Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Handling opposition is difficult, especially if the opposition is from those you love. Jesus faced opposition continually, even from those in His own family who said, "He's out of his mind" (Mark 3:21). In addition, Jesus also faced opposition from the teachers of the Law who remarked, "He's possessed by Satan" (v. 22).

David gave the best prescription for handling opposition. First, he said to trust in the Lord. Never believe that a problem is yours. Just relax as a baby would in the arms of its mother.

Second, David said to delight in the Lord. Keep your focus on the delightful relationship between you and your God. Never let the devil steal your joy and the sense that all is well.

Third, he said to "commit everything you do to the Lord" (Psalm 37:5). Commit means "to roll." Just shift the weight of opposition from your shoulders onto the shoulders of God. He is more than able to carry it.

Finally, David said in verse 7 of Psalm 37 to "be still." How quickly we want to take matters into our own hands and begin to "fight fire with fire"! We've got to learn, however, to discipline ourselves to wait on the Lord to fight the battle for us.

Trust, delight, commit, and be still, and in the end you will see that the battle belongs to the Lord.

Leviticus 6:1-7:27

In Hebrew texts 6:1-7 is numbered 5:20-26, and 6:8-30 is numbered 6:1-23.The Lord said to Moses:“If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the LordNu 5:6; Ps 73:27; Ac 5:4; Col 3:9 by deceiving a neighborLev 19:11; Jer 9:4, 5 about something entrusted to them or left in their careS Ex 22:7 or about something stolen, or if they cheatS Ge 31:7 their neighbor,or if they find lost property and lie about it,S Ex 23:4 or if they swear falselyS Ex 22:11 about any such sin that people may commit—when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must returnLev 5:16; Eze 33:15; S Lk 19:8 what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found,or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitutionNu 5:7 in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.S Lev 5:15And as a penalty they must bring to the priest, that is, to the Lord, their guilt offering,S Lev 5:15 a ram from the flock, one without defect and of the proper value.Nu 5:8In this way the priest will make atonementS Ex 32:30 for them before the Lord, and they will be forgiven for any of the things they did that made them guilty.”

The Burnt Offering

The Lord said to Moses:“Give Aaron and his sons this command: ‘These are the regulations for the burnt offeringLev 7:37: The burnt offering is to remain on the altar hearth throughout the night, till morning, and the fire must be kept burning on the altar.ver 1210 The priest shall then put on his linen clothes,S Ex 39:27 with linen undergarments next to his body,Ex 28:39-42, 43; 39:28 and shall remove the ashesS Lev 1:16 of the burnt offering that the fire has consumed on the altar and place them beside the altar.11 Then he is to take off these clothes and put on others, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean.S Lev 4:1212 The fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must not go out. Every morning the priest is to add firewoodS Lev 1:7 and arrange the burnt offering on the fire and burn the fatS Ex 29:13 of the fellowship offeringsS Ex 32:6 on it.13 The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.

The Grain Offering

14 “‘These are the regulations for the grain offering:S Lev 2:1; Nu 6:15; 15:4; 28:13 Aaron’s sons are to bring it before the Lord, in front of the altar.15 The priest is to take a handful of the finest flour and some olive oil, together with all the incenseS Lev 2:1 on the grain offering,Lev 2:9 and burn the memorialOr representative portionS Lev 2:2 on the altar as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.16 Aaron and his sonsS Lev 2:3 shall eat the restEze 44:29 of it, but it is to be eaten without yeastS Lev 2:11 in the sanctuary area;ver 26; S Ex 29:11; Lev 10:13; 16:24; 24:9; Nu 18:10 they are to eat it in the courtyardS Ex 27:9 of the tent of meeting.Ex 29:31; Lev 8:3117 It must not be baked with yeast; I have given it as their shareNu 5:9 of the food offerings presented to me.Ex 29:28; Lev 7:7; 10:16-18 Like the sin offeringOr purification offering; also in verses 25 and 30 and the guilt offering, it is most holy.ver 29; Ex 40:10; Lev 10:12; 21:22; 24:9; Nu 18:9, 1018 Any male descendant of Aaron may eat it.ver 29; Lev 2:3; 7:6; Nu 18:9-10 For all generations to comeS Ge 9:12 it is his perpetual shareNu 5:9 of the food offerings presented to the Lord. Whatever touches them will become holy.Or Whoever touches them must be holy; similarly in verse 27S Ex 30:29’”

19 The Lord also said to Moses,20 “This is the offering Aaron and his sons are to bring to the Lord on the day heOr each is anointed:S Ex 28:41 a tenth of an ephahThat is, probably about 3 1/2 pounds or about 1.6 kilogramsS Ex 16:36 of the finest flourNu 5:15; 28:5 as a regular grain offering,Ex 29:2; Lev 23:13; Nu 4:16 half of it in the morning and half in the evening.21 It must be prepared with oil on a griddle;Lev 2:5 bring it well-mixed and present the grain offering brokenThe meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain. in pieces as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.22 The son who is to succeed him as anointed priestS Ex 28:41; S 29:30 shall prepare it. It is the Lord’s perpetual share and is to be burned completely.S Lev 1:923 Every grain offering of a priest shall be burned completely; it must not be eaten.”

The Sin Offering

24 The Lord said to Moses,25 “Say to Aaron and his sons: ‘These are the regulations for the sin offering:S Ex 30:10; S Lev 4:24 The sin offering is to be slaughtered before the LordS Lev 1:3 in the placeS Ex 29:11 the burnt offering is slaughtered; it is most holy.26 The priest who offers it shall eat it; it is to be eaten in the sanctuary area,S ver 16 in the courtyardS Ex 27:9 of the tent of meeting.S Ex 27:21; S 40:227 Whatever touches any of the flesh will become holy,S Ex 29:37; Lev 10:10; Eze 44:19; 46:20; Hag 2:12 and if any of the blood is spattered on a garment, you must wash it in the sanctuary area.28 The clay potLev 11:33; 15:12; Nu 19:15 the meat is cooked in must be broken; but if it is cooked in a bronze pot, the pot is to be scoured and rinsed with water.29 Any male in a priest’s family may eat it;S ver 18 it is most holy.S ver 17; Eze 42:1330 But any sin offering whose blood is brought into the tent of meeting to make atonementEze 45:15 in the Holy PlaceS Lev 4:18 must not be eaten; it must be burned up.Lev 4:12

The Guilt Offering

“‘These are the regulations for the guilt offering,S Lev 5:15; Eze 40:39 which is most holy:The guilt offering is to be slaughtered in the place where the burnt offering is slaughtered, and its blood is to be splashed against the sides of the altar.All its fatS Ex 29:13 shall be offered: the fat tail and the fat that covers the internal organs,both kidneys with the fat on them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver, which is to be removed with the kidneys.Lev 3:15The priest shall burn them on the altarS Ex 29:13 as a food offering presented to the Lord. It is a guilt offering.Any male in a priest’s family may eat it,S Lev 6:18 but it must be eaten in the sanctuary area; it is most holy.Eze 42:13

“‘The same law applies to both the sin offeringOr purification offering; also in verse 37S Ex 30:10 and the guilt offering:S Lev 5:15 They belong to the priestver 6; Lev 2:3; 6:17, 26; 14:13; 2Ki 12:16; 1Co 9:13; 10:18 who makes atonement with them.Nu 5:8The priest who offers a burnt offering for anyone may keep its hideLev 1:6 for himself.Every grain offering baked in an ovenS Lev 2:4 or cooked in a panLev 2:7 or on a griddleS Lev 2:5 belongs to the priest who offers it,10 and every grain offering, whether mixed with olive oil or dry, belongs equally to all the sons of Aaron.

The Fellowship Offering

11 “‘These are the regulations for the fellowship offering anyone may present to the Lord:

12 “‘If they offer it as an expression of thankfulness, then along with this thank offeringver 13, 15; Lev 22:29; Ps 50:14; 54:6; 107:22; 116:17; Jer 33:11 they are to offer thick loavesJer 44:19 made without yeastNu 6:19 and with olive oil mixed in, thin loavesS Lev 2:4 made without yeast and brushed with oil,S Lev 2:1 and thick loaves of the finest flour well-kneaded and with oil mixed in.13 Along with their fellowship offering of thanksgivingS ver 12; S Ex 34:22 they are to present an offering with thick loaves of bread made with yeast.Lev 23:17; Am 4:514 They are to bring one of each kind as an offering, a contribution to the Lord; it belongs to the priest who splashes the blood of the fellowship offering against the altar.15 The meat of their fellowship offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the day it is offered; they must leave none of it till morning.S Ex 12:10

16 “‘If, however, their offering is the result of a vowS Ge 28:20; S Lev 1:2; Dt 23:21-23 or is a freewill offering,Ex 35:29; Lev 22:18, 21; 23:38; Nu 15:3; 29:39; Dt 12:6; Ps 54:6; Eze 46:12 the sacrifice shall be eaten on the day they offer it, but anything left over may be eaten on the next day.Lev 19:5-817 Any meat of the sacrifice left over till the third day must be burned up.Ex 12:10; Lev 19:618 If any meat of the fellowship offering2Ch 33:16 is eaten on the third day, the one who offered it will not be accepted.Lev 19:7 It will not be reckonedNu 18:27 to their credit, for it has become impure; the person who eats any of it will be held responsible.S Lev 5:1

19 “‘Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean must not be eaten; it must be burned up. As for other meat, anyone ceremonially clean may eat it.20 But if anyone who is uncleanS Lev 5:3 eats any meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord, they must be cut off from their people.S Ge 17:14; Lev 22:3-721 Anyone who touches something uncleanS Lev 5:2—whether human uncleanness or an unclean animal or any unclean creature that moves along the groundA few Hebrew manuscripts, Samaritan Pentateuch, Syriac and Targum (see 5:2); most Hebrew manuscripts any unclean, detestable thing—and then eats any of the meat of the fellowship offering belonging to the Lord must be cut off from their people.’”

Eating Fat and Blood Forbidden

22 The Lord said to Moses,23 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Do not eat any of the fat of cattle, sheep or goats.Lev 17:13-14; Dt 14:424 The fat of an animal found dead or torn by wild animalsS Ex 22:31 may be used for any other purpose, but you must not eat it.25 Anyone who eats the fat of an animal from which a food offering may beOr offering is presented to the Lord must be cut off from their people.26 And wherever you live, you must not eat the bloodS Ge 9:4 of any bird or animal.27 Anyone who eats bloodS Ge 9:4 must be cut off from their people.’”

Sins Requiring a Guilt Offering

Verses 6:1-7 are numbered 5:20-26 in Hebrew text.Then the Lord said to Moses,“Suppose one of you sins against your associate and is unfaithful to the Lord. Suppose you cheat in a deal involving a security deposit, or you steal or commit fraud,or you find lost property and lie about it, or you lie while swearing to tell the truth, or you commit any other such sin.If you have sinned in any of these ways, you are guilty. You must give back whatever you stole, or the money you took by extortion, or the security deposit, or the lost property you found,or anything obtained by swearing falsely. You must make restitution by paying the full price plus an additional 20 percent to the person you have harmed. On the same day you must present a guilt offering.As a guilt offering to the Lord, you must bring to the priest your own ram with no defects, or you may buy one of equal value.Through this process, the priest will purify you before the Lord, making you right with him,Or will make atonement for you before the Lord. and you will be forgiven for any of these sins you have committed.”

Further Instructions for the Burnt Offering

Verses 6:8-30 are numbered 6:1-23 in Hebrew text.Then the Lord said to Moses,“Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the burnt offering. The burnt offering must be left on top of the altar until the next morning, and the fire on the altar must be kept burning all night.10 In the morning, after the priest on duty has put on his official linen clothing and linen undergarments, he must clean out the ashes of the burnt offering and put them beside the altar.11 Then he must take off these garments, change back into his regular clothes, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a place that is ceremonially clean.12 Meanwhile, the fire on the altar must be kept burning; it must never go out. Each morning the priest will add fresh wood to the fire and arrange the burnt offering on it. He will then burn the fat of the peace offerings on it.13 Remember, the fire must be kept burning on the altar at all times. It must never go out.

Further Instructions for the Grain Offering

14 “These are the instructions regarding the grain offering. Aaron’s sons must present this offering to the Lord in front of the altar.15 The priest on duty will take from the grain offering a handful of the choice flour moistened with olive oil, together with all the frankincense. He will burn this representative portion on the altar as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.16 Aaron and his sons may eat the rest of the flour, but it must be baked without yeast and eaten in a sacred place within the courtyard of the Tabernacle.Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 6:26, 30.17 Remember, it must never be prepared with yeast. I have given it to the priests as their share of the special gifts presented to me. Like the sin offering and the guilt offering, it is most holy.18 Any of Aaron’s male descendants may eat from the special gifts presented to the Lord. This is their permanent right from generation to generation. Anyone or anything that touches these offerings will become holy.”

Procedures for the Ordination Offering

19 Then the Lord said to Moses,20 “On the day Aaron and his sons are anointed, they must present to the Lord the standard grain offering of two quartsHebrew 1⁄10 of an ephah [2.2 liters]. of choice flour, half to be offered in the morning and half to be offered in the evening.21 It must be carefully mixed with olive oil and cooked on a griddle. Then sliceThe meaning of this Hebrew term is uncertain. this grain offering and present it as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.22 In each generation, the high priestHebrew the anointed priest. who succeeds Aaron must prepare this same offering. It belongs to the Lord and must be burned up completely. This is a permanent law.23 All such grain offerings of a priest must be burned up entirely. None of it may be eaten.”

Further Instructions for the Sin Offering

24 Then the Lord said to Moses,25 “Give Aaron and his sons the following instructions regarding the sin offering. The animal given as an offering for sin is a most holy offering, and it must be slaughtered in the Lord’s presence at the place where the burnt offerings are slaughtered.26 The priest who offers the sacrifice as a sin offering must eat his portion in a sacred place within the courtyard of the Tabernacle.27 Anyone or anything that touches the sacrificial meat will become holy. If any of the sacrificial blood spatters on a person’s clothing, the soiled garment must be washed in a sacred place.28 If a clay pot is used to boil the sacrificial meat, it must then be broken. If a bronze pot is used, it must be scoured and thoroughly rinsed with water.29 Any male from a priest’s family may eat from this offering; it is most holy.30 But the offering for sin may not be eaten if its blood was brought into the Tabernacle as an offering for purificationOr an offering to make atonement. in the Holy Place. It must be completely burned with fire.

Further Instructions for the Guilt Offering

“These are the instructions for the guilt offering. It is most holy.The animal sacrificed as a guilt offering must be slaughtered at the place where the burnt offerings are slaughtered, and its blood must be splattered against all sides of the altar.The priest will then offer all its fat on the altar, including the fat of the broad tail, the fat around the internal organs,the two kidneys and the fat around them near the loins, and the long lobe of the liver. These are to be removed with the kidneys,and the priests will burn them on the altar as a special gift presented to the Lord. This is the guilt offering.Any male from a priest’s family may eat the meat. It must be eaten in a sacred place, for it is most holy.

“The same instructions apply to both the guilt offering and the sin offering. Both belong to the priest who uses them to purify someone, making that person right with the Lord.Or to make atonement.In the case of the burnt offering, the priest may keep the hide of the sacrificed animal.Any grain offering that has been baked in an oven, prepared in a pan, or cooked on a griddle belongs to the priest who presents it.10 All other grain offerings, whether made of dry flour or flour moistened with olive oil, are to be shared equally among all the priests, the descendants of Aaron.

Further Instructions for the Peace Offering

11 “These are the instructions regarding the different kinds of peace offerings that may be presented to the Lord.12 If you present your peace offering as an expression of thanksgiving, the usual animal sacrifice must be accompanied by various kinds of bread made without yeast—thin cakes mixed with olive oil, wafers spread with oil, and cakes made of choice flour mixed with olive oil.13 This peace offering of thanksgiving must also be accompanied by loaves of bread made with yeast.14 One of each kind of bread must be presented as a gift to the Lord. It will then belong to the priest who splatters the blood of the peace offering against the altar.15 The meat of the peace offering of thanksgiving must be eaten on the same day it is offered. None of it may be saved for the next morning.

16 “If you bring an offering to fulfill a vow or as a voluntary offering, the meat must be eaten on the same day the sacrifice is offered, but whatever is left over may be eaten on the second day.17 Any meat left over until the third day must be completely burned up.18 If any of the meat from the peace offering is eaten on the third day, the person who presented it will not be accepted by the Lord. You will receive no credit for offering it. By then the meat will be contaminated; if you eat it, you will be punished for your sin.

19 “Meat that touches anything ceremonially unclean may not be eaten; it must be completely burned up. The rest of the meat may be eaten, but only by people who are ceremonially clean.20 If you are ceremonially unclean and you eat meat from a peace offering that was presented to the Lord, you will be cut off from the community.21 If you touch anything that is unclean (whether it is human defilement or an unclean animal or any other unclean, detestable thing) and then eat meat from a peace offering presented to the Lord, you will be cut off from the community.”

The Forbidden Blood and Fat

22 Then the Lord said to Moses,23 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel. You must never eat fat, whether from cattle, sheep, or goats.24 The fat of an animal found dead or torn to pieces by wild animals must never be eaten, though it may be used for any other purpose.25 Anyone who eats fat from an animal presented as a special gift to the Lord will be cut off from the community.26 No matter where you live, you must never consume the blood of any bird or animal.27 Anyone who consumes blood will be cut off from the community.”

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the Lord, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;

Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:

Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,

Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.

And he shall bring his trespass offering unto the Lord, a ram without blemish out of the flock, with thy estimation, for a trespass offering, unto the priest:

And the priest shall make an atonement for him before the Lord: and it shall be forgiven him for any thing of all that he hath done in trespassing therein.

And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

Command Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto the morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it.

10 And the priest shall put on his linen garment, and his linen breeches shall he put upon his flesh, and take up the ashes which the fire hath consumed with the burnt offering on the altar, and he shall put them beside the altar.

11 And he shall put off his garments, and put on other garments, and carry forth the ashes without the camp unto a clean place.

12 And the fire upon the altar shall be burning in it; it shall not be put out: and the priest shall burn wood on it every morning, and lay the burnt offering in order upon it; and he shall burn thereon the fat of the peace offerings.

13 The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.

14 And this is the law of the meat offering: the sons of Aaron shall offer it before the Lord, before the altar.

15 And he shall take of it his handful, of the flour of the meat offering, and of the oil thereof, and all the frankincense which is upon the meat offering, and shall burn it upon the altar for a sweet savour, even the memorial of it, unto the Lord.

16 And the remainder thereof shall Aaron and his sons eat: with unleavened bread shall it be eaten in the holy place; in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation they shall eat it.

17 It shall not be baken with leaven. I have given it unto them for their portion of my offerings made by fire; it is most holy, as is the sin offering, and as the trespass offering.

18 All the males among the children of Aaron shall eat of it. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations concerning the offerings of the Lord made by fire: every one that toucheth them shall be holy.

19 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

20 This is the offering of Aaron and of his sons, which they shall offer unto the Lord in the day when he is anointed; the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meat offering perpetual, half of it in the morning, and half thereof at night.

21 In a pan it shall be made with oil; and when it is baken, thou shalt bring it in: and the baken pieces of the meat offering shalt thou offer for a sweet savour unto the Lord.

22 And the priest of his sons that is anointed in his stead shall offer it: it is a statute for ever unto the Lord; it shall be wholly burnt.

23 For every meat offering for the priest shall be wholly burnt: it shall not be eaten.

24 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

25 Speak unto Aaron and to his sons, saying, This is the law of the sin offering: In the place where the burnt offering is killed shall the sin offering be killed before the Lord: it is most holy.

26 The priest that offereth it for sin shall eat it: in the holy place shall it be eaten, in the court of the tabernacle of the congregation.

27 Whatsoever shall touch the flesh thereof shall be holy: and when there is sprinkled of the blood thereof upon any garment, thou shalt wash that whereon it was sprinkled in the holy place.

28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brasen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water.

29 All the males among the priests shall eat thereof: it is most holy.

30 And no sin offering, whereof any of the blood is brought into the tabernacle of the congregation to reconcile withal in the holy place, shall be eaten: it shall be burnt in the fire.

Likewise this is the law of the trespass offering: it is most holy.

In the place where they kill the burnt offering shall they kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar.

And he shall offer of it all the fat thereof; the rump, and the fat that covereth the inwards,

And the two kidneys, and the fat that is on them, which is by the flanks, and the caul that is above the liver, with the kidneys, it shall he take away:

And the priest shall burn them upon the altar for an offering made by fire unto the Lord: it is a trespass offering.

Every male among the priests shall eat thereof: it shall be eaten in the holy place: it is most holy.

As the sin offering is, so is the trespass offering: there is one law for them: the priest that maketh atonement therewith shall have it.

And the priest that offereth any man's burnt offering, even the priest shall have to himself the skin of the burnt offering which he hath offered.

And all the meat offering that is baken in the oven, and all that is dressed in the fryingpan, and in the pan, shall be the priest's that offereth it.

10 And every meat offering, mingled with oil, and dry, shall all the sons of Aaron have, one as much as another.

11 And this is the law of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he shall offer unto the Lord.

12 If he offer it for a thanksgiving, then he shall offer with the sacrifice of thanksgiving unleavened cakes mingled with oil, and unleavened wafers anointed with oil, and cakes mingled with oil, of fine flour, fried.

13 Besides the cakes, he shall offer for his offering leavened bread with the sacrifice of thanksgiving of his peace offerings.

14 And of it he shall offer one out of the whole oblation for an heave offering unto the Lord, and it shall be the priest's that sprinkleth the blood of the peace offerings.

15 And the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings for thanksgiving shall be eaten the same day that it is offered; he shall not leave any of it until the morning.

16 But if the sacrifice of his offering be a vow, or a voluntary offering, it shall be eaten the same day that he offereth his sacrifice: and on the morrow also the remainder of it shall be eaten:

17 But the remainder of the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burnt with fire.

18 And if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offerings be eaten at all on the third day, it shall not be accepted, neither shall it be imputed unto him that offereth it: it shall be an abomination, and the soul that eateth of it shall bear his iniquity.

19 And the flesh that toucheth any unclean thing shall not be eaten; it shall be burnt with fire: and as for the flesh, all that be clean shall eat thereof.

20 But the soul that eateth of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, that pertain unto the Lord, having his uncleanness upon him, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which pertain unto the Lord, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

22 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

23 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, Ye shall eat no manner of fat, of ox, or of sheep, or of goat.

24 And the fat of the beast that dieth of itself, and the fat of that which is torn with beasts, may be used in any other use: but ye shall in no wise eat of it.

25 For whosoever eateth the fat of the beast, of which men offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, even the soul that eateth it shall be cut off from his people.

26 Moreover ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of fowl or of beast, in any of your dwellings.

27 Whatsoever soul it be that eateth any manner of blood, even that soul shall be cut off from his people.

Mark 3:7-30

Crowds Follow Jesus3:7-12pp — Mt 12:15, 16; Lk 6:17-19

Jesus withdrew with his disciples to the lake, and a large crowd from Galilee followed.Mt 4:25When they heard about all he was doing, many people came to him from Judea, Jerusalem, Idumea, and the regions across the Jordan and around Tyre and Sidon.S Mt 11:21Because of the crowd he told his disciples to have a small boat ready for him, to keep the people from crowding him.10 For he had healed many,S Mt 4:23 so that those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him.S Mt 9:2011 Whenever the impure spirits saw him, they fell down before him and cried out, “You are the Son of God.”S Mt 4:3; Mk 1:23, 2412 But he gave them strict orders not to tell others about him.S Mt 8:4; Mk 1:24, 25, 34; Ac 16:17, 18

Jesus Appoints the Twelve3:16-19pp — Mt 10:2-4; Lk 6:14-16; Ac 1:13

13 Jesus went up on a mountainside and called to him those he wanted, and they came to him.Mt 5:114 He appointed twelveSome manuscripts twelve—designating them apostles—S Mk 6:30 that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach15 and to have authority to drive out demons.S Mt 10:116 These are the twelve he appointed: Simon (to whom he gave the name Peter),Jn 1:4217 James son of Zebedee and his brother John (to them he gave the name Boanerges, which means “sons of thunder”),18 Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Thaddaeus, Simon the Zealot19 and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

Jesus Accused by His Family and by Teachers of the Law3:23-27pp — Mt 12:25-29; Lk 11:17-223:31-35pp — Mt 12:46-50; Lk 8:19-21

20 Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered,ver 7 so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.Mk 6:3121 When his familyOr his associates heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.”Jn 10:20; Ac 26:24

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from JerusalemMt 15:1 said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul!Mt 10:25; 11:18; 12:24; Jn 7:20; 8:48, 52; 10:20 By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.”Mt 9:34

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables:Mk 4:2 “How can SatanS Mt 4:10 drive out Satan?24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.Isa 49:24, 2528 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter,29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”Mt 12:31, 32; Lk 12:10

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

Crowds Follow Jesus

Jesus went out to the lake with his disciples, and a large crowd followed him. They came from all over Galilee, Judea,Jerusalem, Idumea, from east of the Jordan River, and even from as far north as Tyre and Sidon. The news about his miracles had spread far and wide, and vast numbers of people came to see him.

Jesus instructed his disciples to have a boat ready so the crowd would not crush him.10 He had healed many people that day, so all the sick people eagerly pushed forward to touch him.11 And whenever those possessed by evilGreek unclean; also in 3:30. spirits caught sight of him, the spirits would throw them to the ground in front of him shrieking, “You are the Son of God!”12 But Jesus sternly commanded the spirits not to reveal who he was.

Jesus Chooses the Twelve Apostles

13 Afterward Jesus went up on a mountain and called out the ones he wanted to go with him. And they came to him.14 Then he appointed twelve of them and called them his apostles.Some manuscripts do not include and called them his apostles. They were to accompany him, and he would send them out to preach,15 giving them authority to cast out demons.16 These are the twelve he chose:

Simon (whom he named Peter),

17 James and John (the sons of Zebedee, but Jesus nicknamed them “Sons of Thunder”Greek whom he named Boanerges, which means Sons of Thunder.),

18 Andrew,

Philip,

Bartholomew,

Matthew,

Thomas,

James (son of Alphaeus),

Thaddaeus,

Simon (the zealotGreek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.),

19 Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).

Jesus and the Prince of Demons

20 One time Jesus entered a house, and the crowds began to gather again. Soon he and his disciples couldn’t even find time to eat.21 When his family heard what was happening, they tried to take him away. “He’s out of his mind,” they said.

22 But the teachers of religious law who had arrived from Jerusalem said, “He’s possessed by Satan,Greek Beelzeboul; other manuscripts read Beezeboul; Latin version reads Beelzebub. the prince of demons. That’s where he gets the power to cast out demons.”

23 Jesus called them over and responded with an illustration. “How can Satan cast out Satan?” he asked.24 “A kingdom divided by civil war will collapse.25 Similarly, a family splintered by feuding will fall apart.26 And if Satan is divided and fights against himself, how can he stand? He would never survive.27 Let me illustrate this further. Who is powerful enough to enter the house of a strong man and plunder his goods? Only someone even stronger—someone who could tie him up and then plunder his house.

28 “I tell you the truth, all sin and blasphemy can be forgiven,29 but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven. This is a sin with eternal consequences.”30 He told them this because they were saying, “He’s possessed by an evil spirit.”

But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,

And from Jerusalem, and from Idumaea, and from beyond Jordan; and they about Tyre and Sidon, a great multitude, when they had heard what great things he did, came unto him.

And he spake to his disciples, that a small ship should wait on him because of the multitude, lest they should throng him.

10 For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues.

11 And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God.

12 And he straitly charged them that they should not make him known.

13 And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him.

14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,

15 And to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils:

16 And Simon he surnamed Peter;

17 And James the son of Zebedee, and John the brother of James; and he surnamed them Boanerges, which is, The sons of thunder:

18 And Andrew, and Philip, and Bartholomew, and Matthew, and Thomas, and James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus, and Simon the Canaanite,

19 And Judas Iscariot, which also betrayed him: and they went into an house.

20 And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread.

21 And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself.

22 And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils.

23 And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?

24 And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.

25 And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

28 Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme:

29 But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.

30 Because they said, He hath an unclean spirit.

Psalm 37:1-11

Psalm 37This psalm is an acrostic poem, the stanzas of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.

Of David.

Do not fret because of those who are evil

or be enviousPr 3:31; 23:17-18 of those who do wrong;Ps 73:3; Pr 24:19

for like the grass they will soon wither,S 2Ki 19:26; Job 14:2; Ps 102:4; Isa 40:7

like green plants they will soon die away.ver 38; Ps 90:6; 92:7; Jas 1:10

Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the landDt 30:20 and enjoy safe pasture.Eze 34:14; Jn 10:9

Take delightS Job 27:10 in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.S Job 7:6; Ps 21:2; 145:19; Mt 6:33

Commit your way to the Lord;

trust in himPs 4:5 and he will do this:

He will make your righteous rewardPs 18:24; 103:17; 112:3 shine like the dawn,S Job 11:17

your vindication like the noonday sun.

Be stillS Ex 14:14; S Isa 41:1 before the Lord

and wait patientlyS Ps 27:14; 40:1; 130:5; Isa 38:13; Hab 3:16; Ro 8:25 for him;

do not fretver 1 when people succeed in their ways,Jer 12:1

when they carry out their wicked schemes.Ps 21:11; 26:10; 119:150

Refrain from angerEph 4:31; Col 3:8 and turn from wrath;

do not fretver 1—it leads only to evil.

For those who are evil will be destroyed,S Ps 31:22; 101:8; 118:10; Pr 2:22

but those who hopeIsa 25:9; 26:8; 40:31; 49:23; 51:5 in the Lord will inherit the land.ver 22; Ps 25:13; Isa 49:8; 57:13; Mt 5:5

10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;S Job 7:10; Eze 27:36

though you look for them, they will not be found.

11 But the meek will inherit the landS Nu 14:24; Mt 5:5

and enjoy peace and prosperity.S Lev 26:6; S Nu 6:26

Psalm 37This psalm is a Hebrew acrostic poem; each stanza begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet.

A psalm of David.

Don’t worry about the wicked

or envy those who do wrong.

For like grass, they soon fade away.

Like spring flowers, they soon wither.

Trust in the Lord and do good.

Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Commit everything you do to the Lord.

Trust him, and he will help you.

He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,

and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.

Be still in the presence of the Lord,

and wait patiently for him to act.

Don’t worry about evil people who prosper

or fret about their wicked schemes.

Stop being angry!

Turn from your rage!

Do not lose your temper—

it only leads to harm.

For the wicked will be destroyed,

but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.

10 Soon the wicked will disappear.

Though you look for them, they will be gone.

11 The lowly will possess the land

and will live in peace and prosperity.

37 Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.

For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.

And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.

For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.

10 For yet a little while, and the wicked shall not be: yea, thou shalt diligently consider his place, and it shall not be.

11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

Proverbs 10:3-4

The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry,Mt 6:25-34

but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.Pr 13:25

Lazy hands make for poverty,Pr 6:6-8; 19:15; 24:30-34

but diligent hands bring wealth.Pr 12:24; 21:5

The Lord will not let the godly go hungry,

but he refuses to satisfy the craving of the wicked.

Lazy people are soon poor;

hard workers get rich.

The Lord will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

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