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Mar 31, 2016

Let’s turn to NUMBERS 36.

Yesterday we heard about the boundaries for the nation of Israel, the 12 clan leaders appointed by the Lord, and about cities set aside for the Levites and cities of refuge— to protect from unjust prosecution of murder.

We turn to PSALM 48.

This psalm praises God for Jerusalem and  shows that Jerusalem is a reflection of God's glory. It is clear that more than the earthly Jerusalem is the topic. God has prepared a city for us!

We turn for the first time to ACTS 7.

Yesterday in chapter 6 we heard how grumbling in the ever-expanding group of believers in Jerusalem required that seven helpers (the first deacons) be appointed. (The word ‘deacon’ comes directly from a verb in Greek that means ‘to serve’.) One of them, Stephen, became the object of controversy with the Greek-speaking Jews. Before the council, his face shone with radiance like that of an angel. The false witnesses made two accusations against Stephen, and today we hear his defence against the first of them.

Translation notes:
18 [And finally it happened that//At last] a king who did not know about Joseph began to rule in Egypt.
31 Moses was amazed by what he saw, and went near the bush to get a better look. But he heard the Lord's voice [saying,//:]
35 Moses is the one who was rejected by the people of Israel[, when they said,//.] ‘Who made you ruler and judge over us?’ [0//they asked.]
38 [Moses//He] is the one whom God sent to rule the people and set them free with the help of the angel who appeared to him in the burning bush. He is the one who was with the people of Israel assembled in the desert; he was there with our ancestors and with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and he received God's living messages to pass on to us.