Saturday, February 11, 2017

Genesis 3:1-8, Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7, Mark 7:31-37


Open our hearts Lord
to listen to the worlds of Your Son. Acts 16:14B

Genesis 3:1-8, Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7, Mark 7:31-37

Genesis 3:1-8

My soul's beloved, from the instant Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command they lost their innocence and they became ashamed of their nakedness. Disobedience had stripped away completely all that was once good, holy, pure, and beautiful in their sight nothing had changed but their perception of it was now altered. Everything God had created was good but sin had forever marred their relationship with God and His creation. Obedience and humility are better than knowledge for knowledge puffs up obedience and builds up. The Devil manipulated them and they allowed themselves to be manipulated because Eve was curious and gave in to the wiles of the Enemy rather than fleeing away from him. When God came looking for them they hid because they realized after they had sinned the enormity of what they had done. Sin separates us from God. 

My Beloved, You came to unite and restore.  Thank You.

Psalm 32:1-2, 5-7

 Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
Blessed is he whose fault is taken away,
whose sin is covered.
Blessed the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt,
in whose spirit there is no guile. 
R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
my guilt I covered not.
I said, "I confess my faults to the LORD,"
and you took away the guilt of my sin. 
R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven. 
For this shall every faithful man pray to you 
in time of stress.
Though deep waters overflow,
they shall not reach him. 
R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.
You are my shelter; from distress you will preserve me;
with glad cries of freedom you will ring me round. 
R. Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.

Mark 7:31-37

Jesus left the district of Tyre
and went by way of Sidon to the Sea of Galilee,
into the district of the Decapolis. 
And people brought to him a deaf man who had a speech impediment
and begged him to lay his hand on him.
He took him off by himself away from the crowd. 
He put his finger into the man's ears
and, spitting, touched his tongue;
then he looked up to heaven and groaned, and said to him,
"Ephphatha!" (that is, "Be opened!")
And immediately the man's ears were opened,
his speech impediment was removed,
and he spoke plainly. 
He ordered them not to tell anyone. 
But the more he ordered them not to,
the more they proclaimed it. 
They were exceedingly astonished and they said,
"He has done all things well. 
He makes the deaf hear and the mute speak."

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