Vineyard Life Journal

An online forum for our church family to connect around our 2012 daily Bible reading plan using the S.O.A.P. method.

Day 57

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Welcome to Day 57 of our Life Journal!

Click here for today’s reading: Numbers 19, 20; Psalms 28; Mark 5 (2012 Daily Bible Reading Plan)

Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?

S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer

S cripture

Numbers 19, Arrangements for cleansing those ceremonially unclean are presented. Under the direction of Eleazar the priest, a red heifer without blemish (v 2) is taken outside the camp and killed (v 3). The priest performs a prescribed ceremony (v 4) and the heifer is burned (v 5–6; See Heb. 9:11–13). Then the ashes are gathered up and put in a clean place outside the camp, to be kept for use in the water of cleansing (v 9–10). Situations of uncleanness requiring ceremonial cleansing are discussed in v 11–16, followed by the procedures for use of the water for impurity (v 17–22). (Reformation Study Bible)

v 7-12 “The LORD said to Moses, 8 “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 9 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him. 10 He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?” 11 Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”

Numbers 20, In his exasperation with Israel, Moses acted presumptuously and failed to honor the holiness of God (v 9–11 note; Exodus 17:6 notes). The seriousness of Moses’ sin is evident from the resulting judgment—he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land (v 12). (Matthew Henry’s Commentary)

v 21 Instead of them trusting the Lord, and him stepping in on their behalf to provide safe passage, the Israelites are turned away from passing through Edom… But at least they weren’t attacked by them, only turned away.

Mark 5, Jesus restores the demon-possessed man… and raises the synagogue leader’s daughter from the dead. The woman with the issue of blood is healed as she reached out to Jesus as he was on his way to pray for the little girl. What a great chapter!

O bservation

In Moses’ frustration with the people, he sinned against God. Funny how that happens. He knew better than anyone to follow God’s instructions to the letter. But instead of SPEAKING to the rock, he struck it… not once, but TWICE. And it cost him passing over into the Promised Land. He will only get within sight of it…

(Am I the only one who noticed that Miriam and Aaron both died within a very short time of each other??)

Could produce a SOAP on each story in Mark 5…

How Jesus restores our lives (the demon possessed man).

(Wonder how the owner of those TWO THOUSAND pigs reacted to this news??) Legion, for we are many… Wondering if it was one demon per pig, or how that worked… When Jesus was being arrested, he told his disciples in Matthew 26:53, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (In terms of soldiers, a legion of Roman soldiers was 5,000.)

How we can be healed, simply by reaching out and touching Jesus. (Woman with the issue of blood). (Did you note that she had been to many doctors and spent all that she had? Nothing has changed in this regard in 2,000 years…

How Jesus raised the dead. Nothing is impossible for/with Jesus.

A pplication

So much that applies today…

But what stands out for me, as a leader, is the consequences of our actions… Moses allowed his frustration with the people to affect him. (And this was right after God had appeared to Him and Aaron and spoken to them!)

Being in God’s presence doesn’t necessarily free us from our own sin, does it? You would think having been IN God’s presence… that God having appeared to Moses that Moses would have calmed down… been set free from his frustration and anger… instead He went straight from in God’s presence into sin, that cost him his entrance into the Promised Land.

This makes my heart very heavy… It’s one thing to run the race. It’s another thing to finish well. This life is a long journey… a marathon of following the Lord. Many run the race. Few finish well…

Wow… BIG note to self.

Obvious application about looking to Jesus for our healing and trusting him in all things…

P rayer

Lord, I want to run this race and finish well…

Psalm 28:7, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him.”


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6 thoughts on “Day 57

  1. What is interesting to me in Mark 5 is why Jesus told the man with all the evil spirits to go home to his family and tell everyone of his healings but later as he brought the twelve year old girl back to life, he told the parents and witnesses to tell no one.

  2. Good reading today. Mark 5 is one of my favorites. But first…

    More rules on clean/unclean. Some might say that God is making up the rules as he goes, placing a heavier burden on the Isrealites. My guess is that they were finding loopholes in the law so additional requirements needed to be given. Much like the rules of golf. They are simple and straightforward, but many subsequent decisions had to be made by the governing bodies due to our insistence on looking for an angle or way out of a situation to salvage the scorecard. If we play with the heart of the game in mind and not worry that we might lose a stroke or too, we wouldn’t need all the other decisions.

    Good lesson with the rock. The end result was that water came out of the rock, so should it matter? YES. As a parent, I give rules and instructions to my children to keep them safe. They don’t realize that there are pedophiles and other dangers in the world. Lesson: the end does not justify the means. There are things beyond our understanding, so we need to follow God’s commands. Interesting note: it doesn’t mention that they began to praise God for the water appearing in the desert, just that they and their livestock drank. Are they taking God for granted?

    Mark 5 – Interesting reference to the demon possessed man cutting himself with rocks in the cave given the growth of cutting and self-mutilation with youth today. I’m not saying they are demon possessed,just an observation. The demon(s) begged Jesus not to send them out of the area but send them into a herd of pigs. Why is a herd of pigs there since pork couldn’t be eaten? Why did they want Jesus to leave after such an amazing sight? Wouldn’t it be more logical to have him stay to heal and deliver others? Perhaps they knew they would have to give up their sinful lives much like the demons clearly knew that they were going to be ordered to leave.

    The lady KNEW she would be healed if she could even just touch the clothing of Jesus. I just love this show of faith. Wow. If I could only have that faith.

    Finally, everyone had given the girl up for dead and Jesus understands that is not the case and heals her. We often give up to early.

  3. Nicole Marvin on said:

    These are things that stood out to me…

    Don’t complain/Be slow to speak Num. 20:2-5
    Get on my face before the Lord-see his Glory Num 20:6
    Rebuke the rebellious spirit in my life Num 20:12-29
    Take a risk of faith/get rid of pride,fear,anxiety/hope for bigger things Mark 5:34

  4. I am thankful for the blood covenant of Jesus. Resisting evil can be as simple as asking Jesus for his mercy and discernment. Spending time with believers helps.

  5. Mark Long on said:

    Scott, I gotta say that I always enjoy the “word pictures” that you create with your graphic choices, but the deviled ham one had me rolling on the floor!!!

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