Today’s chapter in the gospel of Mark deals with marriage, salvation and servanthood. Then we read two historical chapters of Deuteronomy.
March 10: Mark 10, Deuteronomy 2, Deuteronomy 3 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In Mark 10 Jesus explained the Christian concept of Marriage: One man, one woman, one lifetime,“6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.” Then Jesus blessed the little children and said: “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” A Rich Young Ruler asks what he must do to receive eternal life, but he cannot make himself do what Jesus required of him, so Jesus commented: ”It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” The disciples were astounded and said: “Who then can be saved?” upon which Jesus answered “With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” Yes, that’s how it is with salvation. Jesus then predicted his resurrection. James and John wanted to be great, but Jesus pointed out that greatness comes by serving. The chapter finally ends as Jesus healed Bartimaeus.
Deuteronomy 2 tells of the first 38 years of wandering in the the Desert, the generation entering the desert had died off, then with the help of God King Sihon was Defeated.
Deuteronomy 3 tells how King Og Defeated and the Israelites conquered the land East of Jordan, but Moses was forbidden to cross the Jordan and enter the Promised Land.
The new Jerusalem is as a dream. Many have imagined it different ways. Here is the Salvation Army singing a capella “I have heard of a City” with the melody of a Russian fold song.
“He has trampled out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored”
From Revelation 14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
This is the same Holy Spirit that is granted all who truly believe.
This was the passage Jesus read in the synagogue of Nazareth right after his temptation in the wilderness at the very beginning of his ministry.
We are still in the year of the LORD’s favor, but before the day of vengeance, the age of grace.
A more exact translation: A Kingdom of Priests.
According to Mosaic Law the firstborn receives a double portion.
The everlasting covenant between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit existed before the beginning of time, before creation. The manifestation on Earth happened at the appointed time.
It is clear that the descendants of Kedar and Nebaiotha settled not too far from Jerusalem, since they provided sheep and rams for the daily sacrifice. They most likely settled in the very northern Levant.
This promise is repeated in Revelation 21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
There may be more famous renditions of this song, but this one moved me.
As of October 2017 the full Bible has been translated into 670 languages, the New Testament alone into 1521 languages.
This is a change from the Law in Leviticus, they could not enter the Tabernacle court, but now they will be able to enter into His rest.
Yad Vashem (Hebrew: יָד וַשֵׁם) is Israel‘s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. It is dedicated to preserving the memory of the dead; honoring Jews who fought against their Nazi oppressors and Gentiles who selflessly aided Jews in need; and researching the phenomenon of the Holocaust in particular and genocide in general, with the aim of avoiding such events in the future.
Established in 1953, Yad Vashem is on the western slope of Mount Herzl, also known as the Mount of Remembrance, a height in western Jerusalem, 804 meters (2,638 ft) above sea level and adjacent to the Jerusalem Forest. (Wikipedia)
From Handel’s Messiah this aria is sung all over the world. This is from Oslo, Norway.
Chapter 53, the Suffering servant really begins here. The passage on suffering Servant is never read in Jewish Synagogues, not in the triennial reading, nor at Holy days.
The Bible is nearly void of any description of Jesus. Here is a glimpse.
Because of Bel (Baal) and idol worship Isaiah foresaw Israel going into captivity. Among those were Daniel and the three Hebrew children cast into the fiery furnace.
After the dire prophecies of Chapter 24 comes this song of praise:
Revelation 7:17: For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ ‘And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’”
Revelation 21:4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”