March 7 Bible reading

6 03 2019

March 7  Psalm 31:1-8  Mark 13:32-37; 14:1-16  Leviticus 15; 16

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 7  Psalm 31:1-8  Mark 13:32-37; 14:1-16  Leviticus 15; 16

Psalm 31:7-8 “God you haven’t failed me. Not only did You notice my problems. You also showed me that You cared about my stress and anxiety. Ultimately, you kept me safe.” This is the way David leads us in song. God has not failed him. He found God caring about what he was going through. His ups and downs. His depression and anxiety. God cared. David turned to God’s faithful love.

Mark 13:32-37; 14:1-16  Jesus instructs us to live in a confident hope expecting His return. Jesus says that only Father God knows when Christ will return to earth. We’re instructed to watch for Him. Jesus and His followers prepared in multiple ways for the death of Christ. The religious leaders of Jerusalem were looking for an opportunity to kill Him. People who had found healing and hope in Jesus responded to Him with gratitude. Jesus saw the sacrifice of expensive perfume as anointing, in preparation for burial, and a meaningful show of appreciation. Jesus led their preparation for their Passover meal. The atonement made available by God was always a priority in Jesus’ teaching and ministry.

Leviticus 15; 16  We read the specific instructions God gave the people through Moses and Aaron. In Leviticus, God establishes an understanding of being clean or unclean in a holistic sense, natural and spiritual. At the annual, Day of Atonement, God’s people had time to confess, be cleansed from, and freed from all sin. God has always been making a way for His people to be forgiven of sin. He wants us to see our guilt removed and our relationship with Him restored. A transformative peace can be the outcome. We must recognize that God is with us. This atonement we read about in Leviticus happened in God’s presence, for the purpose of a peaceful life: God with His people.

 


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