March 23, read through the Bible in a year.

Continuing with Luke and Lent today there are three chapters, enjoy!

March 23:  Luke 2, Deuteronomy 24, Deuteronomy 25 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

Luke 2 is so well known that even the Peanuts tell of the Birth of Jesus and the Shepherds and the Angels. It goes on to tell of Jesus in the Temple, Simeon’s and Anna’s testimonies and Jesus at age 12 in the Temple. Read it and marvel.

Deuteronomy 24 tells of Divorce Laws, Remarry Limitations, Leprosy, Lending Laws, Pay Workmen and Leave Gleanings.

Deuteronomy 25 tells of the Marriage Duty of a Surviving Brother, weigh with Honest Measures. Totally unrelated, destroy the Amalekites.

The Christmas Gospel, according to the prophet Isaias and the times we live in.

From the Dead sea scroll, found in a cave near the Dead Sea in 1947 was a complete and nearly undamaged scroll of the Book of Isaiah. It was copied from earlier manuscripts no later than 140 B.C, probably much earlier. This proves that it is a true prophecy of events yet to take place.

Starting at Isaiah 8:11

 

A good description of  the times we are living in. Most people live in darkness!

Continuing with  Isaiah, Chapter 9.

The Galilee of the Gentiles!

In verse 2 is the beginning of the Gospel of Isaiah.

The Veggie Tales has a hilarious recounting of how Gideon defeated the Midians, not always biblically correct, but good for children. The correct account is found in Judges 6 and 7.

 

Child: Shows the humanity of Christ

Son, shows the deity of Christ

It also shows the unity of God, Father, Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, three aspects of God, three in one, the triune God, the Trinity.

 

Jeremiah 9:10 has been quoted by politicians as a message of resilience and hope. This message was scribbled by President Obama in 2012 on a building near Ground Zero. Other Politicians have quoted Jeremiah 9:10. John Edwards quoted it directly on the third anniversary of 9/11, not realizing that the message is not one of hope, but of utter arrogance.

 

These are the times we are living in, and the Gospel (good news) has come!   Rejoice!   Pray for a revival among God’s people, and an awakening among all people!

 

 

Matthew 8, the man with leprosy, the faith of the Centurion, the cost of following Jesus, the storm calmed, the demon possessed men.

Please, go away, Jesus. You are bad for business.

 

 

Isaiah 49, the Servant, the Light to the Gentiles, Zion remembered.

      Who is Isaiah referring to? Himself or the Messiah?

 

Or does God refer to Israel?

Or does God refer directly to Jesus?

Here is a hint: It is Jesus.

In King James language:

Aswan is what is now Sudan, Sinim is somewhere in the East.

There are differences between the Dead sea scrolls and the Masoretic text. Here is an example of a major difference.

A testimony from Thomas the doubter.

John 21, another catch of fish, Jesus reinstates Peter.

That makes it eight miracles of Jesus, seven before his resurrection and one after.

 

Knowing John mentioned only seven miracles my rendition of the NIV study bible omits the man born blind, washing in the pool of Siloam.

The Ryrie NIV study bible mentions John mentions seven miracles, then goes ahead and lists all eight.

The first two times Jesus asks “Do you love me” he uses the word agappe, which means godly love, and Peter answers that he loves Jesus (fileo) with a brotherly love. The third time Jesus too uses the word fileo. Peter was hurt. He realized how far short of godly love he still was

John 19, the crucifixion, the seven last words, the burial, the special Sabbath.

Psalm 22:18 They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture.

A Psalm of David: Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?

The word Elohim is plural. Eli or Eloi is “my God” in the singular. They had never heard it in the singular, so they thought Jesus called for Elias!

This was the moment when Jesus became sin for us.

Meanwhile, back in the Temple, the scapegoat having been released, the Passover lamb was placed on the altar.

Jesus was the Passover lamb, sacrificed outside the camp on Golgatha. The veil that separated the holiest area from the rest of the temple was rent from top to bottom to signify the end to all offerings. Jesus was offered once for all time.

This was now late on 14th of Nisan, the Passover.

 

It is now Thursday afternoon, and the next day is a special Sabbath.  Then comes the normal Sabbath on Saturday. This is not all that uncommon, it happens every seventh year on average, and this was the case in A.D. 30. The preparation means to prepare meals for two days as well as the passover meal before sunset. (  https://lenbilen.com/2017/04/14/when-was-the-crucifixion-of-jesus/ )