He loves us so much that even though He loves us as we are, He loves us too much to leave us there. That is why He provided instructions through the law of Leviticus for the Jesus (today’s reading was from Leviticus 15). He loves us so much that God provided us the Bible to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! Another part of today’s reading speaks to His compassion through Psalms…
As a Father Has Compassion1Of David. Bless Adonai, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy Name. 2Bless Adonai, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: 3He forgives all your iniquity. He heals all your diseases. 4He redeems your life from the Pit. He crowns you with loving kindness and compassions. 5He satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like an eagle. 6Adonai executes justice— judgments for all who are oppressed. 7He made His ways known to Moses, His deeds to the children of Israel. 8Adonai is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and plentiful in mercy. 9He will not always accuse, nor will He keep His anger forever. 10He has not treated us according to our sins, or repaid us according to our iniquities. 11For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His mercy for those who fear Him. 12As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13As a father has compassion on his children, so Adonai has compassion on those who fear Him. 14For He knows our frame. He remembers that we are but dust. 15As for man, his days are like grass— he flourishes like a flower of the field, 16but when the wind blows over it, it is gone, and its place is no longer known. 17But the mercy of Adonai is from everlasting to everlasting on those who revere Him, His righteousness to children’s children, 18to those who keep His covenant, who remember to observe His instructions. 19Adonai has set up His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all. 20Bless Adonai, you angels of His: mighty in strength, performing His word, upon hearing the utterance of His word. 21Bless Adonai, all you His armies, His servants who do His will. 22Bless Adonai, all His works everywhere in His dominion. Bless Adonai, O my soul!–from Psalms 103
Jesus came to clean the slate. He came to make things right. He came to give His all that we could be reconciled back to God, not because of how great we are, but because of how great He is and for all that He has done for us. As today begins I am reminded of the next couple of weeks and their significance and importance. Psalm Sunday this weekend. Good Friday a week from now. Easter/Resurrection Sunday next weekend. He came to save the lost! He came to heal the sick! He came to free the slaves! He overcame the world and now we can be more than overcomers by His grace and power. God is so good! God’s love is so great! We need to walk in alignment and relationship with Him! We need to make time with Him so that when time comes for us to act, speak, listen, we are prepared and filled up. Bless the Lord o my soul and all that is within me! Let’s be sensitive to the Holy Spirit that we may hear His voice and respond. God sees beyond the surface and speak right into the life and heart of others! Let’s be prepared! Let’s not allow the thief to come and try to rob all that God has done and prepared for us! Let’s allow the light of God to be in us and to shine it into the world around us!
Today’s reading concludes in John…
The Faithful Hear the Shepherd’s Voice1“Amen, amen I tell you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2But he who enters through the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice. The shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4“When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6Yeshua told them this parable, but they did not understand what He was telling them. 7So Yeshua said again, “Amen, amen I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8All those who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9I am the gate! If anyone comes in through Me, he will be saved. He will come and go and find pasture. 10The thief comes only to steal, slaughter, and destroy. I have come that they might have life, and have it abundantly! 11“I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. 12The hired worker is not the shepherd, and the sheep are not his own. He sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and flees. Then the wolf snatches and scatters the sheep. 13The man is only a hired hand and does not care about the sheep. 14“I am the Good Shepherd. I know My own and My own know Me, 15just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father. And I lay down My life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not from this fold; those also I must lead, and they will listen to My voice. So there shall be one flock, one Shepherd. 17“For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life, so that I may take it up again. 18No one takes it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it up again. This command I received from My Father.” 19Again a division arose among the Judeans because of these words. 20Many of them were saying, “He has a demon. He’s insane! Why listen to Him?” 21Others said, “These are not the sayings of someone who is plagued by a demon. A demon cannot open the eyes of the blind, can it?”
Some Despise the Light and Harden22Then came Hanukkah; it was winter in Jerusalem. 23Yeshua was walking in the Temple around Solomon’s Colonnade. 24Then the Judean leaders surrounded Him, saying, “How long will You hold us in suspense? If You are the Messiah, tell us outright!” 25Yeshua answered them, “I told you, but you don’t believe! The works I do in My Father’s name testify concerning Me. 26But you don’t believe, because you are not My sheep. 27My sheep hear My voice. I know them, and they follow Me. 28I give them eternal life! They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of My hand. 29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. And no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30I and the Father are one.” 31Again the Judean leaders picked up stones to stone Him. 32Yeshua answered them, “I’ve shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these are you going to stone Me?” 33The Judean leaders answered, “We aren’t stoning you for a good work, but for blasphemy. Though You are a man, You make Yourself God!” 34Yeshua answered them, “Isn’t it written in your Writings, ‘I have said you are gods’? 35If he called them ‘gods,’ to whom the Word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken), 36do you say of Him, the One the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You speak blasphemy,’ because I said, ‘I am Ben-Elohim’? 37“If I don’t do the works of My Father, don’t believe Me! 38But if I do, even if you don’t trust Me, trust the deeds. Then you may come to know and continue to understand that the Father is in Me, and I am in the Father.” 39Therefore they tried to capture Him again, but He escaped from their hand. 40Again He went back across the Jordan to the place where John first started immersing, and He stayed there. 41Many people came to Him and were saying, “John performed no sign, but all John said about this man was true.” 42And many trusted in Him there.–from John 10
This is the day that the Lord has made, so lets rejoice and be glad in it! Let’s not allow the world to overwhelm or rob us! Let’s consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds, for when it completes its work, we will complete and lacking nothing! Let’s not fear or doubt because we are having troubles in this world, for Jesus warned us that it would happen (not might, would) but to take heart for He has overcome the world! So let’s be overcomers! Let’s be more than overcomers through the power of the cross!