Leviticus 13: 1-59
EEWWWW. This section turned my stomach this morning. Can you imagine dealing with all these skin rashes and no antibacterial gel? PTL for Purell. Also, I am thankful I do not have to deal with this super-powered mildew that could come back after you got rid of it. Remember they did not have Clorox wipes either.
I do love how the Lord taught them how to deal with these things. This prevented them from falling into trying to heal there maladies with the awful practices of the pagans around them. Think of all the most horrific practices like when we thought it was a good idea to “bleed” people who were ill and then multiply that by 1000. Not good.
Mark 6: 1-29
Do you ever hear people say, “I would believe in God if He would come down here and do a miracle right in front of me.” Well, this section today proves that God requires our faith in order to perform miracles. The lack of faith in the people prevented them from seeing Jesus for what He really was. He could have shocked them all and revealed Himself in a fiery way, but that would go against everything He has been teaching them about God’s Kingdom. The last is first remember? He was too plain for them to notice Him or to take Him seriously, He was just a laborer’s kid.
Jesus teaches them (and us) that some people will not welcome the message or messengers. He says to just move on. If I am honest I don’t love this and this is not how I roll. I am more of a Lara Croft Tomb Raider kind of evangelical. I bust in, machine guns blazing taking people hostage until they believe in Jesus. This may be effective to scare people into knowledge of Jesus but faith is choice that cannot be forced. I don’t like that but that is how Jesus says it is.
Mark also records the story of John’s beheading. The placement of this story is cool because right before it Jesus’ message goes out with the disciples. Then we learn of John’s death. And tomorrow we will see that even though John was beheaded, his message about Jesus is still going forth.
Psalm 39: 1-13
Well, this Psalm handed me my sack lunch this morning. “The more I thought about it the hotter I got, igniting a fire of words:” That could be on my grave stone. This Psalm is such a good reminder that life here is not the be all and end all. It is brief so why spend it being disciplined for sin. “My only hope is in you, rescue me from my rebellion.”
You can’t wink at wrong doing and escape God’s discipline. Don’t waste your time on what you know to be wrong.