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The Lord continues to give instructions to Moses and this time it provides a system of reparation both to the individual who has lost out because of another person’s sin and to God who is offended by all sin. As well as providing the victim with a form of restorative justice, the sinner is restored to full spiritual health.

The public ministry of Jesus, especially the miracles he performs, bring him into conflict with the religious authorities. They claim that He acts not with the authority of God but under the power of Satan.

Undeterred, Jesus takes his closest followers up a mountain and appoints the men as His Apostles, giving them authority to cast out demons. He then gives a warning which still holds for us today –

“A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.”

We have seen over the years how true this is in our human world. But it also serves as a reminder that as Christians we must not squabble among ourselves, or in our families, parishes or the Church as a whole.

Finally, the most solemn warning of all is for those who “blaspheme the Holy Spirit” for that sin cannot be forgiven.

Why? Because God’s activity on earth today comes through the power of the Holy Spirit, given as a gift to the Church in Jerusalem ten days after Jesus ascended into heaven. If we fail to believe that the Word of God and His work on earth occur through the power of the Holy Spirit, then God cannot reach us and we cannot be forgiven.

Scripture: Leviticus 6:1-7:27; Mark 3:7-30; Psalm 37:1-11; Proverbs 10:3-4

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