Bible Reading Day 112
Day 112 – Luke 18:1-17
Today we have two parables and a blessing.
First Jesus tells his disciples a story to teach them not to give up; to keep praying. Perhaps the disciples were discouraged or feeling inadequate in their relationship with God. The story has a judge who gives a widow justice simply because she keeps pestering him. In contrast, Jesus says God will give his people justice because they cry out to Him day and night. Then He asks a rhetorical question “When the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith? Like the parable, the question is designed to provoke a response – “I will have faith!”
Next Jesus tells a story to those who are the opposite of the disciples – trusting in their own righteousness and looking down on everyone else. This story compares a Pharisee and a tax collector. the Pharisee is sure he’s right with God, and brags about it in his prayer, while the tax collector recognizes his sin and simply asks for mercy. Jesus says the tax collector was the one who was justified, and the reason He gives is interesting: those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. So God’s favor on the tax collector has less to do with leveling the playing field of prayer, and more to do with God being drawn to bless the humble. That was bad news indeed for the religious leaders!
Finally, as if to underscore the message of humility, Jesus corrects the disciples when they turn away parents bringing their children to be blessed by Jesus. He tells them that the Kingdom of God belongs to the childlike, and receiving the Kingdom like a child is the only way in. So let’s take a long look in the mirror today and let God make us more childlike!
Have a great day!
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