Week 8

Leviticus 7:28-18:30

Lev 9:7 I like how it was clear that Aaron was to come before the Lord on his own behalf before doing his ministry/what he was called to do. Lesson for me? I have to make sure I’m in right standing with God before I can be used to help/serve/reach others for Him!

Lev 11: I am just struck by how much freedom we now have because of Jesus! It’s not about all the ceremonies, rituals and rules…it’s not about being legalistic…it’s about what Jesus did on the cross!! That’s what separates the holy from the unholy…the clean from the unclean.

Vs 44: “For I am the Lord your God. You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy.” What do you think this means for us in today’s culture? To “consecrate” ourselves and “be holy”…it was all accomplished by Jesus but are there still actions that we can/should take to set ourselves apart for our Holy God??

Lev 12 Thank God the rules of childbirth no longer are followed!!!

*Notes from The Believer’s Bible Commentary Second Ed. 1. “Chew the cud”=meditate on the Word of God.  “Cloven hoof”=a separated walk  -I never would have put that together! 2. The application of the blood to the priest’s right ear, right thumb and right big toe= hearing God’s Word, doing God’s will and walking in God’s ways!

Lev 15:25 “If a woman has a flow of blood for many days that is unrelated to her menstrual period, or if the blood continues beyond the normal period, she is ceremonially unclean. As during her menstrual period, the woman will be unclean as long as the discharge continues.” So…pondering the NT woman with the issue of blood!

Lev 18:3b “”You must not imitate their way of life.”  It doesn’t get any clearer than that! I cannot live like those who don’t know God…we are to be separated and different…set apart for God’s use. That can’t happen if we are doing all the same things as the world.

Mark 3:31-8:10

Mk 3:31-35 Jesus made it clear that salvation makes us His family

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4:1 Parable of the Farmer

Vs 24-25 “Then he added, ‘Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you LISTEN, the more understanding you will be given-and you will receive even more. To those who LISTEN to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.'”   I love this!! To me it’s a promise from God!! There is no limit to what He can show me and teach me. The only limitation to knowledge from God is one I place on myself-when I don’t LISTEN to Him and His teachings! That’s so exciting to me…He will always show me something new and give me a deeper knowledge of Him, if I LISTEN! It’s a promise and He keeps His promises!

Vs 38b: “Teacher, don’t you care that we are going to drown?” How quickly we doubt God’s care! When things start going wrong and I find myself in the midst of a storm, how often do I jump to feeling like God doesn’t care? How quickly do we forget His provision and care in the past and get so focused on our circumstances in the moment that we cry out, “Why don’t You care?? Where are You now??” Father, help me to never lose sight of Your presence, Your guidance and Your love-that isn’t dependent on my circumstances but rather is based on WHO YOU ARE!!!

Mk 5:18-19 “As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. But Jesus said, ‘No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.'”   We aren’t all called to “go away” or to follow to some distant place to be in ministry. More often than not, God calls us to witness right where we are…amongst our families, friends, communities…our mission field is, in most cases, right where God placed us. In our homes, our relationships, our town. This doesn’t make our work any less important…we are still called to share what God has done for us!

Vs 21-43 The Chapter of TOUCHED!!! Jairus’ daughter and the woman who touched the hem of His garment

Vs 25: “A woman in the crowd had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding.”  So going by Leviticus (which the Law was still followed at that time) she was unclean…for 12 years!! She couldn’t touch or be touched without making others unclean…for 12 years!!

Vs 26 “She had suffered a great deal from many doctors, and over the years she spent everything she had to pay them, but she had gotten no better. In fact, she had gotten worse.” I’m looking at this from a sin point of view for me (not physical illness)… oh how many times have I turned to anything and everything else to try to “heal” my issues and ended up losing so much all while making things worse…a mess of my own making?! When all along all I needed to do was reach out to Him…JUST ONE TOUCH!!

Vs 28-29: “For she thought to herself, ‘If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.’ Immediately the bleeding stopped, and she could feel in her body that she had been healed of her terrible condition.” BUT THEN JESUS!!! Oh, it makes me overwhelmed to think of that “one touch”!! She reached out to Him…knowing she was unclean…knowing she wasn’t supposed to touch others. Can you imagine the fear? The way she must have viewed herself after all of that time?? The loneliness??!! But yet she touched Him! And she was instantly clean! She didn’t make Jesus unclean with her touch…instead His holiness instantly healed her-physically and spiritually! Lesson for me? No sin is too “big” or too “bad” for my Lord! When I reach out, in true faith, and make contact with Him, His touch makes what was unclean, clean…what was unholy, holy…what was impure, pure!! And that is why I get so excited about ONE TOUCH!!!

Vs 41: “Holding her hand, he said to her, ‘Talitha koum,’ which means ‘Little girl, get up!'” So thankful Jesus took me by the hand, when I was in the midst of so much pain, sin, mess and destruction, and lovingly whispered, “Talitha koum” to my heart! Get up, little girl!! Thank You, Father, for Your touch! May we all live in the truth and freedom of “Talitha koum”.

Mk 6:5 “And because of their unbelief he couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place his hands on a few sick people and heal them.” What?! Did you catch that? That hit me…how many times has God been limited by my unbelief?! Is it possible that there is great healing or blessing that I’ve missed out on due to lack of faith?! That is heartbreaking. How many times do we “tie God’s hands” so to speak, because our faith is so weak that we don’t truly believe He can? Oh, Father, help my unbelief. Strengthen my faith so much that I never put any limits on what You can accomplish for me and through me!

Vs 31: “Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat.”  Even Jesus understood the importance of, and needed, time to refuel. He knew that they needed to take some rest away from everyone to be rejuvenated for the work of the Father.

Vs 46: “After telling everyone good-bye, he went up into the hills by himself to pray.” Again, we are shown by Jesus the need to get alone and be in prayer. If Jesus, the Messiah, felt the need for this time, how much more do I need it??!!

Vs 52: “for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.” Oh my!! And they walked so closely with Jesus!! Yet their hearts were “too hard” to understand and see what He was doing?! Lord, help me not to have a hardened heart that is incapable of seeing Your power and Your hand at work. Help me to truly take in all that is You and all that You mean for me to learn and understand.

Vs 56: “…and all who touched him were healed.” ONE TOUCH!!!

Mk 7:7 “Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.”  This is legalism getting called out…religion not relationship!

Vs 25-30: The gentile woman Jesus referred to as a “dog”. Though difficult for me to hear/understand, Jesus was testing her faith, not being mean, thus His response of, “Good answer.” He wanted to see if her faith was strong enough to still press on when not getting the answer she wanted/expected. Is mine?! Is my faith strong enough to press on even in the face of adversity or seemingly unanswered prayers?!

Mk 8:4 “His disciples replied, ‘How are we supposed to find enough food to feed them out here in the wilderness?'”  This was after the feeding of the 5000, this one is 4000. How could the disciples still question?? I mean, after being with Him and seeing all He has done, I would expect them to just instantly get to the “well what miracle will You perform now, Jesus” stage. But am I any better??!! I’ve seen God’s hand at work in my life…so many times and in so many ways…yet, I still question!! The Believer’s Bible Commentary had this to say about this story: “There is a danger in treating incidents like the feeding of the four thousand as insignificant repetition. We should approach Bible study with the conviction that every word of Scripture is filled with spiritual truth, even if we can’t see it at our present state of understanding.”  My take away from that?? I’m approaching every word with the expectation of getting something I need. And if I don’t see what God wants me to personally, then I’m trusting in Him to either show me via commentaries or through the wisdom of my Bible study ladies!

Psalms 37:12-41:13

Ps 39:1 “I said to myself, ‘I will watch what I do and not sin in what I say. I will hold my tongue when the ungodly are around me.'”  See notes on Prov. 10:10

Ps 40:12 “For troubles surround me-too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage.”  Oh, I so knew this feeling!!

Proverbs 10:5-10:16

Prov 10:10 “People who wink at wrong cause trouble…”  To me this (along with Ps. 39:1) brings to mind where I am. Struggling with wanting to maintain friendships and saying, “Well, I won’t do this or say that,”…but the conversations arise, the invitations happen… and if I “look the other way” I cause wrong to occur. Lord, help me to be diligent to share You and stand for what is right!