March 13th Bible Readings

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Numbers 19:1-20:29 ~ Luke 1:1-25 ~ Psalm 56:1-13 ~ Proverbs 11:8
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Old Testament – Today in Numbers chapter 20 verse 12 we read about God pronouncing that Moses & Aaron would not enter the Promised Land – “But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust me enough to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel, you will not lead them into the land I am giving them!””  Why did this happen?  Well, it’s best to stick with Scripture – God says that Moses & Aaron did not trust God enough.  They did not trust God enough to demonstrate his holiness to the people of Israel.  Thus they will not lead them into the Promised Land.  Where was the lack of trust?   Go back to verse 8 and you’ll see God tell Moses to “command the rock” for water – command meaning verbally… then in verse 11 we see Moses strike the rock twice – not using the verbal command God instructed him on, but using an action.   There also may have been a pride issue when Moses in verse 10 says “must we bring you water from this rock?”  You’ll notice the little word WE – We being Moses & Aaron? -this is probably not the way to best recognize God for God bringing water out of the rock…  It looks like Moses is taking credit.   How about us in our lives today?  Are there times when we disobey God’s direct commands to us?  Are there times when we take credit for God’s work?  Even if we generally follow God’s instructions – as Moses clearly does for the majority of his life – should we be on constant watch that we do not disobey God?

New Testament – Today we begin the Gospel of Luke!

Author: Luke
Place: Perhaps Caesarea
Date: A.D. 60-65
Content: Luke was a physician and a traveling companion of the Apostle Paul. He wrote his Gospel for a cultured Greek named Theophilus in order to show the true humanity of Jesus and his place in history. For this reason Luke was careful to examine all the evidence very carefully and give precise dates for the events that took place. He begins with an account of Jesus’ virgin birth, giving many details not found elsewhere. Jesus’ Galilean ministry is described, followed by a lengthy account of Jesus’ trip to Jerusalem. After Jesus’ death and resurrection, the disciples are left rejoicing, waiting for the promised power of God from heaven to fill them.
Theme: Whereas Matthew shows Jesus to be the Jewish Messiah and Mark shows Jesus as the servant of God, Luke depicts Jesus as the perfect God-man whose genealogy may be traced back to Adam. Jesus is the greatest man in history and is placed within the flow of world events by Luke. He is the greatest man because of what he taught, what he did, why he died – and because he rose again from the dead. For this reason we ought to accept him as our Lord.

In today’s readings in Luke chapter 1 we read about the birth of John the Baptist being foretold by the angel Gabriel.   Gabriel shares with Zechariah this powerful message about John in verses 16 & 17 –“He will persuade many Israelites to turn to the Lord their God. He will be a man with the spirit and power of Elijah, the prophet of old. He will precede the coming of the Lord, preparing the people for his arrival. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and he will change disobedient minds to accept godly wisdom.””  This is a message for us to consider today – do we need to be persuaded to turn to God?  Do we need our disobedient minds changed to accept godly wisdom?  Can we open our ears to the message of John the Baptist some 2,000 years later?  Will we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Lord?

Psalms – Psalm 56 verse 10 makes a One Year Bible plan reader quite happy 🙂 “O God, I praise your word. Yes, LORD, I praise your word.”  Does this verse make you happy?  Do you praise God for the gift of the Bible?  Do you praise God’s very Word, the Bible?

Proverbs – Proverbs Chapter 11 verse 8 today teaches us: “The godly are rescued from trouble, and it falls on the wicked instead.” This is a great reminder that God rescues those who trust in Him!

Worship God: Today’s readings in Numbers 19 reminded me of Nicole Nordeman’s song “Holy:”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6a80TfszMU

A Hindi Gospel Song ‘Pavitra’ –By  Vijay Benedict

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB5r78ysahs&t=211

 Are you pursuing holiness in your life? 

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on two verses of Scripture today: Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Luke 1:16-17 NIV

Prayer Point:

Pray that you, like John the Baptist, will live a life that brings many people back to the Lord. Pray that you will be as zealous for God as John the Baptist was zealous for God.

Comments from You & Questions of the Day:

Based on our Proverb today, has God ever rescued you?  More than once?

Are you willing to share with us in the Comments section below a time that without a doubt God rescued you?

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 14th March:

Num 21:122:20, Luke 1:2656,Ps 57:111, Prov 11:911

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One thought on “March 13th Bible Readings

  1. Why is it difficult for God’s people to trust on Him or to have faith….
    question arises is it that we trust ourselves or on God… on mere people around us..
    as we read nums chp 20 verse 8 God said to moses and aaron “speak to that rock before their eyes”
    when people rebelled against God and blamed that God has brought them in wilderness to suffer giving them nothing…
    isn’t that they did nt experience the God s favour on them? Or they did not see the God’s wonder nd miracles?? Since they were removed frm Egypt??
    were they nt trusting God that he would not allow them to starv or suffer?? Were they not directly contacted wz God or only wz moses and aaron relying on them…
    verse 8..cclearly shows God wants to prove to them again that He can do anything and show them He would not abandon them…hence told to speak before their eyes so that Israel community could see His favours and put their trust in Him…

    actually moses and Aaron failed to show God’s Holiness to the people of Israel. ..hence people of Israel trusted moses nd aaron more than God..
    if we see verse 10 “listen
    you rebels must we bring you water out of this rock”…what will Israel s think..is moses or aaron gng to show some miracles thru their power ?? Or God wl? The Word ‘ We’

    Yes we too are like this…when we see surroundings in our church or in Christian communities. .we experience such type of people trusting more on human than God…in situations start grumbling and relying on pastors leaders expecting to see miracles thru them.. failing to trust God…
    Most of us when God does wonders thru us…we don’t place God first… its ‘I’ , ‘We’ or ‘me’ are we magicians no it is God who works thru us… and we fail to portrait to others…

    Moses even disobeyed God when God told him to ‘ speak’ he ‘ struct’ showing his own powers becoming a stumbling block…

    Therefore be holy..nd what ever you do it is thru God’s work nd Power. Lift His Name high so that everyone knows He is God, God of Holy, God of Favour, God of Mercy.

    I pray to God that I may always praise Him and lift His name of high..let not my pride be a obstacle.. always bring your Holiness to the people and bring them close to you..It is you who work s thru me..Help me to be an instrument of your works.

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