March 5 Bible reading

4 03 2019

March 5  Proverbs 6:20-29  Mark 12:28-44  Leviticus 13

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 5  Proverbs 6:20-29  Mark 12:28-44  Leviticus 13

Proverbs 6:20-29  Solomon (the son of David and Bathsheba whose relationship started as an adulterous affair) gives us advice about avoiding immoral sexual relationships. He writes about the benefits of following the counsel of wise parents and the consequences of adultery. If we’re honest, living by a “do whatever makes you happy” sexual ethic brings pain. God our Creator knows best how we can live a healthy life.

Mark 12:28-44  Jesus notes the most important commandments as, “Love God with all, love others as yourself,” and that this is more important than the religious practice of sacrifices instituted by God. So Jesus followers are called to worship the One True God with the best of their energy, their passion, and their intellect. Jesus gives a warning about hypocrisy and praises courageous generosity. Regardless of the total dollar amount of the donation, Jesus values a gift to the house of worship that is generous. As a Christian, I should regularly ask if my giving to the church is generous.

Leviticus 13  Leviticus describes healthy life as a benefit of diligent watchfulness for skin diseases. God is teaching the value and practices of a healthy natural life. God is also teaching about being “ceremonially clean” or “unclean”. This is set within the context of a personal covenant relationship between God and people. It is an agreement where God is offering the removal of guilt and the restoration of a relationship with Him that is personal.

 


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