Isaac makes three attempts to build a well and when he finally succeeds, he immediately thanks the Lord by building an altar nearby and offering praise and worship. This display of thanksgiving is clearly witnessed by others. Rebekah on the other hand, tricks Isaac in order to ensure that God’s promise is fulfilled.

What kind of Christians are we? Do we trust in God’s promises to us or do we take matters into our own hands. Do we give glory to ourselves by seeking praise for good deeds or do we give glory to God who sees all things done in secret? We cannot do both!

Jesus forgives our sins and caused outrage among some of the teachers of religious law during his own time here on earth, so he proved to them that the Son of Man, a title he often used to identify himself, had the power to forgive sins and heal the sick.

Whilst some of us need physical and mental healing, all of us need spiritual healing and forgiveness for our sins. Just as a healthy man or woman does not need to visit the doctor, Jesus came to call sinners not the righteous. So it was that he made a point of meeting with the tax collectors who embezzled their own people and with prostitutes and adulterers, often calling them to be his closest followers, completely turning their lives around.

This is indeed Good News for all of us!

Scripture: Genesis 26:17 Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10

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