Deuteronomy 16: 1—17: 20
“So that, as long as you live you remember the day you departed for Egypt.” These festivals were the drawing back in of the pilgrims of Israel to remember and celebrate the Lord. They had to be done exactly how God commanded so that they would remain set apart from the nations around them. Those nations, by the way, as I understand it, were party central. Think frat party gone way, way, way wrong All. The. Time.
God wants them to set up order for themselves by way of governors but He is also wise enough to know that at some point they will cry out for a king. The king God calls forward will be asked to rule in a way that was completely foreign to everyone in this age. Pharaoh and his opulence and oppression were what was culturally normal. That would not stand with the Lord because that would not reflect His character.
Luke 9: 7-27
This miracle is recorded in all 5 gospels. It is so important, I think, because it is what finally drives home the truth for the disciples. They know after Jesus feeds the people with baskets full of left overs that He is sufficient for the needs of the human race. They need a Savior, and He is powerful enough to do it!
I am discovering as I research this that if there is a giant paragraph in Bible Knowledge Commentary, then a passage is disputed by bible scholars. I get nervous when I see that because I think I just want everyone to get along. But, we have to face it so we can understand and be able to give a well thought out response if we are asked by a skeptic about one of these controversies. That being said, people get torqued out over Jesus saying, “I tell you the truth, some standing here right now will not die before they see the Kingdom of God.” This causes problems for people because the Kingdom of God is instituted when Jesus returns and sets up His Kingdom. Well, as far as I know Jesus has not come back yet, and all those guys standing there are, shall we say, not with us anymore. So what gives? I am going to give you a very profound answer…….I don’t know for sure. All I can say is that after looking at it, considering it, and praying about it, it seems to me (amateur housewife bible scholar) that He is talking about Peter, John and James getting a glimpse of the Kingdom of God in the transfiguration which is the next thing Luke records in his gospel. Also, the context previous to this verse is encouraging the disciples in their choice to follow Jesus because many of them faced persecution for that choice. Telling them they would see the Kingdom of God encouraged them to follow Him.
Psalm 72: 1-20
My heart leapt today when I started this Psalm because I immediately thought of the king described in Deuteronomy. This is the kind of king God wants for Israel. (Spoiler alert: this is the kind of King Jesus will be.) “May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain of freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth.”
Proverbs 12: 8-9
Ok, I will let you into a weakness of my character. When I meet someone and they immediately start telling me about all the money and stuff they have, all the people they know, all the things they have done that have saved the world…….I JUDGE them to be lying. I know I am not supposed to be judge-y but this Proverb proves my point! Self-important people do that to cover up the fact that they are hungry! Whatever, you are judging me for being judge-y right now! 😜