Thursday, March 1, 2012
Welcome to Day 60 of our Life Journal!
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
In previous chapters, the people were numbered, orders given for the dividing of the land, and a leaders nominated and commissioned, one would have expected that the next chapter should begin the history of the campaign… instead it contains yet again the ordinances for worship as reminder… as they are about to enter Canaan, to not forget these lasting ordinances… Num. 28:1; 2.
The laws are repeated and summed up concerning the sacrifices that were to be offered, 1. Daily, Num. 28:3-8. 2. Weekly, Num. 28:9; 10. 3. Monthly, Num. 28:11-15. 4. Yearly. At the passover, Num. 28:16-25. At pentecost, Num. 28:26-31.
Numbers 29 outlines the annual days of observance and festivals of the seventh month.
(Excerpts taken from Matthew Henry’s Commentary… I find this particular commentary very helpful while reading chapters that are repetitive or duplicative. It provides a succinct recap of each chapter. Easily found on BibleGateway.com, or click on the link above! : )
Mark 8, one of my favorite passages about feeding the 4,000 with just a few loaves of bread and fish. As cool as that event is, I like what happens next… when Jesus is with the disciples in a boat and he cautions them, “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” The disciples thought he was upset that they had forgotten to bring bread with them. He reminds them that not once, but TWICE he has fed thousands (5,000 and 4,000 respectively) with a few loaves and fish. He asks, “And… how many loaves did you collect afterward??”
Classic, “He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
The correct answer would be, “No.” (They probably said, “Huh??)
v 27-29 Jesus asked “Who do people say I am?” 28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.” 29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered,
“You are the Messiah.”
Jesus begins talking about his pending death… on the cross… but then he relates the cross to all of our lives…
34 “Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”
It’s so, so easy to forget… or to simply just not get it… It’s easy to read about the Israelites or the disciples and wonder how they could be so forgetful or sinful… The reality is we are probably in the same boat with them, at times not getting it, other times simply forgetting (or ignoring) all that God has done for us.
People do it all the time. Truth be told, we’ve all done it. We’re all guilty…
We all have our moments of greatness when we “get it.” Peter had one here… “You are the Messiah. (The Christ, the Son of the Living God.)
Because of God’s grace, we are not struck down with a plague, the ground doesn’t open up and swallow us and we are not consumed by fire from heaven.
Because of God’s grace.
Thank you Lord that indeed you ARE the Messiah, the Christ, the Son of the Living God! Help me to never forget who you are, and all that you have done for me. Help me to take up the cross daily. To live for you…