Daily Word Buddies – February 20 2015 – #DWB2015

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Today’s reading: Bible Gateway Old/New Testament 365 Reading Plan February 20 2015

Today’s Old Testament reflection: Leviticus 26-27

Reward for Obedience – Leviticus 26:1-13 | “God said to Moses, tell the Israelites… ”
1) Do not make idols, set up an image, a sacred stone, or place a carved stone in your land to bow down before it.
2) Observe God’s Sabbaths and have reverence for His sanctuary.
3) If they follow God’s decrees and are careful to obey His commands, He will send rain in its season, and the ground and trees will yield their crops and fruit. Their threshing will continue until grape harvest, and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and they will eat all the food you want and live in safety in their land.
3a) God will grant peace in the land, and they will lie down and no one will make them afraid {Psalm 23}. God will remove wild beasts from the land, and the sword will not pass through their country. They will pursue your enemies, which will fall by the sword before them. 5 of them will chase 100, and 100 of them will chase 10,000, and their enemies will fall by the sword.
3b) God will look on them with favor and make them fruitful and increase your numbers, and He will keep His covenant with them. 
3c) They will still be eating last year’s harvest when they will have to move it out to make room for the new.
3d) God will put His dwelling place among them, and I won’t abhor them. He will walk among them and be their God, and they will be His people. God brought them out of Egypt and broke the bars of their yoke, enabling them to walk with heads held high.

Punishment for Disobedience – Leviticus 26:14-46 | “God said…”but if they will not listen to Me, and carry out all My commands, and if they reject My decrees and abhor My laws they will violate My covenant – then God will do this to them:
1) God will bring on them sudden terror, wasting diseases, and fever that will destroy their sight, and sap their strength. 
2) They will plant seed in vain, because their enemies will eat it.
3) God will set His face against them so that they will be defeated by their enemies; those who hate the Israelites will rule over them, and they will flee even when no one is pursuing them.
If after all this, if they will not listen to God:
1) He will punish them for their sins 7 times over.
2) He will break down their stubborn pride.
3) He will make the sky above like iron and the ground below like bronze. Their strength will be spent in vain, because the soil and trees will not yield their crops or fruit.
If they remain hostile toward God and refuse to listen to Him:
1) God will multiply your afflictions 7 times over (as your sins deserve). 
2) He will send wild animals against them, which will rob them of their children, destroy their cattle, and make them so few that their roads will be deserted.
In spite of these things, if they do not accept God’s correction but continue to be hostile toward Him, then God will:
1) God will be hostile toward them and will afflict them for their sins 7 times over. 
2) God will bring the sword on them to avenge the breaking of the covenant.
3) When they withdraw into your cities, God will send a plague among them, and they will be given into enemy hands.
4) When God cuts off their supply of bread, 10 women will be able to bake bread in one oven, and they will dole out the bread by weight. They will eat, but will not be satisfied.
If in spite of this they still do not listen to God but continue to be hostile toward Him, then in His anger:
1) God will be hostile toward them, and punish them for their sins 7 times over.
2) They will eat the flesh of their sons and daughters.
3) God will destroy their high places, cut down their incense altars, and pile their dead bodies on the lifeless forms of their idols, and He will abhor them. 
4) God will turn their cities into ruins, lay waste to their sanctuaries, and take no delight in the pleasing aroma of their offerings.
5) God will lay waste the land, so that their enemies who live there will be appalled.
6) God will scatter them among the nations, draw His sword, and pursue them. While they are in the country of their enemies, the land will rest and enjoy its sabbaths. All the time that it lies desolate, the land will finally have the rest it didn’t get when they lived in it.
As for those who are left:
1) God will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies that the sound of a windblown leaf will have them running. They will run as though fleeing from the sword, and they will stumble over one another as though fleeing from the sword, even though no one is pursuing them. They will not be able to stand before their enemies. They will perish among the nations; the land of their enemies will devour them. Those who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their ancestors’ sins they will waste away.
But…God says, if they will confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors – their unfaithfulness and their hostility toward God, which made Him hostile toward them so that He sent them into the land of their enemies – then when their uncircumcised hearts are humbled and they pay for their sin, God will remember His covenant with Jacob, Isaac, and Abraham and He will remember the land. For the land will be deserted and enjoy its sabbaths while it lies desolate without them and they will pay for their sins because they rejected God’s laws and abhorred His decrees. But in spite of all this, when they are in the land of their enemies, God will not destroy them – completely breaking His covenant with them – for their sake He will remember the covenant with their ancestors whom He brought out of Egypt in the sight of the nations.

This concludes the book of Leviticus – 4 down (3 OT &1 NT), 62 to go!

Today’s New Testament reflection: Mark 2

Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man – Mark 2:1-11 | A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that He had arrived. They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and Jesus preached the Word to them. Some men came, bringing to Jesus a paralyzed man, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on. {They destroyed property to get to Jesus} When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” {if he was ignorant to Jesus’ teaching, he may have wondered  what that had to do with healing} Some teachers of the Law were there, thinking to themselves, “Why does this fellow Jesus talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone? {I love what happens next Jesus is so awesome!} Immediately Jesus knew in His Spirit what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things? Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man (Jesus) has authority on earth to forgive sins.” {Tell ’em Jesus!} Then He told the man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” The man got up, took his mat, and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!”{I love that this prompted them to glorified God!}

Jesus Calls Levi and Eats With Sinners – Mark 2:13-17 | Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and He began to teach them. As He walked along, He saw Levi (Matthew), son of Alphaeus, sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow Me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed Him. {They way Jesus calls His disciples continues to fascinate me!} While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s (Matthew’s) house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with Him and His disciples (there were many who followed Him). But when the Pharisees (teachers of the Law) saw Him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked His disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” {funny they didn’t just ask Jesus} On hearing this, Jesus told them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”{thank God for that, we are all sinners!}

Jesus Questioned About Fasting – Mark 2:18-22 | Now John’s {Baptist, I assume} disciples and the Pharisees were fasting. Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” {like, ‘do you think your better than them?’} Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast… {makes sense,  plus they are fasting for a different reason}…No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. Otherwise, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” {reminds me of 2 Corinthians 5:17}

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath – Mark 2:23-28 | One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and as His disciples walked along, they began to pick some heads of grain. The Pharisees said to Him, “Look, why are they doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” {they actually questioned Him directly this time!} He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need? In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. He also gave some to his companions (1 Samuel 21:1-6).” Then Jesus said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. So the Son of Man (Jesus) is Lord, even of the Sabbath.”

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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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After days of missed deadlines, today I finally made my 6PM CST submission goal! Yay! Thank You Jesus!

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I hope you enjoyed day 51 🙂 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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