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10 August 19

The first passage for today refers directly back to yesterday’s passage, and is the original note about how Abram obeyed — as a grown man — his father and moved from Ur of the Chaldeans.

27 Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot. 28 Haran died [a]in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans. 29 Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah [b]and Iscah. 30 Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went out [c]together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and [d]settled there. 32 The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

Genesis 11:27-32, NASB
From YouBible.

The second passage relates to the temptation to see wealth as everything. This is a delusion: you can’t carry it with you, and expensive possessions often need care and attention. There are many who spend their days worrying about such — discussing the interest rate reduction, the slowing economy and the slow implosion of the local housing market — all of which have been on the national news in the last week or so. But we are not to worry about such. Our aim is not in this world.

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and [c]wealth.

Matthew 6:19-24, NASB