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Click here for today’s reading: Numbers 10,11; Psalms 27; Mark 1
Here is my SOAP for today, Thursday, February 22, 2018
Numbers 10 silver trumpets, moving the camp,
Numbers 11 fire from the Lord punished people, God’s anger was burning toward the people who were grumbling about not having meat. Moses patience was also running thin…
29 “But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the Lord’s people were prophets and that the Lord would put his Spirit on them!”
Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” 27:4, is paraphrased in a song we sing, “Better is One Day.”
“One thing I ask, and I would seek… to see Your beauty. To find You in… the place Your glory dwells”
The Gospel of Mark was most likely written to/for Gentile believers, not Jewish believers. Mark demonstrated the humanity of Christ more clearly than any of the other evangelists, emphasizing Christ’s human emotions (1:41; 3:5; 6:34; 8:12; 9:36;), His human limitations (4:38; 11:12; 13:32), and other small details that highlight the human side of the Son of God (e.g., 7:33, 34; 8:12; 9:36; 10:13–16). gty.org
Mark 1:1 “The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:”
38 “Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”
Interesting how the Israelites looked back to Egypt, longingly, remembering the fish and meat, leeks, onions and garlic… and seemed to FORGET they were SLAVES! They had become ungrateful toward the Lord and the manna provided. 19 “We were better off in Egypt!”
Mark just jumps right in, writing about Jesus’ ministry, skipping his lineage and birth, etc… by verse 16 Jesus is already calling his first disciples… driving out spirits and healing people.
Be careful what you pray/ask for… they got 3 feet of quail… followed by a plague! Disobedience was a dangerous thing.
Jesus knew his mission, “That is why I have come.”
Lord help me to always know what you have called me to. This is why… Help me to not look back, but to look forward.