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Mark 7:32-34

I refer to Mike's comments on Jesus' healing of the deaf and mute. I can think of the spiritual deafness and muteness in some of us. Do we able to hear and understand from God? Do our tongues speak of God's words? I am afraid, some of us need the spiritual healing of Jesus on our spiritual deafness and muteness.

Your thoughts on leading a simple life are so true. To keep things simple: I totally agree !! :) Thanks Mike

As I reflect back on the day I was saved, I remember praying to God to heal me of all my insecurties. Believe there were many. But my number #1 prayer request was for deliverance from studdering.I prayed for God to heal me for about three months. One day while I was praying, the holy sprit whisper to me,"Duane when was the last time you studder?" Wow, I didn't even know when it happen but what a revelation it was. Yes, I also struggle with wanting more. I feel like I could have made better decisions when I was younger and now I'm trying to make up for those mistakes. I'm striving to be the best I can be but I want it to be according to God's will. This is where its hard, distingishing my will to God's.

I recently heard a Rabbi speak about worshipping and living for God versus worshipping a false god. Back in the days of the Israelites in Leviticus times, the nations around them worshipped many false gods. One popular false god was Baal. The Rabbi said that the worship of Baal included perverse sexual practices, perverse practices with bodily fluids, etc. according to any carnal desire or living according to the flesh. The Rabbi said God's laws given to the Israelites were to help them rise above their carnal desires and live "clean" lives as a worship to God and not a worship of flesh. This set the Israelites apart from the nations around them and also helped them live by the Spirit.

This really helped me understand more Leviticus and all the laws of God. Then when Jesus came, He also preached living by the Spirit, examining our hearts and motives and not giving into every desire of the flesh.

Leviticus 16:29-18:30

I don’t have much to say about this particular passage that hasn’t been covered by either me or someone on the site; however, there is something very interesting that caught my eye, the Sabbath. When we were in Exodus we had a discussion on our designated day of rest, Saturday or Sunday, and should we adhere to the whatever day was the true Sabbath.

In verses 29 through 31 of chapter 16, the Sabbath is presented as a designated day and not an actual set day of the week. I’m not sure how many days the Jewish Religious and or Secular calendar has (Some Mid-Eastern Religious Calendars have 360 days), but my birthday is celebrated in the same month, November, and the same day, the 15th, however, the day of the week is never the same from year to year.

God gives Moses a command to celebrate the Day of Atonement on a set date in a specific month and He calls it a Sabbath day. That day then could fall on the first day of the week, the middle day or on the last day of the week from year to year.

"On the appointed day in early autumn, you must spend the day fasting and not do any work. This is a permanent law for you, and it applies to those who are Israelites by birth, as well as to the foreigners living among you. On this day, atonement will be made for you, and you will be cleansed from all your sins in the LORD's presence. It will be a Sabbath day of total rest, and you will spend the day in fasting. This is a permanent law for you. (Leviticus 16:29-31 NLT)

In the Message, it reads like this:

"This is standard practice for you, a perpetual ordinance. On the tenth day of the seventh month, both the citizen and the foreigner living with you are to enter into a solemn fast and refrain from all work, because on this day atonement will be made for you, to cleanse you. In the presence of GOD you will be made clean of all your sins. It is a Sabbath of all Sabbaths. You must fast. It is a perpetual ordinance. (Leviticus 16:29-31 MSG)

Grace and peace,

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