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Greetings and Grace to each and all!

As we are presently studying through Leviticus on our Searchlight broadcasts, some may wonder why we would bother with going through such an "arcane" or (as some would say) such an "irrelevant" book.

Why not just stick with The Gospels, or Paul's Epistles?

My answer to such questioning is very simple.

Jesus our Master said (quoting the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy no less!), "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

And "every word" in the Hebrew language means ... every word!

In fact, Jesus built an entire doctrine, an essential doctrine, concerning the afterlife based on the tense of a single word from an Old Testament passage when He said concerning God "I am the God of Abraham...," not "I was the God of Abraham..." (See Mark 12:18-27).

Now in so saying, He was declaring God is presently the God of Abraham, thus Abraham who died 2000 years before, is still alive ...in Paradise!

In this same passage in Mark, Jesus told those who were denying the eternal state of man that they had "erred because they knew not the Scriptures...," referring to that Old Testament Book of Exodus.

You see, a single word from the Book of Exodus made a world (quite literally!) of difference in their understanding of destiny and eternity.

No wonder then that Paul (the human writer of much of the New Testament), emphatically states that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction that the man of God may be perfect ...!"

So Fellow SearchLighters, let us continue on in our taking in "every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

Amen and amen, 

Jon


Daily Devotional
January 25
 
But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Mark 10:31
 
This statement runs cross-current to that which our culture propagates. Our society is becoming increasingly competitive in its orientation. And yet those who win society’s competition seem to be increasingly disillusioned with the prize. That is, people who get to the top often find the top isn’t what they thought it would be. This explains why top athletes, for example, often find themselves being sucked in to the drug scene. They got the prize — but the prize was too small.

Jesus comes on the scene and calls us away from competition. How does this work out practically? In your mind’s eye, travel back two thousand years ago to a place called Bethesda where you see hundreds of people with all sorts of physical ailments positioned around a pool of water. Why are they there? The understanding of the day was that the first one in the water after an angel supposedly stirred it would be healed. Consequently, these blind, lame, hurting people jockeyed for position in order that they might be first in the pool.

But what does Jesus do when He arrives at Bethesda?

He finds a lame man seemingly at the back of the pack and says, ‘Do you want to be made whole?’

‘I have no man to help me into the water,’ the man answers. ‘I don’t have a network. I don’t have the skills. My college education is outdated. I don’t have connections. How can I compete in this culture? I have no one to help me.’

This man had no stock options. He wasn’t a member of the health club, not on the city softball team. He wasn’t competitive, yet it was he and he alone who captured Jesus’ attention that day.

‘Arise,’ Jesus said. ‘Take up your bed. I’m freeing you from this pool of competition.’ And the man was healed (John 5:8-9).

I believe Jesus says the same thing to us today.

Maybe you’ve been jockeying, struggling, planning, conniving, attempting to get the edge, to make it happen, to get ahead financially, relationally, or even in ministry. If so, I encourage you to take a mental trip to Bethesda and be reminded again that the paradox of the Kingdom is that the first shall be last and the last first.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store