“The Lord has put away your sin”

Daily Scripture readings for October, set #17:

2 Samuel, chapters 8-10
Psalm 110
Mark 14:32-42
Galatians 1

Joab, the general over all David’s army, after setting all the troops in place for battle against the Ammonites and Syrians, acknowledges that the outcome of the battle will be as the Lord sees fit. “Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him” (2 Sam 10:12). Note that he also commands the people to be courageous (aka, to really TRY in the battle), instead of assuming that the Lord will do whatever he wants regardless of their effort.

Jesus’ quotation of Psalm 110:1 in Matthew 22:44 makes clear that this Psalm is about the Son of Man himself. Question: Would the original readers of this Psalm have known that? Is there anything about this Psalm that makes it Messianic? Would modern day readers know that this text is about Jesus if it Jesus himself hadn’t described it as such?

Mark 14:36 is another text that makes me step back from my usual perspective of the Trinity. I always default toward thinking that God the Father and Jesus are literally the same person, but clearly this isn’t the case when Jesus and the Father “will” things differently. “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will.” Three different and distinct persons + one God = mystery.

“If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ” (Gal 1:10). Implied in this verse is the notion that pleasing man and serving Christ are incompatible.

Daily Scripture readings for October, set #18:

2 Samuel, chapters 11-12
Psalm 111
Mark 14:43-52
Galatians 2

“And Nathan said to David, ‘The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die'” (2 Sam 12:13). This verse makes me think of Romans 3:25, which seems to be the means by which the Lord would “put away” David’s sin.

Notice what Psalm 111:10 does NOT say: The fear of the Lord is not the same thing as wisdom. The fear of the Lord is not the culmination of wisdom. The fear of the Lord is not the result of wisdom. Rather, “the fear of the Lord is the BEGINNING of wisdom.” It’s where wisdom starts… where wisdom is birthed from. Also, I always thought this famous saying was in Proverbs, not Psalms. Oh wait, it is.

Mark 14, verses 51-52: “And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body. And they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.”Strange, and a strange detail for Mark to have included in his Gospel. I don’t get it. Just being honest.

Here’s a good reminder from Paul for the next time I think I can earn favor from God: “So we have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the Law, because by works of the Law no one will be justified” (Gal 2:16).

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