We’re moving right along in our Bible Study!  I hope you are enjoying reading the Gospels of Mark and Luke.  Just a chapter a day is easy to do, yet provides great reading for Bible study.

Want to join us?  Please do!  You can jump in where we are, or start from the beginning and read two chapters per day until you get caught up.  For summaries and introductions of Mark and Luke, please see previous posts starting on March 12.

Need a Bible?  Go to www.BibleGateway.com and do a search for the passage you want to read.

Below is the reading guide for the coming week:

Day 11   Sat, Mar 22:   Mark 5

Day 12   Sun, Mar 23:   Luke 7

Day 13   Mon, Mar 24:   Luke 8

Day 14   Tue, Mar 25:   Mark 6

Day 15   Wed, Mar 26:  Mark 7

Day 16   Thu, Mar 27:   Mark 8

Day 17   Fri, Mar 28:    Mark 9

Day 18   Sat, Mar 29:   Luke 9

I’d like to go back to Luke 6 where Jesus gives the Beatitudes (Latin word that means “blessings”).  You might have heard the Beatitudes said this way, “Blessed are those who are poor…Blessed are those who are hungry…Blessed are those who weep…”  If you prefer that wording, please refer to the King James Version of these passages.  If you don’t have a KJV Bible, you can access that version of the Bible at www.BibleGateway.com .   A more complete summary of the Beatitudes is found in Matthew 5:1-12 when Jesus gives the Sermon on the Mount.

Why all the talk about the Sabbath?  According to Mosaic Law (the law given to the Israelites by Moses, who received instruction from God), the Sabbath Day was to be a Holy Day set apart for worship and rest only.  No work was to be done on the Sabbath.  In Jesus’ day, the Pharisees and other religious leaders were so busy trying to uphold all the Laws that they failed to recognize Jesus as the fulfillment of them.  They felt threatened by Jesus and began plotting against Him.  These leaders went to hear Jesus’ preaching and teaching, looking for ways to challenge Him.  When crowds followed Jesus after His teachings on the Sabbath Days, the leaders followed, too, and did not like it that Jesus was performing miracles on the Sabbath Day.  In hopes of dissing Jesus in front of the large crowds, they questioned Jesus about picking wheat for food on the Sabbath and doing miracles on the Sabbath.  Each time Jesus responded with authority, turning the questions back on the religious leaders.  For example, Jesus asked if the Sabbath was a day for doing good or doing harm?  Clearly Jesus was with the crowds to do good, but the Pharisees and religious leaders were there to do harm.  Jesus, as Son of God, claimed to be Master of the Sabbath.  That infuriated the leaders who went away determined to put an end to Jesus’ ministry.  Eventually their plots would lead to putting an end to Jesus.  We will get to those events soon as we continue our reading and work our way to Easter.

Blessings to all,