January 27, Reading 3 – Matthew 19:1-15

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SAA Notes

Children in church! Jesus is teaching on the heavy subject of divorce, and children are present. The disciples think they shouldn’t be there. Jesus thinks differently!

SJA Notes

* Dear God, please open our hearts to hear what You are teaching us today.

“Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.”

There are mysteries in life.

There are situations and experiences and reasonings that we will never understand.

Because Jesus tells us here.

There are mysteries that are only revealed to some.

Some people are able to go through life limiting themselves in a certain aspect of life.

We might be tempted to assign motive based on our own understanding.

But Jesus’ words here should cause us to be careful.

“Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given.”

God does not give us a cookie-cutter experience, the same mould, one template for all.

He works His will with-in and with-out us (in us and around us). It is His will, He does as He decides/pleases.

There are mysteries we will not understand.

But how good it is that we have a God who KNOWS. Nothing is hidden from Him.

This is a good thing, and should be a bedrock for us.

* Father God,

Thank You for revealing Yourself to us through Your word.

Thank You for showing us so much of Yourself in scripture, thank You that Your Spirit writes this word on our hearts, so that we might know You better, love You better, and know the truth of what is around us better.

Please help us to be comfortable with some mysteries that we cannot understand, knowing that You do.

Amen.

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