January 18, 2014


Genesis 6:9-22; Hebrews 4:1-13; John 2:13-22

When I was a boy, I had a great idea, and got my three sisters to help me make our parents breakfast in bed. We fixed everything breakfasty we could get our hands on, and served it to our smiling parents. We then went out to play, leaving the dirty kitchen for them to clean up.

We sure can make a mess of things. Humanity fouled up the creation God called good to such a degree that he had to clean house. The chosen people overturned a good temple, making it into a den of thieves, and Jesus cleaned house.

The Hebrews reading teaches why our ideas turn bad: we hear what we what to hear but do not listen to God. The good news comes to us but we turn it into something other than the intended good. We are disobedient to God’s will, calling our will his. The same good word that originally came to us then becomes the sharp word of God that judges our intentions and actions.

We cannot go outside and play, running from our messed up response to the word and will of God. All will be called to account.

Prayer: Lord, may your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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