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Mar 28, 2018

NUMBERS 31:
Yesterday the listing of sacrifices continued with those for the Festival of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the 8 day Festival of Shelters. Then in Numbers 30 we heard laws concerning the annulment of rash vows. These laws show how seriously God takes any vows made to Him!

PSALM 44:
This is a psalm with extreme contrast between part one and part two. Part one has a tone of praise— reciting the wonderful way God helped Israel. But part two accuses God of abandoning Israel. This psalm can be a pattern for us in how to plead with God to fulfill his promises or to again act as He has in the past.

ACTS 4b:
Yesterday we heard the start of the dramatic trial that happened after Peter and John were arrested following the healing of the lame man in chapter 3. Their arrest was due to Peter and John's teaching about the resurrection of Jesus. The council recognized that the two apostles had been with Jesus.

GNT Translation note:
Ps. 44:20 If we had stopped worshiping [You,] our God[,] and prayed to a foreign god,
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Acts 4:30 Reach out your hand to heal, and grant that wonders and miracles may be performed through the [authority//name] of your holy Servant Jesus.”

NLT Translation notes:
Ps. 44:11 You have [stood by and watched as they] butchered us like sheep
and scattered us among the nations.
21 [You, O Lord] God would surely have known it,
for [you know//he knows] the secrets of every heart.
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Acts 4:30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done [by the authority//through the name] of your holy servant Jesus.”