Day 88 of the Holy Bible Challenge. God has Moses recount the Israelites for his army. The five daughters of Zelophehad ask for land. A sinful woman washes the feet of Jesus.
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The People Are Counted Again
After the great sickness, the LORD spoke to Moses and Eleazar son of Aaron the priest. 2 He said, “Count the Israelites. Count all the men who are 20 years old or older and list them by families. These are the men who are able to serve in the army of Israel.”
3 At this time the people were camped in the Jordan Valley in Moab. This was near the Jordan River across from Jericho. Moses and Eleazar the priest said to the people, 4 “You must count every man who is 20 years old or older. The LORD gave Moses this command.”
Here is the list of the Israelites who came out of Egypt:
5 These were the family groups from the tribe of Reuben (Rueben was the firstborn son of Israel): Hanoch—the Hanochite family group; Pallu—the Palluite family group; 6 Hezron—the Hezronite family group; Carmi—the Carmite family group. 7 The total number of men in these family groups from the tribe of Reuben was 43,730.
8 Pallu’s son was Eliab. 9 Eliab had three sons—Nemuel, Dathan and Abi- ram. Remember, Dathan and Abiram were the two leaders who turned against Moses and Aaron. They joined with Ko- rah’s followers who turned against the LORD. 10 That was the time when the earth opened up and swallowed these leaders along with Korah. And 250 followers of Korah also died when fire burned them up! That was a warning to all the Israelites. 11 But the other people who were from the family of Korah did not die.
12 These were the family groups from the tribe of Simeon: Nemuel—the Nemuelite family group; Jamin—the Jaminite family group; Jakin—the Jakinite family group; 13 Zerah—the Zerahite family group; Shaul—the Shaulite family group. 14 The total number of men in these family groups from the tribe of Simeon was 22,200. 15 These were the family groups from the tribe of Gad: Zephon—the Zephonite family group; Haggi—the Haggite family group; Shuni—the Shunite family group; 16 Ozni—the Oznite family group; Eri—the Erite family group; 17 Arodi—the Arodite family group; Areli—the Arelite family group. 18 The total number of men in these family groups from the tribe of Gad was 40,500.
19–20 These were the family groups from the tribe of Judah: Shelah—the Shelanite family group; Perez—the Perezite family group; Zerah—the Zerahite family group. (Two of Judah’s sons, Er and Onan, died in Canaan.) 21 These were the family groups from Perez: Hezron—the Hezronite family group; Hamul—the Hamulite family group. 22 These were the family groups from the tribe of Judah. The total number of men was 76,500. 23 These were the family groups from the tribe of Issachar: Tola—the Tolaite family group; Puah—the Puite family group; 24 Jashub—the Jashubite family group; Shimron—the Shimronite family group.
25 These were the family groups from the tribe of Issachar. The total number of men was 64,300. 26 These were the family groups from the tribe of Zebulun: Sered—the Seredite family group; Elon—the Elonite family group; Jahleel—the Jahleelite family group. 27 These were the family groups from the tribe of Zebulun. The total number of men was 60,500. 28 Joseph’s two sons were Manasseh and Ephraim. Each son became a tribe with its own family groups. 29 These were the family groups of Manasseh: Makir—the Makirite family groups. (Makir was the father of Gilead.) Gilead—the Gileadite family groups. 30 These were the family groups from Gilead: Iezer—the Iezerite family group; Helek—the Helekite family group; 31 Asriel—the Asrielite family group; Shechem—the Shechemite family group; 32 Shemida—the Shemidaite family group; Hepher—the Hepherite family group. 33 Zelophehad was the son of Hepher. But he had no sons—only daughters. His daughters’ names were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah.
34 These are all the family groups from the tribe of Manasseh. The total number of men was 52,700. 35 These were the family groups from the tribe of Ephraim: Shuthelah—the Shuthelahite family group; Beker—the Bekerite family group; Tahan—the Tahanite family group. 36 Eran was from Shuthelah’s family group; Eran—the Eranite family group. 37 These were the family groups from the tribe of Ephraim. The total number of men was 32,500. These family groups of Manasseh and Ephraim are all the descendants of Joseph. 38 These were the family groups from the tribe of Benjamin: Bela—the Belaite family group; Ashbel—the Ashbelite family group; Ahiram—the Ahiramite family group; 39 Shupham—the Shuphamite family group; Hupham—the Huphamite family group.
40 These were the family groups from Bela: Ard—the Ardite family group; Naaman—the Naamanite family group. 41 These were all the family groups from the tribe of Benjamin. The total number of men was 45,600.
42 These were the family groups from the tribe of Dan: Shuham—the Shuhamite family group. That was the family group from the tribe of Dan. 43 There were many family groups in the Shuhamite tribe. The total number of men was 64,400. 44 These were the family groups from the tribe of Asher: Imnah—the Imnite family group; Ishvi—the Ishvite family group; Beriah—the Beriite family group. 45 These were the family groups from Beriah: Heber—the Heberite family group; Malkiel—the Malkielite family group. 46 (Asher also had a daughter named Serah.) 47 These were the family groups in the tribe of Asher. The total number of men was 53,400.
48 These were the family groups from the tribe of Naphtali: Jahzeel—the Jahzeelite family group; Guni—the Gunite family group; 49 Jezer—the Jezerite family group; Shillem—the Shillemite family group. 50 These were the family groups from the tribe of Naphtali. The total number of men was 45,400. 51 So the total number of Israelite men was 601,730.
52 The LORD said to Moses, 53 “The land will be divided and given to these tribes. Each tribe will get enough land for all the people who were counted. 54 A large tribe will get much land, and a small tribe will get less land. How much land they get will depend on the number of people who were counted. 55 And you must use lots to decide which tribe gets which part of the land. Each tribe will get its share of the land, and that land will be given the name of that tribe. 56 Land will be given to each tribe—large and small. And you will throw lots to make the decisions.”
57 They also counted the tribe of Levi. These are the family groups from the tribe of Levi: Gershon—the Gershonite family group; Kohath—the Kohathite family group; Merari—the Merarite family group. 58 These are also family groups from the tribe of Levi: the Libnite family group; the Hebronite family group; the Mahlite family group; the Mushite family group; the Korahite family group. Amram was from the Kohath family group. 59 Amram’s wife was named Jochebed. She was also from the tribe of Levi. She was born in Egypt. Am- ram and Jochebed had two sons, Aaron and Moses. They also had a daughter, Miriam. 60 Aaron was the father of Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 61 But Nadab and Abihu died. They died because they made an offering to the LORD with fire that was not allowed. 62 The total number of males one-month-old or older from the tribe of Levi was 23,000. But these were not counted with the rest of the Israelites because they did not get a share of the land that the Lord gave to the other tribes. 63 Moses and Eleazar the priest counted all these people. They counted the Israelites while they were on the plains of Moab. This was near the Jordan River across from Jericho. 64 Many years before, in the desert of Sinai, Moses and Aaron the priest counted the Israelites. But all these people were dead. Not one of them was still alive, 65 because the LORD told them that they would all die in the desert. The only two men who were left alive were Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.
Zelophehad was the son of Hepher. Hepher was the son of we ask you to give us some of the land that our father’s brothers will get.” 5 So Moses asked the LORD what he should do.
6 The LORD said to him, 7 “The daughters of Zelophehad are right. They should share the land with their father’s brothers. So give them the land that you would have given to their father.
8 “So tell the Israelites, ‘If a man has no son, when he dies everything he owns will be given to his daughter. 9 If he has no daughter, everything he owns will be given to his brothers. 10 If he has no brothers, everything he owns will be given to his father’s brothers. 11 If his father had no brothers, everything he owns will be given to the closest relative in his family. This will be a law among the Israelites. The LORD has given this command to Moses.’"
A Woman Honours Jesus in a Pharisee’s Home
36 One of the Pharisees asked Jesus to eat with him. Jesus went into the Pharisee’s house and took a place at the table. 37 There was a sinful woman in that town. She knew that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house. So the woman brought some expensive perfume in an alabaster bottle. 38 She stood at Jesus’ feet, crying. Then she began to wash his feet with her tears. She dried his feet with her hair. She kissed his feet many times and rubbed them with the perfume. 39 When the Pharisee who asked Jesus to come to his house saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know that the woman who is touching him is a sinner!” 40 In reply to what the Pharisee was thinking, Jesus said, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” Simon said, “Let me hear it, Teacher.”
41 Jesus said, “There were two men. Both men owed money to the same banker. One man owed him 500 silver coins. The other man owed him 50 silver coins. 42 The men had no money, so they could not pay their debt. But the banker told the men that they did not have to pay him. Which one of those two men will love him more?” 43 Simon answered, “I think it would be the one who owed him the most money.” Jesus said to him, “You are right.”
44 Then he turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? When I came into your house, you gave me no water for my feet. But she washed my feet with her tears and dried my feet with her hair. 45 You did not greet me with a kiss, but she has been kissing my feet since I came in. 46 You did not hon- our me with oil for my head, but she rubbed my feet with her expensive perfume. 47 I tell you that her many sins are forgiven. This is clear, because she showed great love. People who are for- given only a little will love only a little.”
48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 The people sitting at the table be- gan to think to themselves, “Who does this man think he is? How can he forgive sins?” 50 Jesus said to the woman, “Because you believed, you are saved from your sins. Go in peace.”
12 “I am Wisdom. I live with good sense. I have knowledge and understanding.
13 To respect the LORD is to hate evil. I hate pride and boasting, evil lives, and hurtful words.
14 I have good advice and common sense to offer. I have understanding and power.
15 With my help kings rule, and governors make good laws.
16 With my help leaders govern, and important officials make good decisions.
17 I love those who love me, and those who look for me will find me.
18 With me there are riches and honor. I have lasting wealth to give to you.
19 What I give is better than fine gold. What I produce is better than pure silver.
20 I lead people the right way— along the paths of justice.
21 I give riches to those who love me, and I fill their houses with treasures.
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