Day 84 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. God makes water pour from a rock. Moses makes a big mistake. Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.

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Numbers 19

Numbers 20

Numbers 21: 1-3

Luke 5: 33-39

Luke 6: 1-11

Proverbs 8: 1-11

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Numbers 19

Ashes and Water for Cleansing

The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron: 2 “This is a law from the teachings that the LORD gave to the Israelites. Get a red cow that has nothing wrong with it. That cow must not have any bruises. And it must never have worn a yoke. 3 Give that cow to Eleazar, and he will take it outside the camp and kill it there. 4 Then Eleazar the priest must put some of its blood on his finger and sprinkle some of the blood towards the Holy Tent. He must do this seven times. 5 Then the whole cow must be burned as Eleazar watches. The skin, the meat, the blood and the intestines must all be burned. 6 Then the priest must take a cedar stick, a hyssop branch and some red string. He must throw these things into the fire where the cow is burning. 7 The priest must wash his clothes and then bathe his body in water. Then he must come back into the camp. He will be unclean until evening. 8 The man who burns that cow must wash himself and his clothes in water. He will be unclean until evening.

9 “Then someone who is clean will collect the ashes from the cow and put them in a clean place outside the camp. These ashes must be kept safe for the Israelites to use in the water for the cleansing ceremony. These ashes are for cleansing from sin.

10 “The man who collected the cow’s ashes must wash his clothes. He will be unclean until evening. “This rule will continue forever. This rule is for the citizens of Israel and for the immigrants living with you. 11 Those who touch a dead body will be unclean for seven days. 12 They must wash themselves with the special water on the third day and again on the seventh day. If they don’t do this, they will remain unclean. 13 Those who touch the body of someone who has died are unclean. If they do not purify themselves, they make the LORD’s Holy Tent unclean. So they must be separated from the Israelites. Because the special water was not sprinkled on them, they remain unclean.

14 “This is the rule about those who die in their tents: If someone dies in the tent, everyone in the tent will be unclean for seven days. 15 And every jar or pot without a lid becomes unclean. 16 What if there is a dead body out in a field? The person may have died in battle or from some other cause. Whoever touches that dead body, or its bones or even its grave, will be unclean for seven days.

17 “If you have become unclean, some- one must use the ashes from the burned cow to make you clean again. He must pour fresh water over the ashes into a jar. 18 And then someone who is clean must take a hyssop branch and dip it into the water. He must sprinkle it over the tent, the dishes, and any people who were in the tent. The same must be done for anyone who touches a dead body, its bones, or even a grave.

19 “The one who is clean must sprinkle this water on you on the third day and again on the seventh day to make you clean. Then you must wash your clothes and bathe yourself in water, and that evening you will be clean.

20 “Whoever becomes unclean and does not make themselves clean again must be separated from the community. If they are not sprinkled with the special water for cleansing, they remain unclean and will be guilty of making the LORD’s Holy Tent unclean. 21 This rule will never change. And whoever sprinkled the special water must also wash his clothes. And anyone else who touches that water will be unclean until evening. 22 And if an unclean person touches anything, it becomes unclean, and anyone else who touches it will be unclean until evening.”

Numbers 20

Miriam Dies

All the Israelites arrived at the desert of Zin in the first month of the year. The people stayed at Kadesh. Miriam died and was buried there. Moses Disobeys God 2 There was not enough water for the people, so they met together to complain against Moses and Aaron. 3 The people argued with Moses and said, “Maybe we should have died in front of the LORD like our brothers did. 4 Why did you bring the LORD’s people into this desert? Do you want us and our animals to die here? 5 Why did you bring us from Egypt? Why did you bring us to this bad place? There is no grain. There are no figs, grapes or pomegranates, and there is no water to drink.”

6 So Moses and Aaron left the crowd of people and went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. They bowed down with their faces to the ground, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. 7 The LORD spoke to Moses and said, 8 “Get the special walking stick. Take your brother Aaron and the crowd of people and go to that rock. Speak to the rock in front of the people. Then water will flow from the rock, and you can give that water to the people and to their animals.”

9 The walking stick was in the Holy Tent, in front of the LORD. Moses took the walking stick as the Lord said. 10 Moses and Aaron told the people to meet together in front of the rock. Then Moses said, “You people are always complaining. Now listen to me. We will cause water to flow from this rock.”

11 Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice. Water began flowing from the rock, and the people and their animals drank that water. 12 But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “You did not trust me enough to honor me and show the people that I am holy. You did not show the Israelites that the power to make the water came from me. So you will not lead the people into the land that I have given them.”

13 This place was called the waters of Meribah.* This is where the Israelites argued with the LORD and where he showed them that he was holy. Edom Will Not Let Israel Pass 14 While Moses was at Kadesh, he sent some men to the king of Edom with this message: “This message is from your Israelite relatives. You know about all the troubles we have had. 15 Many years ago our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived there for many years. The people of Egypt were cruel to us. 16 But we asked the LORD for help, and he heard us and sent an angel to help us. The Lord has brought us out of Egypt. “Now we are here at Kadesh, where your land begins. 17 Please let us travel through your country. We will not travel through any fields or vineyards. We will not drink water from any of your wells. We will travel only along King’s Road. We will not leave that road to the right or to the left. We will stay on the road until we have traveled through your country.”

18 But the king of Edom answered, “You may not travel through our land. If you try to travel through our land, we will come and fight you with swords.”

19 The Israelites answered, “We will travel along the main road. If we or our animals drink any of your water, we will pay you for it. We only want to walk through your country. We don’t want to take it for ourselves.” 20 But again the king of Edom answered, “We will not allow you to come through our country.” Then the king of Edom gathered a large and powerful army and went out to fight against the Israelites.

21 The Edomites refused to let the Israelites travel through their country, so the Israelites turned around and went another way. Aaron Dies 22 All the Israelites traveled from Kadesh to Mount Hor. 23 Mount Hor was near the border of Edom. The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 24 “It is time for Aaron to die and go to be with his ancestors. Aaron will not enter the land that I promised to the Israelites. Moses, I say this to you because both you and Aaron rebelled against the command I gave you at the waters of Meribah. 25 “Now, bring Aaron and his son Eleazar up to Mount Hor. 26 Take Aaron’s special clothes from him and put these clothes on his son Eleazar. Aaron will die there on the mountain. And he will go to be with his ancestors.”

27 Moses obeyed the LORD’s command. Moses, Aaron, and Eleazar went up on Mount Hor. All the Israelites watched them go. 28 Moses removed Aaron’s special clothes and put them on Aaron’s son Eleazar. Then Aaron died there on top of the mountain. Moses and Eleazar came back down the mountain. 29 When all the Israelites learned that Aaron was dead, everyone in Israel mourned for 30 days.

Numbers 21:1-3

War With the Canaanites The Canaanite king of Arad lived in the Negev. He heard that the Israelites were coming on the road that goes through Atharim, so he attacked the Israelites before they reached Arad. The king’s army captured some of the people and made them prisoners. 2 Then the Israelites made a special promise to the LORD: “Please help us defeat these people. If you do this, we will give their cities to you. We will totally destroy them.” 3 The LORD listened to the Israelites and helped them defeat the Canaanites. They completely destroyed the Canaan- ites and their cities. So that place was named Hormah.

Luke 5:33-39

A Question About Fasting (Matt. 9:14-17; Mark 2:18-22)

33 Some people said to Jesus, “John’s followers often fast and pray, the same as the followers of the Pharisees. But your followers are always eating and drinking.”

34 Jesus said to them, “At a wedding, you cannot ask the friends of the bridegroom to fast while he is still with them. 35 But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them. Then his friends will be sad and fast.”

36 Jesus told them this story: “No one takes cloth off a new coat to cover a hole in an old coat. That would ruin the new coat, and the cloth from the new coat would not be the same as the old cloth. 37 Also, no one ever pours new wine* into old wineskins. The new wine will burst the old wineskins. The wine will spill out, and the wineskins will be ruined. 38 You always put new wine into new wineskins. 39 No one who is used to drinking old wine wants to try new wine. They say, ‘The old wine is good enough for me.’”


Luke 6: 1-11

Jesus Is Lord Over the Sabbath Day 6 (Matt. 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28)

One time on a Sabbath day, Jesus was walking through some fields of grain. His followers began to pick some heads of grain. They rubbed them in their hands and ate the grain. 2 Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing this work that our Law does not allow on the Sabbath day?”

3 Jesus answered them, “You have read what David did when he and those with him were hungry. 4 He went into God’s house, took the bread that was offered to God and ate it. He also gave some of it to those who were with him. This was against the Law, which says that only the priests can eat that bread.”

5 Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord over the Sabbath.”


Jesus Heals a Man on the Sabbath Day (Matt. 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6)

6 On another Sabbath day Jesus went into the synagogue and taught the people. A man with a paralyzed right hand was there. 7 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees were watching Jesus closely. They were waiting to see if he would heal on the Sabbath day. They wanted to see him do something wrong so that they could accuse him. 8 But Je- sus knew what they were thinking. He said to the man with the paralyzed hand, “Get up and stand here where every- one can see.”

The man got up and stood there.

9 Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, what does the law allow us to do on the Sabbath day: to do good or to do evil? Is it right to save a life or to destroy it?”

10 Jesus looked around at all of them and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” The man held out his hand, and it was healed. 11 The Pharisees and the teachers of the law got so angry they couldn’t think straight. They talked to each other about what they could do to Jesus.


Proverbs 8:1-11

Wisdom Tells Her Story

Listen, Wisdom is calling. Yes, Understanding is shouting for us.

2 Wisdom stands at the top of the hill, by the road where the paths meet.

3 She is near the entrance to the city, calling from the open gates:

4 “I am calling out to all of you. I am speaking to everyone.

5 You who are ignorant, learn to be wise. You who are foolish, get some common sense.

6 Listen, I have something important to say, and I am telling you what is right.

7 My words are true, and I will not say anything that is wrong.8 Everything I say is right; there is nothing false or crooked about it.

9 These things are clear to any intelligent person. They are right to anyone with knowledge.

10 My teaching should mean more to you than silver and knowledge more than the finest gold.

11 Wisdom is more precious than rubies. It is worth more than anything else you could want.