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March 8

Numbers 13:1-33
1. The Lord said to Moses,
2. "Send some men to explore the land of Canaan. I will give this land to the Israelites. Send one leader from each of the twelve tribes."
3. So Moses obeyed the Lord's command and sent out these leaders while the people were camped in the desert of Paran.
4. These are their names: from the tribe of Reuben—Shammua son of Zaccur;
5. from the tribe of Simeon—Shaphat son of Hori;
6. from the tribe of Judah—Caleb son of Jephunneh;
7. from the tribe of Issachar—Igal son of Joseph;
8. from the tribe of Ephraim—Hoshea son of Nun;
9. from the tribe of Benjamin—Palti son of Raphu;
10. from the tribe of Zebulun—Gaddiel son of Sodi;
11. from the tribe of Joseph (Manasseh)— Gaddi son of Susi;
12. from the tribe of Dan—Ammiel son of Gemalli;
13. from the tribe of Asher—Sethur son of Michael;
14. from the tribe of Naphtali—Nahbi son of Vophsi;
15. from the tribe of Gad—Geuel son of Maki.
16. These are the names of the men Moses sent to look at and study the land. (Moses called Hoshea son of Nun by another name. Moses called him Joshua.)
17. When Moses was sending them out to explore Canaan, he said, "Go through the Negev and then into the hill country.
18. See what the land looks like. Learn about the people who live there. Are they strong or are they weak? Are they few or are they many?
19. Learn about the land that they live in. Is it good land or bad land? What kind of towns do they live in? Do the towns have walls protecting them? Are the towns strongly defended?
20. And learn other things about the land. Is the dirt good for growing things, or is it poor soil? Are there trees on the land? Try to bring back some of the fruit from that land." (This was during the time when the first grapes should be ripe.)
21. So they went to explore the country. They explored the area from the Zin desert to Rehob and Lebo Hamath.
22. They entered the country through the Negev and went to Hebron. (The town of Hebron was built seven years before the town of Zoan in Egypt.) Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai lived there. These men were descendants of Anak.
23. Then the men went to Eshcol Valley. There they cut off a branch from a grapevine that had a bunch of grapes on it. They put that branch on a pole, and two men carried it between them. They also carried some pomegranates and figs.
24. That place is called the Eshcol Valley, because there the men of Israel cut off the bunch of grapes.
25. The men explored that country for 40 days, and then they went back to the camp.
26. The Israelites were camped near Kadesh, in the desert of Paran. The men went to Moses and Aaron and all the Israelites. They told Moses, Aaron, and all the people what they saw and showed them the fruit from the land.
27. The men told Moses, "We went to the land where you sent us. It is a land filled with many good things! Here is some of the fruit that grows there.
28. But the people living there are very powerful. The cities are very large and strongly defended. We even saw some Anakites there.
29. The Amalekites live in the Negev. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live near the sea and by the Jordan River."
30. Caleb told the people near Moses to be quiet. Then Caleb said, "We should go up and take that land for ourselves. We can easily take that land."
31. But the men who had gone with him said, "We cannot fight those people! They are much stronger than we are."
32. So those men gave a report that discouraged the people. They said, "The land we saw is full of strong people. They are strong enough to easily defeat anyone who goes there.
33. We saw the giant Nephilim people there! (The descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim.) We felt like little grasshoppers. Yes, we were like grasshoppers to them!"

Numbers 14:1-45
1. That night all the people in the camp began shouting loudly.
2. The Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron. All the people came together and said to Moses and Aaron, "We should have died in Egypt or in the desert.
3. Did the Lord bring us to this new land to be killed in war? The enemy will kill us and take our wives and children! It would be better for us to go back to Egypt."
4. Then the people said to each other, "Let's choose another leader and go back to Egypt."
5. Moses and Aaron bowed low to the ground in front of all the people gathered there.
6. Joshua and Caleb became very upset. (Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh were two of the men who explored the land.)
7. These two men said to all of the Israelites gathered there, "The land that we saw is very good.
8. It is a land filled with many good things. If the Lord is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land. And the Lord will give that land to us.
9. So don't turn against the Lord! Don't be afraid of the people in that land. We can defeat them. They have no protection, nothing to keep them safe. But we have the Lord with us, so don't be afraid!"
10. All of the people began talking about killing Joshua and Caleb with stones. But the Glory of the Lord appeared over the Meeting Tent where all the people could see it.
11. The Lord spoke to Moses and said, "How long will these people continue to turn against me? They show that they don't trust me or believe in my power, in spite of the many miracles I have done among them.
12. I will kill them all with a terrible sickness. I will destroy them, and I will use you to make another nation. Your nation will be greater and stronger than these people."
13. Then Moses said to the Lord, "If you do that, the Egyptians will hear about it! They know that you used your great power to bring your people out of Egypt.
14. The Egyptians have already told the people in Canaan about it. They already know you are the Lord. They know that you are with your people. They know that the people saw you. Those people know about the special cloud. They know you use the cloud to lead your people during the day. And they know the cloud becomes a fire to lead your people at night.
15. So you must not kill these people now. If you kill them, all the nations who have heard about your power will say,
16. 'The Lord was not able to bring them into the land he promised them. So he killed them in the desert.'
17. "So now, Lord, show your strength! Show it the way you said you would.
18. You said, 'The Lord is slow to become angry. He is full of great love. He forgives those who are guilty and break the law. But the Lord always punishes those who are guilty. He punishes them, and he also punishes their children, their grandchildren, and even their great-grandchildren for those bad things.'
19. Now, show your great love to these people. Forgive their sin. Forgive them the same way you have been forgiving them since the time they left Egypt until now."
20. The Lord answered, "Yes, I will forgive the people as you asked.
21. But, I tell you the truth. As surely as I live and as surely as my power fills the whole earth, I make you this promise:
22. None of the people I led out of Egypt will ever see the land of Canaan. They saw my glory and the great signs that I did in Egypt and in the desert. But they disobeyed me and tested me ten times.
23. I promised their ancestors that I would give them that land. But none of those people who turned against me will ever enter that land!
24. But my servant Caleb was different. He follows me completely. So I will bring him into the land that he has already seen, and his people will get that land.
25. The Amalekites and the Canaanites are living in the valley. So tomorrow you must leave this place. Go back to the desert on the road to the Red Sea."
26. The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,
27. "How long will these evil people continue to complain against me? I have heard their complaints and their griping.
28. So tell them, 'The Lord says that he will surely do all those things to you that you complained about. This is what will happen to you:
29. You will die in this desert. Every person who is 20 years old or older and was counted as one of my people will die. You complained against me, the Lord.
30. So none of you will ever enter and live in the land that I promised to give you. Only Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun will enter that land.
31. You were afraid and complained that your enemies in that new land would take your children away from you. But I tell you that I will bring them into the land. They will enjoy what you refused to accept.
32. As for you people, you will die in this desert.
33. "'Your children will wander around like shepherds here in the desert for 40 years. They will suffer because you were not faithful to me. They must suffer until all of you lie dead in the desert.
34. For 40 years you will suffer for your sins. (That is one year for each of the 40 days that the men explored the land.) You will know that it is a terrible thing for me to be against you.'
35. "I am the Lord, and I have spoken. And I promise that I will do these things to all of these evil people. They have come together against me. So they will all die here in this desert."
36. The men Moses sent to explore the new land were the ones who came back complaining about him to all the Israelites. They said that the people were not strong enough to enter that land.
37. The men were responsible for spreading the trouble among the Israelites. So the Lord caused a sickness to kill all those men.
38. But Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh were among the men who were sent out to explore the land, and the Lord saved them. They did not get the sickness that caused the other ten men to die.
39. When Moses told the Israelites this, they were very sad.
40. Early the next morning the people started to go up to the high hill country. They said, "We have sinned. We are sorry that we did not trust the Lord. We will go to the place that the Lord promised."
41. But Moses said, "Why are you not obeying the Lord's command? You will not be successful!
42. Don't go into that land. The Lord is not with you, so your enemies will easily defeat you.
43. The Amalekites and Canaanites will fight against you there. You have turned away from the Lord, so he will not be with you when you fight them. And you will all be killed in battle."
44. But the people did not believe Moses. They went toward the high hill country. But Moses and the Box of the Lord's Agreement did not go with the people.
45. The Amalekites and the Canaanites living in the hill country came down and attacked the Israelites and easily defeated them and chased them all the way to Hormah.

Psalms 31:19-24
19. Lord, you have hidden away many wonderful things for your followers. You have done so many good things for those who trust in you. You have blessed them so that all the world can see.
20. Others make plans to hurt them. They say such bad things about them. But you hide your people in your shelter and protect them.
21. Praise the Lord, because he showed me how wonderful his faithful love is when the city was surrounded by enemies.
22. I was afraid and said, "I am in a place where he cannot see me." But I prayed to you, and you heard my loud cries for help.
23. Love the Lord, all of you who are his loyal followers. The Lord protects those who are loyal to him. But he punishes those who brag about their own power. He gives them all the punishment they deserve.
24. Be strong and brave, all of you who are waiting for the Lord's help.

Proverbs 11:15-15
15. You will be sorry if you promise to pay a stranger's debt. Refuse to make such promises and you will be safe.

Mark 10:32-52
32. Jesus and those with him were on their way to Jerusalem. He was at the front of the group. His followers were wondering what was happening, and the people who followed behind them were feeling afraid. Jesus gathered the twelve apostles again and talked with them alone. He told them what would happen in Jerusalem.
33. He said, "We are going to Jerusalem. The Son of Man will be handed over to the leading priests and teachers of the law. They will say that he must die and will hand him over to the foreigners,
34. who will laugh at him and spit on him. They will beat him with whips and kill him. But on the third day after his death, he will rise to life again."
35. Then James and John, sons of Zebedee, came to Jesus and said, "Teacher, we want to ask you to do something for us."
36. Jesus asked, "What do you want me to do for you?"
37. The sons answered, "Let us share the great honor you will have as king. Let one of us sit at your right side and the other at your left."
38. Jesus said, "You don't understand what you are asking. Can you drink from the cup that I must drink from? Can you be baptized with the same baptism that I must go through?"
39. The sons answered, "Yes, we can!" Jesus said to the sons, "It is true that you will drink from the cup that I drink from. And you will be baptized with the same baptism that I must go through.
40. But it is not for me to say who will sit at my right or my left. God has prepared those places for the ones he chooses."
41. When the other ten followers heard this, they were angry with James and John.
42. Jesus called all the followers together. He said, "The non-Jewish people have men they call rulers. You know that those rulers love to show their power over the people. And their important leaders love to use all their authority over the people.
43. But it should not be that way with you. Whoever wants to be your leader must be your servant.
44. Whoever wants to be first must serve the rest of you like a slave.
45. Follow my example: Even the Son of Man did not come for people to serve him. He came to serve others and to give his life to save many people."
46. Then they came to the town of Jericho. When Jesus left there with his followers, a large crowd was with them. A blind man named Bartimaeus (meaning, "son of Timaeus") was sitting by the road. He was always begging for money.
47. He heard that Jesus from Nazareth was walking by. So he began shouting, "Jesus, Son of David, please help me!"
48. Many people criticized the blind man and told him to be quiet. But he shouted more and more, "Son of David, please help me!"
49. Jesus stopped and said, "Tell him to come here." So they called the blind man and said, "You can be happy now. Stand up! Jesus is calling you."
50. The blind man stood up quickly. He left his coat there and went to Jesus.
51. Jesus asked the man, "What do you want me to do for you?" He answered, "Teacher, I want to see again."
52. Jesus said, "Go. You are healed because you believed." Immediately the man was able to see again. He followed Jesus down the road.