Where do you come from?
We had a shock yesterday. We learned that my husband’s heart isn’t working correctly. I think we suspected there ‘might’ be something up when the cardiologist’s office, the doctor’s office, AND the pharmacy kept contacting us. That is a bit unusual.
Now, we wait. We wait to see if our INSURANCE company knows better than our doctor the steps we should take. We wait to see different tests come to pass so that the doctor can find solutions.
While we wait, however, I began to think about how many people we meet every day. Yesterday, we had a lovely nurse who had the most beautiful accent. Normally, I would have asked here where she came from…but as I was a bit preoccupied with all these new factors in our lives, I didn’t get around to it.
I wasn’t thinking about that this morning when God led me to Micah 7:18-20-Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? He retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn into our fathers from the days of old.
Those of the Jewish faith would recognize these verses as their are read in the synagogue on the Day of Atonement. This yearly day is set aside for men and women to confess and ‘cast their sins into the depths of the sea.’
As Christians, we believe the blood of Christ, in his sacrificial death and resurrection has cleansed us.
A lot of us, however, forget where we came from!
Jesus was a Jew. He practiced the faith, knew the laws, and came to fulfill it. So how much time do Christians spend trying to understand the Jewish religion? I am constantly surprised that Pastors seem to ignore great chunks of the Bible when teaching their flocks. If we are to spread God’s grace in the world, then it would be smart to study the place where we came from. Purim, Yom Kippur, Passover–we should learn about these. They are part of our ‘heritage’. To study the Scripture and understand many of the things Jesus taught and the prophecies that He fulfilled, we need to take time and truly READ the Old Testament as well as the New Testament.
People carry their heritage with them in many ways: accents, customs, attitudes, genetics.
Let’s make it a point to learn about where we come from as Christians. Take time to study and read the Old Testament. You will be surprised to see how it will deepen your faith and make some New Testament passages even clearer when you know where Christ came from!