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February 23

February 23
Leviticus 14:1-57
Mark 6:30-56
Psalm 40:1-10
Proverbs 10:11-12

Leviticus 14:2 – The Law of the Leper is one of the most exciting Messianic Prophecies!

Dr. Arnold Fruchtenbaum states:

Although the priesthood had all these detailed instructions as to how they were to respond in the case of a healed leper, they never had the opportunity to put these instructions into effect, because from the time the Mosaic Law was given, no Jew was ever healed of leprosy. As a result, it was taught by the rabbis that only the Messiah would be able to heal a Jewish leper….

The three Gospel accounts that tell us about the healing of a leper are: Matthew 8:2-4, Mark 1:40-45 and Luke 5:12-16. Matthew and Mark merely state that the man was a leper, but Luke, who by profession was a medical doctor, gave more details.

To find out what Dr. Luke said about this leper, and what the priests did with the leper, and how that influenced their response to Jesus’ teaching – read the rest of the article!

Mark 6:31 – We’ve seen earlier the sinfulness of wasting time – but that doesn’t mean all time has to be busy. It does need to be stewarded – there are times that you need to relax, times you can invest in recreation with a friend, time to spend with your spouse. Make sure that you are the master of your time, and that time doesn’t run out on you before you can accomplish what God has for you!

Mark 6:48 “and he saw them toiling” – Jesus sees you when you are toiling, struggling, ready to give up. Jesus may not be visibly present, but He is there! Interestingly that if the disciples had not called to Him (even out of fear), they may not have had His provision of relief!

Psalm 40:1 – The Northern Lights recorded a song based on verses 1-3.

Proverbs 10:11 – Is your mouth of righteousness or wickedness?

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February 22 – Why is this in the Bible?

February 22
Leviticus 13:1-59
Mark 6:1-29
Psalm 39:1-13
Proverbs 10:10

Leviticus 13 – I came across a sermon transcript, “Why is this in the Bible?” from First Presbyterian, Jackson, MS. In summary:

The ceremonial ritual uncleanness of this passage ultimately points to…what? The problem of sin. And thus moral uncleanness and cleanness is being illustrated in ritual or ceremonial cleanness or uncleanness. And you remember what the psalmist says in Psalm 24:3: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully..”

What is that passage talking aboutIt’s talking about our own state of sanctification and the enjoyment of the presence of God, and that principle from Psalm 27 is illustrated in the ceremonial code. Those who are covered in sin, who are contaminated by the fall, cannot enjoy unhindered fellowship with God.

Mark 6:3 “the son of Mary” – Jesus was in His own country (Nazareth), teaching in His synagogue, and the neighbors still implied that He was an illegitimate, not the son of Joseph.

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Salome rushed back To Herod Antipas and demanded, ‘I want you to give me the head of John the Baptist on a platter – right now.’ Herod was distressed at her request but could not break his rash promise in front of all his guests. – FreeBibleImages.org

Mark 6:26 – Herod was sorry he ‘had’ to execute John the Baptist, similar to Pilate’s ‘sorrow’ over ‘having’ to execute Jesus (Matthew 27:24).

Psalm 39:5 – “every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Think on this.”

Proverbs 10:10 – Haven’t heard the word ‘prating’ before? Vocabulary.com not only gives you a definition, but shows you usage examples in current literature.

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February 21 – Dietary Laws (And we’re not talking the Atkins Diet!)

February 21
Leviticus 11:1-12:8
Mark 5:21-43
Psalm 38:1-22
Proverbs 10:8-9

Clean & Unclean Animals Chart from Yashraal.org, a group that holds exclusively to the Tanakh (Old Testament). This line of clean/unclean was removed in Acts 10:13.

Leviticus 11:4 – Welcome to the dietary law! We see many different types of law codes:

  1. Moral Laws (universal to all people, e.g. Ten Commandments “don’t murder”)
  2. Civil Laws (explanations of the moral laws – “what if someone accidentally…”)
  3. Ceremonial Laws (laws relating to the temple, specific to Israel)

CARM.org divides the 613 laws into 34 categories under these three categories, based on their expiration dates. We can determine that this is a ceremonial law because it was repealed for followers of Jesus in Acts 10:13 (Rise, Kill, Eat!).

Leviticus 11:44 – Even though the Ceremonial Law has ended, the principle of the Ceremonial Law – showing the distinction between Clean and Unclean as a picture of the distinction between Holy and Unholy. While God has removed the division between clean and unclean animals he has not removed the distinction between holiness and unholiness. We are still required to be holy, because He is holy (Leviticus 20:7, I Peter 1:15-16).

Mark 5:22, 35 – While Jesus had an adversarial relationship with the religious leaders, especially the Pharisees, individuals like the ruler of the synagogue had faith in Jesus. Groups of people are unlikely to follow Jesus, but thankfully individuals are always welcome.

Psalm 38:3 – Do you have no rest in your bones because of sin? A) Be grateful that your Father is rebuking you (Hebrews 12:6) B) Repent from your sins (I John 1:9).

Proverbs 10:8 – Continuing contrasts between wisdom and foolishness.

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February 20 – Carest Thou Not That We Perish?

February 20
Leviticus 9:7-10:20
Mark 4:26-5:20
Psalm 37:30-40
Proverbs 10:6-7

Leviticus 10:1 We’ve seen over the last few days that God was clear in how He demanded worship. Here, two sons of Aaron disobeyed Exodus 30:9, and died.

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Rembrandt’s Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee

Mark 4:38 – Carest thou not that we perish? A line in Master the Tempest is Raging.

Mark 4:41 – Ben Everson used this verse for his song “What Manner of Man?”

Mark 5:19 This is the 4th time that Jesus says “Go” – even today we’re told to Go and Tell!

Psalm 37:40 – How can we have deliverance and salvation? By works? Nope – Trusting in the LORD!

Proverbs 10:7 – While the wicked may be in power now, their name shall rot.

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February 19 – The Last of the Levitical Offerings

February 19
Leviticus 7:28-9:6
Mark 3:31-4:25
Psalm 37:12-29
Proverbs 10:5

Leviticus 7:29 We’re making our way thru the offerings of Leviticus, and are in the peace offerings. These are optional unlike the others. If you’re a bit overwhelmed by the offerings, Wayne Stiles has a one-page PDF overview of what they are and why they matter – “The offerings in Leviticus served as God’s gracious provision for how one could regain and sustain fellowship with God.” I like his blog because he makes extensive use of Israeli geography.

Leviticus 8:17 – They were commanded to burn the bullock for the sin offering “without the camp” in Exodus 29:14. In the New Testament Hebrews 13:12 explains how this command was fulfilled. ICR has a good overview of the phrase “without the camp.”

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Mark 4:21 Hide it under a bushel? NO!

Psalm 37:23-24 The chorus of this song from the WILDS comes word for word from Psalms 37:23-24

Proverbs 10:5 – Compare to Mark 4:25 that we read just a few minutes ago – God rewards diligence!

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