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The Bible Day 82: "Faith, Healing, & Obedience"(Psalm 37:1-9, Luke 4:38-5:16, Numbers 15-16:35)

 

 

The Bible Day 82: "Faith, Healing, & Obedience"

 

Good evening, and welcome back to our Bible Day 82. Tonight, we embark on an exciting journey of discovery and transformation. In Psalm 37:1-9, we delve into the timeless truths of faith, as David vividly paints the heritage of the righteous servants of God and warns of the calamity of the wicked. Our study of Luke 4:38-5:16 unveils our Lord's awe-inspiring, transformative healing power and the profound mystery of the knowledge of the Son of God. In Numbers 15-16:35, we learn the importance of strict obedience to our Lord and His ways, which leads to security and blessings. Join me as we plunge deep into these passages, a journey that will inspire and fill you with hope.

 

Psalm 37:1-9 Study:

1.    Verses 1-2: Our reading commences with David's powerful appeal. He urges us not to envy evildoers and those who practice lawlessness and not to be troubled by their prosperity. Instead, David redirects our focus to the Lord, the Almighty, encouraging us to trust in His unfathomable power and do good. This is not just a message for the ancient Israelites but a timeless truth that resonates with us today, reminding us to trust God's power and goodness in the face of adversity.

 

2.    Verses 3-4: This passage underscores the importance of trusting in the Lord and encourages us, as dwellers in the land, to feed on His faithfulness. When we actively seek the Lord, we delight, which leads to receiving the desires of our hearts. It gives us a powerful reminder of the specific and abundant rewards of faith and trust in the Lord, which may be applied to our lives. It reminds us of the goodness and faithfulness of God in our daily struggles.

 

3.    Verses 5-6: This passage instructs us to commit our way to the Lord and trust in Him. We see how these themes are repeated, with an assurance that He will always bring forth righteousness like the light and justice like the noonday.

 

 

4.    Verse 7-9: As we delve deeper into David's psalm, we find a comforting promise that the evildoers will be cut off, but all those who wait on the Lord will inherit the earth. 

 

This is not just a promise for David's time but a reassurance for us today, reminding us that our faith and patience will be rewarded and justice will prevail. This promise echoes in Revelation 7:7-9, where multitudes of every nation stand before God in white robes, signifying their righteousness and victory. Both these passages emphasize the ultimate reward and blessing for the faithful and righteous, a promise that holds for us as well.

 

Luke 4:38-5:16 Study:

 

1.    38, Luke 4: In the passage, Jesus rebukes the fever, and "it left her." Look at v. 35 in Luke 4, where Jesus rebukes the unclean demon and says, "Be quiet and come out of him!"

 

 The use of "rebuke" suggests a few things

1.    Authority over Illness- using rebuke, it tells us that Jesus has authority over Illness and demons.

 

1.    Personification of Illness—Personification of Illness suggests that it can be spoken to and commanded, much like a conscious entity. This might be a literary device to underscore Jesus's absolute control over the physical world, including diseases.

 

1.    43: What was Christ's primary mission? It was to "PREACH THE KINGDOM." His healings and miracles testified to the truth of His message and His identity as a Teacher (see Luke 5:24). To this day, this same pattern still holds in the Church in our present time (See Acts 4:29-30).

 

Luke 5:1-16 Study:

 

1.    1: Lake Gennesaret is called the "Sea of Galilee. According to the commentary of the Orthodox Study Bible, a fun fact, the sea is 13 miles long and 7 miles wide.

 

1.    3- Our Lord demonstrates the typical teaching style of that time, "SITTING." (See, Matthew 5:1).

 

1.    4: Remember our introduction, "LAUNCH OUT INTO THE DEEP." In his commentary, St. Ambrose of Milan sees a spiritual meaning in this command from our Lord to Simon(Peter): an invitation to give one's life over to the profound mystery of the knowledge of the Son of God. It also teaches faith and obedience, trusting in God's divine guidance, and abundance through persistent faith.

 

1.    6: Jesus can draw people to Him by using things or parables that are familiar to them, as he drew in the Magi with a star (Matthew 2:2). Christ drew in tax collectors by a tax collector (Luke 5:29) and our Lord draws in the fishermen with "FISH" (See, 1 Corinthians (9:19-23).

 

v.8—Peter cries in the face of divine power, not as a sign of rejection. Still, Peter was suddenly cast in the light of His Savior, and holy people, as we see here in Simon(Peter), became keenly aware of his unworthiness. That he said, "Depart from me," is a form of humility on Peter's end.

 

   v.10: "THE GREAT CATCH" (v. 9) symbolizes the apostles bringing all humanity to the proper knowledge of Jesus Christ. It also fulfills the prophecy of the prophet Jeremiah in (Jeremiah 16:16). "The fishermen" in Jeremiah 16:16 represent the Babylonians, whom God used to capture and exile the Israelites from their land. The hunters represent the Romans, the subsequent conquerors; hunting symbolizes the ongoing persecution and dispersion throughout Jewish history.

 

   v.12: Jesus shows humility and compassion. He responds, "I am willing." Our Lord lowered Himself to save us from sin and death.

 

   v.14: “Show yourself to the priest”(See, Numbers 12:10-15, Miriam healed after seven days).

 

Numbers 15-16:35 Study:

 

Numbers 15:

 

    1-2: Numbers 15:1-2 instructs the Israelites to offer sacrifices upon entering the Promised Land, emphasizing obedience to God. Romans 3:3-4 contrasts this with the idea that God remains faithful even when humans are not, asserting that human unbelief does not invalidate God's truth. Both passages highlight God's consistent expectations and steadfastness, illustrating that while human obedience may falter, God's fidelity and the validity of His promises endure regardless of human actions.

 

vv.3-41: Numbers 15:3-41 elaborates on the offerings the Israelites will make once they are all settled in the Promised Land. These offerings include burnt offerings, grain offerings, and drink offerings, which are to be made in various circumstances, such as fulfilling a vow, as a voluntary act, or during appointed festivals. The passage specifies the quantities and types of food and drink to accompany different sacrifices. Additionally, it addresses unintentional sins, providing a way for the community to atone collectively. This section emphasizes the importance of obedience to God's laws and the role of sacrifices in maintaining a right relationship with Him. Moreover, it includes a reminder of the inclusivity of the law, applying equally to both native Israelites and foreigners living among them. Finally, the passage ends with a specific instance of a man punished for breaking the Sabbath, underscoring the seriousness with which the law is to be taken.

 

Numbers 16

 

   1-2: In Numbers 16:1-2, Korah, along with Dathan, Abiram, and 250 community leaders, challenges Moses and Aaron's leadership, claiming that the community is holy and questioning why Moses and Aaron elevate themselves above the others. This act of defiance is known as "Korah's rebellion." Jude 11 refers to it to illustrate the danger and judgment associated with rebelling against divine authority, likening it to other acts of disobedience against God's direct commands.

 

    3-4: In Numbers 16:3-4, Korah and his followers confront Moses and Aaron, accusing them of setting themselves above the congregation. This accusation leads Moses to fall face down in prayer, an act of humility and seeking divine guidance. This contrasts with Korah's pride and self-promotion, linking to Proverbs 27:2's warning against self-praise. Proverbs 27:22 and John 12:43 further emphasize the themes, suggesting that a prideful heart resists change, and people often seek human approval over divine commendation.

 

vv.22-24: In Numbers 16:22-24, Moses and Aaron intercede for the Israelites, pleading with God not to destroy the whole community for the sins of a few. God responds by instructing Moses to separate the congregation from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, signaling a targeted judgment rather than a collective punishment. Numbers 26:11 notes that the sons of Korah did not die, suggesting that God's justice distinguished between the guilty and the innocent, respecting the intercession of the righteous.

 

    25-35: In Numbers 16:25-35, God demonstrates His wrath by causing the earth to swallow up Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, along with all their possessions. The Israelites flee in fear. Later, God sends a plague, but Aaron's intercession halts it. The censers of the rebels are made into a covering for the altar, serving as a reminder of their rebellion.



In Christ, love Jared W. Campbell




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