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Read Your Bible In A Year Day 66

Posted on March 7, 2011 at 6:31 AM
The Bible readings for March 7 are Deuteronomy 1 – 3 and Mark 11:1 – 19.  In Deuteronomy, Moses gives us a wonderful account of the journey of the Israelites from Sinai to the east of the Jordan, where they prepared to enter the land of Canaan.  Some of these reports we have heard already, but Moses tells it in such a way as to grab our attention afresh.  From the start, we see that a journey that would normally take eleven days actually took forty years.  I sense Moses wants to reinforce how powerful God is, and remind the people that God can certainly be trusted.  All the Israelites had to do was believe God’s promises.  He was giving the land to them, the land He swore to give to Abraham, Issac and Jacob, and to all their descendants.  God is faithful, and He was handing the land to them on a platter.  It was theirs for the taking.  Moses tells the people not to be afraid or discouraged.  God would give them the land.  From the moment they sent out scouts to check out this land is the time when doubts began to emerge.  It all sounded credible, but in reality, it was an excuse to put off entering the land of Canaan.  When ten of the scouts return with a biased report, the people began to fear what lay ahead.  They took their eyes off God – who He is and what He can do – and trusted in man.  This proved to be a fatal choice.  With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, not one of that generation entered the land of Canaan.  This is why for forty years the Israelites wandered about the wilderness, until the time was right.  Moses recounts the victories the Israelites had over the people in these areas.  These victories were won because God was on their side.  If God be for us, who can be against us?  Learn from the experiences of Moses and the Israelites.  Learn to trust God and His Word.  In Mark, Jesus reaches Jerusalem.  Prior to entering the city, Jesus instructs two disciples to bring a colt to Him.  Everything was in readiness for the coming of the King.  The crowds celebrated the arrival of Jesus, and there was much excitement at His coming.  Of course, their idea of the coming Kingdom differed to how Jesus saw it.  On His arrival, Jesus entered the Temple and looked carefully at everything.  What He saw must have upset Him, but as it was late in the afternoon, Jesus went out to Bethany with the twelve.  The next morning, Jesus curses the fig tree.  A seemingly insignificant fact, yet it is recorded here for a very good reason.  Tomorrow we shall discover more about this.  Returning to Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers.  His actions caused an uproar, and no doubt the money changers and stall keepers were not impressed.  Jesus reminded them of the purpose of the Temple.  “My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations, but you have turned it into a den of thieves.  People could not find God in such a place, because in reality it was no more than a market place.  The leading priests and teachers of religious law were very concerned, and began planning to kill Jesus.  They did not like the attitude of Jesus, and saw Him as a troublemaker.  After all, they controlled what took place in the Temple, and Jesus had upset the balance of power markedly.  Yet they also were controlled by fear – fear of Jesus because of the adoring crowds who loved Jesus’ teaching.  To finish off this section, come evening, Jesus and His disciples once again leave the city.  Mark is very specific in regards to the events of this final week.  As we journey through this week, may we take note of all that is written and once again praise God for Jesus our Saviour.

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