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Sin’s mockery and reviling!

Scripture reading for February 28th:  Numbers 32-34, Mark 15

Key Scriptures:  Mark 15:26-30  “And the inscription of the charge against Him read, “The King of the Jews.”  And with Him they crucified two robbers, one on His right and one on His left.  And those who passed by derided Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha!  You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”  So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked Him to one another, saying, “He saved others’ He cannot save Himself.  Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.”  Those who were crucified with Him also reviled Him.”  

Jesus Christ, Son of God, was crucified between two robbers.  They mocked Him as they all hung on the cross.  The people passing by mocked as well as the scribes and Pharisees.  Sin has deep roots in Jew and Gentile.  It was being dealt with even as they mocked and Jesus proclaimed, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Numbers 33:55-56  “But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then those of them whom you let remain shall be barbs in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall trouble you in the land where you dwell.  And I will do to you as I thought to do with them.” 

Prayer:  Lord, help me to recognize the deep roots of sin in my own heart that would cause me to mock Your Word or revile Your great love for me.  Amen.

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