LEVITICUS 20:22-22:16 | MARK 9:1-29 | PSALM 43:1-5 | PROVERBS 10:18
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The rules for the priesthood were detailed, and Moses was again the one who communicated this to Aaron, the High Priest. These rules would be observed for generations to come. Until, of course, a godman by the name of Jesus would come along and dismantle every rule pertaining to the concept of worship.
Turning to the Gospel of Mark, we see Jesus approaching the end. The end of his earthly body, and the beginning or resuming of his heavenly one. In preparation, he goes up into a mountain and takes with him three disciples, Peter, James and John who have the high privilege of witnessing the most magnificent of sights: the transfiguration of Jesus to a blindingly white and pure light, and in conversation with Moses and Elijah. They must have known right then and there that this was no ordinary man who had summoned them to follow him!
The incident of the demon-possessed boy and his father who brings him to Jesus is a most touching one. Amazing enough is the very fact that this boy’s father never gave up on his sick son– hoping that someday, somehow, he would be cured. And yet he is humble enough to say to Jesus, “Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief!”
That is my own cry– every day and every moment of my life, that is the prayer that I would have escape from my own lips– Yes, Lord, I do believe, but help thou my unbelief!
Turning next to the Psalms, we find David uttering a similar sentiment in the psalm for the day. Despite the ever-present doubts that seem to hover over our very best belief, we would do well to hope and pray for strength to believe—a strength that also comes directly from God.
David says: 5Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, who is the health of my countenance and my God.
Finally, a verse from the Book of Proverbs, in which Solomon, wise king of Israel, states:
18 Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips
and spreads slander is a fool.
May God bless the reading and reflection of His Word. Amen.