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Julie Ferwerda Christian Blog and Commentary

OYB February 20

  • Julie Ferwerda
    Are you ready for change in 2009? Grab a One Year Bible (NLT), commit to reading it daily, and join Julie Ferwerda on an extraordinary adventure that will transform your life as you experience its relevance in a fresh, understandable way. In addition to 20+ years in Bible teaching ministry, Julie is a professional speaker and writer. Her works have appeared in publications such as Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, Christianity Today, Marriage Partnership, Brio, and Revolve Biblezines & Devotional Bible (for teens). She's also the author of "The Perfect Fit: Piecing Together True Love," and also the upcoming book, "One Million Arrows for God: Raising Your Children to Change the World." Learn more at www.JulieFerwerda.com.
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Today's One Year Bible Reading

For the next couple weeks as we move through Leviticus and Mark, our blog readings will ease up--temporarily. We have covered so many teachings in this flurry of learning these past six weeks, this will give us all a little time to digest our new information. But don't give up on your daily readings! Keep going! Be sure to watch for any observations you have as to the new things we are learning through the Messianic glasses as they apply to the things Jesus says or does.

Leviticus

10:9 "You and your descendants must never drink wine or any other alcoholic drink before going into the Tabernacle. If you do, you will die. This sounds so harsh, but there is definitely meaning behind it. Alcoholic drinks were fermented, which means yeast. So as these priests were serving duty in the presence of the Lord, this was symbolic that no sin can exist in the presence of God. Of course, sinful men were offering Him sacrifices, but it was all about the story behind the story—teaching us about the spiritual application and preparing us for what Jesus, our great High Priest, would do for us to make us able to enter the Holy of Holies!

Mark

4:26-29 I found this commentary online from Saltshakers Ministry: This second parable is a parable of the seed growing of itself. The point of this parable is that the seed sown will spring to life mysteriously, under its own power. It is the mystery of regeneration. The seed we know from the first parable is the Gospel. This is the key to understanding all the others. It is the simple Gospel of Yeshua dying for our sins, being buried, and then rising again. It is the Gospel of Yeshua that has power to change lives all by itself. It needs no help from man, other than we help with the planting. The Lord graciously also allows us to participate in the harvest. But, it is His Word that changes lives and produces the harvest.

4:35-41 Every now and then, I see interesting conversations that also take place inside my own heart as I read Jesus' interaction with others. I have had immense fear while following the Wild Goose into the unknown and even into hard places in recent years. He has stretched me beyond anything I could imagine, and this particular conversation was both humorous and enlightening:

Jesus: Let's cross to the other side (as in, the cloud is moving again, it's time to pick up camp and follow).

Julie: Teacher, don't you even care that we are going to drown? Where you're taking me is not safe!

Jesus: Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me? When have I ever let you drown?

Julie: Who are you? After all this time I should know...but my faith is so small.

5:1 So Jesus, accompanied by the yellow-bellied Julie Ferwerda, arrived safely on the other side...(of course, there were a lot of big waves and fearful moments in between!)

Psalm

37:31 [The godly] fill their hearts with God's [Torah], so they will never slip from His path. Isn't it a joy to be in the process of filling our hearts with His Torah? But we also have His Spirit in us, who has written Torah in our hearts.

Questions for reflection:

  • In Mark 5:6, we find that the evil spirits ran toward Jesus. Why do you think this is?

  • In verse 17, we see people begging Jesus to leave them after He did a miracle. Why would they want Him to leave?

  • What is the stormy sea that Jesus is asking you to cross over with Him to today? Will you get in the boat?