Daily Word Buddies – February 18 2015 – #DWB2015


Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 18 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 23-24

The Appointed Festivals – Leviticus 23 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites… “these are My appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies (lasting ordinance for generations to come, wherever they live):
1) The Sabbath: for 6 days you may work, but the 7th is a day of rest – a day of sacred assembly – do not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to God.
2) The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread:
Passover begins at twilight on the 14th day of the 1st month. On the 15th, the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins – for 7 days eat bread made without yeast. On the 1st and 7th day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work – for 7 days present a food offering to God.
3) Offering the Firstfruits: when they enter the land God is going to give them and they reap its harvest, they shall bring the priest a sheaf of the 1st grain harvest the day after the Sabbath as a wave offering, they must also sacrifice a 1 year-old lamb without defect as a burnt offering to the Lord, a grain offering of 2/10’s of an ephah (7lbs) of the finest flour mixed with olive oil (a food offering), a drink offering of a quarter of a hin (1qrt) of wine. They must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the day they bring this offering to God. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever they live.
4) The Festival of Weeks: the day after the Sabbath, (the day they bring the sheaf of the wave offering), count off 7 full weeks (50 days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath) and then present an offering of new grain to God. From wherever you live, bring 2 loaves made of 2/10’s (7lbs) of an ephah of the finest flour baked with yeast as a wave offering of firstfruits to God. Present with this bread, 7 male lambs – each a year old without defect, 1 young bull, and 2 rams as a burnt offering, a grain offering, and a drink offering (a food offering). Then sacrifice 1 male goat for a sin offering, and 2 lambs – each a year old as a fellowship offering. The priest is to wave the two lambs before God as a wave offering, with the bread of the firstfruits. These are a sacred offering to God for the priest. The same day they shall proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever they live. When they reap the harvest of the land, they shall not reap to the very edges of the field or gather the gleanings of the harvest – they are to leave them for the poor and foreigner residing among them (Leviticus 19:9-10).
5) The Festival of Trumpets: the 1st day of the 7th month is a day of sabbath rest – a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts – do not do any regular work, but present a food offering to God.
6) The Day of Atonement: the 10th day of the 7th month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly, deny yourselves (fast), and present a food offering to God. They shall not do any work at all on that day, it is when atonement is made for them. Those who don’t deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people. God will destroy anyone who does any work on that day. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever they live. It is a day of sabbath rest and they must deny themselves -from the evening of the 9th day of the 7th month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.
7) The Festival of Tabernacles: on the 15th day of the 7th month the Festival of Tabernacles begins – it lasts for 7 days. The 1st day is a sacred assembly; don’t do any regular work. For 7 days present food offerings, and on the 8th day hold a sacred assembly, and present a food offering to God. It is the closing special assembly; don’t do any regular work. These are God’s appointed festivals, which the Israelites are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to Him—the burnt, grain, and the drink offerings, as well as the sacrifices required for each day. These are in addition to the Lord’s Sabbaths, their gifts, the freewill offerings, and whatever they vowed to give to God. Beginning with the 15th day of the 7th month, after gathering the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to God for 7 days; the 1st and 8th are days of sabbath rest. On the 1st day take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows, and other leafy trees—rejoice and celebrate before God for 7 days each year as a festival to Him. This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. They shall live in temporary shelters for 7 days, all native-born Israelites are to stay in them so their descendants will know that God had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when He brought them out of Egypt. Moses told the Israelites everything God commanded.

Olive Oil and Bread Set Before the Lord – Leviticus 24:1-10 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites… “to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually. Aaron is to tend the lamps (the pure gold lampstand) placed outside the curtain that shields the Ark of the Covenant Law in the tent of meeting before God, from evening till morning, continually. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. Take the finest flour, and bake 12 loaves of bread, using 2/10’s (7lbs) of an ephah for each loaf – put them in 2 stacks (6 in each stack) on the table of pure gold before God. Put some pure incense by each stack as a memorial portion to represent the bread – food offering presented to God. Set this regularly before God, Sabbath after Sabbath, for the Israelites, as a lasting covenant. It belongs to Aaron and his sons, they shall eat it in the sanctuary area – it is the Most Holy portion of their perpetual share of the food offerings presented to God.

A Blasphemer Put to Death – Leviticus 24:11-23 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites… “1) anyone who curses God will be held responsible, anyone who blasphemes the name of God is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. 2) Anyone who kills a human being is to be put to death. 3) Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution—life for life. 4) Anyone who injures their neighbor is to be injured in the same manner: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth. The one who has inflicted the injury must suffer the same injury (Matthew 5:38-48). The Israelites did as God commanded.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Mark 1:1-22

John The Baptist Prepares the Way – Mark 1:1-8 | John fulfilled the words of Isaiah 40:3 – he was the one preparing the Way of Jesus. John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Many people came to John and confessed their sins. Then, he baptized them in the Jordan River. John wore camel hair clothing, and a leather belt around his waist. He ate locusts {no, thank you} and wild honey {yum!}. He told everyone, “After me comes the One more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” {YES, Lord come!}

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus – Mark 1:9-13 | At that time, Jesus came to John and was baptized by him in the Jordan. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, He saw Heaven being torn open and the Holy Spirit descending on Him like a dove – the voice of God came from Heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” {Heaven was torn open – WOW! The text doesn’t say if anyone else saw or heard this but imagine the scene here, reminds me of Acts 7:54-60. Oh, how wonderful and glorious!!!} The Holy Spirit immediately sent Jesus out into the wilderness for 40 days to be being tempted and tested by Satan. {How do you think this benefit Jesus? Can you recall a time of wilderness in your own life – how did God use that to benefit? What came from it?} He was with the wild animals {ya think?!}, and angels attended him {animals and angels…hmmm…sounds like a country song}.

Jesus Announces the Good News – Mark 1:14-15 | after John the Baptist was put in prison, Jesus proclaimed the Good News of God in Galilee saying, “The time has come, the Kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the Good News!” {what do you think the Good News of God is? Do you actively share this ‘News’ with others?}

Jesus Calls His First Disciples – Mark 1:16-20 | As Jesus walked the shores of Galilee, He saw a couple fisherman – Simon (Peter) and his brother Andrew. As they cast their net into the lake Jesus called to them saying, “Come, follow me, and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. {Ok, so WOAH! Can you imagine that? Your day starts like any other, you find yourself trudging through another uneventful, unimportant day at work, when all of sudden…the Messiah, the Lord of Lords and King of Kings comes along to offer you (YOU!) the job of a lifetime, a job you hardly feel qualified for. Yet, the unrelenting urge to leave everything you’ve ever known behind and follow Him is irresistible. You can hardly contain yourself. You rush to His side, your heart is filled with love. Ah, what a life this is!} When Jesus had gone a little farther down the shore, He saw a few more fisherman – James, son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat, preparing their nets. Without delay Jesus called them, they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired men and followed Jesus. {I like that Jesus called them ‘without delay’ – Jesus saw and acted. They heard and acted. Praise God! May we be the same!}

Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit – Mark 1:21-22 | Jesus and His disciples went to Capernaum, and when the Sabbath came, Jesus went into the synagogue and began to teach. The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law. {To be continued…}


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A) What popped off the page at you? Share your reflections and insights from these passages in the comments below.
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I missed my 6PM CST submission goal again – by 2 days – argh! This is so hard to post some days 🙂 but I will thank Jesus for keeping me in this!


I hope you enjoyed day 49 🙂 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


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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