Mar 10, 2013

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One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 68

One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 68

For 2013, we here at Jesus Slave will be reading the Bible in chronological order.  Each day we will present and reflect on a snippet of scripture.  We welcome the chance to hear your thoughts each day so please leave a comment.  We also encourage you to read the Bible without the aid of study guides.  We feel it is important to allow God’s Word to speak directly to you without any outside influences.  We understand that sometimes you may run into a roadblock and draw a blank.  If that occurs, pray that the Holy Spirit will lead you to the correct guidance material as you search for the meaning of the scripture.

The Chronological outline of our study can be found HERE

Numbers 35

Cities for the Levites

1 The LORD spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, saying, 2″Command the people of Israel to give to the Levites some of the inheritance of their possession as cities for them to dwell in. And you shall give to the Levites pasturelands around the cities. 3The cities shall be theirs to dwell in, and their pasturelands shall be for their cattle and for their livestock and for all their beasts. 4 The pasturelands of the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, shall reach from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits all around. 5 And you shall measure, outside the city, on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits, the city being in the middle. This shall belong to them as pastureland for their cities. 6″The cities that you give to the Levites shall be the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit the manslayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give forty-two cities. 7 All the cities that you give to the Levites shall be forty-eight, with their pasturelands. 8 And as for the cities that you shall give from the possession of the people of Israel, from the larger tribes you shall take many, and from the smaller tribes you shall take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it inherits, shall give of its cities to the Levites.”

Cities of Refuge

9 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 11 then you shall select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person without intent may flee there. 12 The cities shall be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation for judgment. 13 And the cities that you give shall be your six cities of refuge. 14 You shall give three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge. 15 These six cities shall be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the stranger and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills any person without intent may flee there. 16 “But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death. 17 And if he struck him down with a stone tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death. 18 Or if he struck him down with a wooden tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer shall be put to death. 19 The avenger of blood shall himself put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he shall put him to death. 20 And if he pushed him out of hatred or hurled something at him, lying in wait, so that he died, 21 or in enmity struck him down with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow shall be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood shall put the murderer to death when he meets him. 22 “But if he pushed him suddenly without enmity, or hurled anything on him without lying in wait 23 or used a stone that could cause death, and without seeing him dropped it on him, so that he died, though he was not his enemy and did not seek his harm, 24 then the congregation shall judge between the manslayer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these rules. 25 And the congregation shall rescue the manslayer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to his city of refuge to which he had fled, and he shall live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil. 26 But if the manslayer shall at any time go beyond the boundaries of his city of refuge to which he fled, 27 and the avenger of blood finds him outside the boundaries of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood. 28 For he must remain in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest, but after the death of the high priest the manslayer may return to the land of his possession. 29 And these things shall be for a statute and rule for you throughout your generations in all your dwelling places. 30 “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness. 31 Moreover, you shall accept no ransom for the life of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he shall be put to death. 32 And you shall accept no ransom for him who has fled to his city of refuge, that he may return to dwell in the land before the death of the high priest. 33 You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it. 34 You shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell, for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the people of Israel.”

Numbers 36

Marriage of Female Heirs

1 The heads of the fathers’ houses of the clan of the people of Gilead the son of Machir, son of Manasseh, from the clans of the people of Joseph, came near and spoke before Moses and before the chiefs, the heads of the fathers’ houses of the people of Israel. 2 They said, “The LORD commanded my lord to give the land for inheritance by lot to the people of Israel, and my lord was commanded by the LORD to give the inheritance of Zelophehad our brother to his daughters. 3 But if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the people of Israel, then their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of our fathers and added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. So it will be taken away from the lot of our inheritance. 4 And when the jubilee of the people of Israel comes, then their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry, and their inheritance will be taken from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers.” 5 And Moses commanded the people of Israel according to the word of the LORD, saying, “The tribe of the people of Joseph is right. 6 This is what the LORD commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, ‘Let them marry whom they think best, only they shall marry within the clan of the tribe of their father. 7 The inheritance of the people of Israel shall not be transferred from one tribe to another, for every one of the people of Israel shall hold on to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers. 8 And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the people of Israel shall be wife to one of the clan of the tribe of her father, so that every one of the people of Israel may possess the inheritance of his fathers. 9 So no inheritance shall be transferred from one tribe to another, for each of the tribes of the people of Israel shall hold on to its own inheritance.'” 10 The daughters of Zelophehad did as the LORD commanded Moses, 11 for Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah, the daughters of Zelophehad, were married to sons of their father’s brothers. 12 They were married into the clans of the people of Manasseh the son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s clan. 13 These are the commandments and the rules that the LORD commanded through Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

  1. “If anyone kills a person, the murderer shall be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person shall be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
    (Numbers 35:30 ESV)
    So much of today’s law can be traced back to the ancient texts and even The Ten Commandments themselves. This verse stuck out to me today as it is another great example of God’s infinite wisdom. Today, if you are a prosecutor and you have a witness, you are feeling pretty confident. You may even feel that you have the case in the bag. Clearly, some witnesses are better than others, but for the most part, I think this would be your feelings. But what if the witness is lying? What if the witness has an ax to grind with the suspect? Now you have a defendant that is possibly going to pay the price for something that shouldn’t be his/hers to bear. God knows us. He knows how irrational, unfair, deceitful, underhanded and evil we can be. He knew the above scenario would play out and probably has – countless times since he first uttered these words to Moses.
    I really am amazed at my lack of understanding some times. I thought I understood sin, but I’m not so sure I really understand the depth of it. I believe I’ve commented on this before, but it is on my heart again this morning. When the fall occurred, Adam and Eve were kicked out of the Garden because:
    Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—”
    (Genesis 3:22 ESV)
    With man now corrupted with sin, God couldn’t allow him to live forever. Sin is more than simply doing the wrong thing. It is the force behind the decision that results in doing the wrong thing. Before the fall, man didn’t desire to do anything that wasn’t in step with God’s will. After the fall, he would possess desires that wouldn’t bring God glory and the decisions that came from those desires would result in sin. God knew this. He saw the nature of man in the post fall state and knew it was sinful. I remember thinking that if I would simply stop doing certain things than I’d be OK. That is a lie in itself. Even if I stop doing certain things, the sinful nature remains. This is where the dying to self comes in. I must continually deny my sinful nature and invite the Holy Spirit to take over. To the extent that this happens is what others see as good in our lives. It is the Holy Spirit only that produces good fruit. We, on our own, cannot.

    • Nothing really jumped out at me today so I will comment on your comment 🙂 Sin does run deep. I believe the closer to God you become the more he reveals to you, like how deep the rabbit hole goes with sin. I got to a level where I stopped doing certain sinful actions, but then it was revealed that even my thoughts were sometimes just plain ugly. Being aware is the first step, then changing the way you think is the next hurdle. I know I couldn’t do it alone and was only able to accomplish by handing it over to the Big Guy.

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