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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Bible Readings for March 23, 2017

Today our passages are Numbers 36:1–Deuteronomy 1:46; Luke 5:29–6:11; Psalm 66:1-20; and Proverbs 11:24-26. The readings are the Contemporary English VersionIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal by using the link below.

Numbers 36 - Deuteronomy 1:46 (Contemporary English Version)

Numbers 36

The Laws about Married Women and Land
 1One day the family leaders from the Gilead clan of the Manasseh tribe went to Moses and the other family leaders of Israel 2and said, "Sir, the LORD has said that he will show a<="" value="[a]" >[] what land each tribe will receive as their own. And the LORD has commanded you to give the daughters of our relative Zelophehad [b<="">] the land that he would have received. 3But if they marry men from other tribes of Israel, the land they receive will become part of that tribe's inheritance and will no longer belong to us. 4Even when land is returned to its original owner in the Year of Celebration [c<="">], we will not get back Zelophehad's land--it will belong to the tribe into which his daughters married."     5So Moses told the people that the LORD had said:
   These men from the Manasseh tribe are right. 6I will allow Zelophehad's daughters to marry anyone, as long as those men belong to one of the clans of the Manasseh tribe.
    7Tribal land must not be given to another tribe--it will remain the property of the tribe that received it. 8-9In the future, any daughter who inherits land must marry someone from her own tribe. Israel's tribal land is never to be passed from one tribe to another.
    10-11Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah the daughters of Zelophehad obeyed the LORD and married their uncles' sons 12and remained part of the Manasseh tribe. So their land stayed in their father's clan.
    13These are the laws that the LORD gave to Moses and the Israelites while they were camped in the lowlands of Moab across the Jordan River from Jericho.

Deuteronomy 1

The Final Speeches of Moses
 1-5This book contains the speeches that Moses made while Israel was in the land of Moab, camped near the town of Suph in the desert east of the Jordan River. The town of Paran was in one direction from their camp, and the towns of Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab [d<="">] were in the opposite direction. Earlier, Moses had defeated the Amorite King Sihon of Heshbon. Moses had also defeated King Og of Bashan, who used to live in Ashtaroth for part of the year and in Edrei for the rest of the year.    Although it takes only eleven days to walk from Mount Sinai [e<="">] to Kadesh-Barnea by way of the Mount Seir Road, these speeches were not made until forty years after Israel left Egypt. [f<="">] The LORD's Command at Mount Sinai
   The LORD had given Moses his laws for the people of Israel. And on the first day of the eleventh month, [g<="">] Moses began explaining those laws by saying:
 6People of Israel, when we were in our camp at Mount Sinai, [h<="">] the LORD our God told us: You have stayed here long enough. 7Leave this place and go into the land that belongs to the Amorites and their neighbors the Canaanites. This land includes the Jordan River valley, the hill country, the western foothills, the Southern Desert, the Mediterranean seacoast, the Lebanon Mountains, and all the territory as far as the Euphrates River. 8I give you this land, just as I promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Now you must go and take the land.    Moses said:
Leaders Were Appointed
(Exodus 18.13-27)
 9Right after the LORD commanded us to leave Mount Sinai, I told you:    Israel, being your leader is too big a job for one person. 10The LORD our God has blessed us, and so now there are as many of us as there are stars in the sky. 11God has even promised to bless us a thousand times more, and I pray that he will. 12But I cannot take care of all your problems and settle all your arguments alone. 13Each tribe must choose some experienced men who are known for their wisdom and understanding, and I will make those men the official leaders of their tribes.
    14You answered, " That's a good idea!" 15Then I took these men, who were already wise and respected leaders, and I appointed them as your official leaders. Some of them became military officers in charge of groups of a thousand, or a hundred, or fifty, or ten, 16and others became judges. I gave these judges the following instructions:
   When you settle legal cases, your decisions must be fair. It doesn't matter if the case is between two Israelites, or between an Israelite and a foreigner living in your community. 17And it doesn't matter if one is helpless and the other is powerful. Don't be afraid of anyone! No matter who shows up in your court, God will help you make a fair decision.
   If any case is too hard for you, bring the people to me, and I will make the decision.
    18After I gave these instructions to the judges, I taught you the LORD's commands.
   Moses said to Israel:
Men Were Sent To Explore the Hill Country
(Numbers 13.1-33)
 19The LORD had commanded us to leave Mount Sinai and go to the hill country that belonged to the Amorites, so we started out into the huge desert. You remember how frightening it was, but soon we were at Kadesh-Barnea, 20-21and I told you, " We have reached the hill country. It belongs to the Amorites now, but the LORD our God is giving it to us. He is the same God our ancestors worshiped, and he has told us to go in and take this land, so don't hesitate and be afraid."     22Then all of you came to me and said, " Before we go into the land, let's send some men to explore it. When they come back, they can tell us about the towns we will find and what roads we should take to get there."
    23It seemed like a good idea, so I chose twelve men, one from each tribe. 24They explored the hill country as far as Bunch Valley [i<="">] 25and even brought back some of the fruit. They said, " The LORD our God is giving us good land." Moses said to Israel:
Israel Refused To Obey the LORD
(Numbers 14.1-45)
 26You did not want to go into the land, and you refused to obey the LORD your God. 27You stayed in your tents and grumbled, " The LORD must hate us--he brought us out of Egypt, just so he could hand us over to the Amorites and get rid of us. 28We are afraid, because the men who explored the land told us that the cities are large, with walls that reach to the sky. The people who live there are taller and stronger than we are, [j<="">] and some of them are Anakim. [k<="">] We have nowhere to go." 29Then I said, " Don't worry! 30The LORD our God will lead the way. He will fight on our side, just as he did when we saw him do all those things to the Egyptians. 31And you know that the LORD has taken care of us the whole time we've been in the desert, just as you might carry one of your children."     32But you still would not trust the LORD, 33even though he had always been with us in the desert. During the daytime, the LORD was in the cloud, leading us in the right direction and showing us where to camp. And at night, he was there in the fire. [l<="">] 34You had made the LORD angry, and he said:
    35You people of this generation are evil, and I refuse to let you go into the good land that I promised your ancestors. 36Caleb son of Jephunneh is the only one of your generation that I will allow to go in. He obeyed me completely, so I will give him and his descendants the land he explored.
    37The LORD was even angry with me because of you people, and he said, " Moses, I won't let you go into the land either. 38Instead, I will let Joshua [m<="">] your assistant lead Israel to conquer the land. So encourage him." 39Then the LORD spoke to you again:
   People of Israel, you said that your innocent young children would be taken prisoner in the battle for the land. But someday I will let them go into the land, and with my help they will conquer it and live there.
    40Now, turn around and go back into the desert by way of Red Sea [n<="">] Road. 41Then you told me, " We disobeyed the LORD our God, but now we want to obey him. We will go into the hill country and fight, just as he told us to do." So you picked up your weapons, thinking it would be easy to take over the hill country.
    42But the LORD said, " Moses, warn them not to go into the hill country. I won't help them fight, and their enemies will defeat them."
    43I told you what the LORD had said, but you paid no attention. You disobeyed him and went into the hill country anyway. You thought you were so great! 44But when the Amorites in the hill country attacked from their towns, you ran from them as you would run from a swarm of bees. The Amorites chased your troops into Seir [o<="">] as far as Hormah, killing them as they went. 45Then you came back to the place of worship at Kadesh-Barnea and wept, but the LORD would not listen to your prayers.
Israel Spent Years in the Desert
Moses said to Israel:
 46After we had been in Kadesh for a few months, we obeyed the LORD and headed back into the desert by way of Red Sea [p<="">] Road.
  1. Numbers 36:2 that he will show: See the note at 26.55,56.
  2. Numbers 36:2 Zelophehad: See also 26.28-34; 27.1-11.
  3. Numbers 36:4 Year of Celebration: This was a sacred year for Israel, traditionally called the "Year of Jubilee." During this year, all property had to go back to its original owner. But here, the property was not sold; it became part of the other tribe's land when the daughter who owned it married into that tribe. So the property could not be returned even during this year.
  4. Deuteronomy 1:1 Suph. . . Paran. . . Tophel, Laban, Hazeroth, and Dizahab: The exact location of these towns is not known.
  5. Deuteronomy 1:1 Mount Sinai: The Hebrew text has " Horeb," another name for Mount Sinai.
  6. Deuteronomy 1:1 Egypt: The Israelites would soon enter Canaan, but they would have entered the land of Canaan from Kadesh-Barnea forty years earlier if they had not rebelled against God (see verses 6-40).
  7. Deuteronomy 1:1 eleventh month: Shebat, the eleventh month of the Hebrew calendar, from about mid-January to mid-February.
  8. Deuteronomy 1:6 Mount Sinai: See the note at 1.1-5.
  9. Deuteronomy 1:24 Bunch Valley: Or " Eshcol Valley," famous for its large bunches of grapes.
  10. Deuteronomy 1:28 The people. . . we are: Most Hebrew manuscripts; a few Hebrew manuscripts and one ancient translation " the people who live there are stronger than we are, and there are more of them than there are of us."
  11. Deuteronomy 1:28 Anakim: Perhaps a group of very tall people that lived in or near Palestine before the Israelites. See also 2.10,11,20,21; Numbers 13.33.
  12. Deuteronomy 1:33 the cloud. . . the fire: See Exodus 40.34-38; Numbers 9.15-23.
  13. Deuteronomy 1:38 Joshua: Hebrew " Joshua son of Nun."
  14. Deuteronomy 1:40 Red Sea: Hebrew yam suph, here referring to the Gulf of Aqaba, since the term is extended to include the northeastern arm of the Red Sea (see also the note at 11.4).
  15. Deuteronomy 1:44 Seir: An area of hills and mountains that was part of the territory of Edom.
  16. Deuteronomy 1:46 Red Sea: See the notes at 1.40; 11.4.

Luke 5:29-6:11 (Contemporary English Version)

29In his home Levi gave a big dinner for Jesus. Many tax collectors and other guests were also there.
    30The Pharisees and some of their teachers of the Law of Moses grumbled to Jesus' disciples, "Why do you eat and drink with those tax collectors and other sinners?"
    31Jesus answered, "Healthy people don't need a doctor, but sick people do. 32I didn't come to invite good people to turn to God. I came to invite sinners."
People Ask about Going without Eating
(Matthew 9.14-17; Mark 2.18-22)
 33Some people said to Jesus, "John's followers often pray and go without eating, a<="" value="[a]" >[] and so do the followers of the Pharisees. But your disciples never go without eating or drinking." 34Jesus told them, "The friends of a bridegroom don't go without eating while he is still with them. 35But the time will come when he will be taken from them. Then they will go without eating."     36Jesus then told them these sayings:
   No one uses a new piece of cloth to patch old clothes. The patch would shrink and make the hole even bigger.
    37No one pours new wine into old wineskins. The new wine would swell and burst the old skins. [b<="">] Then the wine would be lost, and the skins would be ruined. 38New wine must be put only into new wineskins. 39No one wants new wine after drinking old wine. They say, "The old wine is better."

Luke 6

A Question about the Sabbath
(Matthew 12.1-8; Mark 2.23-28)
 1One Sabbath when Jesus and his disciples were walking through some wheat fields, [c<="">] the disciples picked some wheat. They rubbed the husks off with their hands and started eating the grain. 2Some Pharisees said, "Why are you picking grain on the Sabbath? You're not supposed to do that!"     3Jesus answered, "You surely have read what David did when he and his followers were hungry. 4He went into the house of God and took the sacred loaves of bread that only priests were supposed to eat. He not only ate some himself, but even gave some to his followers."
    5Jesus finished by saying, "The Son of Man is Lord over the Sabbath."
A Man with a Crippled Hand
(Matthew 12.9-14; Mark 3.1-6)
 6On another Sabbath [d<="">] Jesus was teaching in a Jewish meeting place, and a man with a crippled right hand was there. 7Some Pharisees and teachers of the Law of Moses kept watching Jesus to see if he would heal the man. They did this because they wanted to accuse Jesus of doing something wrong. 8Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he told the man to stand up where everyone could see him. And the man stood up. 9Then Jesus asked, "On the Sabbath should we do good deeds or evil deeds? Should we save someone's life or destroy it?"     10After he had looked around at everyone, he told the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did, and his bad hand became completely well.
    11The teachers and the Pharisees were furious and started saying to each other, "What can we do about Jesus?"
  1. Luke 5:33 without eating: See the note at 2.37.
  2. Luke 5:37 swell and burst the old skins: While the juice from grapes was becoming wine, it would swell and stretch the skins in which it had been stored. If the skins were old and stiff, they would burst.
  3. Luke 6:1 walking through some wheat fields: It was the custom to let hungry travelers pick grains of wheat.
  4. Luke 6:6 On another Sabbath: Some manuscripts have a reading which may mean " the Sabbath after the next."

Psalm 66:1-20 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 66

(A song and a psalm for the music leader.)
Shout Praises to God
 1Tell everyone on this earth    to shout praises to God!
    2Sing about his glorious name.
   Honor him with praises.
    3Say to God, "Everything you do
   is fearsome,
   and your mighty power makes
   your enemies come crawling.
    4You are worshiped by everyone!
   We all sing praises to you."
    5Come and see the fearsome things
   our God has done!
    6When God made the sea dry up,
   our people walked across,
   and because of him,
   we celebrated there.
    7His mighty power rules forever,
   and nothing the nations do
   can be hidden from him.
   So don't turn against God.
    8All of you people,
   come praise our God!
   Let his praises be heard.
    9God protects us from death
   and keeps us steady.
    10Our God, you tested us,
   just as silver is tested.
    11You trapped us in a net
   and gave us heavy burdens.
    12You sent war chariots
   to crush our skulls.
   We traveled through fire
   and through floods,
   but you brought us
   to a land of plenty.
    13I will bring sacrifices
   into your house, my God,
   and I will do what I promised
    14when I was in trouble.
    15I will sacrifice my best sheep
   and offer bulls and goats
   on your altar.
    16All who worship God,
   come here and listen;
   I will tell you everything
   God has done for me.
    17I prayed to the Lord,
   and I praised him.
    18If my thoughts had been sinful,
   he would have refused
   to hear me.
    19But God did listen
   and answered my prayer.
    20Let's praise God!
   He listened when I prayed,
   and he is always kind.

Proverbs 11:24-26 (Contemporary English Version)

24Sometimes you can become rich
   by being generous
   or poor by being greedy.
    25Generosity will be rewarded:
   Give a cup of water,
   and you will receive
   a cup of water in return.
    26Charge too much for grain,
   and you will be cursed;
   sell it at a fair price,
   and you will be praised.

Verse of the Day

“[Trials and Temptations]God will bless you, if you don't give up when your faith is being tested. He will reward you with a glorious life, just as he rewards everyone who loves him.” - James 1:12
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

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Thought for the Day

German social psychologist, psychoanalyst, sociologist, humanistic philosopher, and democratic socialist, Erich Fromm wrote, “The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.”

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