March 1st Bible Readings

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Leviticus 24:1-25:46 ~ Mark 10:13-31 ~ Psalm 44:9-26 ~ Proverbs 10:20-21
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 Old Testament –

Today in Leviticus chapter 24 we read the well known law of retaliation from verses 19 & 20: “Anyone who injures another person must be dealt with according to the injury inflicted– fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. Whatever anyone does to hurt another person must be paid back in kind.”

but, I also think we would do well to remember Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount where he quotes from Leviticus 24 verse 20 in Matthew chapter 5 verse 38 & 39: “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”  Jesus teaches that there is a higher law of love that is better than the law of retaliation

In Leviticus 25 verses 9 & 10 today we read: “Then on the Day of Atonement of the fiftieth year, blow the trumpets loud and long throughout the land. This year will be set apart as holy, a time to proclaim release for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you returns to the lands that belonged to your ancestors and rejoins your clan.”

New Testament – Today in Mark chapter 10 we read about the Rich Man. The message is probably not that every Christian needs to sell all they have, give to the poor, and you’ll have treasure in heaven.  However… this could be the message for some of us.  Basically, the message is probably more along the lines of what in your life are you holding on so tight to, that you need to let go of?  What are you worshiping?  What are you letting stand in the way of your relationship with Jesus?  And what must you let go of?  What’s your “camel” that’s holding you back?  It might be money or material possessions.  It could be an addiction.  It could be status.  It could be anger.  It could be lust.  I don’t know what it is for you – that’s between you and Jesus.  But, can you let your “camel” go, so that you won’t be like this camel here trying to get through the eye of a needle…

Psalms – Every time I read Psalm 44 verse 23 it reminds me of one of the amazing aspects of the Psalms – that the Psalms are people like us speaking to God – and in all sorts of emotional ways: “Wake up, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Get up! Do not reject us forever.” This type of verse reminds me that it’s okay for us to not always talk to God in our “church voice.”  It’s okay to get a little bit passionate in our prayers to God.  I think God would prefer us to be real with him – where we are right now or at any given moment – rather than try to put on any special disguises for God.  If ever you feel like you are at a loss for words for what you might want to say to God – how you might be needing to pray to God – surf through the Psalms…  you’ll very likely find voice for what you are trying to say.

Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 10 verses 20 & 21 are interesting – they are both about the words that come out of the mouths of the godly – “genuine silver” & “good advice”.  I pray that each one of us would grow more and more in our relationship with the God, so that our words are indeed like genuine silver and that we give good advice.

Worship God: My Leviticus reflections above, reminded me of the song “Open the Eyes of My Heart.”

Watch and listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSTJqhlDQrY

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on three verses of Scripture today: “Jesus said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:14-16 NIV

Prayer Point:

Pray that you will have faith like a child.

Pray that you will always bless and serve and teach children in your life.

 

Comments from You & Questions of the Day:

What do you think on the Rich Man / Rich Young Ruler?

Why do you think Jesus said he should sell all he had and give to the poor?

Are there areas in your life where Jesus has asked you to give up something? Maybe something material or maybe something more like an addiction or obsession, etc.?  Have you obeyed Jesus in this regard?  Was it a blessing to obey Jesus?

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

Please post up on the comments below:

God bless,

Melwyn Misquitta

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5 thoughts on “March 1st Bible Readings

  1. In chp mark 10 bible reflects abt the young man who did everything and obeyed to please God but one thing he could not let go was his possesion his treasure, that was his obstacle to get connected to …really how hard for a man to let …Jesus knew this..for a man to part with something which is more important than God…
    whn you dont place God on first place…and consider other worldly desire things first….
    in tdys world mny people hv various camel in their life lust of money, lust of pleasure, sleep, T.V., addiction etc whc holds them back nd get connected to God. I too had mny ‘ camels’ in my life whc was holding me up…but I thank God I have let them go…
    I still have one a camel ” my sleep”
    mathew 26: 41 bible tells The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is “weak”
    I thk God that thru this bible reading has shown me the way to inheritate the kingdom of God and my weaknesses to over come..I wud def let go and plan my self..now its time to get up remove the camel nd b obedience to God..
    plan my schedule
    plan my sleep time
    plan my time with God..tthe first priority

    The verse that standout mark 10:37 with God all things possible

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  2. Yes I agree with the revelation on what Jesus was trying to say to the rich man.
    I was struggling with the character of being a fearful person., not at all confident enough with my decisions, really made my life a disaster, being in secured nd negative thought about myself. According to me even these all things are also a sort of addiction. . Which really brings ourself nd our loved ones into mess. YES it is very very necessary to let go such camels out of our life to really enjoy the Love nd Joy of the Lord. And now I hve surrended all such things which was hindering my life to live the BEST. I PRAISE GOD! for His unconditional Love for us and for making know who I am in Christ Jesus.

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  3. I feel Jesus has asked me to give up my impatient and short tempered nature. Thought I am still trying to do so, it is really helping me and giving me inner peace and I am slowly trying to get rid of my those bad qualities. I can feel the presence of God helping me to try to overcome my weaknesses, and yes, it is a blessing to obey Jesus!

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  4. I think the rich ruler was confused. He did not really know what it takes to I enter into the kingdom of heaven. He thought he could use his money or power to earn it. That is y I think that Jesus told him to sell everything and give it to the poor and follow Him. Because maybe Jesus wanted to show that rich ruler that salvation cannot come through wealth and power of man, but it is obtained only through Christ and Christ alone!

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