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Morning Bible Reading - Numbers 1

  1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first [day] of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,  2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of [their] names, every male by their polls;  3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.  4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.  5 And these [are] the names of the men that shall stand with you: of [the tribe of] Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.  6 Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.  7 Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab.  8 Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar.  9 Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon.  10 Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.  11 Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.  12 Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.  13 Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran.  14 Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel.  15 Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.  16 These [were] the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.  17 And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by [their] names:  18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first [day] of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.  19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.  20 And the children of Reuben, Israelís eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  21 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Reuben, [were] forty and six thousand and five hundred.  22 Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  23 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Simeon, [were] fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.  24 Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  25 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Gad, [were] forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.  26 Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  27 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Judah, [were] threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.  28 Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  29 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Issachar, [were] fifty and four thousand and four hundred.  30 Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  31 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Zebulun, [were] fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.  32 Of the children of Joseph, [namely], of the children of Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  33 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Ephraim, [were] forty thousand and five hundred.  34 Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  35 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Manasseh, [were] thirty and two thousand and two hundred.  36 Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  37 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Benjamin, [were] thirty and five thousand and four hundred.  38 Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  39 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Dan, [were] threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.  40 Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  41 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Asher, [were] forty and one thousand and five hundred.  42 Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;  43 Those that were numbered of them, [even] of the tribe of Naphtali, [were] fifty and three thousand and four hundred.  44 These [are] those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, [being] twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers.  45 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;  46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.  47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.  48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,  49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:  50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that [belong] to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.  51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.  52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.  53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.  54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   0-999 Chapter Outline The numbering of the Israelites. (1-43) The number of the people. (44-46) The Levites not numbered with the rest. (47-54)

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-43 The people were numbered to show God|s faithfulness in thus increasing the seed of Jacob, that they might be the better trained for the wars and conquest of Canaan, and to ascertain their families in order to the division of the land. It is said of each tribe, that those were numbered who were able to go forth to war; they had wars before them, though now they met with no opposition. Let the believer be prepared to withstand the enemies of his soul, though all may appear to be peace.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   44-46 We have here the sum total. How much was required to maintain all these in the wilderness! They were all provided for by God every day. When we observe the faithfulness of God, however unlikely the performance of his promise may appear, we may take courage as to those which yet remain to be fulfilled to the church of God.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   47-54 Care is here taken to distinguish the tribe of Levi, which, in the matter of the golden calf, had distinguished itself. Singular services shall be recompensed by singular honours. It was to the honour of the Levites, that to them was committed the care of the tabernacle and its treasures, in their camps and in their marches. It was for the honour of the holy things that none should see them, or touch them, but those who were called of God to the service. We all are unfit and unworthy to have fellowship with God, till called by his grace into the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and so, being the spiritual seed of that great High Priest, we are made priests to our God. Great care must be taken to prevent sin, for preventing sin is preventing wrath. Being a holy tribe, they were not reckoned among other Israelites. They that minister about holy things, should neither entangle themselves, nor be entangled, in worldly affairs. And let every believer seek to do what the Lord has commanded.

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Morning Bible Reading - Numbers 2

  1 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,  2 Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their fatherís house: far off about the tabernacle of the congregation shall they pitch.  3 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab [shall be] captain of the children of Judah.  4 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.  5 And those that do pitch next unto him [shall be] the tribe of Issachar: and Nethaneel the son of Zuar [shall be] captain of the children of Issachar.  6 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, [were] fifty and four thousand and four hundred.  7 [Then] the tribe of Zebulun: and Eliab the son of Helon [shall be] captain of the children of Zebulun.  8 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, [were] fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.  9 All that were numbered in the camp of Judah [were] an hundred thousand and fourscore thousand and six thousand and four hundred, throughout their armies. These shall first set forth.  10 On the south side [shall be] the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies: and the captain of the children of Reuben [shall be] Elizur the son of Shedeur.  11 And his host, and those that were numbered thereof, [were] forty and six thousand and five hundred.  12 And those which pitch by him [shall be] the tribe of Simeon: and the captain of the children of Simeon [shall be] Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.  13 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.  14 Then the tribe of Gad: and the captain of the sons of Gad [shall be] Eliasaph the son of Reuel.  15 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] forty and five thousand and six hundred and fifty.  16 All that were numbered in the camp of Reuben [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and one thousand and four hundred and fifty, throughout their armies. And they shall set forth in the second rank.  17 Then the tabernacle of the congregation shall set forward with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camp: as they encamp, so shall they set forward, every man in his place by their standards.  18 On the west side [shall be] the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies: and the captain of the sons of Ephraim [shall be] Elishama the son of Ammihud.  19 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] forty thousand and five hundred.  20 And by him [shall be] the tribe of Manasseh: and the captain of the children of Manasseh [shall be] Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.  21 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] thirty and two thousand and two hundred.  22 Then the tribe of Benjamin: and the captain of the sons of Benjamin [shall be] Abidan the son of Gideoni.  23 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] thirty and five thousand and four hundred.  24 All that were numbered of the camp of Ephraim [were] an hundred thousand and eight thousand and an hundred, throughout their armies. And they shall go forward in the third rank.  25 The standard of the camp of Dan [shall be] on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan [shall be] Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.  26 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.  27 And those that encamp by him [shall be] the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher [shall be] Pagiel the son of Ocran.  28 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] forty and one thousand and five hundred.  29 Then the tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali [shall be] Ahira the son of Enan.  30 And his host, and those that were numbered of them, [were] fifty and three thousand and four hundred.  31 All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan [were] an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards.  32 These [are] those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts [were] six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.  33 But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.  34 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   47-54 The order of the tribes in their tents. --The tribes were to encamp about the tabernacle, which was to be in the midst of them. It was a token of God|s gracious presence. Yet they were to pitch their tents afar off, in reverence to the sanctuary. The children of Israel put themselves in their posts, without murmuring or disputing; and as it was their safety, so it was their beauty. It is our duty and interest to be contented with the place allotted to us, and to endeavour to occupy it in a proper manner, without envying or murmuring; without ambition or covetousness. Thus the gospel church ought to be compact, according to the Scripture model, every one knowing and keeping his place; and then all that wish well to the church rejoice, beholding their order, Col 2:5.

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Evening Bible Reading - Mark 3

  1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.  2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.  3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.  4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.  5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched [it] out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.  6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.  7 But Jesus withdrew himself with his disciples to the sea: and a great multitude from Galilee followed him, and from Judaea,  8 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.  9 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.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   1-5 This man|s case was piteous; he had a withered hand, which disabled him from working for his living; and those that are so, are the most proper objects of charity. Let those be helped that cannot help themselves. But stubborn infidels, when they can say nothing against the truth, yet will not yield. We hear what is said amiss, and see what is done amiss; but Christ looks at the root of bitterness in the heart, the blindness and hardness of that, and is grieved. Let hard-hearted sinners tremble to think of the anger with which he will look upon them shortly, when the day of his wrath comes. The great healing day now is the sabbath, and the healing place the house of prayer; but the healing power is of Christ. The gospel command is like that recorded here: though our hands are withered, yet, if we will not stretch them out, it is our own fault that we are not healed. But if we are healed, Christ, his power and grace, must have all the glory.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   6-12 All our sicknesses and calamities spring from the anger of God against our sins. Their removal, or the making them blessings to us, was purchased to us by the blood of Christ. But the plagues and diseases of our souls, of our hearts, are chiefly to be dreaded; and He can heal them also by a word. May more and more press to Christ to be healed of these plagues, and to be delivered from the enemies of their souls.

Matthew Henry Commentary:   13-21 Christ calls whom he will; for his grace is his own. He had called the apostles to separate themselves from the crowd, and they came unto him. He now gave them power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. May the Lord send forth more and more of those who have been with him, and have learned of him to preach his gospel, to be instruments in his blessed work. Those whose hearts are enlarged in the work of God, can easily bear with what is inconvenient to themselves, and will rather lose a meal than an opportunity of doing good. Those who go on with zeal in the work of God, must expect hinderances, both from the hatred of enemies, and mistaken affections of friends, and need to guard against both.

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