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Morning Reads & Reflection: (Hebrews 3:12-16; & Mark 1:35-44) - “Entering God’s Rest”

Good morning. Great is His faithfulness.

NOTE: Greek word of the day - ἐπιδύω epidýō, ep-ee-doo'-o; from G1909 and G1416; to set fully (as the sun):—go down. See also the reading schedule at the bottom of my write up.

Ephesians 4:26: “Be angry, and do not sin”:[fn] DO NOT LET THE SUN GO DOWN on your wrath,

Psalm 31.11,1

Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous.

Verse: Blessed are they whose transgressions have been forgiven.

The reading is from St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews 3:12-19

12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but [a]exhort one another daily, while it is called “Today,” lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said:

“Today, if you will hear His voice,Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.”

Failure of the Wilderness Wanderers

16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

(v. 12)- teaches us that none of us who are in Christ are immune from falling away from God. There is also a temporary attractiveness in sin, this leads to a HARDENED HEART and ultimately apostasy. This verse also teaches us to take constant daily care not to be deceived and thus fall away - (see, Mark 4:5-6, and vv. 16, 17.

Mark 4:5-6: Some fell on stony ground, where it did not have much earth; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of earth. 6 But when the sun was up it was scorched, and because it had no root it withered away.

Mark 4:16-17: These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; 17 and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.

(v. 14)- teaches us that union with Christ is for those who PERSEVERE in their faith TO THE END, and not to those with a one-time profession by mouth. We are either complete or incomplete with God, The Lord evaluates the heart, He not looking for passive followers.

(vv. 16-19): FIVE QUESTIONS in these scriptures showing us the consequences of Israel's disobedience and her failure to believe in God in the wilderness. Once again we see FAITH - (v. 19), and WORKS - (v. 18) are distinguished but not separated. The fundamental component of entering GOD's REST - (v. 18) is Faith, and the primary cause of failing to ENTER - (v. 19) is UNBELIEF, meaning being incomplete with God that is from rejection by free will.

Mark 1:35-44

Preaching in Galilee

35 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a [a]solitary place; and there He prayed. 36 And Simon and those who werewith Him searched for Him. 37 When they found Him, they said to Him, “Everyone is looking for You.”

38 But He said to them, “Let us go into the next towns, that I may preach there also, because for this purpose I have come forth.”

39 And He was preaching in their synagogues throughout all Galilee, and casting out demons.

Jesus Cleanses a Leper40 Now a leper came to Him, imploring Him, kneeling down to Him and saying to Him, “If You are willing, You can make me clean.”41 Then Jesus, moved with compassion, stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, “I am willing; be cleansed.” 42 As soon as He had spoken, immediately the leprosy left him, and he was cleansed. 43 And He strictly warned him and sent him away at once, 44 and said to him, “See that you say nothing to anyone; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer for your cleansing those things which Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.”

(v. 35): Jesus is setting an example to us all of how to achieve a spiritual life with our Father in heaven. It's through God Incarnate, He Prayed continually and without ceasing and often finding a SOLITARY PLACE to be free from distraction, despite the multitude's need for Him. Our Lord's ministry comes from His communion with the Father and the Holy Spirit which in return flows to the people and all of their needs. His praying IN THE MORNING is teaching us we must all put first the priority of our commitment to God, and only then will we be equipped to help and serve others. Meaning the process of working on ourselves in that personal relationship we establish with God.

The healing of the leper showed the compassion of both Jesus and the leper. The leper demonstrated great faith and even ask our Lord if He is willing than he could be healed. The humility of both also stands out, and we can see that our faith truly makes us well. Jesus is the glue that hold us together without Him constantly in our lives we crumble. It's complete faith not incomplete faith that truly saves us and in this walk and journey with God if we hold our build on our foundation on Christ we to can make into the Lord's rest. - (other sources, Matthew 8:1-4; and Luke 5:12-16).


Saturday March 11, 2023- The Epistle Reading Hebrews 3:12-16, and Mark 1:35-44

Sunday March 12, 2023- Gospel Luke 24:36-53, Hebrews 1:10-14; Hebrews 2:1-3

Monday March 13, 2023- Old Testament- Isaiah 8:13-9:7; Genesis 6:9-22, & Proverbs 8:1-21

Tuesday March 14, 2023 Old Testament – Isaiah 9:9-10:4, Genesis 7:1-5, and Proverbs 8:32-9:11

Wednesday March 15, 2023 Old Testament – Isaiah 10:12-20, Genesis 7:6-9, and Proverbs 9:12-18

Thursday March 16, 2023, Old Testament- Isaiah 11:10-12:2, Genesis 7:11-8:3, and Proverbs 10:1-22

Friday March 17, 2023, Old Testament Isaiah 13:2-13, Genesis 8:4-21, and Proverbs 10:31-11:12

Numbers 6:24-26

“The Lord bless you and keep you;

25 The Lord make His face shine upon you,

And be gracious to you;

26 The Lord [a]lift up His countenance upon you,

And give you peace.” ’


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