2 January: Genesis 3-5, John 1b, Psalm 2
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- The Fall of Man! We live in a fallen world with "painful labor","painful toil" and "thorns and thistles" and "sweat." And still there is a glint of hope that "he will crush your head" (Jesus conquering Satan's work).
- Fratricide! "Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it." Ominous stuff.
- Imago Dei! And despite all this darkness and rejection, God reaffirms that "he made them in the likeness of God."
- Interesting note on Noah: His father, Lamech, lived for 54 years while Adam was still alive! Lamech was likely able teach Noah of a world before the fall. He could also teach him of walking faithfully with God like his grandfather Enoch did before experiencing a translation into heaven.
- John heralds in Jesus as the "Lamb of God." Jesus must be my personal Lamb before he can be my personal Savior. Do I accept the responsibility for this Lamb? If not, then I don't "get grace."
- Following Jesus is not a fuzzy term for these men. "Follow" or akoloutheo has very real expectations. It is very much a technical term to the ears of potential disciple of a rabbi. It would be similar to me hearing a Military recruiter ask me to "Enlist." Can I? Jesus' requirements are even more radical than the demands of recruiter.
- "Serve the Lord with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling." I am obviously still learning all that is wrapping up in "fearing the Lord."
- Jesus is sovereign — do I tremble before his absolute sovereignty? Do I celebrate his rule? I believe I do, but I have become too casual in my consideration of His absolute dominion.