Daily Encouragement

February 15 – Aaron’s Breastplate and Jesus’ Ministry

Exodus 39:1-40:38
Mark 1:1-28
Psalm 35:1-16
Proverbs 9:11-12

Ceramic replica of the Breastplate of Aaron, by Dr. Avishai Teicher Pikiwiki Israel

Exodus 39:14 — The names of the tribes of Israel were engraved over the heart of the High Priest. God says that He has graven our names on the palms of His hands (Isaiah 49:16).

Exodus 39:30 — A religion that denies the inerrancy of the Bible and calls the sufficiency of Scripture a foolish doctrine has put the words “Holiness to the Lord” on each of their “temples.”

Interestingly, the next time that the phrase “Holiness to the LORD” is used is in Isaiah 23:18 when it refers to the merchandise of Tyre that will become spoil for those who dwell before the LORD.

Mark 1:12 — We read earlier in Matthew 3:7 that many of the Pharisees and Sadducees came to investigate John the Baptist. Interestingly, after Jesus is publicly acknowledged by John and by His Father, Jesus is immediately taken into the wilderness. We’ll notice that Jesus would not have fulfilled all of the Messianic prophecies at this time, so the Sanhedrin could charge Him with blasphemy if He publicly claimed to be Who He really was. They could also attempt to execute Him prematurely. Thus, in our future readings we’ll see Jesus be very guarded about His identity and start His public ministry with 40 days of silence.

Mark 1:24-25 — As we were saying, Jesus is telling the demons not to share Who He is.

Mark 1:28 — “region of Galilee” … The Gospel Coalition (TGC) shares 7 Differences between Galilee and Judea in the time of Jesus.

Psalm 35:10 — Remember our previous discussion of anthropomorphism? Here’s a great example: “All my bones shall say”.

Proverbs 9:11 — How can you have long life? Read Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 4:40, 5:16, 5:33, 6:2, 11:9, 11:21, 22:7, 25:15, 32:47; 1 Kings 3:14; Proverbs 3:2, 3:16, 4:10, 9:11, 10:27, 28:16; and Ephesians 6:3.

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