Wednesday, December 28, 2011

DAY 299 - Don't Be Selfish! (請按此處收聼廣東話Cantonese podcast click here)

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Today's Reading: Genesis 38

Please read Genesis 38 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method you may click this link directly for the method:Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf.

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What Onan did was wicked in the Lord's sight; so he put him to death also. Judah then said to his daughter-in-law Tamar, "Live as a widow in your father's house until my son Shelah grows up." Gor he thought, "He may die too, just like his brothers." So Tamar went to live in her father's house.

Genesis 38: 10-11

What I received from Jesus today is: Don't be selfish!

This is a weird chapter! But if you read it carefully you will find that it is all about the consequence of selfishness. Started with the selfishness of Joseph's ten brothers in the last chapter. We do not know what was the cause of Judah's elder son Er, but we surely know how wicked and selfish Onan was according to verses 8 to 9. He took his brother's wife according to the tradition of the Israelites to have the offspring for his deceased brother. He had sex with his brother's wife in the name of giving his brother an offspring but he did a very wicked thing in that act. Both of Judah's sons died because of their wickedness. By the act of Onan we can guess his brother did the similar sin - selfishness which turned to wickedness!

Then, their father did the same thing because he was afraid his third son might die too so he did not give Tamar his third son to produce offspring for Er. Then he did a foolish and sinful act causing even shameful consequence! What a mess in such a family! The cause - selfishness and wickedness!

You may be selfish, just like any human beings, right?! But watch out, selfishness may turn to wickedness. And the consequence of wickedness may be beyond your imagination like what it is in this chapter!

Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to turn away from our selfishness and wickedness to your righteouness. In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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