Daily Word Buddies – February 17 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 17 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 21-22

Rules for Priests – Leviticus 21-22:1-16 | “God said to Moses, tell the priests… “rules and regulations for the priests – I am the Lord, who makes them holy.
1) A priest must not make himself ceremonially unclean for any of his people who die, except a close relative – mom or dad, son or daughter, his brother, or an unmarried sister (dependent on him) for them he may make himself unclean but not for his in-laws – he would defile himself.
2) Priests must not shave their heads or shave off the edges of their beards or cut their bodies. 
3) They must be holy to their God because they present the food offerings to God, they shall not profane His name. They are to be holy.
4) They must not marry women defiled by prostitution or divorced from their husbands. Because priests are holy to God, regard them as holy. Because they offer up the food to God, consider them holy, because God is Holy, He makes them holy.
5) If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father – she must be burned in the fire.
6) The high priest {not a regular priest but the high priest}, who is anointed and ordained to wear the priestly garments, must not let his hair become unkempt or tear his clothes. 6a) He must not enter a place where there is a dead body. He must not make himself unclean, even for his father or mother {a regular priest can but not the high priest}. 6b) He must not leave God’s sanctuary or desecrate it, he has been dedicated by God. 6c) The woman he marries must be a virgin – not a widow, a divorced woman, or a woman defiled by prostitution, only a virgin from his own people, so he will not defile his offspring among his people. God makes him holy.
7) For the generations to come, no descendant of Aaron’s with any defect – blind, lame, disfigured, deformed, crippled foot or hand, a hunchback, a dwarf, or who has any eye defect, or who has festering, running sores, or damaged testicles – may come near to offer food to God. 7a) He may eat the Most Holy food of his God, as well as the holy food. But because of his defect, he may not go near the curtain, or approach the altar, and so desecrate God’s sanctuary. God makes them holy.
8) Aaron and his sons are to treat the sacred offerings, as not profane God’s holy name.
9a) If any of Aaron’s descendants are ceremonially unclean and come near the consecrated offerings to God, cut them off from God’s presence.
9b) If any of Aaron’s descendants have a defiling skin disease (DSD) or a bodily discharge, they may not eat the sacred offerings until they are cleansed. 9c) He will also be unclean if he touches something defiled by a corpse, or by anyone who has an emission of semen, or if he touches any crawling thing, or any unclean person, whatever the uncleanness is, the person will be unclean till evening. He must bathe with water and when the sun goes down, he will be clean, then may eat the sacred offerings – they are his food. 9d) He must not eat anything found dead or torn by wild animals, and so become unclean by it.
10) The priests are to perform God’s service in such a way that they don’t become guilty and die for treating it with contempt. God makes them holy.
11) No one outside a priest’s family may eat the sacred offering, no guest or hired worker either. But a purchased slave, or the slaves born in his household may eat his food. 
12) If a priest’s daughter marries anyone other than a priest, she may not eat any of the sacred contributions. If she becomes a widow or is divorced, has no children, and returns to live in her dad, she may eat her dad’s food. But no unauthorized person may eat it.
13) Anyone who eats a sacred offering by mistake must make restitution to the priest and add a fifth of the value to it.
14) The priests must not desecrate the sacred offerings presented by the Israelites by allowing them to eat them and so bring upon them guilt requiring payment. God makes them holy.

Unacceptable Sacrifices – Leviticus 22:17-33 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites… ” if any of them present a gift for a burnt or fellowship offering to the Lord, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering, it must be a male without defect from the cattle, sheep or goats so it will be accepted on your behalf. Do not bring anything with a defect, because it will not be accepted. Do not offer defected – blind, injured, maimed, anything with warts, festering, or running sores. Do not place any of these on the altar as a food offering presented to God. You can present as a freewill offering an ox or a sheep that is deformed or stunted, but it will not be accepted in fulfillment of a vow. You must not offer God an animal whose testicles are bruised, crushed, torn or cut. You must not do this in your own land, or accept such animals from others and offer them as the food of your God. They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects. Also, when a calf, a lamb, or goat is born, it must stay with its mother for 7 days. From the 8th day, it will be acceptable as a food offering presented to God. But do not slaughter a cow or a sheep and its young on the same day. When you sacrifice a thank offering to the Lord, sacrifice it in such a way that it will be accepted on your behalf. It must be eaten that same day; leave none of it till morning. God closed this section similar to yesterday’s reading saying, “Keep My commands and follow them. I am the Lord. Do not profane My Holy name, for I must be acknowledged as Holy by the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be your God. I am the Lord.”

Today’s New Testament reflection: Matthew 28

Jesus Has Risen – Matthew 28:1-10 | After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week {Sunday}, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake {2nd one after Jesus’ death}, for an angel of the Lord came down from Heaven and went to the tomb, rolled back the stone {to let them in} and sat on it. The angel’s appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of the angel that they shook and became like dead men {it is important to note that the guards were still there and witnessed all this}. Then the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, I know you’re looking for Jesus, who was crucified but He’s not here; He’s risen, just as He said. Come and see the place where he lay {that is why the angel rolled back the stone}. Then go quickly {run} and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.” {imagine the emotions of all involved here – the guards, as well as the women – elation and fear!} Then, the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy {yep!}, they ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly {da, da, da!!!!….} Jesus met them saying, “Greetings.” The women came to Him, clasped His feet and worshiped Him. Then Jesus told them, “Don’t be afraid. Go, tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.” {how precious it is that Jesus chose to reveal Himself to these 2 women!}

The Guards’ Report – Matthew 27:11-15 | While the women were on their way to tell the disciples everything that happened and what Jesus said, some of the guards (witnesses from the tomb) went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. Then, the chief priests and elders got together and devised a plan – they paid off the guards (soldiers) a large sum of money to lie and say that the disciples came and stole the body of Jesus while they were sleeping. They also said if and when this news gets back to the governor (Pilate), we will appease him and keep you (gaurds) out of trouble. The soldiers (guards) agreed, took the money, and did as they were instructed. This story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The Great Commission – Matthew 28:16-20 | Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go {when did he say so? My NASB study Bible doesn’t clarify the details} When they saw Jesus, they worshiped him; but some doubted {how could anyone doubt? He told them this would happen. He died. He lives.They can see and touch Him! Perhaps, the doubters were the ones who fleed and didn’t see His death??} Jesus told them, “All authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me {IT IS FINISHED!}. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations {notice this doesn’t say get people to say their Christians, He said make disciples. He wants a deeper commitment and transformation}, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit {One baptism, One church!}, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you {this line got me thinking – you might win and baptize souls but are you following through and helping them grow Spiritually, teaching them to do ALL Jesus commanded? Not only must we do these things ourselves but we must help others also!}. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age {what great assurance we have in Jesus!! He defeated death, and gives us victory in all things through Him! Worthy is the Lamb!}.”

This completes Matthew, the 1st book of the NT – 3 down (2 OT & 1 NT), 63 to go!

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

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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…finally! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Jesus! Thank You Jesus! 

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I hope you enjoyed day 48 🙂 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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4 comments on “Daily Word Buddies – February 17 2015 – #DWB2015
  1. First – you put a lot of work into your posts. I am amazed at your insight.I can’t imagine the thought and effort that goes into each post. Thanks for sharing so diligently.

    So what popped off the page – RULES! Oh my goodness. But particularly #4. I thought of Hosea right away. I know that’s a ways off from where we are in the study right now, but that was a story that seemed so strange until I understood God’s plan for his ordeal.

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    • Oh, don’t I know it! I am so glad when I am able to share them. They are really taking over my life, which is a good thing but I falling behind is terrible 🙂

      Grest insight with Hosea. I totally understand what you mean. God’s Ways are infinitely higher than ours, it’s amazing that we can understand what we do of Him 🙂

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  2. realchange4u says:

    To know Jesus is love. Loving others and encouraging others in their daily journey.Interceading in prayer for folks.

    Peace

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