March 8: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 19:1-12 is relatively short but contains some of the most important aspects of life, such as marriage and divorce. “What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder.

Ecclesiastes 7. There is value in practical wisdom.

Ecclesiastes 8. Obey authorities for God’s Sake, and yes, this too is in Ecclesiastes: “Eat, drink and be merry.” It fits with the theme of vanity.

Psalm 19, of David. “This Psalm reflects, more than any other, the beauty and splendor of the Hebrew poetry found in the Psalter. C.S. Lewis wrote, ‘I take this to be the greatest poem in the Psalter and one of the greatest lyrics in the world.’” (VanGemeren)

Psalm 20, of David. The people’s prayer for the King is heard by the LORD. The most quoted part is: “ Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.” The Lord saves, we pray for the King.

Psalm 21, of David. The New Testament references from Revelation 14 seems to fit. When I read the Psalm the battle hymn of the republic kept ringing in my ears.

Mark 15:1-20, Jesus Before Pilate, Barabbas, the Soldiers mock Jesus.

Mark 15:1-20, Jesus Before Pilate, Barabbas, the Soldiers mock Jesus.

 

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Duccio interpreted the scene, between 1308-11, with this tempera on wood (entitled Christ Before Pilate Again).  It is maintained at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo in Siena, Italy.

Media Credits Image online, courtesy Wikipaintings.org website.

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Mark 14:32-72, the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Arrested, Jesus Before the Sanhedrin, Peter’s denial.

Mark 14:32-72, the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus Arrested, Jesus Before the Sanhedrin, Peter’s denial.

Mark 14, Jesus anointed at Bethany, the Lord’s Supper, Peter’s Denial Predicted, Gethsemane, Jesus Arrested, Before the Sanhedrin, Peter’s denial.

 
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March 6: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 18:1-10. To the question: “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a little child. Then he expanded the question and elaborated on the subject of sin.

In Numbers 29 the specifications for offerings continue, Offerings at the Feast of Trumpets, Offerings at the Day of Atonement and finally Offerings at the Feast of Tabernacles.

Numbers 30 is short, and it deals with what the Law says about vows.

Numbers 31. The Israelites executed vengeance on the Midianites, returned from the war and dividied the spoils.

Numbers 32, The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh decided to settle East of Jordan.

Psalm 18 is the fourth longest psalm. David wrote it ” To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David the servant of the LORD, who spoke to the LORD the words of this song on the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all of his enemies and from the hand of Saul. And he said:” (Read it, ponder and enjoy it.)

Mark 14:1-31, Jesus anointed at Bethany, the Lord’s Supper, Peter’s Denial Predicted.

Mark 14:1-31, Jesus anointed at Bethany, the Lord’s Supper, Peter’s Denial Predicted.

 

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The month of Abib is the same as the month of Nisan, the first month of the sacred year and the seventh month of the secular year.

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March 5: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 17:14-27. The disciples tried to heal a boy with epilepsy but failed. Jesus healed him immediately. The disciples could not do it because they had so little faith. Jesus also predicted his death, and the tax collectors came to Peter to collect the poll tax. Jesus solved this by telling Peter to go fishing and from the first fish he caught he would take the four drachma coin swallowed by the fish. That did take care of the tax for both Peter and Jesus.

Numbers 26 lists in detail, by tribe, the Second Census of Israel.

Numbers 27 defines inheritance laws, and it was decided that Joshua should succeed Moses.

Numbers 28 is all about offerings, the Daily Offerings, Sabbath Offerings, Monthly Offerings, Offerings at Passover and Offerings at the Feast of Weeks.

Psalm 17 demonstrates David’s total trust in God and not in self in spite of David’s best efforts. It can be summarized: “Keep me as the apple of Your eye;
Hide me under the shadow of Your wings” with regard to the threats from David’s enemies.

March 4: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 17:1-13 describes the transfiguration of Jesus, with Moses and Elijah.

Numbers 23 tells of Balaam’s first oracle, his second oracle, and the beginning of his third oracle.

Numbers 24 continues with Balaam’s third oracle, his fourth, and his final oracle.

Numbers 25 finally tells how Israel went astray in Moab.

Mark 12:1-27, the Unfaithful Tenants, taxes to Caesar, marriage at the resurrection.

Mark 12:1-27, the Unfaithful Tenants, taxes to Caesar, marriage at the resurrection.

Mark 12, the Unfaithful Tenants, taxes to Caesar, marriage at the Resurrection, the Greatest Commandment, whose son is the Christ?, the widow’s Mite.

 
 

March 3: Read through the Holy Bible in a year.

Matthew 16:13-28. Peter made his famous confession: “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Right after that Jesus predicted his death, unto which Peter said “Never” and Jesus answered  “Get behind me, Satan.” Those were strong words. Jesus furthermore said “Whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.” Finally Jesus predicted his transfiguration.

In Numbers 21 the Canaanites were defeated in Hormath. The people kept speaking against God, so God sent venomous snakes their way and many died. Moses made a bronze snake, put it on a pole and when people looked at it, they got healed. (Does that remind you of a symbol used even today?) The travels continued.

Numbers 22 tells the story of how Balak sent for Balaam, and how Balaam’s Donkey behaved when he saw the Angel.