My family and I are at Universal Studio’s in Orlando, Florida. I don’t think I have ever felt my need for a Savior and my love for the Bible more then when I am trying to navigate through the crowds here. The thought, “Imma Pray for you,” has been in my mind a lot today.
The phrase “just as the Lord commanded” is repeated 12 times in this section. The Israelites are learning to do exactly what the Lord says. This was a process that took time. They worked on the Tabernacle for at least a year.
Next they will learn to follow the Lord. His presence has settled over the Tabernacle, and when it lifts and moves, they have to pack up move. His presence will stay with them as long as they do exactly what He says and follow Him where He goes.
Mark 1: 1-28
We start a new gospel today. This is the story of Jesus told by Mark. We get 4 different profiles of Jesus’ life from 4 different writers of the gospels. (They are all inspired by God) Mark focuses on telling the story and proving Jesus is the Son of God. He is writing to Gentile Roman Believers for the purpose of giving them the facts to spread the gospel and to correct false teaching that was already circulating after Jesus’ ascension. Remember, we have to know who is writing, why they are writing and who they are writing to so we can understand the verses in context.
In todays passage Mark tells us Jesus is claimed by God as His Son during His baptism. He also points out that Satan’s spirits affirm He is the Son of God. Mark is building his case that Jesus is who He says He is!
Psalms 35: 1-16
“Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” really stuck out to me today. That is our God. He stands for the helpless and He teaches us to stand for the helpless. That is a God who loves.
Proverbs 9: 11-12
This makes surviving all the correction necessary to gain wisdom worth it. Wisdom adds to your days. Living foolishly sucks your life away.