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Greetings and Grace to each and all!

As we are presently studying through Leviticus on our Searchlight broadcasts, some may wonder why we would bother with going through such an "arcane" or (as some would say) such an "irrelevant" book.

Why not just stick with The Gospels, or Paul's Epistles?

My answer to such questioning is very simple.

Jesus our Master said (quoting the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy no less!), "Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

And "every word" in the Hebrew language means ... every word!

In fact, Jesus built an entire doctrine, an essential doctrine, concerning the afterlife based on the tense of a single word from an Old Testament passage when He said concerning God "I am the God of Abraham...," not "I was the God of Abraham..." (See Mark 12:18-27).

Now in so saying, He was declaring God is presently the God of Abraham, thus Abraham who died 2000 years before, is still alive ...in Paradise!

In this same passage in Mark, Jesus told those who were denying the eternal state of man that they had "erred because they knew not the Scriptures...," referring to that Old Testament Book of Exodus.

You see, a single word from the Book of Exodus made a world (quite literally!) of difference in their understanding of destiny and eternity.

No wonder then that Paul (the human writer of much of the New Testament), emphatically states that "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction that the man of God may be perfect ...!"

So Fellow SearchLighters, let us continue on in our taking in "every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God."

Amen and amen, 

Jon


Daily Devotional
February 1
 
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
Luke 2:14
 
Linguistically, the meaning of this first Christmas carol is, ‘Peace on earth towards men of good will, towards men who are in God’s will.’

‘This is the will of God,’ Jesus said, ‘that you believe on Him Whom the Father hath sent,’ (John 6). If you believe on Him Whom the Father hath sent, if you believe on Jesus, you will indeed be one who, regardless of what’s happening around you externally, will experience a peace in your heart internally.

Don’t let anyone take that peace from you by implying that you should be doing more or trying harder. Instead say, ‘Thank You, Lord, for the good news of great joy that unto me is born a Savior. I embrace this and I thank You for the peace I experience not because of what I’ve done, but because of what You did in coming to earth to die for me.’

I never tire of talking about the simplicity of the Gospel because I have discovered that it is constantly being challenged. Perhaps even subconsciously, we find ourselves saying, ‘It can’t be that simple. Surely I am supposed to do something, to earn something, to prove something.’ But such is not the case.

‘It is finished,’ Jesus declared on the Cross (John 19:30). Therefore, all that remains for you to do is to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and strength in response to the goodness, grace, and lovingkindness He pours out upon you.
 
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Days Journey" by Pastor Jon. "A Days Journey" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the New Testament.  If you would like your own copy of "A Days Journey" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store