Old Testament Lesson
The Lord warns the king - you have not done right. You have not judged correctly. You have taken advantage of others. You have done evil. And because you are the king, the leader, the one, and you have not done right; judgement is coming.
We see in this what makes the Lord the most angry is how he was oppressive the poor and needy. He did not take care of them; in fact he used them for his own gain. No where in this condemnation was he condemned for idolatry, even though he did it. His idolatry was see in how he treated others.
Our love for God, our worship of God; it is really seen in how we treat one another. How can we say we love God and not love one another? How can we say we worship God and mistreat one another? Our love for God is seen greatest and most vividly in our love for our neighbor.
New Testament Lesson
Paul says if we live by the spirit, we will do these things. We will put to death the old ways. We will live in new life. Not if we live by our own strength or our own might. But, by the spirit. By God's spirit. If we follow Him, if we allow the spirit to guide us, convict us, call us, transform us, change us, then we will know life.
If we think we are strong enough to do it on our own, we are wrong. But, through God's Holy Spirit, there is nothing - nothing, we cannot do!
Jesus is the bread of life. He is the source of life. He is the way of life. He is life. We find life by turning to Him, each day. By resting in Him, trusting in Him, loving Him.
He is life. Today may we know that life that come only through Jesus.