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Just wanted to say that I enjoyed Bob Deffinbaugh's article "Learning to Love Leviticus." He made some excellent points...particularly about how the book can help us understand the atonement better and about how we are such an "entertainment oriented" culture--guilty of insisting that the Word bring instant gratification.

Per the end of this article, here's what I will commit to:

"I would like to ask you to do several things as we come to the conclusion of this message. First, I would like to ask you to agree with those who have studied the Book of Leviticus carefully and have concluded that it is a book which has great value for us. I want you to agree in particular to the fact that Leviticus is inspired of God, and that it is thus profitable to you for doctrine, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that you can be equipped for every good work (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Second, I would like for you to act on this acknowledgment. I would like you to commit yourself to study this book. That you would read it consistently, consecutively, and in large portions at a time. I ask you to ponder (meditate) its teachings and to pray that God would give you insight and understanding as to its meaning and its application in your life. Finally, I ask you to do what you have committed to do, for the glory of God, in obedience to Him, and for your good." -Deffinbaugh

Anyone else on board with me? It's more fun journeying over tough terrain with friends ; )

It is interesting how each person can read a passage and get something different. In the Mark passage, today, I read something I had not noticed before. When Jesus was healing and pressed by the crowds that wanted healing, the next morning, he retreated to a quiet place. When the apostles came to him saying that everyone was looking for him, Jesus said, “Let them go somewhere else so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” Yes, Jesus healed and drove out demons because he could, but he says that preaching was his mission. Thus was my understanding of his statement. However, looking at it again, after reading your commentary on his healing ministry, I can see how it could be read that his healing was the vehicle to draw people so he could preach.

Comments/Q.o.t.d: I dont mind crying before the Lord, sometimes its cleansing and when you dont know what to bnb do- cry- and let it out- you will feel better afterwards!

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