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March 2 – Review and Reflections

MARCH 2    March 2  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 25:47-27:13

Mark 10:32-52

Psalm 45:1-17

Proverbs 10:22

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 25:47-54. In these verses what does redeem mean?

2. Read Leviticus 26:1-13. There are rewards for ________________________.

The people were…

* not to make _________ for themselves – neither a carved image nor a sacred pillar.

* not to set up an engraved stone and _______ down to it.

* to keep the Sabbaths and reverence God’s sanctuary.
* to walk in God’s statutes and keep God’s _________________________(Not only hear them, but do them).

If the people were obedient God would…
* give them _______ in its season.

* cause the land and  to produce.

* make sure they had ___________ to eat.
* protect them – they would dwell in their land _______.

* give them ____________ – they would not be afraid.

* rid the land of evil beasts – animals.

* there would not be any _________ in their land – no fighting.

* help them defeat their enemies, even when they were greatly ____________________.

* show them His favor.

* make them fruitful – He would cause them to multiply.

*  confirm His _______________ with them.

* cause their harvest to be so great that they would have to throw out the old in order to make room for the _________.

* set His tabernacle among them – He would dwell among them.

* not abhor them – He would not disapprove or reject them.

* walk among them.

* make them His ________________.

* not allow them to be slaves again – they would not be in bondage.

3. Read Leviticus 26:14-46. If the he people did not obey God, did not observe or fulfill God’s commandments, despised God’s statutes, rejected God’s judgments, or broke God’s covenant they would be _____________________. There is always punishment for _____________________.

The punishments that the people would receive for disobedience were…

* Terror would overtake them

* Wasting ______________ and fever would consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart

* They would sow their seed in ________ – they would experience crop failure.

* Their enemies would raid their __________ – there would be nothing left for them to eat.

* God would set His face ________________ them.

* They would be defeated by their enemies.

* Their enemies would reign over them – they would be under the control of their enemy.

* They would always be on the run – even when no one was ______________ them.

If the people would not obey after doing the above things, God would…

* break their pride.

* make their heavens like ___________ – He would not hear them.

* cause the earth to be like __________ – not able to produce any crops.

* send wild beasts among them that would __________ their children and  destroy their livestock.

* make them few in number.

* oppose them – He would be against them.

* bring a sword against them – allow their enemies to kill them.

* send pestilence among them.

* allow them to be delivered into the hand of the _________ – captured by their enemies.

* cause __________ shortages – they would always be hungry. They would even turn toward cannibalism.

* destroy their high places, cut down their incense altars, and cast their carcasses on the lifeless forms of their idols.

* would cause their cities to be desolate _______________.

* would not accept their  ________________ or worship.

* allow their enemies to take over their land – to dwell in it.

* would scatter the people among the nations.

* cause the people to be fearful

* cause them to __________ even when no one was pursuing them.

* cause them to be weak – they would not have the _____________ to stand before their enemies.

* allow them to perish in the lands of their enemies.

* allow the people to waste away in their __________________.

If the people confessed their (and their fathers) iniquity and unfaithfulness, humbled their hearts, and accepted  (admitted) their guilt, what would God do?

How does confessing iniquity (and unfaithfulness), humbling your heart, and accepting guilt apply to our lives?

4. Read Leviticus 27:1-13. What is a vow?

Does God take the vows that we make seriously?

6. Read Mark 10:32-34. Jesus took the twelve aside again and told them the things that were about to __________________ to Him.

7. Read Mark 10:35-45.What did James and John want?

 

How did the other disciples respond when they heard the request?

Did Jesus grant this request? Why?

8. Read 10:46-52. Who was sitting by the road begging?

When he heard that Jesus was coming what did he do?

 

Many told Bartimaeus to be _______, but he cried even louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

What did Jesus tell Bartimaeus after he told Him what he wanted?

Dear Father,

Thank-you for blessing me and for pouring out Your grace and favor upon me. My heart overflows with the love that I have for You. My mind cannot truly comprehend Your great majesty. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. Thank-you for the oil of gladness that You have given me. I will praise You forever and ever. By the power of the Holy Spirit fill me with Your truth, humility, and righteousness. May Your right hand teach me awesome things. Help me to  love righteousness and hate wickedness. Cause me to seek more of Your beauty each day.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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March 1 – Review and Reflections

MARCH 1    March 1  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 24:1-25:46

Mark 10:13-31

Psalm 44:9-26

Proverbs 10:20-21

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 24:1-9.The people were commanded to bring ________ oil of pressed olives for the lamps of the tabernacle.

What does pure mean?

 

2. Read Leviticus 24:10-23. Whoever blasphemed the name of the Lord was put to _____________.

How do people blaspheme the name of the Lord today?

3. Read Leviticus 25:1-7. These verses describe the Sabbath year. The people could sow their field for ________ years, but on the seventh year they could not.

 

4. Read Leviticus 25:8- These verses describe the Year of Jubilee. How often was the this day?

 

During this year the people were not to ________ nor reap what grows on the land.

Land and hired servants could be _____________ during the year of jubilee.

5. Read Mark 10:13-16. How did Jesus feel about children?

Jesus was ______________ when the disciples rebuked the people who brought the children to Him.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the _________________  ______  ________.“

What does, “Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it”, mean to you?

 

6. Read Mark 10:17-31. What did Jesus tell the rich young man to do?

How did the man respond? Why?

 

When Jesus said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God”, He meant that it was hard  for those who ________ in riches to enter the kingdom of God.

In your option, what does “trust in riches” mean?

How does this apply to your life?

7. Read Proverbs 10:20-21. The tongue of the righteous is like ______________ – the words of the righteous are valuable.

The words of the unrighteous (wicked)  is worth ____________.

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you that You never hide Your face from me. You are aware of every affliction and oppression. Thank-you that You come to my aid at the exact moment and time that I need help. Because of Your great compassion and mercy, my soul will never be bowed down with the cares of this life. You turn negative things, circumstances, and situations into something positive. With You, I will never be put to shame. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help my steps not departed from Your ways. May my heart never turn away from You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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February 28 – Review and Reflections

FEB 28February 28  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 22:17- 23:44

Mark 9:30 -10:12

Psalm 44:1-8

Proverbs 10:19

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 22:17- 33. Animals with blemishes and defects were not _________________ offering unto God.

Sacrifices to God had to be _____________.

 

2. Read Leviticus 23:1-44. The Sabbath was a solemn rest, a holy convocation. The people were not to do any ___________ on this day.

The people were to observe  Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of __________  ___________, Feast of Weeks, Feast of ________________, Day of Atonement and the Feast of Tabernacles.

3. Read Mark 9:30 -32. Did the disciples understand what Jesus was trying to tell them?

 

When did Jesus say that He would raise from the dead?

4. Read Mark 9:33-37.“If anyone desires to be first, he shall be ______ of all and servant of all.

What is a servant?

When Jesus said, “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me”, who was He talking about?

5. Read Mark 9:38-41. What did Jesus mean when He said, “For he who is not against us is on our side”?

Will we receive a reward for doing what we see a little things?

 

6. Read Mark 9:42-50. Who was Jesus talking about when He said, “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea”?

 

We should avoid sin at all costs. Why?

7. Read Mark 10:1-12. When was the family (one husband and one wife) created?

When a man and a woman come together in marriage they become ________ flesh.

Jesus said, “What God has joined together, let not man _______________.”

8. Read Proverbs 10:19. If a person talks too much they are going to end up ______________ with their words.

A person who restrains his lips is ____________.

Dear Father,

Thank-you that You save me from my enemies, and  put to shame those who hate me. My enemies  will not gain possession over me, but will be pushed back by Your great name. Thank-you that You lift up Your countenance upon me and show me Your favor. I will boast in You and praise Your name forever. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me no to trust in my own strengths and abilities, but to place all my trust in You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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February 27 – Review and Reflections

FEB 27   February 27  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 20:22-22:16

Mark 9:1-29

Psalm  43:1-5

Proverbs 10:18

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 20:22-21:16. God did not want the children of Israel to be like the nations around them. God said that He abhorred the nations around them. What does abhor mean?

 

The children of Israel were to be __________ and separate from the peoples around them.

A medium was to be put to death. What is a medium?

 

The people were not make any bald place on their heads, or shall they shave the edges of their beards, or make any cuttings in their flesh. Why?

2. Read Leviticus 21:17-24. A priest could not have any physical defects. How does this relate to our spiritual lives?

 

3. Read Leviticus 22:1-16. Aaron and his sons were to separate themselves from unclean things. At Calvary, we became priests, so how does this apply to our lives today?

4. Read Mark 9:1-13. These verses describe the _______________________ of Jesus?

Who went with Jesus?

Who appeared to Jesus and talked with Him as He was transfigured?

A voice spoke from heaven saying, “This is My _______________  _________. Hear Him!”

5. Read Mark 9:14-29. What was wrong with the boy?

What would the evil spirit cause the boy to do?

 

What did Jesus tell the father?

What was the father’s response?

Jesus cast the evil spirit out of the boy. When asked by the disciples why they had not been able to cast out the evil spirit, what was Jesus’ response?

What does prayer and fasting do for a person ?

 

Dear Father,

You are my deliver and my strength. Thank-you that You shield me from the deceitfulness and unjustness of this world. Thank-you that as I abide in Your shadow, the enemy cannot gain control over me or dominate me. In Your light, evil cannot stay. You are my help and my hope. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to stand on Your truth.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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February 26 – Review and Reflections

FEB 26February 26  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 19:1- 20:21

Mark 8:11-38

Psalm  42:1-11

Proverbs 10:17

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 19:1-26. The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘You shall be ________, for I the Lord your God am holy.”

What is an idol?

 

Peace offerings were to be offered at a person’s own _________ will.

Why were the corners of a field not to be harvested or gleaned?

 

What does, “you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord” mean to you?

 

What does, “You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him” mean to you?

 

2. Read Leviticus 19:27-28. The pagan people who lived around them would disfigure themselves by shaving their heads, cutting their skin, and painting on it in observance to the dead. For the children of Israel to do this it was seen as rebellion. In your option, do you think it is a sin to do these things today?

 

3. Read Leviticus 19:29-37. The people were forbidden to consult evil spirits. By doing so it showed a lack of faith in God and it was ______________________ to God.

What is rebellion?

 

The people were to show ________________ to their elders.

4. Read Leviticus 20:1-5. Molech was a pagan deity to whom human sacrifices were made. The people were forbidden to offer any sacrifices to it. Today, some people sacrifice the life of another for their own desires. Can abortion be considered as making a human sacrifice?

5.  Read Leviticus 20:6. We are not to turn to mediums and familiar spirits to prostitute ourselves. What does this mean to you?

6. Read Leviticus 20:7-21. Everyone who cursed his father or his mother was put to ___________.

A person who committed adultery was put to _____________.

7. Read Mark 8:11-13. What did the Pharisees want?

8. Read Mark 8:14-21. What did Jesus mean when He said, “Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” ?

9. Read Mark 8:22-26. How did Jesus heal this blind man?

10. Read Mark 8:27-30. When asked, “Who do men say that I am?” what did the disciples respond?

 

Who did Peter say that he thought Jesus was?

11. Read Mark 8:31-38. Why did Peter take Jesus aside and rebuke Him?

 

Then Jesus rebuked Peter by saying what?

 

What do the following words of Jesus mean?

* “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.”

 

* “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”
* “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
* “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

12. Read Proverbs 10:17. When we refuse to listen to instruction or correction, we go _____________.

What does astray mean?

Dear Father,

Thank-you that as I pour out my heart to You, You hear me and comfort me. When I thirst for You, You fill me. When I seek for You, I find You. With You I have no need to be cast down, for You are by my side lifting me up. In Your presence there are no worries, anxieties or uneasiness. Your lovingkindness surrounds me everywhere I go. You are my God and You never forget me – You always know exactly where I am and what I’m doing. I place all my hope in You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, bring to my memory all the mighty things that You have done for me personally. May I never cease to praise You with my whole being.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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February 25 – Review and Reflections

FEB 25   February 25  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 16:29-18:30

Mark 7:24 -8:10

Psalm  41:1-13

Proverbs 10:15-16

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 16:29-34.. “This shall be an everlasting statute for you, to make atonement for the children of Israel, for all their sins, _____________  ______  ___________.” And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.”

2. Read Leviticus 17:1-16. The life of all _____________ is in the blood.

Atonement could only be made through a ____________ sacrifice.

 

3. Read Leviticus 18:1-21. God gave the people regulations (laws) concerning  _____________ relations.

Who’s behavior were the children of Israel not to follow. Why?

The people were not to have sexual relations with anyone that was a close __________________.

The people were not to commit adultery. What is adultery?

4. Read Leviticus 18:22. What does God say about a man having sex with another man?

 

What is abomination?

5. Read Leviticus 18:23-30. The people were not to have ___________ with animals. God said this was a perversion.

What does perversion mean?

6. Read Mark 7:24 -30. What did the a Syro-Phoenician woman want?

 

Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” Did this offend the woman?

 

When the woman replied, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs under the table eat from the children’s crumbs”, what did she mean?

 

What was Jesus’ response to the woman?

7. Read Mark 7:31-37. What was wrong with the man that was brought to Jesus?

How did Jesus heal this man?

8. Read Mark 8:1-10. Jesus had compassion on the multitude because they had been now with Him ___________days and had nothing to eat.

Why didn’t Jesus want to send them away?

How many baskets of leftovers were taken up after everyone was fed?

How many people were fed?

9. Read Proverbs 10:15-16. The labor of the righteous leads to ____________.

The wages of the wicked to _________.

 

Dear Father,

Thank-you for Your mercy and Your forgiveness. You are my salvation, my Defender and my Shield. When the enemy comes against me and devises trouble, You are there protecting me, strengthening and delivering me. You preserve me and keep me full of life. Thank-you for the armor that You have given me. As I place my armor on You, O Lord, will not allow me to be taken at the will of my enemies. With You by my side I have the assurance that my enemies will not triumph over me. You uphold me in my integrity. The knowledge that I am ever on Your mind is too wonderful to comprehend. I will bless Your name forever. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me show compassion to those around me, including those who have brought trouble on themselves. Help me to please You in everything I do, say, and think.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

following esther's example    Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

 

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II. Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV   

  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

Romans 10:9  NKJV    

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

 

Acts 16:31  NKJV    

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV    

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV   

  “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

1 John 1:9  NKJV    

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

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Purim – One Christian’s Perspective

purim one christians perspective

          Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning “lot”. Lots, somewhat like drawing straws, were chosen in the book of Esther to determine the date in which the Jews were to be destroyed. Haman, an enemy of the Jews, had sought to destroy them. Purim was instituted when God lead the enemies of His people to their own destruction. Purim is therefore about deliverance.

A Reminder of God’s Faithfulness.

The feast of Purim is an annual reminder of God’s faithful on behalf of His people. It is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of Adar.

Esther 9:18 NKJV    

“But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

A Reminder of God’s Providence and Protection.

We can learn many things from the story of Esther and from the feast of Purim. As a child of God, we too, are in the hand of God’s providence and protection. God intervenes on our behalf. As we look back on our life we can see where God has been working on our behalf.

Psalm 37:23  NKJV   

  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.”

     Just like the Jews in the book of Esther, we too, have an enemy that is out to destroy us.

I Peter 5:8  NKJV    

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversay the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      God’s hand of providence and protection on behalf of His people is evident throughout the book of Esther even though His name does not appear once in the book. The hand of God, working on behalf of His people is seen throughout the entire book. God’s plan of deliverance saved the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them. Just like the Jewish people in Esther, God has planned a way of deliverance for us from Satan, our enemy too.

 

Celebrating God’s Promise To Preserve His Children.

Purim has evolved into a holiday about rejoicing. Traditionally on Purim the entire book of Esther is read from a megillah (scroll). As the book of Esther is read the children make a noise with a noise maker every time the name of Haman is read. Also, the name of Haman may be written on the bottom of their shoes and then they stomp their every time the name of Haman is read.

Purim plays are popular. The story of Esther can be acted out in many different ways, and the people really have fun doing it.

A custom of Purim is , Mishloach Manot, the sending of gifts. It is very popular and important. These gifts usually take the form of festively wrapped food to your friends and gifts to the poor.

Children around the world celebrate Purim in many different ways. Sometimes children celebrate Purim by dressing up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman and parading through the streets. People sometime wear costumes on Purim because Esther had to keep her identity a secret when she first became queen. Some people have a bonfire and burn a replica of Haman

Jewish children in Russia make a  “snowHaman”, After the Purim seudah the entire community gather around the “snowHaman” and burn rags and wood at its feet until the snow is melted.

In Yemen, for Purim the children build a life-sized “Haman” scarecrow. They dress it in colorful tattered  clothes and silly decorations are stuck to it. The “Haman” is placed on a wooden horse. Then the children lead the “Haman” through the streets calling out “This is what will be done to the wicked Haman.”

In Tunisia all the children make figures of Haman. The younger ones use paper, the older children use rags, straw and old clothes to build life-size dummies. All the families gather by the school house. A bonfire is built in the school yard and one by one the children will throw their “Haman” into the blaze. Afterwards, salt and sulfur are poured over the fire and the children take sticks and beat the fire, crying out, “Long live Mordechai, cursed be Haman, blessed be Esther.”

In Afghanistan Jewish children draw pictures and make cut-outs of Haman on wooden board and cardboard. During the megillah reading they throw these pictures on the floor and stomp on them and make a lot of noise when they hear the name “Haman.” When the reading is finished, the adults lift the carpet and children jump up and down just in case Haman is hiding there.

Purim usually ends with a party that includes a lot of music and good food, including a special triangle-shaped cookie called Hammentashen (Haman’s ears).

No matter how you may choose to celebrate Purim, you should always remember that God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome. God is in control, even while He is concealed,

What We Can Learn From The Book Of Esther.

* God will lead our enemies to their own destruction.

* When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find favor in His sight.

* We must prepare ourselves to go into our Kings presence.

* When we take time to find out what our King likes and prepare ourselves to go into His presence, we will be able to be used by Him to deliver others.

* We must be properly clothed (we must cloth ourselves with the righteousness of Christ) – we must prepare ourselves to look like the bride of Christ.

* As we stand before our King, properly clothed and prepared, we will not be separated from His presence by death.

* God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome.

* God is in control, even while He is concealed.

* God is faithful to His people.

* As a child of God, we are in the hand of God’s providence and protection.

* God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are unaware of it.

* You must realize that you are in danger, know who can save you, then go to the person that can save you. Our salvation comes only from God, through Jesus Christ.

* We should never stop rejoicing in the salvation that God has given us.

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February 24 – Review and Reflections

FEB 24February 24  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 15:1-16:28

Mark 7:1-23

Psalm 40:11-17

Proverbs 10:13-14

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 15:1-32. These verses describe ___________________ from discharges.

What does uncleanness mean in these verses?

2. Read Leviticus 16:1-28. The verses describe the ___________ of _______________________.

Why did Aaron‘s two sons die?

What does profane or irreverent mean?

Could Aaron, the high priest, enter into the Most Holy Place anytime he wanted?

On the Day of Atonement Aaron was to go into the Most Holy Place and do what?

What does atonement mean?

 

What does scapegoat mean?

 

3. Read Mark 7:1-8. What did the Pharisees and scribes find fault with?

Why were they offended with this?

When questioned by the Pharisees and scribes about why the disciples ate bread with unwashed hands, what was Jesus’ response?

What does, “This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me” mean to you?

What does, “in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men” mean to you?

 

 

What does, “laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men“ mean to you?

4. Read Mark 7:9-13. God commanded the people to ___________ their father and mother. This honor included taking care of them when they were old and unable to do so for themselves. However, the tradition of man (in his greed) was to give (actually loan) the temple the portion that would have been used to take care of their parents. By doing this they were no longer able to help their father or mother.

This displeased God. To Him _______________________ has always been better then sacrifices.

5. Mark 7:14-23. What we eat does not _________ us, but the things that come out of our mouths do.

Our mouths speak what is in our _______________.

Out of the heart of men proceeds evil __________________, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, ___________, and foolishness.

 

6. Read Proverbs 10:13-14. Wise people store up ____________________.

Dear Father,

That You that when I repent, You choose not to remember my sins and iniquities. You never withhold Your tender mercies from me. Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me. Even when I bring trouble on myself, You are with me and will not allow me to overtaken. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to remember that You are my deliverer and my help. And may I always magnify You.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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February 23 – Review and Reflections

FEB 23February 23  – Review and Reflections

Today’s Bible Reading 

Leviticus 14:1-57

Mark 6:30-56

Psalm 40:1-10

Proverbs 10:11-12

Review and Reflections

1. Read Leviticus 14:1-57. The verses describe cleansing from leprosy, an infectious ____________ disease.

2. Read Mark 6:30-44. After the disciples returned from teaching and preaching, what did Jesus tell them?

Why did the disciples need rest?

The disciples and Jesus departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves. Did that keep people from following them?

When Jesus saw the great multitude, He was moved with _____________________ for them, because they were like sheep not having a shepherd.

When the day was almost over Jesus’ disciples came to Him and said, “This is a deserted place, and already the hour is late. Send them away, that they may go into the surrounding country and villages and ____________ themselves bread; for they have nothing to eat.”

What was Jesus’ response?

The disciples questioned if they should go and buy two hundred denarii worth of bread  for the crowd. However Jesus answered their question with a question. What did Jesus ask the disciples?

How much did they have?

Jesus took the five loaves and the two fish, He looked up to heaven, _________________ and broke the loaves, and gave them to His disciples.

There was plenty of food for everyone. How many people were fed?

How much food did they have left over?

3. Read Mark 45-56. Immediately Jesus told His disciples to get in the ___________ and go to the other side, to Bethsaida.

After the disciples departed and after Jesus sent the crowd away, He departed to the mountain to _____________  alone.

When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea. What happened?

As Jesus was alone He saw the disciples straining at rowing. What did He do?

When they saw Jesus walking on the sea what did they think?

Jesus told them, “Be of good cheer! It is I. Do not be afraid.”  How does this relate to us when we are in one of life’s storms?

Why were the disciples amazed at Jesus walking on the water and about the wind ceasing?

When Jesus and His disciples arrived in Gennesaret the people recognized Jesus. What did they do?

Everywhere Jesus went the people laid the sick in the marketplaces, and begged Him that they might just touch the _________ of His garment.

Everyone that touched Jesus was made ___________.

4. Read Proverbs 10:11-12. Hatred stirs up ______________.

Love covers all ______________.

Dear Father,

Thank-you that You help me as I wait patiently. You always hear me cries. You set my feet upon a solid rock and all my steps are successful in You. I don’t have to know all the details of all the plans You have for my life. I place all my trust in You and You bless me mightily. Everyday You put a new song in my heart and on my lips. I cannot even begin to count, or remember, all Your wonderful works. By the power of the Holy Spirit, may I always delight to do Your will, and may Your Word be written forever on my heart and in my mind. May Your praises never cease from my lips.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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