6:1-16. Jesus showed he is the Lord of the Sabbath and showed it by healing a man with a shriveled hand on the Sabbath. Then Jesus called the twelve Apostles.
2 Samuel 1. After David got the report of Saul’s death he lamented of the death of Saul and his son, known as the Song of the Bow.
In 2 Samuel 2 David was anointed King of Judah, and Ishboseth, son of Saul was made King of Israel, which led to Israel and Judah waging war against each other.
2 Samuel 3 starts out with a genealogy of David’s sons. Abner joined forces with David, Joab murdered Abner, and finally is recorded how David mourned Abner.
For today we read one chapter of Mark and three chapters in Numbers.
March 2: Mark 2, Numbers 18 , Numbers 19, Numbers 20, (click on the chapter to begin reading)
In Mark 2 Jesus healed a paralytic man, but he also forgave the man his sins. This caused quite a stir, since nobody can forgive sins but God alone. Then he called Levi, the tax collector, also called Matthew. This was also controversial, since tax collectors were held in disregard, but Jesus assured them he came to save sinners. Then Jesus was questioned about why he and the disciples did not fast, as they should, and worse yet, they picked food from the head of the grain on a Sabbath! Jesus assured all that he is also Lord of the Sabbath.
Numbers 18 describes the duties of Priests and Levites, offerings for Supporting the Priests, tithes Supporting the Levites and the tithe of the Levites. As representatives of the LORD they were entitled to get the best part.
Numbers 19 details the laws and procedures of Purification.
In Numbers 20 Moses committed a major error in Kadesh. Thy were short on water, so God told Moses to speak to the rock. Water sprung forth but God punished Moses and his people so severely that that generation was not allowed to enter the promised land. Why did God give them this harsh punishment? The rock was to be smitten only once, the second time Moses was to speak to the rock, a foreshadowing of Jesus, who was smitten once for our sins. At the end of the chapter Aaron died.
Luke 6, Lord of the Sabbath, healing on Sabbath, the twelve Apostles, the Beatitudes, Jesus pronounces woes, Love your Enemies, do not judge, a tree is known by its fruit, Build on the Rock.
Mark 2, Jesus heals a Paralytic, calls Levi, is questioned about fasting, is Lord of the Sabbath.
Levi was his given name. Jesus gave him the new name Matthew “Gift of the LORD”.