Day 31, January 31, 2021
Scriptures: Exodus 4, Matthew 25
Exodus 4:31 (TNIV) — 31 and they believed. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.
Matthew 25:40 (TNIV) — 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Showing concern for others.
We’ve been reading about the story of the Israelites, and at the same time, seeing the progression of Jesus’ ministry. Here in Matthew 25, he gives instruction that the disciples of Jesus would care for others. As they care for brothers and sisters, they also, are caring for Jesus the King.
It is curious that it is brother and sisters. An argument can be made that this is about caring for one another in the church. I agree. I also see it as a genuine posture towards all people though, as well. That I would be concerned and caring for those who are hurting.
It is the Exodus story, where the Israelites are cared for by God. The tables have turned, and in the Old Testament story, it is the Israelites who feel forgotten, no longer. The Lord was concerned for them.
A simple encouragement today, for each of us, is to be concerned for one another. Care about each other. As we care for one another, we might help one another in whatever difficult circumstances we are in. We will be a cool refreshing drink, to a dry and wearied world.
You are blessed to be a blessing.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.