Our bible reading this week during Atonement and Tabernacles with special readings included
And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Zechariah 14:16
We are in an exciting week of reading and living in His word. As we read, we enter the story. The images given by the Holy Spirit lead us into encounters in truth with our Lord. We turn to Him and He heals us. We are not gaining information. We are entering transformation from the Spirit, from glory to glory. Whenever we turn to the Lord all veils are removed.
Mark 3 – 8
There are timely moments in these chapters. All moments are transformational to us as we read. But to prepare us for three let me point out. Mark four is parables of the kingdom, and the parable of the Sower sowing the word is foundational. All other parables are understood by this parable. Chapter six has the record of the feeding of five thousand, followed by His disciples being sent in a boat as Jesus went to pray, the storm rages, Jesus walks on water, and they are frightened and then amazed beyond measure as the wind ceases as He steps into the boat. Here is the reason. For they had not understood about the loaves, because their heart was hardened. Mark 4:52 Ponder.
In Chapter eight, Jesus warns about the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod. The disciples think he is scolding them for forgetting to take bread. Jesus recounts the two miracles of the multiplication of bread asking them to tell Him what happened, again. Why? Do you not yet perceive nor understand? Is your heart still hardened? Having eyes, do you not see? And having ears, do you not hear? And do you not remember? Mark 8:17, 18 Ponder.
Romans 15 – 16
We enter our calling with one another in patience and comfort. The strong are called to bear with the scruples of the weak, and together with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. We have the scriptures to give us patience and comfort, the God of patience and comfort will grant us to be likeminded. We have the God of hope filling us with joy and peace. Paul is on his way to Rome and begs for prayer. Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you. Romans 15:30-32
1 Corinthians 1 -6
Paul loves the Corinthian Church who are brought forth in his gospel; they are spiritual but acting as mere men. There are divisions about everything from baptism, and the cross, with who and what movement they are aligned. Paul makes it known, that their natural (soulish) thinking, and carnal (fleshly) effort, have brought them into division and behaving like mere men. In Chapter four, Paul states the standard of stewardship and his fatherly relationship with them. In Chapter five, we have sin in the church and rather than grief over the matter there is pride. Paul’s heart again is seen. Chapter six brings the relationship of forgiveness and not the law with brethren and our being one spirit with the Lord. Therefore, we are not to join ourselves to a harlot. Joined to Jesus, in one spirit, our temples are for the Holy Spirit. We are to glorify God in our body and in our spirit which both are God’s.
1 Kings 22
We have the death of Ahab, who is warned by Micaiah not to go to war against the Syrians. Jehoshaphat requested to seek the prophetic word from the prophets. Ahab dies in battle and Jehoshaphat returns to Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 18 and 19 relays this story, with many more wonderful truths as seen from a heavenly perspective. Remember Kings are the “News channel”; Chronicles are “Heaven’s perspective – priestly channel.”
2 Kings 1 – 8
The first eight Chapters all revolve around Elijah (one-two) and Elisha (three-eight). They are filled with such spiritual truths and workings of God, faith, and deliverance. Elisha asked for a double portion from Elijah, of the spirit upon Elijah. He sees and he receives. Though Israel is in massive decline the focus is on God and His ability through His prophets Elijah and Elisha to lead and deliver Israel in times of trouble. In some stories the king is not even named as to which one was in the story. We can see the power and might of God to be present in all situations taking control of all situations to give opportunity to all to be delivered. Let’s take our time, I would encourage listening to the eight chapters as we drive or work around the house.
Ecclesiastes 2 -6
Look at Ecclesiastes and the confessions of a backslidden preacher. Honest accounts of Solomon’s vanity in the quest for meaning in this life. We have the famous song, “For everything there is a season…” Ecclesiastes brings truth with a dose of reality and a bit of skepticism, but as we move into Chapters four through six, we are being exhorted again to remember God.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For it they fall, one will lift up the companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Ecclesiastes 4:9, 10
Do not be rash with your mouth and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you are on earth; Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words. Ecclesiastes 5:2, 4
Micah 4 – 6
In chapter four, we see glimpses into the millennial reign of Messiah, with Jesus as King. Chapter five (5:2) continues with the promise of Bethlehem being the birthplace of the Christ, something the scribes knew and told Herod who told the Wise Men, where to go from Jerusalem, to find the “King of the Jews.”
Chapter six holds one of my favorite and sobering scriptures. He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
Yom Kippur/Atonement Scriptures – Leviticus 16, 25, and Hebrews 8, 9
Leviticus 16 is the description of the day of Atonement and Aaron’s once-a-year appearance to make atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, priesthood, and for all Israel from all sins.
Leviticus 25 is the year of Jubilee that is sounded every fiftieth year on the day of Atonement for freedom, families returning, and inheritance restored.
Hebrews 8 – 9
We see Jesus as our High Priest ,who is seated at the right hand of the throne of Majesty and the better covenant, better promises, better sacrifice, and our consciences purged from dead works to serve the living God. God be Praised!