Weekly Bible Reading for February 21-27 2021: Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) & Purim

This coming week, February 21-27 2021 (9-15 Adar), the Bible reading plan covers the following portions.

Tetzaveh (You Shall Command) & Purim[1]

21 Feb Exodus 27:20-28:12 1 Chronicles 22:1-23:32 Luke 21:29-22:13 Psalm 68:1-7
22 Feb Exodus 28:13-30 1 Chronicles 24:1-31 Luke 22:14-34 Psalm 68:8-19
23 Feb Exodus 28:31-43 1 Chronicles 25:1-31 Luke 22:35-53 Psalm 68:20-35
24 Feb Exodus 29:1-18 1 Chronicles 26:1-27:15 Luke 22:54-71 Psalm 69:1-18
25 Feb Exodus 29:19-37 1 Chronicles 27:16-28:21 Luke 23:1-25 Psalm 69:19-36
26 Feb Exodus 29:38-46 1 Chronicles 29:1-30 Luke 23:26-49 Psalm 70:1-5
27 Feb Exodus 30:1-10 Esther 1:1-10:3 Luke 23:50-24:12 Proverbs 15:1-7
    Ezekiel 43:10-27    

[1] Purim is sundown February 26 to sundown February 27. It is customary to read the book of Esther on Purim. The Ta’anit Esther (Fast of Esther), also associated with Purim, is a dawn-to-dusk fast observed the previous day (February 25).

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Fox Byte 5775 #20: Tetzaveh (You Shall Command)

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Chuck Connors as Jason McCord, a man unjustly accused of cowardice and drummed out of the Army.  From the 1960s  NBC TV Western, Branded.  (Photo:  riflemanconnors.com)
Chuck Connors as Jason McCord, a man unjustly accused of cowardice and drummed out of the Army. From the 1960s NBC TV Western Branded. (Photo: riflemanconnors.com)

One of the compelling images I recall from childhood is the opening scene of Branded.  This Western TV drama starred Chuck Connors as a United States Army officer unjustly charged with cowardice.  Week after week the series opened with Jason McCord, Connors’ character, being drummed out of the service at a remote post in the American West.  As the garrison assembles, McCord is marched to the front and center of the formation, where his commander removes from him every vestige of his connection with the Army – his hat, rank insignia, and even the buttons on his coat.  Last of all the commander removes McCord’s sword from its sheath, breaks it over his knee, and tosses the broken hilt out of the fort’s gate.  The shamed officer then walks out of the fort as the doors close behind him.  Now on his own, branded for life with the mark of a coward, he must find a way to clear his name.

What if someone had exonerated Jason McCord?  Such things have happened before.  There is provision in the law to excuse an offender, either when the accusation is proven unjust, or when a duly constituted authority bestows clemency in an act of mercy.  The law, however, remains in effect.  Should another man, or even the same man, desert his post in an act of cowardice, he would be guilty of the same offence.  Even if the entire United States Army deserted, requiring the President to recruit an entirely new force, the deserters would still be guilty according to the statutes and regulations governing the military service.  And should the law change somehow, perhaps refining the definition of cowardice and clarifying the penalties, the law would still be in effect, and those subject to it would be wise to learn the changes lest they find themselves inadvertently in error.

How interesting that such a principal gleaned from a 1960s TV Western is actually a principal of the Word of God.  While some may argue that the Law of God has no application at all in an age when Messiah Yeshua has won forgiveness for all who believe on Him, in actuality His work of redemption secured a prophesied change in the Law, not its abolition.

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