“I look for your deliverance, LORD. Genesis 49:18
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. Matthew 23:23
Death and legacy. Who am I really? Who do I want people to remember when I am gone?
Jacob blessed each of his sons before he died. Most of what he said had to do with who they were as grown men. Their legacies had already been determined by the things they had already done.
Jesus warned the Pharisees that their preoccupation with their public personas was not scoring any points in heaven or on earth. While they were trying to be so “holy”, they were just making people around them miserable.
Many Christians do the same thing. I remember hearing that my niece said to my daughter that nobody could live in my “perfect world”. I was trying so hard to bring them up right that I was stressing out everyone around me, including myself. I hate the thought that I am viewed as a perfectionist rather than a loving and forgiving person. I don’t want that to be my legacy.
But the good news is that among those verses is a prophesy regarding a Messiah, Jesus, the Lion of Judah, who will deliver us from this body of death.
Praise God. My future is not determined by my sins, but by the One who has saved me by his blood.
Thank you Jesus. Help me not to be a pharisaical blind guide. May my words lead others to You, to hope and not into despair. I pray these things in the precious name of Jesus. Amen