Tag: Mary

  • Biblical Principle #228: Israel to Ceremonially Cleanse

    Biblical Principles List Principle Under the Law of Moses, an Israelite was to purify themselves following specific events that made them ceremonially unclean to GOD. Explanation In the Law of Moses, GOD specified four categories of uncleanness that required a form of ceremonial cleansing: Here is what the Law said about each of these categories:…

  • Why Mary of Bethany is My New Spiritual Hero

    I imagine you are familiar with the phrase “heroes of faith.” People like Moses, Abraham, Daniel, Paul, Barnabas, John, and—of course—Jesus often come to mind when discussing this phrase. Within the past couple of months, I have gained a new spiritual hero—Mary of Bethany. For most of 2013, our house church was studying the New Testament…

  • November 19 – Jesus is Raised from the Dead

    Reading Matt. 28:2-4 Mark 16:1-7 Luke 24:4-8 Mark 16:8 John 20:2-10 Mark 16:9; John 20:11-17 Matt. 28:8-15 Luke 24:9-11, 13-35; John 20:19 Luke 24:36-44 John 20:21-29; 21:1-24 Matt. 28:16-20; Mark 16:15-18 Luke 24:45-51; Acts 1:6-11 Luke 24:52-53; Acts 1:12-26 Mark 16:20 John 20:30-31; 21:25 Devotional Early on Sunday morning there was a violent earthquake and…

  • November 18 – Jesus Dies Upon the Cross

    Reading Mark 15:23, 25, 27-28; Luke 23:32-34a John 19:19-24 Matt. 27:39-44; Luke 23:35-43 John 19:25-27 Matt. 27:45-49; John 19:28-29 Luke 23:46; John 19:30 Matt. 27:51-56; Mark 15:39-41; Luke 23:47-49 John 19:31-37 Mark 15:42-45 Matt. 27:59-60; John 19:38b-42 Luke 23:55-56 Matt. 27:62-66 Devotional Today’s reading tells the story of the most important event in all of…

  • November 8 – Jesus Raises Lazarus

    Reading John 11:1-54 Devotional Jesus had three friends who were brothers and sisters, Mary, Martha and Lazarus who apparently lived in the town of Bethany, which is about 2 miles from Jerusalem. (Note: This is likely the same Mary and Martha referred to in Luke 10:38-42 where Martha wanted Mary to help her prepare the…

  • October 21 – Jesus, the Wise Young Boy

    Reading Matt. 2:1-23 Luke 2:39-52 Devotional Some period of time (probably around 6 months) after Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Magi from the east came to visit “the king of the Jews“. The Magi were sorcerers, magicians or wizards, from a country in the east (probably Persia). They were familiar with the prophecies of the…

  • October 20 – Jesus is Born

    Reading Luke 1:5-80 Matt. 1:18-25a Luke 2:1-38 Devotional Finally, after almost 10 months of daily reading, we reach the second most important event in human history—Jesus is born! (The most important event would be Jesus’ death, of course.) Let’s recap the major events of today’s reading. After 400 years of silence, GOD sends a message…

  • October 19 – The Genealogies of Jesus

    Reading Matt. 1:1-17 Luke 3:23b-38 Devotional Today’s reading is a listing of the family lineage of Jesus. Matthew records the ancestry from Joseph’s perspective (Jesus’ earthly father), whereas Luke apparently records it from Mary’s perspective (Jesus’ mother). There are several righteous people among Jesus’ forefathers, including Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Boaz (husband of Ruth), David, Asa,…