November 29, 2019 CAC Living Water Devotional ;- COMMITTING THE SIN OF HITLER?
THE LIVING WATER CAC
DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Friday, November 29, 2019
– International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People
TOPIC: COMMITTING THE SIN OF HITLER?
Read Isaiah 9:2
2. The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.
MEMORISE: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined (Isaiah 9:2)
The verse that makes up the memory scripture is a very inspiring one. A scholar explains that it paints a picture of humans living in misery and darkness, and suddenly a bright light shines upon them. When they see the light, their eyes are opened and their hearts lifted – yes, there is hope in life, after all. Yet, for the Israelites, God’s mercy for the gentiles remained a mystery. They had always thought that Yahweh only loved the Jews.
Hitler had thought that he (and his people) were the best, and deserved the best; anyone not his adherents deserved no less than gloom, incarceration and death! Merely knowing that some people are God’s people gave him big and deadening worries. He killed, and would have loved to keep killing other races. This comes to memory as we are being internationally called towards solidarity with the Palestinian people.
One of the “dangers” of being too long a Christian is to somehow develop the idea that we deserve salvation more than the unsaved. We who were gentiles now treat others as gentiles and cast-out. We make the same mistake as the Jews of Jesus’ days, shunning the unclean and avoiding the unworthy. Would this explain apartheid and racism, even in our enlightened times? Every time we look at someone and think that we deserve more than him or her, we have committed the sin of Hitler. May God save us!
1. Lord, keep my heart always tender. Remind me that I am dust and my life is but a breath.
2. May I never look down on a fellow human; instead, Lord, help me to honour him/her as Your precious handiwork.
3. Lord, help our leaders not to commit the sin of Hitler anymore.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ezekiel 24:10 – 27:7; 1 Peter 2:9 – 3:4
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE