March 11th Bible Readings

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Numbers 15:17-16:40 ~ Mark 15:1-47 ~ Psalm 54:1-7 ~ Proverbs 11:5-6

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Old Testament – Today in Numbers chapter 15 we read about unintentional and intentional sins.  Verse 30 stood out to me – “But those who openly violate the LORD’s will, whether native Israelites or foreigners, blaspheme the LORD.” I have thought about this in my life in the past… and thought about that old phrase, “Ignorance is pleasure.”  While this phrase may seem true at first glance – ignorance is pleasure – it’s obviously not “True” at all.  It is so much better to know godly Truth, than to be ignorant.  However… once we know godly Truth, what if we then consciously go against that Truth?  What if we “openly violate God’s will”?  This verse today reminded me that once we know Truth – and as we continue to grow in our knowledge of Truth and the Bible – we really should be much more intentional in how we live.  We know what godly living looks like.  We should not go back to our old ways of thinking or our old habits.  We know better.  And we most certainly should not think that “ignorance is pleasure.”  It isn’t.

“Trial By Fire” – ever hear this term?  I think this term may have gotten its birth here in Numbers chapter 16.  Korah’s rebellion caused Moses to explain how this true trial by fire would go down in verses 4 through 7 – “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show us who belongs to him and who is holy. The LORD will allow those who are chosen to enter his holy presence. You, Korah, and all your followers must do this: Take incense burners, and burn incense in them tomorrow before the LORD. Then we will see whom the LORD chooses as his holy one.”  A trial by fire indeed occurs subsequently in this chapter.

Verses 12 & 13 stood out as completely strange, as these 2 men had somehow now thought that instead of being a prison, Egypt was now in their minds a paradise?….  “Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied, “We refuse to come! Isn’t it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects?”   I wonder if we do this in our lives?  Think that things that used to be so bad for us are now somehow good?  I know I’ve done this.  I’ve left situations or relationships or bad habits – knowing they were simply bad for me – and then later down the road I’ve sometimes thought to myself, “ahh… I miss xyz or doing xyz… I should go back to that.”  And I do.  And I regret it all over once again.

There is a R.E.M. song that goes “Don’t go back to Rockville – and waste another year.”  I think of this song on occasion when I am tempted to go back to something I know I shouldn’t go back to – I sing to myself, “don’t go back to Rockville.”  Perhaps Dathan and Abiram should have been singing to themselves – “don’t go back to Egypt – and waste another year…”  What about you?  Is there an Egypt / Rockville or two in your life that you’ve left behind?  Are you ever tempted to go back?  Do you sometimes even think you might have been wrong about how bad things were back then…. that it might have really been a land flowing with milk and honey even!   Well, I know we’ll all have our moments of going backwards…. but I pray we see the True land of milk and honey in front of us that is only available through a relationship with Jesus and the Father – and that we won’t go back to our “Egypts”…

New Testament – It is interesting how we go through the 4 Gospels one after another in the beginning portion of the year.  In some ways it may seem repetitive – but I think repetitive is good when we’re talking about the story of Jesus…  we really cannot hear and meditate upon this story enough.  Also, what I like is the shades of each Gospel – or maybe things that are indeed in a few of the Gospels that somehow just stand out to me in some new way in one of the Gospels.  Today is one of those days where something jumped out at me that I have not really noticed before – and that is Pilate in verses 9 & 10 – “”Should I give you the King of the Jews?” Pilate asked. (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.)”  It’s interesting that Pilate used the term King of the Jews here – and again later in the narrative – and that he also had this term nailed to the cross.  And the question I have is this – did Pilate do this simply to try and irritate the leading priests?  I think this is probably the case.  But, I’m looking forward to some further study on this.

Psalms – I like Psalm 54 verse 4 a lot – “But God is my helper. The Lord is the one who keeps me alive!”  Is this true in your life?  Is God the one who keeps you alive?  Or are you trying to lean on other things as your source of life?  I believe it is such a blessing to surrender more and more to God until we get to the point where truly this true for us – God is the one – and only – who keeps us alive.  I am not saying I am there yet – but I’m trying to get there.  I’m trying to surrender more and more each day to Jesus and the Father – all that I am – all that I am living for.  I pray that in your life and in mine God will be the one who keeps us alive!

Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 11 verse 5 stands out as a powerful reminder to not even tell white lies! “The godly are directed by their honesty.”

Worship God: Per my reflections in Numbers above, and somewhat related to that old R.E.M. song, here is Building 429’s great song “End of Me:”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkehLFcqSfA

Have you reached the end of you? 

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “Are you the king of the Jews?” asked Pilate. “Yes, it is as you say,” Jesus replied.” Mark 15:2 NIV

Prayer Point:

Pray that Jesus is your King today and forevermore.

Pray that you will always submit to your King, Jesus.

Comments from You & Questions of the Day:

Based on our Proverb today, how about you?  Are you directed by honesty?

Do you place honestly as a major guiding principle in your life?

Do you ever catch yourself telling white lies?

Do you confess these to God and to others?

Do you think we should we confess white lies? Why or why not?

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

 

Bible Reading Plan For 12th March:

Num 16:4118:32, Mark 16:120, Ps 55:123, Prov 11:7

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4 thoughts on “March 11th Bible Readings

  1. Mark 15 and 16 in New testament.. knowing who is Jesus are we afraid to admit Jesus is the king of king…pilate knew.who Jesus was and even he knew wht the elderly priest but trying to do but he ignored. ..sometimes we too are same just like the pilate trying ignore for the sake of community or society or people..are we ashamed for what God has called us to b…

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  2. As per psalm 54…God is my helper. .I wl praise Him sll thru my life in joy as well as no matter how my life turns towards any bad situation. .. .I will thank him and lean on Him cause I know my God will not abandon those who put their trust in Him…just as Job did…. Lord my God I will sacrifice offering of my free will for you are my good God who have delivered me from all my troubles and set me free..God you hv given me this new life and will always lean on you than on other things or person cause you my God.

    Yes when you are honest God set forth a path which wl lead you to eternal life…no wicked will come against you..they will be cast down by their own evil desires.

    Thank you God for giving me the Word Prov 11:5-6…II would like to be always honest and truth..walk in righteous and blame less where you wl bless me and deliver me.

    The verse that stands out is prov 11:6 “righteous deliver and unfaithful trapped by their evil desires.

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  3. Like Korah, Dathan, Abiram….we too sometimes think how wonderful it was..though we had hardship but we were enjoying our wordly lives without any restrictions which was giving pleasure to our body nd mind but not to our soul we had not to give up anything like drinking partying grambling or any favourites things which was pleasure to us but not to God…Many find it difficult to part away with material and wordly things…but when we are new in Christ still we hv certain things back of our mind just like Korah Dathan and Abiram had…they felt they were enjoying honey and milk in land of Egypt and that whn they got connected with God..they felt that they were not experiencing the pleasure of same and God brought them in wilderness. ..but they could not see ahead what God had in stored for them..the promised land and they rebelled against God.

    In today’s age we too are in haste not wanting to wait on God…trusting Him..that God has instored for us something wonderful. .but we are in haste and want to turn back that we hv left..thinking that was better…
    today I pray that God give me the spirit of patience to rely on God..to b depending on Him on every walk of life praising Him forever.

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  4. As we refer to the O.T. Num 15: 17-21, the offering done to the Lord…”the first of your ground meal”…it reminds me that whether am I giving my first to the Lord..in all our things, my time, the salary, prayers…the first fruit…thanking him…for all that He has given…??? Its a wonderful reminder for all of us to wake up…cause in tdys life every one gives first to their wordly life, nd later giving it to God..nd some not even ….forgetting wht ever they are enjoying is given by God.

    As we go further in Num 15:22-31..offering for unintentionally and intentionally sins… How can one violate theLords will..today as a believer, born again, giving our old life and having new life in Chirst which means giving our bad things nd accepting new changes, accepting Jesus as our Saviour, there is no question of ‘unintentional’, when we know the Word of God, the Holy Spirit leads us , giving us all the knowledge and wisdom to know what is right nd wrong, to know the truth. .so how can one ignore or violate God’s Will or Truth. We know that Jesus has died for us taking away all our sins..inspite of that can it b unintentionally. ….

    I pray that knowing God has given His Only Son for us, i ask God to give me a mind of understanding so that I may know the truth and the truth will set me free and allow me to accept my sins and ask God for forgiveness which I hv sinned intentionally also that I may not sin again and not fall into any sins…

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