“Religion or Christianity?” March 1

 

Religion or Christianity? - What is the difference between religion and biblical Christianity? And which one are you depending on to save you?What is the difference between religion and biblical Christianity? And which one are you depending on to save you?

 

Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 26 & 27
Psalm 29.1-6
Proverbs 10.22-25
Mark 7.1-13

 

Welcome to a new month of the “Bible in a Year” devotionals. I hope you’ll join us every day as we read through the Bible. Don’t worry if you’re here for the first time or only read occasionally. Anytime we open God’s Word we will find practical help and refreshment for our souls.

On to the Word …

 

Religion or Christianity?

 

Mark 7.1-13:

Religious Self-Righteousness

 

As we continue reading through the Gospels, we repeatedly find the Scribes and Pharisees looking for reasons to accuse Jesus. In today’s reading they accuse Him of failing to teach His disciples to obey the traditions of the elders.

Instead of responding, Jesus accused them of failing to keep God’s law while they condemned others for not keeping their human laws. They had turned from the worship of the true and living God to religion!

 

Religion or Christianity: What’s the Difference?

 

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March 1 “Exchanging religion for grace”

Welcome to a new month of the Bible Challenge. I hope you’ll join us every day as we read through the Bible. Click on the Bible challenge link for more commentaries. And if you enjoy reading this, why not email it to a friend or post to your FaceBook page (see links at the bottom).

On to the Word …

In our stubbornness and pride, we find it so much easier to keep some external set of rules rather than accepting the Gospel and depending on His grace.

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Today’s Readings:
Leviticus 26 & 27
Psalm 29.1-6
Proverbs 10.22-25
Mark 7.1-13

Leviticus 26 & 27:

God’s response to repentance

God lays out the blessings of obedience and the consequences of disobedience in chapter 26. The blessings of the Mosaic Covenant were conditional on their obedience. But even under that covenant God honored repentance. Verses 40-42:

“But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers, with their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to Me, and that they also have walked contrary to Me, and that I also have walked contrary to them and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt—then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac and My covenant with Abraham I will remember; I will remember the land.”

Psalm 29.1-6:

Give Him the glory due His name

Verse 2, “Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.” God is God even over all the forces of nature as the rest of this passage illustrates, “The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars, yes, the LORD splinters the cedars of Lebanon. He makes them also skip like a calf, Lebanon and Sirion like a young wild ox” (vv. 5-6).

What would cause Lebanon and Sirion to skip like a calf? An earthquake maybe? Think about the up and down motions as the earth’s plates shift and move. What would cause mighty cedars to splinter? A hurricane or tsunami? God is God over all of His creation! And thus deserves “the glory due to His name” and all our worship.

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