Daily Scripture readings for June, reading set #12:
– Genesis, chapters 29-30
– Psalm, chapter 12
– Matthew 5:21-32
– Acts 7:39-60
The account of Jacob’s wives and their child-bearing has two direct references to the Lord’s control over fertility in women: “When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren” (29:31). And again: “Then God remembered Rachel, and God listened to her and opened her womb” (30:22). This control is attributed to God in an almost assumed way, as if it’s obvious that someone is either barren or fruitful because the Lord makes them so. It begs the question (like I’ve posed a couple times already) whether this control over “natural” things like pregnancy is something God always exerts, or something that he only does in certain instances like this one. Many would argue that Scripture’s examples of God’s control over things like this don’t necessitate that he is always controlling them, but it sure seems obvious that he both CAN and DOES influence the path of history regularly.
Jesus is still rocking the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, and in verse 21 he begins commenting on various OT laws in order clarify that what goes on in a person’s heart is what the Lord is most concerned about. Jesus seems to lay down a VERY strict law regarding divorce – one that I haven’t fully wrapped my mind around: “Whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery” (vs 32). How rigid is this law? I mean, is it just me or does this verse get totally swept under the rug in churches today?
PS… As I read through everything last year for Expo, I took notes on each of the 4 daily readings. For these blog posts, however, I’m just picking the notes that seem most interesting, and skipping some of the others. Sorry for skipping a little of Matthew 5, Brandon…