Daily Word Buddies – February 19 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 19 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 25

The Sabbath Year – Leviticus 25:1-7 | “God said to Moses on Mt. Sinai, tell the Israelites… “when they enter the land I (God) am giving them, the land must observe a sabbath. 6 years they shall sow fields, prune vineyards, and gather crops but the in 7th year they shall allow the land to rest – a sabbath rest (do not sow, reap, prune, or harvest what it grows itself). Eat what it grows, it is food their food.

The Year of Jubliee – Leviticus 25:8-55 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites… “Count off 7 sabbath years (7 times 7 years = 49 years). Sound the trumpet everywhere on the 10th day of the 7th month – the Day of Atonement – consecrate the 50th year and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all. It is a jubilee and holy to you, each person shall return to their family property and own clan – do not sow or reap what grows from itself or harvest the vines (eat only what is taken directly from the fields).
1) If you sell and buy land from one another, do not take advantage of each other. Buy based on the number of years since the Jubilee. Sell based on the number of years left for harvesting crops – many years = increase the price, few years = decrease the price. What is really being sold is the # of crops.
2) Follow God’s decrees and be careful to obey His laws, and you will live safely in the land. The land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill and live there in safety. In regard to the year of sabbath rest for the land, those who ask, “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not plant or harvest our crops?” God says that He will send such a blessing in the 6th year that the land will yield enough for 3 years. While you plant during the 8th year, you’ll eat from the old crop and continue to eat from it until the harvest of the 9th year comes in.
3) The land must not be sold permanently, because it’s God’s and the Israelites only reside in His land as foreigners and strangers. Throughout the land they hold as a possession, they must provide for the redemption of the land.
3a) If a fellow Israelite becomes poor and sells some of their property – their nearest relative is to come and redeem what they have sold. If, there is no one to redeem it for them but they prosper later on and acquire sufficient means to redeem it themselves – they are to determine the value for the years since they sold it and refund the balance to the one they sold it to. Then they can then go back to their own property. If they don’t acquire the means to repay, what was sold will remain in the possession of the buyer until the Year of Jubilee. It will be returned in the Jubilee, then they can then go back to their property {can you imagine tracking items and things that need to be returned for 50 years?}
3b) Anyone who sells a house in a walled city retains the right of redemption a full year after its sale (during that time the seller may redeem it). If it is not redeemed before a full year has passed, the house will belong permanently to the buyer and his descendants. It is not to be returned in the Jubilee. Houses in villages without walls around them are to be considered as belonging to the open country. They can be redeemed, and they are to be returned in the Jubilee. House in walled cities are handled differently.
3c) The Levites always have the right to redeem their houses in the Levitical towns they possess. The property of the Levites is redeemable – a house sold in any town they hold – and is to be returned in the Jubilee. The houses in the towns of the Levites are their property (share) among the Israelites. The pastureland belonging to their towns must not be sold; it’s their permanent possession (share) .
4) If a fellow Israelite becomes poor and unable to support themselves, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger. Then they can continue to live among you. Do not take interest (don’t lend them money at interest) or any profit from them by selling them food at a profit. 
5) If a fellow Israelite becomes poor and sells themselves to you, don’t make them work as slaves. They are to be treated as hired workers or temporary residents among you. Do not rule over them ruthlessly. They are to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. Then, they and their children are to be released to go back to their own clans and to the property of their ancestors. The Israelites are God’s servants, whom He brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves.
5a) Your slaves are to come from the nations around you and the temporary residents living among you; from those you may buy as slaves and they will become your property. You can leave them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.
5b) If a foreigner among you becomes rich and an Israelite becomes poor as to sell themselves to the foreigner or to a member of the foreigner’s clan, they retain the right of redemption after they have sold themselves. One of their relatives may redeem them: an uncle, cousin – any blood relative may redeem them – or if they prosper, they can redeem themselves. They and their buyer are to count the time from the year they sold themselves up to the Year of Jubilee. The release price is based on the rate paid to a hired worker for that # of years – many years remain = larger redemption price, few years remain = smaller redemption price – compute that and pay redemption accordingly. They shall be treated as workers hired from year to year; you must see to it that those to whom they owe service do not rule over them ruthlessly, for they belong to God. Even if someone is not redeemed in any of these ways, they and their children are to be released in the Year of Jubilee, for the Israelites belong to God as servants.

Today’s New Testament reflection: Mark 1:23-45

Jesus Drives Out an Impure Spirit {cont.} – Mark 1:23-28 | As Jesus was teaching, a man in their synagogue, who was possessed by an impure spirit cried out, “What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!” {I love that the demons knew exactly who Jesus was – they immediately recognized the Holy One of God, why do you think others didn’t? Also, I always had this perception that evil wasn’t allowed on scared or hallowed ground. I would have never believed a demon-possessed man could enter a synagogue, let alone sit there casually listening to Jesus preach! Society today (the world) does a good job lying to us. They leads us to believe all sort of things that are contrary to God’s Word. Many Christians can’t tell the difference or just don’t know any better because they have never read the Bible from cover to cover. Makes ya think?!} “Be quiet!” Jesus commanded. “Come out of him!” The impure spirit shook the man violently and came out of him with a shriek {demons are impure spirits}. The people were all so amazed that they asked each other, “What is this? A new teaching—and with authority! He even gives orders to impure spirits and they obey him.” {They had never seen anyone like Jesus}. The news about Jesus spread quickly over entire region of Galilee.

Jesus Heals Many – Mark 1:29-34 | They left the synagogue and went with James and John to the home of Simon (Peter) and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was in bed with a fever, and they immediately told Jesus about her {yes, Peter was married. I missed this tidbit the first few times I read this. My initial mistake was that I never read Simon as Peter, so I had wrongly assumed this ‘Simon’ character was a completely different person}. Jesus went to her, took her hand, and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. {Jesus healed her and her 1st act was to serve them. Glory to God!} Later on, after sunset, the whole town gathered as people brought Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed. Everyone (the whole town) was at Simon’s (Peter’s) door, and Jesus healed many {the text doesn’t say all but it could have been) who had various diseases, drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was {the text doesn’t say all, it just says many and I am not sure if by ‘many,’ what they actually all or not??}.

Jesus Prays in a Solitary Place – Mark 1:35-39 | Very early in the morning, while it was still dark Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed {notice the text says, ‘very early in the A.M.’ and ‘while it was still dark,’ how often do we get up before dawn to pray to God?}. Simon and his companions went to look for Jesus. When they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!” {exclaimed ‘!’ – wow, worried much? The crowds had reached full mass, I’m sure they wanted a show and the disciples felt this pressure} “Let’s go somewhere else (to the nearby villages), so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.” He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons. {Jesus didn’t let fame derail His mission. He left comfort and popularity to reach the masses, although He received disdain and persecution}.

Jesus Heals a Man with Leprosy – Mark 1:40-45 | A man with leprosy {in Greek this word could mean a variety of skin diseases} came to Jesus and begged Him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing. Be clean!” Immediately the leprosy left the man and he was cleansed. Jesus sent him away at once with a strong warning: “See that you don’t tell this to anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.” Instead the man went out, talking freely and spreading the news. As a result, Jesus was recognized everywhere, He could no longer enter a town openly but stayed outside in lonely places. And yet the people still came to him from everywhere.

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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 today as well – another by a day behind – argh! I’m trying hard to catch up 🙂 please Lord Jesus help me!

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I hope you enjoyed day 50 —DAY 5.0. – nice milestone! 🙂 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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