“Fear not, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” – Isaiah 41:10-11
Scripture is filled with the command to God’s people not to be afraid. It may be phrased in different ways and the reasons given why we are not to fear may be slightly different, but the message is the same.
The previous devotion focused on the first two verses of Psalm 103 and the need to remind ourselves of all the reasons we have to praise the Lord. This devotion will work through those reasons as David lists them in the Psalm.
“who forgives all your sins”
Through Christ all of our sins are atoned for perfectly and completely. Not just many of them or partly, but all of them completely.
We often determine a person’s–or our own–value and worth by the role they play in different situations. A byproduct of our fallen human nature and the influence of our culture pushes us to think this way whether we realize it or not, even when we know the truth.
Leaders are seen as more important than followers, the one who gives the orders is above the one receiving, and the bottom person on the organizational chart is the least important.
Jesus actually cleanses the temple twice during His ministry. Once at the beginning (John 2) and again near the end after the triumphal entry (Matthew 21, Mark 11, Luke 19).
While all of the accounts focus on driving out those doing business and turning the temple into a market, John 2 also displays how Jesus fulfills prophecy as the messiah.
Mark 5 contains the account of Jesus raising the daughter of Jairus to life. As He is on the way to do so, this story occurs.
“And a great crowd followed him and thronged about him. And there was a woman who had had a discharge of blood for twelve years, and who had suffered much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was no better but rather grew worse. – Mark 5:24b-26 Continue reading
“Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
As they pass through the Valley of Baka,
they make it a place of springs;
the autumn rains also cover it with pools.
They go from strength to strength,
till each appears before God in Zion.” – Psalm 84:5-7
This Psalm is attributed to the Sons of Korah. It describes the physical and spiritual journey of traveling to Jerusalem to be in the house of the Lord and worship Him. The physical journey to Jerusalem mirrors the spiritual journey of being a pilgrim and sojourner here on earth on the way to God’s heavenly dwelling place.
Barabbas appears in every gospel account. He is an important figure during the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. He appears after Jesus has been arrested and tried before the Sanhedrin when the Jewish leaders bring Jesus before Pilate to have him crucified.