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February 23rd: Numbers 5-6; Mark 4:1-20

Today's Bible Reading: Numbers 5-6; Mark 4:1-20

Supplemental Commentary: None

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He makes atonement for my sins. He places a high value on faithful marriage. He desire to bless me by keeping me, being gracious to me and giving me peace. He is the greatest Teacher.

What did you learn about Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus is represented by the various offerings, especially those male without blemish, to make atonement for my sins. If I confess my sin and make full restitution for those I have wronged, He will forgive and make atonement. Jesus taught me today that I should be good ground that hears His word, accepts it and bears fruit in my life.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I have made atomement for you and desire to bless you. Hear My word, accept it and bear fruit.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred." Mark 4:20

February 21st: Numbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-19

Today's Bible ReadingNumbers 1-2; Mark 3:1-19

Supplemental Commentary: Desire of Ages pgs 281 – 297

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is a God of order. He is a warrior. He restores the sick to health and is angered by hardness of heart.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

The ministry of Jesus grew so fast and His fame became so great, especially for His healing miracles, that the Herodians plotted to kill Jesus. Jesus appointed the 12 disciples to first be with Him, then to preach, heal and cast out demons.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I've called you to be with Me and to send you out to do ministry that looked like Mine.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"Then He appointed twelve, that they might be with Him and that He might send them out to preach, and to have power to heal sickness and to cast out demons..." Mark 3:14-15

February 18th: Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22

Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 23-24; Mark 1:1-22

Supplemental Commentary: DA pgs 97 – 123, 231 – 235, 244 – 251 PP pgs 537 - 542

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading?  

He makes provision for the poor and the srtanger. He makes atonement for our sins. He is my deliverer. 

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

The Feast of Passover pointed to Jesus Christ who died at the time of the Passover offering. He is our Passover Lamb.The male lamb without blemish offered during the Feast of First fruits pointed to Jesus the spotless sacrifice for our sins. The blood of Jesus atones for our sins. Jesus preached the gospel and it was this "The time is fulfilled (time prophecy) and the kingdom of God is at hand (nearness of the kingdom). Repent and believe in the gospel (turn from sin and believe the good news). He also taught as one having authority. This should characterize my gospel preaching and teaching.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

Your preaching and teaching should be like Jesus' preaching and teaching with authority. He preached the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel. 

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel." Mark 1:15

February 17th: Leviticus 21-22; Matthew 28

Today's Bible ReadingLeviticus 21-22; Matthew 28

Supplemental Commentary: DA pgs 779 – 794, pgs 818 - 828

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is holy and sanctifies me to be holy like Him. He desires a sacrifice of thanksgiving of my own free will. He delivered me from the Egypt of sin and then sanctifies me. He commissions us to share the good news and then promises to be with us in the process.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus was respresented by the offerings of cattle, sheep and goats, male without blemish. The angel said to the women not to be afraid for he knew they sought Jesus who was crucified. Jesus then appears to the women disciples first and repeats the same words, "Do not be afraid." He commissions them to be the first evangelists to tell the good news of the resurrection. Both the women and the other disciples, when they see the resurected Lord they immediately fall down and worship Him. He commissions the women first then the other disciples.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I both justify you and sanctify you. So do not be afraid, but go and tell them about the good news.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"Do not be afraid. Go and tell...they will see Me." Matthew 28:10


February 16th: Leviticus 19-20; Matthew 27:51-66

Today's Bible ReadingLev 19-20; Matt 27:51-66

Supplemental Commentary: DA pgs 752 - 757

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is holy. He wants me to offer Him sacrifical service of my own free will. He cares for the needs of the poor and the stranger. He is just and cares for the marginalized. He desires me to love my neighbor as myself. He forgives my sins and makes atonement for me. He loves the stranger and wants me to do the same. He is my deliverer. He sanctifies me and makes me holy.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

All of the sacrifices pointed to Jesus who makes atonement for me and offers me forgiveness. The veil of the temple being torn from top to bottom, the earthquake, the dead bodies coming out and on Sunday appearing to many, the confession of the Centurion and the those with him that Jesus is the Son of God, all attest to the diviinity of Christ, the significants of His death and the authenticity of His resurection. Even the Roman guard placed around His tomb, on the Sabbath, only testifies to the certainty that He truly rose from the grave.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

In light of the certainty of the death and resurrection of Jesus, which made atonement for your sins and your forgiveness possible, live holy, for I am the One who sanctifies you.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have seperated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine." Leviticus 20:26

February 15th: Leviticus 17-18; Matthew 27:27-50

Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 17-18; Matthew 27:27-50

Supplemental Commentary: DA pgs 741 - 751

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He desires my fidelity to Him alone. He desires my purity. He provides atonement for my sins. He desires me to live by His word. He makes the way for me and brings me to the Promised Land (Heaven).

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus is represented by the various sacrifices. God provides blood to make atonement for our souls. This point to the blood of Jesus that makes atonement for my soul. Jesus was mocked and blasphemed. Three times, like when the Devil tempted Him in the wilderness, He was told by the crowd, chief priests and those hanging with Him to save Himself "if He is the Son of God." This is the same Satanic temptation the Devil used at the begining of His ministry. Satan used the crowd, chief priests and thieves to tempt Jesus. From 12pm to 3pm darkness covered the land, like the darkness of my sin. It was at that time that Jesus felt the heart wrenching seperation from the Father, cried out and died...for me.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

Jesus endured the mockery, beatings, blasphamy and weight of sin to provide atonement for you. You are atoned for and cleansed by His blood. No go and live by His word. Live in purity.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that you do not commit any of these abominable customs which were committed before you, and that you do not defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 18:30


February 14th: Leviticus 15-16; Matthew 27:1-26

Today's Bible ReadingLev 15-16; Matt 27:1-26

Supplemental Commentary: DA pgs 723 - 740 PP pgs 352 - 358

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is the preserver of our health. He appeared above the mercy seat, indicating His character of mercy. He makes atonement for the sins of unclean people. He is holy. He willing takes the abuse and punishment that I deserve.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Atonement is provided by the offering of two turle doves and two pigeons. One is a sin offering and the other is a burnt offering. They and all other offerings, point to Jesus and the atonement He would provide for us. Jesus is our High Priest and ministers in the Heavenly Santuary now to make atonement for us by His own blood, on this the Anti-typical Day of Atonement. Jesus is betrayed, delivered to the Gentiles, called a just Man by Pilot's wife, and demanded to be crucified by a crowd who could not answer the question, "what evil has He done?" Pilate publically declared Jesus just, virtually calling Him innocent. Jesus is then scourged and delivered to be crucified.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I have redeemed you to Myself, by taking your sin, bearing it in your place and making atonement for you. I forgive you. Be clean.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"For on that day the priest shall make atonement for you, to cleanse you, that you may be clean from all your sins before the Lord." Leviticus 16:30

February 12th: Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:26-50

Today's Bible Reading: Leviticus 13; Matthew 26:26-50

Supplemental Commentary: Desire of Ages pgs 652-680

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is the doctor who created us and knows what sin has done to us and desires our healing. He grants forgiveness through the symbols of the bread and the wine.  He already envisions us saved and with Him in the future in heaven. He calls His betrayer friend, is gracious with His sleepy dicsiples and heals His enemy.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus predicts His death and resurrection.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

Do not place trust in yourself, but in Me. Pray lest you fall into temptation, because your flesh is weak.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"Watch and pray lest you fall into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak." Matthew 26:41


February 8th: Lev 4-5; Matt 24:29-51

Today's Bible Reading: Lev 4-5; Matt 24:29-51

Supplemental Commentary: DA pgs 632 – 636 PP pgs 343 - 351

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He forgives sin. He shares with us what to expect in the days before His coming so we can be ready.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus is represented by all the sacrifices that offer forgiveness to the sinner. Jesus prpares His disciples for what to expect at His return.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

I have forgiven you of your sin. Now live ready for My soon return.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

"Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Matthew 24:44

February 4th: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46

Today's Bible Reading: Exodus 34-35; Matthew 22:23-46

Supplemental Commentary: PP pgs 353 – 354, 323 - 330; DA pgs 605-609 

Journal Your Thoughts

What attributes of God’s character of love do you see in today’s reading? 

He is merciful, gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty (just). His character is based on love, which is reflected in the law and the prophets; love to God and love to man.

Where do you see the theme of Jesus and Him Crucified in today’s reading? 

Jesus and His sacrifice is represented in the various sacrifices in the wilderness tabernacle. Jesus emphasizes love (to God and then each other) as the greatest commandment in all of scripture. It is what all of scripture is based on.

What is the Holy Spirit saying to you through today’s reading?

All of scripture is based on My character of love. Continue to focus on My character of love and I will cause it to flow out in you to others.

What verse(s) are speaking to you today? Meditate & Memorize.

Jesus said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37