Rambles of Readings

I’ve been reading a lot recently, but not writing. However, while doing my Bible reading plan, there’s been a lot I’ve wanted to write on.  In this post, we will touch on some of these topics I’ve wanted to cover. My thoughts will be brief, but I assure you, you could fill a whole book on just these verses alone; there’s so much in them!

Mark 5:6

“Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him;”
We find this verse in the story of the demon possessed man in Gerasenes. What I found interesting here, is that the demon came and bowed down to Jesus. The demon wasn’t saved nor was he looking to worship God as he should. He was looking out for his interests (don’t torment me).
It made me think, how many people today are bowing the knee to Jesus but not worshipping Him? How many people are coming to Jesus but for their personal and selfish interests?
Unlike the demon, we must do more than just bow the knee; we must accept Jesus as our substitute if we want to not only bow before God but also stand rightfully in His presence.

Mark 8:34

“And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, ‘If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.”
We need to remember the cost of being a disciple of our Lord. We need to make sure when we present the Gospel; we also present the cost of being a disciple.

Mark 10:6 & Genesis 1:27

“But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female.” &
“God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”
In our world that’s lost in confusion, I’m thankful that God is very clear on this issue; God made two genders, that’s all.

Mark 12:29-30

“Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is one Lord; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.'”
If this is the greatest commandment, how am I going putting it into action?

Genesis 39:9

“There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil and sin against God?”
I find myself greatly admiring Joseph and how he so graciously responded to such wickedness thrown at him so many times in his life. But, I especially like his response to Potiphar’s wife. It is not only a sin against Potiphar (and even the wife) but first and foremost it is a sin against God. Let us live like Joseph and remember when we sin, it is not only against others, but it is a sin firstly against God.

Psalm 24:3-4

“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood
And has not sworn deceitfully.”
Who may stand in the presence of the Lord? Romans 3:23 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. No one, unless they are washed clean by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ).

Well, that should get me almost up-to-date with my Bible reading.  Now to write more consistently.

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