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March 6


Numbers 9:1-23
1. The LORD gave these instructions to Moses in early spring, during the second year after Israel's departure from Egypt, while he and the rest of the Israelites were in the wilderness of Sinai:
2. "Tell the Israelites to celebrate the Passover at the proper time,
3. at twilight on the appointed day in early spring. Be sure to follow all my laws and regulations concerning this celebration."
4. So Moses told the people to celebrate the Passover
5. in the wilderness of Sinai as twilight fell on the appointed day. And they celebrated the festival there, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
6. But some of the men had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead person, so they could not offer their Passover lambs that day. So they came to Moses and Aaron that day
7. and said, "We have become ceremonially unclean by touching a dead person. But why should we be excluded from presenting the LORD's offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?"
8. Moses answered, "Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the LORD."
9. This was the LORD's reply:
10. "Say to the Israelites: `If any of the people now or in future generations are ceremonially unclean at Passover time because of touching a dead body, or if they are on a journey and cannot be present at the ceremony, they may still celebrate the LORD's Passover.
11. They must offer the Passover sacrifice one month later, at twilight on the appointed day. They must eat the lamb at that time with bitter herbs and bread made without yeast.
12. They must not leave any of the lamb until the next morning, and they must not break any of its bones. They must follow all the normal regulations concerning the Passover.
13. " `But those who are ceremonially clean and not away on a trip, yet still refuse to celebrate the Passover at the regular time, will be cut off from the community of Israel for failing to present the LORD's offering at the proper time. They will suffer the consequences of their guilt.
14. And if foreigners living among you want to celebrate the Passover to the LORD, they must follow these same laws and regulations. The same laws apply both to you and to the foreigners living among you.'"
15. The Tabernacle was set up, and on that day the cloud covered it. Then from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle appeared to be a pillar of fire.
16. This was the regular pattern--at night the cloud changed to the appearance of fire.
17. When the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel followed it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel camped.
18. In this way, they traveled at the LORD's command and stopped wherever he told them to. Then they remained where they were as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle.
19. If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed for a long time, just as the LORD commanded.
20. Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days. Then at the LORD's command they would break camp.
21. Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and moved on the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and followed.
22. Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on.
23. So they camped or traveled at the LORD's command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses.

Numbers 10:1-36
1. Now the LORD said to Moses,
2. "Make two trumpets of beaten silver to be used for summoning the people to assemble and for signaling the breaking of camp.
3. When both trumpets are blown, the people will know that they are to gather before you at the entrance of the Tabernacle.
4. But if only one is blown, then only the leaders of the tribes of Israel will come to you.
5. "When you sound the signal to move on, the tribes on the east side of the Tabernacle will break camp and move forward.
6. When you sound the signal a second time, the tribes on the south will follow. You must sound short blasts to signal moving on.
7. But when you call the people to an assembly, blow the trumpets using a different signal.
8. Only the priests, Aaron's descendants, are allowed to blow the trumpets. This is a permanent law to be followed from generation to generation.
9. "When you arrive in your own land and go to war against your enemies, you must sound the alarm with these trumpets so the LORD your God will remember you and rescue you from your enemies.
10. Blow the trumpets in times of gladness, too, sounding them at your annual festivals and at the beginning of each month to rejoice over your burnt offerings and peace offerings. The trumpets will remind the LORD your God of his covenant with you. I am the LORD your God."
11. One day in midspring, during the second year after Israel's departure from Egypt, the cloud lifted from the Tabernacle of the Covenant.
12. So the Israelites set out from the wilderness of Sinai and traveled on in stages until the cloud stopped in the wilderness of Paran.
13. When the time to move arrived, the LORD gave the order through Moses.
14. The tribes that camped with Judah headed the march with their banner, under the leadership of Nahshon son of Amminadab.
15. The tribe of Issachar was led by Nethanel son of Zuar.
16. The tribe of Zebulun was led by Eliab son of Helon.
17. Then the Tabernacle was taken down, and the Gershonite and Merarite divisions of the Levites were next in the line of march, carrying the Tabernacle with them.
18. Then the tribes that camped with Reuben set out with their banner, under the leadership of Elizur son of Shedeur.
19. The tribe of Simeon was led by Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
20. The tribe of Gad was led by Eliasaph son of Deuel.
21. Next came the Kohathite division of the Levites, carrying the sacred objects from the Tabernacle. When they arrived at the next camp, the Tabernacle would already be set up at its new location.
22. Then the tribes that camped with Ephraim set out with their banner, under the leadership of Elishama son of Ammihud.
23. The tribe of Manasseh was led by Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
24. The tribe of Benjamin was led by Abidan son of Gideoni.
25. Last of all, the tribes that camped with Dan set out under their banner. They served as the rear guard for all the tribal camps. The tribe of Dan headed this group, under the leadership of Ahiezer son of Ammishaddai.
26. The tribe of Asher was led by Pagiel son of Ocran.
27. The tribe of Naphtali was led by Ahira son of Enan.
28. This was the order in which the tribes marched, division by division.
29. One day Moses said to his brother-in-law, Hobab son of Reuel the Midianite, "We are on our way to the Promised Land. Come with us and we will treat you well, for the LORD has given wonderful promises to Israel!"
30. But Hobab replied, "No, I will not go. I must return to my own land and family."
31. "Please don't leave us," Moses pleaded. "You know the places in the wilderness where we should camp.
32. Come, be our guide and we will share with you all the good things that the LORD does for us."
33. They marched for three days after leaving the mountain of the LORD, with the Ark of the LORD's covenant moving ahead of them to show them where to stop and rest.
34. As they moved on each day, the cloud of the LORD hovered over them.
35. And whenever the Ark set out, Moses would cry, "Arise, O LORD, and let your enemies be scattered! Let them flee before you!"
36. And when the Ark was set down, he would say, "Return, O LORD, to the countless thousands of Israel!"

Psalms 31:6-14
6. I hate those who worship worthless idols. I trust in the LORD.
7. I am overcome with joy because of your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles, and you care about the anguish of my soul.
8. You have not handed me over to my enemy but have set me in a safe place.
9. Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am in distress. My sight is blurred because of my tears. My body and soul are withering away.
10. I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Misery has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.
11. I am scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors--even my friends are afraid to come near me. When they see me on the street, they turn the other way.
12. I have been ignored as if I were dead, as if I were a broken pot.
13. I have heard the many rumors about me, and I am surrounded by terror. My enemies conspire against me, plotting to take my life.
14. But I am trusting you, O LORD, saying, "You are my God!"

Proverbs 11:7-11
7. When the wicked die, their hopes all perish, for they rely on their own feeble strength.
8. God rescues the godly from danger, but he lets the wicked fall into trouble.
9. Evil words destroy one's friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.
10. The whole city celebrates when the godly succeed; they shout for joy when the godless die.
11. Upright citizens bless a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.

Mark 9:30-50
30. Leaving that region, they traveled through Galilee. Jesus tried to avoid all publicity
31. in order to spend more time with his disciples and teach them. He said to them, "The Son of Man is going to be betrayed. He will be killed, but three days later he will rise from the dead."
32. But they didn't understand what he was saying, and they were afraid to ask him what he meant.
33. After they arrived at Capernaum, Jesus and his disciples settled in the house where they would be staying. Jesus asked them, "What were you discussing out on the road?"
34. But they didn't answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.
35. He sat down and called the twelve disciples over to him. Then he said, "Anyone who wants to be the first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else."
36. Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,
37. "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes my Father who sent me."
38. John said to Jesus, "Teacher, we saw a man using your name to cast out demons, but we told him to stop because he isn't one of our group."
39. "Don't stop him!" Jesus said. "No one who performs miracles in my name will soon be able to speak evil of me.
40. Anyone who is not against us is for us.
41. If anyone gives you even a cup of water because you belong to the Messiah, I assure you, that person will be rewarded.
42. "But if anyone causes one of these little ones who trusts in me to lose faith, it would be better for that person to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around the neck.
43. If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one hand than to go into the unquenchable fires of hell with two hands.
44. See Footnote
45. If your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better to enter heaven with only one foot than to be thrown into hell with two feet.
46. See Footnote
47. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out. It is better to enter the Kingdom of God half blind than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,
48. 'where the worm never dies and the fire never goes out.'
49. "For everyone will be purified with fire.
50. Salt is good for seasoning. But if it loses its flavor, how do you make it salty again? You must have the qualities of salt among yourselves and live in peace with each other."