March 18

Num. 26:52   The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  53 j“Among these the land shall be divided for inheritance according to the number of names.  54 kTo a large tribe you shall give a large inheritance, and to a small tribe you shall give a small inheritance; every tribe shall be given its inheritance in proportion to its list.  55 But the land shall be ldivided by lot. According to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.  56 Their inheritance shall be divided according to lot between the larger and the smaller.” 

Num. 26:57   mThis was the list of the Levites according to their clans: of Gershon, the clan of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the clan of the Kohathites; of Merari, the clan of the Merarites.  58 These are the clans of Levi: the clan of the Libnites, the clan of the Hebronites, the clan of the Mahlites, the clan of the Mushites, the clan of the Korahites. And Kohath was the father of Amram.  59 The name of Amram’s wife was nJochebed the daughter of Levi, who was born to Levi in Egypt. And she bore to Amram Aaron and Moses and Miriam their sister.  60 oAnd to Aaron were born Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.  61 pBut Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord.  62 And those listed were q23,000, every male from a month old and upward. For rthey were not listed among the people of Israel, because sthere was no inheritance given to them among the people of Israel. 

Num. 26:63   These were those listed by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who listed the people of Israel tin the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.  64 uBut among these there was not one of those listed by Moses and Aaron the priest, who had listed the people of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai.  65 For the Lord had said of them, v“They shall die in the wilderness.” Not one of them was left, wexcept Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 

Num. 27:1   Then drew near the daughters of xZelophehad the son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of Manasseh the son of Joseph. The names of his daughters were: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.  2 And they stood before Moses and before Eleazar the priest and before the chiefs and all the congregation, at the entrance of the tent of meeting, saying,  3 “Our father ydied in the wilderness. He was not among the company of those who gathered themselves together against the Lord zin the company of Korah, but adied for his own sin. And he had no sons.  4 Why should the name of our father be taken away from his clan because he had no son? bGive to us a possession among our father’s brothers.” 

Num. 27:5   Moses cbrought their case before the Lord.  6 And the Lord said to Moses,  7 “The daughters of Zelophehad dare right. eYou shall give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s brothers and transfer the inheritance of their father to them.  8 And you shall speak to the people of Israel, saying, ‘If a man dies and has no son, then you shall transfer his inheritance to his daughter.  9 And if he has no daughter, then you shall give his inheritance to his brothers.  10 And if he has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to his father’s brothers.  11 And if his father has no brothers, then you shall give his inheritance to the nearest fkinsman of his clan, and he shall possess it. And it shall be for the people of Israel ga statute and rule, as the Lord commanded Moses.’” 

Num. 27:12   The Lord said to Moses, “Go up into hthis mountain of Abarim and see the land that I have given to the people of Israel.  13 When you have seen it, you also ishall be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was,  14 jbecause you rebelled against my word in the wilderness of Zin when the congregation quarreled, failing kto uphold me as holy at the waters before their eyes.” (These are lthe waters of Meribah of Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.)  15 Moses spoke to the Lord, saying,  16 “Let the Lord, mthe God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation 17 who nshall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be oas sheep that have no shepherd.”  18 So the Lord said to Moses, “Take pJoshua the son of Nun, a man qin whom is the Spirit, and rlay your hand on him.  19 Make him stand before Eleazar the priest and all the congregation, and you shall scommission him in their sight.  20 You shall invest him with some of your authority, tthat all the congregation of the people of Israel may obey.  21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall inquire for him uby the judgment of the Urim before the Lord. At his word they shall go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he and all the people of Israel with him, the whole congregation.”  22 And Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He took Joshua and made him stand before Eleazar the priest and the whole congregation,  23 and he laid his hands on him and scommissioned him as the Lord directed through Moses. 

Num. 28:1   The Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  2 “Command the people of Israel and say to them, ‘My offering, vmy food for my food offerings, my wpleasing aroma, you shall be careful to offer to me at its appointed time.’  3 xAnd you shall say to them, This is the food offering that you shall offer to the Lord: two male lambs a year old without blemish, day by day, as a regular offering.  4 The one lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight;  5 also ya tenth of an ephah* of fine flour for za grain offering, mixed awith a quarter of a hin* of beaten oil.  6 It is a bregular burnt offering, which was ordained at Mount Sinai for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord.  7 Its drink offering shall be a quarter of a hin for each lamb. In the Holy Place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the Lord.  8 The other lamb you shall offer at twilight. Like the grain offering of the morning, and like its drink offering, you shall offer it as a food offering, with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 

Num. 28:9   “On the Sabbath day, two male lambs a year old without blemish, and two tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, and its drink offering:  10 this is cthe burnt offering of every Sabbath, besides the regular burnt offering and its drink offering. 

Num. 28:11   d“At the beginnings of your months, you shall offer a burnt offering to the Lord: two bulls from the herd, one ram, seven male lambs a year old without blemish;  12 also ethree tenths of an ephah of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for each bull, and two tenths of fine flour for a grain offering, mixed with oil, for the one ram;  13 and a tenth of fine flour mixed with oil as a grain offering for every lamb; for a burnt offering with a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord.  14 Their drink offerings shall be half a hin of wine for a bull, a third of a hin for a ram, and a quarter of a hin for a lamb. This is the burnt offering of each month throughout the months of the year. 

Luke 3:1   In the fifteenth year of the reign of jTiberius Caesar, kPontius Pilate lbeing governor of Judea, and mHerod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene,  2 during nthe high priesthood of Annas and oCaiaphas, pthe word of God came to qJohn the son of Zechariah in rthe wilderness.  3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming sa baptism of repentance tfor the forgiveness of sins.  4 As it is written in uthe book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

v“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

w‘Prepare the way of the Lord,*

make his paths straight. 

5 xEvery valley shall be filled,

yand every mountain and hill shall be made low,

zand the crooked shall become straight,

and the rough places shall become level ways, 

6 aand all flesh shall see bthe salvation of God.’” 

Luke 3:7   He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, c“You brood of dvipers! Who warned you to flee from ethe wrath to come?  8 Bear fruits fin keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, g‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from hthese stones to raise up children for Abraham.  9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. iEvery tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” 

Luke 3:10   And the crowds asked him, j“What then shall we do?”  11 And he answered them, k“Whoever has two tunics* is to share with him who has none, and whoever has food is to do likewise.”  12 lTax collectors also came to be baptized and said to him, “Teacher, jwhat shall we do?”  13 And he said to them, m“Collect no more than you are authorized to do.”  14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, jwhat shall we do?” And he said to them, m“Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, and be content with your nwages.” 

Luke 3:15   As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, owhether he might be pthe Christ,  16 qJohn answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but rhe who is mightier than I is coming, sthe strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you twith the Holy Spirit and ufire.  17 His vwinnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to wgather the wheat into his barn, xbut the chaff he will burn with yunquenchable fire.” 

Luke 3:18   So zwith many other exhortations he preached good news to the people.  19 But aHerod the tetrarch, who had been reproved by him for Herodias, his brother’s wife, and for all the evil things that Herod had done,  20 added this to them all, that bhe locked up John in prison. 

Luke 3:21   Now when all the people were baptized, and when cJesus also had been baptized and was praying, dthe heavens were opened,  22 and ethe Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form, like a dove; and fa voice came from heaven, g“You are my beloved Son;* with you I am well pleased.”*

Psa. 61:1    Hear my cry, O God,

mlisten to my prayer; 

2 from the end of the earth I call to you

when my heart is nfaint.

Lead me to othe rock

that is higher than I, 

3 for you have been pmy refuge,

a strong qtower against the enemy. 

Psa. 61:4    Let me rdwell in your tent forever!

Let me take refuge under sthe shelter of your wings! Selah

5 For you, O God, have heard my vows;

you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name. 

Psa. 61:6    tProlong uthe life of the king;

may his years endure to all generations! 

7 May he be enthroned forever before God;

appoint vsteadfast love and faithfulness to watch over him! 

Psa. 61:8    So will I ever sing praises to your name,

as I wperform my vows day after day. 

Prov. 11:16 uA gracious woman gets honor,

and vviolent men get riches. 

17 wA man who is kind benefits himself,

but a cruel man hurts himself. 

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