Mark 1:1-11 starts, not with the birth of Jesus, but with the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, baptized many for repentance and the forgiveness of sins, and he also baptized Jesus.
Deuteronomy 33. Moses’ gave his final blessing on each of the tribes of Israel.
Deuteronomy 34. Moses died on Mount Nebo. Epilogue: “And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face”. This ends the firsr five books of the Bible, also called the Torah.
Matthew 3:1-12 presents John the Baptist, preaching repentance. He came to prepare the way of the Lord. John the Baptist baptized in water for repentance. He prophesiced that Jesus would baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire.
Exodus 21 and Exodus 22 contain regulations on servant-hood and slavery, penalties for manslaughter and personal injuries, all Mosaic law.
Today’s reading of the Bible begins with John 1: 19-51. John the Baptist testified about the Messiah: “Make straight the way for the Lord”. When he met Jesus he referred him as “The Lamb of God” that “takes away the sin of the world”, and “this is the Son of God”. Jesus called his first disciples, Andrew and Peter, Philip and Nathaniel.
Genesis 2, tells of how God created woman out of man, showing that creation was not complete without man and woman as a unit. This must be taken spiritually, since in Genesis 1 he already created man in His own image, male and female. God’s design is one man, one woman, one lifetime. This would still be the case if we let God chose our mate. If we had followed God’s intent, many sicknesses would not exist, especially sexually transmitted diseases.
Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God
Notice the world “sin” is singular.
There are many songs on “the Lamb of God”
Here is an example of the importance that the sin is in singular.
Continuing reading one chapter of Luke and two chapters of Deuteronomy, enjoy!
March 24: Luke 3, Deuteronomy 26, Deuteronomy 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In Luke 3 John the Baptist prepared the way and performed the baptism of repentance. Jesus’ was also baptized by John, after which “the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.” The chapter then lists the genealogy of Mary, from the human side of Jesus. (Matthew listed the genealogy of Joseph from the Kingly side, and since Joseph adopted Jesus as his own it showed Jesus is the rightful heir to the throne of David.)
Deuteronomy 26 shows the regulations for offerings of firstfruits and tithes. Follow the LORD’s commands, you are a special people of God.
Deuteronomy 27 specifies that the Law should be inscribed on large stones on Mount Ebal. There six tribes shall declare curses, and on Mount Gerizim six tribes shall pronounce blessings.
It is Lent. Luke and Lent kind of go together; only two chapters, enjoy!
March 22: Luke 1, Deuteronomy 23 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Luke 1, to Theophilus. The birth of John the Baptist foretold to Zacharias by an Angel, then the angel Gabriel makes an announcement announcement to Mary, Mary meets Elizabeth, Zacharias’ wife. Luke 1 also contains Mary’s song, Zacharias’ prophecy and the Birth of John the Baptist.
Deuteronomy 23 deals with shunning and exclusion from the assembly, how to deal or not to deal with certain foreigners. Make your relief stations outside the camp and do what you have to do and keep proper camping cleanliness. No harlots allowed and do not accept offerings from them. You may not charge interest to a fellow Israelite, but you can be a Shylock to a foreigner. If you make a vow to the Lord fulfill it!
Luke 3, John the Baptist prepares the way, Jesus’ Baptism, The genealogy of Jesus.
Mark 1, John the Baptist prepares the way, Jesus’ Baptism, Temptation, the first Disciples, driving out an evil Spirit, heals many, including a man with leprosy and prays in a solitary space.