Daily Reading 3.18.2014

PSALM 37:1-13

I love the superscript “Security of those who trust in the LORD, and insecurity of the wicked”

Do not fret because of evildoers or envy those who do wrong, instead delight yourself in the LORD.

What are some steps I take to delight in the LORD? Commit your way to Him. Trust Him. Rest in the LORD and patiently wait on Him. Do not fret because of others. Cease from anger and forsake wrath. Again do not fret!

Why should we worry about the wicked? Even if they plot against us and gnash their teeth at us the LORD sees their day and laughs at them. The LORD is on our side!

PROVERBS 7:18-21

The adulterous began her temptation telling what she had done, then she talked about him, now she switches her language to “let us”. The progression is significant and shows the process of deception. This sin needs to be mortified as soon as possible.

To help encourage the fool to come to bed she reminds him that no one will catch them doing this or find out, her husband is on a long journey

“With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him” – beware! Persuasions and flattery are strong temptations and are appealing to our sinful flesh!

MARK 15:1-32

Pilate asks “Why, what evil has He done?” And the crowds answer “But they shouted all the more, “Crucify Him!”” – there was no reasonable answer. What’s interesting is that in the beginning of chapter 14 the leaders didn’t want to kill Jesus during this time because they feared a riot, but here in v 11 it says “But the chief priests stirred up the crowds to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead” – the ones who feared a riot are now starting one

Pilate “wishing to satisfy the crowds” released Barabbas and had Jesus scourged and handed Him over to be crucified. He knew what was right, it was so obvious that even he saw what was going on in a short time. But he caved. What a weak man.Contrast this with Moses below.

The cross fulfills so many prophecies, many of which include what others do not what Jesus does. That adds weight to the argument because Jesus isn’t manipulating their responses, they are naturally responding and yet fulfilling what had been long said before. Also, in their deriding of Jesus they affirm that He was a miracle worker, He saved others, He healed others etc.


Rebellion of Korah. Moses responds by allowing God to choose. Moses does not defend himself, he simply appeals to the LORD. This is true humility from the “most humble man”

God tells Moses and Aaron to step aside so He can “consume them (the congregation) instantly” and Moses and Aaron intercede for the people, the very ones who are rebelling against him. That true leadership, always looking out for the people always caring for them and loving them, Moses is a true shepherd. Also contrast this with the cowardice of Pilate in Mark 15 above.

Moses trusts God and speaks the word of God to the people with boldness.

The earth opens and swallows Korah. The people fear and Flee saying “The earth may swallow us up!” – that’s the right response. In 1 Tim 5:19-20 those who are elders who remain in unrepentant sin are to be rebuked in the presence of all SO THAT the rest will be fearful of sinning. Israel has the right response, they saw the judgment and feared.

What’s also interesting is that Moses had learned from the “strange fire” of his nephews but Korah (not of the priestly line and therefore not allowed to burn incense before the LORD) apparently hadn’t. All 250 men who were offering incense as part of the rebellion were consumed by fire which came from the LORD, just like Nadab and Abihu. It seems that Moses had to know that would happen, we just walked thru all those regulations.

These men have “sinned at the cost of their lives.”
The people foolishly complain against Moses and a plague from the LORD breaks out. I feel like Moses is constantly in crisis mode and putting out fires.


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