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February 28 – The Feasts of the Lord

February 28
Leviticus 22:17-23:44
Mark 9:30-10:12
Psalm 44:1-8
Proverbs 10:19

Two months in! Great work staying faithful in God’s Word!

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Leviticus 23 – Welcome to the festivals! This is the Holiday Calendar, rather the Holy Day Calendar of the Israelite nation! Jimmy DeYoung discusses these feasts:

Each of the feasts has at least a historic and/or prophetic significance. These first three “spring feasts” are related to Israel’s past. The “Passover” is to remember the Exodus from Egypt and the journey to the Promised Land.
The second feast, the “Feast of Unleavened Bread”, is also associated with Passover. For seven days, the Children of Israel were to stop eating the “sourdough bread” to eat “unleavened bread” for the purpose of “separating” the bondage and the journey into the Promised Land.
The third feast, the “Feast of First Fruits”, was to be the celebration and thanksgiving of the very first of the “barley harvest”. These thoughts cover the historic aspect of the first three Jewish feast days. These feasts also have a prophetic significance.
The “Passover” was a prophecy of the “Crucifixion” or sacrifice of Jesus. “Unleavened Bread” was to honor the “burial” of Jesus Christ. Then on the first day after the Sabbath, after Unleavened Bread begins, or Sunday, would be the celebration of “First Fruits”, and that pictures the day of the “resurrection” of Jesus.
The historic record indicates that Jesus was indeed crucified on Passover, buried on Unleavened Bread, and did, in fact, resurrect from the dead on First Fruits, thus Jesus fulfilled the first three of the Jewish Feasts, in the proper day sequences.
There are three “Fall Feasts” when Jesus will come back, enter into the Temple, and set up His Kingdom on these three Jewish feast days. In our next devotional from the book of Leviticus, we will look more in depth into these future events, which are foretold in these feasts that God has given the Jewish people.
Mark 9:42 – If Jesus is advocating the death penalty for those who offend the little ones from their faith in Him, what would He say about the secular education systems today? Ray Moore of Exodus Mandate and Jeff Keaton of Renewanation are encouraging pastors and church leaders to commit to Christian Education.
Psalm 44:1, 4, 5 – Notice the changes in the verb tense. Testimonies of God’s past actions prompt current faith, and hope in future victory.
  • “We have heard” – past perfect
  • “what work thou didst” – past
  • “Thou art my King” – present
  • “We will push down” – future
Proverbs 10:19 –  Or as our modern proverbs says, “Silence is golden.”

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February 27 – Firstfruits, Gold & Silver, and Us!

February 27
Leviticus 20:22-22:16
Mark 9:1-29
Psalm 43:1-5
Proverbs 10:18

background-berries-berry-blackberries-87818.jpegLeviticus 20:24 – God will give the Israelites someone else’s land, flowing with milk and honey, and in returns He asks obedience (v.22). God is in the middle of teaching His people that the land will be a gift (Exod. 6:4, 6:8, 12:25, 13:5, 13:11, 33:1, Lev. 14:34, 23:10, 25:2, 25:38). So when He asks for the first fruits (Exodus 22:29), it is the product of the land that He gave them.

Similarly when God asked for an offering of gold and silver (Exodus 35:5) – where did a band of former slaves get their gold and silver? From the Egyptians their masters (Exodus 12:35). Why would the Egyptians give gold and silver to their slaves? The LORD changed their heart (Exodus 12:36). Even more amazing – the LORD told Moses He would give them gold and silver earlier (Exodus 3:22). So when God asked for the gold and silver, He was merely asking for some of what He had given them.

Which is part of why God was wroth with His people over the golden calf. This was not their personal property that they had labored for and deserved. He had given gold and silver to them, and just asked for part, but they used His gift to make an idol (Exodus 32:2-4).

The gold and silver was not the Israelites, it was God’s taking from another and giving to them, and He asked for a portion back. The land was not the Israelites, it was God’s taking from another and giving to them, and He asked for the firstfruits back. So when the LORD asks you to give of your time, talent, and treasure to accomplish the Great Commission, all He is asking for is a portion of what He has given to you.

To be fair, the gold, silver, and land were not the Egyptians or the Canaanites – Psalm 24:1 tells us the Earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof.

Leviticus 22:10 – We have been told who can eat of the holy thing, who cannot eat of the holy thing. However there was a “loophole” that allowed David’s men to eat of it – I Samuel 21:3-6. Jesus used this action (that while not lawful, was not totally illegal – there was not corporal or capital punishment assigned – rather a silence) as a proof for His actions (Matthew 12:3-4).

Mark 9:6 – If you wist not what to say, you’re better saying nothing!

Psalm 43:5 – More promises for the hurting soul. Sometimes you need to give a ‘pep talk’ to yourself: Hope in God!

Proverbs 10:18 – More warnings about the fool – may we avoid hatred, lying, and slander!

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February 26 – Who is Molech?

February 26
Leviticus 19:1-20:21
Mark 8:11-38
Psalm 42:1-11
Proverbs 10:17

Leviticus 19:2 – The theme of the book of Leviticus is stated – if it sounds familiar, we’ve seen it often. Holy is used 95 times in Leviticus, and this is the second time we’ve seen the phrase “Ye shall be holy.”

Leviticus 19:10, 14, 15 – How does God want His people to treat the poor, the stranger, the deaf, the blind? Interestingly in many forms of Islam the Zakat is a state-collected tax on the rich for the benefit of the poor. Here in Leviticus 19:9-10 and in Deuteronomy 26:12 we see a personal obligation as opposed to a tax.

Leviticus 19:28 – In debates about whether it is appropriate for Christians to get tattoos, this verse comes up. While the KJV does not use the word ‘tattoo,’ that is because the word was not invented until 1769 when Captain Cook landed in Tahiti (the KJV was written in 1611, 150 years earlier). Interestingly almost all Bible versions in recent years translate ‘qaaqa’ (Strong’s Hebrew 7085) as tattoo. By the way, this is the only time this word is used in the Bible.

Leviticus 19:37 – 45 times in Leviticus you will find the phrase “I am the LORD.” In many cases, it seems to be the answer to “Why?” If you don’t like God’s answer to “Why?” – Joshua 24:15 deals with that.

By Joachim Menant – Glyptique Orientale, fig. 95 (p. 152);, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4664980

Leviticus 20:2-5 – Rarely in the Bible do we see commands that have the death penalty. Only 60 times in the Old Testament do we find the phrase “put to death.” This chapter contains more “death penalty” judgments than any other chapter in the Bible.  Not only is Molech one of the few death penalty commands, but this is one of the few commands to “stone him” (in contrast to burning, beheading, or strangulation according to the Mishneh).  “The people – many –  shall stone him.  Israel must unite to eliminate this plague.”  BTW we read about Molech yesterday in Leviticus 18:21, and we’ll read about Molech when Solomon builds an altar for Molech (possibly on the Mount of Olives in 1 Kings 11:7) that seems to have been moved to the Hinnom Valley when 300 years later (in  2 Kings 23:10) Josiah finally destroys the altar. So why would people sacrifice to Molech?

“A couple sacrificed their firstborn by burning the child on a metal idol of Molech, believing that Molech would ensure financial prosperity for the family and future children….Today’s Molech is the abortion industry, sacrificing babies for the idol of financial greed, veiled in the hopes of the development of new cures through biomedical research.” – Charles Patrick, SWBTS

 

By Charles Foster – Illustrators of the 1897 Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us http://associate.com/photos/Bible-Pictures–1897-W-A-Foster/page-0074-1.jpg, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11785813

Mark 8:25 – Why did it take two steps for Jesus to heal the blind man? The best explanation I’ve found comes from ChedSpellman.com, a professor at Cedarville.

[Jesus] says “Do you not yet see or understand? Having eyes do you not see? and having ears do you not hear? (8:17-18). Jesus is saying, Open your eyes and see what is right in front of you! His point is that, though they have physical eyes, they still are in some sense blind to who Jesus really is.

Seen in this context, Mark’s placement and record of this miracle is brilliant. They see a blind man, who Jesus then leads by the hand out of the city where Jesus heals him. The first time, the man can only see slightly, his vision is blurred. Then Jesus did it again, and the “man looked intently” and was healed and could then “see everything clearly”. This is essentially a parable that Jesus is acting out for his disciples….His point is that his disciples are blinded to who he really is though he is demonstrating his power to them day by day right in front of their eyes. Their understanding is coming, but it is coming in stages.

The passage following confirms Mark’s textual strategy. Right after this healing, Peter finally “sees” and confesses Jesus’ identity, that Jesus is “the Christ.” But then, Jesus begins to tell them that the Messiah must suffer, which they don’t fully understand. They see, but not clearly.

Mark 8:36 – This cartoon summarizes it well:

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Psalm 42:1 – This verse inspired the song As the Deer.

Proverbs 10:17 – A great verse to teach your students – and anyone that needs to be corrected.

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February 25 – Who will be cut off?

February 25
Leviticus 16:29-18:30
Mark 7:24-8:10
Psalm 41:1-13
Proverbs 10:15-16

Leviticus 16:29, 31 – An interesting challenge to the workaholic culture – “afflict your souls” by doing “no work at all.”

Leviticus 18:6 – In contrast to our minimalist clothing culture, God expects us to respect others with specific instructions.

Leviticus 18:22 – God’s standards may not be popular, but you cannot say they are not clear.

Leviticus 18:29 – What sins lead to the phrase “shall be cut off”? Rejecting circumcision (rejecting identification with Israel) (Gen 17:14), Eating leavened bread during Passover (Exodus 12:15,19), Working on the Sabbath (Exodus 31:14), Eating the Lord’s portion of the sacrifice (Leviticus 7:20, 25), Defiled eating of the peace offering (Leviticus 7:21), Eating the blood (Leviticus 7:27), Offering sacrifices independently (Leviticus 17:4, 9, 14), Committing sexual sins (Leviticus 18:29), Profaning the sacrifice (Leviticus 19:8), incest (Leviticus 20:17), defiling the holy things (Leviticus 22:3), breaking Sabbath (Leviticus 23:29), skipping Passover (Numbers 9:13), and more.

Saint_James_the_Greater_Catholic_Church_(Concord,_North_Carolina)_-_stained_glass,_loaves_&_fishesMark 8:4 – The disciples saw Jesus feed 5,000 yesterday, but struggled to see how He could feed 4,000 today.

Psalm 41:4 – Those who confess their sin, and request mercy will see God answer (2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 25:16-18).

Proverbs 10:15 – Interesting the correlation to Proverbs 14:20.

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February 24 – The Day of Atonement

February 24
Leviticus 15:1-16:28
Mark 7:1-23
Psalm 40:11-17
Proverbs 10:13-14

Leviticus 15:25 – As we read these different maladies, some may pop out like a woman with an issue of blood, because we’ve read about a woman with this issue several days ago in Matthew 9:20-22, a few days ago in Mark 5:25–34, and again in a few weeks in Luke 8:43–48. The woman was forbidden from touching Jesus (Leviticus 15:11), but she desired to touch but the hem of his garment. Interestingly, like the lepers, this woman also would be offering a sacrifice (Leviticus 15:29). Makes you wonder what the priests thought when people came to offer a sacrifice, and upon being asked why, they said “Jesus healed me.”

Leviticus 16:2 – Aaron, the high priest was limited in his access to the LORD.  The Day of Atonement is the day that he could come, offering atonement for himself, his house, and all the congregation of Israel (16:17).

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Leviticus 16:10 – The scapegoat, or in Hebrew, Azazel, has entered Jewish mythology.

“While there are different versions in the Book of Enoch, the Book of the Giants, and other pseudepigraphal books, the story is essentially that Azazel was the name of one of the fallen angels who sinned in Genesis chapter 6. As a curse on his sin, Azazel was forced to take the form of a goat-like demon. This myth is not supported by the Bible and is not compatible with what the Bible says about Azazel or the scapegoat. –GotQuestions

Leviticus 16:22 – The scapegoat was fulfilled in Jesus, our vicarious atonement, who taketh our sins away (John 1:29, I John 3:5). How far did Jesus take them away? Psalm 103:12.

Mark 7:21-23 – Do any of these things occur in your life? Check your heart – which spirit is controlling you?

Psalm 40:17 – It’s humbling to say you’re poor and needy. But God dwells with the humble (Isaiah 57:15).

Proverbs 10:14 – What’s a way you can lay up knowledge today?

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