March 3rd Bible Readings

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~ Leviticus 27:14-Numbers 1:54 ~ Mark 11:1-26 ~ Psalm 46:1-11 ~ Proverbs 10:23
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Old Testament – Today we wrap up Leviticus and move into Numbers!  Congratulations on staying the course through the book of Leviticus!

Numbers is an amazing book! I encourage you to reflect on words “Obedience” and “Disobedience” as we read through the book of Numbers. We’ll read much about both of these words in this book. And – I think as we read about both Moses’ and the Israelites Obedience and Disobedience, we will see many parallels in our own lives today. We have an opportunity with the book of Numbers to reflect upon where we have been both Obedient and Disobedient to God in our lives. We also have the opportunity to reflect upon the fruits and blessings of Obedience and the consequences of Disobedience – in Moses’, the Israelites, and our lives today. I hope you are ready to experience the book of Numbers!

 ~The Book of Numbers~

Author: Moses
Date: 1420 or 1220 B.C.
Content: This book deals with the journey of Israel from Mt. Sinai to the edge of Canaan and the Israelites’ preparation to enter the Promised Land. Because of sin and unbelief, however, they were not allowed by God to claim their inheritance but were condemned to wander in the wilderness for forty years. After the forty years they slowly made their way back to Canaan – this time ready to obey God’s commands. After winning some important battles to the east of the Jordan River, the Israelites prepared for the entrance into the land itself.
Theme: The book shows the continual faithfulness of God and the unbelievable sin of man. Israel rejected God but God remained true to his word, in leading the people through the wilderness and providing for their needs. In the New Testament the Christian life is likened to a wandering in the wilderness with the promise of a heavenly Canaan before us.

Today in Numbers chapter 1 verse 1 we read: “The LORD spoke to Moses in the Tent of Meeting in the Desert of Sinai on the first day of the second month of the second year after the Israelites came out of Egypt.” You’ll definitely notice as we read through the book of Numbers that God speaks to Moses, and through Moses to Israel. This fact is stated over 150 times and in more than 20 different ways in the book of Numbers – all the way from this first verse above until the very last verse of Numbers in chapter 36 verse 13 – “These are the commands and regulations the LORD gave through Moses to the Israelites on the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho.” The Israelites were dependent on Moses at that time to hear from God. How do you hear from God in your life today? Do you believe that you are hearing from God as you read the Bible? Do you believe that you can hear from God during times of prayer? Do you believe that today you can hear from God through your faith in Jesus and in your participation in the body of Christ, the church? Are you hearing from God today? Do you want to hear from God today?

 New Testament – Today in Mark chapter 11 we read about Jesus’ Triumphal entry in Jerusalem!  This entry is an important transition point in Jesus’ ministry, in large part because it is the last week of Jesus’ life, which inaugurates Passion Week.  But also because Jesus’ ministry will now be focused in the confines of Jerusalem, the Holy City.  Jesus’ triumphal entry is a deliberate Messianic action and the clue to its understanding is found in Zechariah chapter 9 verse 9: “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” Hosanna in the highest!  (Hosanna is a Hebrew expression meaning “Save!” which became an exclamation of praise).

Today we read in verse 17: “Jesus taught them, “The Scriptures declare, `My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,’ but you have turned it into a den of thieves.””

 Psalms – Today we read Psalm 46, which is an incredible Psalm! This Psalm represents a song of hope celebrating the certain triumph of God’s kingdom – even in the midst of times of severe trouble. This Psalm served as the inspiration for Martin Luther’s famous Hymn, “A Mighty Fortress is Our God.”

I would encourage you to keep this Psalm in your “back-pocket” as a Psalm to meditate upon whenever you personally might be going through times of severe trouble – or whenever our world might be going through times of severe trouble. Near the end of Psalm 46 in verse 10 we read a tiny little verse that I think is the key to this Psalm – “Be still, and know that I am God.” If you are going through a time of trouble in your life right now, will you take some time to meditate upon Psalm 46 and in particular verse 10?

 Proverbs – Today in Proverbs chapter 10 verse 23 we read: “Doing wrong is fun for a fool, while wise conduct is a pleasure to the wise.” This is one of those convicting Proverbs for me, as I have found myself on both sides of this coin. In my past, I’ve had fun in doing wrong. And in recent years I have found wise conduct to be a pleasure. As I’ve walked along the Way of following Jesus, I do know that I’m spending more time than ever enjoying wise conduct – thanks to the grace of God. However, this Proverb still makes me really examine how I am living my life today. Have I really stopped finding pleasure in doing wrong? Are there still some subtle ways perhaps that I am having fun doing wrong? Am I still acting foolishly at times? How about you? How does this Proverb speak to you? Have you found yourself on both sides of this coin? What does wise conduct look like to you in your life today? Will you seek to live a life of wise conduct? I believe we cannot live this life of wise conduct solely on our strength. Will you pray unceasingly to God the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit to give you the grace and strength to live a life of wise conduct?

 Worship God: Based on my Psalm 46 reflections above, here’s Steve Green in 1987 singing version of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God:”

Watch And Listen Here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRJHKzU_t1M

Is God your mighty fortress? 

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 NIV

Prayer Point:

Pray that you will be still today.

Pray that you will seek God in the stillness.

Pray that you will know without a doubt that Jesus is God.

Comments from You & Question of the Day –

Back to Psalm 46 verse 10 – “Be still, and know that I am God.”

What does it mean to you to “Be still, and know that I am God?”

Do you believe that being still during times of trouble can draw you closer to God?

Will you be still today before God?

In this stillness will you seek to know that He is indeed God?

Even in the midst of whatever might be troubling you, will you seek to know that I AM is your God?

Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?

Please Post Your Comments Below

Love, Trust And Obey Jesus,

Melwyn Misquitta

March 4th Bible Reading Plan

Num 2:1‐3:51, Mark 11:27‐12:17, Ps 47:1‐9, Prov 10:24‐25

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5 thoughts on “March 3rd Bible Readings

  1. Tdy as we go thru the bible in chp numbers we reflect on words obedience nd disobedience…the journey of israelities whr they were disobedient to God..they had faith in moses not God… israels thought thru moses faith they wud act…their faith was nil…due to lack in faith they did not keep any commandments nd disobeyed God..inspite of Gods miracles nd blessing they ignored …tthey wander for 40 yrs in wilderness due to their sins nd unbelief nd God restrain them frm entering promise land.

    Same way tdy we too disobey God frm hearing Him but rather act with our mind or others

    Ps 46:10 bible says “be still and knw that I am God”…we have to mediate in him, hear wht God tells you cause He knws everything…..Mark 11:1 says “Have faith in God”..how mny of us still have faith..whn problems arises. We run to one another for solution or we apply out mind or we grumble, curse or argue…

    I too have done this exactly…we forget God who is the creator…Jer 1: 5
    “Before I formed you I the womb, I knew you, before you were born I consecreted you, I have appointed you…”
    God has already chosen us, we are his creation, can he allow us to suffer, starve, get weak, get poor, get harmed..but we fail to understand this..
    but now I m changed today, I hear the God’s voice ” be still” I knw no one or no things can over comr me..cause God has formed me, consecreated me and appointed me to b a winner..
    ps 46 says..God is my refuge nd my strength, always ready and present for my help in all my troubles, why sould I fear cause God wll not allow me to fall, he will not sllow any bow or spear to touch me..God is my shield nd eill protect me all thru day nd night.

    As I increase my faith daily, I claim Mark 11: 22 I can cast down any mountains whc comes across in my life and brlieve God answer my prayers..

    Prov 10:23…sometimes in me thoughts arrive to act like a fool to find pleasure in someelse fall…due to anger enimity, ego, jealous. .but I have got the gifts of holy spirit the helper…1 cor 12 nd is 11: 2 word of wisdom..word of understanding…word of counsel…word of knowledge…word of fortitude…word of piety..fear of Lord..humbleness..kindness

    Tdy s word on obedience nd disobedience..my tdy verse stand out to b Lev 27:30.. A tithe of everthing from the land whether grain from soil or fruit from the trees belongs to the Lord”

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  2. For me to be still and know that He is God means that no matter what situation I am in, no matter how hopeless it is or no matter how impossible it may seem to get out to f it, I don’t need to try to get all answers or solutions with the help of my own strength and understanding. In fact I just need to be still, stop stressing my mind, stop struggling and just have the faith and know that nothing happens without the will of the Lord and He is able to carry me through no matter what the situation, no matter what people say, no matter if our human brain can’t understand how, we should stop and be still and just wait and know that our God will never leave r side. Yes, God is my fortress and I will hold still and see His grace getting me through!

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  3. I too do find myself living on both sides of the coin today. At times unknowingly and at times knowingly. Today living the life of wise conduct means to be able to resist the human nature that can cause us to go away from what God has called us to be, like anger, jealousy, hatred etc. And this can be done only with the help of the Holy Spirit. So yes, I will seek to live a life of wise conduct and I will unceasingly ask help from God to provide me the strength through the Holy Spirit to do so.

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  4. I can hear God speaking to me mostly through the Bible. And at times in church through the pastor’s message. But most of the time its through the Bible. And yes, I do believe that today I can hear God through my faith in Jesus and my participation in church. And I always want to be able to hear Him speak to me.

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