"Mother and Child" painting by Gustav Klimt

Today: Proverbs 7:1-5; Luke 1:1-25; Leviticus 26:14-16; Leviticus 27

Proverbs 7

God has given us great responsibility as caretakers of this world, as administrators of our own lives and bodies. The most profound trusts He has given us are the ability to make new life and care for our children. Of course He has included guidelines for how to manage those responsibilities in the best way, according to His perfect plan.

Luke 1

Of the four gospels, Luke is the methodical, investigative report of Jesus’ ministry — carefully researched from eye witness accounts, and written in “orderly sequence.”

Luke begins with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist. The angel Gabriel prophesied that John the Baptist would “go as a forerunner before [Jesus] in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of fathers back to their children, and the disobedient to the attitude of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (v.17)

I never really noticed that line before in Gabriel’s prophecy: “…turn the hearts of fathers back to their children.” But of course! Think how Jesus loved and cherished children which was so counter-cultural in His day. Caring for our children is the greatest responsibility God has given us. History is filled with examples of our gross mishandling of that duty. Even today there is a worldwide epidemic of child abuse, trafficking, murder, and abortion. How often I wish that God would wave His righteous hand and avenge the cries and blood of our children. But He doesn’t often work that way. This is OUR responsibility that He has given to US.

May God help us.

Hall, John; Macklin, Thomas; West, Benjamin; Moses showing the Brazen Serpent

Leviticus 26

Every single bad thing God predicted in Leviticus 26 that would happen to the Jewish people if they abandoned God has taken place. Satan hates anything God loves, so he has a special hatred for God’s chosen Jewish people. The ugly serpent’s head of anti-semitism has slithered its way throughout all of human history…