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Today's Reading
March 17

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Pastor’s Note

Today we read Mark 16, the ending of which is one of the few places in the Bible where multiple verses of the ancient manuscripts are significantly conflicted. Virtually every edition of the Bible transparently declares this. May this exception remind us that unlike other ancient works the New Testament is blessed with a massive body of ancient manuscripts, which in almost all cases bring to us a crisp and agreed-upon record of what the authors penned.

— Pastor Mike

Deuteronomy 29-30

The Covenant Renewed in Moab

29:1  [1] These are the words of the covenant that the Lord commanded Moses to make with the people of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant that he had made with them at Horeb.

 [2] And Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: “You have seen all that the Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear. I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn off your feet. You have not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink, that you may know that I am the Lord your God. And when you came to this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon and Og the king of Bashan came out against us to battle, but we defeated them. We took their land and gave it for an inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of the Manassites. Therefore keep the words of this covenant and do them, that you may prosper [3] in all that you do.

10 “You are standing today all of you before the Lord your God: the heads of your tribes, [4] your elders, and your officers, all the men of Israel, 11 your little ones, your wives, and the sojourner who is in your camp, from the one who chops your wood to the one who draws your water, 12 so that you may enter into the sworn covenant of the Lord your God, which the Lord your God is making with you today, 13 that he may establish you today as his people, and that he may be your God, as he promised you, and as he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 14 It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant, 15 but with whoever is standing here with us today before the Lord our God, and with whoever is not here with us today.

16 “You know how we lived in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed. 17 And you have seen their detestable things, their idols of wood and stone, of silver and gold, which were among them. 18 Beware lest there be among you a man or woman or clan or tribe whose heart is turning away today from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of those nations. Beware lest there be among you a root bearing poisonous and bitter fruit, 19 one who, when he hears the words of this sworn covenant, blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall be safe, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart.’ This will lead to the sweeping away of moist and dry alike. 20 The Lord will not be willing to forgive him, but rather the anger of the Lord and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and the curses written in this book will settle upon him, and the Lord will blot out his name from under heaven. 21 And the Lord will single him out from all the tribes of Israel for calamity, in accordance with all the curses of the covenant written in this Book of the Law. 22 And the next generation, your children who rise up after you, and the foreigner who comes from a far land, will say, when they see the afflictions of that land and the sicknesses with which the Lord has made it sick— 23 the whole land burned out with brimstone and salt, nothing sown and nothing growing, where no plant can sprout, an overthrow like that of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger and wrath— 24 all the nations will say, ‘Why has the Lord done thus to this land? What caused the heat of this great anger?’ 25 Then people will say, ‘It is because they abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them out of the land of Egypt, 26 and went and served other gods and worshiped them, gods whom they had not known and whom he had not allotted to them. 27 Therefore the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, bringing upon it all the curses written in this book, 28 and the Lorduprooted them from their land in anger and fury and great wrath, and cast them into another land, as they are this day.’

29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Repentance and Forgiveness

30:1 “And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. And the Lord your God will put all these curses on your foes and enemies who persecuted you. And you shall again obey the voice of the Lord and keep all his commandments that I command you today. The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, 10 when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

The Choice of Life and Death

11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God [5] that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, [6] then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to him, for he is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”

Mark 16

The Resurrection

16:1 When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.” And they went out and fled from the tomb, for trembling and astonishment had seized them, and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9-20.] [7]

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

[[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

The Great Commission

14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]

Footnotes

[1] 29:1 Ch 28:69 in Hebrew
[2] 29:2 Ch 29:1 in Hebrew
[3] 29:9 Or deal wisely
[4] 29:10 Septuagint, Syriac; Hebrew your heads, your tribes
[5] 30:16 Septuagint; Hebrew lacks If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God
[6] 30:16 Or his just decrees
[7] 16:9 Some manuscripts end the book with 16:8; others include verses 9-20 immediately after verse 8. A few manuscripts insert additional material after verse 14; one Latin manuscript adds after verse 8 the following: But they reported briefly to Peter and those with him all that they had been told. And after this, Jesus himself sent out by means of them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. Other manuscripts include this same wording after verse 8, then continue with verses 9-20

  • Sam Funk

    Deut 29:14 It is not with you alone that I am making this sworn covenant, 15 but with whoever is standing here with us today before the Lord our God, and with whoever is not here with us today.

    Some things written in scripture were for specific people at a specific time. And some things were written for all people throughout time. May the Lord give us wisdom to learn from all of them.

    Deut 30:2 and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul,

    Whether it is the first time or returning, we should all obey the Lord in all we do.

    Mark 16:6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.

    The stone was already rolled out of the way. The “young man” knew why they were there without being asked. The women were some of the many people who experienced Jesus’ resurrection first hand. Their account, written in this instance by Mark, records for us part of the historical evidence of God’s plan.

  • Beth Metcalf

    But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it. Mark 16:14 (Lord Jesus, please keep your Word ever near me, in my heart, and help me do it! Thank you for rising from the grave… as you told us, our True Hope!)

  • CheriClark

    OT
    Deut 30:11 11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

    Then: God is telling the Israelites that they can obey Him. It is not too hard.

    Always: When our heart is right with God it is not too hard to obey Him.

    Now: God tells the Israelites that it is not too hard to obey His commands if their hearts are right with Him. And they are helped because the Word is not far off. In fact, it is in their mouths and in their hearts. (v14). Oh, how important the Word is to God. How important it is to me. It should be in my mouth and in my heart. And if it is, then I can do it and obey God. Therefore, I must be in the Word. I must be reading it, and studying it, and memorizing it. Lord, help me to cling to Your Word so that I may obey You!

    NT
    Mark 16:6 6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.

    Then: Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bring spices to anoint Jesus’ bodies. They are met by a young man in a white robe who tells them Jesus is not there. That He is risen.

    Always: Jesus is Risen! He is Risen Indeed !!!

    Now: Oh what wonderful words those are. Jesus is Risen! He has done exactly what He promised to. He has paid the penalty for my sins and your sins and. He has conquered death. He is alive and on His throne. We worship a living God. What a glorious day that will be when we are all united in His Kingdom worshiping Him. In the meantime, with hearts overflowing with gratitude and praise may we worship Him by obeying Him and serving Him. He is Risen Indeed !!!

    • Anne Ventura

      On the same page today in Deut. 🙂

  • Anne Ventura

    Deut. 29:29

    29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

    Lord, you are my rock and my salvation. May I not dwell too long on things I don’t understand, but trust in my hidden future as I strive to obedience to you Lord, a trustworthy God.

    Deut 30:11-14

    11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

    May I always place you first in my life, with a burning desire to read what you have breathed with love, mercy and concern for those you have chosen as your own. May I strive to obedience and etch your word on my heart.

    • CheriClark

      Like that phrase – “etch” the word on our hearts. Very descriptive of what we should be doing.

  • Karen Chien

    29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

    God laid out the ways to good and evil ,life and death. He is so gracious to His people that there are instructions to follow and how to follow them. For the Israelites coming out of the wilderness God wanted to make it so Crystal clear to them they He loves them and wants them to live a peaceful life. But because of sin,they have sin reigning within them. Even though God has His attributes that are not shared, God has attributes that are shared. And one of them is God is holy and it commanded “be holy for I am holy.” God wants His people to be set apart. God wants His people to see little sin ,big sin as a separation from Him. So if anything that is causing separation, usually ways that are seldom pleasing vs. God pleasing Those things should be wiped away and shut out. Thank you Jesus for taking on the sins of the world and freeing me from the punishment I deserve along with the dominion that sin has once held over me. May I continue to live a life set apart for God,one that is driven and pressed on towards Christ. ” I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.”

    “If there is not,then,at least a yearning in our hearts to live a holy life pleasing to God, we need to seriously question whether our faith in Christ is genuine… He not only saves us from the penalty of sin, but also from its dominion. ”

    -Jerry Bridges, Pursuit of Holiness, p. 33

    • CheriClark

      Good job Karen continuing to read and ponder this book.

  • Alyssa Cuccia

    “…He has risen; he is not here…” Mark 16:6

    These had to be 7 of the sweetest words that the two Mary’s had ever heard and they remain some of the sweetest words in Scripture because our entire faith is based upon the fact that Jesus Christ “has risen”! This is an amazing truth that should leave us leaping for joy if we are saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Remembering this fact always reminds me of Romans 8:11, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.” The SAME Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead now dwells in ME as a Christian. This is amazing and a truth that I need to remember every single day. As I wake up in the morning, it is the Spirit of Christ who enables me to have self-control to wake up and choose to have quiet time with the Lord. As I sit down to pray, it is the Spirit of Christ who gives me the words to speak and teaches me to pray as I ought (Romans 8:26). And with every righteous choice I make, it is the Spirit of Christ I have to thank because He is daily sanctifying me and helping me to become more like Christ. Praise the Lord, He is risen! Jesus is alive!

    • CheriClark

      He is alive indeed!

  • NonieS

    Deuteronomy 29

    29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

    God does not reveal everything to us. There are some things that He does not reveal to us; but we need to focus on His Word and what He has revealed, in obedience to Him.

    Mark 16

    6 And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him.

    What a joyous day! Let us proclaim to everyone that our Lord has risen from the dead. He is risen! He has risen indeed!

    • CheriClark

      He is risen indeed!

  • Stephanie Schwartz

    Mark 16:7
    But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going before you to Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.

    Even today, we are to tell others that he has risen! May many believe the gospel this Easter!

    • CheriClark

      Praying for that!

  • Tracy Libby

    If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules, then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it 💙

  • RyanDamato

    Deuteronomy 30-

    10 when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
    11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.

    Amazing that God gets the criticism of being a vengeful and mean God in the pages of the old testament. His promises and blessings for those that would keep his commands were written and spoken to all with faithfulness and truth. The response was up to the poeple, who will continue to fail at living for God as the rest of God’s word will show.
    God has given us such a great promise and an even more complete detail of his expectations. As Christians, with the Spirit dwelling within us, we should find it easy to desire good and address the good works he has aligned for us with sincerity, conviction, boldness, confidence and love.
    These verses are so awesome for me to read and consider the why I want to choose good rather than giving in to my flesh and choosing evil. As I continue to know God better, I want to use my life to honor him and praise him for laying out these promises regarding my eternity. I pray for continued strength and focus on doing the things that align my will with his.

    Mark 16-
    14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen.

    Jesus spent a great deal of time talking about his death and resurrection. He gave his disciples all the information they needed to be looking for their messiah to fulfill his prophecy. This prophecy would literally come true within 3 days and the deciples should have been waiting with eagerness. Unfortunately, they had lost faith in reality of the Lordship of Jesus.
    We need to be living according to the great commission. As Christians, we need to be out preaching the word and looking to change lives. We need to trust in the second coming of the Lord and as we wait, we can’t lose heart and we must be active in living for him.
    Jesus-Keep me focused on living for you, going out and making disciples, baptizing them and teaching them to obey all that you command. I pray that you give me strength and endurance to live in this world as an ambassador for you and that no matter what I might go through, help me to not lose heart in your coming fulfilled promises.

  • RyanDamato

    Deuteronomy 31-
    7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

    Joshua had big shoes to fill. He was next in line to lead God’s people and Moses knew the faithlessness of Israel and how they continued to turn from the Lord their God. Joshua would need strength and courage not only to lead the people into their promised land but also just leading the people in general. He had many struggles in front of him and Moses reminds him in front of the people to be strong and courageous.
    From the beginning of man, we have been promised difficulty. We’ve been promised that sin will rule the earth and that the people of God would always be out numbered but not out strengthened. We need to recognize the power we have as believers and we need to be strong and courageous in this world as we face persecution and evil all around. We need to defend the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ no matter how difficult the situation might seem.
    Lord-I thank you so much for the promise that you’ve given me as I am part of the winning team for future glory. This confidence will be in my heart and mind and will allow me to face every day with boldness, courage and strength. I pray that you give me a heart that yearns to see more people come to the winning team and that I would be filled with desire to grow in my knowledge and action as I look to lead others in the faith of the truth of your word.

    Luke 1-
    3 it seemed good to me also, having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 that you may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught.

    The opening of Luke shows that the doctor is writing to Theophilus. Theophilus could be either a person of high ranking as he addresses him as “most excellent” OR it could be that Luke is writing to “Lover of God” or “Loved of God” since that is what Theophilus can be translated to. It’s unclear however, more likely that it’s a person of high ranking since he addresses it to “most excellent Theophilus” a common term of respect for a single person. That being noted, it’s good to see that Luke took the time to make sure to mention that he didn’t just throw a bunch of stories together rather, he wrote an orderly account after following things real closely. He was a physician which gives some credibility to the fact that he was detail oriented and a man that could research and clearly articulate events as he was obviously not a part of all the events that he wrote of.
    Christians should use this statement as spurring to live our lives similarly to the way Luke lived his. We should have an orderly account of the things that have taken place in scripture and be able to site it clearly to people that we talk to. The way we can do this is by talking about it more. Rather than spending so much time learning deeper things about our hobbies or interests, we should make this the top thing on our interest list that we want to know more about.
    God-Thank you for your word and the availability to read it, think about, talk about it and write about. I pray that I continue making the reading of your word a priority in my life and that I would never stop wanting to talk about the things I learn from your word and through the Holy Spirit in my life. Help me to clearly articulate my thoughts and knowledge of you so you can use it to advance your kingdom by reaching more lost souls with your word of truth and salvation!

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