Thursday, March 16, 2017

Dear Ones- I first want to apologize for all the typos in my last post. I tried a new program that did not work real well. (And I did not read over my work) Please forgive me... Ok We have finally reached the end of Chapter 2- Paul is still trying to make his point in these last verses to the Jewish people. "Circumcision was a sign and seal of a covenant that God made with Israel (Ex 12:44-49) The rite went back to Abraham and the covenant God made with him (Gn 17:9-14). Circumcision became a badge of Jewish identity and, it was thought, a guarantee of salvation. Some later rabbis even taught that Abraham sat at the entrance to Gehenna (“hell”) and would not permit any uncircumcised Jew to enter there. By implication, the way you lived made no difference." (taken from the Holman Christian Standard Study Bible) Let us reflect on how we are no different in our hearts than Jewish people. We walk around declaring our salvation in Christ, but yet our actions speak differently. We are impatient with the waitress or waiter, we curse the driver that cuts us off, we do not love our neighbors, and we show no kindness, grace or mercy to those who we do not know or care about. These are not a reflection of one who is following after Christ. Dear Ones, we have a responsibility to walk in the ways of Christ. We are expected to live out in action the Word of God to those who are lost, hurting and need to see the light in this world of darkness. Let us live in this calling. Let us glorify God in word and deed. Thank you for journeying with me- Angie #dailyscriptureandthoughts

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