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February 20th

Ramona, in case you missed my comment on your last post for the 19th, I said:
Thank you for sharing that, Ramona. It was edifying and informative. :)

I just want to highlight a few things from our reading in the NT, today.

Jesus tells two smaller parables about how the Kingdom of God grows from something small into something full and large:

Mark 4: 26 “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how.

Mark 4: 30 “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth, 32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches….

The Kingdom of God starts out small, but grows into a group of the people of God that is innumerable! This is the church, the called-out-ones, the saints; true believers in the their King, the Lord Jesus the Messiah, through faith, throughout all human history, all over the world. The details of the Kingdom are progressively revealed in scripture, by the power of the Holy Spirit. It is good to be part of the Kingdom and its community in Christ- one where He will rule the nations!

Geerhardus Vos writes, “The church is a form which the kingdom assumes in result of the new stage upon which the messiahship of Jesus enters with his death and resurrection.” Also, he states, “The church is that new congregation taking the place of the old congregation of Israel, which is formed by Jesus as the Messiah and stands under his Messianic rule.”

Revelation 7: 9 “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;”

Jesus casts out the legion of demons from a man that lived among the tombs, cutting himself:

Mark 5: 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out and cutting himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and fell down before him. 7 And crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he was saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion, for we are many.” 10 And he begged him earnestly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, 12 and they begged him, saying, “Send us to the pigs; let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them permission. And the unclean spirits came out and entered the pigs; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea and drowned in the sea.

Jesus dealt with a lot of demons! His holy power over them was absolute. Are demons active in our world today? Can people become possessed (literally, demonized) by demons? I tipped my hand earlier and said that I thought that it was true. What do you think?

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord thank You for the example of Your faithful front-line evangelists. Travel with them, giving them words to testify to Your holiness, no matter the price they pay. Amen.

We have been reading a lot recently about God's ceremonial laws in the Old Testament. So why are we Christians not bound by these laws today? Great article on this topic here: https://www.gotquestions.org/ceremonial-law.html`

february 20th : In Leviticus 9:7-10:20, it was wrapped around offering: sin offering, burnt offering for Aaron, and his sons and community, but then a special gift "grain" offering offered for peace of the entire community. (Not the priest). The priest were in a high place, anointed. Very special and specific duties to carry out for the people. So, they carried the "spirit" and peace of God with them at all times, that is why they didn't need a grain offering from them, however, they were told to eat what was left of "grain" offering as a special meal, unleavened in front of alter, as their reward.

It is sad when Nadab and Abihu were both possibly intoxicated and burnt the "wrong" kind of offering at the alter. What was even sadder to me, is to have a Father witness 2 of his 4 children disobey so harshly and be killed in front of him and not be able to show remorse. That is hard. However, like in the bible it says: The wages of sin is death. Death comes with a high price. And like you said Mike, you might not die for the first sin, or second, or 9th but watch out..when sin is crouching at your door, if you don't succumb it and repent, turn and follow "The Way" watch out..death or heartache will ensue. Sin never pays well.

Mark 4:26-5:20
An amazing story: We receive parables, real illustrations to His disciples, storm, an intervention, and a healing and animals drowning all in one script. Jesus never spoke without using parables, familiarity and simple real life illustrations to every day people. He would describe it in laymen terms to his disciples. It is interesting..people were fearful of him, his disciples couldn't understand or comprehend him and demons wanted to "out" him. What I always find interesting is His great authority. Like in the storm..he slept so peacefully when the boat was ebbing and flowing, crashing and bumping.. He got up, Peace! Be Still! I hear him in my mind and I think, Man, I wish I had that type of authority in my dailies! I am a school teacher in a middle school sector..and it's hard. Students don't want to focus, want to disrupt. I would love to walk in with that peace, and authority to say Peace! Be Still, and they knew..authority was speaking ..I love the teachings of Jesus!

Psalm 37:30-40 It proves time and time again that good prevails! The godly offer good counsel. They teach right from wrong. They make God's law their own. They never slip from His path. Put hope in the Lord! Travel steadily on His path. He will honor You! Give you land. A wonderful future awaits for those honest and good. Those who love peace! The Lord rescues the godly, He is their fortress in times of trouble. He saves them. They find shelter in Him! Praise God!!

Proverbs: 10:6-7 The godly are showered with blessings! We have happy memories! yes amen.

The phrase in relating to all the different offerings to the LORD “making them right with the LORD” appears multiple times. It reminds me of what Jesus did on the cross for us to make us right with God if we repent of our sin and put our faith in trust in Jesus.

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