Good Tuesday Morning Bible Journal Family,
At first when I was looking over our reading for the day I was excited to read about the opportunity to read and reflect on the amazing invite to a great feast provided by our Lord in Luke 14:16-24. After all, I love meals. There are a few messages being shared as we chew on these few verses. First we can see that this invite is for us all. Second, the meal provided will leave us permanently filled and never thirsty.
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Third, Jesus wants us to come now with no excuses. As a previous expert in excuses, I can think of times where I resist or delay this call by God with my own actions. I can’t put this invite off for another day or make up another excuse. These last couple weeks I have had personal friends who have lost loved ones and celebrated their life. in addition, I’ve had a few former students lose their lives based on various situations. In addition to children to others pass away. Reminding me that I need to be grateful for every breath, but keep faith that God has a plan for everything and everyone.
Our 2nd reading is called an acrostic poem, the longest psalm and longest chapter in the bible. Twenty-two sections containing eight verses a piece. The acrostic part is that in each section of Psalm 119 a new letter to the Hebrew Alphabet is taught starting with Aleph and ending with Taw. Various bible studies say that this Psalm would allow many to memorize with this type of formation. To me I love the celebration of the word of the Lord, and a direction for us to follow. A few of my highlighted words that provide me with hope, trust, guidance, and love include; who walk, who keep, seek Him, praise, obey, rejoice, meditate, and delight.
Your words have opened my eyes (v.18), they have filled a longing in my heart for a Father and a unconditional love, they have taught me to turn my heart not from selfish gain (v.26,36), but to a promise of hope (v.41,49). Before I was afflicted I was astray, but now I try and pray to obey your commands (v. 67-68). I know His law are righteous and His Living Word is eternal, continuing through all generations(v.89-90). Your commands are always with me and they provide a lamp to my feet and light to my path. I pray my heart stays set on keeping your decrees until my very end(v105,112). Let me live so I can praise you, and may Your laws sustain me. I have strayed like lost sheep. God please seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands, and I know you are the Good Shepherd(v.175-176).