February Bible Reading 2016
“God’s deliverance is reason enough for a song (Exodus 15:1); make sure it doesn’t turn into murmuring (16:2) and chiding (17:2). Don’t forget the deliverance; provision for the journey and victory over the enemy are available for the asking (16:13-14; 17:6, 8-13).”
“Israel voted out the grace that gave manna and water to vote in the Law that brought condemnation (Exodus 19:8). They were proud enough to think they could keep it. Peter said they never did (Acts 15:10).”
“Our Master has given us everything we have. Surely He is worth loving and serving forever (Exodus 21:4-6).
The Law encoded the penalty that was already in force from Noah’s time (Exodus 21:12; Genesis 9:6). It didn’t cease with the Law (Romans 13:4).
We are preceded by an Angel who will bring us to the Place prepared for us (see John 14:1-3).”
“God has always loved a cheerful giver (Exodus 25:2). They needed the gold the rich could give and the goats’ hair that the poor could give (verses 3-4). All can take part in the blessing if they are willing.
Being as little children (Matt. 18:3-4) means being humble, not childish.
How easily and often does a child forgive (vss. 21-22).”
“There were curtains of linen (Ex. 26:1) and of goats’ hair (vs. 7). Christ is both God and Man, heavenly but human.
Impossible, you say? Jesus doesn’t think so (Matthew 19:26)!
The heavens declare God’s glory, and we can take part too (Ps. 19:1, 14).”
“God’s light never goes out on those serving Him (Ex. 27:20).
Looking for work? God’s hiring, and He pays what is right (Matt. 20:7).
Prophecies in Psalm 22 fulfilled by Christ (vs. 1; Matt. 27:46), by the Jews (vss. 7-8; Matt. 27:41-43), and by the Romans (vs. 18; Matt. 27:35).”
“No one is as wisehearted as the one God has filled with the spirit of wisdom (Exodus 28:3).
Beware anyone who is displeased when Jesus is praised (Matt. 21:15).”
“Daily consecration morning and evening (Exodus 29:38-39). There is no time when we don’t need to be doing God’s will.
Don’t get into an argument with God. Even the top lawyers, teachers, and theologians couldn’t win (Matthew 22:46).”
“The price of redemption was the same for everyone (Exodus 30:15). It still is (Revelation 5:9).
Many want to be the greatest, but they are going about it all wrong. Lifting yourself up is going in the wrong direction (Matt. 23:11-12).”
“We can’t see God’s glory and live here on earth (Exodus 33:18-20); but when we go to the Land where we can’t die (Revelation 21:4), there’s no reason for Him to withhold anything. There we will see it all!
Everybody has a shepherd; that is, we all follow someone or something. Make sure your shepherd is the Lord; then you’ll have no want of anything essential (Ps. 23:1).”
“Those who have spent most time in God’s presence will most reflect God’s glory and will be least aware that they are doing so (Ex. 34:28-30).
To stand in God’s holy place, you need clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3-4). God will cleanse and purify us (I John 1:7; Titus 2:14). He wants us before Him.”
“God has more than enough resources to do His work (Exodus 36:3-6). The trouble is that it is in our pockets until we give it. He can make better use of it than we can.
Does “”saved”” in Matthew 24:13 refer to salvation? I don’t know about you, but I’m not enduring mine. I rather enjoy it.”
“Comparing Exodus 37 with chapters 25 and 30 shows how the Spirit-filled Bezaleel obeyed Exodus 25:40.
The Bridegroom’s coming. Have you checked your supply of oil lately (Matthew 25:8)?
Don’t be ashamed to stand for God. We are the ones who should be ashamed (Psalm 25:3).”
“Bezaleel was the one Spirit-filled ( Exodus 31:3), but he didn’t do it all by himself (38:22-23). In fact, these had taught others (35:34). It takes all of us to complete the great work of God.
How many things do we do for an entire hour and much longer? Why can’t we watch and pray that long (Matthew 26:40-41)?”
“When your work stands inspection, there’s a blessing to be received (Exodus 39:43).When our work is finished, there’s glory to behold (Exodus 40:33-34).
Walking in integrity (Psalm 26:1, 11) means avoiding the places of wickedness (vs. 4, 5) to abide in God’s presence (v. 8).”
“Our offerings are perfume to God (Lev. 1:9, 13, 17; 2:2, 9, 12), but they also meet the needs of the ministers (2:3, 10).
What will you do with Jesus-the most important question anyone will ever answer (Matthew 27:22)? Don’t just wash your hands of it-decide!”
“Whether priest (Lev. 4:3) or congregation (v. 13) sinned, the offering was the same (vs. 3, 14). Whether ruler (v. 22) or citizen (v. 27) sinned, the offering was the same. Jesus is the one Sacrifice that all need.
Some feared and became as dead (Matt. 28:4); others feared and rejoiced (vs. 8). Being for Jesus instead of against Him makes all the difference.”
“One who was guilty was to confess and bring an offering so the priest could make an atonement (Lev. 5:5-6). Our Priest has already made the atonement offering; we need only confess (I John 1:9).
Many aren’t sure what they are seeking to find happiness. The disciples could have told them what their hearts desire (Mark 1:37).
Expecting God’s goodness prevents fainting (Psalm 27:13)”
“Finders keepers? Apparently not, if you know the owner (Lev. 6:3-5).
The best friends in the world are those who bring one to Jesus (Mark 2:3-5).”
‘”His own hands”” (Lev. 7:29-30); God expects each person to bring his own offerings. You can’t borrow another’s dedication.
If you want to be able to stand in times of affliction, be sure you get some roots down in the Word (Mark 4:16-17).
When prayer is answered, don’t forget to praise the One who answered it (Ps. 28:6).”
“Blood on the ear, hand, and foot sanctified the priests (Lev. 8:23-24). Dedicate what you think, what you do, and where you go to Jesus.
Not even a legion of demons could stand before Jesus’ power-and they knew it (Mark 5:7-10). You can leave any problem with Him in peace.
The power of the voice of the Lord (Ps. 29:3-9)! That’s the voice we hear in the Word of God. Don’t let a day pass without reading your Bible.”
“Before the Lord appeared to them (Leviticus 9:4), they wanted to be sure they were ready. Jesus is coming; are you ready (I John 2:28)?
After the night of weeping comes joy in the morning (Psalm 30:5). The result should be singing praise to Him (verse 12).”
“Being brought up out of Egypt obligated Israel to be holy (Lev. 11:45). He brought us up “”out of an horrible pit.”” Do we not owe Him as much?
Nothing soothes troubles like the sound of His voice; nothing stills storms like His near presence (Mark 6:50-51).”
“Diligent search was made because leprosy was so serious a matter. We need to be as diligent in examining ourselves-sin is worse than leprosy.
There’s no need to “”roar”” in silence (Psalm 32:3). Sin confessed to the Lord is forgiven (verse 5). The promise is repeated in I John 1:9.”
“Leviticus 13 details finding the disease; chapter 14 cleansing it. God points out sin so we will confess and forsake it, not just to find fault.
His Word is true (Psalm 33:4), powerful (verse 6), and eternal (verse 11).”
“In Leviticus 15 God provided hygienic practices far advanced for the time. He cares for the physical as well as the spiritual needs.
The results of the divine X-ray was not very pretty (Mark 7:21-23).
Blessed are those who have a spouse or friend with whom they can claim Psalm 34:3.”
“Under the Law, even the high priest could come before the mercy seat only once a year (Leviticus 16:2, 34). We have access through Jesus (Romans 5:1-2) and are encouraged to come boldly (Hebrews 4:16).
Do you know anyone who is like God? David didn’t (Psalm 35:10); nor did Moses (Exodus 15:11) or Micah (7:19). Neither do I.”
“The blood made atonement for the soul (Lev. 17:11), but not the blood of bulls and goats (Heb. 10:4). It is the blood of Christ (Heb. 9:14).
Before feeding 4,000, Jesus gave thanks (Mark 8:6). He did the same before feeding 5,000 (6:41). Maybe if we were more thankful for what we have, some of it would be multiplied too.”
“Holiness in Leviticus (19:2) entailed doing all the things listed in this chapter. In the New Testament (I Peter 1:16), it resulted from ‘girding up the loins of your mind’ (v. 13). We can do things without having the right mind about it; a right mind will lead us to do right things.
Our inabilities are made up for by His abilities. Pray! (Mark 9:14-29).”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala