(Discovering Inspired Religious Treasures)
Matthew 1:1 A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.
You may look at the passage above and think: that’s not a very inspiring Scripture. I hope you may think differently after you read this devotion.
I was pleased to learn about Jeremy Coast and his valiant battle with leukemia when we were at Clintonville. Listening to Ray and talking with others about this young man, I was blessed to remember him and contribute to “519 Strong.”
I wrote recently to a former parishioner concerning cancer; I have seen only a few folks who, when they hear that dreaded diagnosis, turn away from God. More often, their faith is renewed and they turn to trust God like they never have. Cancer comes not from God but from the ruler of this world and it is evil and meant to destroy. However, what Satan means for evil, God can use for good.
Over the centuries, the Greeks were one of many cultures who attempted to wipe out the Jewish people. The Greeks had an unique form of government and are often praised for their cultural advances. However, while in power they attempted to eradicate Jews. However, God’s promise to Abraham prevailed: those nations or civilizations who who bless the Jewish people will be blessed and those who curse them will be cursed. The Greeks tried to replace the Jewish faith in God with their paganism, but in time the Greek culture crumbled. While they ruled, the Greek language was used throughout the Middle East. which bring us back to the Matthew 1:1 passage. This is how the Gospel of Matthew begins in the original text: Biblos Genesis Iesous Christos Huios Dahvid Huios Abraham. It was the language of the Greeks, who tried to do evil to the Children of God, that would send the gospel of Jesus, God’s Son, throughout the world. What the Satan intended for evil, God used for good.
Satan tried to do evil to Jeremy Coast, God used his days on this earth for good. Because of the way Jeremy lived out his days people were blessed and continue to be blessed because of the legacy which follows him. Thanks Jeremy!
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, when ever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.
See you at the AWRCS Races,
Chaplain Al (#8)