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February 25th

In Mark 7, Jesus does something amazing… He heals a girl by casting out a demon from a distance. He was not present where the girl was. Jesus’ holy power is sufficient to just will it to be so and it was! Truly He is the Son of God! This is just one more clue to the Messianic Secret. In our NT reading today, after this, Jesus does two more acts that prove (just as every one of His miracles and teaching have all along) that He is bringing the Kingdom of God in the people’s midst and that He is the Messiah, the Anointed One, the Son of God.

Mark 7: 26b And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

From the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (Abridged Edition) New Testament:
Mark 7: 29-30 Jesus was pleased with the woman's reply. It revealed to him not only her wit but also her faith and humility, and he responded by declaring that her daughter had been healed (this is the only instance of healing at a distance found in Mark's gospel). The woman returned home and discovered the truth of what Jesus had said.

Maranatha! IC -|- XC

Prayer for Today:
Lord, may Your Holy Spirit inspire the words of persecuted brothers and sisters as they share the gospel. May they be Your faithful witnesses. Amen.

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,

I love the wisdom of the Lord. I pray the Lord's wisdom was with me as I submitted a paper and goes with me this week

I also like the non Israelite negotiating for Jesus healing and food..I feel we have all been there at one time of other

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