March 2 Bible reading

1 03 2019

March 2 Psalm 28 Mark 11:1-25 Leviticus 7:11-38; 8

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.
Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us has been expressed through Jesus.
• What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?
• Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?
• What should you do about that truth?

March 2 Psalm 28 Mark 11:1-25 Leviticus 7:11-38; 8

Psalm 28 If I rely on God (trust Him completely) He will give me strength. David sings a prayer for God’s help. Realizing his hopeless state of affairs (if God is not alive and active) David praises the sovereign God, believing that God has heard his cry for help.
Mark 11:1-25 As Jesus enters Jerusalem, the people praise God and shout blessings on Jesus. God allows enough recognition of who Jesus is (upon entry to Jerusalem) so that the observers could choose if they believed in Him as Messiah (so that they would not be overwhelmed by the evidence and yet not lacking in evidence). In this way, God shows love and respect to their free will. Jesus describes the temple as a house of prayer quoting Isaiah 56:7 and Jeremiah 7:11. Jesus instructs us to pray with faith (complete confidence) and a clear conscious, having forgiven anyone who has wronged us. He gives a specific warning about the severe consequence of refusing to forgive.
Leviticus 7:11-38; 8 In Leviticus we see, offerings of thanksgiving are important to God. It provided people an opportunity to thank God for peace. This practice would remind them of the goodness of God, despite whatever challenges they faced. It is a healthy and helpful practice. God wanted priests to be focused on their function in the spiritual worship, from the people to God. This was meant to be essential to their identity. They were to serve the people in response to their service of God. The priests had repented of their own sins. They had been spiritually cleansed before service. The priests were set into their service by anointing, a spiritual dedication for their work. God cares deeply for His people and how they are served.


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