith. Send them your light. Father in Heaven, have mercy on us and on the whole world! You sent Your Son, the Prince of Peace, for the salvation of the world. We pray that the Peace of Christ will reign in Haiti, the Middle East, Ukraine, Russia and Sudan. Please protect and send aid to those in need and all who are at-risk. We pray for peace and rebuilding– we who are working towards it and for all those who are suffering or in danger from conflicts. We pray for an end to violence and war – we pray for wisdom for all leaders who have a hand in this. Lord God please help those in most need of thy mercy. Amen.

March 14, 2024 at 07:05 AM

Melanie, you could not have said better what I and so many struggle with everyday of our lives. Because of our limitations as humans we humanize God and try to understand Him through our own very limited lens. Thank you for pointing out what should be obvious and that I have grappled with my entire adult life. Let God be God and trust, no matter hard or difficult it is we will never truly know His heart till we get to heaven and meet Him face to face. Thank you for this wonderful but stark reminder of our foolish humanity!

peggyR
March 14, 2024 at 10:50 AM

Perfectly stated, Joe. Thank you so much.

Kjc
March 14, 2024 at 09:33 AM

Joe I totally agree with you. Living faith family please keep praying for Stephanie and Christine and Debbie and her daughter Anna, I will include Robert and Lyndell and Vincent this morning. Share this Isaiah 55 Isaiah 55: 8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,     nor are your ways my ways—oracle of the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,     so are my ways higher than your ways,     my thoughts higher than your thoughts. I am still not a robot Ken

Rebecca
March 14, 2024 at 08:50 AM

Perfectly stated, Joe!

jane
March 14, 2024 at 07:38 AM

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