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How can one refuse Jesus' invitation of exchanging our heavy burden/s with His offer of something light? But one can only accept that in faith.

The problem sometimes with us is we turn to Him only when we are heavily burdened... and we forget to be continually grateful for all the many blessings, big and small, that come into our life. When our life is completely intertwined in His then no burden can ever faze our walk with Him.

I'm reading the Message this year and like the fresh look at some familiar verses, loved this one so much this morning, so here it is:
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me - watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly. (Mt 11:28-30)

New Testament
I am yoked with Jesus - Matthew 11:29
He offers to rescus us and give us rest when we are in trouble and weighted down. He offers to share our burdens with us how awesome is that!

Psalms 14
People who don’t believe in God are lost
They need praying for
Wise people search for God

I sometimes wonder if it was a real physical, like WWW, or such a spiritual wrestling that it became physical. Jacob had a lot to worry about, fear of Esau, fear of what he was doing, fear of where is was to go, etc. and I just wonder if there was so much on his mind that it became a physical thing for him. I can remember struggling to believe if God was really good. If after a year and a half of unemployment for my husband we would loose our home and have nowhere to go. Is God really good? I know all the pat answers of course he is really good. But if you've never been down my road.. It hard for me to hear you.. Where after 25 years of marriage my husband has had 22 different jobs... I may sound bitter, and perhaps I am, but walk a mile in my shoes and see. But I will say one thing after all this that struggle was diffently spiritual and physical. And I know in the midst of everything, chaos can be going on all around me, God is still Good. I may not even like whats going on around me, but God is still Good. I may even be so angry at God I don't want to even talk to him, but God is still good.

Matt 11:28-30

"Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."

Yoke=
1 a : a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals (as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together

"When training a new animal (such as an ox) to plow, ancient farmers would often yoke it to an older, stronger, more experienced animal who would bear the burden and guide the young animal through his learning." - David Guzik

"The fatal mistake for the believer is to seek to bear life’s load in a single collar. God never intended a man to carry his burden alone. Christ therefore deals only in yokes! A yoke is a neck harness for two, and the Lord himself pleads to be One of the two. He wants to share the labor of any galling task. The secret of peace and victory in the Christian life is found in putting off the taxing collar of “self” and accepting the Master’s relaxing “yoke.” - J.H. Jowett

[Perhaps the Holy Spirit is driving the team????]

Wrestling with the Angel.
In the modern world, this could be seen as Wrestling with conscience.
Was it the same for Jacob?
Did he remove his family and servants in order to grapple with his problems; and did he spend the night attempting to justify his plans for the future?
I wonder!

I think that the context shows that this is one of the Christotheophanies , the OT manifestation of the Son of God in angelic form. The name being "wonderfu", Jacob calls it Peniel, to reduce it to mere angelic intervention is a loss for reveling in the glorious person of the Eternal Son of God, God manifest in the flesh who in prophetic language said --my delights were with the Sons of Men!

Don Raymond

Thanks for making these readings so fun may God bless you and keep on giving you more of his mercies.!!!!

Wow! That's a lot of wrestling talk! I better brush up on my WWF knowledge! LOL! Just kidding! :0)

I believe Jacob was wrestling with God because all of our struggles are ultimitly between us and God...even if we don't realize it! I think it's okay to wrestle with God too. We have to. We all have fears and doubts at times...am I really saved?, am I really doing what God wants me to do? Is my faith really strong enough? and the list can go on and on....I know there are times in my life when I try to hide under a rock...away from God...like I could get away from Him...HA! Then I realize that He knows and understands exactly where I am and how I feel, so why not just bring it to Him. Our time with God isn't always going to be happy, joyful worship time. We have to be real with Him...He knows us anyways. So struggling with God is a good thing. It grows us and prepares us for whatever is next!

God is good with Matthew today - I woke up overwhelemd with anxiety...for no good reason either...actually this has been happening a lot lately...and I hate it! Somthings up with me! Anyways, Jesus reminded me today that I need to keep bringing it to Him...He is willing and ready to take on my anxitey and my burdens. He is my gentle and humble restorer! His yoke is easy and His burden is light! Praise be to God that I can rest in Him!

Speaking of nature...the sunrise this morning over my house was amazing! The moon was still out and the clouds were all pink and orange! Yes, I believe God created ALL if it!

I'm defenitly going with Gina with this one! When I was reading about the 'wrestling', I emmidiatly thought about God! Since Jacob was one way or the other always in a wrestle with God mentally, I thought God has chosen a way to have it physicly as well. Just to show Jacob that He will win EVERY wrestle. I think this indeed represents our wrestlings we have in our faith in God. Not the faith or believes ... but basicly the struggles we go through once in a while. I love verse 32:30 “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared.”

I love reading Matthew! It feels like Jesus is talking to me constantly!!! Yes, Jesus gives me rest! When I think of Him I feel peace within me. I love Him so much!!!! He died for my sins ... I defenitly turned from my sins, I never want Him on that cross again!

Proverbs were very powerful today! verse 20 "By his knowledge the deep fountains of the earth burst forth, and the dew settles beneath the night sky". Just beautiful!!! Personally I don't have a faith wrestling when it comes to The Lord. I do have my struggles when satan is trying to convince me of something else. Those struggles are the worst!!! My pastor comforted me by saying that my huge faith in the Lord will always help me through this. God always wins, just have the faith!

Jacob wrestled with an angel and two things came out of that experince....The blessing and the limp. The limp means nothing...simply a limp. It's the same with our struggle with sin..it doesn't mean we aren't saved in our spirit or healed in our soul...Don't let the limp fool you...You can be healed and still have a limp. The limp is only a sign that you've been through something, not that you are still struggling with something...Don;t confuse the scars with the inner work. The scars do not define the healing...The same thing goes for Jacob...

I find it interesting in Gen.32:30 that Jacob saw the face of Gaod yet was spared. I didn't really notice that before. That does make one think that the one he was wrestleing with was God in another form. Thank You for bringing that out. I can read something, and yet not have it sink in.

Matthew 11:7-30


"I tell you the truth, among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is.
(Matthew 11:11 NET.)


When we began the Book of Genesis we read in the first chapter how God divided light from darkness; water from above and water upon the earth; the water from dry land. God separates good from evil and His chosen people from those who have rejected Him. In the eleventh verse of the eleventh chapter of Matthew, Jesus divides time designating John the Baptist as the greatest up until that time of those born of a women and between those in the kingdom of heaven declaring John is the least.

I have read this particular verse hundreds of times and made mental assenting statements referencing this statement yet I never really took the time to ponder over its meaning. If John is greater than Abraham, Jacob/Israel, Moses, David, Elijah and all the great men and women of God who lived before his ministry, yet for all those in the kingdom of heaven who came after him, John is the least, how valuable to God are today’s Believers?

Have we really stopped to think about who we are in Christ? Forget about what folks say about us, value us or devalue us, how valuable are we truly to God. What heights can we climb to, what things can we achieve in God’s kingdom here on earth if we really understood in our hearts and minds how valuable we are in the Kingdom of God.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

when i was a kid i used to watch GLOW wrestling...anyone remember that? ehem...anyway, when you scroll down the blog at first glance it looks like 6 pics of wrestling haha.
I believe we all wrestle with God before our surrender and after our conversion, we may come to instances where we wrestle with not only sins, temptations, but God himself! I know I have...of course He wins every time. When we resist God, He doesnt give up on us...I think its such an act of love...He could have just got fed up with Jacob and slay him or give up on him. BUt He wrestled with him...I think thats such a sign of love (i'm not saying i think if someone wrestles with me and breaks my hip i call that loving, dont get me wrong) but since God can do anything He pleases, to send an angel down or perhaps Christ pre-incarnate, i think thats awesome. the limp is a constant reminder for Jacob the rest of his days, dont fight God, you cant win!

Matt 11:28-29 is perhaps one of my favorite verses ever. "Come to me, all you who are weak and heavyladen, and I will give you rest for your souls. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my load is light." I used to sing it at church as a kid, i still do, though i didnt understand itthen...yolk, like egg yolk? thats light. haha. BUt now i get it. Its so beautiful. The world's burdons are soooo heavy. Jesus and ONLY Jesus can your heart and sould true rest and peace and His load is so light!!! I just love these verses.

I love Matt 11:25 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure."
we get it agian in Luke, the discplices came back from a vistory all excited and Jesus was so blessed and He just thanked the Lord. He has hidden these things from the wise (so-called intelligent proud ppl) and revealed them to little children (us, who submit to Him and come to Him as children). I'm soooo blessed by these verses.

Recently I feel like Jacob, having to wrestle with faith and life issues with God. Am I doing what God calls me to do? Do I have a balanced lifestyle in all aspects of life? Will God provide all my needs?

I am so glad that Jesus has promised me that he will give me rest when we get away with him, and when we are weary and burdened. I praise Him for that!

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

…What is your take on Jacob wrestling with the angel and then being blessed by the angel? Should Jacob have not wrestled / struggled with the angel / God? Should we in our lives today not wrestle / struggle with God? Or should we wrestle with matters of faith sometimes? As long as we know God will win the wrestling match - is it okay for us to enter into a wrestling match with God or no? Is there a faith-journey wrestling match in your past that you'd be willing to share with others?

This reminds me of a saying I once heard: “ your arms are too short to box with God.” The same applies to wrestling with God. Jacob seemed to hold his own with God but only because God went easy on Him. God always wins and no mortal man can contend with God unless God allows him to do so for a reason. God would not have been there if He didn’t want to let Jacob wrestle with Him. Obviously Jacob did the right thing to wrestle with Him because afterward he was blessed. I see it as figurative of God testing the strength of our faith by perhaps allowing us to struggle in our lives until we learn to surrender to Him. If we overcome or prevail we will be blessed. There is also the negative aspect of wrestling with God and that is going against His will and resisting the Spirit. I can’t think of anything specific offhand where I can say that I wrestled with God but I definitely have had struggles involving faith and obedience to God throughout my pilgrimage in this world. I have also heard this passage concerning Jacob’s wrestling match with God used as an illustration of persistent prayer.


GENESIS 32:13-34:31

The man whom Jacob wrestled with, I believe, was another one of several pre-incarnate appearances of Jesus Christ in the Old Testament period for Jacob said, “ I have seen God face to face” ( 32:30 ).

By now Jacob knew that he had wronged Esau his brother and also did wrong in deceiving his father Isaac. Jacob bowing before his brother Esau “seven times” ( 33:3 ) reminds me of what Jesus also said about forgiveness:

“ Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee SEVEN TIMES in a day, and SEVEN TIMES in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.”

- Luke 17:3-4 ( KJV )

MATTHEW 11:7-30

An example of contradictions that unbelievers often display among themselves in their rejection of Christ are also seen here. They condemned John the Baptist for fasting while condemning Jesus for eating and drinking ( vv. 18-19 ). They accused both of being possessed by Devils ( 10:25; 11:18 ).

Verses 22-24 seems to indicate that there will be degrees of punishment meted out to unbelieving, unrepentant sinners on Judgment Day according to the amount of light that they had rejected. The greater the light that was rejected the more they will be held accountable.

PSALM 14:1-7

Could God’s view of atheists be any plainer? “THE FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no God…” ( v.1 )

The depravity of the human spiritual condition is also laid out plainly here ( v.2-3 ). One of the reasons is Bible illiteracy and lack of prayer: “ they have NO KNOWLEDGE…and CALL NOT UPON THE LORD “ ( v.4 ).

PROVERBS 3:19-20

The excellency of God’s wisdom is seen in all creation. That all these things with their order, design, complexity and governed by universal laws of physics just came into being by random chance defies even human logic and yet multitudes continue to embrace false science and the humanistic reasonings about the origin of the universe.

Esther and John your comments stood out to me today. Esther; you had me pull out the Message bible because that verse reads so beautifully in that version. I am very tired and I totally trust that He will continue holding me in His bosom until I can stand on my 2 legs. Thank Q Esther - John; one thing about Christians that drives me bananas is all the cliches used. I tell ya if a person wanted to come to know Christ how would he or she know what we are talking about? U put yoked plainly in this section, one word I have had trouble understanding in the past. You made it plain for me today. Gina; I get your thoughts on the wrestling thanks. I have to say this wrestling match reminds me that God IS conflict capable, so humans really need to release and relax - its ALL good!!

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