Day 24 (but the same day as “Day 25”!)

It’s not time travel, it’s just me being easily confused. When I started to write the Day 25 blog, it was already after midnight. That meant that my Bible app (You Version) had already clicked over to Day 25. So I read it, commented and switched off. Only then did I realise that I had missed a day! So here is Day 24. On the twenty fifth day!

Genesis 48 and Jacob is failing. Joseph’s two sons (born to an Egyptian woman) are blessed and Jacob claims them as his own kin. So the land Abraham got (Canaan) now becomes their homeland too.

Genesis 49 and Jacob grown weaker. He calls his sons and their families and blesses each one. In fact, what we are given as readers is a potted history of the sons and what they will become. He gives his final instructions and (49:33) “… joined his ancestors…”.

Matthew 15 is a bit confusing for me, having read these two days out of order. There’s a hill. Jesus is speaking to the crowd and it gets late. Who will feed them? Well the disciples don’t have a clue. Have they forgotten already? This time it’s seven loaves and a few fish. This time 4000 people were fed and there were seven baskets left over. And after they’ve had supper, Jesus sends them all home. He could have done that before they ate. He could have done, but he didn’t. He wanted to feed them. Again. Why? Are we the hungry crowd or the confused disciples?

I’m definitely confused today, but a bit hungry too. Jesus is feeding our spirits with wisdom and knowledge. Can we set aside our doubts and eat until we are full? Or are we too busy questioning it all?

In Matthew 16 the Pharisees are trying to catch him out again. They demand a miracle. He says they say they can predict tomorrow’s weather, but they can’t interpret the sign of the times. What does this mean? To take what is before you and not demand proof? Or does Jesus mean something else entirely? To me, this means we should accept certain things as given. Question, by all means, and use the information we can discover. But it’s more important to live in the here and now rather than worry about tomorrow. It’s something which comes up a lot in the Bible and I think that’s what Jesus was saying to the Pharisees.

At the end of today’s reading from Matthew, Jesus has to spell out to his disciples what he has just done because they are so preoccupied by their lack of bread. (16:8) “Why are you arguing about having no bread? (11) Why can’t you understand I’m not talking about bread?” It’s is clearly spiritual food that he’s giving his disciples, and us!

Psalm 20 is an assurance that our prayers will be answered. The writer is praying for us, (20:1) “May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.”

I once watched a documentary about how the brain filters what we see and hear. There’s so much happening around us all the time that we need to ignore most of it. So (for example) arriving in a busy restaurant, your brain will exclude everything except your waiting dinner guest at the other side of the room. The intervening tables, the other diners, the waiters, the food and the sounds will all be filtered out. At that moment, as you stand there, only your guest is in your perception. The tables, etc will be unfiltered as you move to avoid you bumping into them.

Well Proverbs 4 is talking about that filtering process. But we need to apply it spiritually. (4:23) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (4:26) “Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.”

So that was Day 24, next it will be Day 26. I can do without this confusion. I should learn to concentrate more!

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