In this fifth day of reading from Psalm 107, meditate for a moment on how God’s love is relentless.
The reading from Exodus describes the experience of the Israelites as they journeyed through the wilderness towards the land of promise. They go through a period of dryness, and then when water is found, it is bitter. God instructs Moses to add a piece of wood to the bitter water, and it becomes sweet. God then immediately tells the Israelites that faithfulness to His instruction will bring health and wholeness to them. He is the God who heals. Our lives are no different. There are times of dryness, and times of bitterness. The addition to the water that will turn it sweet may surprise us. We may never have expected the change or adjustment that God will use to change the flavor of our life. It may even be something we have resisted. But we can trust that faithfulness to God’s way of love, justice, and mercy will bring wholeness. He is the God who heals.
Today’s passage from Hebrews describes Jesus as the one who is faithful over God’s house as a son. This is compared to Moses’ faithfulness as a servant. In the ancient Middle Eastern world, the household was not just a family, but an industry, or business. The eldest son was especially empowered to conduct business with the authority of the father. In describing Jesus as acting in this role, the writer of Hebrews proclaims that the authority of God has been decisively expressed in the grace-giving life and sacrifice of Jesus. Not only are we all blessed to be recipients of this grace, we have been blessed to be invited into the “family business.” We too get to share in the work of spreading God’s Kingdom.
Link to Today’s Readings from the Revised Common Lectionary