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Mar 20, 2019

NUMBERS 17-18:
Yesterday we heard another dramatic chapter in Israel's history: The rebellion of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. They must have been included in those who refused to go to the Promised Land, but then they had the gall to find fault with Moses that he didn't lead them to that land. It is also incredible that God would prove Moses' authority so dramatically (resulting in the death of the three conspirators and their families), yet the people would the next day without fear accuse Moses of killing the Lord's people (further resulting in a plague).

PSALM 37a:
This is an acrostic poem,and a great Psalm for giving us the right perspective in our fallen world.

LUKE 23b:
In the first half of this chapter, Jesus was tried by Pilatos (the phonetic pronunciation I will use in the podcasts) and Herod, before finally Pilatos caved into pressure and sentenced Jesus to death. Let’s repeat a few verses, starting at verse 36.

For today’s prayer, I read the hymn “How deep the Father’s love for us.” This was composed by Stuart Townend, and here is the link to his story about writing it:

GNT Translation notes:
Num. 18:1 The Lord said to Aaron, “You, your sons, and the Levites must suffer the consequences of any guilt connected with serving in the Tent of my presence; but only you and your sons will suffer the consequences [of any guilt connected with your serving//of service] in the priesthood.
15 “Every first-born [male] child or animal that the Israelites present to me belongs to you. But you must accept payment to buy back every first-born [son//child], and must also accept payment for every first-born animal that is ritually unclean.
16 [First born sons//Children] shall be bought back at the age of one month for the fixed price of five pieces of silver, according to the official standard.
Luk. 23:47 The army officer saw what had happened, and he praised God, saying, “Certainly he was [an innocent//a good] man!”
[The Greek can mean either ‘innocent’ or ‘righteous’, but I prefer not to simply say ‘good’, although it is an acceptable translation.]

NLT Translation notes:
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.