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Apr 12, 2019

DEUTERONOMY 19-20:
In yesterday’s reading we heard that the duties of the king included having a copy of the Law made, or perhaps making it himself (the Hebrew is unclear on that point). This is something we never hear of happening. (I don’t think what was given to King Josiah at his inauguration qualifies.) Then Deuteronomy 18 is very import in its prohibition against all kinds of witchcraft and fortune telling. Then there is one of the most important prophecies regarding Jesus: God was going to send a prophet like Moses and the people must listen to him. Another important point about this prophecy is the specific requiremant that the prophet would come from the people of Israel.

PSALM 59:
Because of David’s unique situation, he certainly learned how to pray for protection from enemies.

ACTS 13b:
In the first part of chapter 13, we heard how God called Barnabas and Saul in the city of Antioch— the one in the Roman province of Syria, and the church sent them out. We repeat some verses from Paul’s important speech, which took place in the other city called Antioch, the one in the province of Pisidia.

GNT Translation notes:
Ps. 59:4 [NET Though I have done nothing wrong, they are anxious to attack. Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me!//nor because of any fault of mine, O Lord,
that they hurry to their places.]
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Acts 13:40 Take care, then, so that what [God said through] the prophets said may not happen to you:

NLT Translation notes:
Ps. 59:10 In [your/his] unfailing love, [You] my God will stand with me.
[You/He] will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
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Ac 13:51 So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign [that God would judge the because of their rejection of the message they brought//of rejection] and [then they] went to the town of Iconium.
13:52 And the believers [there] were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.