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February 23rd

In today’s reading in the NT, we have the miracle of Jesus walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee. This occurs after the miracle of the feeding of the five thousand. In v.52, we see that the disciples did not comprehend either miracle, although they were “astounded”. It even says their hearts were hardened – hardened against the truth that Jesus is God incarnate! We recently saw Jesus rejected in His hometown of Nazareth … people just could not wrap their minds around the fact that Jesus was not just some ordinary human being. He is human, for certain, but far from ordinary, for He is also the Lord of Glory. He has both natures in Him. He is both the embodiment of the eternal Logos and born a child of the virgin. It is a pity that the disciples did not recognize that, yet. At this point, the Messianic Secret, the great Kingdom concept become actuality, is a secret, still.

Mark 6: 48b And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, 50 for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 51 And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, 52 for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened. [ESV]

… or as the NLT puts it: 51b They were totally amazed, 52 for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.

From the ESV Reformation Study Bible:
6:52 they did not understand about the loaves. This remark suggests that the miracle of the feeding contains the same mystery concerning Jesus as does His walking on water. Jesus, as to His humanity, is indeed the new Moses. But He is also, and at the same time, the God who provided bread from heaven (Ex. 16:4).

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, I pray for the families serving in restricted nations. May Your purposes be met and Your will be done, in their lives and mine. Amen.

Mark 1:14-15: “Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.’” 

Leviticus 14:1-57

As I read through the 14th chapter several times, two things kept running through my mind. One was a memory of an event in November 2004 when my apartment walls had to be torn down because of “mold.” Yikes that was tough so I know what it is you have to do to get rid of “leprosy,” on the walls. It ain’t easy.

The second thing that floated through my head was the thought of, “the curse of the law.”

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (because it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree") (Galatians 3:13 NET.)

Just reading everything that needed to be done once you were cured of “leprosy” is exhausting. Keeping the Law was a burden because sin is a burden. I am so glad Jesus told us,
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30 KJVR)

While thinking about this I also realized there was a bigger blessing for one of the ten lepers Jesus cleansed, he turned back to worship and give thanks (Luke 17:12-19). Jesus had sent all ten to the Temple to show themselves to the priests and on the way, all ten were cleansed. Once at the Temple they would have had to participate in the expense and time of the ritual cleansing. This would have put their new beginning of living their lives on hold until the entire ceremony was completed provided they had the finances for bringing the offering for the poor.

The man who came back to worship was told to “go thy way,” where before they all were told to “go show thyself to the priest.”

And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us. And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go show yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed. And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
(Luke 17:12-19 KJV)

An attitude of gratitude does great wonders. All were cleansed but only one was freed.

Grace and peace,

The purification from mildew and contamination. Reminds me of sib in our heart and lives. Pray God removes it 0and washes us white as snow. Prayer. It is so important. Jesus went away to pray. Dont u think u and I should. And Psalm 40. Wait and trust on the Lord. I am waiting and trusting.

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