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February 22nd

Jesus was rejected in His hometown of Nazareth. It seems that the old adage: familiarity breeds contempt” was at work here. They just couldn’t wrap their heads around Jesus being more than an ordinary citizen.


Mark 6: 3b And they took offense at him. 4 And Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor, except in his hometown and among his relatives and in his own household.” 5 And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And he marveled because of their unbelief.


Jesus sends out the twelve


Mark 6: 7 And he called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits… 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should repent. 13 And they cast out many demons and anointed with oil many who were sick and healed them.


I always wonder what Judas did. He wasn’t a true believer, so did he just fake it or what? Something to ponder for certain. The emphasis on casting out demons is very front and center in the gospel of Mark. It is definitely a sign of the Kingdom of God.

Do you believe healing and casting out of demons is something the modern church does? Are people who claim that they do such things charlatans? Or are there true works among false ones?

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, I pray for Christians serving sentences in Eritrean prisons. As they suffer, may they turn their eyes to You, and may they continue sharing the gospel with others. Make Yourself known, for only in You is there true freedom. Amen.

Leviticus 13:1-59

The Hebrew word translated in the NLT text, “appears,” appears ten times in the thirteenth chapter,

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מראה
mar'eh
BDB Definition:
1) sight, appearance, vision
1a) sight, phenomenon, spectacle, appearance, vision
1b) what is seen
1c) a vision (supernatural)
1d) sight, vision (power of seeing)

Each of the ten times this word appears it has to do with discerning the truth about a “skin” disease or “sin.” Something can “appear” to be something but upon close examination, and not just over a short period of time, and with stated guidelines, the dis-ease is identified. Appearance and actuality are two separate things.

In this passage, the focus is something that “breaks out” on the skin, on the surface, looking like a “skin” disease and to insure that no one is tagged wrongly, close observation is needful. But there is another type of appearance, that of one that seems healthy and holy, but in actuality the disease, though not on the surface, has permeated the inside where the eyes of the priests cannot see.

Be honest in your judgment and do not decide at a glance (superficially and by appearances); but judge fairly and righteously. (John 7:24 AMP)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. (Matthew 23:27-28 KJV)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I feel like Jesus words today. A prophet is honored everywhere but his hometown..I grew up in area where I teach..I am a Christian in a secular school. It is hard. I feel persecuted alot more days than not..students are so disrespectful and it's a spiritual warfare.
And then I see how short life is. But a vapor..life is so short and people can be so hateful. I pray that God's peace is on all of His people and Lord I pray the spirit of oppression be removed from your children. Love u Jesus! Pray for favor for future job I am seeking out and prayers for peace

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