Day 90 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. God establishes the Festival of Shelters. Israelites battle the Midianites. Jesus takes on a legion of demons.

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Numbers 29:12-40

Numbers 30

Numbers 31:1-24

Luke 8:19-39

Psalm 39:1-13

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Numbers 29:12-40

The Festival of Shelters

12 “There will be a holy meeting on the fifteenth day of the seventh month.§ You must not do any work on that day. You must celebrate a special festival for the LORD for seven days. 13 You must offer a burnt offering as a sweet-smelling gift to the LORD. You must offer 13 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 14 With each bull, you must give a grain offering of 3 kilograms of fine flour mixed with olive oil. With the ram, you must give 2 kilograms of fine flour mixed with oil. 15 And with each lamb, you must give 1 kilogram of fine flour mixed with oil. 16 You must also offer 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

17 “On the second day of this festival, you must offer 12 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 18 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bulls, rams, and lambs. 19 You must also offer 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

20 “On the third day of this festival, you must offer 11 bulls, 2 rams, and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 21 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bulls, rams and lambs. 22 You must also give 1 goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

23 “On the fourth day of this festival, you must offer 10 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 24 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bulls, rams, and lambs. 25 You must also give 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

26 “On the fifth day of this festival, you must offer 9 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 27 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bulls, rams and lambs. 28 You must also give 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

29 “On the sixth day of this festival, you must offer 8 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 30 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bulls, rams and lambs. 31 You must also give 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

32 “On the seventh day of this festival, you must offer 7 bulls, 2 rams and 14 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 33 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bulls, rams and lambs. 34 You must also give 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering. 35 “The eighth day of this festival is a holy meeting for you. You must not do any work on that day. 36 You must offer a burnt offering as a sweet-smelling gift to the LORD. You must offer 1 bull, 1 ram and 7 lambs that are one year old. There must be nothing wrong with them. 37 You must also give the right amount of grain and drink offerings with the bull, ram and lambs. 38 You must also give 1 male goat as a sin offering. This will be in addition to the daily burnt offering and its grain offering and drink offering.

39 “All these offerings you must present to the LORD at your regular festivals. They are in addition to any offerings that you give by choice or give as part of a promise you make. The offerings that you may choose to give or give as part of a promise can be burnt offerings or fellowship offerings together with their grain offerings and drink offerings.”

40 Moses told the Israelites everything the LORD had commanded him.

Numbers 30

Vows and Promises Moses spoke with all the leaders of the Israelite tribes and told them about these commands from the LORD: 2 “If a man makes a vow to the LORD or makes a promise with an oath, he must not break his promise. He must do everything he said he would do.

3 “A young woman might still be living in her father’s house. She might make a vow to the LORD or promise something with an oath. 4 If her father hears about the vow or promise and says nothing against it, the young woman must do what she promised. 5 But if her father hears about it and does not agree for her to do it, she is free from her vow or any promise she made. Her father stopped her, so the LORD will forgive her.

6 “A woman might make a vow, or she might make a promise with an oath without thinking enough about it. If she then gets married, 7 and her husband hears about her vow or promise and says nothing against it, the woman must keep it. 8 But if the husband hears about her vow or promise and does not agree for her to do it, the wife does not have to keep her vow or the careless promise she made with an oath. If her husband is against it, this ends her duty to keep it. So the LORD will forgive her. 9 “But a woman who is a widow or divorced must keep any vow or promise she makes.

10 “A married woman living with her husband might make a vow or a promise with an oath. 11 If her husband hears about it and says nothing against it, she must keep any vow or promise she made. She must do everything she said she would do. 12 But if her husband hears about her vows or promises and refuses to let her keep them, she does not have to keep them. It doesn’t matter what she promised to do; if her husband is against it, this ends her duty to do it. And the LORD will forgive her. 13 When a married woman makes a vow or promises to do without something, her husband can allow her to keep her vows or promises, or he can stop her from keeping them. 14 If he hears about them and does not stop them, he is allowing her to keep them. She must then do everything she said she would do. By saying nothing against her vows or promises the husband agreed for her to keep them. 15 But if the husband says nothing when he hears about them, but then later stops her from keeping them, he is the one responsible for breaking her promises.”

16 These are the commands the LORD gave to Moses. These are the commands about a man and his wife, and about a father and his daughter who is still young and living at home in her father’s house.

Luke 8:19-39

Jesus’ Followers Are His True Family (Matt. 12:46-50; Mark 3:31-35)

 

19 Jesus’ mother and brothers came to visit him. But they could not get close to him, because there were so many people.

20 Someone said to Jesus, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside. They want to see you.”

21 Jesus answered them, “My mother and my brothers are those who listen to God’s teaching and obey it.”

Jesus Stops a Storm (Matt. 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41)

22 One day Jesus and his followers got into a boat. He said to them, “Come with me across the lake.” And so they started across. 23 While they were sailing, Jesus slept. A big storm blew across the lake, and the boat began to fill with water. They were in danger. 24 The followers went to Jesus and woke him.

They said, “Master! Master! We will drown!” Jesus got up. He gave a command to the wind and the waves. The wind stopped, and the lake became calm.

25 He said to his followers, “Where is your faith?”

They were afraid and amazed.

They said to each other, “What kind of man is this? He commands the wind and the water, and they obey him.”

Jesus Frees a Man From Evil Spirits (Matt. 8:28-34; Mark 5:1-20)

26 Jesus and his followers sailed on across the lake. They sailed to the area where the Gerasene people live, across from Galilee. 27 When Jesus got out of the boat, a man from that town came to him. This man had demons inside him. For a long time he had worn no clothes. He did not live in a house but in the caves where the dead are buried. 28–29 The demon inside the man had often seized him, and he had been put in jail with his hands and feet in chains. But he would always break the chains. The demon inside him would force him to go out to the places where no one lived. Jesus commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man.

When the man saw Jesus, he fell down in front of him, shouting loudly, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, don’t punish me!”

30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?”

The man answered, “Legion.”* (He said his name was “Legion” because many demons had gone into him.) 31 The demons begged Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit. 32 On that hill there was a big herd of pigs eating. The demons begged Jesus to allow them to go into the pigs. So he allowed them to do this. 33 Then the demons came out of the man and went into the pigs. The herd of pigs ran down the hill into the lake, and all were drowned.

34 The men who were caring for the pigs ran away and told the story in the fields and in the town. 35 People went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man sitting there at the feet of Jesus. The man had clothes on and was in his right mind again; the demons were gone. This made the people afraid. 36 The men who saw these things happen told the others all about how Jesus had made the man well. 37 All those who lived in the area around Gerasa asked Jesus to go away because they were afraid. So Jesus got into the boat to go back to Galilee. 38 The man he had healed begged to go with him.

But Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Go back home and tell people what God has done for you.” So the man went all over town telling what Jesus had done for him.

Psalm 39

To the director, Jeduthun. A song of David.

 

I said, “I will be careful about what I say. I will not let my tongue cause me to sin. I will keep my mouth closed[b] when I am around wicked people.”

2 So I didn’t say anything. I didn’t even say anything good, but I became even more upset.

3 I was very angry, and the more I thought about it, the angrier I became. So I said something.

4 Lord, tell me, what will happen to me now? Tell me, how long will I live? Let me know how short my life really is.

5 You gave me only a short life. Compared to you, my whole life is nothing. The life of every human is like a cloud that quickly disappears.

Selah

6 Our life is like an image in a mirror. We rush through life collecting things, but we don’t know who will get them after we die.

7 So, Lord, what hope do I have? You are my hope!

8 Save me from the bad things I did. Don’t let me be treated like a fool.

9 I will not open my mouth. I will not say anything. You did what should have been done.

10 But please stop punishing me. You will destroy me if you do not stop.

11 You punish people for doing wrong to teach them the right way to live. As a moth destroys cloth, you destroy what people love. Yes, our lives are like a small cloud that quickly disappears.

Selah

12 Lord, hear my prayer! Listen to the words I cry to you. Look at my tears. I am only a traveler passing through this life with you. Like all my ancestors, I will live here only a short time.

13 Leave me alone and let me be happy before I am dead and gone.