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Just a quick note on the clergy receiving their payment from the church-Paul also makes note of this in I Corinthian 9. He relates that he is an apostle and as such has certain rights-however, he did not use those rights as he worked as a tentmaker to avoid the charge that he was using the gospel for personal gain as many false teachers were doing at this time. Guess not much has changed in 2000 years!

Another verse I just love is Psalms 37:23! I love to meditate on the idea that God delights in us! It is hard for me sometimes to understand the great love God has for us, I tend to get lost in the unworthy aspect of our beings-but every once in awhile God gives me a gift of revelation of His great love. I like to compare it to the way I feel about my children and now grandchildren. Watching them, I sometimes get upset because of their choices and/or mistakes that I so easily see; and yet, my love for them does not change because they have made a mistake, I love them because they are mine! -and I delight in them, especially when I know their love for me. How wonderful to realize that God set up our families so we would have a small inkling of the great love of our LORD!

God directing my steps has moved me so much. Also,everyone's great comments, what a blessing you all are. This one year bible journey is changing lives.

Leviticus 7:28-9:6

I don’t know why but the following was one of the verses that stood out to me in chapter eight, 5 Moses announced to them, "The LORD has commanded what I am now going to do!"

Why would God put this in the story because it seems clear from what has been written previously Moses did what God commanded Him to do? So why, after he called Israel to assemble and before Aaron and his son’s ordination, would God have Moses make this statement to the people? Was there something brewing in the minds of those Moses was called to lead? Back in Exodus when Moses’ Father-in-law advised him to appoint judges to administer decisions so Moses and the people wouldn’t be worn out waiting for Moses too decide every problem for them, God also called a “meeting” with Moses and the leaders letting them know that He wanted them to be a “kingdom of priests,” (Exodus 19:6) to Him as well as a holy nation. I may be wrong about this but my image or idea of priests is someone designated to hear from God for those who could or would not hear. This was an offer they turned down. (Exodus 20:19) Were they now trying claim the authority that came with the privilege of being a kingdom of priests, which they rejected and thus not entitled too? Moses did have a hard time with his people, people he and God would come to call stiff-necked.

In the same chapter, during the ordination ceremony, Moses does this, 24 Next he presented Aaron's sons and put some of the blood on the lobe of their right ears, the thumb of their right hands, and the big toe of their right feet. He then sprinkled the rest of the blood against the sides of the altar.

This is about hearing, working and walking in the light of the truth of the redemptive power of God that the blood represents: The ear to hear always and above ever voice that cries out the Truth of Wisdom, which is the Word of God; The hands to do the work of the Lord under the power of redemption; and the feet to remain steadfast along the path of redemption. Lord may I always hear Your Truths and then walk in the Way of Truth while my hands set to do the Work You have called and ordained me to do.

In the ninth chapter there is an important verse which is relevant for us today even while we walk under the New Covenant, and possibly has more weight because we have a covenant based on better promise (Hebrews 8:6).

Leviticus 9:

6 Then Moses told them, "When you have followed these instructions from the LORD, the glorious presence of the LORD will appear to you."

We have a covenant that is based on Mercy and Truth, we don’t have to have or buy cattle, sheep and goats to cleanse us from unrighteousness; however, we are still expected to obey. Has my disobedience, my rebellion kept me from having the “glorious presence” of the Lord from before me?

Mark 3:31-4:25:

Jesus gave us a new understanding of “relatives” in the section, who and what they are. The New Birth has given us new genetic coding. So to speak we have been re-gene-rated. Our inheritance and our bloodline are now based on the shed Blood of the Lamb that was slain for the sin of the world and we will find our new relations with those who do the will of the Father.

There is something we may miss out on in our reading of the Parable of the Sower or Farmer or to be precise in the explanation that Jesus gives. This Parable is the key to all the other Parables and this is not about theological discussion or understanding this is by Jesus’ own words. Before explaining this Parable to His disciples Jesus makes a most telling statement in verse 13 of the fourth chapter,
13 "But if you can't understand this story, how will you understand all the others I am going to tell?

This Parable deserves a serious study. There is probably more here than we have ever imagined and maybe we should ask God to reveal every nuance to us, not just something we study in a commentary but something to give us Divine Revelation in our hearts so that we “get it.”

To bring home the seriousness of this bit of scripture in Mark, it ends with this admonishment by Jesus,
22 "Everything that is now hidden or secret will eventually be brought to light. 23 Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand! 24 And be sure to pay attention to what you hear. The more you do this, the more you will understand--and even more, besides. 25 To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them."
This is a message we need to take heed of and quickly.

Psalm 37:12-29

Sometimes I can go so caught up in the unfairness of life as I see it that I fail miserably to hear and do what verse seventeen is saying.

For the strength of the wicked will be shattered,
but the LORD takes care of the godly.

I act as if this injustice, if not corrected by me, usually that injustice is directed toward me, then it won’t be corrected. I act as if God is a senile old man, a-has-been, who won’t see wrongs unless I point them out to Him. I shake my little fist and God demanding He intervene right now! “God what are you doing up there letting everything go to seed,” I shout. Yet the wicked will be shattered and I will be taken care of the way God has planned for me.

Proverbs 10:5

Am I a “wise” youth in God’s economic scale? Or am I sleeping away opportunities along the path God has directed me to walk?

Grace and peace,

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