Saturday, March 18, 2017

Saturday, March 18th: Deuteronomy 32-34; Mark 15:26-47 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Deuteronomy 32-34; Mark 15:26-47

Deuteronomy 33:26-27
“There is none like God, O Jeshurun,
    who rides through the heavens to your help,
    through the skies in his majesty.
27 The eternal God is your dwelling place,
    and underneath are the everlasting arms.

I love the beauty and promise in these words.  Our God can ride through the heavens He created.  Our God is eternal.  Our God is our dwelling place.  Our God is our helper.  Our God is always waiting with open arms.  Our God!

I love how He was gracious to Moses - that even though Moses was not allowed to enter the Promised Land due to his sin, God allowed him to see it before he died.  And God himself buried his faithful servant.

Moses was Israel's most revered prophet.  But he was a picture of the Great Prophet still to come.  I think it incredibly fitting that in today's passages we read both of Moses' death, and the death of Jesus, the fulfillment of the promise.

The loss of their beloved leader must have been a time of intense mourning for the Israelites.
The loss of Jesus was a near crushing blow to His disciples, who did not understand Jesus' predictions about His death and resurrection.
We speak a lot about Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but Saturday doesn't have a name.  Saturday was a desolate day, a hopeless day.
In some ways, we live in Saturday.  But the difference for us is, we know that Sunday is coming!  That ultimate victory is not ours in its perfection quite yet, but we know it's coming, and we can live in light of that hope.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Joshua 1-3; Mark 16

1 comment:

Nathan Reimer said...

Mark 15:46
And Joseph[g] bought a linen shroud, and taking him down, wrapped him in the linen shroud and laid him in a tomb that had been cut out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.

I've read this verse many times but never taken note of it, and how it proves that Jesus was truly dead at this time, only to rise the next day. This was an unbelievable miracle, how He could die and then rise from death, this is beyond our human understanding and shows what power God has and how much He loves us, that He went through all of this for me.