03/23/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 36:1 - Deuteronomy 1:46, Luke 5:29-6:11, Psalms 66:1-20, Proverbs 11:24-26

Today is the 23rd day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It’s great to be here with you today. I can’t believe we are this deep into March. I can’t believe this is deep into the year, but I can, I mean, this is like, the years go by and should start getting used to it but some days I sit down here and look at the calendar and look at where we are in the year and look at where we are in the week and it just like takes my breath away. How did we get here so quickly? So, today we’re gonna read from the God’s Word Translation, which is what we’ve been doing all week, but we will also conclude the book of Numbers today and move into the book of Deuteronomy, which is the final book of the Torah and we’ll talk about that when we get there, but before that, let’s conclude the book of Numbers by reading Numbers chapter 36 today.

Introduction to the book of Deuteronomy:

Okay. So, that concludes the book of Numbers, which brings us to the final book in the Pentateuch, of the Torah, the book of Deuteronomy, which literally means second law. And we may feel like we’re going through again some additional redundant review as if maybe we’ve already read this, but we haven’t. What’s happening is that the leadership is about to change, and a new generation has emerged, and an old generation has passed away. They’ve been wandering around for 40 years. An entire generation that came out of slavery has passed away. Moses’s brother Aaron has died. Moses sister Miriam has died. Moses is the only one left in his family and he’s leading Israel, but he will not be leading Israel across the Jordan River into the promised land. Joshua will become the leader in Moses stead and will lead the people into the land of promise. Moses will stay on the eastern side of the Jordan River and die there. So, as we move into the book of Deuteronomy what we will be reading is essentially three different discourses, like three different talks that Moses gave to the entire community of Israel. These are his parting words. And, so, yes, a bunch of this will be review, but think about it. Think about the story of Moses, right? He’d been put in a wicker basket and put in the river and being raised by Pharaoh’s daughter being raised by his own mother and then killing an Egyptian and fleeing. Remember all of the drama of the story? The burning bush, he comes back, all of the signs and wonders, the plagues on Egypt, the going through the Red Sea. This is all under Moses leadership, right? So, it has been epic since we met Moses as if it weren’t epic before that. But Moses has carried a significant burden and carrying these people and overseeing the change in shift of identity from slave to chosen he’s endured much. He’s given his life to these people under God’s command and he’s not going to be going forward with them. He’s actually going to be taking steps backward and he’s going to become a part of their history as they move forward into their future. So, of course, you would have some final things that he would need, that he would feel compelled to say. That’s what we’re reading in the book of Deuteronomy. So, if we understand that then we can gather with the children of Israel because we’ve been wandering around and watching their story take place over centuries of time. Like, we have never been in the promised land yet in the Scriptures, we haven’t crossed the Jordan, this has just been a mythic place since we wandered around it with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. When we move out of the book of Deuteronomy we’re going to be moving forward with the children of Israel. So, we’re here kind of at the banks of the Jordan River gathered around listening to what Moses feels is absolutely pivotal and critical for the people to hear before they move forward and before he disappears. And there is a lot to apply to our own lives as we consider our own moving forward. So, with all of that said, we begin the book of Deuteronomy chapter 1.

Prayer:

Thank You, Father for another week in Your word. Thank You for bringing us all the way this far into the Old Testament to the final book of the law, the final book of the Torah. And as we review, as we listen to Moses words, his final words of counsel, we invite Your Holy Spirit to speak into our own lives. And as we prepare to move into a new week and spend another week at Your side Jesus as we continue to move through the gospel of Luke, we invite Your Holy Spirit to draw us deeper into relationship and intimacy with You. This is what we see, this is what were after - friendship, intimacy, relationship with You and You alone. Come Holy Spirit we pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family, it’s Mary Lynn from New Brunswick calling again, and I just want to give a sincere heart felt thank you to Tim from Tampa and Kristi from Kentucky for your prayers. Terry the trucker said it the other day, you know people are praying for you but when you hear your name called out it’s is just very emotional. So, thank you so much. The other thing that I wanted to just talk about was, I heard a couple people saying how that it’s difficult to get through the community prayer and I can understand that being daunting sometimes, a three hour podcast, but for me, I’m a self-employed housekeeper, I do two residential clients a day and I have my beautiful headset that my husband bought me for Christmas it’s Bluetooth and I plug that thing in and I’m actually halfway through my fourth time through this past week’s community prayer. And I don’t have a chance to call in and pray openly for all of you, but I wanted you to know that every single one of you, not just in words, every one of your prayers has been prayed for by me as I hear them online. Its…for me it’s a way of focusing my mind and not allowing the world to get ahold of my thoughts and to take them down the wrong direction. So, I just want to know that I truly do pray for every one of you. I hear so many people talking about their addictions and their struggles and I can honestly say that right now my addiction has become the community prayer. I cannot get enough of it. And, so, I thank you Brian and your family for putting that together. I can’t even imagine the work that must entail but thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom I my heart. And as I vacuum this house for the rest of the afternoon know that you are all being prayed for. God bless, and I do love each and every one of you. Thank you.

Good afternoon DABbers I need to come to you tonight in prayer for my relationship. I’ve made several moves. I’ve relocated for this man and a lot of things that my spirit and my good instinct tells me not to. And I just ask for prayer. Found some things tonight that broke my heart and I’m heartbroken, so heartbroken. I constantly try to seek God on which way to go and I just feel so hurt and I just ask you all to pray for me and ask God to help me guide me where I need to be and give me the strength to get there. I have nothing right now and I’m scared, and I only knew to call and ask for prayer. I feel hopeless and I feel numb and all the things that I’ve given up for this relationship I feel so ridiculously stupid and blinded. So, I ask for your prayers and I ask God to open doors for me in the location we’re I need to be and a job and just to get back on my feet and look forward and not look back anymore, not look back to this relationship anymore. I thank you all and thank you for listening and thank you for praying and I’ll be praying for each of you as well.

God bless Kristi from Kentucky in Jesus’ name amen. I have no idea why the Holy Spirit will not leave me alone about Kristi from Kentucky. Even before I began listening to the Daily Audio Bible for tonight the name Kristi from Kentucky just kept ringing in my head and I don’t even know why. I don’t even remember a specific reason. I don’t know but now I’m listening to the community prayer, most recent community prayer, and I’m not able to make it through the entire thing because Kristi from Kentucky name keeps popping up in my head. So, I don’t know what it is, what you need, or whatever, but I pray that the Lord blesses you indeed with whatever you need at this very moment that you’re hearing this. I love you and I pray continuously for all of you. Sean 316.

Hi Daily Audio Bible family, this is Salvation is Mine in San Leandro California. it is Wednesday, March 20th I believe. I just wanted to call in because I haven’t called in in a very long time and I am listening and hearing your prayers and I wanted to just pray for you all and ask God to work a miracle in your lives because he is there for us even sometimes when we don’t feel Him. So, heavenly Father I come before You now standing in the gap for the Daily Audio Bible family, for those who call in, those who don’t call in, those who are calling for prayer and those who call in and pray for others. Help us to feel Your presence through those prayers. Help us to realize that You listen to every…every prayer Lord God whether it’s a praise report or whether we’re just struggling Lord God. And there’s so many of us struggling that we just need You Lord God to come in and put a word down in our Spirit, to cleanse our soul, to clean out our years from all the noise and the hustle and bustle of our daily life that seems to be so hard and that we focus on so much that we don’t hear You. Open up our years Lord God, open up our hearts, open up our minds to receive a word from You even if it’s just to say I’m there. Give us comfort in that Lord God. Help us to realize that You are our Savior, that You sent Your son Jesus Christ to love on us in a way that we can barely understand sometimes but that You are there for us. This I pray in the name of Jesus Christ and His Father God. Daily Audio Bible God bless you, God keep you, have a great day. Bye-bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday March 23, 2019 (NIV)

Numbers 36 - Deuteronomy 1

The Rights of Women to Inherit Land

36 The heads of the households whose families were descended from Gilead, son of Machir and grandson of Manasseh, (families of Joseph’s descendants) came and spoke to Moses and the leaders of the other Israelite households. They said, “Sir, the Lord commanded you to give the Israelites their land by drawing lots. The Lord also commanded you to give the land of our relative Zelophehad to his daughters. Suppose they marry men from the other tribes of Israel. Their land will be taken away from that of our ancestors and added to the land of the tribe they marry into. Then we will have lost part of our land. When the Israelites’ jubilee year comes, their land will be added to that of the tribe they married into. Then part of the land of our ancestors’ tribe will be gone.”

So Moses gave the Israelites a command from the Lord. “The tribe of Joseph’s descendants is right. This is what the Lord commands for Zelophehad’s daughters: They may marry anyone they want to, but only within a family of their ancestor’s tribe. In this way no land of the Israelites will pass from one tribe to another. Every Israelite must keep the tribal land inherited from his ancestors. A woman who inherits land in any of the tribes of Israel may marry a man from any family in her ancestor’s tribe. In this way every Israelite keeps the land inherited from his ancestors. No land may pass from one tribe to another. Each Israelite tribe must keep the land it inherits.”

10 Zelophehad’s daughters did as the Lord commanded Moses. 11 Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah married their cousins on their father’s side of the family. 12 They married within the families of the descendants of Manasseh, son of Joseph. So their land stayed in the tribe of their father’s family.

13 These are the commands and rules the Lord gave the Israelites through Moses on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho.

Moses Speaks to the People 40 Years after Leaving Egypt

This is the speech Moses gave in the desert east of the Jordan River, on the plains, near Suph, between Paran and Tophel, and near Laban, Hazeroth, and Di Zahab. He spoke to all the Israelites. (It takes 11 days to go from Mount Horeb to Kadesh Barnea by way of Mount Seir.)

On the first day of the eleventh month in the fortieth year after they had left Egypt, Moses told the Israelites everything the Lord had commanded him to tell them. This was after he had defeated King Sihon of the Amorites, who ruled in Heshbon, and King Og of Bashan, who ruled in Ashtaroth and[a] in Edrei. The Israelites were east of the Jordan River in Moab when Moses began to review God’s teachings.

Moses Reminds Israel of the Events at Mount Horeb

This is what he said:

At Mount Horeb the Lord our God said to us, “You have stayed at this mountain long enough. Break camp, and get ready! Go to the mountain region of the Amorites, and go to everyone living on the plains, in the mountains, in the foothills, in the Negev, on the whole Mediterranean coast (the land of the Canaanites), and into Lebanon as far as the Euphrates River. I’m giving you this land. Enter, and take possession of the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to you, their descendants.”

At that time I said to you, “I’m not able to take care of you by myself. 10 The Lord your God has made your population increase so that you are now as numerous as the stars in the sky. 11 May the Lord God of your ancestors make you a thousand times more numerous, and may he bless you as he has promised. 12 How can I take care of your problems, your troubles, and your disagreements all by myself? 13 From each of your tribes, choose some men who are wise, intelligent, and experienced, and I’ll appoint them to be your leaders.”

14 You agreed that this was a good idea.

15 So I took the heads of your tribes who were wise and experienced men and made them officers for each of your tribes. I put them in charge of groups of 1,000, or 100, or 50, or 10 people. 16 Also at that time I gave these instructions to your judges: “Hear the cases that your people bring. Judge each case fairly, no matter whether it is a dispute between two Israelites or a dispute between an Israelite and a non-Israelite. 17 Be impartial in your decisions. Listen to the least important people the same way you listen to the most important people. Never be afraid of anyone, since your decisions come from God. You may bring me any case that’s too hard for you, and I will hear it.” 18 So I told you how to handle these situations.

Moses Reminds Israel of the Events at Kadesh Barnea

19 So we left Mount Horeb, as the Lord our God had commanded. We traveled through all that vast and dangerous desert you saw on the way to the mountain region of the Amorites. At last we came to Kadesh Barnea. 20 Then I said to you, “We have come to the mountain region of the Amorites, which the Lord our God is giving us. 21 The Lord your God is giving you this land. Go ahead! Take possession of it, as the Lord God of your ancestors told you. Don’t be afraid or terrified.”

22 All of you came to me and said, “Let’s send men ahead of us to gather information about the land for us. Have them report to us about the route we should take and the cities we’ll come to.”

23 It seemed like a good idea to me. So I chose 12 of your men, one from each tribe. 24 They left and went into the mountains. When they came to the Eshcol Valley, they explored it. 25 They took some of the region’s fruit with them and brought it back to us. They reported, “The land that the Lord our God is giving us is good.”

26 But you rebelled against the command of the Lord your God and refused to go. 27 You complained in your tents and said, “The Lord hates us! That’s why he brought us out of Egypt. He wanted to hand us over to the Amorites so that they could destroy us! 28 Where are we going anyway? Our own men have discouraged us by saying, ‘The people there are taller and stronger than we are. The cities are big with sky-high walls! We even saw the people of Anak there.’”

29 Then I said to you, “Don’t tremble. Don’t be afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who is going ahead of you, will fight for you as you saw him fight for you in Egypt 31 and in the desert.” There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as parents carry their children. He carried you wherever you went until you came to this place.

32 In spite of this, you didn’t trust the Lord your God, 33 who went ahead of you to find places for you to camp. He appeared in a column of fire at night and in a column of smoke during the day to show you which route to take.

34 When the Lord heard what you said, he was angry and took this oath: 35 “Not one of these evil people will ever see the good land that I swore to give to your ancestors, 36 except Caleb, son of Jephunneh. He will see it, and I will give the land that he set his feet on to him and his descendants, because he wholeheartedly followed the Lord.”

37 The Lord became angry with me because of you. He said, “You won’t go there either. 38 But your assistant Joshua, son of Nun, will go there. Encourage him, because he will help Israel take possession of the land. 39 Although you thought the little children would be captured in war, your children, who are still too young to know the difference between good and evil, will enter that land. I will give it to them, and they will take possession of it. 40 Turn around, go back into the desert, and follow the road that goes to the Red Sea.”

41 You responded, “We have sinned against the Lord. We’ll go and fight, as the Lord our God commanded us to do.” Each of you armed yourself for war, thinking you could easily invade the mountain region.

42 But the Lord said to me, “Tell them, ‘Don’t go and fight, because I won’t be with you. You will be defeated by your enemies.’”

43 I told you, but you wouldn’t listen. You defied the Lord’s command and invaded the mountain region. 44 The Amorites who lived there came out and attacked you and chased you like a swarm of bees. They defeated you, chasing you from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 When you came back, you cried to the Lord, but the Lord didn’t listen to you or hear you. 46 That’s why you stayed in Kadesh as long as you did.

Footnotes:

  1. Deuteronomy 1:4 One Hebrew manuscript, Greek, Syriac, Latin; Masoretic Text omits “and.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Luke 5:29-6:11

29 Levi held a large reception at his home for Jesus. A huge crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.

30 The Pharisees and their experts in Moses’ Teachings complained to Jesus’ disciples. They asked, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor; those who are sick do. 32 I’ve come to call sinners to change the way they think and act, not to call people who think they have God’s approval.”

Jesus Is Questioned about Fasting(A)

33 They said to him, “John’s disciples frequently fast and say prayers, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees. But your disciples eat and drink.”

34 Jesus asked them, “Can you force wedding guests to fast while the groom is still with them? 35 The time will come when the groom will be taken away from them. At that time they will fast.”

36 He also used these illustrations: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new coat to patch an old coat. Otherwise, the new cloth will tear the old. Besides, the patch from the new will not match the old. 37 People don’t pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the new wine will make the skins burst. The wine will run out, and the skins will be ruined. 38 Rather, new wine is to be poured into fresh skins.

39 “No one who has been drinking old wine wants new wine. He says, ‘The old wine is better!’”

Jesus Has Authority over the Day of Worship(B)

Once, on a day of rest—a holy day, Jesus was walking through some grainfields. His disciples were picking the heads of grain, removing the husks, and eating the grain.

Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are your disciples doing something that is not right to do on the day of rest—a holy day?”

Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his men were hungry? Haven’t you read how he went into the house of God, ate the bread of the presence, and gave some of it to the men who were with him? He had no right to eat those loaves. Only the priests have that right.”

Then he added, “The Son of Man has authority over the day of rest—a holy day.”

Jesus Heals on the Day of Worship(C)

On another day of rest—a holy day, Jesus went into a synagogue to teach. A man whose right hand was paralyzed was there. The experts in Moses’ Teachings and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely. They wanted to see whether he would heal the man on the day of rest—a holy day so that they could find a way to accuse him of doing something wrong.

But Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he told the man with the paralyzed hand, “Get up, and stand in the center of the synagogue!” The man got up and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you—what is the right thing to do on a day of rest—a holy day: to do good or evil, to give a person his health or to destroy it?” 10 He looked around at all of them and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand became normal again.

11 The experts in Moses’ Teachings and Pharisees were furious and began to discuss with each other what they could do to Jesus.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Psalm 66

Shout happily to God, all the earth!
Make music to praise the glory of his name.
Make his praise glorious.
Say to God,
“How awe-inspiring are your deeds!
Your power is so great that your enemies will cringe in front of you.
The whole earth will worship you.
It will make music to praise you.
It will make music to praise your name.” Selah
Come and see what God has done—
his awe-inspiring deeds for Adam’s descendants.
He turned the sea into dry land.
They crossed the river on foot.
We rejoiced because of what he did there.
He rules forever with his might.
His eyes watch the nations.
Rebels will not be able to oppose him. Selah

Thank our God, you nations.
Make the sound of his praise heard.
He has kept us alive
and has not allowed us to fall.
10 You have tested us, O God.
You have refined us in the same way silver is refined.
11 You have trapped us in a net.
You have laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads.
We went through fire and water,
but then you brought us out and refreshed us.

13 I will come into your temple with burnt offerings.
I will keep my vows to you,
14 the vows made by my lips and spoken by my own mouth
when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer you a sacrifice of fattened livestock for burnt offerings
with the smoke from rams.
I will offer cattle and goats. Selah

16 Come and listen, all who fear God,
and I will tell you what he has done for me.
17 With my mouth I cried out to him.
High praise was on my tongue.
18 If I had thought about doing anything sinful,
the Lord would not have listened to me.
19 But God has heard me.
He has paid attention to my prayer.

20 Thanks be to God,
who has not rejected my prayer
or taken away his mercy from me.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Proverbs 11:24-26

24 One person spends freely and yet grows richer,
while another holds back what he owes and yet grows poorer.
25 A generous person will be made rich,
and whoever satisfies others will himself be satisfied.[a]
26 People will curse the one who hoards grain,
but a blessing will be upon the head of the one who sells it.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 11:25 Or “and whoever gives someone a drink will also get a drink.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

03/22/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 33:40-35:34, Luke 5:12-28, Psalms 65:1-13, Proverbs 11:23

Today is the 22nd day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it’s always a pleasure, always a joy, always exciting to come around the global campfire, be together in community and let God’s word speak on its own behalf. So, we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week and we’ll go back into the book of Numbers and we’ll be concluding the book of Numbers tomorrow, but that is tomorrow and today is today. And the book of numbers has been telling us the path, basically the way that the children of Israel moved around in the wilderness and we began that yesterday and we’ll conclude that today. Numbers chapter 33 verse 40 through 35 verse 34.

Commentary:

Okay. So, as we end our work and prepare to move into the weekend our reading from Numbers completed the recap of the different locations that the Israelites had moved around and camped within during their wilderness journey. And then we saw preparations being made for when they did go into the promised land. So, tribal leaders were appointed to distribute the land grants that would be bestowed on the tribes. And the priestly class of the Levites, they were told they wouldn’t inherit any land, but they would reside in the communities and care for the spiritual health of the people. So, Levitical towns would be established and this concept of manslaughter basically, cities of refuge, were also established. This is a dramatic move forward in human governance where a distinction is being made between accidental death and like premeditated murder.

And then in the gospel of Luke, Jesus continued to do exactly what He said He was going to do, what He said He came to do and in the process, He continued to call together the disciples, right? So, we talked about the disciples along with you Galilee leaving everything yesterday, but in today’s reading we come across Matthew who’s sitting basically in his tax office collecting taxes. He leaves everything as well. So, it’s really interesting because you have people who are seeing Jesus say and do what He’s doing, who are willing to leave everything in their life behind to follow this man and yet at the same time we have the religious establishment listening to Jesus say the same words, watching Him do the same things and have a completely different interpretation of it, which exasperates Jesus on a number of occasions. And in today’s reading, you know, He’s like, “what’s easier to say, your sins are forgiven or get up and walk?” Like this guy is crippled ad he’s paralyzed. So, if he gets up and starts walking, who are we going to praise and who are we going to condemn? Like, what is there can to condemn here? This is a work of God, but the religious leaders were much more interested in the letter of the law than the spirit of the law, right? So, they could watch God in the flesh perform a miraculous sign and still deny it. And these are the keepers of the religion. Now, before we do what we usually do and look at them as the antagonists we gotta understand we do this kind of stuff too and it usually happens when it appears that God might be doing something that is out of our comfort zone or that we do not understand either in our own wisdom and experience or theologically. Like something is happening that we can’t explain and so we turn back to what we think we can control and start quoting versus and all this kind of stuff when if we would read the Bible and understand the context of the Bible, God has never ever ever ever had a problem blowing that stuff up. God, according to Him, according to His own word. God is who he is. Like, there’s not a whole lot more to say and what we think we know of Him is not even the tip of the iceberg, not even scratching the surface. He is so far beyond us. He will do what He wills. He will use whoever He chooses. And He will accomplish His will today and ultimately. And whether we can understand how or why or what makes no difference. We don’t get stand in judgment of God. How scary would that be? And yet how often do we try to do it? How often are our prayers full of things that He is or is not going to do? Like how often are our prayers full of us telling God who He is as if He’s forgotten and what He will do as if He’s forgotten. So, here’s Jesus just doing exactly what He announced He was sent to do and then we see the religious establishment coming to check Jesus out and interpret what He’s doing. Rather then looking at the miraculous right in front of their eyes, they look at stuff like, “well He associates with sinners. He doesn’t make his disciples fast. He claims to forgive sins.” So, they can’t get their mind around Jesus, even though the presence of God is obviously among them, people are being set free, people are being healed, God is doing a new thing, but they cannot formulate it, they cannot get their minds around it theologically. And, so, so they decide to kill him. And we can be like, yea, yeah, yeah, that’s in the Bible, I’ve heard that my whole life, like I know this story until we realize that the seeds of this are in us because we are notorious for cursing and trying to destroy things that we do not understand, especially as believers. Read your church history. There have been long, long seasons where we have been every bit as pharisaical as the Pharisees and a lot of times we still are. And, so we have to challenge ourselves if we are praying for God to do a new thing in us. If we are rejoicing and worshiping that God is doing a new thing in the world in our church services. If we are using this kind of language and asking this of God, then we better not find ourselves fighting Him when He does. This is what we’re gonna watch play out in the rest of the Gospels. This is what we’re gonna watch play out in the rest of the New Testament because this is what’s still playing out today. It’s gonna be the religious people that want to destroy Jesus. And so often it’s we, the religious people who want to destroy each other because God certainly couldn’t do a new thing that we don’t understand and if we don’t get it, if it’s different, if it’s stretching us, then a lot of times our first reaction is to start quoting Bible verses that would disprove. Friends, that is what the Pharisees are doing in the gospel of Luke. They’re saying, “this guy can’t forgive sins. Who does He think he is?” So, some things to think about as we move into the weekend.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, we come in Your presence because we need Your Holy Spirit to help us think these things through rightly. Obviously, we want to defend the truth, we want to defend the gospel, we want to live into the truth of the gospel, we want to share the unadulterated good news with the world. And yet, just like the Pharisees, so often we’re trying to defend the walls, we’re trying to defend the fences, we’re trying to defend the territory even as we ask You to do something new. So, help us Holy Spirit, help us realize when we are turning to judgment in an unhealthy way. Forgive us when we’re judging others and their journey with You simply because we don’t understand. Come Holy Spirit, help us keep our eyes on our own lives in our own relationship with You and offer grace in our differences. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Good morning this is James from Oshawa. First-time caller. I began listening to the Daily Audio Bible this year and I want to say thank you so much for this opportunity. I’m calling specifically to pray for Troy who called in on Saturday about…he stated that there was things in his life that were so horrible about drug use and alcohol and I just called to pray. And dear Lord God I give thanks, I give thanks for this opportunity to share, I give thanks for this opportunity to let Troy know that there’s other people who have gone down that road. And God by His grace and by His glory has brought myself out of that path of drugs alcohol debauchery and I give thanks for the global campfire in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Hi this is Toni from Germany and I’m calling in because…just with a thought that I had. You know how we are all…we have all our trials and there’ll always be those people who are going to be pushing our buttons and so forth and it can be so easy for those, you know, negative thoughts that we may have about other people, just kinda disturb us and pull us away from the path, basically. And one of the things that I do is I do is I listen to the community prayer line and that can be, you know, two hours or three hours and I just put it on. And it’s amazing that when I do that, when I do that it’s those negative thoughts just dissipate. So, I’m just gonna encourage people to…who are not listening to the community prayer line to consider that as a resource. Also I want to reach out to Tony Carpenter…Tony the Carpenter from England. I know you’ve gone through some tough times. We haven’t been hearing from you that much but I want you to know I’m praying for you. And the other thing I would like to say is for those people with the unspoken requests. One of the things I try to do when somebody calls in with a particular prayer request, I do remember them, but I also try to remember anybody else in our community that may be dealing with the same. So, I just…because I know there’s a lot of people who are not calling in. So, that’s all I have for now except for to say, “hi mom and dad.” Take care everyone. Love you.

Hey DAB family this is Dash from Indiana again. I’ve been meaning to call in for a while now, but today’s been really tough on me. I’ve struggled with feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of suicide for almost half my life now. I know I’ll never go through with it but it’s no less miserable being stuck with the thoughts. I’ve been in a pretty awful place of work but until now it’s been paying the bills while my wife and I are expecting a little girl in July and then I definitely won’t be making enough to support our family. I’ve been trying to find better employment but no matter how hard I look or how much we pray I can’t seem to…can’t seem to find a position that pays enough. So, I feel like a failure and today the depression has been really bad and just happens to be my baby boys first birthday. I should be with my family enjoying it and instead I locked myself away because daddy hates himself and feels like a failure and I’m just mad at myself that I can’t be happy on my son’s birthday and I can’t be excited, I can’t be as excited as a want to be about the little one that we’ve got on the way. I don’t even know what prayers to really ask for, but I do know I need prayers. So, I just ask you guys just pray for me. I love you all. Thanks for listening. Dash from Indiana.

Hello DAB family community, this is Michael from Texas, Fort Worth Texas and it is March the 19th and I just wanted to call in for…I heard a sister Amica, it was on the weekend prayer, it wasn’t this past weekend but weekend before, I’m a little behind probably, I’m almost caught up, about four or five days behind now but I was gonna call in a couple days ago and just didn’t. But anyway, I just want to call and lift her up. She is…every time she calls in she sounds like she’s really got a lot going on and she needs… she needs…she needs prayer family, she needs us praying for. She sounds a little broken and things aren’t…aren’t going…going the way that she wants them to go or whatever. Anyways, things, you know, things happen and I just want to pray for her Lord and lift her up to You and Lord I just pray that You give Amica strength and courage and wisdom and You wrap Your arms around her Lord and just…just to guide her and direct her just where she needs to be Lord and that she have the Holy Spirit, that she’d feel the love of You Father, Father God that she would be so full of Your love that she wouldn’t feel alone or she wouldn’t be accused, she would know that You are there with her at all times Lord. I just pray for Christian fellowship, that she would maybe find a good church to be in or Christian friends or even a group or something that she could be involved with and that people would come around to help support her Lord. I just pray for that in Lord and I lift all this up in Jesus’ name with Amica. Love You sister. We’re praying for ya. Talk to You again Fam.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible today is the 19th of March and I was listening to the 16th of March. I’m a little bit behind. I heard a gentleman call in, his name was Scotty. I just connected with him because Scotty, your struggles are the same as mine. I struggle with mental health and I struggle with compulsive eating. And, so, I just understand and just to hear your voice I know how…how deep the struggles go. So, I just wanted to pray for you, for me, for anyone else that’s having trouble with their mental health who feels like they need something to cope with it. I pray for freedom. So, I’ll do that now. Lord, thank You for this community. It’s one of many gifts that You give us in this life Lord, that we could come and be healed, that we could come and take another step and transform just a little bit more each day. Lord I pray that You would give light in darkness, that we would see Your light Lord, that we wouldn’t be just afraid and worried as it’s so easy to be in this world. Lord I pray that we would be satisfied by You and Your word Lord, that it would just fill up that emptiness we might feel sometimes. God, I thank You, I pray again for healing, that You would come in our minds and Lord if it’s an a…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday March 22, 2019 (NIV)

Numbers 33:40-35:34

40 (The Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, which was in Canaan, heard that the Israelites were coming.)

41 They moved from Mount Hor and set up camp at Zalmonah.

42 They moved from Zalmonah and set up camp at Punon.

43 They moved from Punon and set up camp at Oboth.

44 They moved from Oboth and set up camp at Iye Abarim on the border of Moab.

45 They moved from Iyim[a] and set up camp at Dibon Gad.

46 They moved from Dibon Gad and set up camp at Almon Diblathaim.

47 They moved from Almon Diblathaim and set up camp in the Abarim Mountains east of Nebo.

48 They moved from the Abarim Mountains and set up camp on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho. 49 They set up camp on the plains of Moab along the Jordan. Their camp extended from Beth Jeshimoth to Abel Shittim.

The Canaanites Must Be Forced Out

50 The Lord said to Moses on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho, 51 “Tell the Israelites, ‘You will be crossing the Jordan River and entering Canaan. 52 As you advance, force out all the people who live there. Get rid of all their stone and metal idols, and destroy all their places of worship. 53 Take possession of the land and live there, because I will give it to you for your own. 54 Divide the land among your families by drawing lots. Give more land to larger families and less land to smaller ones. The land must be given to each family by drawing lots. Divide it among your ancestors’ tribes.

55 “‘But if you do not force out those who live in the land, they will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will constantly fight with you over the land you live in. 56 Then I will do to you what I planned to do to them.’”

The Boundaries of Israel’s Land

34 The Lord said to Moses, “Give the Israelites these instructions. When you enter Canaan, the land that will be given to you as your inheritance has these borders:

“The southern side includes part of the Desert of Zin along the border of Edom. In the east the southern border starts from the end of the Dead Sea and turns south of the Akrabbim Pass. It then goes past Zin and ends at Kadesh Barnea. From there it goes to Hazar Addar and on to Azmon. From Azmon it turns toward the River of Egypt so that the border ends at the Mediterranean Sea.

“The western border is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.

“The northern border extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Hor, and from Mount Hor to the border of Hamath so that it ends at Zedad. From there the border goes to Ziphron and ends at Hazar Enan.

10 “The eastern border extends from Hazar Enan to Shepham. 11 From Shepham the border goes down to Riblah, east of Ain, and continues along the eastern slope of the Sea of Galilee. 12 Then the border goes along the Jordan River so that it ends at the Dead Sea.

“This will be your land and the borders around it.”

13 Moses commanded the Israelites, “This is the land you will divide by drawing lots. The Lord has commanded that this land will be given to the nine-and-a-half tribes. 14 The households from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh have already received their land. 15 Those two-and-a-half tribes received land east of the Jordan River across from Jericho.”

Men Are Appointed to Divide the Land

16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “These are the names of the men who will divide the land for you: the priest Eleazar and Joshua, son of Nun. 18 You must also take one leader from each tribe to divide the land. 19 These are their names:

Caleb, son of Jephunneh, from the tribe of Judah;

20 Shemuel, son of Ammihud, from the tribe of Simeon;

21 Elidad, son of Kislon, from the tribe of Benjamin;

22 Bukki, son of Jogli, the leader of the tribe of Dan;

23 Hanniel, son of Ephod, the leader of the tribe of Manasseh;

24 Kemuel, son of Shiphtan, the leader of the tribe of Ephraim;

(Manasseh and Ephraim are Joseph’s descendants.)[b]

25 Elizaphan, son of Parnach, the leader of the tribe of Zebulun;

26 Paltiel, son of Azzan, the leader of the tribe of Issachar;

27 Ahihud, son of Shelomi, the leader of the tribe of Asher;

28 Pedahel, son of Ammihud, the leader of the tribe of Naphtali.”

29 These are the men the Lord commanded to divide Canaan for the Israelites.

Cities for the Levites

35 The Lord spoke to Moses on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho. He said, “Tell the Israelites to give the Levites some cities from their own property. They must also give the Levites the pastureland around those cities. Then the Levites will have cities to live in and pastureland for their cattle, the flocks they own, and any other animals they have.

“The land around the cities that you give the Levites will extend 1,500 feet from the city wall. Outside the city measure off 3,000 feet on the east side, 3,000 feet on the south side, 3,000 feet on the west side, and 3,000 feet on the north side, with the city in the center. This will be their pastureland around the city.

“Six of the cities you give the Levites will be cities of refuge. You must allow murderers to escape to these cities. In addition, you must also give the Levites 42 other cities. So you will give a total of 48 cities with pastureland to the Levites. The cities you give the Levites from the property of the other Israelites must be given based on the amount of land each tribe owns. Take more cities from larger tribes and fewer from smaller tribes.”

Cities of Refuge

The Lord said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan River and enter Canaan, 11 select certain cities to be places of refuge. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may run to them. 12 These cities will be places of refuge from any relative who can avenge the death. So anyone accused of murder will not have to die until he has had a trial in front of the community. 13 There will be six cities you select as places of refuge, 14 three on the east side of the Jordan River and three in Canaan. 15 These six cities will be places of refuge for Israelites, foreigners, and strangers among you. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may flee to these cities.

16 “But if any of you uses an iron weapon to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death. 17 If any of you picks up a stone as a weapon and uses it to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death. 18 Or if any of you picks up a piece of wood as a weapon and uses it to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death. 19 The relative who can avenge the death must make sure a murderer is put to death. When he catches up with the murderer, he must kill him. 20 If any of you kills someone you hate by shoving him or by deliberately throwing something at him, 21 or if you beat your enemy to death with your bare hands, you must be put to death. You are a murderer. The relative who can avenge the death must kill you when he catches up with you, because you are a murderer.

22 “But suppose you accidentally kill someone who wasn’t your enemy. Maybe you shoved him or threw something at him but didn’t mean to kill him. 23 Or suppose you drop a big stone, and someone is killed. However, you didn’t know the person was there, he wasn’t your enemy, and you weren’t trying to harm him. 24 Then the community must use these rules in order to decide if you are innocent or if the dead person’s relative can avenge the death. 25 If you are innocent, the community must protect you from that relative. They must take you back to the city of refuge you fled to. You must live there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.

26 “But don’t go outside the city of refuge you fled to. 27 If the relative who can avenge the death finds you outside the city of refuge and kills you, the relative is not guilty of murder. 28 Accused murderers must stay in their city of refuge until the death of the high priest. They may go back to their own property only after his death.

29 “These will be the rules for future generations wherever you live.

30 “Whoever kills another person will be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of more than one witness. No one can be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.

31 “Never accept a cash payment in exchange for the life of a convicted murderer who has been given the death penalty. Murderers must be put to death.

32 “An accused murderer who has fled to a city of refuge must never go back and live on his own land before the death of the high priest. Don’t accept a cash payment to allow him to do this.

33 “You must not pollute the land where you live. Murder is what pollutes the land. The land where a murder was committed can never make peace with the Lord except through the death of the murderer. 34 Never make the land where you and I live unclean.[c] I, the Lord, live among the Israelites.”

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 33:45 Or “Iye Abarim.”
  2. Numbers 34:24 This sentence has been moved from verse 23 in order to express the complex Hebrew sentence structure more clearly in English.
  3. Numbers 35:34 “Unclean” refers to anything that is not presentable to God.
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Luke 5:12-28

Jesus Cures a Man with a Skin Disease(A)

12 One day Jesus was in a city where there was a man covered with a serious skin disease. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground. He begged Jesus, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.”[a]

13 Jesus reached out, touched him, and said, “I want to. So be clean!” Immediately, his skin disease went away.

14 Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone. Instead, show yourself to the priest. Then offer the sacrifice as Moses commanded as proof to people that you are clean.”

15 The news about Jesus spread even more. Large crowds gathered to hear him and have their diseases cured. 16 But he would go away to places where he could be alone for prayer.

Jesus Forgives Sins(B)

17 One day when Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and experts in Moses’ Teachings were present. They had come from every village in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. Jesus had the power of the Lord to heal.

18 Some men brought a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They tried to take him into the house and put him in front of Jesus. 19 But they could not find a way to get him into the house because of the crowd. So they went up on the roof. They made an opening in the tiles and let the man down on his stretcher among the people. (They lowered him in front of Jesus.)

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Sir, your sins are forgiven.” 21 The experts in Moses’ Teachings and the Pharisees thought, “Who is this man? He’s dishonoring God! Who besides God can forgive sins?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he said to them, “What are you thinking? 23 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

25 The man immediately stood up in front of them and picked up the stretcher he had been lying on. Praising God, he went home.

26 Everyone was amazed and praised God. They were filled with awe and said, “We’ve seen things today we can hardly believe!”

Jesus Chooses Levi [Matthew] to Be a Disciple(C)

27 After that, Jesus left. He saw a tax collector named Levi sitting in a tax office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me!” 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 5:12 “Clean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is presentable to God.
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Psalm 65

Psalm 65

For the choir director; a psalm by David; a song.

You are praised with silence in Zion, O God,
and vows made to you must be kept.
You are the one who hears prayers.
Everyone will come to you.
Various sins overwhelm me.
You are the one who forgives our rebellious acts.
Blessed is the person you choose
and invite to live with you in your courtyards.
We will be filled with good food from your house,
from your holy temple.

You answer us with awe-inspiring acts done in righteousness,
O God, our savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the most distant sea,
the one who set the mountains in place with his strength,
the one who is clothed with power,
the one who calms the roar of the seas,
their crashing waves,
and the uproar of the nations.
Those who live at the ends of the earth are in awe of your miraculous signs.
The lands of the morning sunrise and evening sunset sing joyfully.

You take care of the earth, and you water it.
You make it much richer than it was.
(The river of God is filled with water.)
You provide grain for them.
Indeed, you even prepare the ground.
10 You drench plowed fields with rain
and level their clumps of soil.
You soften them with showers
and bless what grows in them.
11 You crown the year with your goodness,
and richness overflows wherever you are.
12 The pastures in the desert overflow with richness.
The hills are surrounded with joy.
13 The pastures are covered with flocks.
The valleys are carpeted with grain.
All of them shout triumphantly. Indeed, they sing.

Psalm 66

For the choir director; a song; a psalm.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Proverbs 11:23

23 The desire of righteous people ends only in good,
but the hope of wicked people ends only in fury.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday March 22, 2019 (NIV)

Numbers 33:40-35:34

40 (The Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the Negev, which was in Canaan, heard that the Israelites were coming.)

41 They moved from Mount Hor and set up camp at Zalmonah.

42 They moved from Zalmonah and set up camp at Punon.

43 They moved from Punon and set up camp at Oboth.

44 They moved from Oboth and set up camp at Iye Abarim on the border of Moab.

45 They moved from Iyim[a] and set up camp at Dibon Gad.

46 They moved from Dibon Gad and set up camp at Almon Diblathaim.

47 They moved from Almon Diblathaim and set up camp in the Abarim Mountains east of Nebo.

48 They moved from the Abarim Mountains and set up camp on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho. 49 They set up camp on the plains of Moab along the Jordan. Their camp extended from Beth Jeshimoth to Abel Shittim.

The Canaanites Must Be Forced Out

50 The Lord said to Moses on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho, 51 “Tell the Israelites, ‘You will be crossing the Jordan River and entering Canaan. 52 As you advance, force out all the people who live there. Get rid of all their stone and metal idols, and destroy all their places of worship. 53 Take possession of the land and live there, because I will give it to you for your own. 54 Divide the land among your families by drawing lots. Give more land to larger families and less land to smaller ones. The land must be given to each family by drawing lots. Divide it among your ancestors’ tribes.

55 “‘But if you do not force out those who live in the land, they will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will constantly fight with you over the land you live in. 56 Then I will do to you what I planned to do to them.’”

The Boundaries of Israel’s Land

34 The Lord said to Moses, “Give the Israelites these instructions. When you enter Canaan, the land that will be given to you as your inheritance has these borders:

“The southern side includes part of the Desert of Zin along the border of Edom. In the east the southern border starts from the end of the Dead Sea and turns south of the Akrabbim Pass. It then goes past Zin and ends at Kadesh Barnea. From there it goes to Hazar Addar and on to Azmon. From Azmon it turns toward the River of Egypt so that the border ends at the Mediterranean Sea.

“The western border is the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea.

“The northern border extends from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Hor, and from Mount Hor to the border of Hamath so that it ends at Zedad. From there the border goes to Ziphron and ends at Hazar Enan.

10 “The eastern border extends from Hazar Enan to Shepham. 11 From Shepham the border goes down to Riblah, east of Ain, and continues along the eastern slope of the Sea of Galilee. 12 Then the border goes along the Jordan River so that it ends at the Dead Sea.

“This will be your land and the borders around it.”

13 Moses commanded the Israelites, “This is the land you will divide by drawing lots. The Lord has commanded that this land will be given to the nine-and-a-half tribes. 14 The households from the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasseh have already received their land. 15 Those two-and-a-half tribes received land east of the Jordan River across from Jericho.”

Men Are Appointed to Divide the Land

16 The Lord said to Moses, 17 “These are the names of the men who will divide the land for you: the priest Eleazar and Joshua, son of Nun. 18 You must also take one leader from each tribe to divide the land. 19 These are their names:

Caleb, son of Jephunneh, from the tribe of Judah;

20 Shemuel, son of Ammihud, from the tribe of Simeon;

21 Elidad, son of Kislon, from the tribe of Benjamin;

22 Bukki, son of Jogli, the leader of the tribe of Dan;

23 Hanniel, son of Ephod, the leader of the tribe of Manasseh;

24 Kemuel, son of Shiphtan, the leader of the tribe of Ephraim;

(Manasseh and Ephraim are Joseph’s descendants.)[b]

25 Elizaphan, son of Parnach, the leader of the tribe of Zebulun;

26 Paltiel, son of Azzan, the leader of the tribe of Issachar;

27 Ahihud, son of Shelomi, the leader of the tribe of Asher;

28 Pedahel, son of Ammihud, the leader of the tribe of Naphtali.”

29 These are the men the Lord commanded to divide Canaan for the Israelites.

Cities for the Levites

35 The Lord spoke to Moses on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho. He said, “Tell the Israelites to give the Levites some cities from their own property. They must also give the Levites the pastureland around those cities. Then the Levites will have cities to live in and pastureland for their cattle, the flocks they own, and any other animals they have.

“The land around the cities that you give the Levites will extend 1,500 feet from the city wall. Outside the city measure off 3,000 feet on the east side, 3,000 feet on the south side, 3,000 feet on the west side, and 3,000 feet on the north side, with the city in the center. This will be their pastureland around the city.

“Six of the cities you give the Levites will be cities of refuge. You must allow murderers to escape to these cities. In addition, you must also give the Levites 42 other cities. So you will give a total of 48 cities with pastureland to the Levites. The cities you give the Levites from the property of the other Israelites must be given based on the amount of land each tribe owns. Take more cities from larger tribes and fewer from smaller tribes.”

Cities of Refuge

The Lord said to Moses, 10 “Tell the Israelites: When you cross the Jordan River and enter Canaan, 11 select certain cities to be places of refuge. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may run to them. 12 These cities will be places of refuge from any relative who can avenge the death. So anyone accused of murder will not have to die until he has had a trial in front of the community. 13 There will be six cities you select as places of refuge, 14 three on the east side of the Jordan River and three in Canaan. 15 These six cities will be places of refuge for Israelites, foreigners, and strangers among you. Anyone who unintentionally kills another person may flee to these cities.

16 “But if any of you uses an iron weapon to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death. 17 If any of you picks up a stone as a weapon and uses it to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death. 18 Or if any of you picks up a piece of wood as a weapon and uses it to kill another person, you are a murderer. Murderers must be put to death. 19 The relative who can avenge the death must make sure a murderer is put to death. When he catches up with the murderer, he must kill him. 20 If any of you kills someone you hate by shoving him or by deliberately throwing something at him, 21 or if you beat your enemy to death with your bare hands, you must be put to death. You are a murderer. The relative who can avenge the death must kill you when he catches up with you, because you are a murderer.

22 “But suppose you accidentally kill someone who wasn’t your enemy. Maybe you shoved him or threw something at him but didn’t mean to kill him. 23 Or suppose you drop a big stone, and someone is killed. However, you didn’t know the person was there, he wasn’t your enemy, and you weren’t trying to harm him. 24 Then the community must use these rules in order to decide if you are innocent or if the dead person’s relative can avenge the death. 25 If you are innocent, the community must protect you from that relative. They must take you back to the city of refuge you fled to. You must live there until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.

26 “But don’t go outside the city of refuge you fled to. 27 If the relative who can avenge the death finds you outside the city of refuge and kills you, the relative is not guilty of murder. 28 Accused murderers must stay in their city of refuge until the death of the high priest. They may go back to their own property only after his death.

29 “These will be the rules for future generations wherever you live.

30 “Whoever kills another person will be put to death as a murderer only on the testimony of more than one witness. No one can be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.

31 “Never accept a cash payment in exchange for the life of a convicted murderer who has been given the death penalty. Murderers must be put to death.

32 “An accused murderer who has fled to a city of refuge must never go back and live on his own land before the death of the high priest. Don’t accept a cash payment to allow him to do this.

33 “You must not pollute the land where you live. Murder is what pollutes the land. The land where a murder was committed can never make peace with the Lord except through the death of the murderer. 34 Never make the land where you and I live unclean.[c] I, the Lord, live among the Israelites.”

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 33:45 Or “Iye Abarim.”
  2. Numbers 34:24 This sentence has been moved from verse 23 in order to express the complex Hebrew sentence structure more clearly in English.
  3. Numbers 35:34 “Unclean” refers to anything that is not presentable to God.
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Luke 5:12-28

Jesus Cures a Man with a Skin Disease(A)

12 One day Jesus was in a city where there was a man covered with a serious skin disease. When the man saw Jesus, he bowed with his face to the ground. He begged Jesus, “Sir, if you want to, you can make me clean.”[a]

13 Jesus reached out, touched him, and said, “I want to. So be clean!” Immediately, his skin disease went away.

14 Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone. Instead, show yourself to the priest. Then offer the sacrifice as Moses commanded as proof to people that you are clean.”

15 The news about Jesus spread even more. Large crowds gathered to hear him and have their diseases cured. 16 But he would go away to places where he could be alone for prayer.

Jesus Forgives Sins(B)

17 One day when Jesus was teaching, some Pharisees and experts in Moses’ Teachings were present. They had come from every village in Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. Jesus had the power of the Lord to heal.

18 Some men brought a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They tried to take him into the house and put him in front of Jesus. 19 But they could not find a way to get him into the house because of the crowd. So they went up on the roof. They made an opening in the tiles and let the man down on his stretcher among the people. (They lowered him in front of Jesus.)

20 When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Sir, your sins are forgiven.” 21 The experts in Moses’ Teachings and the Pharisees thought, “Who is this man? He’s dishonoring God! Who besides God can forgive sins?”

22 Jesus knew what they were thinking. So he said to them, “What are you thinking? 23 Is it easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? 24 I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” Then he said to the paralyzed man, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”

25 The man immediately stood up in front of them and picked up the stretcher he had been lying on. Praising God, he went home.

26 Everyone was amazed and praised God. They were filled with awe and said, “We’ve seen things today we can hardly believe!”

Jesus Chooses Levi [Matthew] to Be a Disciple(C)

27 After that, Jesus left. He saw a tax collector named Levi sitting in a tax office. Jesus said to him, “Follow me!” 28 So Levi got up, left everything, and followed him.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 5:12 “Clean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is presentable to God.
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Psalm 65

Psalm 65

For the choir director; a psalm by David; a song.

You are praised with silence in Zion, O God,
and vows made to you must be kept.
You are the one who hears prayers.
Everyone will come to you.
Various sins overwhelm me.
You are the one who forgives our rebellious acts.
Blessed is the person you choose
and invite to live with you in your courtyards.
We will be filled with good food from your house,
from your holy temple.

You answer us with awe-inspiring acts done in righteousness,
O God, our savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the most distant sea,
the one who set the mountains in place with his strength,
the one who is clothed with power,
the one who calms the roar of the seas,
their crashing waves,
and the uproar of the nations.
Those who live at the ends of the earth are in awe of your miraculous signs.
The lands of the morning sunrise and evening sunset sing joyfully.

You take care of the earth, and you water it.
You make it much richer than it was.
(The river of God is filled with water.)
You provide grain for them.
Indeed, you even prepare the ground.
10 You drench plowed fields with rain
and level their clumps of soil.
You soften them with showers
and bless what grows in them.
11 You crown the year with your goodness,
and richness overflows wherever you are.
12 The pastures in the desert overflow with richness.
The hills are surrounded with joy.
13 The pastures are covered with flocks.
The valleys are carpeted with grain.
All of them shout triumphantly. Indeed, they sing.

Psalm 66

For the choir director; a song; a psalm.

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Proverbs 11:23

23 The desire of righteous people ends only in good,
but the hope of wicked people ends only in fury.

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03/21/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 32:1-33:39, Luke 4:31-5:11, Psalms 64:1-10, Proverbs 11:22

Today is the 21st day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian and it is a pleasure always every day to take the next step forward in the Scriptures together with you and it’s no different today. It’s a pleasure to be here with you taking the next step forward through our week and forward through the Scriptures. We’re reading from the Gods Word Translation this week and we’ll pick up where we left off in the book of numbers and we’re just a couple of days away from concluding the book of Numbers. So, let’s dive in and take the next step. Numbers chapter 32 verse 1 through 33 verse 39 today.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the gospel of Luke, and again, the gospel of Luke is one of the synoptic Gospels, which means it shares some of the same stories with Matthew and Mark, which are the other synoptic Gospels but Luke is written probably the tightest and most narrative and perhaps most complete of the Gospels. And, so, we read the story of John the Baptist and of Jesus coming and now Jesus has begun His ministry and we, of course, watched Jesus be tempted in the wilderness and then we watched Jesus come to His hometown and walk right through the voices of those who wanted denounce what He’s saying but also throw Him off a cliff. Now Jesus is in Capernaum. So, roughly an hour drive between Capernaum and Nazareth. Capernaum sits on the northwest shore of the Sea of Galilee, it’s like a lake village and Nazareth and I haven’t looked this up on a map but somewhere in this vicinity, it’s about 50 miles to the west. So, Jesus has made his way from Nazareth back to the Sea of Galilee as we encounter Him in the stories that we read today. This is taking place around Capernaum. And, of course, of the ruins of ancient Capernaum still exist. We were just here a month ago. And Jesus begins to call his disciples together, the people that will journey with him during His ministry. An interesting, interesting, interesting thing happens today that is very, very poignant to our own decision to follow Jesus. You know, a lot of the times we think Jesus is walking around, He sees people, He says come, follow me, they come follow him. That’s how they become disciples. And a lot of these people were fishermen. So, He’s walking around the lake. Come, follow me. They come follow him and they become His band of brothers, His disciples but they were poor and backward and uneducated and didn’t know any better and didn’t have anything anyway. And, so, you know to follow a rabbi, to be called by a rabbi, and to follow the rabbi around as a disciple, this was not an unknown thing. So, it’s easy to assume Jesus comes along and offers a better proposition. And, so, they follow him. But that’s not how it worked and that’s definitely not how it worked in the calling of those disciples, the sons of Zebedee, James and John as well as Peter. The way that this story goes is quite beautiful but also quite penetrating into our own hearts. So, the first thing that we’ve got to notice is that these partners and they had a couple of boats and they were partners in a fishing business and they had been out fishing all night and they had not caught anything. So, they were there in the morning cleaning off their nets. Jesus sees the two boats, walks out and climbs into one, okay, and then asks Peter Simon to row out so he can…so he can use the acoustics basically and that’s what most scholars think. Jesus goes out a little way into the water. He’s got the boat, He’s in the boat and water is…water conducts sound as natural sound reinforcement. You know how you can be at the lake in the summertime and you can be on the other side of the lake, but you can hear the kids playing on the other side of the lake, that’s because sound travels across water naturally. So, Jesus says has natural way of amplifying his voice. He can sit there, He can speak to the people on shore who cannot crowd him. So, it’s a good situation other than the fact that Jesus has stepped into somebody else’s boat, right? And, so, you can imagine what that would be like. You know, you’re walking out of the hardware store and somebody’s sitting in your car, right, and saying, can you drive me across the street? But Jesus wasn’t unknown to this little group of people. Jesus had healed Peter’s mother in law. So, as the story continues Jesus invites them to go and fish again and they, as experienced fishermen who are in business together and are professionals at this, tell Jesus that they’ve already finished and there’s nothing and Jesus invites them to do it anyway, and they choose to do it anyway, and they carry in enough fish to just about capsize both of the boats. Okay. So, they for sure got paid back for the use of the boat that Jesus used to preach His message to the people, but this has such an impact on Peter that he’s just…he’s like on his knees before Jesus saying I can’t be around you, like you…you…you are something so good that I don’t even…I don’t even know what to say, I don’t even know what to do. Leave me, I’m sinful. You don’t need to be around me. So, Peter, James and John are all absolutely flabbergasted. They’ve just seen something they had never seen in their life and they’ve just got one of the biggest windfalls of their career probably. There boats are as full of fish as their boats can hold. So, finally, maybe they can get another boat. Finally, maybe they can get ahead. Finally, maybe they can get caught up on some things. Finally, maybe they can maintain their lives instead of always playing catch-up, which makes for a really really great story. It’s just not the story. What the Bible says, according to the book of Luke is that…and I’m quoting the Bible, “Simon and his partners brought the boat to shore, left everything, and followed Jesus.” So, in other words, they left everything at the moment that they were finally about to maybe get ahead in life they left it all on the shore, two boats full of fish and followed Jesus. Where this gets poignant is when we consider why it is that we headed the words come, follow me. Why are we following Jesus? Because a lot of times what happened to James and John and Peter is why we’re following Jesus. We are trying to get the windfall. We are trying to get the wind at our back. We’re trying to experience prosperity and blessing and that’s what these disciples had received. And yet in the presence of Jesus understanding what they were experiencing they left it all behind to follow Him. And we may recognize that this is this is the theme of the faith, but in this story we can see that it is…not that God is not unwilling to bless and prosper it’s just these fishermen, even though they were blessed and had been given something that would prosper them, they saw something far more valuable in the presence of Jesus than anything that could be given to them. So, where this becomes poignant is when we begin to consider how we would react if it were we who were in this story. And there’s probably plenty of examples in our own lives when we can consider…when we’re praying and praying and praying and believing and believing and believing to get over some certain kind of hump and we’re believing in God to come through for us on some kind of situation in our lives. And it’s not that He won’t and it’s not that He doesn’t. He does but when he does, what happens? Do we go, “thank you” and give him a hug and then move on with our lives or do we realize the presence of God and the invitation into the adventure of life where we don’t look at the situation and go, “there, all is well in my life, God came through for me. Now I have what I want.” Are we able to look at it and go, “there’s nothing compared to the presence of God. I can walk away from this no problem.” All I want is to be in the presence of Jesus. There’s some things to think about today. And if we will allow ourselves to think about them today and invite the Holy Spirit to lead us in thinking about them today we may realize that in some ways we’re using our relationship with God like a relationship with Santa Claus and that’s not a relationship that’s gonna work because that’s not really a relationship. So, maybe an even more poignant question is, what would you not leave behind to follow Jesus?

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite you into that. It’s a pretty penetrating thing, a pretty penetrating question. And, so, we invite you into it because we want to move forward on the narrow path that leads to life, so that the day does arrive that we can have two bountiful boats full of fish and prosperity and the promise for a better life, only to see your eyes and your presence and say, wherever you’re going is where I’m going. If you want me to have this, great. If this can be used for your kingdom great. If you’ve got some purposes for this that you want to use my hands and feet for, great. But wherever you go I am going on and whatever you choose to give me to work with, that’s what I’ll work with. Father, we acknowledge that this is a bit countercultural because most of us are in Western cultures where it really is individualistic and very much…how much can we amass in one way or another. When we’re learning in the Scripture has a lot less to do with what we have and a lot more to do with who we are in covenant with. With you there is no lack. It’s yours. The world and everything in its belong to you. There is no lack with you. And, so, we run to you. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Thursday March 21, 2019 (NIV)

Numbers 32:1-33:39

The Tribes of Reuben and Gad Request Land East of the Jordan River

32 The tribes of Reuben and Gad had a large number of livestock. They saw that the regions of Jazer and Gilead were a good place for livestock. So they came to Moses, the priest Eleazar, and the leaders of the community, and said to them, “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, the land that the Lord won for the community of Israel, is a good place for livestock. Gentlemen, we have livestock. Please give us this land as our property. Don’t make us cross the Jordan River.”

Moses asked the tribes of Gad and Reuben, “Are you going to stay here while the rest of the Israelites go to war? That might discourage them from entering the land the Lord has given them. That’s what your ancestors did when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to take a look at the land. They went as far as the Eshcol Valley and saw the land. But then they discouraged the rest of the Israelites from entering the land that the Lord had given them. 10 That day the Lord became angry and swore this oath, 11 ‘None of the people 20 years old or older, who came from Egypt, will see the land I promised Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob with an oath. This is because they didn’t wholeheartedly follow me.’ 12 Only Caleb (son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite) and Joshua (son of Nun) will get to see the land. This is because they wholeheartedly followed the Lord. 13 Since the Lord was angry with the Israelites, he made them wander in the desert for 40 years until the whole generation of those who had done evil in the Lord’s presence was gone.

14 “You’re just like your parents! You’re a bunch of sinners trying to make the Lord angry with Israel again. 15 If you turn away from him, he will abandon all these people in the desert. You would be responsible for their destruction.”

16 Then the tribes of Gad and Reuben came up to Moses and said, “Allow us to build stone fences for our livestock and cities for our families here. 17 Then we’ll be ready to march in battle formation[a] ahead of the other Israelites until we have brought them to their land. Meanwhile our families will live in walled cities, safe from the other people who live here. 18 We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has received his own land. 19 We won’t take possession of any land on the other side of the Jordan River, to the west and beyond. We already have our land here, east of the Jordan.”

20 Moses answered, “Do what you have said. In the Lord’s presence have all your armed men get ready for battle. 21 Have them cross the Jordan, and fight until the Lord forces out his enemies 22 and the land is conquered. Then you may come back. You will have fulfilled your military duty to the Lord and Israel. This land will be your own property in the Lord’s presence.

23 “If you don’t do all these things, you will be sinning against the Lord. You can be sure that you will be punished for your sin. 24 Build cities for your families and stone fences for your flocks, but do what you have promised.”

25 Then the tribes of Gad and Reuben said to Moses, “Sir, we will do as you command. 26 Our children, our wives, our livestock, and all our other animals will stay here in the cities of Gilead. 27 But in the Lord’s presence we will all get ready for battle and go with you, as you have said.”

28 So Moses gave orders about them to the priest Eleazar, Joshua (son of Nun), and the family heads of the tribes of Israel. 29 Moses told them, “If the tribes of Gad and Reuben get ready for battle in the Lord’s presence and cross the Jordan River with you and you conquer the land, give them Gilead as their own property. 30 If they don’t get ready for battle and go with you, the land they will take possession of must be in Canaan with yours.”

31 The tribes of Gad and Reuben answered, “Sir, we will do as the Lord has said. 32 We will enter Canaan as armed troops in the Lord’s presence, but the land we will take possession of is here, east of the Jordan.”

33 So Moses gave the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and half of the tribe of Manasseh, son of Joseph, the kingdoms of King Sihon of the Amorites and King Og of Bashan—the whole land with its cities and its surrounding territory.

34 The tribe of Gad rebuilt the cities of Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer, 35 Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah, 36 Beth Nimrah, and Beth Haran as walled cities. They also built stone fences for their flocks.

37 The tribe of Reuben rebuilt the cities of Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim, 38 Nebo, Baal Meon (whose names were changed), and Sibmah. These are the names they gave the cities they rebuilt.

39 The descendants of Machir, son of Manasseh, went to Gilead, captured it, and forced out the Amorites who were there. 40 So Moses gave Gilead to the people of Machir (the descendants of Manasseh), and they lived there. 41 Then Jair, a descendant of Manasseh, captured the settlements in Gilead. He called them Havvoth Jair [Settlements of Jair]. 42 Nobah captured Kenath and its villages. He named it Nobah after himself.

A Summary of Israel’s Journeys after Leaving Egypt

33 This is a list of all the places where the Israelites set up camp after they left Egypt in organized groups under the leadership of Moses and Aaron. At the Lord’s command Moses wrote down the places where they went as they traveled. This is the list:

They moved from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover. The Israelites boldly left in full view of all the Egyptians. The Egyptians were burying all their firstborn sons, whom the Lord had killed in a mighty act of judgment on their gods.

The Israelites moved from Rameses and set up camp at Succoth.

They moved from Succoth and set up camp at Etham, on the edge of the desert.

They moved from Etham and turned back to Pi Hahiroth, east of Baal Zephon, and set up camp near Migdol.

They moved from Pi Hahiroth[b] and went through the middle of the sea into the desert. After they traveled for three days in the Desert of Etham, they set up camp at Marah.

They moved from Marah and came to Elim. Elim had 12 springs and 70 palm trees, so they set up camp there.

10 They moved from Elim and set up camp by the Red Sea.

11 They moved from the Red Sea and set up camp in the Desert of Sin.

12 They moved from the Desert of Sin and set up camp at Dophkah.

13 They moved from Dophkah and set up camp at Alush.

14 They moved from Alush and set up camp at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink.

15 They moved from Rephidim and set up camp in the Desert of Sinai.

16 They moved from the Desert of Sinai and set up camp at Kibroth Hattaavah.

17 They moved from Kibroth Hattaavah and set up camp at Hazeroth.

18 They moved from Hazeroth and set up camp at Rithmah.

19 They moved from Rithmah and set up camp at Rimmon Perez.

20 They moved from Rimmon Perez and set up camp at Libnah.

21 They moved from Libnah and set up camp at Rissah.

22 They moved from Rissah and set up camp at Kehelathah.

23 They moved from Kehelathah and set up camp at Mount Shepher.

24 They moved from Mount Shepher and set up camp at Haradah.

25 They moved from Haradah and set up camp at Makheloth.

26 They moved from Makheloth and set up camp at Tahath.

27 They moved from Tahath and set up camp at Terah.

28 They moved from Terah and set up camp at Mithcah.

29 They moved from Mithcah and set up camp at Hashmonah.

30 They moved from Hashmonah and set up camp at Moseroth.

31 They moved from Moseroth and set up camp at Bene Jaakan.

32 They moved from Bene Jaakan and set up camp at Hor Haggidgad.

33 They moved from Hor Haggidgad and set up camp at Jotbathah.

34 They moved from Jotbathah and set up camp at Abronah.

35 They moved from Abronah and set up camp at Ezion Geber.

36 They moved from Ezion Geber and set up camp at Kadesh in the Desert of Zin.

37 They moved from Kadesh and set up camp at Mount Hor on the border of Edom. 38 At the Lord’s command the priest Aaron went up on Mount Hor. He died there on the first day of the fifth month in the fortieth year after the Israelites had left Egypt. 39 Aaron was 123 years old when he died on Mount Hor.

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 32:17 Greek, Latin; Masoretic Text “ready to march ahead quickly.”
  2. Numbers 33:8 Most Hebrew manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, Syriac, Latin; some Hebrew manuscripts “moved from in front of Hahiroth.”
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Luke 4:31-5:11

Jesus Forces an Evil Spirit out of a Man(A)

31 Jesus went to Capernaum, a city in Galilee, and taught them on a day of rest—a holy day. 32 The people were amazed at his teachings because he spoke with authority.

33 In the synagogue was a man possessed by a spirit, an evil demon. He shouted very loudly, 34 “Oh, no! What do you want with us, Jesus from Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”

35 Jesus ordered the spirit, “Keep quiet, and come out of him!” The demon threw the man down in the middle of the synagogue and came out without hurting him.

36 Everyone was stunned. They said to one another, “What kind of command is this? With authority and power he gives orders to evil spirits, and they come out.”

37 So news about him spread to every place throughout the surrounding region.

Jesus Cures Simon’s Mother-in-Law and Many Others(B)

38 Jesus left the synagogue and went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick with a high fever. They asked Jesus to help her. 39 He bent over her, ordered the fever to leave, and it went away. She got up immediately and prepared a meal for them.

40 When the sun was setting, everyone who had friends suffering from various diseases brought them to him. He placed his hands on each of them and cured them. 41 Demons came out of many people, shouting, “You are the Son of God!” But Jesus ordered them not to speak. After all, they knew he was the Messiah.

Spreading the Good News(C)

42 In the morning he went to a place where he could be alone. The crowds searched for him. When they came to him, they tried to keep him from leaving. 43 But he said to them, “I have to tell the Good News about God’s kingdom in other cities also. That’s what I was sent to do.”

44 So he spread his message in the synagogues of Judea.[a]

Calling of the First Disciples(D)

One day Jesus was standing by the Sea of Galilee. The people crowded around him as they listened to God’s word. Jesus saw two boats on the shore. The fishermen had stepped out of them and were washing their nets. So Jesus got into the boat that belonged to Simon and asked him to push off a little from the shore. Then Jesus sat down and taught the crowd from the boat.

When he finished speaking, he told Simon, “Take the boat into deep water, and lower your nets to catch some fish.”

Simon answered, “Teacher, we worked hard all night and caught nothing. But if you say so, I’ll lower the nets.”

After the men had done this, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to tear. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. Their partners came and filled both boats until the boats nearly sank.

When Simon Peter saw this, he knelt in front of Jesus and said, “Leave me, Lord! I’m a sinful person!” Simon and everyone who was with him were amazed to see the large number of fish they had caught. 10 James and John, who were Zebedee’s sons and Simon’s partners, were also amazed.

Jesus told Simon, “Don’t be afraid. From now on you will catch people instead of fish.”

11 Simon and his partners brought the boats to shore, left everything, and followed Jesus.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 4:44 Some manuscripts read “in the synagogues of Galilee.”
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Psalm 64

Psalm 64

For the choir director; a psalm by David.

Hear my voice, O God, when I complain.
Protect my life from a terrifying enemy.
Hide me from the secret plots of criminals,
from the mob of troublemakers.
They sharpen their tongues like swords.
They aim bitter words like arrows
to shoot at innocent people from their hiding places.
They shoot at them suddenly, without any fear.
They encourage one another in their evil plans.
They talk about setting traps and say,
“Who can see them?”
They search for the perfect crime and say,
“We have perfected a foolproof scheme!”
Human nature and the human heart are a mystery!

But God will shoot them with an arrow.
Suddenly, they will be struck dead.
They will trip over their own tongues.
Everyone who sees them will shake his head.
Everyone will be afraid and conclude,
“This is an act of God!”
They will learn from what he has done.

10 Righteous people will find joy in the Lord and take refuge in him.
Everyone whose motives are decent will be able to brag.

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Proverbs 11:22

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout,
so is a beautiful woman who lacks good taste.

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03/20/2019 DAB Transcript

Numbers 30:1-31:54, Luke 4:1-30, Psalms 63:1-11, Proverbs 11:20-21

Today is March 20th. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is a joy, an honor, it is a pleasure to come around the global campfire, come in out of the cold, come in out of the dark and just see the fire glow all around the campfire where we’ve come to take the next step forward together in community. So, we’re reading from the God’s word Translation this week and we will go back out into the wilderness, into the book of Numbers, chapter 30 and 31 today and we will listen to more of the law.

Commentary:

Okay. So, from what we read in the book of Numbers today, we can piece kinda two pieces of a story together that will bring some context for the territory that we’re in and then we’ll talk about the gospel of Luke because what we read there today gives us some pretty significant advice for how to conduct ourselves in a specific situation. So, first the book of numbers. God told Moses to attack the Midianites for what they had done to the Israelites and that kinda comes right out of some laws. So, we have to go back a few days. Remember Balak and Moab. Remember Balaam, son of Beor, this Oracle that God spoke to who was supposed to go back to King Balak but only say what God said to say. Remember the angel with the drawn sword, that whole story. He shows back up in Midian today and he is killed in this battle and tying the two pieces of the story together with maybe a little bit of conjecture, what it seems happened is that Balaam could not curse Israel on behalf of Moab. He could not curse Israel on behalf of anyone, but at some point some advice was given on a way maybe that could undermine the Israelites without a curse and that would be to seduce the men with the women. And already we’ve seen that the intermingling with surrounding nations has already been going on and it has only led the people into idolatry. This is the reason for the battle today and perhaps why the women were named as enemies in the battle today because they had waged a war of their own on Israel through sex. Perhaps a totally different kind of weapon, but no less mortal or harmful in this case. So, that’s what we have going on here. The children of Israel are still trying to get regrouped and get themselves together so that they can actually cross the Jordan River into the promised land. Like, we’ve been chasing the promised land since January and we’re still not there. Like for us, we’re following a story that’s leading us toward the promised land but it’s taking a while because it took a long time for this promise to come to fruition. So, while the children of Israel are out in the wilderness a million strong, so a formidable society. Yeah, all the surrounding nations are freaked out by them and trying to figure out how to destroy them. And yeah, there are times that they gotta fight back. So, that’s what we see going on in the book of numbers.

Now in the book of Luke, Jesus is baptized, He goes into the wilderness, the Judean wilderness, He is tempted by the devil and then He continues His journey out of the wilderness, north into the Galilee region where He begins his ministry. He eventually makes his way to His hometown. He begins to do the same things He was doing in every other village but He’s not able to because of their lack of faith, because they watched Him grow up, they don’t have any respect for what God might be doing. He announces what His mission is from the prophet Isaiah, from the scroll of Isaiah. And then He announces that He in their hearing is fulfilling that prophecy. So, this is happening in His hometown. They are all enraged, like, “no, we saw You grow up, we saw You when You were peeing Your pants, like You’re not a prophet. And then they decide…it’s so funny…the herd mentality you can kinda see in the Bible and you scratch your head, but the same stuff still happens today. They decide that, even though they watched Him grow up and even though He’s announcing that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him and He has been doing some pretty miraculous things in the region, they’re just gonna throw Him off a cliff and be done with it. And, so, they attempted to do that and Jesus walks right through them and goes on His. So listen, in your Christian life there are going to be times when you feel like you’re being tempted, tempted of the devil. You may feel like you’re in the wilderness when this is happening. It may be confusing to you and you will have to resist the devil because you will have to fight for your life and you may be successful, you may defeat the enemies taunts and temptations and you may move out of the wilderness and into your hometown and you may be called by God to step out and do something only to find out that nobody believes in you at all and are only taunting you. And you may continue to press forward in your calling doing everything that you know to do and staying humble before the Lord as he leads and directs your steps. And the result might be that the people who are closest to you decide to throw you off a cliff. Now that’s a metaphor in this situation. I doubt any of your family or friends again actually try to throw you off a cliff, but proverbially you may be written off, you may be abandoned, you may be walked away from, you may feel like you’ve been thrown aside. Here’s what you need to do, walk right through the crowd and go on your way. That’s what Jesus did. He went somewhere else and healed the sick, healed the brokenhearted, set the captives free, restored site to the blind, brought hearing back to those who were deaf, healed the lame, raised the dead and spoke the good news to anyone with ears to hear or eyes to see. If God has instructed you and invited you into a dance that you and He are to do together and start dancing and stop paying attention to who’s watching. Lose yourself in his eyes. Walk through the crowd and go on your way.

Prayer:

Holy Spirit, we invite you into that. It can mean many things to many people in many context and yet its central truth rings true for each of us. We get lost and distracted so often and in so many ways that we our often focusing on why something you may have invited us into can’t be a reality, can’t be You, can’t happen. We get distracted by the taunts and it feels like we’re rejected, abandoned, and thrown off a cliff when what we need to do is walk right through it and move on our way. Show us what that looks like in our stories Holy Spirit as we continue to move through this season of Lent, this season where we continue to contemplate what it cost to give us our freedom for free and how our lives should be oriented as an act of worship because of this in everything we do and say. And one of the things we must learn to do is listen to you above all other voices. So, come Holy Spirit, lead us into all truth, lead us forward on the way that we should go. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Wednesday March 20, 2019 (NIV)

Numbers 30-31

Teachings about Vows

30 [a]Moses said to the heads of the tribes of Israel, “This is what the Lord has commanded about vows: If a man makes a vow to the Lord that he will do something or swears an oath that he won’t do something, he must not break his word. He must do everything he said he would do.

“A young girl, who still lives in her father’s house, might make a vow to the Lord that she will do something or swear an oath that she won’t do something. If her father says nothing to her when he hears about it, her vow or oath must be kept. But if her father objects when he hears about it, her vow or oath doesn’t have to be kept. The Lord will free her from this vow or oath because her father objected.

“An unmarried woman might make a vow that she will do something or carelessly promise that she won’t do something. When she marries, her husband may hear about it but say nothing to her. Then her vow or oath must be kept. But if her husband objects when he hears about it, he can cancel the vow or promise she made. The Lord will free her from this vow or promise.

“But a widow or a divorced woman must keep her vow or her promise.

10 “A married woman might make a vow that she will do something or swear an oath that she won’t do something. 11 Her husband may hear about it but may say nothing and not object. Then her vow or oath must be kept. 12 But if her husband cancels it when he hears about it, nothing she said in her vow or oath has to be kept. Her husband has canceled it, and the Lord will free her from this vow or oath.

13 “A husband decides whether or not his wife has to keep any vow to do something or any oath to do without something. 14 If he says nothing to her about it day after day, this means he’s decided that she must keep her vow or oath. She must keep it because he said nothing to her when he heard about it. 15 But if he cancels it later, he will suffer the consequences.”

16 These are the laws the Lord gave Moses for husbands and wives, and for fathers with young daughters still living at home.

The Lord Commands Israel to Defeat Midian

31 The Lord said to Moses, “Get even with the Midianites for what they did to the Israelites. After that you will join your ancestors in death.”

Moses said to the people, “Some of your men must get ready to go to war against the Midianites. The Lord will use them to get even with Midian. Send 1,000 men from each of the tribes of Israel.”

So 1,000 men from each tribe were supplied from the divisions of Israel—12,000 men ready for war. Then Moses sent them off to war, 1,000 men from each tribe along with Phinehas, son of the priest Eleazar. Phinehas took with him the holy articles and the trumpets for the fanfare.

They went to war against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses, and killed every man. Among those killed were the five kings of Midian—Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba. They also killed Balaam, son of Beor, in battle. The Israelites took the Midianite women and children as prisoners of war. They also took all their animals, their livestock, and their valuables as loot. 10 They burned all the cities where the Midianites lived and all their settlements. 11 Then they took everything as loot, including all the people and animals, 12 and brought the prisoners of war, the loot, and everything to Moses, the priest Eleazar, and the community of Israel at the camp on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River across from Jericho.

13 Moses, the priest Eleazar, and all the leaders of the community went outside the camp to meet them. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of the companies and battalions, who were returning from battle.

15 “Why did you let all the women live?” he asked them. 16 “Remember, they were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and caused[b] the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the incident that took place at Peor. The Lord’s community experienced a plague at that time. 17 So kill all the Midianite boys and every Midianite woman who has gone to bed with a man. 18 But save for yourselves every girl who has never gone to bed with a man.

19 “Everyone who killed a person or touched a dead body must stay outside the camp seven days. You and your prisoners of war must use the ritual water on the third and seventh days in order to take away your sin. 20 Do the same for all the clothes and everything made of leather, goats’ hair, or wood.”

21 Then the priest Eleazar said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, “This is what the Lord’s teachings told Moses to do: 22 Any gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, or lead— 23 anything that won’t burn—must be put through fire in order to make it clean.[c] Then it must also be put through the ritual water in order to take away its sin. Whatever might burn must only be put through the ritual water. 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes, and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp.”

25 The Lord said to Moses, 26 “You, the priest Eleazar, and the heads of the families of the community need to count all the loot, including the people and animals you captured. 27 Divide the loot between the soldiers who served in the war and the rest of the community. 28 Collect a tax for the Lord. From the soldiers who served in the war collect one out of every 500 things. This includes people, cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats. 29 Collect all these things from the soldiers’ half of the loot, and give them to the priest Eleazar as a contribution to the Lord. 30 From the Israelites’ half of the loot, collect one out of every 50 things. This includes people, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, and every other kind of animal. Give them to the Levites who are in charge of the work done at the Lord’s tent.” 31 Moses and the priest Eleazar did as the Lord commanded Moses.

32 This is the loot that was left from everything that the troops took: 675,000 sheep and goats, 33 72,000 cattle, 34 61,000 donkeys, and 35 32,000 women who had never gone to bed with a man.

36 Half of it went to the soldiers who served in the war. Of the 337,500 sheep and goats they received, 37 675 went to the Lord as taxes. 38 Of the 36,000 cattle they received, 72 went to the Lord as taxes. 39 Of the 30,500 donkeys they received, 61 went to the Lord as taxes. 40 Of the 16,000 people they received, 32 went to the Lord as taxes.

41 Moses gave the Lord’s taxes to the priest Eleazar, as the Lord had commanded him.

42 Moses took the Israelites’ half of the loot from the soldiers. 43 The community received 337,500 sheep and goats, 44 36,000 cattle, 45 30,500 donkeys, 46 and 16,000 people.

47 From the Israelites’ half Moses collected one out of every 50 things, including people and animals, as the Lord commanded him. Then he gave all this to the Levites who were in charge of the work done at the Lord’s tent.

48 Then the officers from the military divisions, the commanders of the companies and battalions of men, came to Moses. 49 They said to him, “Sir, we have counted all the soldiers under our command, and not one of them is missing. 50 So we have brought as gifts to the Lord the gold jewelry that each of us found—arm bands, bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and pendants. We offer them to make peace with the Lord.”

51 Moses and the priest Eleazar took all the hand-crafted gold articles from them. 52 All the gold contributed to the Lord by the commanders weighed about 420 pounds. 53 Each soldier kept his own loot. 54 Moses and the priest Eleazar took the gold from the commanders and brought it into the Lord’s presence at the tent of meeting as a reminder to the Israelites.

Footnotes:

  1. Numbers 30:1 Numbers 30:1–16 in English Bibles is Numbers 30:2–17 in the Hebrew Bible.
  2. Numbers 31:16 Targum; Hebrew meaning of “caused” uncertain.
  3. Numbers 31:23 “Clean” refers to anything that is presentable to God.
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Luke 4:1-30

The Devil Tempts Jesus(A)

Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him while he was in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days. During those days Jesus ate nothing, so when they were over, he was hungry.

The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of bread.”

Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘A person cannot live on bread alone.’”[a]

The devil took him to a high place and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in an instant. The devil said to him, “I will give you all the power and glory of these kingdoms. All of it has been given to me, and I give it to anyone I please. So if you will worship me, all this will be yours.”

Jesus answered him, “Scripture says, ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

Then the devil took him into Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest part of the temple. He said to Jesus, “If you are the Son of God, jump from here! 10 Scripture says, ‘He will put his angels in charge of you to watch over you carefully. 11 They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.’”

12 Jesus answered him, “It has been said, ‘Never tempt the Lord your God.’”[b]

13 After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, the devil left him until another time.

Nazareth Rejects Jesus(B)

14 Jesus returned to Galilee. The power of the Spirit was with him, and the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country. 15 He taught in the synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. As usual he went into the synagogue on the day of rest—a holy day. He stood up to read the lesson. 17 The attendant gave him the book of the prophet Isaiah. He opened it and found the place where it read:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is with me.
He has anointed me
to tell the Good News to the poor.
He has sent me[c]
to announce forgiveness to the prisoners of sin
and the restoring of sight to the blind,
to forgive those who have been shattered by sin,
19 to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 Jesus closed the book, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue watched him closely. 21 Then he said to them, “This passage came true today when you heard me read it.”

22 All the people spoke well of him. They were amazed to hear the gracious words flowing from his lips. They said, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

23 So he said to them, “You’ll probably quote this proverb to me, ‘Doctor, cure yourself!’ and then say to me, ‘Do all the things in your hometown that we’ve heard you’ve done in Capernaum.’” 24 Then Jesus added, “I can guarantee this truth: A prophet isn’t accepted in his hometown.

25 “I can guarantee this truth: There were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time. It had not rained for three-and-a-half years, and the famine was severe everywhere in the country. 26 But God didn’t send Elijah to anyone except a widow at Zarephath in the territory of Sidon. 27 There were also many people with skin diseases in Israel in the prophet Elisha’s time. But God cured no one except Naaman from Syria.”

28 Everyone in the synagogue became furious when they heard this. 29 Their city was built on a hill with a cliff. So they got up, forced Jesus out of the city, and led him to the cliff. They intended to throw him off of it. 30 But Jesus walked right by them and went away.

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 4:4 Some manuscripts and translations add “but on every word of God.”
  2. Luke 4:12 Or “Never put the Lord your God to any test.”
  3. Luke 4:18 Some manuscripts and translations add “to heal those who are brokenhearted.”
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Psalm 63

Psalm 63

A psalm by David when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

O God, you are my God.
At dawn I search for you.
My soul thirsts for you.
My body longs for you
in a dry, parched land where there is no water.
So I look for you in the holy place
to see your power and your glory.
My lips will praise you
because your mercy is better than life itself.
So I will thank you as long as I live.
I will lift up my hands to pray in your name.
You satisfy my soul with the richest foods.
My mouth will sing your praise with joyful lips.
As I lie on my bed, I remember you.
Through the long hours of the night, I think about you.
You have been my help.
In the shadow of your wings, I sing joyfully.
My soul clings to you.
Your right hand supports me.

But those who try to destroy my life
will go into the depths of the earth.
10 They will be cut down by swords.
Their dead bodies will be left as food for jackals.
11 But the king will find joy in God.
Everyone who takes an oath by God will brag,
but the mouths of liars will be shut.

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Proverbs 11:20-21

20 Devious people are disgusting to the Lord,
but he is delighted with those whose ways are innocent.
21 Certainly, an evil person will not go unpunished,
but the descendants of righteous people will escape.

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03/19/2018 DAB Transcript

Numbers 28:16-29:40, Luke 3:23-38, Psalms 62:1-12, Proverbs 11:18-19

Today is the 19th day of March. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian and it is always a joy to come around the global campfire and spend these moments together as we take another step and move further and deeper into the story that leads us through the Bible in a year. So, to take the next step, we will continue to read from the God’s word Translation, which is what we’re reading from this week and we will obviously pick up where we left off yesterday, which will take us back into the book of Numbers and today we will read chapter 28 verse 16 through 29 verse 40.

Commentary:

Okay. So, in the Old Testament today in the book of numbers we had quite a bit of repetition over celebrations, festivals. And, so, you see how in the book of numbers we’re moving from narrative and then back into law. So, when the narrative pieces happen we’re telling the story - they moved here, they did this, this person came to curse them, this is what God said. That’s the narrative style. And, so, we’re used to the following that kind of style, that’s how we speak to each other, we tell each other stories. But when you’re reading something legal then, yeah, it can get monotonous because it’s very repetitive so that there is nothing left to chance basically, so that it’s very, very abundantly clear. Even still though, right, in court every day the nuances of the law are being argued over and judged by a judge. So, we see the need for this this kind of language that is very specific and very thorough.

And we get to the New Testament today and we dive into a genealogy and spend our whole time basically starting with Jesus and working our way back all the way to Adam. And, so, reading genealogies like the one found in Luke can also seem monotonous and uninteresting. But think of it like this. That list, those names we called out is as wide ranging of a story as can be imagined filled with all of those generations. Think about what has changed in the world since your birth. And some of you are like, you know, it was like 15 years ago and some of you that was like 85 years ago, but within your lifetime even if you’re 15 years old a lot has changed in the world. Every single one of those names that we called out was a generation. Imagine what happened in their lifetimes in the world. Every single one of those names had wide-ranging things happening around them in their lifetime carrying the story forward. Those names, they represent millions of lives who lived in that generation. And, so, believe it or not, if we were able to trace our own ancestry all the way back, somewhere along the line we would intersect with that story, right, because we all descend from Adam and Eve. We’re all part of the same story and it’s a story that continues forward and we’re going to tell a part of that story with the way that we live our lives today. So, these genealogies, they serve as a reminder that God is with us throughout the generations throughout all time and He wants to know and be known by us. He’s our Father.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word and we thank You for life and consciousness, we thank You that we can perceive and understand Your word and that Your Holy Spirit pulls us forward deeper into intimacy with You and that we are a part of the same story that has been being told since the beginning and You’ve allowed us to be a part of Your story. We fall to our knees, we are humbled, we are grateful, we are created in Your image. You allowed us to live because You desire to know us, and You desire to be known by us. We are humbled, we fall to our knees, we worship You. Come Holy Spirit we pray, may we live Your story today. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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