February 28th Bible Readings

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Leviticus 22:17-23:44 ~ Mark 9:30-10:12 ~ Psalm 44:1-8 ~ Proverbs 10:19
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Old Testament – Today in Leviticus chapter 23 we read about the Appointed Festivals!  The NIV Study Bible has a great chart summarizing the Old Testament Feasts and Other Sacred Days, which is significantly paraphrased below with just Name & Purpose:

  1. Sabbath – Rest for people and animals
    2. Sabbath Year –Rest for land.
    3. Year of Jubilee – Help for poor; stabilize society.
    4. Passover – Remember Israel’s deliverance from Egypt.
    5. Unleavened Bread – Remember how the Lord brought the Israelites out of Egypt in haste.
    6. Firstfruits – Recognize the Lord’s bounty in the land.
    7. Weeks (Pentecost or Harvest) – Show joy and thankfulness for the Lord’s blessing of harvest.
    8. Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah-New Year’s Day) – Present Israel before the Lord for his favor.
    9. Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) – Atone for the sins of priests and people and purify the Holy Place.
    10. Tabernacles (Booths or Ingathering) – Memorialize the journey from Egypt to Canaan; give thanks for the productivity of Canaan.
    11. Sacred Assembly – Commemorate the closing of the cycle of feasts.
    12. Purim – Remind the Israelites of their national deliverance in the time of Esther.
    13. Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication or Festival of Lights) – Commemorated the purification of the temple and altar in the Maccabean period.
    14.  New moons were also often special feast days.

New Testament – Mark chapter 9 verses 33-35 always stand out to me and I personally always need to be reminded of Jesus’ teaching here in the last sentence: “Jesus asked them, “What were you discussing out on the road?”  But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest. He sat down and called the twelve disciples over to him. Then he said, “Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”

How are you doing on this last sentence?

Are you taking last place?

Are you the servant of everyone else?

Do you think this last sentence applies to Jesus’ life?

Do you think we should model how Jesus lived his life?

Psalms – Psalm 44 verse 3 is a wise statement about where the Israelites and our true strength and victory in life comes from! “They did not conquer the land with their swords; it was not their own strength that gave them victory. It was by your mighty power that they succeeded; it was because you favored them and smiled on them.”

Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 10 verse 19 today teaches us: “Don’t talk too much, for it fosters sin. Be sensible and turn off the flow!” This is a wonderful reminder that we should listen at least twice as much as we talk!  That’s why we have 2 ears and one mouth…  🙂

Worship God: Today’s readings in Mark 9:36-37 reminded me of the Jars of Clay song “Faith like a Child:”

Watch and listen at this link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfix3Weushg

Do you have faith like a child? 

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark 9:35 NIV

Prayer Point:

Pray that you will never strive to be first.

Pray that you will strive to be the servant of all, as Jesus was the servant of all.

Comments from You & Questions of the Day:  Based on Psalm 44:3 above – as you look back on your life and at the good things that have happened to you, do you think that these things occurred because of your own power or work alone?  Or, do you think it is possible that God’s hand was blessing your life through all of those good things – even if maybe you did not notice God was there at the time?

Can you think of some instances in your life that when you look back on them you realize that God was absolutely there and blessing what was taking place?

Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?

Please post your comments below.

God bless,

Melwyn Misquitta

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8 thoughts on “February 28th Bible Readings

  1. Mar 10:45 script says the Son of Man came not to b served but to serve, gave His life as a ransom for many..there can be no perfect model then Jesus who lived as an ordinary man, served the people..I wud like to b a servant of God and serve others just like Jesus, I wud like to take a last place…be humble, polite, gentle, loving like a child

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  2. As I look back I find that God was behind each and every single good thing of mine. Its very hard to mention just one. But just to mention one of it, it was during my medical college days when it was really difficult to clear semesters without getting a drop. But somehow I just found it easy to do so and I was also in the 1st 10 rankers of the class. I knew it that it was God, because on my own I would not at all be possible!

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  3. Yes I totally think and know it that all good things, each and every tiny good thing comes from God and his blessings! Even at that moment if we do not realize that it is Him, it is only through Him that we get all that we have! We have no power, strength or capability to earn any of it on our own! He is always there, always! 😊

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  4. I do not think I am good at taking the last place. It gets difficult at times to put others first. But yes, there may be some instances when we put others before us, but the human nature makes it difficult for us to do so easily. I have personally been a servant of others, by which I mean that I have helped them without keeping any selfish motives in mind. But at times we find that difficult too.

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