Lenten Devotional – Day 27 – God’s Values vs. the World
Scripture Readings: Exodus 2:1-22 ; 1 Corinthians 12:27-13:3; Mark 9:2-13
Today is a journey of believing and obedience. Starting in Exodus we learn that in God’s plan a life is saved for a reason. During Pharaoh’s reign, males were to be killed. One woman loved her son so much that she risked her own life to save his. As the story goes she puts the baby boy in a basket and sets it in the river where the Pharaoh’s daughter would go down to bathe. One of her slaves finds the basket and the princess thinks that he is a Hebrew and offers to pay one of her maidens to nurse and raise him.
When this child was older, he was returned to the princess, and she named him Moses, stating that she drew him out of the river. As Moses grew he became very conflicted at how his people were being treated as slaves and watching them work until they died. This made Moses so angry that he killed an Egyptian and buried him in the sand. But the news of the murder got to Pharaoh and he wanted Moses killed.
Moses fled to Midian where he was well received. In time, the family of Reuel offered a daughter named Zipporah, and he married her. They had a child named Gershom for he said, “I have been a stranger in a foreign land.”
Later in the Book of Mark, Moses and Elijah appeared while Jesus was with his closest disciples: Peter, James and John. Moses and Elijah began talking to Jesus and after they finished talking, Moses and Elijah were gone and this surprised the other three. Jesus explained to his disciples not to talk to anyone about his meeting with Moses and Elijah until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. So they did as they were told; but, they often asked each other what Jesus meant by “risen from the dead.”
At this time, they could not understand that the values of God’s eternal Kingdom were different from the values of the world. They wanted relief from their present problems. But deliverance from sin is far more important than deliverance from physical suffering or political oppression. Our understanding and appreciation of Jesus must go beyond what he can do for us here and now.
Always remember, together we are Christ’s body, and each one of us is a separate and necessary part of it. What are the three things that will endure always? Faith, hope and love; but, of the three, the greatest one is and always will be love.