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Apr 13, 2019

DEUTERONOMY 21-22:
Yesterday we heard an example of why cities of refuge were needed. And we heard interesting rules concerning war. It is good to remember that our sovereign creator God had already determined that the people groups in the land were utterly evil and should be destroyed.

PSALM 60:
This poem is again based on David’s experiences. I think that this psalm must show how David prayed before the victories mentioned in the rabbinical title.

ACTS 14:
In chapter 13 we completed the story of Paul and Barnabas' short but successful ministry in Pisidian Antioch. They were too successful, so were run out of town. This is just the first time that will happen!

GNT Translation notes:
Deut. 22:12 “[Attach//Sew] tassels on the four corners of your clothes.
[This change was made simply because the listener cannot hear the difference between ‘sew’ and ‘so’.]
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Ps. 60:6 [From your sanctuary You, O God have said,//From his sanctuary God has said,] “In triumph I will divide Shechem and distribute Sukkoth Valley to my people.
12 [But] With [You, O] God on our side we will win; [You//he] will defeat our enemies.
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Acts 14:18 [With great difficulty, using such words the apostles finally did succeed in stopping//Even with these words the apostles could hardly keep] the crowd from offering a sacrifice to them.
[This is one of the most frequently misunderstood verses in the New Testament!]
21 Paul and Barnabas preached the Good News in Derbe and won many disciples. Then they went back to Lystra, to Iconium, and on to Antioch in [the province of] Pisidia.
26 and from there they sailed back to Antioch [in the province of Syria], the place where they had been commended to the care of God's grace for the work they had now completed.

NLT Translation notes:
Deut. 21:6 “The elders of the town must wash their hands over the heifer whose neck [has been//was] broken.
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Ps. 60:6[O] God [You have/has] promised this by [your/his] holiness:
“I will divide up Shechem with joy.
I will measure out the valley of Succoth.
12With [Your help O God,//God’s help] we will do mighty things,
for [You/he] will trample down our foes.
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Acts 14:22 where they strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to continue [believing in Christ//in the faith], reminding them that we must suffer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.
23 Paul and Barnabas also appointed elders in every church. With prayer and fasting, they [surrendered//turned] the elders over to the care of the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.
27 Upon arriving in Antioch, they called the church together and reported everything God had done through them and how he had opened the door of [belief//faith] to the Gentiles, too.