March Bible Reading 2016
“History gives examples of the fate of nations that turned from God. God’s people were not immune from the same fate (Leviticus 20:22-23).
Jealousy of the ungodly who prosper is at best shortsighted (Ps. 37:7). They will lose what they have (v. 10), and they never inherited the earth anyway (vv. 9, 11).”
“Blessing and privilege lost by uncleanness can be restored by cleansing (Leviticus 22:4-7).
How many investments on Wall Street return 100-fold now with even more for retirement (Mark 10:28-30)?”
“Giving the first to God puts His blessing on all that comes after (Lev. 23:10-14). The widow at Zarephath learned this lesson (I Kings 17:8-24).
Maybe God won’t answer your questions because you don’t respond when He asks you something uncomfortable (Mark 11:27-33).
If you do what’s right, don’t be surprised if it stirs up some folks (Psalm 38:20). Make God happy anyway.”
“Our possessions are a stewardship that we take care of for God (Leviticus 25:23).
Plan for the future, but realize you may not have a future here (Psalm 39:4, 5). Be sure to plan for eternity (v. 7).”
“Disobedience brings chastisement; refusal to repent brings worsening chastisement (Lev. 26:14-39). If we confess, He forgives (I John 1:9).
Caesar will come after you if you don’t give him what’s his. Do you think there is no consequence for withholding what is God’s (Mark 12:17)?”
“God says you can keep your tithe (Lev. 27:30-31). You only have to add twenty percent to it and give Him that instead. Sounds like a bad deal.
You don’t know when He’s coming, and neither does the guy on the radio/TV/Internet. Just be ready (Mark 13:35-37)!
God’s love letter says, “”Thinking of you”” (Psalm 40:5). Don’t get so busy you don’t think about Him.”
“God’s people were separated from the world in the wilderness, but God’s ministers were further separated from His people for His special service (Numbers 1:47-50).
Mary did what she could (Mark 14:8). We should all strive to have that testimony.”
“God has a place for all of His people (Numbers 2:2). When we are all in our places, He will be in the midst (verse 17).
Jesus was forsaken of God for a time so we wouldn’t be forsaken of God for eternity (Mark 15:34).
Those betrayed by friends can find a sympathetic, understanding ear in their High Priest; Jesus suffered the same treatment (Psalm 41:9).”
“Those privileged with great position have great responsibility. Using the position presumptuously brings judgment (Num. 2:2-4).
Until every creature has heard, we haven’t fully obeyed Mark 16:15.
Day or night we can count on God’s presence (Psalm 42:8).”
“Numbers 4 reminds us that God divides His work among those He has called to do it. When everyone does what he was called to do, all the work gets done.
It is more important for a father to tell his son what he has seen God do in his day than to pass on what the top baseplayer did (Psalm 44:1).”
“What greater blessing could we desire to confer upon another than that he be the center of God’s attention and recipient of His blessings (Numbers 6:23-26)?
The Fairest of the children of men had grace poured into His lips (Psalm 45:2) and so the people heard gracious words from Him (Luke 4:22).”
“Not only was the work divided among God’s ministers in chapter 4, but the resources needed to accomplish that work was divided according to what each needed to do the work (Numbers 7:5-9).
Chief among the things it is important to know is that He is God. You can afford to be still long enough for this assurance (Psalm 46:10).”
“Before cleansing the Levites with water (Numbers 8:6-7), the lamp was lit (verse 3). We will never be truly cleansed without having the light and water of God’s Word (Psalm 119:105; Ephesians 5:26).
All those who believe will be blessed and will find God faithful to perform the things God told us (Luke 1:45).”
“A trumpet assembled His people (Num. 10:2-3). Someday (likely soon) another trumpet will do the same (I Thess. 4:16-17). Are you ready?
I’m sure that we “”joint-heirs with Christ”” (Romans 8:17) won’t be disappointed with the inheritance He chooses for us (Psalm 47:4).”
“When we lose the wonder of the blessings of the Lord, where He brought us from can begin to look better than it was (Numbers 11:4-9). It’s better for the child of God to look forward rather than backward.”
“God forgives, but that doesn’t automatically cancel the following consequences of our deeds. They can reverberate for generations (Numbers 14:18).
“”Good tidings of great joy”” (Luke 2:10)—good news indeed! That’s the Gospel! I’ve never heard better tidings.”
“”When ye be come into the land””—not “”if”” you make it (Numbers 15:2). Their arrival was certain; they just had to make sure they were ready when they arrived. God’s children will get to Heaven; live today in such a way that it won’t be too great a culture shock.
If God is well pleased with Jesus (Luke 3:22), it stands to reason that He is most pleased with us when we are most like Jesus.”
“Korah said, “”Why are you leader? We’re just as good as you are.”” Maybe, but Moses hadn’t promoted himself. God had called him (Num. 16:1-3). Leaders don’t have to be the best of the people. They just have to be called of God; then we are called to follow them.
Heaven will be all we have heard it is (Psalm 48:8), but we haven’t heard half of the story (I Kings 10:7).”
“The priests bore a great responsibility, but they had the whole tribe to help them with it (Numbers 18:1-4). Even so, church leaders bear a large burden; and the whole church should help, not make it heavier.
No one can be redeemed by man’s riches (Ps. 49:7), but anyone can be redeemed by God’s grace (verse 15).”
“Whether or not we are saved is often a matter of where we are looking (Num. 21:8-9). Paying too much attention to the world can cause us to miss the one way of salvation—lifted up where all can see Him.
Does it seem God says nothing amid the evil of today? He is coming, and He won’t be silent (Ps. 50:3). He will gather people from Heaven and earth (verses 4-5) for the judgment (verse 6).”
“Moab’s army couldn’t beat Israel (Numbers 22:3-4), so they got a carnal prophet (verse 5). The world will use religion to hinder God’s people.
Jesus went filled with the Spirit to be tempted of the Devil (Luke 4:1); He returned in the Spirit’s power (verse 13). Satan has no victory when one filled with the Spirit stands up to him.”
“When God’s Spirit came upon him, even Balaam had to bless Israel (Numbers 24:2-9). A lot of us would benefit from the Spirit’s visit.
God’s work deserves financial support, but the offerings He wants most don’t cost a penny (Psalm 51:17).”
“Israel was counted at 601,730 just before entering Canaan (Num 26:51); they had left Egypt at 603,550 (Numbers 1:46). Wandering 40 years in the wilderness brings no growth. Cross Jordan and do battle for God.
The leper truly said to Jesus, “”If thou wilt, thou canst”” (Luke 5:12). God is able to carry out all His will. Wouldn’t you rather be on His side?”
” Moses sinned (Numbers 20:7-13), but he still led Israel up to the Promised Land. Disobedience may not always bring instant disqualification, but there is a price to pay (Num. 27:12-14). A new leader was needed. When making a transition, God looks for one under the control of the Holy Spirit (verse 18).
“No one should break his word to others; how much worse it is to break one’s word to God (Numbers 30:2)!
Build the house of your life on the foundation of obeying Jesus (Luke 6:47-49). When all around you falls, that house will stand.
God’s deeds deserve praise, not just now but for eternity (Psalm 52:9).”
Numbers 31-32″ ”
Even if no one ever knows what you have done, sin will still “”find you out”” (Numbers 32:23). God knows about all, and no one will “”get away with”” anything.”
“Those Israel neglected to drive out were constant problems (Numbers 33:55). That from the old nature which we let remain in our lives will do the same to us (Colossians 3:5).
In prison John the Baptist seems to have wavered in some doubt (Luke 7:19-20). Rather than condemn, Jesus reassured him and remembered the good John had done (verses 22-28). See Hebrews 6:10.”
“Numbers 34 shows that Israel was not a nomadic tribe raiding others. God had promised Abraham the land when the iniquity of the Amorites was full (Gen. 15:16). He outlined their land to be taken as judgment, and even this conquest shows His orderly working (I Cor. 14:40).
“”…had devils…ware no clothes”” (Luke 8:27); “”clothed…in his right mind”” (verse 35). Could there be a connection?”
“We are safe in the City of our refuge until the High Priest dies (Numbers 35:25), but our High Priest “”ever liveth”” (Hebrews 7:25).
God hears prayer “”evening, and morning, and at noon”” (Psalm 55:17). And He will hear us then if we “”pray without ceasing”” (I Thessalonians 5:17).”
Deuteronomy 1-2″ Fighting in their own determination in disobedience to God, Israel was no match for the Amorites (Deuteronomy 1:44). Following His orders, “there was not one city too strong” for them (Deuteronomy 2:36). We are “more than conquerors” (Romans 8:37), but only “through him that loved us.” We “can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth” us (Philippians 4:13).
“God has still only begun to show His greatness and mighty hand (Deuteronomy 3:24). View this Creation and imagine how much more Heaven will reveal !”
Notations and thoughts by Terry Frala