Today’s reading out of the Gospel of Mark records the second most important event on the Christian calendar, the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (the most important occurred three days later, the resurrection of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.) The two chapters of Deuteronomy are review of Israels failures, but in spite of that God keeps His promises.
Mark 15. Early in the morning Jesus was brought before Pilate since only the Romans could execute capital punishment. Pilate, trying to get out of the situation offered to release Barabbas, a known murderer and insurrectionist, or Jesus and the crowd chose Barabbas. Pilate gave in to the crowd, the Soldiers mocked Jesus, and so the Crucifixion of Jesus the King began. Read it carefully. Jesus Died, spiked on the cross, and at the same time the Temple veil was rent in two, from top to bottom, opening up for us full access to God himself. Finally Jesus’ burial is recorded.
Deuteronomy 9, Israel’s rebellion is reviewed, but in spite of being a stiffnecked people doing abominations to the LORD like the Golden Calf, God in His mercy kept His promises.
Deuteronomy 10, take Two Tablets, Fear the LORD and circumcise your hearts, that is the Essence of the Law. Remember, you too were aliens in Egypt.