Happy Sunday! Hopefully, off to attend church worship services shortly. Oh, and Happy Daylight Savings Time. I trust everyone changed their clocks?
More snow and more cold. And more coming. A week from tomorrow is to be the first official day of Spring. It sure doesn't FEEL very spring-like today. Hasn't for several days, probably won't feel like it for several more. Like, today's "high" is predicted to be 29°, and a low of 12°. The weather forecast that I'm looking at shows a "high" on Wednesday the 15th of 23°, snow this coming Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Saturday-Sunday. With Spring the Monday following. Ohio. Yuck!!
Wife was having a quiet day. Ran a mild fever around noon, took a 3-hour nap in the afernoon. I made her some dinner out of leftovers, she couldn't eat much but was able to eat some yogurt and fruit later on.
I did one of those on-line job applications yesterday, a quality engineer (or tech) job related to the automotive industry about 15 miles from here. Not sure it's gettable or anything, but I really do want to get back to doing something useful (and the money would be REAL helpful). So we shall see. I could probably push carts at Wal-Mart or something. Even a couple hundred dollars a month would be a great relief. We shall see.
The "song of the day" directly fits with our New Testament passage. This is CeCe Winans and "Alabaster Box". Listen carefully. I hadn't heard it in years, but the passage in Mark spoke to me and reminded me of it. Brought back some associated memories, as some of these songs and hymns do. Some of our songs are songs about the Lord. Some of them are praised TO the Lord. I like both, I think both kinds are important. Particularly in the more conservative Protestant churches, there is no such thing as a catechism. But it is important to know what we believe, and why. Some of these, the best of them, transmit those matters, and many also are a testimony born out of personal experiences.
Our Old Testament passage is chapters 17, 18, and 19 of Deuteronomy.
Some important things here.
It starts with a VERY strong prohibition against the worship of false gods. It is condemned in the strongest means. I note that this passage and those like it are rarely mentioned these days. Perhaps it might upset those wanting to "make nice" with the Moslems, who DO worship a false god.
There is a good bit about the choice of and conduct of a king. Note that at this time, there was no king, they hadn't even crossed Jordan and entered the land. Yet there are instructions for an eventual king, including prohibitions against going back to Egypt, against multiplying horses, against multiplying the wives of the king, against the king amassing silver and gold. Prohibitions that would, in time, be ignored. With disastrous results.
The New Testament passage is verses 1-25 in the 14th chapter of the Gospel of Mark. Getting intense. And verses 3-9 work with the song of the day, the Alabaster Box.
This is the Last Supper. As was said recently, can you imagine being at a dinner gathering that was so important that people still discussed it two thousand years later? Yet the agreement to betray Him had already been made, and the betrayer sat at table with Him. Jesus had to have known that, but He broke bread with him anyway. I too have betrayed Him and let Him down. I have lots of reason to be grateful for forgiveness.