02/20/2017 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 9:7-10:20 ~ Mark 4:26-5:20 ~ Psalm 37:30-40 ~ Proverbs 10:6-7

Today is February 20th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It is great to be here with you today, I in the rolling hills of Tennessee and you in the flat plains or rolling hills or big mountains or lush valleys of wherever you are.  Whether in shower or in car or on train or on bus, we’re all in this together and we all do this together and it is great to be here with you today.  So we will zoom our way back out into the desert and continue forward in the book of Leviticus as the laws and customs and rituals, the complexion and texture of this culture that is emerging out of the desert – I mean, these people, this mass of people covering the desert floor who left Egypt with an identity of slaves are being reshaped and reformed into something entirely new, a new culture rising up out of the dust of the wilderness and it is beautiful to see. Leviticus chapter 9 verse 7 through 10:20 today and we’re reading from the God’s Word translation this week.  

Commentary

This story that we come to in the book of Mark today where Jesus throws a legion of demons into a herd of swine, that is like one of the most popular stories about Jesus that I can remember.  I mean, I remember it my whole life.  It is like one of the greatest Sunday school stories of all time because it is so dramatic.  Even as I’m reading it, I’m thinking back to Cursi.  This is the name of the place that this happened and it is kind of on the northeastern side of the Sea of Galilee.  So where Jesus did most of his work and ministry and where he lived was the northwestern side of the Sea of Galilee.  That is where Capernaum and Corazon and Bethsaida, those towns that he kind of frequented are.  So it is miles away.  The Sea of Galilee is not like this ocean of water.  It is like a good size lake.  So on the other side of the lake is where this takes place.  There are a lot of ancient shrines and ruins of monasteries and chapels and stuff that were there in the Byzantine era and it’s called Cursi.

I’ve walked around there lots of times and just kind of moved things from the flannel board to real life and walked around thinking what that would have been like.  I have never not stopped in my tracks at this point when I come to this story ever.  It is always the same thing for me.  This story always becomes a mirror into my own soul where I’m looking at myself going, who am I in this story?  Because it is so dramatic.  A man is set free and pigs are down floating and bobbing in the Sea of Galilee.  People are streaming off the mountain.  Hippos Sussita, the Decapolis cities up on top of the mountain there, I can just imagine what that would have been like and just how freaked out…  Like, if I didn’t know who Jesus was, if I had just heard rumors from the other side of the lake that there is this holy man who has powers but I don’t really know anything else about him, I don’t really participate in Jewish religion, I’m just like a Roman person in the Roman empire being my Roman self, if I come down of that mountain, I’m going to see that something miraculous has happened.  And they do.  They do see that something miraculous has happened.  It’s the response that pierces me sometimes.  They just asked Jesus to leave.  

They saw this guy and they knew who he was and they knew he was troubled and out of his mind and possessed and he was free and they saw it and they did not embrace it.  They asked Jesus to leave.  That is what we do sometimes.  That is what I do sometimes.  Anything that starts disrupting the way we think we know what we know, we send it away. God can move in any way that he wants, but if he moves in a way that is not in our box of theology or he moves in a way that is disruptive to our lives, we immediately want to pace the whole thing.  We can cry out for Jesus to come, invade our hearts, walk with us, lead us, be our mouthpiece, do everything, until he does.  Because when he does, things start shaking.  Because in the presence of Jesus, everything that is false shakes and falls away.  All of a sudden we find ourselves really attached to some of that and really uncomfortable in the disruption.  We can pray for God to move in our lives, and then he does and it is disruptive and then we’re blaming God for the disruption and he’s like, “You invited me.  You said you wanted to be free, but you don’t really. Not really, because freedom would change so much.”

So in our thoughts and words and deeds, we ask him to leave too.  We want the freedom that he offers.  We want sanctification and holiness, but it only works one way and that is all or nothing.  There is no half-hearted entrance into this kingdom that Jesus keeps talking about.  It’s all or nothing.  And lest we think that God has the easy way on this, all we have to do is look at Jesus. He was all or nothing on our behalf, all the way to the point that there were spikes through his wrists and ankles. He had been beaten bloody silly. It is so inhumane to look at the cross from a human perspective, just to understand the torture.  He was all or nothing all the way till death, so this relationship isn’t anything less.  That is the narrow path that leads to life.  As Jesus said, “Few find it.”  

So I look at this story and I’m like, ‘darn it!  I do this too.’  I think we all do.  But that doesn’t mean it’s okay.  That doesn’t mean because we all are like this it’s okay.  It’s not okay.  

Prayer

Holy Spirit, we invite you to show us the ways that we have asked you to leave even as we ask you to stay.  How is it that we’re so tangled up that we forget our source of life or we want to actually be the sovereign in this relationship, that we want to be the yes or no person?  And you’ve given us that power, that yes or no power.  We can choose not to follow you.  At any point we can walk away, but we don’t want to say yes when we don’t mean yes. We don’t want to invite you and then try to govern the whole thing, how much of your presence we will allow, how much disruption we will take, how much of our hearts we will actually open to you and your work because our thoughts, words and deeds are telling the truth about that story.  What we want is that your presence is so evident in our lives that we have no idea how to breathe without you, that we have no idea how to live and move and have our being without you.  We wouldn’t even know what that looked like anymore.  Help us, Holy Spirit, to see what that actually is, that we trying to be in charge of everything in our own lives, our own sovereign god, is our denial of your work in our lives and your presence and blatant evidence of the fall in us.  But you came to reverse all of that, so rather than sending you away, we need to be running toward you naked and flailing, just like this man came running toward you.  So help us, Jesus.  Come, Holy Spirit, and let us see things as they really are.  And let us own what we’ve been doing when we’ve been sending you away and acknowledge that that is not healthy, there is no margin in that, and it is sin to us.  It is poison for our souls.  Separated from you, we are nothing.  So come, we ask you to come.  We’re not sending you away.  We’re drawing near.  Come Jesus, we pray in your precious name, amen.  

SONG played on today’s DAB “Land of the Living” Matthew Perryman Jones http://apple.co/2kcSKz6

02/19/2017 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 7:28-9:6 ~ Mark 3:31-4:25 ~ Psalm 37:12-29 ~ Proverbs 10:5

Today is the 19th day of February.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian.  It is great to be here with you at the threshold of this brand new week that will unfold before us, and we’re doing the right thing by centering ourselves in the scriptures as we move into this week.  So steaming cup of Windfarm coffee to my left, and words in front of me, with a microphone, of course, to my right, and off we go, back out into the desert with the children of Israel as their customs and rituals and laws and festivals are all being put into place, things that will over time create a completely different culture than had ever existed, one chosen and instructed and informed by God himself.  Leviticus chapter 7, verse 28 through 9:6 and we’ll read from the God’s Word translation this week.  

Prayer

Father, we thank you for another week in your word and as we move forward, the story begins to fill in and have texture and complexion and nuance.  These people that we’re getting to know, we find ourselves in their stories, and so we thank you.  As we move through this threshold into the next week, we invite you into everything about us, everything that we’ll say this week.  May our tongues be guided by the power of your Holy Spirit.  Everything that we have to think and process and reason out this week, we ask for your holy counsel, and all of the choices that we need to make, we ask for your wisdom. In every interaction that we have with another person this week, we invite your Holy Spirit.  Speak through us to our spouses.  Speak through us to our children.  Speak through us to our coworkers and those that we attend church with and everyone that we come into contact with.  We want your essence to be the main thing that people see about us. So we invite you fully.  We long for intimacy with you this week, to walk with you in a friendship that is loyal and true.  We want to be delighted by your presence in our lives.  So come, Holy Spirit.  We offer this week in advance to you.  Come Jesus, we pray in your name.  Amen.  

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Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hi family.  This is Salvation is Mine in San Leandro, CA.  I was just listening to the February 12th podcast and heard Gigi. Oh my gosh, little one, oh, I am so, so, so, so happy for you, that you are healed in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and it got me to thinking the faith of a child is so strong and you could hear it in Gigi’s voice.  You could hear how much she loves the Lord.  You could hear how much she believed that he was going to heal her and He did.  So who are we as adults to have such doubt?  I’m talking about me with my cancer diagnosis.  I have been stressing and having panic attacks and upset and mad and angry and just a whole bunch of emotions, then here comes our sweet little Gigi just knowing that God was going to take care of her.  So who are we as adults not to have the faith of a child? A child will lead them, right?  So Gigi, thank you for leading us older ones. Thank you for believing in our Lord Jesus Christ probably a little bit more than we do sometimes.  Thank you for being a light in this darkness that we are in. We just appreciate you and we love on you and we praise God for you and we want to continue to hear your testimonies and your call ins from time to time letting us know how you are. Family, God bless you all.  Take care.  I’m going to start stepping out on bigger faith, wider faith as of today. Thank you so much.  God bless you.  Bye-bye.  

Hello DAB family.  This is Joe from Connecticut, a long time listener and first time caller.  First, I would like to remind everyone to continue our financial support of the DAB.  Without our support, there would be no DAB community, so let’s help Brian reach more and more people by supporting this great ministry as much as we can. If you haven’t made the commitment yet, pray on it and let God speak to your heart.  So l listen to the Daily Audio Bible every day and pray for those on the prayer line.  I never felt I was in a position to ask for prayer.  My family and friends are all physically healthy, so I didn’t feel worthy to call in just for my spiritual and mental health.  I’m finally recognizing that spiritual warfare we all face can be just as deadly if not more deadly than a physical illness and the evil one knows our weaknesses and never gives up, especially as we move forward into a closer relationship with God.  Now I’m coming to you, my DAB family, this incredible and amazing group of prayer warriors, to pray for me and my children, Megan, Caitlin and Ryan, that we may overcome all the spiritual warfare in our lives and rise above the lies, deceit and distractions that come into our lives every day. Please pray for my children to realize that they are perfect just the way they are, the way God created them, and that they would be less anxious about everything and be able to focus on moving forward in a positive direction and to a relationship with God.  And lastly, please pray for me and the men traveling to the Wild at Heart Advanced Conference this weekend in Colorado, that God will heal our hearts and lead us into a closer relationship with him. Thank you, DAB family.  I’m glad I finally called.  I love you.  

Hey Daily Audio Bible.  This is Billy from Montgomery.  I would like to put a prayer request out there for myself and my wife and my two boys, Billy, Natalie and Taylor and Connor, that we all come to know Jesus and God and all start listening to the Daily Audio Bible to get to know God better and to get to know Jesus better.  I have purchased the e-book of Reframe and I’m reading that now.  I would like to go back and buy the audio version of it to listen to it.  Just love listening to stuff, listening to Brian and all that.  Anyhow, I just wanted to put that prayer request out there, that we all come to know God better and Jesus better in my family and that is all.  I just want to put that prayer request out there.  I will talk to you all later.  Love you guys.  Talk to you later.  Bye.  

Hi Daily Audio Bible.  This is Lisa in Springfield, MO.  I’m a first time caller.  I just finished my first year with Daily Audio Bible and I’m so grateful to my sister Sherry for letting me know about it.  It has been a huge blessing, so thank you, Brian and Jill and staff for this ministry.  I have a prayer request.  My dear friend Christine is dying.  She has been diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease which is a degenerative brain disorder and it has given her 6-12 months to live.  She is a wonderful wife and friend and mother and grandmother and this is not what she certainly wanted, how she wanted her days on earth to end, so we’re still believing for a miracle and I thought perhaps if the Daily Audio Bible family would join in prayer, we just might see that because our God is faithful.  Everybody have a blessed day and Brian, thanks again for this wonderful ministry. God bless.  Bye-bye.  

Hi everybody.  This is Alisha calling from Kansas.  I’m calling to ask for prayer.  Today is February the 15th and on February the 11th, coming home from church Saturday night I was in a major motor vehicle accident.  If you’d like to see the pictures, please feel free to go to my Facebook Page, Alisha B.  I hit a cement wall going 60 miles an hour after a drunk driver hit another car and that car hit me, sending me going in front of four lanes of traffic without being hit by a single car and then I could hear God telling me to get out of the car which usually they tell you to stay in the car.  I got out of the car, got away from the car and my car was struck again.  I’m praising God for don’t have hardly any injuries.  It’s a miracle.  I’m just asking for prayer for quick healing and glasses.  My glasses were lost.  I’m wearing my sunglasses which are also prescription.  I thank you all so much for your prayers, for your faithfulness. I wanted to say real quick, Charles that lost his wife, the matriarch of the family, I’m praying for you.  David from Kansas, I’ve missed a few days. I’ve missed you.  Salvation is Mine, everybody, I love you all.  I’m so grateful for this ministry and for all of you. I hope you all have a blessed day. Thank you.  Bye-bye.  

Good morning Dabbers.  I’m a burning bush that will not be devoured for the glory of our Lord and King.  This morning I’m calling to pray for Reggie from Kenya, Charles from Florida and the loved missionary, Bill B., and also for Lisa’s dad Martin.  Father God, we come before you this morning.  We love you and we thank you for this family.  We thank you, God, for the faith that you’ve given us, O Lord, knowing that whatever we ask you in your name you will grant it.  Father Lord, we commit Reggie before you, Lord. God, you have his life in your hands. I pray that you will give him favor, O Lord, that you will open doors for him, doors that were shut closed, Lord. That you will lead him into the job that is fulfilling and that is going to provide for his family, in the name of Jesus.  I pray for Charles from Florida, God.  I pray that you heal his heart and comfort his family after the loss of his wife. God, I pray that you will just be with him, be closer with him, bring him closer to you during this time of her departure, Lord, and remind him that he is not alone.  I pray for missionary Bill B.  Lord, I pray for healing of his body.  I thank you that he can continue ministering even though he’s not feeling well, Lord.  I pray that in the name of Jesus.  That you will make your presence known in his life, that you will bring people around him to show him love daily and that as you’re healing his body, God, that you continue to pour into him, pour into his spirit.  I thank you for Lisa’s dad, Martin, God, and I thank you, Lord Jesus, for salvation, in the name of Jesus.  Amen. I love you guys.  Victorious Soldier, I love you and I’m thinking of you today.  God bless you.  

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday February 20, 2017 (NIV)

Leviticus 9:7-10:20

Moses told Aaron, “Come to the altar and sacrifice an offering for sin and a burnt offering to make peace with the Lord for your sins and the sins of the people. Also make an offering for the people, to make peace with the Lord for them as the Lord commanded.”

Aaron came to the altar and slaughtered the calf as his own offering for sin. Aaron’s sons brought him the blood. He dipped his finger in the blood and put it on the horns of the altar. Then he poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar. 10 On the altar he burned the fat, kidneys, and lobe of the liver from the offering for sin as the Lord had commanded Moses. 11 He burned the meat and the skin outside the camp.

12 He slaughtered the animal for the burnt offering. Aaron’s sons gave him the blood, and he threw it against the altar on all sides. 13 They also gave him the burnt offering, which was cut in pieces and included the head. He burned it on the altar. 14 He washed the internal organs and the legs and laid them on top of the burnt offering on the altar.

15 He brought the people’s offerings. He took the male goat for the people’s offering for sin and slaughtered it. He sacrificed it to take away sins as he had done before. 16 Following the proper procedures, he brought forward the burnt offering and sacrificed it. 17 He also brought the grain offering. He took a handful of grain and burned it on the altar in addition to the morning burnt offering. 18 He slaughtered the bull and the ram for the people’s fellowship offering. Aaron’s sons gave him the blood, which he threw against the altar on all sides. 19 However, the fat from the bull and the ram (the fat from the tail, the layer of fat, the kidneys, and the lobe of the liver) 20 they placed on the breasts. Aaron burned them all on the altar. 21 However, he first took the breasts and the right thighs and presented them to the Lord as Moses commanded.

22 Then Aaron raised his hands toward the people and blessed them. He sacrificed the offering for sin, the burnt offering, and the fellowship offering. Then he came down from the altar. 23 Moses and Aaron went into the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people. Then the Lord’s glory appeared to all the people. 24 Fire came out from the Lord’s presence and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar. When all the people saw this, they shouted and bowed with their faces touching the ground.

Improper Conduct for Priests

10 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu each took an incense burner and put burning coals and incense in it. Then in the Lord’s presence they offered this unauthorized fire. A fire flashed from the Lord and burned them, and they died in the presence of the Lord.

Moses said to Aaron, “This is exactly what the Lord said:

‘I will show my holiness among those who come to me.
I will show my glory to all the people.’”

Aaron was speechless.

Moses called Mishael and Elzaphan, the sons of Aaron’s uncle, Uzziel. He told them, “Come and take your relatives away from in front of the holy place. Take them outside the camp.” So they came and took them away to a place outside the camp, as Moses told them. The dead men were still in their linen robes.

Moses told Aaron and his sons Eleazar and Ithamar: “Do not mourn by leaving your hair uncombed or tearing your clothes. If you do, you will die and the Lord will become angry with the whole congregation. All the other Israelites may cry over the fire the Lord sent, but you may not. You must not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting or else you, too, will die, because the Lord has anointed you with his oil.” They obeyed Moses.

Proper Conduct for Priests

The Lord spoke to Aaron, “You and your sons must not drink any wine or liquor when you go into the tent of meeting, or you will die. This is a permanent law for generations to come. 10 Teach them the difference between what is holy and what is unholy, what is clean and what is unclean. [a] 11 Also teach the Israelites all the laws that I gave them through Moses.”

12 Moses told Aaron and his surviving sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Take the grain offering left over from the offering by fire to the Lord. Make unleavened bread, and eat it next to the altar because it is very holy. 13 Eat it in a holy place because it is the part of the offering by fire to the Lord that belongs to you and your children. That is the command I received. 14 Also eat the breast presented to the Lord and the thigh that was given as a contribution. You and your sons and daughters may eat them in a clean place because they are your part of the fellowship offerings from the Israelites. 15 They will bring the thigh given as a contribution, the breast presented to the Lord, and the fat that is to be burned and present them to the Lord. These parts will belong to you and your children. This will be a permanent law, as the Lord has commanded.”

Eleazar and Ithamar Sacrifice the Offering for Sin

16 Moses tried to find out what had happened to the male goat that was supposed to be the offering for sin. To his surprise, it had already been burned. So he became angry with Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s surviving sons. 17 He asked them, “Why didn’t you eat the offering for sin in the holy place? It is very holy and was given to you to take away the sins of the congregation and to make peace with the Lord for them. 18 Since its blood was not brought inside the holy place, you certainly should have eaten it there, as I commanded.”

19 Aaron answered Moses, “Today they sacrificed their offering for sin and their burnt offering in the Lord’s presence, and look what happened to me. If I had eaten the offering for sin today, would the Lord have approved?”

20 When Moses heard this, he was satisfied.

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 10:11 “Clean” refers to anything that is presentable to God. “Unclean” refers to anything that is not presentable to God.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Mark 4:26-5:20

A Story about Seeds That Grow

26 Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is like a man who scatters seeds on the ground. 27 He sleeps at night and is awake during the day. The seeds sprout and grow, although the man doesn’t know how. 28 The ground produces grain by itself. First the green blade appears, then the head, then the head full of grain. 29 As soon as the grain is ready, he cuts it with a sickle, because harvest time has come.”

A Story about a Mustard Seed(A)

30 Jesus asked, “How can we show what God’s kingdom is like? To what can we compare it? 31 It’s like a mustard seed planted in the ground. The mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds on earth. 32 However, when planted, it comes up and becomes taller than all the garden plants. It grows such large branches that birds can nest in its shade.”

33 Jesus spoke God’s word to them using many illustrations like these. In this way people could understand what he taught. 34 He did not speak to them without using an illustration. But when he was alone with his disciples, he explained everything to them.

Jesus Calms the Sea(B)

35 That evening, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side.”

36 Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus along in a boat just as he was. Other boats were with him.

37 A violent windstorm came up. The waves were breaking into the boat so that it was quickly filling up. 38 But he was sleeping on a cushion in the back of the boat.

So they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to die?”

39 Then he got up, ordered the wind to stop, and said to the sea, “Be still, absolutely still!” The wind stopped blowing, and the sea became very calm.

40 He asked them, “Why are you such cowards? Don’t you have any faith yet?”

41 They were overcome with fear and asked each other, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”

Jesus Cures a Demon-Possessed Man(C)

They arrived in the territory of the Gerasenes on the other side of the Sea of Galilee. As Jesus stepped out of the boat, a man came out of the tombs and met him. The man was controlled by an evil spirit and lived among the tombs. No one could restrain him any longer, not even with a chain. He had often been chained hand and foot. However, he snapped the chains off his hands and broke the chains from his feet. No one could control him. Night and day he was among the tombs and on the mountainsides screaming and cutting himself with stones.

The man saw Jesus at a distance. So he ran to Jesus, bowed down in front of him, and shouted, “Why are you bothering me now, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Swear to God that you won’t torture me.” He shouted this because Jesus said, “You evil spirit, come out of the man.”

Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

He told Jesus, “My name is Legion [Six Thousand], because there are many of us.” 10 He begged Jesus not to send them out of the territory.

11 A large herd of pigs was feeding on a mountainside nearby. 12 The demons begged him, “Send us into the pigs! Let us enter them!”

13 Jesus let them do this. The evil spirits came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of about two thousand pigs rushed down the cliff into the sea and drowned.

14 Those who took care of the pigs ran away. In the city and countryside they reported everything that had happened. So the people came to see what had happened. 15 They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. The man was sitting there dressed and in his right mind. The people were frightened. 16 Those who saw this told what had happened to the demon-possessed man and the pigs. 17 Then the people began to beg Jesus to leave their territory.

18 As Jesus stepped into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged him, “Let me stay with you.” 19 But Jesus would not allow it. Instead, he told the man, “Go home to your family, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been to you.”

20 So the man left. He began to tell how much Jesus had done for him in the Ten Cities.[a] Everyone was amazed.

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 5:20 A federation of ten Greek city states east and west of the Jordan River.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Psalm 37:30-40

30 The mouth of the righteous person reflects on wisdom.
His tongue speaks what is fair.
31 The teachings of his God are in his heart.
His feet do not slip.
32 The wicked person watches the righteous person
and seeks to kill him.
33 But the Lord will not abandon him to the wicked person’s power
or condemn him when he is brought to trial.
34 Wait with hope for the Lord, and follow his path,
and he will honor you by giving you the land.
When wicked people are cut off, you will see it.

35 I have seen a wicked person acting like a tyrant,
spreading himself out like a large cedar tree.
36 But he moved on, and now there is no trace of him.
I searched for him, but he could not be found.
37 Notice the innocent person,
and look at the decent person,
because the peacemaker has a future.
38 But rebels will be completely destroyed.
The future of wicked people will be cut off.
39 The victory for righteous people comes from the Lord.
He is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and rescues them.
He rescues them from wicked people.
He saves them because they have taken refuge in him.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Proverbs 10:6-7

Blessings cover the head of a righteous person,
but violence covers the mouths of wicked people.

The name of a righteous person remains blessed,
but the names of wicked people will rot away.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

02/18/2017 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 6:1-7:27 ~ Mark 3:7-30 ~ Psalm 37:1-11 ~ Proverbs 10:3-4

Today is February 18th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today from the rolling hills of Tennessee, and wherever you are, I hope it’s a lovely morning or afternoon or evening and that you’ve come here to just unplug from everything else that is going on and center yourself in the rhythm that we have as a community based on a step a day in the word of God.  

So we’re in the book of Leviticus.  We were talking about the different sacrifices yesterday and how to embrace this, so we move back into the things that God is telling his chosen people that form and create the culture that they live in.  We’re reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week.  We’ve been doing that all this week.  Here we are at the end of another week already and we’ll move on to another translation tomorrow, but for today, Leviticus chapter 6, verse 1 through 7:27.

Commentary

A couple things.  Jesus, in the book of Mark, appoints his apostles, his disciples, the 12 and then he is healing people and throwing out evil spirits and the religious leaders come and essentially say he is possessed himself, he is possessed by the devil himself. He drives out demons by the ruler of demons.  This is where Jesus says, “look, listen, that doesn’t make any sense.  Right?  How can a kingdom divided against itself go forward forcefully?  That is civil war.  If a house is divided against itself, that house can’t stand.  So if I’m throwing out demons because I’m demon-possessed, how does that make any sense?”

Then Jesus talks about what, as a kid, I was told was the unpardonable sin, blaspheming against the Holy Spirit.  Man, all of my childhood I always was worried that I had somehow done that and I was doomed.  But I didn’t know what it was.  It was just this esoteric thing out there.  What is that?  What is the one thing you can do that you cannot be forgiven for?  Jesus was telling the religious leaders who were making these accusations against him that this is what they were doing.  They were blaspheming against the Holy Spirit by calling the Holy Spirit within Jesus Beelzebul, an unclean spirit.  They were declaring the Holy Spirit an unclean spirit.  That is blasphemy.  Once I realized that, it was like, okay, well I would never call the Holy Spirit an unclean spirit.  But I can tell you something that Jesus said is unforgiveable.  That is when we withhold forgiveness ourselves.  

Jesus said if we won’t forgive, then we won’t be forgiven.  That is a big deal, because this good Holy Spirit of the living God is within us and we have been forgiven much, but when we are withholding forgiveness, then we are bringing that spirit of God and essentially saying ‘you do not have the final authority in my life.’  Friends, the sobering reality is that is blasphemy. Anytime we are operating out of our own strength and will in rebellion to God, we are denying with our very actions the Holy Spirit within.  

May we contemplate that as I re-read a bit of the psalm today, because David lays out the posture of heart we must have:  

Do not be agitated by evil-doers.  Do not envy those who do wrong.  They will wither quickly like grass and wilt like tender green plants. Trust in the Lord and do what is good. Dwell in the land and live securely. Take delight in the Lord and he will give you your heart’s desires.  Commit your way to the Lord.  Trust in him and he will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.  Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him.  Do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the man who carries out evil plans.  Refrain from anger and give up your rage.  Do not be agitated.  It can only bring harm.  For evildoers will be destroyed, but those who put their hope in the Lord will inherit the land.  A little while and the wicked person will be no more.  Though you look for him, he will not be there.  But the humble will inherit the land and will enjoy abundant prosperity.  

Prayer

Father, this is sobering.  This is sobering because it really does touch every thought, word, and deed of our lives. It very clearly shows us that this faith journey that we’re taking, it’s not a little stroll.  It’s an all or nothing proposition.  It consumes us entirely.  It binds us to you in ways that there is no way to find where you begin and we end.  We are intertwined and we are on a mission in this world to reclaim what has been lost for thousands of years, to bring your kingdom, to be your kingdom.  We didn’t sign up to get a free pass from hell. You have invited us to offer our lives as a living sacrifice.  We no longer have to offer you sacrifices.  We are the sacrifice, our lives poured out for you, to you, because of you, in hope of you, in faith of you.  And in return you have given us your Holy Spirit that animates the trajectory of our days.  So we give you this day and offer it to you as a living sacrifice.  Come Holy Spirit.  Well up within us, we ask in the powerful and strong name of Jesus. Amen.  

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday February 19, 2017 (NIV)

Leviticus 7:28-9:6

Dividing the Fellowship Offering between the People and the Priests

28 The Lord spoke to Moses, 29 “Tell the Israelites: Anyone who offers the Lord a fellowship offering must bring a part of that sacrifice as a gift to the Lord. 30 Bring the sacrifices by fire made to the Lord yourself. Bring the fat with the breast. Take the breast and present it to the Lord.

31 “The priest will burn the fat on the altar. However, the breast will belong to Aaron and his sons. 32 You will also give the priest the right thigh as a contribution. 33 When any of Aaron’s sons offer the blood and fat of the fellowship offering, the right thigh will belong to him as his share. 34 From the fellowship offerings of the Israelites, I have taken the breast that was presented to me and the thigh from the contribution offering. I have given them to the priest Aaron and his sons. This is a permanent law for generations to come.

35 “This is the share for Aaron and his sons from the sacrifices by fire made to the Lord. It was given to them on the day Moses ordained them to serve the Lord as priests. 36 The Lord commanded the Israelites to give it to them on the day he anointed them. This is a permanent law for generations to come.”

Summary of Offerings

37 These are the instructions for the burnt offering, the grain offering, the offering for sin, the guilt offering, the ordination offering, and the fellowship offering. 38 On Mount Sinai the Lord gave Moses commands about these offerings at the same time that he commanded the Israelites to bring their offerings to him in the Sinai Desert.

Aaron and His Sons Made Priests(A)

The Lord spoke to Moses, “Take Aaron and his sons, the priests’ clothes, the anointing oil, the bull that will be the offering for sin, the two rams, and the basket of unleavened bread. Gather the whole congregation at the entrance to the tent of meeting.”

Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and the congregation gathered at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Moses told the congregation, “The Lord has commanded that this is what you must do.”

Moses had Aaron and his sons come forward, and he washed them. He put the linen robe on Aaron and fastened the belt around him. He also dressed him in the robe that is worn with the ephod.[a] He fastened the ephod to it. Then he put the breastplate on him, and into it he placed the Urim and Thummim. [b] He put the turban on him and fastened the gold medallion (the holy crown) to the front of the turban as the Lord had commanded Moses.

10 Moses took the anointing oil to anoint the tent and everything in it and dedicate them. 11 He sprinkled some of the oil on the altar seven times and anointed the altar, all the utensils, and the basin with its stand to dedicate them.

12 He also poured some of the anointing oil on Aaron’s head and anointed him to set him apart for his holy duties.

13 Moses had Aaron’s sons come forward. He put linen robes on them, fastened their belts around them, and put turbans on them as the Lord had commanded Moses.

14 He brought the bull that was the offering for sin. Aaron and his sons placed their hands on its head. 15 When it was slaughtered, Moses took the blood and put it on the horns of the altar all around with his finger and cleansed the altar from sins. He poured the rest of the blood at the bottom of the altar and declared it holy so that priests could use it to make peace with the Lord. 16 Moses took all the fat that was on the internal organs, the lobe of the liver, and the two kidneys with their fat, and he burned them on the altar. 17 He burned the rest of the bull, its skin, meat, and excrement outside the camp, as the Lord commanded him.

18 He brought forward the ram for the burnt offering. Aaron and his sons placed their hands on the ram’s head. 19 Moses slaughtered it and threw the blood against the altar on all sides. 20 When the ram was cut into pieces, Moses burned the head with the other pieces and the fat. 21 He washed the internal organs and the legs. Then Moses burned the whole ram on the altar as the Lord commanded him. It was a burnt offering, a soothing aroma, an offering by fire to the Lord.

22 He brought forward the second ram for the ordination offering. Aaron and his sons placed their hands on the ram’s head. 23 Moses slaughtered it, took some of the blood, and put it on Aaron’s right ear lobe, on his right thumb, and on the big toe of his right foot. 24 Moses also brought Aaron’s sons forward. He put some of the blood on their right ear lobes, on their right thumbs, and on the big toes of their right feet. Moses threw the rest of the blood against all the sides of the altar. 25 He took the fat, the fat from the tail, all the fat on the internal organs, the lobe of the liver, the two kidneys with their fat, and the right thigh. 26 He took a loaf of unleavened bread, a ring of bread made with olive oil, and a wafer from the basket of unleavened bread which was in the Lord’s presence. He put them on the fat and the right thigh. 27 Then he placed all these things in the hands of Aaron and his sons. Moses presented all these things to the Lord as an offering. 28 Then he took them from their hands and burned them on top of the burnt offering on the altar. These were ordination offerings, offerings by fire, a soothing aroma to the Lord. 29 Moses also took the breast from the ram of the ordination offering and presented it to the Lord. It was Moses’ share, as the Lord had commanded.

30 Moses took some of the anointing oil and some of the blood that was on the altar, sprinkled it on Aaron and his clothes and on his sons and their clothes. In this way he dedicated Aaron, his clothes, his sons, and their clothes.

31 Moses told Aaron and his sons: “Cook the meat at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Take the meat and the bread in the basket of the ordination offering. Eat them there as I commanded when I said, ‘Aaron and his sons will eat it.’ 32 You must burn any meat or bread that is left over. 33 You will not leave the entrance to the tent of meeting for seven days, not until the last day of your ordination is over. It will take seven days to ordain you. 34 I did today what the Lord commanded me to make peace with the Lord for you. 35 You will stay at the entrance to the tent of meeting day and night for seven days and serve as the Lord tells you. Then you will not die. This is what I was commanded.”

36 So Aaron and his sons did everything the Lord commanded through Moses.

Aaron’s First Sacrifices

On the eighth day Moses summoned Aaron and his sons and the leaders of Israel. He told Aaron, “Take a calf that has no defects for yourself as an offering for sin and a ram that has no defects as a burnt offering. Sacrifice them in the Lord’s presence. Also tell the Israelites: ‘Take a male goat as an offering for sin, a calf and a lamb (each one year old and without defects) as a burnt offering, a bull and a ram as a fellowship offering, and a grain offering mixed with olive oil to sacrifice in the Lord’s presence. The Lord will appear to you today.’”

So they took the things Moses commanded and brought them in front of the tent of meeting. The whole congregation came and stood in the Lord’s presence.

Moses said, “The Lord has commanded you to offer these sacrifices so that you may see the Lord’s glory.”

Footnotes:

  1. Leviticus 8:7 Ephod is a technical term for part of the priest’s clothes. Its exact usage and shape are unknown.
  2. Leviticus 8:9 The Urim and Thummim were used by the chief priest to determine God’s answer to questions.

Cross references:

  1. Leviticus 8:1 : Exodus 29:1–45
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Mark 3:31-4:25

The True Family of Jesus(A)

31 Then his mother and his brothers arrived. They stood outside and sent someone to ask him to come out. 32 The crowd sitting around Jesus told him, “Your mother and your brothers are outside looking for you.”

33 He replied to them, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 34 Then looking at those who sat in a circle around him, he said, “Look, here are my mother and my brothers. 35 Whoever does what God wants is my brother and sister and mother.”

A Story about a Farmer(B)

Jesus began to teach again by the Sea of Galilee. A very large crowd gathered around him, so he got into a boat and sat in it. The boat was in the water while the entire crowd lined the shore. He used stories as illustrations to teach them many things.

While he was teaching them, he said, “Listen! A farmer went to plant seed. Some seeds were planted along the road, and birds came and devoured them. Other seeds were planted on rocky ground, where there wasn’t much soil. The plants sprouted quickly because the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, they were scorched. They didn’t have any roots, so they withered. Other seeds were planted among thornbushes. The thornbushes grew up and choked them, and they didn’t produce anything. But other seeds were planted on good ground, sprouted, and produced thirty, sixty, or one hundred times as much as was planted.” He added, “Let the person who has ears listen!”

10 When he was alone with his followers and the twelve apostles, they asked him about the stories.

11 Jesus replied to them, “The mystery about God’s kingdom has been given directly to you. To those on the outside, it is given in stories:

12 ‘They see clearly but don’t perceive.
They hear clearly but don’t understand.
They never return to me
and are never forgiven.’”

13 Jesus asked them, “Don’t you understand this story? How, then, will you understand any of the stories I use as illustrations?

14 “The farmer plants the word. 15 Some people are like seeds that were planted along the road. Whenever they hear the word, Satan comes at once and takes away the word that was planted in them. 16 Other people are like seeds that were planted on rocky ground. Whenever they hear the word, they accept it at once with joy. 17 But they don’t develop any roots. They last for a short time. When suffering or persecution comes along because of the word, they immediately fall from faith. 18 Other people are like seeds planted among thornbushes. They hear the word, 19 but the worries of life, the deceitful pleasures of riches, and the desires for other things take over. They choke the word so that it can’t produce anything. 20 Others are like seeds planted on good ground. They hear the word, accept it, and produce crops—thirty, sixty, or one hundred times as much as was planted.”

A Story about a Lamp

21 Jesus said to them, “Does anyone bring a lamp into a room to put it under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it put on a lamp stand? 22 There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed. There is nothing kept secret that will not come to light. 23 Let the person who has ears listen!”

24 He went on to say, “Pay attention to what you’re listening to! Knowledge will be measured out to you by the measure of attention you give. This is the way knowledge increases. 25 Those who understand these mysteries will be given more knowledge. However, some people don’t understand these mysteries. Even what they understand will be taken away from them.”

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Psalm 37:12-29

12 The wicked person plots against a righteous one
and grits his teeth at him.
13 The Lord laughs at him
because he has seen that his time is coming.
14 Wicked people pull out their swords and bend their bows
to kill oppressed and needy people,
to slaughter those who are decent.
15 But their own swords will pierce their hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 The little that the righteous person has is better
than the wealth of many wicked people.
17 The arms of wicked people will be broken,
but the Lord continues to support righteous people.
18 The Lord knows the daily struggles of innocent people.
Their inheritance will last forever.
19 They will not be put to shame in trying times.
Even in times of famine they will be satisfied.
20 But wicked people will disappear.
The Lord’s enemies will vanish like the best part of a meadow.
They will vanish like smoke.
21 A wicked person borrows, but he does not repay.
A righteous person is generous and giving.
22 Those who are blessed by him will inherit the land.
Those who are cursed by him will be cut off.

23 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord,
and the Lord delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be thrown down headfirst
because the Lord holds on to his hand.
25 I have been young, and now I am old,
but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned
or his descendants begging for food.
26 He is always generous and lends freely.
His descendants are a blessing.
27 Avoid evil, do good, and live forever.
28 The Lord loves justice,
and he will not abandon his godly ones.
They will be kept safe forever,
but the descendants of wicked people will be cut off.
29 Righteous people will inherit the land
and live there permanently.

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Proverbs 10:5

Whoever gathers in the summer is a wise son.
Whoever sleeps at harvest time brings shame.

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02/17/2017 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 4:1-5:19 ~ Mark 2:13-3:6 ~ Psalm 36:1-12 ~ Proverbs 10:1-2

Today is February 17th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian and it is great to be here with you today, another step forward through the scriptures this year and we’ve just taken our first step into the book of Leviticus and so we’ll move back in and continue moving forward as God gives out the customs and laws of this new culture being formed in the wilderness, a people that is headed for a promised land.   Leviticus chapter 4, verse 1 through 5:19 today.  

Commentary

We’re reading about sin offerings, different types of offerings to the Lord in the book of Leviticus and like I said a couple days ago when we started this, we can read into this a lot of blood, a lot of sacrifice, and we can look into it through the lens of our time and kind of see it as a barbaric time with all of these sacrifices and all of these animals being burned up.  I get that.  It was a different time.  We’re looking thousands of years back behind us to the way people related to the elements and things around them and life around them.  But there are some things that have not changed – the fact that all of this was pointed at reminding people of something very important, something that has not gone away:  Sin is barbaric to our souls.  It is the thing that separated us and separates us from God.  So God instituted something that is stark to remind people of the gravity of what is being dealt with here in atoning for their sins.  

Jesus’ sacrifice was also a hard road that set us free from all of that. So now we can sin at will and just ask forgiveness.  That is a beautiful thing, but it also kind of cheapens the fact that sin separates us from God.  The beautiful thing is that the atoning sacrifice of Christ is available to all who call upon the name of the Lord, and so we do this.  But there would be a certain gravity now if we had to take an animal and we had to kill that animal and shed its blood and pour it out as the remission for our sins, if we had to shed the animal’s blood because of what we did.

So we can look at the sacrifices and say that yeah, that was just a different time, or we can understand the fact of sin and separation and atonement were built into this culture and it was not any easier for them to just go ‘oh my goodness, I have sinned.  Son, go grab me a lamb.  I need to go down to the Temple.’  That is not how it was.  They had to pull from their life-sustaining flock and shed blood, a process that not only required their time to contemplate what it was that had offended God, but also to take a life in exchange for that.  If we had to do that it would be very strange in this particular time and culture in the world, but you can put yourself in that position and understand how stark of an example that is.  Then we begin to appreciate the stark sacrifice of the Son of the Living God on behalf of the world.  

As we move forward through these books of Torah, the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible, as we move through and understand the law and understand the customs and understand what God is initiating, then we can see that everything is attached to something else.  Everything symbolizes something.  Everything is a reminder of this new identity:  Chosen people of Yahweh.  We can see that it is woven into the fabric of their identity, a complete transformation from that of slaves of Egypt to chosen people of the sovereign, almighty, highest God.  When we get that context and kind of move through these spaces in the Bible that we would think are tedious or antiquated, this makes much more sense and then we begin to realize we have a lot of symbolism in our own faith.  It looks different, but it is all attached to telling the story, the constant reminder of who we are – chosen and redeemed. Everything is intended to continually remind us of this because we forget who we are all the time.  We find ourselves being our own sovereign and trying to do everything in our own strength only to crash and burn and return for forgiveness.  

Prayer

Father, the fact that you would enter into all these time periods and tell the story of identity, reminding us who we are and helping us to understand the gravity of the things that would separate us from you, how that allows us to fall backwards again and regress and try to live on our own terms without your Spirit, and what life is that?  It was you who gave us the breath of life.  It was you who created our species in your image and what are we without you but animals?  But what are we with you?  Sons and daughters of the Most High God.  So this lets us see the gravity, the weight, the cost of sin.  It separates us from you.  It separates us from actual life.  We were not ever made as a species to be separate from you, so we embrace these things that we’re learning in the book of Leviticus.  We embrace them fully.  We look at them fully.  We commit to not just checking out and tuning out, but to embrace what you are teaching us. Come Holy Spirit, we pray, in the name of Jesus we ask, amen.  

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And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you.  I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hi Daily Audio Bible.  This is Alissa from New Jersey and I’m calling because the Lord gave me a word. I was in prayer and I saw the narrow way going into a thorn bush and there was no way around it.  The Lord led me through this thorn bush and the thorns were scratching and poking.  I stood still and then the thorns stopped.  And he said if you want to get out, you have to trust me and follow me through the thorn bush and know that I will bind whatever wounds come your way, but if you stay here the pain will stop temporarily, but you’ll be stuck in a cluster of thorns.  So my encouragement to you today is whatever you’re going through, just know that the Good Shepherd will lead you through to green pastures and that whatever thorns scratch you and poke you along the way, you can trust him that he will bind those wounds and that you will be stronger than before.  So be blessed and thank you so much for this program.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  Take care.  

Hi everybody.  This is Lisa the Encourager and I am so, so elated tonight to hear the wonderful news about Gigi.  I have to tell you guys all a little bit more about that story.  I called in and I told you guys that I went outside (maybe you remember or not) and I called out to God because it was such a burden I had for Gigi, for her to be healed.  I went outside and I looked up at the stars, the beautiful moon, and I said, “God, I know you see me.  Please, please heal Gigi from her seizures.”  So that night the moon was a perfect shape of a smiley face.  I remember that.  I remember just looking up and just smiling and I said, “God, please just heal Gigi.”  And then I had this small whisper in my ear, you know, in my mind that said, “Gigi will be healed when it is a full moon, Lisa.  When it is a full moon.”  And I said, “O God, is that you?  So I’m just going to pray that.  I’m going to pray that.”  So every day I prayed.  I prayed. I said, “God…”  I kept looking at the moon every night.  Every night looking at the moon.  I’m thinking I want to believe as much and more than a mustard seed that what you’re telling me is true, so I kept praying and I kept praying and I kept praying for you, Gigi.  Every single night.  And Friday night my husband took me out to dinner and I looked up at the most gorgeous full moon.  I’m sure you guys saw it.  I had no idea about this super moon, this moon that was supposed to come about.  I saw the most beautiful moon and I just said, “God, thank you so much.  I know you healed Gigi.  I know you healed her.”  So I just had to tell you guys that story because I’m just so, so happy for Gigi.  I love you guys.  I thank you so much for sharing that faith with me, Gigi, and I shared it with you. I would just like to say this to God: You’re a good, good Father. That’s who you are.  And we are loved by you.  That’s who we are.  

Hey, this is Christina from Northern Virginia.  I just wanted to reach out to Lana, the woman who lost her mother and she was living with her for a while.  I just wanted you to know that I heard you and my heart just totally broke hearing your message and just hearing how lonely you are.  I’m so sorry.  I know being lonely is the worst feeling.  It is really hard.  So I just wanted to share some verses with you that the Lord showed to me when I was going through some really lonely spots in my life.  There is this verse in Isaiah 66 and it’s as a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you and you will be comforted over Jerusalem. And there is also the verse, I believe it is in John, even unto the end of the age, I will be with you.  Just know that while no one can replace your mom, you have God and he is always with you.  He is always with you.  I know you’re lonely and it hurts, but maybe you should find some community.  Maybe try a Bible study or perhaps could you live with roommates.  Just some ideas.  I’m now living with roommates and it has been such a blessing.  I just want to say I love you and we’re praying for you. Bye.  

Hi.  This is Victorious Soldier.  Just calling to pray with the Dabbers.  Oh, I’m so excited to hear, Gigi, that the Lord healed you.  Praise God.  I am just so glad.  Continue to rejoicing and as I rejoice with you, I want to definitely continue to pray with you that the Lord continues to manifest the ending of his healing, that it be into completion.  I want to pray for Rosemary about her oral exam.  I’ll definitely be praying with you and I’ll pray with you right now, Rosemary, about passing your exam.  Just trust God and just ask him to bring all things to remembrance, whatever thing that you learned, and you will be just fine.  I want to pray for Bill B. and let him know that I enjoyed his poem.  You’re very talented and I think it is good that you and Blind Tony, you all have been definitely an inspiration.  Just thank you for your poem.  I truly enjoyed it.  I’m sorry, it was Daniel who had the…  Daniel Johnson Jr.  Thank you, Daniel, for the poem.  I’m sorry.  I want to pray for Bill B. in San Antonio.  Bill B. is going through and I’m definitely praying with you.  And Elaten in Sacramento, I’m definitely praying for you. You’re going through a divorce.  You’re going through these challenges at this time, but God will bring you out.  Just continue to trust him.  As I pray right now, Gracious Father, we come before your throne of grace once again. Father, in the name of Jesus.  Lord, we just thank you for the blessing you did on Gigi.  We just lift you up and give you the praise.  O Lord, we just thank you, Lord, for touching Rosemary, Lord.  O Lord, she is endeavoring to take this exam.  O Lord, we ask that you bless her, Lord.  That you bless her in abundance, Lord, as you always do.  Let her pass with exceedingly high grades.  O Lord, touch Alton in…

Hi DAB family.  Over the course of the years we’ve had several calls about being hurt by the church and being hurt by Christians and I have never understood that.  I have just waded over in my mind and my heart and thought how could Christians hurt each other, especially if you’re attending the same church, but I prayed for those prayer requests.  Last week I was put to the test because three Christian women that I have considered very close to me hurt me in a way that I never thought was possible.  The first thing I did was I called my pastor.  And he didn’t come at me with his opinion or opinion of others, he came at me with the Bible and what the Bible says and what the word says.  It brought up the issue of forgiveness.  And I said to my husband I forgive them, but I don’t know how to move forward in the relationship.  Again, my pastor turned to scripture.  In scripture it tells us we can forgive.  It doesn’t mean that you have to let those people back into your life, but that you just move forward.  And if God gives you peace of mind to open that door and continue to go through it, then you are to obey that.  But if he gives you peace of mind to leave the door closed, then we need to obey that as well. And it has helped me.  While I have not cried tears like this in a long time, I’m looking to see what the deeper message is, what God wants me to learn from this experience and how it is to reflect in my life.  I just want to encourage all of you who have had something similar happen to you.  Don’t get bitter.  Let it go. Turn to scripture.  Ask God for forgiveness.  Ask him to forgive those who have made assumptions and opinions of you and remember the only opinion that matters is that of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Thank you DAB family.  Thank you Brian Hardin and family.  Cheers.  Asia from Munich.

Hey everybody.  This is Annette from Oklahoma City.  Hello my friends and family.  I love you guys.  Hey, Jan from SoCal.  Sister, man, I’m so glad to hear you again.  I’ve missed you so much.  My arms are around you today.  Hey, I was listening to you talk about having to take math class and all that stuff and I was thinking about when I was in high school I literally failed chemistry. I could not deal with it.  I don’t know what…  The teacher was terrible.  And then I joined the Air Force and what do I do?  I get into water treatment.  Total chemistry.  Oh my goodness.  I was freaked out.  But let me tell you, I got a teacher who was amazing.  It went from something that I was just like had zero concept, zero.  I mean, I was a failure, to when I got my licenses and everything for water treatment which involves tons of math, tons of chemistry and I understand, I had to do it too, from not knowing anything to when the instructor was gone for the test, the people would go, “Nette, Nette, help me out.  Help me out.  I know you understand this,” so leading people into teaching them.  So I know that you can do this and you might be surprised that you find out that you are excellent at this.  You know, you just had to play a little catchup.  It was pretty funny because I was thinking about that. I got kind of distracted from actually calling in and the next call is Alphaio chewing my butt saying, “Nette, call.” I thought it was pretty funny.  But you’re right, you know.  I pray for you and I wish you good studies and I hope that you grasp everything quickly.  

02/16/2017 DAB Transcript

Leviticus 1:1-3:17 ~ Mark 1:29-2:12 ~ Psalm 35:17-28 ~ Proverbs 9:13-18

Today is the 16th day of February.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I am Brian if you haven’t figured that out by now, and it’s great to be here with you for this next step.  It’s like a big step today.  We’re moving into the third book of the Bible.  We finished the book of Exodus yesterday, which brings us to the book of Leviticus.  So before we dive into that, let’s just do a little flyover and understand what we’re going to encounter.    

Introduction of a New Book (Old Testament)

Leviticus, like I just said, is the third book of the Bible, but it is the third book of the Pentateuch, the Torah, and it was written to the children of Israel.  We’re in the middle of the desert at this point in the story and God is establishing the terms of the covenant between himself and the nation of Israel that is being formed from the dust of the wilderness.  It’s been about a year since they’ve been out of Egypt and the law is being given.  As we pay close attention, we’ll see this sort of subtheme, this theme emerge out of the laws and statues, that all these things lead to a fellowship with God through holiness.

Holiness is a huge thing.  God tells them I’m holy, therefore you as my people will be holy.  And holy, of course, means being set apart to God. God is saying if we’re going to commune together and enjoy fellowship with one another, it will be through holiness.

If you just read Leviticus at face value you find a lot of blood in this book because there is a lot of animal sacrifice in it.  If you approach the Old Testament, a work inspired millennia ago, from the perspective of the culture you live in right now, it’s going to seem somewhat barbaric and hopelessly antiquated and maybe even gross and irrelevant.  But it’s not. It’s not.  You may wonder why they would just start sacrificing animals and why God would want such a thing and to find the answer we have to go back to the beginning six weeks ago.  We were just talking about that yesterday, how fast it’s passed.  Six weeks ago we read the account of the Garden of Eden and Adam and Eve’s fall and from that moment all of mankind was separated from God and worthy of death spiritually and physically.  When God comes into the Garden in the cool of the evening looking for Adam and Eve they hide.  They eventually tell God what they were afraid of.  It was because they were naked.  And what God does is telling.  He covers them with the skins of animals.  So it was God who set this precedent of atonement and covering.  It cost something to cover man and woman. It cost the life of an animal.

We live in a culture after Christ where atoning sacrifice is no longer required. However, we just read the account of the crucifixion in Mathew and it is barbaric and it is ugly and it is bloody and it is terribly sad.  The more that we fall in love with Jesus, the more that we see Jesus in our lives, the more we will realize that this didn’t happen to someone we don’t know.  This happened to our closest friend.  But his sacrifice was once and for all.  All that we needed.  He took it all, blameless, willingly and we no longer need any other atonement.  The children of Israel do not have that luxury.  God is showing the children of Israel that to cover their sin comes at a great cost and requires the shedding of blood.  It comes at a great price.  

So we’ll see God sowing this into the fabric of the culture he is establishing. We’ll see the burnt offering, the grain offering, the peace offering, the sin offering, the trespass offering, and how they are to be given.  We will see the way things are to be consecrated and the consecration of priests and priest’s families.  We’ll learn what is considered clean and unclean in the culture.  We’ll discover the different festivals or feasts that must be observed and the blessings and cursings, all against the backdrop of the utter holiness and sovereignty of the Lord.  

So maybe you’ve made it this far in the Bible before.  Maybe you’ve made it all the way up to Leviticus and this is where you’ve laid your Bible down thinking you really don’t relate to this stuff. Embrace it.  You are witnessing the establishment of a culture by a sovereign God showing a fallen man the great price of sin and its consequences juxtaposed against his utter holiness.  This is all happening in the harshness of desert wastelands here there is no McDonald’s down the street.  There is no Target.  There is no mall to resupply.  This is where we find ourselves as we begin the book of Leviticus.  So we begin, reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week, Leviticus 1:1 through 3:17.  

Prayer

Father, we thank you for your word and we thank you for this rhythm and here we are, six weeks into this looking forward to the remaining 46 that we have together as we work our way through the scriptures.  We thank you for the way that you lead us through the scriptures.  As we see the Bible unfolding before us in its context, the stories become beautiful. And we see the redemptive thread emerging that you will not simply abandon humankind.  Every page of this beautiful gift that you’ve given known as the Bible shows us that, that there is no Bible without you in it and there is no Bible without people in it.  So this shows us that we are intertwined and that you are involved because you love us. So we thank you.  As we move into the book of Leviticus and we see the way that you established the culture and issued decrees and laws that are to be obeyed and customs that are to be observed, the rhythm of the culture that you are establishing, help us, Lord, see the rhythms of our own lives that you have established.  We live at different times, so the way in which we go about things is different, but at the core, at the heart, you have called and invited us to be holy through Jesus, to be set apart as holy to you.  So as we read of the ways in which you did this in the past, we realize that hasn’t changed.  The atoning sacrifice of Jesus has certainly covered us, but we still have to participate in this holiness.  So come Holy Spirit, because truly, truly without you there is no hope of that.  We can’t set ourselves apart or we would have done that at the Tower of Babel or we would have done that in the Garden of Eden or we would have done that at any point in human history.  We can’t do that.  You can and your Holy Spirit, the spirit of the living God indwells us, is within us, is a part of who we are, so with you all things are indeed possible. So we collaborate with you today. We give ourselves to you today. We ask that you set us apart and make us holy today and that this day be consecrated to you and that this day is a holy day.  We ask that you help us realize that every morning when we open up our eyes, we are invited to participate in a holy day because we are holy people.  Come Holy Spirit.  We pray in the name of Jesus that you make these things so, that you make them true of us.  We ask this in your precious and mighty name.  Amen.  

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And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you.  I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Good morning Dabbers.  It’s the 12th of February and I’m Andre from Nottingham and I actually wanted to call, I felt compelled.  As a divorced man, I want to reach out and pray and comfort those who may be going through separation and divorce right now.  It may be immediate or they are in the aftermath of that.  You know, your life isn’t over.  Your life has not ended even though it seems at times.  We all go through a grieving process, almost like somebody has died through the process of divorce and separation.  Of course, we feel the guilt and shame for our children if we have any in that situation.  I want to pray for you all as a divorced man, knowing that what seems to be the end is just the beginning.  Lord, we just thank you for second chances.  We thank you for opportunities and we thank you through failure, through difficulties that we experience, success in life, the Lord really is our teacher.  We pray for those who may be going through divorce or separation or contemplating it right now.  Give them strength, the wisdom and the help.  Give them the peace of mind, the right counsel, and be surrounded by people that love them and support them.  I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus.  Love you all.  Brian and your family, we praise you, in Jesus’ name.  All my Dabber family, I appreciate you.  This is Andre from Nottingham and love you all.  God bless.  Bye-bye.  

Hi, this is Elaine from Victoria.  I heard Bill this morning.  It’s Sunday, February 12th.  So Bill, I have you on my heart.  And also I heard that you have heart problems and breathing problems and in the hospital in San Antonio.  So Lord, you be his breath for him.  You be his heart for him.  Lord, just take this brother and heal him in mind and body, from the top of his head to the bottom of his feet.  While I’m talking about heart things, my mother who will be 100 this year has also a weak heart they discovered when my sister took her to the hospital and her legs are filling up with fluid.  I pray comfort for her, but my wish is that if she is going, that I would be with her to hold her hand.  I feel like you, Brian, with the mother that had such a heart for her children and I just want to just be there for her.  So this is my prayer.  Thank you for praying, Daily Audio Bible.  I pray for you and this ministry too, Brian.  I love you all.  Bye-bye.

Hi DAB family.  This is Will from beautiful Bozeman, MT and I just want to rejoice with Gigi.  Father, thank you so much for Gigi and how you have healed her and given her new strength and you allowed her to see through the enemy’s tricks and his lies and deception and we thank you so much, Jesus, that you are our living hope.  Thank you, Father, for the blessing that she has.  I pray, Father, for continued strength in her body, for continued renewal.  Thank you, Father, for continued healing in her body. Thank you for the encouragement she is to us.  Thank you so much, Father, for your love for her and thank you, Jesus, that Lord she is a strength to us all, Lord.  And I lift up Bill B., Lord, and pray for his healing, for his breathing.  We pray, Father, that you would restore him and renew him, Father, and that you would pour out your spirit mightily upon him.  God, we know that you love him.  Lord, bless and keep him.  in the holy and righteous name of Jesus I pray and we thank you so much, Lord. We love you, Father.  We love you, Lord.  Brian, we love you.  Gigi, we love you.  Bill B., we love you.  God loves you.  Take care. This is Will from beautiful Bozeman, MT.

Good morning DAB family.  I’m a burning bush that will not be devoured for the glory of our Lord and King, calling from Charlotte, NC.  What a beautiful day it is today.  I think it is probably like 70 degrees out, going for a walk.  Listened to DAB.  Gigi, I love you so much.  You are family, man.  I mean, you are family and your praise report just fills my heart with joy and I just will continue believing God with you and continue praising God with you and just for your faith.  That is more valuable than anything.  Thank you. Thank you for sharing this with us. I love you all and I’ll talk to you soon.  Bye.  

Hello Daily Audio Bible community.  This is Ken from Costa Mesa, CA.  I’m new to Daily Audio Bible.  What a wonderful resource this is for our hearts and minds, to get us close to God and to bring us together as a people though we’re scattered throughout the world.  I need prayer.  I’m a new journey with God.  I’ve been a Christian for many, many years, but have more recently become more dedicated on a daily basis.  My prayer is to draw closer to him, to be genuine, and to make it real.  To have prayer and time with him for the sake of being with him and no other reason.  Also please pray for my finances.  I’m __________ a very difficult time right now, need to get through this and a new relationship.  I place it in God’s hands to help me to just let go of all my struggles and difficulties and place them in God’s hands for real.  Thank you, community.  God bless you.  Have a great day.  

Hello Daily Audio Bible.  This is my first time calling in.  I started this wonderful app the beginning of this year.  Today is Sunday the 12th, 2017, and I heard a lady speaking about that her husband had an affair and she is going through a divorce.  I never would have called into this.  I just listen and cherish all the prayers, but I myself have gone through this with my husband and there were 36 years of marriage and I found out he had been unfaithful.  I just want to let you know that I’m praying for you.  My husband and I have worked it out.  We’ve gone before the Lord and trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge him and he’ll direct your path.  I know you’re going through a divorce.  I’m going to be praying for you.  God can do all things, anything, so I pray for whatever path you’re on.  Just know that I am praying for you and for anybody out there who has gone through this as a husband or a wife, take that chance to trust the Lord and know that things can be beautiful again in your marriage.  Things can be healed.  There can be reconciliation.  There can be a wonderful moment of being completely, totally in love again through forgiveness, grace, grace, grace, lots and lots of grace.  I love you all so much and just trust the Lord. Thank you so much.  

02/15/2017 DAB Transcript

Exodus 39:1-40:38 ~ Mark 1:1-28 ~ Psalm 35:1-16 ~ Proverbs 9:11-12

Today is the 15th day of February.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  I’m Brian.  It’s great to be here with you at the middle of the second month of this year, which I guess means we’re about six weeks into the year.  Can you believe that it was just New Year’s six weeks ago, Christmas seven weeks ago?  We have traveled some miles together in the Bible.  It’s been amazing.  And so we’ll take the next step forward, reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week, Exodus chapter 39, verse 1 through 40:38.  

Introduction of a New Book (New Testament)

Okay, so we finished the first gospel yesterday, the gospel of Matthew, which brings us to the second gospel in the scriptures, the gospel of Mark. Right at the outset we should acknowledge that Mark was not a disciple.  He was not one of the 12 disciples of Jesus and he wasn’t an apostle either.  He was really a long-term disciple of Peter.  So we first see him show up in the book of Acts.  He’s Mark, aka John Mark, and he lived in Jerusalem and came from a fairly wealthy family.  His mother’s name was Mary and she had a big house and a servant named Rhoda, according to the Bible.  Mary was an earlier believer and opened her home to early believers, so one of the early church gatherings.  Church tradition holds that her home may have been the place of the Upper Room where the Holy Spirit was poured out on the early believers after Jesus’ ascension. So Mark was all around this all his life, even as a boy.

The apostle Peter was capture by Herod.  We’ll read about this story later in the New Testament.  He is going to be executed by Herod who would put some of the other Christians to death and it was pleasing to the people, so he planned to execute Peter, but an angel came and sprung Peter from jail and it was to John Mark’s house, to Mary’s large home that Peter first came.  All the believers were there praying earnestly for Peter and that prayer was answered by God sending an angel to spring Peter from jail.  So Peter comes to John Mark’s house and Rhoda, the servant girl, comes to the door and sees him and slams the door in his face basically because she can’t believe it’s him.  That’s a story we’ll come to later, but it shows us a little bit about who Mark is.

So John Mark has been around the gospel his whole life.  His cousin’s name is Barnabas who was a dear friend of the apostle Paul and Mark goes with Barnabas and Paul on Paul’s first missionary journey. So there is a pedigree, and rather than going into a long historical thing about John Mark, church tradition holds that he later becomes a servant or a disciple of the apostle Peter and travels all over with him and is serving even as an interpreter in Italy and especially in Rome.  Everywhere that they go, Peter shares the gospel of Jesus Christ, so John Mark has heard this over and over and over everywhere that they go as Peter is evangelizing.  He recalls and remembers all this and at some point he is even asked to write this down so people can remember all the history that Peter is giving everywhere that he goes.  So Mark eventually does.  

In a real way, what Mark is recording is really the gospel as told by Peter and most agree that Mark himself was the writer of Mark.  There is some speculation as to the time of his writing, but most scholars believe that the late 50s to early, maybe mid-60s AD was when this book was written and it was written in Rome.  Peter was martyred historically under Emperor Nero, crucified upside down actually in AD 64.  Many scholars believe really that this, what we’re about to read, was the first account of Jesus Christ ever written, that this is actually the first of the synoptic gospels, the synoptics being Matthew, Mark and Luke.  So with that, we begin the beautiful gospel of Mark chapter 1, verse 1 through verse 28.  

Commentary

After all this time out in the desert so far with the children of Israel, the tabernacle, the centerpiece of the culture, the place that God would meet with them is constructed.  We got all of the details about that.  As the scripture says, the people made it just as the Lord told Moses, so they were very intentional when it came to doing exactly what they were told to do. So we see this move from a concept into a reality today.  Then, of course, we began and moved into the gospel of Mark today, but often it is these one or two sentences that we find at the very end of our daily reading that ties it all together or speaks so directly that we can’t ignore, because this is how the Proverbs operate.  We’re given direct unfiltered wisdom, wisdom that has stood the test of time over millennia and it speaks:  For by wisdom your days will be many and years will be added to your life.  If you are wise, you are wise for your own benefit. If you mock, you alone will bear the consequences.  If you mock wisdom, you will bear the consequences.  

So there it is.  Almost ‘here is life, here is death, choose your path’ right in front of us and we are counseled every day and encouraged every day to do whatever it takes to get wisdom.  So our wisdom is basically our experience and knowledge and sound judgment that we put into action in our lives.  So I guess the older we get, theoretically the wiser that we become, but what about intimately knowing one who knows everything?  Wouldn’t the one who created the world have the most wisdom about the world? Wouldn’t the one who fashioned and dreamed up and made mankind in his own image have the most wisdom about mankind? That wisdom is not like on a shelf somewhere unattainable.  That wisdom is within us by the power of the Holy Spirit if we just will listen, slow down enough to consult.  If you’re walking around in an intimate friendship with the wisest being in existence, it’s going to rub off.  You’re going to get wiser and wiser because of it.  

This is the invitation. Wisdom can add years to your life.  We’re told in Proverbs that it was there in the beginning, that God used it to create the world, that it is more valuable than any monetary possession or any possession for that matter, that it is worth giving up everything else to have it because it will add everything from good life, long life to knowing how to navigate in this world and knowing how to navigate between other people.  It is all here, the wisdom of the ages in the book of Proverbs and the wisdom of all things by the power of God’s spirit in and among us.

Prayer

Father, our prayer is for wisdom because to have margin, we’re going to have to have wisdom.  Yet, we need wisdom more than we need any other item that we could pick in this world. So Holy Spirit, come, fill us with your wisdom, the wisdom that we need to get through this day and all the interactions that we might have and all the decisions that we need to make and all of the things that we’re contemplating short and long term and the way that we’re dealing and relating to our spouses and the way that we’re relating to our children or our parents.  In all things give us wisdom.  Our ears are tuned to your voice and we choose to slow things down enough to listen to you. Come Holy Spirit, we pray.  In the name of Jesus we ask, amen.  

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Hey everyone.  It’s Christy from Kentucky.  I wanted to give you a call and share something that was just so cool that happened to me last night.  I had a hard time falling asleep.  I finally fell asleep and about an hour after I had fallen asleep, I woke up and I had heartburn and the Lord just immediately laid Jacqueline from California on my heart because she was supposed to have an endoscopy and they were going to stretch her esophagus and it was going to be on the 10th. And the Lord had brought all this back to mind and I started thinking about her and praying for her and I thought I am going to send her a text right this minute so she knows that she is on my heart.  Well, I picked up the phone and guess who had sent me a message, a private message just like five minutes before?  It was Jacqueline and I just was like really?  Thank you Jesus.  His timing is so amazing.  It is so perfect.  I just wanted to share that with you.  Anyway, Jacqueline, we’re praying for you.  I’m praying you feel better, Sweetheart, and I’m glad we’re friends. Alright everyone, I love you.  I hope you’re having a most blessed and lovely day.  

Hey DAB family.  This is Cory from Newhaven, WV calling in.  It is February 11th and I just finished the podcast and Salvation is Mine, I am Alone in His Presence.  I literally…  My mouth just fell wide open and I got cold chills because that is me right now.  I have for weeks now been dealing with a very, very rough time in my marriage with my wife and it has been this way for a couple of years.  But I have pressed in and I have decided that I am going to walk with God through this. I’m not going to go off the deep end. That is totally…  I feel alone, but when you said “alone in his presence,” that is me.  That’s me right now.  I’ve started going back to church Wednesday evening.  I’m going to go in the morning.  I’m going to invite my wife and daughters and if they don’t go, I’m going to go by myself.  But I will be with God and he will be with me and I thank you so much for being obedient and listening to the Holy Spirit and speaking that, because as soon as you said that, it is for a man, yes, that’s me.  That is confirmation, Sister.  So I appreciate that.  I love all of you guys.  Praying for everyone and pray that you would lift us up because we need it.  I’ll talk to you soon.  Bye.

Hey DAB brothers and sisters.  This is Byron out in Florida.  I need your guys’ prayers over something.  Tonight I was privileged to be able to participate in a ministry that goes to local fairs and hands out gospel tracts and gives the gospel to people who are willing to hear it.  The Lord enabled me to be a part of the soul-winning of eight people tonight. God is so good.  And I just wanted to ask for your guys’ prayer for these individuals, that God will start in their hearts to really help them understand what has happened.  I’ll leave their names, just their first names and I just ask you guys to pray as the Lord leads.  Over Carlton, Marcus, Ansel, Antonio, Rachel, Elizabeth, Tianna, and Shondra.  Please keep them uplifted and just thank the Lord for his goodness.  I can’t believe He would allow me to be a part of the transformation of somebody’s life, but I know he did it for me and what a privilege to be able to talk with other people about it.  If you guys have any kind of ministry like that, whether going out to fairs or public places, I encourage you to get involved.  It’s a great place to get started telling people about the Lord.  Anyway, I love you guys.  I’m so glad I can share this news with my family, and just continue to be in prayer for these people and for myself and what God will have us do. Alright, love you.  Bye.  

Hi, this is Bill B. in San Antonio, TX.  I was the one that was at Audie Murphy Hospital.  In fact, twice in two weeks.  First time was for breathing problems and the second time was for pneumonia, but you know what?  I have a mighty God.  He has brought me through __________ these 86 years and I pray, Lord, that you bless everyone that prays to you.  Lord, bless those that bless you.  I pray that you help me now.  Pray for me, I should say.  I was in the hospital, Audie Murphy, four days last week and four days this week, but things seems to be a lot better now.  I ask you to pray for me, in the name of Jesus.  Thank you.  

This is Charles from Brandon, FL.  Not to be confused with Pastor Gene in Bradenton, FL.  We are nearby, but not exactly in the same part of the world. Why I’m calling is that on December 23, 2016, my family and I lost the matriarch of our family.  That would be my wife, the mother of my children, and the grandmother of the grandchildren.  We had been married almost 44 years.  You don’t hear too many people able to say that anymore and I think that is kind of sad, but we were closing in on that and we have just been trying our best to move on, crying when we needed to, praying when we needed to and reaching out to one another the rest of the time.  I would really like it if you could pray for us as we begin this new chapter.  Thank you. Again, this is Charles in Brandon, FL. Goodbye.  

Hi everybody.  This is Lisa, the Encourager.  I’m just calling tonight.  I wanted to pray for some people.  I wanted to pray for Reggie in Nairobi, Kenya.  And also wanted to pray for…or actually, I just wanted to encourage Janice from the UK.  She is so sweet to call us all the way from the UK and encourage us.  I just join you, Janice, as a sister from the United States, and just encouraging you for you encouraging us. And also, Amia, I just wanted to encourage you in your prayers.  They are really beautiful and I always enjoy hearing you pray, so I just wanted to tell you that.  So I’ll pray tonight for Reggie and his family.  Dear Lord, I just pray, God, for Reggie as he has been struggling now for 10 months trying to find a job and trying to support his family.  He’s got kids and a wife and it’s been very difficult as he transitions from Iraq to Kenya.  I just pray, God, that you will open up the doors of opportunity for him.  I pray that people will recognize his skill set, they will gravitate to him and they will find opportunities for him.  They will just open the doors and he will be able to find and meet people that can help him find a job, Lord.  And I pray for those businesses in Kenya right now that are going to be blessed.  I pray now that that blessing will turn around and go Reggie’s way and that he will be able to get a job so he can put food on the table and clothes on his children’s backs and shoes on their feet and some perfume for his wife.  

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday February 14, 2017 (NIV)

Exodus 37-38

Making the Ark

37 Bezalel(A) made the ark of acacia wood, 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[a] He overlaid it with pure gold inside and out and made a gold molding all around it. He cast four gold rings for it, for its four feet, two rings on one side and two rings on the other side. He made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. He inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark for carrying the ark.

He made a mercy seat of pure gold, 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.[b] He made two cherubim of gold; he made them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat, one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end. At each end, he made a cherub of one piece with the mercy seat. They had wings spread out. They faced each other and covered the mercy seat with their wings. The faces of the cherubim were looking toward the mercy seat.

Making the Table

10 He(B) constructed the table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high.[c] 11 He overlaid it with pure gold and made a gold molding all around it. 12 He made a three-inch[d] frame all around it and made a gold molding all around its frame. 13 He cast four gold rings for it and attached the rings to the four corners at its four legs. 14 The rings were next to the frame as holders for the poles to carry the table. 15 He made the poles for carrying the table from acacia wood and overlaid them with gold. 16 He also made the utensils that would be on the table out of pure gold: its plates and cups, as well as its bowls and pitchers for pouring drink offerings.

Making the Lampstand

17 Then(C) he made the lampstand out of pure hammered gold. He made it all of one piece: its base and shaft, its ornamental cups, and its calyxes[e] and petals. 18 Six branches extended from its sides, three branches of the lampstand from one side and three branches of the lampstand from the other side. 19 There were three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the first branch, and three cups shaped like almond blossoms, each with a calyx and petals, on the next branch. It was this way for the six branches that extended from the lampstand. 20 On the lampstand shaft there were four cups shaped like almond blossoms with its calyxes and petals. 21 For the six branches that extended from it, a calyx was under the first pair of branches from it, a calyx under the second pair of branches from it, and a calyx under the third pair of branches from it. 22 Their calyxes and branches were of one piece.[f] All of it was a single hammered piece of pure gold. 23 He also made its seven lamps, snuffers, and firepans of pure gold. 24 He made it and all its utensils of 75 pounds[g] of pure gold.

Making the Altar of Incense

25 He(D) made the altar of incense out of acacia wood. It was square, 18 inches long and 18 inches wide; it was 36 inches high.[h] Its horns were of one piece.[i] 26 He overlaid it, its top, all around its sides, and its horns with pure gold. Then he made a gold molding all around it. 27 He made two gold rings for it under the molding on two of its sides; he put these on opposite sides of it to be holders for the poles to carry it with. 28 He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.

29 He also made the holy anointing oil and the pure, fragrant, and expertly blended incense.(E)

Making the Altar of Burnt Offering

38 Bezalel(F) constructed the altar of burnt offering from acacia wood. It was square, 7½ feet long and 7½ feet wide,[j] and was 4½ feet[k] high. He made horns for it on its four corners; the horns were of one piece.[l] Then he overlaid it with bronze.

He made all the altar’s utensils: the pots, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans; he made all its utensils of bronze. He constructed for the altar a grate of bronze mesh under its ledge,[m] halfway up from the bottom. At the four corners of the bronze grate he cast four rings as holders for the poles. Also, he made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze. Then he inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the altar in order to carry it with them. He constructed the altar with boards so that it was hollow.

Making the Bronze Basin

He made the bronze basin and its stand from the bronze mirrors of the women who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.(G)

Making the Courtyard

Then(H) he made the courtyard. The hangings on the south side of the courtyard were of finely spun linen, 150 feet in length,[n] 10 including their 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks and bands[o] of the posts were silver. 11 The hangings on the north side were also 150 feet in length,[p] including their 20 posts and 20 bronze bases. The hooks and bands[q] of the posts were silver. 12 The hangings on the west side were 75 feet in length,[r] including their 10 posts and 10 bases. The hooks and bands of the posts were silver. 13 The hangings on the east toward the sunrise were also 75 feet in length.[s] 14 The hangings on one side of the gate were 22½ feet,[t] including their three posts and three bases. 15 It was the same for the other side. The hangings were 22½ feet,[u] including their three posts and three bases on both sides of the courtyard gate. 16 All the hangings around the courtyard were of finely spun linen. 17 The bases for the posts were bronze; the hooks and bands[v] of the posts were silver; and the plating for the tops of the posts was silver. All the posts of the courtyard were banded with silver.

18 The screen for the gate of the courtyard was embroidered with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and finely spun linen. It was 30 feet[w] long, and like the hangings of the courtyard, 7½ feet[x] high.[y] 19 It had four posts, including their four bronze bases. Their hooks were silver, and the bands[z] as well as the plating of their tops were silver. 20 All the tent pegs for the tabernacle and for the surrounding courtyard were bronze.

Inventory of Materials

21 This is the inventory for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the testimony,(I) that was recorded at Moses’ command. It was the work of the Levites under the direction of[aa] Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.(J) 22 Bezalel son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything that the Lord commanded Moses. 23 With him was Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a gem cutter, a designer, and an embroiderer with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, and fine linen.

24 All the gold of the presentation offering that was used for the project in all the work on the sanctuary, was 2,193 pounds,[ab] according to the sanctuary shekel.(K) 25 The silver from those of the community who were registered was 7,544 pounds,[ac] according to the sanctuary shekel— 26 2⁄5 of an ounce[ad] per man, that is, half a shekel according to the sanctuary shekel, from everyone 20 years old or more who had crossed over to the registered group, 603,550 men. 27 There were 7,500 pounds[ae] of silver used to cast the bases of the sanctuary and the bases of the veil—100 bases from 7,500 pounds,[af] 75 pounds[ag] for each base.(L) 28 With the remaining 44 pounds[ah] he made the hooks for the posts, overlaid their tops, and supplied bands[ai] for them.

29 The bronze of the presentation offering totaled 5,310 pounds.[aj] 30 He made with it the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar and its bronze grate, all the utensils for the altar, 31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard, the bases for the gate of the courtyard, all the tent pegs for the tabernacle, and all the tent pegs for the surrounding courtyard.

Footnotes:

  1. Exodus 37:1 Lit two and a half cubits its length, one and a half cubits its width, and one and a half cubits its height
  2. Exodus 37:6 Lit two and a half cubits its length and one and a half cubits its width
  3. Exodus 37:10 Lit two cubits its length, one cubit its width, and one and a half cubits its height
  4. Exodus 37:12 Lit a handbreadth
  5. Exodus 37:17 = the outer covering of a flower
  6. Exodus 37:22 Lit piece with it
  7. Exodus 37:24 Lit a talent
  8. Exodus 37:25 Lit a cubit its length, a cubit its width, and two cubits its height
  9. Exodus 37:25 Lit piece with it
  10. Exodus 38:1 Lit five cubits its length and five cubits its width
  11. Exodus 38:1 Lit three cubits
  12. Exodus 38:2 Lit piece with it
  13. Exodus 38:4 Or rim
  14. Exodus 38:9 Lit 100 cubits
  15. Exodus 38:10 Or connecting rods
  16. Exodus 38:11 Lit 100 cubits
  17. Exodus 38:11 Or connecting rods
  18. Exodus 38:12 Lit 50 cubits
  19. Exodus 38:13 Lit 50 cubits
  20. Exodus 38:14 Lit 15 cubits
  21. Exodus 38:15 Lit 15 cubits
  22. Exodus 38:17 Or connecting rods
  23. Exodus 38:18 Lit 20 cubits
  24. Exodus 38:18 Lit five cubits
  25. Exodus 38:18 Lit high in width
  26. Exodus 38:19 Or connecting rods
  27. Exodus 38:21 Lit Levites by the hand of
  28. Exodus 38:24 Lit 29 talents and 730 shekels
  29. Exodus 38:25 Lit 100 talents and 1,775 shekels
  30. Exodus 38:26 Lit a beka
  31. Exodus 38:27 Lit 100 talents
  32. Exodus 38:27 Lit 100 talents
  33. Exodus 38:27 Lit one talent
  34. Exodus 38:28 Lit 1,775 (shekels)
  35. Exodus 38:28 Or connecting rods
  36. Exodus 38:29 Lit 70 talents and 2,400 shekels

Matthew 28

Resurrection Morning

28 After the Sabbath,(A) as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to view the tomb. Suddenly there was a violent earthquake, because an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and approached the tomb. He rolled back the stone and was sitting on it.(B) His appearance was like lightning, and his robe was as white as snow.(C) The guards were so shaken from fear of him that they became like dead men.

But the angel told the women, “Don’t be afraid, because I know you are looking for Jesus who was crucified.(D) He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. Come and see the place where He lay.(E) Then go quickly and tell His disciples,(F) ‘He has been raised from the dead. In fact, He is going ahead of you to Galilee; you will see Him there.’ Listen, I have told you.”(G)

So, departing quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, they ran to tell His disciples the news. Just then[a] Jesus met them and said, “Good morning!” They came up, took hold of His feet, and worshiped Him.(H) 10 Then Jesus told them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see Me there.”(I)

The Soldiers Are Bribed to Lie

11 As they were on their way, some of the guards came into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. 12 After the priests[b] had assembled with the elders and agreed on a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money 13 and told them, “Say this, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole Him while we were sleeping.’ 14 If this reaches the governor’s ears,[c] we will deal with[d] him and keep you out of trouble.”(J) 15 So they took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been spread among Jewish people to this day.(K)

The Great Commission

16 The 11 disciples traveled to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had directed them.(L) 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped,[e] but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.(M) 19 Go, therefore, and make disciples(N) of[f] all nations,(O) baptizing(P) them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember,[g] I am with you always,[h] to the end of the age.”(Q)

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 28:9 Other mss add as they were on their way to tell the news to His disciples
  2. Matthew 28:12 Lit After they
  3. Matthew 28:14 Lit this is heard by the governor
  4. Matthew 28:14 Lit will persuade
  5. Matthew 28:17 Other mss add Him
  6. Matthew 28:19 Or and disciple; lit and instruct
  7. Matthew 28:20 Lit look
  8. Matthew 28:20 Lit all the days

Psalm 34:11-22

11 Come, children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.(A)
12 Who is the man who delights in life,
loving a long life to enjoy what is good?(B)
13 Keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from deceitful speech.(C)
14 Turn away from evil and do what is good;(D)
seek peace and pursue it.(E)

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and His ears are open to their cry for help.(F)
16 The face of the Lord is set
against those who do what is evil,(G)
to erase[a] all memory of them from the earth.(H)
17 The righteous[b] cry out, and the Lord hears,
and delivers them from all their troubles.(I)
18 The Lord is near the brokenhearted;
He saves those crushed in spirit.(J)

19 Many adversities come to the one who is righteous,
but the Lord delivers him from them all.(K)
20 He protects all his bones;
not one of them is broken.(L)
21 Evil brings death to the wicked,
and those who hate the righteous will be punished.(M)
22 The Lord redeems the life of His servants,
and all who take refuge in Him will not be punished.(N)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 34:16 Or cut off
  2. Psalm 34:17 Lit They

Proverbs 9:9-10

Instruct a wise man, and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man, and he will learn more.(A)

10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,(B)
and the knowledge of the Holy One(C) is understanding.

02/14/2017 DAB Transcript

Exodus 37:1-38:31 ~ Matthew 28:1-20 ~ Psalm 34:11-22 ~ Proverbs 9:9-10

Today is February 14th.  Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible.  It’s St. Valentine’s Day.  Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you out there.  Glad that we can be here together around the love story of love stories. I’m thrilled that we can take this next step forward in the Bible today . We’ll move our way out into the desert with the children of Israel where the things that God has instructed thus far to be crafted and made as the centerpieces of this new culture that are being formed, those things are being made.  Exodus chapter 37, verse 1 through 38:31 today and we’re reading from the Holman Christian Standard Bible this week.  

Prayer

Jesus, as we read the final words of the gospel of Matthew today, we read of your victory, your resurrection after unspeakable, really incomprehensible suffering and your death.  You came back alive.  The curse we were under was broken and we were set free.  This is unspeakably good news.  When this good news came to us and we understood, we received it.  You told us in the gospel of Matthew today that all authority in heaven and on earth was given to you and that we should go tell everybody and redeem the earth in collaboration with you.  So thank you.  Thank you for the cross.  And we worship you for the victory, not only your victory, but our victory because of you. May our lives be the gratitude that we offer you.  We worship you, Jesus.  We are eternally grateful.  May this be lived out in our thoughts, words and deeds this very day.  Come Holy Spirit, we pray in the mighty name of Jesus, amen.  

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The other thing that I want to mention today is The Promised Land Films. In the Old Testament in the book of Exodus we’re reading about how God laid out specific instructions for things that needed to be made and those things are being made for us and we can listen to all the measurements and the different materials that were used and it is deeply fascinating, but it can kind of become tedious.  Like, what does that look like?  There is a scale replica of the tabernacle that exists down in deep southern Israel out in the desert and we’ve filmed that as a part of The Promised Land Films.  We filmed every biblical location that has been verified that we can find.  So many of the cities and places and ruins and geography that we talk about in the Bible, that is something you can see with your own eyes obviously by going there, but if you haven’t been, or even if you have, The Promised Land Films do a really good job of giving you a 360-degree view of what it feels and looks like to be in these places, what it is like where these stories happened, and of course the tabernacle was a big piece of the culture that is being developed in the Old Testament, the centerpiece in fact. So you can see that in The Promised Land Films in the Daily Audio Bible Shop.  

If you want to partner with the Daily Audio Bible, this is how we do what we do.  We do this together as a community.  We’re all in this together, this rhythm of every day, fresh every day, the Bible in our lives and our minds and our hearts, transforming us.  If that has been life-giving to you, then thank you for your partnership.  The link is on the home page of www.DailyAudioBible.com.  If you are using the Daily Audio Bible App, you can push the More button that is in the lower right-hand corner of the app.  Or, if you prefer, the mailing address is P.O. Box 1996, Spring Hill, TN 37174.

And, as always, if you have a prayer request or comment, (877) 942-4253 is the number to dial.

And that’s it for today.  I’m Brian. I love you and I’ll be waiting for you here tomorrow.

Community Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Hello DAB family.  This is Candace from Oregon.  Let’s pray. Lord, we bring to you all the dear ones who have called in their requests and those who haven’t.  This whole entire community we lift before you and we know that people call in, you take special notice and you have many, many of us praying for every single caller.  Lord, thank you so much that you placed Loralee in Boynton Beach in exactly the employment you wanted her to have.  Thank you for these 90-year-old Jewish ladies who are hungry to hear about Jesus Christ, the Messiah.  I pray that you will lead her and they will explore your word and find you, Lord, and find that intimate and beautiful relationship with you, in Jesus’ name. Thank you for this, Lord.  Thank you.  I pray, Lord, for Richard who called from Nairobi, Kenya and who previously has called from Iraq.  Lord, he needs employment.  He needs to be able to pay the school fees for his children.  Lord, meet the basic needs of every family member.  Let it be so clear that this is from you and give Richard really good, solid employment as the provider of his family.  We ask this in Jesus’ name and look forward to what you will be doing, Lord.  We will give you all the honor and glory.  Thank you, Lord, for Jay from New Jersey.  Please, Lord, lift his brother out of the pit that he might really come to walk with you, Jesus.  Thank you. Amen.  

Good morning, this is Lisa and I live over in Eastern Washington and I’m calling for prayer for my dad.  He’s 95. His name is Martin and he has resisted the Lord and the Lord’s reaching out to him for many, many years.  I’ve been praying for probably close to 33 years and his heart has gotten harder and harder, but I know that love will break through and I’m just calling to the Daily Audio Bible community to pray for Martin. He’s right now in a rehab and he’s not doing very well, he’s in heart failure, and I’m praying the Lord will give him a new heart, a new vision, and the ability to see Jesus and to receive Jesus before his final day.  So thank you for prayer for him and thank you for this program.  I really love it.  I listen to it every day now.  I pray for all of you too.  So thank you. And God bless. 

Greetings DAB family.  This is Motivated by the Good Shepherd’s Love.  I’m just touching base.  I realize I haven’t called in for a little bit.  Things are going okay.  I think I’m going to be in a season though that Christ is going to be walking through some things in my past and where inner healing is going to take place because I tried working with it before on my own, but this time Christ is going to be holding my hand and walking me through it.  I would appreciate your prayers as this process goes through. I’m also daily listening and praying along with the prayers of our DAB family and thinking of you often.  I love you guys.  God bless.  Shalom.

Father God, thank you so much for all the blessings I have in my life. Thank you, Lord, for those people you’ve placed in my life to lead me to you.  Father God, you know who they are.  Thank you that, for whatever reason, they heeded your call either knowingly or unknowingly and those that seemed to have brought us into the most wonderful relationship we could ever have.  Father God, we do lift up our family members to you, those who don’t know you.  We thank you, Lord, for the truths they’ve heard over the years, for those seeds that have been planted in their hearts, and I pray, Lord, that they would be watered and they would grow fruit, that their lives would be opened to you and their hearts be opened to you.  Father God, we’ve got so many loved ones we would dearly love to see saved.  We just pray, Lord, that you would be opening our lives to opportunities that we might be used in that way, Lord.  So please be at work in hearts and minds.  Father God, there are so many of us that are struggling with depression and anxiety and things like that where it just seems to be clouded, Lord.  We can’t see a way out and I pray, Lord, that your light of truth and your light of love would be shining in our lives.  Father God, I pray that you would be just so present to us, even though we may not be able to feel you there, that we know you’re there and that we can take comfort in that.  Please be guiding us, Lord.  Please be helping us each day to seek your face to be changing our hearts to be more like yours.  Be helping us this day be making those right choices and to spend it in your presence, Lord. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Good morning.  This is Jackie from New Jersey and today is February the 11th.  I’m calling in with a praise report about my grandson.  Everything is working out well.  He lives here with me now.  I finally have him in school.  He will start Monday and I am so happy.  Thank you so much for all your prayers and thoughts and I love you so much for it.  I really would like to ask David where is he? I haven’t heard him, David from Kansas in quite a while.  And Salvation is Mine, I’m praying for you.  My sister had breast cancer and I think she is a 7-year survivor now.  She is doing excellent.  My sister-in-law, right now she’s in chemo for breast cancer and she’s doing good and I’m praying for you.  I’m praying for all my Daily Audio Bible family.  You have been so good to me.  You have helped me in all the things that I needed.  My daughter and I are not quite there yet, but give it some time and we’ll get there. Pray for my boyfriend.  He just got out of the hospital and he has diabetes and AFib, so pray for him please.  And pray for me too.  Keep my health up and I will pray for everybody that needs prayer, the ones that call in, the ones that don’t.  I love everyone.  God bless.

This is Jan in Florida.  I’m calling for Loralee, also in Florida.  You’re ministering to the Jewish widows at the assisted living facility and I just want to bless you for that and thank you for your obedience to stay there and you waited on the Lord and listened to hear the assignment that he had for you.  So Father, in the name of Jesus, I ask that you bless Loralee in the assignment that you have given her.  What a privilege to reveal you to these daughters of Zion. And Lord, I ask that you would bless Rosalie, Naomi, Elaine and Janet and open their hearts and minds to the truth of your word.  Father, I ask that you would so fill them with a desire for your Holy Spirit.  Let them, even at their advanced age, know and understand that you have not forgotten them, that you love them, and that you want them, Lord.  I thank you, Lord, for their courage.  I thank you, Lord, that you have clearly touched their hearts and you have brought them in their lives to the kingdom for such a time as this.  I’m asking, Lord, that you fill them with your Holy Spirit. Give them wisdom.  Give them revelation and knowledge of you and allow them to give their hearts to you, Lord.  In Jesus’ name.  Loralee, if you can, speak to them out of the book of Isaiah because it is really all about Jesus and that is the main Old Testament book where you’re going to find many of the prophecies about the Lord, specifically Isaiah 53.  It’s totally amazing and if you can read it to them in The Voice Translation, it’s just an amazing translation that is very relatable, it’s very beautiful, it’s simple to understand, it’s something that they can really grasp and fall in love with.  Also as you’re teaching them, once you’ve read to them Isaiah 53, you might want to go in the New Testament.  There are several other verses as well.  Romans 10:16, John 12:38, Matthew 8:17, Acts 8:33…