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March 9


Numbers 15:1-41
1. The LORD told Moses to give these instructions to the people of Israel:
2. "When you finally settle in the land I am going to give you,
3. and you want to please the LORD with a burnt offering or any other offering given by fire, the sacrifice must be an animal from your flocks of sheep and goats or from your herds of cattle. When it is an ordinary burnt offering, a sacrifice to fulfill a vow, a freewill offering, or a special sacrifice at any of the annual festivals,
4. whoever brings it must also give to the LORD a grain offering of two quarts of choice flour mixed with one quart of olive oil.
5. For each lamb offered as a whole burnt offering, you must also present one quart of wine for a drink offering.
6. "If the sacrifice is a ram, give three quarts of choice flour mixed with two and a half pints of olive oil,
7. and give two and a half pints of wine for a drink offering. This sacrifice will be very pleasing to the LORD.
8. "When you present a young bull as a burnt offering or a sacrifice in fulfillment of a special vow or as a peace offering to the LORD,
9. then the grain offering accompanying it must include five quarts of choice flour mixed with two quarts of olive oil,
10. plus two quarts of wine for the drink offering. This will be an offering made by fire, very pleasing to the LORD.
11. "These are the instructions for what is to accompany each sacrificial bull, ram, lamb, or young goat.
12. Each of you must do this with each offering you present.
13. If you native Israelites want to present an offering by fire that is pleasing to the LORD, you must follow all these instructions.
14. And if any foreigners living among you want to present an offering by fire, pleasing to the LORD, they must follow the same procedures.
15. Native Israelites and foreigners are the same before the LORD and are subject to the same laws. This is a permanent law for you.
16. The same instructions and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigners living among you."
17. The LORD also said to Moses at this time,
18. "Give the people of Israel the following instructions: When you arrive in the land where I am taking you,
19. you will eat from the crops that grow there. But you must set some aside as a gift to the LORD.
20. Present a cake from the first of the flour you grind and set it aside as a gift, as you do with the first grain from the threshing floor.
21. Throughout the generations to come, you are to present this offering to the LORD each year from the first of your ground flour.
22. "But suppose some of you unintentionally fail to carry out all these commands that the LORD has given you through Moses.
23. And suppose some of your descendants in the future fail to do everything the LORD has commanded through Moses.
24. If the mistake was done unintentionally, and the community was unaware of it, the whole community must present a young bull for a burnt offering. It will be pleasing to the LORD, and it must be offered along with the prescribed grain offering and drink offering and with one male goat for a sin offering.
25. With it the priest will make atonement for the whole community of Israel, and they will be forgiven. For it was an unintentional sin, and they have corrected it with their offering given to the LORD by fire and by their sin offering.
26. The whole community of Israel will be forgiven, including the foreigners living among you, for the entire population was involved in the sin.
27. "If the unintentional sin is committed by an individual, the guilty person must bring a one-year-old female goat for a sin offering.
28. The priest will make atonement for the guilty person before the LORD, and that person will be forgiven.
29. This same law applies both to native Israelites and the foreigners living among you.
30. "But those who brazenly violate the LORD's will, whether native Israelites or foreigners, blaspheme the LORD, and they must be cut off from the community.
31. Since they have treated the LORD's word with contempt and deliberately disobeyed his commands, they must be completely cut off and suffer the consequences of their guilt."
32. One day while the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they caught a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day.
33. He was apprehended and taken before Moses, Aaron, and the rest of the community.
34. They held him in custody because they did not know what to do with him.
35. Then the LORD said to Moses, "The man must be put to death! The whole community must stone him outside the camp."
36. So the whole community took the man outside the camp and stoned him to death, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
37. And the LORD said to Moses,
38. "Say to the people of Israel: `Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach the tassels at each corner with a blue cord.
39. The tassels will remind you of the commands of the LORD, and that you are to obey his commands instead of following your own desires and going your own ways, as you are prone to do.
40. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God.
41. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the LORD your God!'"

Numbers 16:1-35
1. One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, from the tribe of Reuben.
2. They incited a rebellion against Moses, involving 250 other prominent leaders, all members of the assembly.
3. They went to Moses and Aaron and said, "You have gone too far! Everyone in Israel has been set apart by the LORD, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than anyone else among all these people of the LORD?"
4. When Moses heard what they were saying, he threw himself down with his face to the ground.
5. Then he said to Korah and his followers, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show us who belongs to him and who is holy. The LORD will allow those who are chosen to enter his holy presence.
6. You, Korah, and all your followers must do this: Take incense burners,
7. and burn incense in them tomorrow before the LORD. Then we will see whom the LORD chooses as his holy one. You Levites are the ones who have gone too far!"
8. Then Moses spoke again to Korah: "Now listen, you Levites!
9. Does it seem a small thing to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the people of Israel to be near him as you serve in the LORD's Tabernacle and to stand before the people to minister to them?
10. He has given this special ministry only to you and your fellow Levites, but now you are demanding the priesthood as well!
11. The one you are really revolting against is the LORD! And who is Aaron that you are complaining about him?"
12. Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied, "We refuse to come!
13. Isn't it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects?
14. What's more, you haven't brought us into the land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Are you trying to fool us? We will not come."
15. Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not accept their offerings! I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, and I have never hurt a single one of them."
16. And Moses said to Korah, "Come here tomorrow and present yourself before the LORD with all your followers. Aaron will also be here.
17. Be sure that each of your 250 followers brings an incense burner with incense on it, so you can present them before the LORD. Aaron will also bring his incense burner."
18. So these men came with their incense burners, placed burning coals and incense on them, and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle with Moses and Aaron.
19. Meanwhile, Korah had stirred up the entire community against Moses and Aaron, and they all assembled at the Tabernacle entrance. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to the whole community,
20. and the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
21. "Get away from these people so that I may instantly destroy them!"
22. But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground. "O God, the God and source of all life," they pleaded. "Must you be angry with all the people when only one man sins?"
23. And the LORD said to Moses,
24. "Then tell all the people to get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram."
25. So Moses got up and rushed over to the tents of Dathan and Abiram, followed closely by the Israelite leaders.
26. "Quick!" he told the people. "Get away from the tents of these wicked men, and don't touch anything that belongs to them. If you do, you will be destroyed for their sins."
27. So all the people stood back from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Then Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrances of their tents with their wives and children and little ones.
28. And Moses said, "By this you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things that I have done--for I have not done them on my own.
29. If these men die a natural death, then the LORD has not sent me.
30. But if the LORD performs a miracle and the ground opens up and swallows them and all their belongings, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have despised the LORD."
31. He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them.
32. The earth opened up and swallowed the men, along with their households and the followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned.
33. So they went down alive into the grave, along with their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished.
34. All of the people of Israel fled as they heard their screams, fearing that the earth would swallow them, too.
35. Then fire blazed forth from the LORD and burned up the 250 men who were offering incense.

Psalms 32:1-5
1. Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
2. Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
3. When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.
4. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
5. Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.

Proverbs 11:16-18
16. Beautiful women obtain wealth, and violent men get rich.
17. Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.
18. Evil people get rich for the moment, but the reward of the godly will last.

Mark 11:1-19
1. As Jesus and his disciples approached Jerusalem, they came to the towns of Bethphage and Bethany, on the Mount of Olives. Jesus sent two of them on ahead.
2. "Go into that village over there," he told them, "and as soon as you enter it, you will see a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here.
3. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, 'The Lord needs it and will return it soon.'"
4. The two disciples left and found the colt standing in the street, tied outside a house.
5. As they were untying it, some bystanders demanded, "What are you doing, untying that colt?"
6. They said what Jesus had told them to say, and they were permitted to take it.
7. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their garments over it, and he sat on it.
8. Many in the crowd spread their coats on the road ahead of Jesus, and others cut leafy branches in the fields and spread them along the way.
9. He was in the center of the procession, and the crowds all around him were shouting, "Praise God! Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
10. Bless the coming kingdom of our ancestor David! Praise God in highest heaven!"
11. So Jesus came to Jerusalem and went into the Temple. He looked around carefully at everything, and then he left because it was late in the afternoon. Then he went out to Bethany with the twelve disciples.
12. The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus felt hungry.
13. He noticed a fig tree a little way off that was in full leaf, so he went over to see if he could find any figs on it. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit.
14. Then Jesus said to the tree, "May no one ever eat your fruit again!" And the disciples heard him say it.
15. When they arrived back in Jerusalem, Jesus entered the Temple and began to drive out the merchants and their customers. He knocked over the tables of the money changers and the stalls of those selling doves,
16. and he stopped everyone from bringing in merchandise.
17. He taught them, "The Scriptures declare, 'My Temple will be called a place of prayer for all nations,' but you have turned it into a den of thieves."
18. When the leading priests and teachers of religious law heard what Jesus had done, they began planning how to kill him. But they were afraid of him because the people were so enthusiastic about Jesus' teaching.
19. That evening Jesus and the disciples left the city.