“Fish and Chips For All” – One Year Bible Reading – March 31

Old Testament:  Deuteronomy 16-17:20

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Dt.  16: 1 -18  Three Big Feast Days

I have to write “once again” again because a lot of the writings of Moses are from the department of redundancy department.  The reason is pretty obvious, isn’t it?  The reason is pretty obvious, isn’t it?  The Israelites had a tendency to forget things and to be disobedient.  We don’t have that problem today but they certainly had it back then!

In this chapter, Moses repeats the instructions for the Passover Feast, Feast of Weeks, and Feast of Booths.

You can find my original description of the Passover here: http://jerryrothauser.com/one-year-bible-fifth-week-january-29th-february-4th/

Passover was to commemorate the saving of the first born from death right before Israel absconded from Egypt.  We have been “passed over” when we trust Christ.  He is the Passover Lamb slain for us.

The Feast of Weeks basically coincides with Passover.  No leavened bread was to be eaten just as the Israelites didn’t have time to wait for their bread to rise before they absconded. For a week (15th to the 21st of the month of Nisan during our months of March-April) they were not to eat any bread with leavening.  Leavening was symbolic of sin (1Cor. 5: 8).   This was to be an annual event.  Passover had to be celebrated at the dwelling that bore God’s name.  That would be the Temple in Jerusalem.  It was also called the “Feast of Harvest” (Ex. 23:16) and the “day of firstfruits” (Num. 28:26).  “Pentecost” was also the same feast based the translation of the “50 days” in the Septuagint (Lev. 23:16).

The Feast of Booths was also known as “The Feast of Tabernacles.”   It was also called “Feast of Ingathering” (Ex. 23:16; 34:22). For a week, the Israelites were to live in booths made of leaves and foliage following the Fall Harvest.  This is very much different from the Feast of Spring Break where all the families from the rich suburbs go to Florida for a week and live in motels.

Three times a year all the males were to bring gifts for the Lord according to how they had been blessed.  Everyone would bring something because they didn’t want to appear as if God hadn’t blessed them.

Judges were appointed to keep order in the Israelite community.  God was not to be mocked by planting a tree used in pagan worship near the Tabernacle or Temple.

Dt.  17: 1 -19  More Laws

A sheep or ox with a blemish could not be sacrificed.

Any man or woman (there’s equal rights!) guilty of idolatry was to be killed with stones  on the testimony of at least two witnesses (Dt. 17:5).  That would solve a lot of crime problems today with church attendance.

Moses gives the rules for a king.  He must be a citizen.  He was to be appointed by God and oversee the theocracy.  He was not to have numerous automobiles or wives.  He could not be in a mid-life crisis, apparently.  Solomon should have been disqualified in his later reign.

The king was supposed to stay in the Scriptures. 

New Testament:  Luke 9: 7-27

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Luke 9: 7-10   Herod’s Wish

When King Herod who had the head of John The Baptist removed, heard all that Jesus was doing, he thought maybe John had risen from the dead or one of the prophets like Elijah had come back.  Talk about a guilty conscience.  He wanted to see Jesus face to face.  He got his wish during the trial of Jesus (Lk. 23:7-12).  

The Apostles returned from their trip and debriefed when Jesus tried to get away with them.  But the crowds found them and Jesus did a lot of teaching about the kingdom and healing.

Luke 9: 12-27   Fish and Chips For All

The feeding of the 5K is the only miracle that appears in all four gospels (cf. Matt. 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14).

Jesus warned his disciples that He would be rejected, killed, and then rise again.

One of the best discipleship verses follows, “And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it” Lk. 9: 23, 24.  

I don’t even know what to say about these verses.  Everyone around is living for themselves.  And they don’t believe the end is near.  Jesus certainly made it sound imminent, “there are some of those standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God” Lk. 9: 27.  Right before Jesus says that there would be people ashamed of Him at the judgment.  Jesus would be ashamed of them.  Which is worse?

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