What the Bible Really Says – Day 79 – March 22, 2016

Our reading plan is this one: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/2109-bible-in-one-year-2016
Also available here: http://www.bibleinoneyear.org/
(There are commentary and devotionals associated with the readings, but I am skipping those and, obviously, providing my own commentary here on the blog.)

Today’s reading:

  1. Numbers 9:15-23;10;11:1-3
  2. Psalms 35:19-28
  3. Luke 3:1-22

Any quotations are taken from English Standard Version® (ESV®) Copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. ESV Text Edition: 2011

Writer’s note: The views expressed here are solely those of the author and not necessarily those of anyone else associated with Christianity Without The Insanity or anyone or any church or other organization apart from Christianity Without The Insanity.

I am crushed today by the news of yet another act of violence against innocent people that have nothing to do with any agenda of political leaders. But more so by the response by some of our so-called Presidential candidates that want to perpetuate more violence against more innocent people. I am sometimes ashamed of my country.

All that has nothing ot do with today’s readings. Sorry. I just needed to say it.

 

Numbers 9:15-23;10;11:1-3

God, in form of cloud or fire, covers the tabernacle. When God moves, the nation moves. And there’s lots of detail about who does what when they move.

Then the people complain, so God send fire to burn them up.

Wait, what? God burned people to death for complaining. When they repented, the fire stopped.

God. Burned. People. For. Complaining.

What?

Psalms 35:19-28

David basically tells God to smite his enemies.

God sure seems angry in today’s readings. Or maybe that’s just me.

Luke 3:1-22

John the Baptist. This is the most detail we get about him in the gospels, other than his execution later on. His job was to be the fore-runner. To get people to start talking and thinking and looking for the person of Jesus. And when Jesus comes on the scene to be baptized, the heavens are opened and God speaks from above.

What an interesting job, to be the voice in the wilderness, speaking with such knowledge that people come out to where you are to ask advice. I don’t know how long I’d lived on a diet of bugs, though.


 

Tomorrow’s Reading:

  1. Proverbs 7:21-27
  2. Luke 3:23-38
  3. Luke 4:1-13
  4. Numbers 11:4-35
  5. Numbers 12
  6. Numbers 13:1-25

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