March 3 Bible reading

2 03 2019

March 3 Psalm 29 Mark 11:27-33; 12:1-12 Leviticus 9; 10
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 3 Psalm 29 Mark 11:27-33; 12:1-12 Leviticus 9; 10

Psalm 29 Strength and peace come from a relationship with God. Our God is in control. The living God is more powerful than any other being. God brings peace. The voice of the Lord is most powerful and has given life to everything that breathes. Our reasonable response should be to worship God above all else.
Mark 11:27-33; 12:1-12 Religious leaders of Jerusalem challenged the ability and authority of Jesus to do miracles and the way He cleared the Temple of merchants. Jesus responded with a question that revealed their priority on popularity over actual spiritual power. Jesus prepared His followers for His own death. The way that Jesus predicted who would have Him killed and why is seen as part of the proof of His identity and also a comfort to His friends.
Leviticus 9; 10 Moses instructed Aaron to predict that God would appear to them that day is setting up the expectations of a personal and corporate encounter with God. Aaron’s offerings are for the purpose of removing guilt and restoring the relationship between God and His people. The “glory of God” (manifested visible obvious) presence of God arrives and the people respond with joyful respect. Lev 10: Moses is explaining that God values the importance of faithful obedience in general and the specific obedience, diligence, holiness, heart focus seen in action (even in details) for priests in particular. Additional lesson learned: how God feels about the importance of who represents Him to the people and how they do so. Again we see offerings to remove guilt and restore their relationship with God.

 


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