Mar 13, 2018
Yesterday we heard how people had to follow through with God’s commands, and those with defiling diseases were expelled from their camp until such time as they could be declared ritually clean again. And we heard about cleansing for issues involving the conscience, and what a man might do if he suspected his wife of unfaithfulness. (A man would have to be a terrible jerk to do this to his wife if he didn't have good reasons for his suspicions!) The 6th chapter dealt with the Nazarite vow, and the ended with the famous Aaronic blessing.
In today’s chapter 7 of Numbers, the GNT has done a beautiful job of giving the complete information in a way that is clear, precise, and that reduces repetition.
This is a wonderful song of thanks to God.
Yesterday in the second half of chapter 19, Jesus triumphantly entered Jerusalem. While on the road he wept over Jerusalem because of the spiritual blindness of the leaders, and he cleansed the temple of commerce.
Ps. 30:4 [Hey, listen up, all God’s faithful people, sing praise to the
Lord!//Sing praise to the Lord, all his faithful people!]
Remember what the Holy One has done, and give him thanks!
7 You were good to me, Lord;
you protected me like a mountain fortress.
But then[, when] you hid yourself from me,
and I was afraid.
7 So they answered, “We don't know where [his right to baptize//it] came from.”
13 Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? [I know.] I will send my own dear son; surely they will respect him!’
8 I cried out to you, O LORD.
I begged [You, Lord,//the Lord] for mercy, saying,
8 And Jesus responded, “Then I won’t tell you [either/0] by what authority I do these things.”
16 “I’ll tell you—he will come and kill those farmers and lease the vineyard to others.”
[His listeners protested, “Oh, may such a thing never happen!”//“How terrible that such a thing should ever happen.”]
19 The teachers of religious law and the leading priests wanted to arrest Jesus immediately because they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. But they [did nothing because//0] they were afraid of the people’s reaction.
23 He saw through their [duplicity/trickery] and said, 24 “Show me a Roman coin. Whose picture and title are stamped [here/0] on it?”
41 Then Jesus presented them with a question. [“Note that there is a problem with the teaching that the Messiah will come as a descendant of David.”//”Why is it,” he asked, “that the Messiah is said to be the son of David?”]
44 Since David called the Messiah ‘Lord,’ [it is clear that the Messiah cannot just be his descendant!//how can the Messiah be his son?]”