What Jesus Did! 'God Cares for More Than Just Us!' — Luke 4:25-27

Friday, February 27, 2015

"What I say is true. During the time of Elijah it did not rain in Israel for three and a half years. There was no food anywhere in the whole country. There were many widows in Israel during that time. But Elijah was sent to none of those widows {in Israel}. Elijah was sent only to a widow in Zarephath, a town in Sidon. And there were many people with leprosy living in Israel during the time of the prophet Elisha. But none of those people were healed; the only one was Naaman. And Naaman was from the country of Syria, {not from Israel}."
— Luke 4:25-27 NLT
Illustration of Luke 4:25-27 NLT — "What I say is true."

Key Thought

God didn't love Israel to just love Israel. God chose Abraham and his descendants through Isaac to bring his gracious blessings to all people. God loves all people—people of all races, of all cultures, and of all languages. So not only does he want us to minister to the broken and the outcast, but he also wants us to minister to the broken and outcast of even our "enemies" and those who do not share our faith. Jesus reminds us of this with two startling examples—the widow of Zarephath and Naaman. Both of these were non-Israelites and one was the leader of an enemy—a stark reminder that loving our enemies and caring for those we may not perceive as redeemable is not a theory, but a passion for the God of all redemption.

Today's Prayer

Open my eyes, LORD, and open the eyes of your people. While our world struggles with conflict and hatred, please use us to be your ambassadors of reconciliation and redemption. Give us courage to share your grace in places and with people who need it regardless of their race, culture, or language. Use us to touch the nations with your grace. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Luke 24:44-49
  • Acts 1:3-8
  • Acts 28:28

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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