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March 3


Numbers 3:1-51
1. This is the family line of Aaron and Moses as it was recorded when the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai:
2. Aaron's sons were Nadab (the firstborn), Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
3. They were anointed and set apart to minister as priests.
4. But Nadab and Abihu died in the LORD's presence in the wilderness of Sinai when they burned before the LORD a different kind of fire than he had commanded. Since they had no sons, this left only Eleazar and Ithamar to serve as priests with their father, Aaron.
5. Then the LORD said to Moses,
6. "Call forward the tribe of Levi and present them to Aaron the priest as his assistants.
7. They will serve Aaron and the whole community, performing their sacred duties in and around the Tabernacle.
8. They will also maintain all the furnishings of the sacred tent, serving in the Tabernacle on behalf of all the Israelites.
9. Assign the Levites to Aaron and his sons as their assistants.
10. Appoint Aaron and his sons to carry out the duties of the priesthood. Anyone else who comes too near the sanctuary must be executed!"
11. And the LORD said to Moses,
12. "I have chosen the Levites from among the Israelites as substitutes for all the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. The Levites are mine
13. because all the firstborn sons are mine. From the day I killed all the firstborn sons of the Egyptians, I set apart for myself all the firstborn in Israel of both men and animals. They are mine; I am the LORD."
14. The LORD spoke again to Moses, there in the wilderness of Sinai. He said,
15. "Take a census of the tribe of Levi by its families and clans. Count every male who is one month old or older."
16. So Moses counted them, just as the LORD had commanded.
17. Levi had three sons, who were named Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
18. The clans descended from Gershon were named for two of his descendants, Libni and Shimei.
19. The clans descended from Kohath were named for four of his descendants, Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
20. The clans descended from Merari were named for two of his descendants, Mahli and Mushi. These were the Levite clans, listed according to their family groups.
21. The descendants of Gershon were composed of the clans descended from Libni and Shimei.
22. There were 7,500 males one month old or older among these Gershonite clans.
23. They were assigned the area to the west of the Tabernacle for their camp.
24. The leader of the Gershonite clans was Eliasaph son of Lael.
25. These two clans were responsible to care for the tent of the Tabernacle with its layers of coverings, its entry curtains,
26. the curtains of the courtyard that surrounded the Tabernacle and altar, the curtain at the courtyard entrance, the cords, and all the equipment related to their use.
27. The descendants of Kohath were composed of the clans descended from Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
28. There were 8,600 males one month old or older among these Kohathite clans. They were responsible for the care of the sanctuary.
29. They were assigned the area south of the Tabernacle for their camp.
30. The leader of the Kohathite clans was Elizaphan son of Uzziel.
31. These four clans were responsible for the care of the Ark, the table, the lampstand, the altars, the various utensils used in the sanctuary, the inner curtain, and all the equipment related to their use.
32. Eleazar the priest, Aaron's son, was the chief administrator over all the Levites, with special responsibility for the oversight of the sanctuary.
33. The descendants of Merari were composed of the clans descended from Mahli and Mushi.
34. There were 6,200 males one month old or older among these Merarite clans.
35. They were assigned the area north of the Tabernacle for their camp. The leader of the Merarite clans was Zuriel son of Abihail.
36. These two clans were responsible for the care of the frames supporting the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the pillars, the bases, and all the equipment related to their use.
37. They were also responsible for the posts of the courtyard and all their bases, pegs, and cords.
38. The area in front of the Tabernacle in the east toward the sunrise was reserved for the tents of Moses and of Aaron and his sons, who had the final responsibility for the sanctuary on behalf of the people of Israel. Anyone other than a priest or Levite who came too near the sanctuary was to be executed.
39. So among the Levite clans counted by Moses and Aaron at the LORD's command, there were 22,000 males one month old or older.
40. Then the LORD said to Moses, "Now count all the firstborn sons in Israel who are one month old or older, and register each name.
41. The Levites will be reserved for me as substitutes for the firstborn sons of Israel; I am the LORD. And the Levites' livestock are mine as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the whole nation of Israel."
42. So Moses counted the firstborn sons of the people of Israel, just as the LORD had commanded.
43. The total number of firstborn sons who were one month old or older was 22,273.
44. Now the LORD said to Moses,
45. "Take the Levites in place of the firstborn sons of the people of Israel. And take the livestock of the Levites as substitutes for the firstborn livestock of the people of Israel. The Levites will be mine; I am the LORD.
46. To redeem the 273 firstborn sons of Israel who are in excess of the number of Levites,
47. collect five pieces of silver for each person, each piece weighing the same as the standard sanctuary shekel.
48. Give the silver to Aaron and his sons as the redemption price for the extra firstborn sons."
49. So Moses collected redemption money for the firstborn sons of Israel who exceeded the number of Levites.
50. The silver collected on behalf of these firstborn sons of Israel came to about thirty-four pounds in weight.
51. And Moses gave the redemption money to Aaron and his sons as the LORD had commanded.

Numbers 4:1-49
1. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
2. "Take a census of the clans and families of the Kohathite division of the Levite tribe.
3. Count all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who qualify to work in the Tabernacle.
4. "The duties of the Kohathites at the Tabernacle will relate to the most sacred objects.
5. When the camp moves, Aaron and his sons must enter the Tabernacle first to take down the inner curtain and cover the Ark of the Covenant with it.
6. Then they must cover the inner curtain with fine goatskin leather, and the goatskin leather with a dark blue cloth. Finally, they must put the carrying poles of the Ark in place.
7. "Next they must spread a blue cloth over the table, where the Bread of the Presence is displayed, and place the dishes, spoons, bowls, cups, and the special bread on the cloth.
8. They must spread a scarlet cloth over that, and finally a covering of fine goatskin leather on top of the scarlet cloth. Then they must insert the carrying poles into the table.
9. "Next they must cover the lampstand with a dark blue cloth, along with its lamps, lamp snuffers, trays, and special jars of olive oil.
10. The lampstand with its utensils must then be covered with fine goatskin leather, and the bundle must be placed on a carrying frame.
11. "Aaron and his sons must also spread a dark blue cloth over the gold altar and cover this cloth with a covering of fine goatskin leather. Then they are to attach the carrying poles to the altar.
12. All the remaining utensils of the sanctuary must be wrapped in a dark blue cloth, covered with fine goatskin leather, and placed on the carrying frame.
13. "The ashes must be removed from the altar, and the altar must then be covered with a purple cloth.
14. All the altar utensils--the firepans, hooks, shovels, basins, and all the containers--are to be placed on the cloth, and a covering of fine goatskin leather must be spread over them. Finally, the carrying poles must be put in place.
15. When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the sacred utensils, the Kohathites will come and carry these things to the next destination. But they must not touch the sacred objects, or they will die. So these are the objects of the Tabernacle that the Kohathites must carry.
16. "Eleazar son of Aaron the priest will be responsible for the oil of the lampstand, the fragrant incense, the daily grain offering, and the anointing oil. In fact, the supervision of the entire Tabernacle and everything in it will be Eleazar's responsibility."
17. Then the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
18. "Don't let the Kohathite clans be destroyed from among the Levites!
19. This is what you must do so they will live and not die when they approach the most sacred objects. Aaron and his sons must always go in with them and assign a specific duty or load to each person.
20. Otherwise they must not approach the sanctuary and look at the sacred objects for even a moment, or they will die."
21. And the LORD said to Moses,
22. "Take a census of the clans and families of the Gershonite division of the tribe of Levi.
23. Count all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.
24. "The duties of the Gershonites will be in the areas of general service and carrying loads.
25. They must carry the curtains of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle itself with its coverings, the outer covering of fine goatskin leather, and the curtain for the Tabernacle entrance.
26. They are also to carry the curtains for the courtyard walls that surround the Tabernacle and altar, the curtain across the courtyard entrance, the necessary cords, and all the altar's accessories. The Gershonites are responsible for transporting all these items.
27. Aaron and his sons will direct the Gershonites regarding their duties, whether it involves moving or doing other work. They must assign the Gershonites the loads they are to carry.
28. So these are the duties assigned to the Gershonites at the Tabernacle. They will be directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest.
29. "Now take a census of the clans and families of the Merarite division of the Levite tribe.
30. Count all the men between the ages of thirty and fifty who are eligible to serve in the Tabernacle.
31. "Their duties at the Tabernacle will consist of carrying loads. They will be required to carry the frames of the Tabernacle, the crossbars, the pillars with their bases,
32. the posts for the courtyard walls with their bases, pegs, cords, accessories, and everything else related to their use. You must assign the various loads to each man by name.
33. So these are the duties of the Merarites at the Tabernacle. They are directly responsible to Ithamar son of Aaron the priest."
34. So Moses, Aaron, and the other leaders of the community counted the Kohathite division by its clans and families.
35. The count included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,
36. and the total number came to 2,750.
37. So this was the total of all those from the Kohathite clans who were eligible to serve at the Tabernacle. Moses and Aaron counted them, just as the LORD had commanded through Moses.
38. The Gershonite division was also counted by its clans and families.
39. The count included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,
40. and the total number came to 2,630.
41. So this was the total of all those from the Gershonite clans who were eligible to serve at the Tabernacle. Moses and Aaron counted them, just as the LORD had commanded.
42. The Merarite division was also counted by its clans and families.
43. The count included all the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle,
44. and the total number came to 3,200.
45. So this was the total of all those from the Merarite clans who were eligible for service. Moses and Aaron counted them, just as the LORD had commanded through Moses.
46. So Moses, Aaron, and the leaders of Israel counted all the Levites by their clans and families.
47. All the men between thirty and fifty years of age who were eligible for service in the Tabernacle and for its transportation
48. numbered 8,580.
49. Each man was assigned his task and told what to carry, just as the LORD had commanded through Moses. And so the census was completed, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.

Psalms 30:1-7
1. I will praise you, LORD, for you have rescued me. You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
2. O LORD my God, I cried out to you for help, and you restored my health.
3. You brought me up from the grave, O LORD. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
4. Sing to the LORD, all you godly ones! Praise his holy name.
5. His anger lasts for a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime! Weeping may go on all night, but joy comes with the morning.
6. When I was prosperous I said, "Nothing can stop me now!"
7. Your favor, O LORD, made me as secure as a mountain. Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.

Proverbs 10:30-32
30. The godly will never be disturbed, but the wicked will be removed from the land.
31. The godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off.
32. The godly speak words that are helpful, but the wicked speak only what is corrupt.

Mark 8:1-21
1. About this time another great crowd had gathered, and the people ran out of food again. Jesus called his disciples and told them,
2. "I feel sorry for these people. They have been here with me for three days, and they have nothing left to eat.
3. And if I send them home without feeding them, they will faint along the road. For some of them have come a long distance."
4. "How are we supposed to find enough food for them here in the wilderness?" his disciples asked.
5. "How many loaves of bread do you have?" he asked. "Seven," they replied.
6. So Jesus told all the people to sit down on the ground. Then he took the seven loaves, thanked God for them, broke them into pieces, and gave them to his disciples, who distributed the bread to the crowd.
7. A few small fish were found, too, so Jesus also blessed these and told the disciples to pass them out.
8. They ate until they were full, and when the scraps were picked up, there were seven large baskets of food left over!
9. There were about four thousand people in the crowd that day, and he sent them home after they had eaten.
10. Immediately after this, he got into a boat with his disciples and crossed over to the region of Dalmanutha.
11. When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had arrived, they came to argue with him. Testing him to see if he was from God, they demanded, "Give us a miraculous sign from heaven to prove yourself."
12. When he heard this, he sighed deeply and said, "Why do you people keep demanding a miraculous sign? I assure you, I will not give this generation any such sign."
13. So he got back into the boat and left them, and he crossed to the other side of the lake.
14. But the disciples discovered they had forgotten to bring any food, so there was only one loaf of bread with them in the boat.
15. As they were crossing the lake, Jesus warned them, "Beware of the yeast of the Pharisees and of Herod."
16. They decided he was saying this because they hadn't brought any bread.
17. Jesus knew what they were thinking, so he said, "Why are you so worried about having no food? Won't you ever learn or understand? Are your hearts too hard to take it in?
18. 'You have eyes--can't you see? You have ears--can't you hear?' Don't you remember anything at all?
19. What about the five thousand men I fed with five loaves of bread? How many baskets of leftovers did you pick up afterward?Twelve," they said.
20. "And when I fed the four thousand with seven loaves, how many large baskets of leftovers did you pick up?Seven," they said.
21. "Don't you understand even yet?" he asked them.