I feel like today’s blog should be slightly different in tone. After 50 blogs (well, 51 if you count the pre-blog I did on December 31st!) I’d like to take a look back at some of the things we’ve discovered so far:
Meditate on the law of the Lord… wait for it… “day and night.” (Psalm 1:2)
God doesn’t mess about with false promises, he means business.
So that’s Satan well and truly face-slapped!
In Psalm 4 the message is that God will answer prayers.
It’s not easy to “do the right thing” and say the right thing.
“If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different to anyone else?”
You don’t need to pray publicly on the street corners.
“Don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
God tests US daily and there doesn’t seem to be any reason.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”
“Fear the Lord and turn away from evil.”
“Healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do.”
‘The harvest is great, but the workers are few.’
“The Lord’s promises are pure, like silver refined in a furnace.”
“Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.”
Have you said sorry today, and meant it?
My child, don’t loose sight of common sense and discernment.
So be careful, just because your house is clean doesn’t mean you are safe.
Should we stop listening just because we don’t understand? No, not at all!
“Take my words to heart. Follow my commands and you will live.”
“[Wisdom] will place a lovely wreath on your head… and you will have a long, good life.”
Knowing that there’s someone who is always ready to listen is the key to solving any problem.
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.”
“What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?”
“May the name of the God of Jacob keep you safe from all harm.”
The Lord is not far away. You need to keep the faith.
Temptations are inevitable, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting.
“An evil man is held captive by his own sins…”
“…The greatest now will be the least [when the world is made new]… The least important will be the greatest…”
All Christians will be treated equally on judgement day.
“You can pray for anything and if you have faith, you will receive it.”
“[The Lord hates] … a person who sows discord in a family.”
“The Lord is my light and my salvation…”
The theme would seem to be: follow what God says but remember to stay humble.
Tonight, I am 10% of the way through the Bible. Am I 10% more spiritual?
“You must not oppress foreigners in any way.”
“You have turned by mourning into joyful dancing.”
“Wisdom is far more valuable than rubies…”
“… I hate pride and arrogance, corruption and perverse speech.”
“Be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord!”
Rejoice in the Lord and be glad!
“Let the godly sing for joy to the Lord.”
“The Lord watches over those who fear him…
“Don’t bother correcting mockers; they will only hate you. But correct the wise, and they will love you.”
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
“If you become wise, you will become the one to benefit…”
“How long, O Lord, will you look on and do nothing?”
“The Sabbath was made to meet the needs of the people, and not people to meet the requirements of the Sabbath!”
“If Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand?”
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Today’s readings from Leviticus 7, 8 and 9 tell us of God’s words to Moses about gifts to the Lord. Then we find out about the Ordination of the priests, and the first Ordinations take place.
In Mark’s Gospel, the crowds grow larger and follow Jesus everywhere. His own mother and brothers can’t even see him, they can’t get into the house. Jesus replies with the seemingly cutting words: (3:33) “Who is my mother?”
Later, he gets into a boat to preach and tells the story of the seed sower. As in Matthew, the disciples are confused and need the meaning spelling out for them. Jesus says: (4:24) “Pay close attention to what you hear.”
Psalm 37 continues to tell of what will happen to the wicked, (37:20) “They will disappear like smoke.” However, the godly will (37:29) “…possess the land and live there forever.”