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The Bible Day 70 Forgiveness Atonement Holy Assemblies Psalm 32:1-11 Mark 15:33-47 Leviticus 23-24

Day 70 “Forgiveness, Atonement, & Holy Assemblies” (Psalm 32:1-11, Mark 15:33-47, Leviticus 23-24)

Introduction:


Good evening, and welcome back to our study focused on exploring profound themes of forgiveness, atonement, and the sanctity of holy assemblies as depicted in Psalm 32, Mark 15, and Leviticus 23-24. These passages invite us to delve deeply into the core of our faith, uncovering timeless truths that resonate across generations. In Psalm 32, we encounter the transformative power of confession and forgiveness, discovering the freedom from being reconciled with God. Mark 15 unveils the ultimate act of atonement through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, highlighting the magnitude of God's love and sacrifice for humanity. Additionally, Leviticus 23-24 guides us through the significance of observing holy convocations, emphasizing the importance of communal worship and spiritual reflection. Join us as we unpack these scriptures, seeking knowledge and a profound spiritual awakening that leads us closer to God's grace and truth.

 

Psalm 32:1-11 (NKJV) is a rich passage that delves into the themes of forgiveness, confession, and the blessings of righteousness. Let's break it down, including spiritual teachings, biblical parallels, and practical applications.

 

Verse 1-2: The Blessing of Forgiveness Spiritual Teaching: These verses emphasize the joy and blessedness of having one's sins forgiven and covered by God. It speaks of the relief and freedom from being absolved of guilt through confession and repentance. Biblical Parallel echoes the concept of forgiveness found in passages like Psalm 51:1-2 and 1 John 1:9, highlighting God's willingness to forgive those who come to Him with a repentant heart. 

 

Application: 

We learn the importance of acknowledging our sins, seeking God's forgiveness, and experiencing the joy of restoration in our relationship with Him. 

 

Verse 3-5: The Consequence of Unconfessed Sin

 

Spiritual Teaching:

Here, the psalmist reflects on the consequences of harboring unconfessed sin, describing the inner turmoil and heaviness experienced when trying to hide wrongdoing from God.

 

Biblical Parallel: 

 Proverbs 28:13 and James 5:16 discuss the consequences of sin, underscoring the need for honesty and transparency before God.

 

Application: 

We are encouraged to confess our sins honestly and seek God's forgiveness rather than trying to conceal or justify our wrongdoing.

 

Verse 6-7: The Assurance of God's Protection

Spiritual Teaching: These verses highlight God's faithfulness and protection for those who trust Him. The psalmist acknowledges God as a refuge and a shield, providing safety and guidance.

 

Biblical Parallel: 

This assurance of God's protection is echoed in Psalm 91:4 and Proverbs 30:5, emphasizing the security found in God's presence.

 

Application: 

We are all reminded to trust in God's care and seek refuge in Him, knowing Jesus Christ is our ultimate source of strength and protection. 

 

Verse 8-9: God's Guidance and Instruction

Spiritual Teaching: 

God promises to know, instruct, and teach us, guiding us along the right path. The psalmist encourages obedience and responsiveness to God's leading.

 

Biblical Parallel: This aligns with passages like Proverbs 3:5-6 and Isaiah 30:21, emphasizing the importance of seeking God's wisdom and following His guidance.

 

Application: We are all called to submit to God's instruction, trust His wisdom, and allow Him to lead us in righteous living.

 

Verse 10-11: Rejoicing in God's Righteousness

 

Spiritual Teaching:

The psalm concludes with a call to rejoice in the Lord and be glad, celebrating His righteousness and the blessings that come to the upright in heart.

 

Biblical Parallel: This echoes themes of joy in God's righteousness seen in Psalm 51:12 and Philippians 4:4, highlighting the joy found in a restored relationship with God.

 

Application: We are all invited to rejoice in God's righteousness, live in obedience, and experience the fullness of His blessings in our lives.

 

Overall, Psalm 32 teaches us the importance of confession, forgiveness, trust in God's protection and guidance, and the joy of living a righteous life. It parallels other scriptures emphasizing these themes, providing timeless wisdom and practical advice for our spiritual journey.

 

Mark 15:33-47 (NKJV) records the events surrounding Jesus' crucifixion and burial and the reactions of those present. Let's break down this passage, including spiritual teachings, biblical parallels, and a detailed narration with application. We'll also explore Jesus' question in verse 34.

 

Verse 33-34: Darkness and Jesus' Cry

Spiritual Teaching:

Darkness envelops the land from noon until 3 PM, symbolizing the weight of sin and the separation from God. Jesus' cry, quoting Psalm 22:1, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" reveals the depth of His identification with human suffering and the fulfillment of prophecy.

 

Biblical Parallels:

 Psalm 22 is a messianic psalm that foretells the suffering and abandonment of the Messiah, connecting Jesus' experience on the cross with Old Testament prophecy.

 

Application: Jesus' cry highlights His humanity and the extent of His sacrifice for humanity's redemption, reminding us of His empathy and solidarity with our struggles.

 

Verse 35-36: Misunderstanding and Offer of Sour Wine

Spiritual Teaching: 

Some bystanders misunderstand Jesus' cry as a call for Elijah, demonstrating the confusion and lack of understanding among those witnessing the crucifixion. They offer Him sour wine, fulfilling Scripture and reflecting the mockery and disrespect Jesus endured.

 

Biblical Parallels: 

She fulfilled the prophecy in Psalm 69:21, portraying the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies even amid Jesus' suffering.

 

Application: 

Despite the misunderstanding and mockery, Jesus remains focused on fulfilling God's plan and shows resilience in the face of adversity.

 

Verse 37-39: Jesus' Final Breath and Centurion's Confession

 

Spiritual Teaching: Jesus breathes His last, indicating the completion of His earthly mission and the sacrifice for humanity's sins. The centurion recognizes Jesus' true identity, confessing Him as the Son of God.

 

Biblical Parallels: This confession echoes Peter's declaration in Matthew 16:16 and affirms Jesus' divinity even in His death.

 

Application: 

The centurion's confession highlights the impact of witnessing Jesus' death and resurrection, leading to a recognition of His true identity and significance.

 

Verse 40-41: Women Watching from Afar

 

Spiritual Teaching: Several women who followed Jesus from Galilee observe His crucifixion from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and Joses, and Salome. Their presence symbolizes loyalty and devotion to Jesus, even in His darkest hour.

 

Biblical Parallels: These women are also mentioned in Mark 15:47 and play a significant role in the resurrection narrative, showcasing their faithfulness throughout Jesus' ministry.

 

Application: The women's steadfastness encourages us to remain faithful and committed to Jesus, even in challenging and difficult circumstances.

 

Verse 42-47: Jesus' Burial by Joseph of Arimathea

Spiritual Teaching:

Joseph of Arimathea, a council member, boldly asks Pilate for Jesus' body, fulfilling Isaiah 53:9 by providing an honorable burial for the Messiah. Jesus is laid in a tomb, fulfilling prophecy and setting the stage for His resurrection.

 

Biblical Parallels: 

Isaiah 53 prophesies about the suffering and burial of the Messiah, connecting Jesus' burial with Old Testament predictions.

 

Application: Joseph's actions demonstrate courage and reverence for Jesus, reminding us of the importance of honoring and respecting Christ even in His death.

 

In summary, Mark 15:33-47 portrays the culmination of Jesus' earthly ministry, His sacrificial death, and the responses of those around Him. It emphasizes themes of fulfillment of prophecy, recognition of Jesus' identity, faithfulness in adversity, and the importance of honoring Christ. Jesus' question in verse 34, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" reveals His deep identification with human suffering and the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy, highlighting the depth of His sacrifice and empathy for humanity.

 

Leviticus 23-24 (NKJV) contains instructions regarding various feasts and observances, including the Sabbath and laws concerning blasphemy and justice. Let's break down these chapters, focusing on spiritual teachings, biblical parallels, the significance of the Sabbath, and practical applications related to growing stronger spiritually and drawing nearer to the LORD.

 

Leviticus 23: The Appointed Feasts

 

Spiritual Teachings: 

This chapter outlines the appointed feasts of the LORD, including the Sabbath, Passover, Feast of First Fruits, Feast of Weeks (Pentecost), Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. Each feast holds spiritual significance and commemorates God's provision, redemption, and presence among His people.

 

Biblical Parallels: These feasts have New Testament parallels, such as the Passover foreshadowing Christ's sacrifice (1 Corinthians 5:7) and Pentecost representing the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2).

 

Application: Observing these feasts in their spiritual context deepens our understanding of God's plan of salvation and His ongoing work through Christ and the Holy Spirit.

 

Leviticus 24: The Lamp and the Bread

 

Spiritual Teachings: This chapter describes the arrangement of the lampstand (menorah) and the preparation of the showbread in the Tabernacle. The lamp represents God's presence and guidance, while the showbread symbolizes sustenance and fellowship with God.

 

Biblical Parallels: The lampstand symbolizes spiritual enlightenment and the Holy Spirit (Revelation 1:20), and Jesus calls Himself the Bread of Life (John 6:35), drawing a connection to the showbread.

 

Application: 

Just as the lamp was to burn continually and the showbread was to be regularly replaced, we are all called to maintain a vibrant spiritual life through constant communion with God (represented by the lamp) and nourishment from His Word (represented by the showbread).

 

The Sabbath and Spiritual Growth

Spiritual Teachings:

The Sabbath, emphasized throughout Leviticus as a day of rest and holy convocation, holds deep spiritual significance. It symbolizes rest in God's provision and deliverance, commemorates creation (Exodus 20:11), and points to spiritual rest in Christ (Hebrews 4:9-10).

 

Biblical Parallels: Jesus honored the Sabbath but also emphasized its true purpose, teaching that it was made for man's benefit (Mark 2:27) and performing acts of mercy and healing on the Sabbath (Matthew 12:12). He also demonstrated that spiritual growth and drawing nearer to God are central aspects of Sabbath observance.

 

Application: Observing the Sabbath involves physical rest, spiritual renewal, and growth. It is a time to pause from work, focus on worship and fellowship with God and fellow believers, study His Word, and engage in acts of kindness and mercy. The Sabbath's importance lies in its weekly reminder of our spiritual need for rest, renewal, and closeness to God. By observing the Sabbath meaningfully and intentionally, we can grow stronger spiritually and draw nearer to the LORD, experiencing His presence, guidance, and provision in our lives.

 

As we conclude our study of Psalm 32, Mark 15, Leviticus 23-24, and the profound themes of forgiveness, atonement, and the Sabbath, let us all be reminded of the depth of God's love and the richness of His teachings.

 

Through Psalm 32, we have learned the joy of forgiveness and the blessings of righteousness from confessing our sins and seeking God's mercy. In Mark 15, we witness the ultimate act of atonement through Jesus' sacrificial death, which led to the centurion's confession of His divinity. 

 

In Leviticus 23-24, we have explored the spiritual significance of the appointed feasts, the symbolism of the lamp and showbread, and the importance of the Sabbath as a time for spiritual growth and communion with God.

 

May we carry these lessons with us, embracing the reality of God's forgiveness, living in the power of Jesus' atonement, and honoring the Sabbath as a time of rest and spiritual rejuvenation. Let us draw nearer to the LORD each day, growing stronger in faith, love, and obedience and reflecting His light and love to the world around us. May this study deepen our relationship with God, inspire us to live holiness and righteousness, and lead us to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer. Amen.


In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell




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