OYB February 17

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 4-5
NT: Mark 2:13-28, Mark 3:1-6
Ps: Psalm 36
Pr: Proverbs 10:1-2

Gospel Thread - OT:

If a member of the community sins unintentionally and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD's commands, he is guilty.

Leviticus 4:27 (NIV)

Ignorance is not a legitimate defense; sin is sin. God gave man His Law not to give new definitions for sin but rather to reveal and expose the sin that already existed. Rather than viewing the Law as an imposition, we should recognize that the Law was a great gift from God to man (see Romans 7:7-13). Man is guilty of the sin he commits, whether or not he does so with the knowledge that his actions are sinful. God holds man accountable for the sin he has committed. Therefore, God showed great love and grace to man, that He would give such a clear explanation of that which is sinful.

Gospel Thread - NT:

And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new wineskins.

Mark 2:22 (NIV)

Jesus is answering the Pharisees' challenge of His disciples' failure to observe rabbinical fasting requirements, and is using a practical example to explain his point.

As part of the fermentation process of winemaking, yeast feeds on sugar from the grapes, converting the sugar into alcohol and producing carbon dioxide gas as a by-product. In biblical times, new (unfermented) wine was placed into a wineskin and allowed to ferment. Fermenting the new wine in a closed vessel such as the wineskin would prevent the by-product carbon dioxide gas from escaping, thus causing the wineskin to expand. Therefore, placing unfermented (new) wine into a wineskin that had already been used to ferment wine would result in the (old) wineskin, which had already been expanded, to burst when the new wine fermented.

Jesus' point was that the gospel/new covenant could not be contained within the confines of rabbinical law and tradition. This analogy could be extrapolated in many ways, but I will leave the explanation as it is.

Gospel Thread - Psalms/Proverbs:

For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light

Psalm 36:9 (NIV)

Jesus is our source of both life and light. He is our fountain of life, and he is our light.

The One Year Bible Blog´s comments for today. Note the explanation of how the location of disposal of burnt offerings foreshadows Christ's crucifixion outside of Jerusalem.