It began with Leviticus 9-10. These two chapters seem to contrast the fate of those who submit to the word of God versus those who do not. God will either be met in mercy or in judgment (Exodus 34:5-7; Psalm 27:1, Hebrews 12:29). How can one meet God in mercy and enter the kingdom of God? Jesus discussed this with someone in John chapter 3. Jesus is the door, the temple curtain, and the way to God.
I spent Tuesday evening with my small group where we finished our study of Galatians. It was a very sweet and encouraging time catching up with friends, digging into the message of Paul's letter, and praying for one another.
Later that evening, I finished the day with some CW practice and read the next chapter in Mark. It was Mark chapter 5, which recounted the story of a demon possessed man, a woman healed of bleeding, and a dead girl who was raised to life. At first, I wasn't sure what all of these had in common; but as I thought about it, they seemed to share quite a few similarities. They each illustrate new birth.
"...the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. ..." Romans 4:17
"...who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy." 1 Peter 2:10
All three of these people were far from God. They were separated from Him by sin and the consequence of sin, which is death (James 1:15). The demon-possessed man dwelt among tombs. The ill woman had been religiously unclean for 12 years. The dead girl was literally dead.
Also, all three of these people were beyond the help of others. The man in the tombs was not in his right mind and "neither could anyone tame him." The ill woman "had suffered many things from many physicians" and "had spent all that she had" to no avail. The dead girl had no one to help - her family and friends only "wept and wailed loudly."
While all three were far from God and beyond the help of others, all of them were graciously saved by the Lord Jesus. "Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people..." Luke 1:68 "For His mercy endures forever!" Psalm 136
Faithful by Chris Tomlin