Daily Word Buddies – February 15 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 15 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 17-18

Eating Blood Forbidden – Leviticus 17 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites…. ” if any of them sacrifice a ox, goat, or lamb in or out of the camp instead of bringing it to the tent of meeting for the priest to present before God, they shall be guilty of bloodhsed and cut off from their people. They are not to do sacrifices in the open fields but bring them to the priests. They must not offer any sacrifices to the goat idols (demons) to whom they prostitute themselves. This is a lasting ordinance for generations to come. Anyone who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice and doesn’t bring it to the priest to present to God, they must be cut off from their people. God will set His face against anyone who eats blood – He will cut them off from their people. What God says in v.11 really jumped out at me, “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.” Anyone who hunts an animal or bird that may be eaten must 1st drain all the blood and cover it with earth because the life of every creature is its blood. Anyone who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must 1st wash his clothes and bathe with water, he will be unclean till evening but then he will be clean. If they don’t wash clothes and bathe they will be held responsible.

Unlawful Sexual Relations – Leviticus 18 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites…. ” you must not do as they do in Egypt or Canaan, do not follow their practices. You must obey My Laws and be careful to follow My decrees. {The next line is striking!!} Keep My decrees and Laws, for the person who obeys them will live by them. I am the Lord.” {Yes! Live your life by God’s Word!} No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations – it is wickedness. Do not have sexual relations with your mother or father’s wife – don’t dishonor your father. Do not have sexual relations with your sister, father’s or mother’s daughter (half-sister), same home or not. Do not have sexual relations with your son’s or your daughter’s daughter (grandchildren) – that would dishonor you. Do not have sexual relations with your father’s or mother’s sister – your aunt. Do not have sexual relations with your son’s wife – daughter-in-law. Do not have sexual relations with your brother’s wife; that would dishonor him. Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter (or her grandchildren). Do not have sexual relations with your wife’s sister (as a rival wife) while your wife is living. Do not have sexual relations with a woman during the uncleanness of her monthly period. Do not have sexual relations with your neighbor’s wife – don’t defile yourself. Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God {I wonder why this is put in here, perhaps it was a sexual type of sacrifice?} Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable. Do not have sexual relations with an animal – don’t defile yourself. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion. {What God says in v. 24-28 jumped out at me, especially the part about punishing the land} “Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled. Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. But you must keep my decrees and my laws…and if you defile the land, it will vomit you out as it vomited out the nations that were before you.” Everyone who does any of these detestable things will be cut off from their people. Keep God’s requirements and don’t follow any of the detestable customs that were practiced before you came there. Do not defile yourselves.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 27:27-50

The Soldiers Mock Jesus – Matthew 27:7-31 | Pilate’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium (Herod’s palace/governor’s headquarters). The whole company of soldiers gathered around Jesus. They stripped and put a scarlet robe on him. Then twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand, knelt down, and mocked Him. They spit on him, and struck him on the head with the staff – again and again. After all this, they took off the robe and put his clothes back on him and led him away to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus – Matthew 27:32-44 | They forced a man named Simon (from Cyrene) to carry the cross of Jesus to Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, He refused to drink it (Psalm 69:21). After they crucified Him, they divided up His clothes by casting lots (Psalm 22:18). Then they sat down and kept watch over Him there. Above Jesus’ head was the written charge against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Two rebels were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left. The chief priests, teachers of the Law, the elders, those crucified with Him, and people passing by insulted and mocked Him. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! He’s the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue Him now if He wants Him, for He said, ‘I am the Son of God.

The Death of Jesus – Matthew 27:45-50 | From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. At about three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). {imagine how terrible this must have been if even Jesus felt or thought God abandoned Him?!} Some people nearby thought Jesus was calling for Elijah. {I don’t know what prompted the action in the next line…perhaps, this one person began to feel sorry for Him?} Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. The rest said, “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to save him.” {oh! They are so mean and hard-hearted!} And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. {my sweet, sweet Jesus – thank You!}

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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…but we’re getting closer! 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 46 🙂 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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