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Mar 28, 2015

Yesterday the listing of sacrifices continued with those for the Festival of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the 8 day Festival of Shelters. Then in Numbers 30 we heard laws concerning the annulment of rash vows. These laws show how seriously God takes any vows made to Him!


We turn to Psalm 44. This is a psalm with extreme contrast between part one and part two. Part one recites has a tone of praise, reciting the wonderful way God helped Israel. But part two accuses God of abandoning Israel. This psalm can be a pattern for us in how to plead with God to fulfill his promises or to again act as He has in the past.


Translation notes:

11 You have [stood by and watched as they] butchered us like sheep

and scattered us among the nations.


21 [You, O Lord] God would surely have known it,

for [you know//he knows] the secrets of every heart.


We turn for the second time to Acts. 4. Yesterday we heard the start of the dramatic trial that happened after the apostles were arrested because of the healing of the lame man in chapter 3 and Peter's teaching about the resurrection of Jesus. The council recognized that these men had been with Jesus.


Translation note:

30 Stretch out your hand with healing power; may miraculous signs and wonders be done [by the authority//through the name] of your holy servant Jesus.”