Reading #1 – Leviticus 15
Reading #2 – Psalms 48
Reading #3 – Proverbs 30
Reading #4 – Zechariah 1
Reading #5 – Hebrews 5
Leviticus 15 – Bodily Discharges. The laws may seem to be silly nonsense; however, the Lord put these laws in place to establish a plumbline of “righteousness”. Bodily discharges are a normal part of the body’s functions and we need not fear them. These laws remind us that God sees all things, even those which escape the notice of men. The great gospel duties of faith and repentance are here signified, and the great gospel privileges of the application of Christ’s blood to our souls for our justification, and his grace for our sanctification (Matthew Henry’s commentary on Leviticus 15). The respect we show for the temple will greatly determine how other people or nations will respect our beliefs (notes for further writing).
Psalms 48 – Zion Exalted. This Psalm of praise for the Lord God speaks to what God means to the writer. God is known as a stronghold in its citadels. Look! The kings assembled; they advanced together. They looked and froze with fear; they fled in terror (3-5). When God is truly worshiped in the temple, the building becomes sacred ground and respected by the people. When the people within the building respect the presence of God, even our enemies will be at peace with us (Proverbs 16:7). Praising God is more than just words it is from the heart that propels us to move forward into God’s calling on our life. The naysayers will always be around and will criticize your every step but when the Spirit begins to work in your life, the naysayers will become ardent supporters despite differences of opinion. Just as we heard, so we have seen in the city of Yahweh of Hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah
God, within Your temple, we contemplate Your faithful love. Your name, God, like Your praise,
reaches to the ends of the earth; Your right hand is filled with justice (8-10).
Proverbs 30 – The Words of Agur. I had to look up who “Agur” is. According to one person’s take on it, Agur means “to gather a harvest.” He was the son of Jakeh, which means “blameless” or “obedient.” Jakeh could be another name for David, Solomon’s father (Biblegateway.com). Agur, Possibly Solomon speaking to Itheal and Ukal.In a way, Agur was dealing with the consequences for his actions and wanted God’s revelation. two things I ask of You; don’t deny them to me before I die: Keep falsehood and deceitful words far from me.
Give me neither poverty nor wealth; feed me with the food I need. Otherwise, I might have too much and deny You, saying, “Who is the LORD?” or I might have nothing and steal,
profaning the name of my God (7-9). Unfortunately, as Paul found out, God doesn’t keep us from temptation and nor does he take away the pain from our mistakes. Concerning this, I pleaded with the Lord three times to take it away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
Zechariah 1 – Zechariah’s Calling. The nation Judah had been in exile for 70 years and it was at this point where Zechariah, Haggai, Daniel, Malachi, and others sought the face of God. So the angel who was speaking with me said, “Proclaim: The LORD of Hosts says: I am extremely jealous for Jerusalem and Zion. 15 I am fiercely angry with the nations that are at ease, for I was a little angry, but they made it worse. 16 Therefore, this is what the LORD says: In mercy, I have returned to Jerusalem; My house will be rebuilt within it” — this is the declaration of the LORD of Hosts — “and a measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem (14-16). Darius had given the green light for the people to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the temple and so the people went.
Hebrews 5 – The Messiah the High Priest of God. For every high priest is taken from men is appointed in service to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins. 2 He can deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray since he is also subject to weakness. 3 Because of this, he must make a sin offering for himself as well as for the people. 4 No one takes this honor on himself; instead, a person is called by God, just as Aaron was. 5 In the same way, the Messiah did not exalt Himself to become a high priest, but the One who said to Him, You are My Son; today I have become Your Father, 6 also said in another passage, You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek (1-6). Jesus was selected by God to be the High Priest and so he brought the offering of himself for the burnt offering (Leviticus 4:3); So no question was in charge and who was not as was shown to Aaron and Miriam (Numbers 12:8-10). The people the writer was speaking to were not where they needed to be in their relationship with God. While they had been Christians since about the onset of Paul’s ministry, they were still infants unable to take on solid meat from the word of God. We have a great deal to say about this, and it’s difficult to explain since you have become too lazy to understand. 12 Although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the basic principles of God’s revelation again. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Now everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced with the message about righteousness because he is an infant. 14 But solid food is for the mature — for those whose senses have been trained to distinguish between good and evil (11-14).