Daily Word Buddies – February 12 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 12 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 13

Regulations About Defiling Skin Diseases – Leviticus 13:1-46 | recounts God’s regulations and instruction (details and preparations) for Defiling Skin Diseases {D.S.D.} – shiney spots, rashes, white swelling in the skin where the hair turned white, raw flesh, sores, boils, reddish-white spots, scars, burns, head or chin sores where the hair thinned and turned yellow, white spots, balding hair with sores – all are to be inspected by priest, if found unclean, isolate them, priest to evaluate again after 7 days. If priest deemed you unclean with a DSD you must wear torn clothes, let your hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of your face and cry out, “Unclean! Unclean!” {warns others to steer clear of you, lest they be (marked and isolated) unclean as well} As long as you have the disease, you remain unclean and you must live alone, outside the camp. {as if having a DSD isn’t bad enough, this further alienated them. No one likes being the social outcast. No one likes feeling unwanted. I get why they needed to separate and quarantine them for disease control and God’s plan of ‘cleanliness’ but my heart goes out to these people. Imagine the kind of lives they lived?! Yelling, “Unclean! Unclean!” everytime they came in contact with people so they wouldn’t touch and contaminate them! How embarrassing and degrading would that be/feel? Try it the next time you’re out in public, instead of announcing ‘Unclean!’ yell ‘Sinner! Sinner!’ – see how well that goes for ya! I wonder how embarresed you’d feel?! What about the people with lifelong DSD’s?! Oh, the emotional strength and fortitude these people needed just to get through the day! No wonder why Jesus healed every disease and sickness – no doubt His heart also broke for these people. Matthew 4:23, Mark 1:40-45, Luke 17:11-19, Matthew 8:16, Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:30, Mark 3:10, Luke 7:22, Acts 10:38 – these are not all the healings Jesus did but let me remind you that these people were deemed unclean and Jesus still loved and restored them. We should too! Thank You Jesus!

Regulations About Defiling Molds – Leviticus 13:47-59 | recounts God’s regulations and instruction (details and preparations) for defiling molds – any fabric that is spoiled with a defiling mold – woolen or linen clothing, woven or knitted material linen or wool, any leather or anything made of leather – that is found with a greenish or reddish color, it is a defiling mold. Show it to the priest, examine, isolate and reexamine after 7 days, and if it has spread, it is a persistent mold. The item is deemed unclean – burn it – destroy it. If the mold doesn’t spread, wash it, isolate, and reexamine after 7 days, if the mold is not better or it spread – burn it, it’s unclean. If it has faded, the priest should tear the spot out of the fabric. But if it reappears, it’s a spreading mold, and must be burned. Any fabric that has been washed, and rid of mold must be washed again, then it will be clean

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 26:26-50

The Last Supper {cont.} – Matthew 26:26-30 | While His disciples were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks (to God), broke it, gave it to them, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” {Jesus is the Living Bread, symbolic of how He gave His life for us John 6:51}
Next, Jesus took a cup, gave thanks (to God), and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the (new) covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” {I love the 1st part of this next line…} When they had sung a hymn (Ephesians 5:19) {Yes!}, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial – Matthew 26:31-35 | Jesus told His disciples, “Tonight you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:“‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered (Zechariah 13:7, John 16:32).’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” {we know Jesus told them these things over and over but when He dies some didn’t believe He would really come back – wow!} Peter told Him, “Even if they all fall away on account of you, I never will.” {I think we’d all sincerely feel this way!} Jesus then said that Peter would disown Jesus times before the rooster crows that morning. Peter declared his loyalty to Jesus, even to the death. The rest of the disciples agreed.

Gethsemane – Matthew 26:36-46 | Jesus and his disciples went to Gethsemane. He told them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with Him. He was sorrowful and troubled. {trouble came and Jesus went to God in prayer! We should too!}

Jesus told them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” {we all need prayer partners and the support of our fellow Christians}

Jesus walked a bit away from them and fell with his face to the ground. He prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” {Jesus knew His horrible ‘human’ fate, as well as the eternal rewards He would bring for His children – what a precious sacrifice He is! If He can seek God’s Will above all else – even to death –  and He lives in us, then so can we!} 

When Jesus returned to the disciples, He found them sleeping. He asked them, “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” {oh, Lord, we are sorry that we fail You!} Then He asked Peter, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” {oh, my sweet, sweet Jesus, You did not withhold Yourself from us! Also, notice here Jesus says ‘watch and pray that You will not fall into temptation,’ – there are some key Spiritual weapons for us in those Words!}

Jesus went off to pray a second time, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” But when He came back, again the disciples were sleeping {my reading adds, “because their eyes were heavy,” this reminds me of our frailty and weakness – they personally knew Jesus, He told them what was coming, He asked for their watchful support and prayers and they couldn’t even stay awake for HIM! – oh, Lord, thank you for living in us to help us, in You we overcome these weaknesses!}

So, Jesus left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing {Keep on asking, seeking, and  knocking! Luke 11:9-13}.

When He came back to the disciples, He asked them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? {Hey, HELLO!! Can my Man Jesus get some support? What’s a Savior got to do around here to get some dedication from his followers?!} Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man (Jesus) is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!” {too late…}

Jesus Arrested – Matthew 26:47-50 | While Jesus was still speaking (“Here comes my betrayer!…”), Judas, one of the Twelve, came with a large crowd armed with swords and clubs (they were sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people). Judas told them that he would kiss the One they should arrest – the kiss of death, the signal of betrayal. He wasted no time and went right up to Jesus saying, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him. {Jesus’ next Words crushed me…} Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.” {friend…friend…Jesus called His betrayer friend because Jesus still loved Him. We can all get a lesson out of these 6 powerful Words!!} Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. {I thank You and love You Jesus!}

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Now, it’s your turn to get involved – your turn to take action! Are you ready?

                           《—-Start here—-》

A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
B) Share your reflections and insights from your own daily scripture study – include book, chapter, and verse.
D) Go public – make an announcement on social media using #DWB2015. This will be an easy way to find and connect with other participants – iron sharpens iron!

Please join in and encourage one another – sharing is caring!

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I made my 6PM CST submission goal just in time. Thank You Jesus!

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I hope you enjoyed day 43 🙂 I pray God spoke to you while you read this, I urge you to listen to whatever He put on your heart. I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback. The goal and purpose of Bible study is for us to grow spiritually. I pray God gives us the wisdom to provide mutually beneficial thought-provoking, Christ-like inspiration.

God bless you all!

Jennifer – I Give God All The Glory

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I am a daughter of God, a servant of the Lord, a wife to a patient husband, and a mama of two forgiving boys. God has placed these three men in my life needfully so. I thank Him for them everyday. And like so many of the Lord’s children, I am a work-of-glory-in-progress. I am on a journey to reclaim and renew my life in Christ. It took me 34 years to learn that when nothing else works, God does!

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