February 12

Leviticus 14

Leviticus 14 is the second part of the instructions on dealing with skin diseases. These laws found in chapters 13 & 14 stood for over 1300 years and were in operation when Jesus was in the earth, and he obeyed them. You see, Jesus operated on earth under the Old Covenant (Romans 15:8), He was not some rogue rabbi. An example is found in Matthew 8:2-4 when after healing the leper, Jesus instructed the healed man to obey what Moses commanded in the Law. Matthew 8:2-4  And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 8:3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. 8:4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.”  

 

Matthew 26:55-75

Though Peter swore he would never deny Jesus, less than 24 hours later he denied Christ three times just as Jesus told him he would (Matthew 26:31-35; Matthew 26: 69-75).  The best part though is that Peter was not only forgiven but was also restored in his relationship with Christ. All of us have our own personal failure stories, but the good news is that in the new birth we are forgiven and restored (2 Corinthians 5:17). And if we do sin again, if we fail God, we ask God to forgive us and He graciously forgives us (1 John 1:9). One of the wonderful aspects about our relationship with God is He not only forgives our sin, He forgets it (Hebrews 8:12).   

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