Beatitudes Matthew 5:3-12
Milkmaids were probably among the least of the servants in a home and yet no doubt their work was very important in providing food as well as income. Important particularly in a weakened economy, is the ability to provide for one’s family. Surely, eight “milkmaids” is a generous gift when most of us would be happy with one such provision. Regardless of our present condition a Jehovah Jireh assures us that there is no mountain to climb or valley to cross in which our needs wont be provided for along the way. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Thus, eight milkmaids for eight beatitudes and along with it comes eight rewards.
Genesis 22:9-14 So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.
Lent: Day 20 – Israel (Jacob) had become quite prosperous in the land of Canaan. Having to go down to Egypt had to be very difficult for him to do even though it meant he would get to see is son Joseph. God however, assures him that it would be okay; he has not forgotten his promise. Upon arriving, Joseph advises his father and brothers to simply be honest about whom they are. It’s a risky situation since shepherds are absolutely loathed in Egypt and yet it is definitely the right thing to do. After all what else or who else should they be? When God chose Abraham he did not call him to be a king but rather as the shepherd that we was, to be the father of many nations. Through Christ, God calls us as we are, to be shepherds of the Gospel and before we come to experience and believe Christ for ourselves we essentially are sheep without a shepherd. Paul himself, with all his education and status as a Roman citizen and a Pharisee, was a sheep without a shepherd before Christ called him to be an apostle. Perhaps even as Christians we are lead in directions we don’t necessarily want to go, when we remember who we are (Christians) and why we were called (to build the body of Christ), like Israel, God will be with us and continue to provide for us even as he faithfully brings us to where he always intended us to be.
Genesis 46:1-7, 28-34 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again; …When Pharaoh calls you, and says, “What is your occupation?” you shall say, “Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our ancestors”—in order that you may settle in the land of Goshen, because all shepherds are abhorrent to the Egyptians.’
Mark 6:30-46 and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.
1 Corinthians 9:1-15 If I am not an apostle to others, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.
Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated; so also the fish, as much as they wanted. Everybody wants something. Yet happiness isn’t about getting what you want. Happiness is about cherishing what you have. Jesus knew that the disciples believed that feeding five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish would be difficult. Had Andrew not spotted the boy with this basket of food, surely the task would be impossible. “Where are we to buy bread for these people to eat?” From the reading it’s obvious to me that the question Jesus asks of his disciples, is rhetorical. However, had I actually been there, my response probably would not have been much different from Philips. Today the question Jesus asks sounds a lot like the questions we ask of ourselves in many overwhelming situations; How, who, what, and where. We forget that we have Christ and through Christ all things are possible. Be happy today. Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. Cherish who you are. Cherish what you have and know that the Lord provides abundantly.
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me. Psalm 40
All Things Possible; Hold Fast Without Wavering; The Lord Takes Care of His Own