Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings:
Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46
34 When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had left the Sadducees speechless, they met together. 35 One of them, a legal expert, tested him. 36 “Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. 40 All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands (Matthew 22:34-40, Common English Bible).
There is a relatively new product available for we consumers called “Water Ink.” Users can apply water ink just as they would conventional ink to the printed page. The chief difference between water ink and conventional ink is, you can apply water to that printed page and the water ink will disappear. If you are into recycling paper, water ink can give the user the ability to do the recycling themselves. Another added advantage would be, if there were a document having sensitive information once the use of the document was complete, the user can remove the ink and the information is no longer visible.
Water ink is obviously not intended to be permanent. A watermark, on the other hand, is developed to be permanent. If you pick up any United States currency or paper money from many other countries and hold it up to the light, you can see a watermark (the US one dollar and two dollar bills being the exception) you can see a watermark. In the US, the watermark matches the picture on the front of the bill. Governments use watermarks and other precautions are used on money to help prevent forgeries. The full intention of a watermark dictates it is permanent.
In our lesson for today, Jesus is asked about the most important commandment. It is a theme I talk about pretty often, both here on my blog and in my preaching. Jesus, as we all know, responds saying to love the Lord your God and to love your neighbor as yourself.
Water ink is not permanent but is easy to see. You don’t have to do anything special to see it. It is just there. And, with just a little water, it is also gone. For many of us, that is the way our love of God and neighbor appears. We can look around and see, or we can show the world that we have love, even if that love isn’t real. It tends to be more of a “Hey look at me” kind of thing. It is far more about me and how I appear to people in the world around me.
A watermark is permanent but is generally only visible when held up to the light. The hidden picture stays hidden without the light. The love of God is imprinted on the heart of the believer and the believer, at the same time, reflects that light out into the world. The watermark shows to the world.
We read in 1 John 1, “5 This is the message that we have heard from him and announce to you: “God is light and there is no darkness in him at all.” 6 If we claim, “We have fellowship with him,” and live in the darkness, we are lying and do not act truthfully. 7 But if we live in the light in the same way as he is in the light, we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin” (1 John 1:5-7, Common English Bible).
Our watermark shines forward reflecting the light of God.
Have a great day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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