Playing catch up today on One Year Bible is like listening to a magnificent symphony. Having been travelling on business for a week and losing track of OYB, I read seven days today to get up to date.
All the Law in Leviticus 9 to 19 provides a sombre bass theme with detailed specification of the definitions of unclean food and circumstances of daily life which make one unclean, the sacrifices to be offered and the procedures to be followed to become clean again and the cases where the sin or defilement is such that banishment or death are the only remedies.
Mark provides the dominant theme of the Glory of the coming Kingdom. Mark is very compact, so in a week of readings we get through a lot. Jesus is travelling around the Galilee area. Huge crowds gather and follow wherever he goes because he is healing all the sick and driving out demons. We see the miraculous feeding of huge crowds twice. Jesus walks on the water and calms a storm. Even when he gets away to the Mediterranean coast for peace and quite, people find him and seek healing for their sick. But it seems the disciples are still not really getting it. They experience all these miracles, they hear the teaching about the nature of the Kingdom, Jesus gives them personal inside tutorials on the parables. But some how they are blinded, until Peter is inspired, "You are the Christ" (Mark 8:29)
Mike on OYB refers us to some commentary on Bible.org about the Principles of Priesthood. and Arising from the rules in Leviticus for the priests to receive a share of certain types of sacrifice, Mike also asks our views about payment to professional clergy in churches today and funding of other types of ministry.
These are questions which have been occupying my thoughts for a while as I consider the whole question of how we should be church, the extent to which we need institutions and structures, and how they should be ordered and governed. One of the points I do not understand is raised in the Bible.org article, that is how we continue to run with a professional priesthood. The article by Bob Deffinbaugh explains the following principles from the NT:
Frequency of posting here is dropping, I think. There are only 24 hours in a day and most of them are committed already. My blogging time is currently being spent on and around the One Year Bible Blog. This search shows the pages on OYB where I have posted comments.
I’ve been painting pictures of Egypt
Leaving out what it lacked
The future seems so hard
And I want to go back
But the places that used to fit me
Cannot hold the things I've learned
And those roads were closed off to me
While my back was turned
I listen to a mix of contemporary Christian songs and secular stuff.
Some favourites are Third Day, Rebecca St James, Delirious!, Jennifer
Knapp, Matt Redman. U2 score very high for me. Not sure which side of
the Christian/secular line you place them (I suppose such a line does
exist?). They seem to be on both sides! Interesting quote from Bono of
"I often wonder if religion is the enemy of God. It's almost like
religion is what happens when the Spirit has left the building."
And in another place he said:
"Can a song make a difference? Songs can change the world. They're
not like movies where you see them once or twice - songs become part of
you. They're more like smells. Freedom has a scent and it's like the
top of a new born baby's head."
I recently experience that "songs become part of you" very vividly.
The first LP I bought when I was a teenager in the 1960's was Bob Dylan
"Highway 61 Revisited". My children recent gave me the CD version for
my birthday. Listening to it I re-discovered that those songs are part
of me, engraved in my head somewhere, vivid memories come flooding back
of hitch-hiking through England on a wet day singing "Like a Rolling
Stone" to comfort myself. So, you should be careful what music and
lyrics you listen to - they all become part of you. Including a
paraphrase of Genesis 22:
Oh God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son"
Abe says, "Man, you must be puttin' me on"
God say, "No." Abe say, "What?"
God say, "You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin' you better run"
Well Abe says, "Where do you want this killin' done?"
God says, "Out on Highway 61."