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Morning and Evening Devotions

Go To Morning Reading      Evening, January 24

         “Martha was cumbered about much serving.” 
         — Luke 10:40

Her fault was not that she served: the condition of a servant well becomes every Christian. “I serve,” should be the motto of all the princes of the royal family of heaven. Nor was it her fault that she had “much serving.” We cannot do too much. Let us do all that we possibly can; let head, and heart, and hands, be engaged in the Master’s service. It was no fault of hers that she was busy preparing a feast for the Master. Happy Martha, to have an opportunity of entertaining so blessed a guest; and happy, too, to have the spirit to throw her whole soul so heartily into the engagement. Her fault was that she grew “cumbered with much serving,” so that she forgot him, and only remembered the service.  She allowed service to override communion, and so presented one duty stained with the blood of another. We ought to be Martha and Mary in one: we should do much service, and…

Prayer

Lord, bless this nation that is renewing its boiling political points with the bigotries and "political correctness" toward the poor and middle class of peoples. I plea with these people of "gun rights"; Second Amendments rights"; "abortion rights"; "remove god from our schools and all of their activities in prayer"; "Evolution Rights"; "Darwin Theory" "Gay Rights".
What about God's rights as He is our Creator, and we are created in their images? He says that we are not to have any other god's before him; Politicians who swear on Bibles in a country that was created and built on: "In God We Trust" are outright lying. They have placed God on the "back-burner". That isn't and cannot be. We must remember that we are not higher than our Master--God. He is the I Am that I Am--Hebrew for before there was a beginning, YHWH was. YHWH sent His Son Jesus to die for all man sins; now some …

Undue Favor

January 24: Undue Favor
Genesis 38–39

Genesis 38 interrupts the climax of the Joseph narrative with another tale: Judah and Tamar. Switching protagonists is a surprising enough, but the tale itself shocks us. We’re hardly given time to process the strange cultural practices of the ancient Near East, prostitution, deception, and the sudden death of those who displease God before we’re returned to Joseph’s struggles in Egypt.
The story is additionally confusing because it seems to lack a hero. Judah uses Tamar, as his two sons did—though he at least acknowledges his actions. Tamar uses her wits and risks her life to secure a future for herself, but she does so through deplorable means.
Attempts have been made to justify the characters and put it all in perspective, but there is no neat packaging. The characters in this story face dire circumstances and a unique cultural context—one that is nearly impossible for modern readers to understand. But we don’t need a lesson in ancient Near Easte…