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Mar 19, 2019

In Numbers 15, we found out that there were sacrifices that could be made for unintentional sins— whether done by the whole community or by an individual. But there was no sacrifice to cover an intentional sin— such as working on the Sabbath, as was so clearly illustrated by the man who gathered wood on the Sabbath. Then at the very end of chapter 15, we heard the instruction about the tassels with a blue cord that were to hang on the four corners of the Israelites’ garments. Those are the tassels that Tevia in Fiddler on the Roof doesn't know the meaning of.

While this is a song praising God’s unfailing love, notice how some parts of this poem are so appropriate to what we just read about Dathan, Abiram, and Korah.

LUKE 23a:
Chapter 22 ended with Peter's denial of being a follower of Jesus, and we heard of the council's decision against Jesus.

GNT Translation notes:
Ps. 36:1 Sin speaks to the wicked deep in their hearts; they reject
God and do not have reverence for him.
2 Because they think so highly of themselves,
they think that God will not discover their sin and condemn it.
10 [O Lord,] Continue to love those who know you and to do good to those who are righteous.
3 Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” “[It is right, as you say.//So you say,]” answered Jesus.

NLT Translation notes:
Luk. 23:3 So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus replied, “[You are the one who says it.//You have said it.]
34 Jesus said [about the ones crucifying him//0], “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.
50 Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51 but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was [one of those//0] waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.