Monday, April 3, 2017

Day 61: Homes and Yeast

Leviticus 14 and Mark 8:1-21

In Leviticus, we continue with the priestly orders for declaring people, things and homes clean or unclean. In Mark Jesus continues to try to teach his disciples that the kingdom of God is unlike anything they have reference for in their lives.

Leviticus 14:

This passage gives rites for purification of those suffering from scale illnesses. It also however addresses homes, specifically homes that seem to have some sort of disease, perhaps like mold. What is unique to me are the rituals for discussing cleanliness of homes. They only fall under the first set of steps to clean or rather declare clean. If the disease is not stopped by the removal of stones and plaster affected, then the house is destroyed.
This I’m sure is twofold. One, people are worth more time an effort to find clean. And, a house cannot make the sanctuary unclean because it cannot enter the sanctuary.

Mark 8:1-21

Here we have the account of the feeding of the 4,000 with seven loaves of bread. There are seven baskets left over. There is that number of completion once more!
As they are traveling in the boat Jesus tells the disciples to be wary of the yeast of the Pharisees and Herod. The disciples think he is mad at them for not having enough bread. I can almost see Jesus rolling his eyes and wanting to call them knuckleheads. He just fed 5,000 with 5 loaves and 4,000 with 7 loaves. Jesus has this bread thing down!

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