Do you realize the connection? Do you realize the reality? Do you realize how science reveals what God has created and what our faith tells us? Do you realize that God’s Word is true? Do you realize that God’s Word never returns void? Do you realize the benefits of faith and science combined? Do you realize the impact that having both can have not only on your life but the lives of all those around you and around the world? Will you love God in all that you do? Will you love God every aspect of your life? Will you love God with all that you do? Will people know of God’s love thru all that you do? We’ve been chosen for a purpose! So let’s accomplish the purpose for which we have been created! Let’s live lives that will allow us to hear “well done my good and faithful servant“. Will you answer the call, even when you don’t think you are qualified and thus be qualified by God?
Today’s reading comes to us from Matthew 22…
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, 3and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.4Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”‘ 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Paying Taxes to Caesar
15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. 16And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.
Sadducees Ask About the Resurrection
23The same day Sadducees came to him, who say that there is no resurrection, and they asked him a question, 24saying, “Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother.’ 25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died, and having no offspring left his wife to his brother. 26So too the second and third, down to the seventh. 27After them all, the woman died. 28In the resurrection, therefore, of the seven, whose wife will she be? For they all had her.”
29But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven. 31And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: 32‘I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.” 33And when the crowd heard it, they were astonished at his teaching.
The Great Commandment
34But when the Pharisees heard that he had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35And one of them, a lawyer, asked him a question to test him. 36“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38This is the great and first commandment.39And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.40On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Whose Son Is the Christ?
41Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, 42saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at my right hand,
until I put your enemies under your feet”‘?
45If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” 46And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.
–from Matthew 22
Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible on the theme of the Bible’s impact on scientific discovery brings us the topic of Francis Collins on Science and Faith. It begins sharing how in 2000 the human genome map was decoded. We learn that the team that completed this work was led by Francis Collins. We even learn about how in a speech by President Bill Clinton the map of the human DNA was the “most wondrous map ever produced by mankind” and revealed “the language in which God created life.” We also learn about how in the book The Language of God Francis Collins quotes Jesus’s words about “the greatest commandment” in support for his belief that being a scientist and a theist was only possible but also beneficial. Today’s devotional goes on to quote from Belief by Francis the following:
AT THE TOP of my stairway, positioned so that I pass it several times a day, is a verse from the Bible that has been elegantly rendered and decorated by my daughter. If any man lacks wisdom, says the quote from the book of James, let him ask of God, who gives to all willingly and without reproach, and it will be given to him. The verse powerfully points to the connection between faith and reason. But it also presumes the seeker of wisdom already has some sense of the Divine, and knows where to go for help…
In Matthew 22.36–37, Jesus is asked by the disciples to name the greatest commandment in the Law. He responds, Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind. I find it of great interest that Christ added all your mind to this exhortation (the original verse from Deuteronomy does not include this). But here in the twenty-first century, many seem to have concluded that the spiritual experience and the life of the mind ought to occupy separate domains, and that disruptions, conflicts, and disenchantments will result if the firewall comes down. Surely humanity’s ongoing search for truth is not enriched by such limitations.
So how about you? What do you believe and how has that impacted your life and the lives of those God has brought into your life or path?
For those who prayed this for the first time or as a recommitment to God, I celebrate with the angels in heaven that you made the greatest decision of your life. Will you leave a comment so that I know and pray for you? Will you leave a comment or question so we can have a conversation? Look for a local church that is a Bible believing, Bible preaching church that will be able to come alongside you and help you in this journey called life.
I lift up this day into Your hands. Last night I received a call from my son who was distraught and missing home. Help him Lord to make it through the end of his camp today and leaves there tomorrow and bless his time with his friend at his friend’s house till his mom comes to pick him up on Monday morning. Lord as I begin this day with so many thoughts and so many directions I lift up my family Lord as we are dispersed and ask for Your protection and Your guidance and Your wisdom so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’s name. Help me Lord to know what to do and what to say. Help me Lord to be a good dad. Help me Lord to be a good husband. Help me Lord to be a good leader for my camp. Help me Lord to be all that You created and need me to be. Lord, I give all this into Your hands trusting in You because I know on my own it won’t work but with You all things are possible. I ask all these things in Jesus’s name so that in and through it all You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory. Amen.