Reading #1 – Leviticus 14
Reading #2 – Psalms 47
Reading #3 – Proverbs 29
Reading #4 – Haggai 2
Reading #5 – Hebrews 4
Leviticus 14 – Procedures for Dealing with Diseases. Skin diseases and mold are the leading causes of propagating illnesses. In a community, these things can spread rapidly. So the person who is afflicted would spend a week outside of camp and then would be looked at by the priest. Once the Priest determined that the disease was gone, the man or woman would have to present themselves to the Lord God along with an offering. Today we have special people like doctors and nurses that provide direction for healing. The afflicted person had to bring an offering (Deuteronomy 16:16); what the person brought was determined by their financial status.
Psalm 47 – Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry. For Yahweh, the Highest, is awe-inspiring, a great King over all the earth. He subdues peoples under us and nations under our feet (1-3 HCB). Our victory begins and ends with Jesus the Song of God. Now He came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: The King who comes in the name of the Lord is the blessed One. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven! Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples. ”He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out (Luke 19:37-40). In whatever situation we may find ourselves today, we can rest that is, “we can let go of worry” and trust in Him.
Proverbs 29 – The two pathways of life lead in two separate directions. For the wise, the pathway leads to life eventually; the kind of life it leads to is “peace in whatever storm, frustrations, angst or illness that might come along, The fools way is to live on “my terms” only to find out all too late that the pathway is not always a good one; in fact, the thing or things the fool seeks out is taken from them when they least expect it. 25 The fear of man is a snare,
but the one who trusts in the LORD is protected. Many seek a ruler’s favor,
but a man receives justice from the LORD. An unjust man is detestable to the righteous,
and one whose way is upright is detestable to the wicked (25-27 HCB).
Haggai 2 – Encouragement and Blessing. For the LORD of Hosts says this: “Once more, in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. 7 I will shake all the nations so that the treasures of all the nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,” says the LORD of Hosts. 8 “The silver and gold belong to Me” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts. 9 “The final glory of this house will be greater than the first,” says the LORD of Hosts. “I will provide peace in this place” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts (6-9). The Temple of God in Jerusalem had sat in ruins for years as a sabbath rest (2 Chronicles 36:15-20). The people coming with offerings needed to understand the events that occurred leading up to the destruction of the Temple and learn to obey God’s laws. The place where Jesus was questioned, was in the Temple. The days before the exile were dark and treacherous because the amount of food that the land provided was only about ½ of the normal production. The people worked on the sabbath and followed the ways of the nations around them so, God humbled them. The lot that they had dwindled to near 0 and then, from the very little left in them, God blessed and multiplied it. In the same way, when we become bigger than life, God can bring us down and then build us up again.
Hebrews 4 – The Promised Rest. Therefore, while the promise to enter His rest remains, let us fear that none of you should miss it. 2 For we also have received the good news just as they did; but the message they heard did not benefit them since they were not united with those who heard it in faith (1-2). While we are alive, we have the opportunity to enter God’s rest which transcends the kind of rest the world offers. The world says, “if you ____ for me, I will leave you alone you rest on this promise.” The problem is, that a little bit will never be enough they’ll always want more. God’s rest says, “Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30). 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 Therefore, a Sabbath rest remains for God’s people. 10 For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his works, just as God did from His. 11 Let us then make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall into the same pattern of disobedience. For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It can judge the ideas and thoughts of the heart. 13 No creature is hidden from Him, but all things are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give an account (8-13).