Spiritual Rants: March 31 “Fish and Chips For All” Readings to read through the Bible in a year: Deuteronomy 16:1-17:20 Luke 9:7-27 Psalm 72:1-20 Proverbs 12:8-9

Old Testament:  Deuteronomy 16-17:20

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Deut. 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: 200,000 Served.

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 (1 Cor. 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” (Exod. 23:16) and the “day of firstfruits” (Num. 28:26).  “Pentecost” was also the same feast based on 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” (Exod. 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.

Deut. 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 (Deut. 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 (Luke 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” Luke. 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” Luke 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?

Psalm 72:1-20     A Royal Messianic Psalm by David

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Psalm 72:1-20   From Sea To Shining Sea

Psalm 72 is another royal psalm meaning it is about the king.  But since it is about an Old Testament king, it also foreshadows the rule of the Great King, The Messiah, in the thousand year kingdom, aka, the Millennium (cf. Rev. 20:4, 6).

The superscription might lead us to believe that Solomon wrote the psalm but the last line says that David wrote it.  Most probably it was written for the coronation of Solomon.  The reign of Solomon foreshadowed the reign of the great eternal King Jesus.

David asks that God give judgment over to His Son.  In Solomon’s time, he would have judged the kingdom (vv. 1-9).  It will extend from sea to sea (v. 8).  Today, the forces that be would like to shrink the boundaries of Israel.  In the Millennium, Israel will be extended to her proper territory of the river of Egypt in the south to the Euphrates in the north (cf. Gen. 15:18; Exod. 23:31).  Christ will be the One who reigns over Israel extended to her proper borders (cf. Ps. 2:8; Zech. 9:9–10; Mic. 4:1–5; Luke 1:33)

Those who dwell in the desert will bow to the King (v. 9, 11).  They will bring him presents (v. 10, spec. the Queen of Sheba, v. 15, cf. 1 Kings 10:10; 2 Chron. 9:9).  This verse also refers to the nations bringing the Messiah presents in the Millennium.

Solomon will guard the poor and needy but in a more profound way the Messiah saves those who are spiritually deprived (vv. 12-14).  His kingdom will be wonderful with amber waves of gray, purple mountain majesties, and purple mountain majesties above fruited plains (v. 16).

The Messiah’s name will be above all others forever (v. 17, 19, cf. Phil. 2:9-11).  He will be worshipped throughout all time (v. 18).

Verse 20 says that the prayers of David have ended with this psalm but, actually, there are 18 more psalms attributed to him in the Psalter.  This particular collection of psalms concluded with a prayer of David.   The 150 psalms included collections of five “books.”  Psalm 72 concludes Book 2.

Proverbs 12:8-9  Backward Days

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These two verses are two more couplets contrasting righteous, good people and the scourge of the earth.  One trusting the Lord will be honored according to his wisdom (v. 8a).  He will be humble and won’t seek his own recognition (v. 9a).  On the other hand, a bad person who has a dirty mind will be disparaged (v. 8b) and, though he might try to exalt himself, he might become so unpopular that he starves (v. 9b).

Of course, this was written in between the 10th and 8th centuries.  We seem to act in a reverse way now.  We exalt perverts and prosecute the perceptive!


Choose Life: Scripture:   Luke 9:24  NASB    “An Easter Gift”

“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.”  Luke 9:24

This is one of the key verses in the book of Luke.  What does it mean if you want to save your life you’ll lose it?

C.S. Lewis said there were only two types of people.  One type says to God, “Thy will be done.”  To the other type, God says “Thy will be done.”

Life is one long probationary period.  We all have one choice to make while on earth.  We can choose God’s salvation and go to Heaven . . .   or not.  God created us with choice.  He is not a “divine rapist” in the words of Norman Geisler.  He wants our love and He has given us love as shown by His death on the cross (cf. 1 John 4:19).  In that case, we will lose our life but have our soul saved by Him (cf. Gal. 2:20).

This Easter season there is not a better gift you can give yourself than to choose to accept His gift of salvation.

If you do, you will find that you are choosing life (Deut. 30:19)!

Fun Application:   Trust Christ for salvation

1)  Admit you are a sinner (Rom. 3:23)

2)  Realize that Christ died in your place (Rom. 5:8; Rom. 6:23, 2 Cor. 5:21)

3)  Personally trust (believe in, cling to, to consider something to be true and therefore worthy of one’s trust) Christ for salvation (Eph 2:8-9, Rev. 3:20)

4) Be assured that you already have eternal life (1 John 5:13; John 5:24)

Happy Easter!

The purpose of the “Choose Life” is to pick a positive help out of the One Year Bible (OYB) reading plan for the day. There is always something positive in the Word of God to cheer us and give us strength. For more on today’s reading, check out my One Year Bible blog:  Fish And Chips For All

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