March 8 Bible reading

7 03 2019

March 8  Psalm 31:9-18  Mark 14:17-42  Leviticus 17; 18

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 8  Psalm 31:9-18  Mark 14:17-42  Leviticus 17; 18

Psalm 31:9-18  When “Sin has drained my strength,” and broken human relationships have me on an emotional rollercoaster, I will choose to trust God, asking God to rescue me. You see, in hard times David’s friends failed him and yet God remained faithful. When people didn’t want to be associated with David, God remained faithful. David turned to God for help and companionship. We should do the same.

Mark 14:17-42  At the last supper Jesus explains the new covenant. Jesus feels the pain of personal betrayal. Jesus prepared Peter for restoration from his own betrayal of Jesus. Jesus called His disciples to pray. As His followers fall asleep, Jesus is aware of their inability to be with Him every step of the way. Living a human life, Jesus was alone at moments that He didn’t want to be. He endured the pain so that we may know peace with Him in Heaven for eternity. We see prayer throughout the story. Jesus is transparent about the crushing of His own soul and yet He submits to the will of the Father.

Leviticus 17; 18  God revealed Himself to Moses as a God of compassion, mercy, slow to anger, filled with unfailing love & faithfulness, lavishing unfailing love to a thousand generations, and forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin (punishing the unrepentant guilty). In Leviticus, we see that God cares about how a sacrifice is made and that we understand the truth that the practice of sacrifice is not what is worshipped. It’s about a pure worship relationship with God. God seems focused on loving committed relationship. We also see that sexual intercourse is designed for a marriage relationship. Sexual expression is seen as giving love, within a lifelong commitment.


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