Daily Word Buddies – February 14 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 14 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 15-16

Discharges Causing Uncleanness – Leviticus 15 | recounts God’s regulations and instruction (details and preparations) for discharges that cause uncleanness –
When a man has a unusual discharge he is unclean:  any bed he lies on, anything he sits or rides on, anyone who touches him or his bed, anyone he spits on, anyone he touches without 1st washing his hands, anyone who sits where he sat…is also unclean and they must wash their clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening. Any clay pot he touches must be broken, any wooden spoon must be washed with water. When the man is cleansed (healed), he counts 7 days for ceremonial cleansing – wash clothes, and bathe in fresh water and he will be clean. Then on the 8th day he is to take 2 doves or 2 pigeons to the priest for a sin and burnt offering. The priest makes an atonement for his discharge. When the man has an emission of semen – must bathe his whole body with water and he will be unclean until evening. Any clothing or leather that has semen on it must be washed with water and it will be unclean until evening. When a male and female have sexual relations and a man has an emission of semen, both must bathe with water and be unclean until evening. When a woman has her period, anything she sits or lies on will be unclean. Anyone who touches her bed or where she sat must wash their clothes and bathe with water, they will be unclean until evening. If a man has sexual relations with her and her monthly flow touches him, he is unclean for 7 days and any bed he lies on will also be unclean. If a woman has bleeding or a discharge (aside from her period), she is unclean (just like during her period). When she is cleansed (healed), she counts 7 days, after that she will be ceremonial clean. On the 8th day, she is to take 2 doves or 2 pigeons to the priest for a sin and burnt offering. The priest makes an atonement for her uncleanness of discharge. God closed this section by saying, “You must keep the Israelites separate from things that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.”

The Day of Atonement – Leviticus 16 | recounts God’s regulations and instruction (details and preparations) for the yearly day of Atonement (10th day of the 7th month, a day of Sabbath rest, lasting ordinance). After the death of Aaron’s 2 sons (who approached God wrongly) “God said to Moses…” Aaron cannot just come whenever he choses into the Most Holy place because ‘I AM’ there. This is how he should come: 1) bring a young bull for sin offering and a ram for burnt offering. 2) must bathe with water, then put on the sacred garments: linen tunic, under garments, tie sash, and turban. 3) take 2 male goats from the Israelite community for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4) Aaron offers the bull for his own sin offering as atonement for him and his household. 5) take the 2 goats and cast lots for them – one for a sin offering to God and the other for the scapegoat to carry the people’s sin to be released into the wilderness. 6) Aaron is to take the censer full of the burning coals from the altar and 2 handfuls of fragrant incense behind the curtain before God, the smoke of it will conceal the atonement cover over the Tablets – so he will not die. He is to take some of the bulls blood and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the atonement cover, then sprinkle it with his finger 7x’s before it also. Do the same with the blood of goat for the sin offering of the people (makes an atonement for the uncleanness and rebellion of the Israelites, whatever their sins have been). Do the same for the tent of meeting and the altar also. No one is allowed in there while Aaron is doing this. When he is done making the atonement for the Most Holy place, the tent of meeting, and the altar, he shall bring in the live goat (the scapegoat) and put both his hands on it and confess all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites (all their sins) and put them on the goat’s head. Then he sends the goat out into the wilderness and it will carry all of their sins to a remote place. Next, Aaron goes back into the tent of meeting, takes off the sacred garments (leaves them there), bathes with water in the sanctuary, and puts on his regular clothes. Then, he comes out and sacrifices the burnt offerings for himself and the people (also burns fat of the sin offering on the altar). The man who released the scapegoat into the wilderness – must wash his clothes and bathe with water, then he may come back into the camp. The bull and goat for the sin offering must be taken outside the camp – hides, flesh, and intestines are to be burned up. The man who burns them must wash his clothes and bathe himself with water, then he may come into camp. This is a lasting yearly ordinance – 10th of the 7th month – a Sabbath rest and you must deny yourself (fast) and do not do any work because this day is an atonement day for you to cleanse you before God and you will be clean from all your sins.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 27:1-26

Judas Hangs Himself – Matthew 27:1-10 | early in the morning (day after Jesus’ arrest), Judas saw how the chief priests and the elders bound Jesus to send him away to Pilate for execution. Though he betrayed Jesus, Judas was filled with remorse, he went to the chief priests and the elders to return the item 30 peices of silver they paid him to turn Jesus in. “I have sinned,” Judas said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” “What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” So Judas threw the money into the temple, went off and hanged himself. Then, the chief priests picked up the coins and said, “It is against the law to put this into the treasury, since it is blood money.” {oh, really?! Funny! They didn’t have an issue  with the part they planned in/with that money}. They ultimately decided to use the money to buy a potter’s field (as a burial place for foreigners – it’s called the Field of Blood to this day). This fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet: “They took the thirty pieces of silver, the price set on him by the people of Israel, and they used them to buy the potter’s field, as the Lord commanded me (Zechariah 11:12, Jeremiah 19:1-13;32:6-9).”

Jesus Before Pilate – Matthew 27:11-26 | Jesus was taken to Pilate (the governor), who asked Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” You have said so,” Jesus replied.
When the chief priests and the elders accused Jesus, He gave no answer. Then Pilate questioned Him, “Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?” {Pilate is looking for Jesus to defend Himself but ‘this’ has to be} Again, Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge— this amazed the governor. It was the governor’s custom at the festival to release a prisoner chosen by the crowd. So when the crowd had gathered, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas (a well-known prisoner), or Jesus who is called the Messiah?” (Note: Pilate knew it was out of self-interest that they had handed Jesus over to him.) In the meantime, while Pilate was still sitting on the judge’s seat, his wife got word to him: “Don’t have anything to do with that innocent man (Jesus), for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.” {imagine what went through Pilate’s mind here} But the chief priests, the elders, and the crowd wanted Pilate to release Barabbas and have Jesus executed. They yelled, “Crucify Jesus!” Pilate finally gave in, washing his hands of Jesus’ innocent blood. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”{His blood is upon us all, and for this I am grateful! Thank You Jesus!} Pilate released Barabbas, and had Jesus flogged {beating, whipping, scourging}, then handed over to be crucified. {oh, my sweet 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 missed my 6PM CST submission goal…again! I will continue to praise God that I am able to finish these posts at all!!! Thank You Jesus!

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I hope you enjoyed day 45 🙂 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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