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March 9

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Reading 1 - Lev 16

Outline of events on the Day of Atonement:

The day would seem to begin as usual with the offering of the morning sacrifice, the burnt offering of a one-year-old lamb (Exo 29:38-42; Num 28:3-6). After these duties were performed, the High Priest would commence the ceremonies of the Day of Atonement, as prescribed in Lev 16:

Reading 2 - Psa 119

Christ in Psalm 119:

How did Jesus spend the "hidden years" from age 12 to age 30? Of course, there was his labor (very probably as a carpenter, along with Joseph), and many ordinary tasks as required. But, as regards the special work for which he must have prepared himself, it may be taken as fairly certain that Jesus, born King of the Jews, did one very special thing: he wrote out his own copy of the Law and also of the rest of the Old Testament Scriptures (see Deu 17:18-20).

Considering this monumental Psalm 119, think with what zest he would have written out these 176 commentaries on the Word of God and their expression of his own delight in the ways of his God! It makes a wonderful exercise to read the psalm slowly, in short sections, all the while trying to see the words through the eyes of young Jesus in Nazareth.

As we summarize Psalm 119, it becomes evident Jesus and his life are to be found throughout:

Reading 3 - 2Co 12:10

"That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong" (2Co 12:10).

"It is in our very weaknesses that the strength of God is perfected. If we are so foolish as to admit of no weaknesses of our own, may we not be, in that very attitude, denying God the opportunity to work in us and through us? This must be a possibility to consider. Paul's thoughts on the matter indicate that, at the very least, it may be suggested as a possibility and with all reverence, that Divine strength needs human weakness as its vehicle or medium of operation" (CE Hinde, The Christadelphian 114:405).

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