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Leviticus 27:14-34

In reading this last chapter of Leviticus about redeeming things, people, and livestock that has been dedicated to the Lord is cost you the value of the item plus 20% which is somewhat in line with the rate of interest of some credit cards. Very interesting.

There is a Proverb that is brought to my mind when reading this chapter: Proverbs 20:25 It is dangerous to make a rash promise to God before counting the cost.

Numbers 1:1-54

When God called this census it wasn’t as if He needed to know the number of fighting men. The results of the census needed to be known by Israel herself. She had to know that in her midst there were over half-a-million men who were able to fight, fit for duty. Israel needed also to be in some sort of order because the God that delivered them is a God of order and not one of confusion.

Mark 11:1-26

Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to me is a sad event because I know that my face could easily fit into the crowd. My voice could easily have shouted Hosanna. I’m sad because I realize that just like the crowd who welcomed Jesus I could turn against Jesus and cry out, “Crucify Him!” because my idea of deliverance just wouldn’t match up with God’s plan.

The cursing of the Fig Tree and the Cleansing of the Temple were two different actions of the same event, judgment of Israel, specifically Jerusalem and her religious leaders. The Fig Tree represented Israel and the Temple is where Israel went to worship.

Isaiah 29:13 The Lord says:
"These people come near to me with their mouth
and honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
Their worship of me
is made up only of rules taught by men.

This is not something that happened 2,000 years ago. We are in danger of being accused of the same thing today.

Romans 11: 17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, 18 do not boast over those branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.

How are our Houses of Worship?

Psalm 46

O, if I would only remember when things seem to be falling apart all around me that,
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
O, to remember that and call on Him instead of picking up the telephone and calling on the arm of flesh that cannot help me.

Proverbs 10:23

Doing wrong may be fun for a fool, but the fool fails to consider the chain of events that he/she sets off in his/her own life and the life of others.

Sin is only pleasurable for a season and woe unto you when that season runs out.

Grace and peace,

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