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March 29, 2015

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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

On the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Satan was holding a choice prisoner. This man, totally bound by Satan, was naked and homeless. When Jesus arrived on the scene, the demons in the man violently protested. We need not think that we will invade darkened lands, cultures, and strongholds without experiencing resistance. Someone said, "If you never run into the devil, you must be going the same way!"

Satan hates our mission. We are traveling into his territory, invading the kingdom of darkness. The storms we encounter are diversions to discourage us from reaching those whom Satan considers his trophies. When Jesus set out to confront the demoniac, Satan tried to stop him. A storm "came down" (v. 23 NIV), but Jesus "got up"

Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32

Love and Obey the Lord

11 LoveS Dt 6:5 the Lord your God and keep his requirements, his decrees, his laws and his commands always.S Lev 8:35Remember today that your childrenDt 31:13; Ps 78:6 were not the ones who saw and experienced the discipline of the Lord your God:S Dt 5:24 his majesty,S Dt 3:24 his mighty hand, his outstretched arm;Ps 136:12the signs he performed and the things he did in the heart of Egypt, both to Pharaoh king of Egypt and to his whole country;Ex 7:8-21what he did to the Egyptian army, to its horses and chariots,S Ex 15:1 how he overwhelmed them with the waters of the Red SeaOr the Sea of ReedsS Ex 14:27; S Nu 21:4 as they were pursuing you, and how the Lord brought lasting ruin on them.It was not your children who saw what he did for you in the wilderness until you arrived at this place,and what he didNu 16:1-35; Ps 106:16-18 to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab the Reubenite, when the earth openedIsa 24:19 its mouth right in the middle of all Israel and swallowed them up with their households, their tents and every living thing that belonged to them.But it was your own eyes that saw all these great things the Lord has done.Dt 5:3

Observe therefore all the commandsEzr 9:10 I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess,Dt 31:6-7, 23; Jos 1:7and so that you may live longS Dt 5:16 in the land the Lord sworeDt 9:5 to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.S Ex 3:810 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt,Isa 11:15; 37:25 from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden.11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleysEze 36:4 that drinks rain from heaven.Dt 8:7; Ne 9:2512 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes1Ki 8:29; 9:3 of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.

13 So if you faithfully obeyS Dt 6:17 the commands I am giving you today—to loveS Dt 10:12 the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soulDt 4:29; Jer 17:2414 then I will send rainS Lev 26:4; Ac 14:17 on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains,Ps 147:8; Jer 3:3; 5:24; Joel 2:23; Jas 5:7 so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.15 I will provide grassPs 104:14 in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.S Lev 26:5

16 Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.Dt 4:19; 8:19; 29:18; Job 31:9, 2717 Then the Lord’s angerDt 6:15; 9:19 will burn against you, and he will shut up1Ki 17:1; 2Ch 6:26; 7:13 the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce,S Lev 26:20 and you will soon perishDt 4:26; 28:12, 24 from the good land the Lord is giving you.18 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.S Ex 13:9; Dt 6:6-819 Teach them to your children,S Ex 12:26; Dt 6:7; Ps 145:4; Isa 38:19; Jer 32:39 talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.Dt 4:9-1020 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates,Dt 6:921 so that your days and the days of your children may be manyJob 5:26; Pr 3:2; 4:10; 9:11 in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.Ps 72:5

22 If you carefully observeS Dt 6:17 all these commands I am giving you to follow—to loveS Dt 6:5 the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him and to hold fastS Dt 10:20 to him—23 then the Lord will drive outS Dt 9:5 all these nationsS Ex 23:28 before you, and you will dispossess nations larger and stronger than you.Dt 9:124 Every place where you set your foot will be yours:Ge 15:18; Dt 1:36; 12:20; 19:8; Jos 1:3; 14:9 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the Euphrates RiverS Ge 2:14 to the Mediterranean Sea.25 No one will be able to stand against you. The Lord your God, as he promised you, will put the terrorS Dt 2:25 and fear of you on the whole land, wherever you go.Ex 23:27; Dt 7:24

26 See, I am setting before you today a blessingPs 24:5 and a curseLev 26:14-17; Dt 27:13-26; 30:1, 15, 19; La 2:17; Da 9:11; Hag 1:11; Mal 2:2; 3:9; 4:627 the blessingDt 28:1-14; Ps 24:5 if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today;28 the curse if you disobey2Ch 24:20; Jer 42:13; 44:16 the commands of the Lord your God and turn from the way that I command you today by following other gods,S Dt 4:28; 13:6, 13; 29:26; 1Sa 26:19 which you have not known.29 When the Lord your God has brought you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim on Mount GerizimJdg 9:7 the blessings, and on Mount EbalDt 27:4; Jos 8:30 the curses.Dt 27:12-13; Jos 8:33; Jn 4:2030 As you know, these mountains are across the Jordan, westward, toward the setting sun, near the great trees of Moreh,S Ge 12:6 in the territory of those Canaanites living in the Arabah in the vicinity of Gilgal.Jos 4:19; 5:9; 9:6; 10:6; 14:6; 15:7; Jdg 2:1; 2Ki 2:1; Mic 6:531 You are about to cross the Jordan to enter and take possessionS Nu 33:53 of the land the Lord your God is givingDt 12:10; Jos 11:23 you. When you have taken it over and are living there,32 be sure that you obey all the decrees and laws I am setting before you today.

The One Place of Worship

12 These are the decreesPs 119:5 and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land.Dt 4:9-10; 6:15; 1Ki 8:40; Eze 20:19Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains,S Nu 21:28 on the hills and under every spreading tree,1Ki 14:23; 2Ki 17:10; Isa 57:5; Jer 2:20; 3:6, 13 where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods.Break down their altars, smash2Ki 11:18 their sacred stones and burnS Ex 32:20 their AsherahEx 34:13; 1Ki 14:15, 23 poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their namesS Ex 23:13 from those places.

You must not worship the Lord your God in their way.ver 30; 2Ki 17:15; Jer 10:2But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his NameS Ex 20:24; S 2Sa 7:13 there for his dwelling.ver 11, 13; Dt 14:23; 15:20; 16:2, 11; 18:6; 26:2; 1Sa 2:29; 1Ki 5:5; 8:16; 9:3; 2Ch 2:4; 6:6; 7:12, 16; Ezr 6:12; 7:15; Ps 26:8; 78:68; Zec 2:12 To that place you must go;there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithesS Lev 27:30 and special gifts, what you have vowedS Ge 28:20 to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.Jos 22:27; Isa 66:20There, in the presenceS Ex 18:12 of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoiceS Lev 23:40; Ecc 3:12-13; 5:18-20; S Isa 62:9 in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.

You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit,Jdg 17:6; 21:25since you have not yet reached the resting placeS Ex 33:14; Dt 3:20; Ps 95:11; Mic 2:10 and the inheritanceDt 4:21 the Lord your God is giving you.10 But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the Lord your God is givingS Dt 11:31 you as an inheritance, and he will give you restS Ex 33:14 from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.11 Then to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his NameS ver 5—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the Lord.S Lev 1:3; Jos 22:2312 And there rejoicever 7 before the Lord your God—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the LevitesDt 26:11-13 from your towns who have no allotment or inheritanceS Nu 18:20 of their own.13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.S ver 514 Offer them only at the place the Lord will choosever 11 in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.

15 Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer,ver 22; Dt 14:5; 15:22 according to the blessing the Lord your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it.16 But you must not eat the blood;S Ge 9:4; Ac 15:20 pourver 23-24; S Ge 35:14; 1Ch 11:18; Jer 7:18 it out on the ground like water.S Lev 17:13; S Dt 15:23; Jn 19:3417 You must not eat in your own towns the titheS Lev 27:30 of your grain and new wine and olive oil,S Nu 18:12 or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give,ver 26; Nu 18:19 or your freewill offerings or special gifts.Dt 14:23; 15:2018 Instead, you are to eatDt 14:23; 15:20 them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place the Lord your God will choosever 5—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites from your towns—and you are to rejoicever 7, 12; Dt 14:26; Ne 8:10; Ecc 3:12-13; 5:18-20 before the Lord your God in everything you put your hand to.19 Be careful not to neglect the Levitesver 12; Dt 14:27; Ne 13:10 as long as you live in your land.Mal 3:8

20 When the Lord your God has enlarged your territoryS Ex 34:24 as he promisedS Ge 15:8; S Dt 11:24 you, and you crave meatS Ex 16:3 and say, “I would like some meat,” then you may eat as much of it as you want.21 If the place where the Lord your God chooses to put his NameDt 14:24 is too far away from you, you may slaughter animals from the herds and flocks the Lord has given you, as I have commanded you, and in your own towns you may eat as much of them as you want.Lev 17:422 Eat them as you would gazelle or deer.S ver 15 Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat.23 But be sure you do not eat the blood,Ge 9:4; S Lev 7:26 because the blood is the life, and you must not eat the life with the meat.Eze 33:2524 You must not eat the blood; pour it out on the ground like water.ver 1625 Do not eat it, so that it may go wellS Dt 4:40 with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is rightver 28; Ex 15:26; Dt 13:18; 1Ki 11:38; 2Ki 12:2 in the eyes of the Lord.

26 But take your consecrated things and whatever you have vowed to give,S ver 17; Nu 5:9-10 and go to the place the Lord will choose.27 Present your burnt offeringsS Lev 1:13 on the altar of the Lord your God, both the meat and the blood. The blood of your sacrifices must be poured beside the altar of the Lord your God, but you may eatLev 3:1-17 the meat.28 Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go wellDt 4:40; Ecc 8:12 with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God.

29 The Lord your God will cut offJos 23:4 before you the nations you are about to invade and dispossess. But when you have driven them out and settled in their land,S Dt 6:1030 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnaredS Ex 10:7 by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.”S ver 431 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way, because in worshiping their gods, they do all kinds of detestable things the Lord hates.S Lev 18:25 They even burn their sonsS Lev 18:21 and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods.S 2Ki 3:27

32 See that you do all I command you; do not addS Dt 4:2; Rev 22:18-19 to it or take away from it.In Hebrew texts this verse (12:32) is numbered 13:1.

11 “You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations, and commands.Keep in mind that I am not talking now to your children, who have never experienced the discipline of the Lord your God or seen his greatness and his strong hand and powerful arm.They didn’t see the miraculous signs and wonders he performed in Egypt against Pharaoh and all his land.They didn’t see what the Lord did to the armies of Egypt and to their horses and chariots—how he drowned them in the Red SeaHebrew sea of reeds. as they were chasing you. He destroyed them, and they have not recovered to this very day!

“Your children didn’t see how the Lord cared for you in the wilderness until you arrived here.They didn’t see what he did to Dathan and Abiram (the sons of Eliab, a descendant of Reuben) when the earth opened its mouth in the Israelite camp and swallowed them, along with their households and tents and every living thing that belonged to them.But you have seen the Lord perform all these mighty deeds with your own eyes!

The Blessings of Obedience

“Therefore, be careful to obey every command I am giving you today, so you may have strength to go in and take over the land you are about to enter.If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey!10 For the land you are about to enter and take over is not like the land of Egypt from which you came, where you planted your seed and made irrigation ditches with your foot as in a vegetable garden.11 Rather, the land you will soon take over is a land of hills and valleys with plenty of rain—12 a land that the Lord your God cares for. He watches over it through each season of the year!

13 “If you carefully obey the commands I am giving you today, and if you love the Lord your God and serve him with all your heart and soul,14 then he will send the rains in their proper seasons—the early and late rains—so you can bring in your harvests of grain, new wine, and olive oil.15 He will give you lush pastureland for your livestock, and you yourselves will have all you want to eat.

16 “But be careful. Don’t let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the Lord and serve and worship other gods.17 If you do, the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut up the sky and hold back the rain, and the ground will fail to produce its harvests. Then you will quickly die in that good land the Lord is giving you.

18 “So commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these words of mine. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders.19 Teach them to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates,21 so that as long as the sky remains above the earth, you and your children may flourish in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors.

22 “Be careful to obey all these commands I am giving you. Show love to the Lord your God by walking in his ways and holding tightly to him.23 Then the Lord will drive out all the nations ahead of you, though they are much greater and stronger than you, and you will take over their land.24 Wherever you set foot, that land will be yours. Your frontiers will stretch from the wilderness in the south to Lebanon in the north, and from the Euphrates River in the east to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.Hebrew to the western sea.25 No one will be able to stand against you, for the Lord your God will cause the people to fear and dread you, as he promised, wherever you go in the whole land.

26 “Look, today I am giving you the choice between a blessing and a curse!27 You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.28 But you will be cursed if you reject the commands of the Lord your God and turn away from him and worship gods you have not known before.

29 “When the Lord your God brings you into the land and helps you take possession of it, you must pronounce the blessing at Mount Gerizim and the curse at Mount Ebal.30 (These two mountains are west of the Jordan River in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Jordan Valley,Hebrew the Arabah. near the town of Gilgal, not far from the oaks of Moreh.)31 For you are about to cross the Jordan River to take over the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take that land and are living in it,32 you must be careful to obey all the decrees and regulations I am giving you today.

The Lord’s Chosen Place for Worship

12 “These are the decrees and regulations you must be careful to obey when you live in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, is giving you. You must obey them as long as you live.

“When you drive out the nations that live there, you must destroy all the places where they worship their gods—high on the mountains, up on the hills, and under every green tree.Break down their altars and smash their sacred pillars. Burn their Asherah poles and cut down their carved idols. Completely erase the names of their gods!

“Do not worship the Lord your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods.Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place of worship he himself will choose from among all the tribes—the place where his name will be honored.There you will bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your voluntary offerings, and your offerings of the firstborn animals of your herds and flocks.There you and your families will feast in the presence of the Lord your God, and you will rejoice in all you have accomplished because the Lord your God has blessed you.

“Your pattern of worship will change. Today all of you are doing as you please,because you have not yet arrived at the place of rest, the land the Lord your God is giving you as your special possession.10 But you will soon cross the Jordan River and live in the land the Lord your God is giving you. When he gives you rest from all your enemies and you’re living safely in the land,11 you must bring everything I command you—your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your sacred offerings, and your offerings to fulfill a vow—to the designated place of worship, the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored.

12 “You must celebrate there in the presence of the Lord your God with your sons and daughters and all your servants. And remember to include the Levites who live in your towns, for they will receive no allotment of land among you.13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings just anywhere you like.14 You may do so only at the place the Lord will choose within one of your tribal territories. There you must offer your burnt offerings and do everything I command you.

15 “But you may butcher your animals and eat their meat in any town whenever you want. You may freely eat the animals with which the Lord your God blesses you. All of you, whether ceremonially clean or unclean, may eat that meat, just as you now eat gazelle and deer.16 But you must not consume the blood. You must pour it out on the ground like water.

17 “But you may not eat your offerings in your hometown—neither the tithe of your grain and new wine and olive oil, nor the firstborn of your flocks and herds, nor any offering to fulfill a vow, nor your voluntary offerings, nor your sacred offerings.18 You must eat these in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose. Eat them there with your children, your servants, and the Levites who live in your towns, celebrating in the presence of the Lord your God in all you do.19 And be very careful never to neglect the Levites as long as you live in your land.

20 “When the Lord your God expands your territory as he has promised, and you have the urge to eat meat, you may freely eat meat whenever you want.21 It might happen that the designated place of worship—the place the Lord your God chooses for his name to be honored—is a long way from your home. If so, you may butcher any of the cattle, sheep, or goats the Lord has given you, and you may freely eat the meat in your hometown, as I have commanded you.22 Anyone, whether ceremonially clean or unclean, may eat that meat, just as you do now with gazelle and deer.23 But never consume the blood, for the blood is the life, and you must not consume the lifeblood with the meat.24 Instead, pour out the blood on the ground like water.25 Do not consume the blood, so that all may go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what pleases the Lord.

26 “Take your sacred gifts and your offerings given to fulfill a vow to the place the Lord chooses.27 You must offer the meat and blood of your burnt offerings on the altar of the Lord your God. The blood of your other sacrifices must be poured out on the altar of the Lord your God, but you may eat the meat.28 Be careful to obey all my commands, so that all will go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and pleasing to the Lord your God.

29 “When the Lord your God goes ahead of you and destroys the nations and you drive them out and live in their land,30 do not fall into the trap of following their customs and worshiping their gods. Do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations worship their gods? I want to follow their example.’31 You must not worship the Lord your God the way the other nations worship their gods, for they perform for their gods every detestable act that the Lord hates. They even burn their sons and daughters as sacrifices to their gods.

32 Verse 12:32 is numbered 13:1 in Hebrew text.“So be careful to obey all the commands I give you. You must not add anything to them or subtract anything from them.

11 Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.

And know ye this day: for I speak not with your children which have not known, and which have not seen the chastisement of the Lord your God, his greatness, his mighty hand, and his stretched out arm,

And his miracles, and his acts, which he did in the midst of Egypt unto Pharaoh the king of Egypt, and unto all his land;

And what he did unto the army of Egypt, unto their horses, and to their chariots; how he made the water of the Red sea to overflow them as they pursued after you, and how the Lord hath destroyed them unto this day;

And what he did unto you in the wilderness, until ye came into this place;

And what he did unto Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, the son of Reuben: how the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and their tents, and all the substance that was in their possession, in the midst of all Israel:

But your eyes have seen all the great acts of the Lord which he did.

Therefore shall ye keep all the commandments which I command you this day, that ye may be strong, and go in and possess the land, whither ye go to possess it;

And that ye may prolong your days in the land, which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give unto them and to their seed, a land that floweth with milk and honey.

10 For the land, whither thou goest in to possess it, is not as the land of Egypt, from whence ye came out, where thou sowedst thy seed, and wateredst it with thy foot, as a garden of herbs:

11 But the land, whither ye go to possess it, is a land of hills and valleys, and drinketh water of the rain of heaven:

12 A land which the Lord thy God careth for: the eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year even unto the end of the year.

13 And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul,

14 That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

15 And I will send grass in thy fields for thy cattle, that thou mayest eat and be full.

16 Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

17 And then the Lord's wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain, and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.

18 Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart and in your soul, and bind them for a sign upon your hand, that they may be as frontlets between your eyes.

19 And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

20 And thou shalt write them upon the door posts of thine house, and upon thy gates:

21 That your days may be multiplied, and the days of your children, in the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers to give them, as the days of heaven upon the earth.

22 For if ye shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you, to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, and to cleave unto him;

23 Then will the Lord drive out all these nations from before you, and ye shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.

24 Every place whereon the soles of your feet shall tread shall be yours: from the wilderness and Lebanon, from the river, the river Euphrates, even unto the uttermost sea shall your coast be.

25 There shall no man be able to stand before you: for the Lord your God shall lay the fear of you and the dread of you upon all the land that ye shall tread upon, as he hath said unto you.

26 Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse;

27 A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:

28 And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.

29 And it shall come to pass, when the Lord thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.

30 Are they not on the other side Jordan, by the way where the sun goeth down, in the land of the Canaanites, which dwell in the champaign over against Gilgal, beside the plains of Moreh?

31 For ye shall pass over Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God giveth you, and ye shall possess it, and dwell therein.

32 And ye shall observe to do all the statutes and judgments which I set before you this day.

12 These are the statutes and judgments, which ye shall observe to do in the land, which the Lord God of thy fathers giveth thee to possess it, all the days that ye live upon the earth.

Ye shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which ye shall possess served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree:

And ye shall overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire; and ye shall hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place.

Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God.

But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

And thither ye shall bring your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave offerings of your hand, and your vows, and your freewill offerings, and the firstlings of your herds and of your flocks:

And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee.

Ye shall not do after all the things that we do here this day, every man whatsoever is right in his own eyes.

For ye are not as yet come to the rest and to the inheritance, which the Lord your God giveth you.

10 But when ye go over Jordan, and dwell in the land which the Lord your God giveth you to inherit, and when he giveth you rest from all your enemies round about, so that ye dwell in safety;

11 Then there shall be a place which the Lord your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the Lord:

12 And ye shall rejoice before the Lord your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

13 Take heed to thyself that thou offer not thy burnt offerings in every place that thou seest:

14 But in the place which the Lord shall choose in one of thy tribes, there thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, and there thou shalt do all that I command thee.

15 Notwithstanding thou mayest kill and eat flesh in all thy gates, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee: the unclean and the clean may eat thereof, as of the roebuck, and as of the hart.

16 Only ye shall not eat the blood; ye shall pour it upon the earth as water.

17 Thou mayest not eat within thy gates the tithe of thy corn, or of thy wine, or of thy oil, or the firstlings of thy herds or of thy flock, nor any of thy vows which thou vowest, nor thy freewill offerings, or heave offering of thine hand:

18 But thou must eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates: and thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God in all that thou puttest thine hands unto.

19 Take heed to thyself that thou forsake not the Levite as long as thou livest upon the earth.

20 When the Lord thy God shall enlarge thy border, as he hath promised thee, and thou shalt say, I will eat flesh, because thy soul longeth to eat flesh; thou mayest eat flesh, whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.

21 If the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the Lord hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.

22 Even as the roebuck and the hart is eaten, so thou shalt eat them: the unclean and the clean shall eat of them alike.

23 Only be sure that thou eat not the blood: for the blood is the life; and thou mayest not eat the life with the flesh.

24 Thou shalt not eat it; thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water.

25 Thou shalt not eat it; that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the Lord.

26 Only thy holy things which thou hast, and thy vows, thou shalt take, and go unto the place which the Lord shall choose:

27 And thou shalt offer thy burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of the Lord thy God: and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of the Lord thy God, and thou shalt eat the flesh.

28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the Lord thy God.

29 When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land;

30 Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.

31 Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.

32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Luke 8:22-39

Jesus Calms the Storm8:22-25pp — Mt 8:23-27; Mk 4:36-418:22-25Ref — Mk 6:47-52; Jn 6:16-21

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master,S Lk 5:5 we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebukedLk 4:35, 39, 41 the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.Ps 107:29; Jnh 1:1525 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

Jesus Restores a Demon-Possessed Man8:26-37pp — Mt 8:28-348:26-39pp — Mk 5:1-20

26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,Some manuscripts Gadarenes; other manuscripts Gergesenes; also in verse 37 which is across the lake from Galilee.27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me,S Mt 8:29 Jesus, Son of the Most High God?S Mk 5:7 I beg you, don’t torture me!”29 For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

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

“Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him.31 And they begged Jesus repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss.Rev 9:1, 2, 11; 11:7; 17:8; 20:1, 3

32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into the pigs, and he gave them permission.33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lakever 22, 23 and was drowned.

34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside,35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus’ feet,Lk 10:39 dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessedS Mt 4:24 man had been cured.37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them,Ac 16:39 because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying,39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him.

Jesus Calms the Storm

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out.23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”

Jesus Heals a Demon-Possessed Man

26 So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes,Other manuscripts read Gadarenes; still others read Gergesenes; also in 8:37. See Matt 8:28; Mark 5:1. across the lake from Galilee.27 As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in a cemetery outside the town.

28 As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, I beg you, don’t torture me!”29 For Jesus had already commanded the evilGreek unclean. spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them and rushed out into the wilderness, completely under the demon’s power.

30 Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”

“Legion,” he replied, for he was filled with many demons.31 The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.Or the abyss, or the underworld.

32 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons begged him to let them enter into the pigs.

So Jesus gave them permission.33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned.

34 When the herdsmen saw it, they fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran.35 People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.36 Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed.37 And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them.

So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake.38 The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying,39 “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.

22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.

23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.

24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.

26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.

27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.

28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.

29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)

30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.

31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.

32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.

33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.

34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.

35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.

36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.

37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.

38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying,

39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.

Psalm 70:1-5

Psalm 70In Hebrew texts 70:1-5 is numbered 70:2-6.70:1-5pp — Ps 40:13-17

For the director of music. Of David. A petition.

Hasten, O God, to save me;

come quickly, Lord, to help me.Ps 22:19; 71:12

May those who want to take my lifePs 35:4

be put to shame and confusion;

may all who desire my ruin

be turned back in disgrace.Ps 6:10; 35:26; 71:13; 109:29; 129:5

May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”S Ps 35:21

turn back because of their shame.

But may all who seek youPs 9:10

rejoice and be gladPs 31:6-7; 32:11; 118:24 in you;

may those who long for your saving help always say,

“The Lord is great!”Ps 35:27

But as for me, I am poor and needy;Ps 86:1; 109:22

come quickly to me,Ps 141:1 O God.

You are my helpPs 30:10; 33:20 and my deliverer;Ps 18:2

Lord, do not delay.Ps 119:60

Psalm 70

For the choir director: A psalm of David, asking God to remember him.

Please, God, rescue me!

Come quickly, Lord, and help me.

May those who try to kill me

be humiliated and put to shame.

May those who take delight in my trouble

be turned back in disgrace.

Let them be horrified by their shame,

for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!”

But may all who search for you

be filled with joy and gladness in you.

May those who love your salvation

repeatedly shout, “God is great!”

But as for me, I am poor and needy;

please hurry to my aid, O God.

You are my helper and my savior;

O Lord, do not delay.

70 Make haste, o God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.

Let them be ashamed and confounded that seek after my soul: let them be turned backward, and put to confusion, that desire my hurt.

Let them be turned back for a reward of their shame that say, Aha, aha.

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

But I am poor and needy: make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying.

Proverbs 12:4

A wife of noble characterS Ru 3:11; Pr 31:10-11 is her husband’s crown,

but a disgraceful wife is like decay in his bones.Pr 18:22

A worthy wife is a crown for her husband,

but a disgraceful woman is like cancer in his bones.

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones.

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