Prayer for the day
I will listen to what the LORD God is saying, for he is speaking peace to his faithful people and to those who turn their hearts to him.
Scripture for the day
Seems like death and destruction is on order for today. Reading through Genesis 4-6 was like reading through a horror movie script: you can see what’s coming, and you know it’s going to be pretty rough. Matthew 2 works out much the same, though it comes to the point a little more closely. In Genesis, God is going to wipe out humanity because of their wickedness. In Matthew, Herod is going to wipe out humanity (a small percentage of it, anyway) because of his own wickedness. Turns out that wickedness isn’t all that great.
I find it interesting that the scriptures are not speaking so much of punishment in these two passages (though arguably Genesis is concerned with punishment) but with consequences. It seems that both passages are giving a fairly broad-brush account of what happens when people allow themselves free-reign, and descend into evil. That may sound ominous or overdramatic, but God clearly links the two: evil and death. We know from all sorts of scriptures that evil leads to death, but these passages show that the ratio is not so easy nor so tidy. In one, humanity’s wickedness leads to its own demise. In the other, one human’s wickedness leads to the demise of others. Yet in both, we get a glimpse of God’s goodness in the midst of evil. In Genesis, God remains faithful to his creation, saving some. In Matthew, God saves the holy family and allows them to flee. In both, God saves some. And in both, we can find the hope that evil will not always win. God brings good out of the Genesis account and the Matthew account. He does not prevent the deaths (and in Genesis, he causes the deaths) but he does insist that life continue.
I don’t know if this is a blessing or a curse to you today, but I find it comforting that in the midst of death, God continues to create life.