The chapter for today out of the gospel of Mark deals with eating, praying, betrayal and denial – and don’t forget the rooster! The two chapters in Deuteronomy deal with promises and warnings.
March 14: Mark 14, Deuteronomy 7, Deuteronomy 8 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Mark 14 starts out in Bethany, where Jesus was anointed. The next day Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper and predicted Peter’s denial. After Judas Iscariot left the eleven remaining disciples and Jesus went to the Mount of Olives where there is a garden called Gethsemane. While there Jesus Prayed intensely. Judas Iscariot reappeared and betrayed Jesus with a kiss. The accompanying soldiers arrested Jesus, and he was brought before the Sanhedrin. Peter was waiting outside and denied Jesus three times, after which the cock crowed twice.
Deuteronomy 7 promised that the Israelites are A Chosen People. God will drive out the people before them. When entering the land they must destroy completely all idols and false gods.
Deuteronomy 8. Remember the LORD your God but if not, you too will be destroyed.
Today’s reading in the gospel of Matthew deals with the events the two days before Jesus was crucified. In addition we read the last chapter of Leviticus.
February 21: Matthew 26, Leviticus 27 (click on the chapter to begin reading)
Matthew 26 is enormous. It begins with the plot against Jesus, continuing with his anointing at Bethany, then Judas agreeing to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, continuing with the Lord’s supper being initiated, Jesus predicting who is going to betray him, moving on to the Mount of Olives, where Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, where he prayed “Not my will, but yours be done,”after which he predicted Peter’s denial. Jesus prayed three times and then came the betrayal and arrest of Jesus and he wss taken to the Sanhedrin to be interrogated. The chapter ends with Peter’s denial.
Leviticus 27 deals with redeeming people and property and what is to be dedicated to God.
Mark 14, Jesus anointed at Bethany, the Lord’s Supper, Peter’s Denial Predicted, Gethsemane, Jesus Arrested, Before the Sanhedrin, Peter’s denial.