Feb 27, 2019
Yesterday in Lev. 11-12, we learned the animals considered clean and edible, and those that were considered unclean and detestable. Then we heard about the sacrifices for purification after a woman gives birth.
Today we read Psalm 16. E.C. Olsen says that the Old Testament is like a sundial. “It is not difficult to read the hour marks on a sundial. Anybody can read them and at any time, but one can only tell time when the sun shines upon the sundial. Thus, while the Bible is the Word of God and can be read by all at any time, only the man who has received the Lord Jesus Christ is able to tell divine time by the Bible. It is only as the “Son” shines upon the pages of Scripture, particularly the Old Testament, that we are able to understand, to see and to appreciate that Christ is to be found on every page of Scripture.” With the Son shining on it, we see that the 16th Psalm is a Messianic Psalm.
Yesterday in Luke 10b, Jesus agreed with a law expert in the most important commandments but taught the man the meaning of who is one's neighbor. And Jesus visited Martha and Mary.
Just a footnote here if you happen to be new to reading God’s Word: In the story about the man who fell among robbers, Jesus skewered the religious elite. Because those who went by on the other side were members of that class, first a priest and then a Levite, who could work in the temple. And the one who helped the victim laying bleeding on the road was a Samaritan. The Samaritans were the hated race that came into the land of Israel while the Israelite people had been taken away in captivity to Babylon. Everyone would have considered it quite normal for a Samaritan to leave a wounded Jew there on the road and go right on. Loving our neighbor as God wants us to, means that we will go out of our way and do things that are unexpected, including