Bible Reading Plan for March 28

Mar 28 2017

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Deuteronomy 9:1-10:22

Israel Provoked God

1“Hear, O Israel! You are crossing over the Jordan today to go in to dispossess nations greater and mightier than you, great cities fortified to heaven,2a people great and tall, the sons of the Anakim, whom you know and of whom you have heard it said, ‘Who can stand before the sons of Anak?’3“Know therefore today that it is the LORD your God who is crossing over before you as a consuming fire. He will destroy them and He will subdue them before you, so that you may drive them out and destroy them quickly, just as the LORD has spoken to you.

4“Do not say in your heart when the LORD your God has driven them out before you, ‘Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land,’ but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is dispossessing them before you.5“It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

6“Know, then, it is not because of your righteousness that the LORD your God is giving you this good land to possess, for you are a stubborn people.7“Remember, do not forget how you provoked the LORD your God to wrath in the wilderness; from the day that you left the land of Egypt until you arrived at this place, you have been rebellious against the LORD.8“Even at Horeb you provoked the LORD to wrath, and the LORD was so angry with you that He would have destroyed you.9“When I went up to the mountain to receive the tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant which the LORD had made with you, then I remained on the mountain forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water.10“The LORD gave me the two tablets of stone written by the finger of God; and on them were all the words which the LORD had spoken with you at the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly.11“It came about at the end of forty days and nights that the LORD gave me the two tablets of stone, the tablets of the covenant.12“Then the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, go down from here quickly, for your people whom you brought out of Egypt have acted corruptly. They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them; they have made a molten image for themselves.’13“The LORD spoke further to me, saying, ‘I have seen this people, and indeed, it is a stubborn people.14‘Let Me alone, that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation mightier and greater than they.’

15“So I turned and came down from the mountain while the mountain was burning with fire, and the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands.16“And I saw that you had indeed sinned against the LORD your God. You had made for yourselves a molten calf; you had turned aside quickly from the way which the LORD had commanded you.17“I took hold of the two tablets and threw them from my hands and smashed them before your eyes.18“I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty days and nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all your sin which you had committed in doing what was evil in the sight of the LORD to provoke Him to anger.19“For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure with which the LORD was wrathful against you in order to destroy you, but the LORD listened to me that time also.20“The LORD was angry enough with Aaron to destroy him; so I also prayed for Aaron at the same time.21“I took your sinful thing, the calf which you had made, and burned it with fire and crushed it, grinding it very small until it was as fine as dust; and I threw its dust into the brook that came down from the mountain.

22“Again at Taberah and at Massah and at Kibroth-hattaavah you provoked the LORD to wrath.23“When the LORD sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, ‘Go up and possess the land which I have given you,’ then you rebelled against the command of the LORD your God; you neither believed Him nor listened to His voice.24“You have been rebellious against the LORD from the day I knew you.

25“So I fell down before the LORD the forty days and nights, which I did because the LORD had said He would destroy you.26“I prayed to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord GOD, do not destroy Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have redeemed through Your greatness, whom You have brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand.27‘Remember Your servants, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; do not look at the stubbornness of this people or at their wickedness or their sin.28‘Otherwise the land from which You brought us may say, “Because the LORD was not able to bring them into the land which He had promised them and because He hated them He has brought them out to slay them in the wilderness.”29‘Yet they are Your people, even Your inheritance, whom You have brought out by Your great power and Your outstretched arm.’

The Tablets Rewritten

1“At that time the LORD said to me, ‘Cut out for yourself two tablets of stone like the former ones, and come up to Me on the mountain, and make an ark of wood for yourself.2‘I will write on the tablets the words that were on the former tablets which you shattered, and you shall put them in the ark.’3“So I made an ark of acacia wood and cut out two tablets of stone like the former ones, and went up on the mountain with the two tablets in my hand.4“He wrote on the tablets, like the former writing, the Ten Commandments which the LORD had spoken to you on the mountain from the midst of the fire on the day of the assembly; and the LORD gave them to me.5“Then I turned and came down from the mountain and put the tablets in the ark which I had made; and there they are, as the LORD commanded me.”

6(Now the sons of Israel set out from Beeroth Bene-jaakan to Moserah. There Aaron died and there he was buried and Eleazar his son ministered as priest in his place.7From there they set out to Gudgodah, and from Gudgodah to Jotbathah, a land of brooks of water.8At that time the LORD set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to serve Him and to bless in His name until this day.9Therefore, Levi does not have a portion or inheritance with his brothers; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God spoke to him.)

10“I, moreover, stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights like the first time, and the LORD listened to me that time also; the LORD was not willing to destroy you.11“Then the LORD said to me, ‘Arise, proceed on your journey ahead of the people, that they may go in and possess the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.’

12“Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,13and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?14“Behold, to the LORD your God belong heaven and the highest heavens, the earth and all that is in it.15“Yet on your fathers did the LORD set His affection to love them, and He chose their descendants after them, even you above all peoples, as it is this day.16“So circumcise your heart, and stiffen your neck no longer.17“For the LORD your God is the God of gods and the Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God who does not show partiality nor take a bribe.18“He executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and shows His love for the alien by giving him food and clothing.19“So show your love for the alien, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt.20“You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve Him and cling to Him, and you shall swear by His name.21“He is your praise and He is your God, who has done these great and awesome things for you which your eyes have seen.22“Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons in all, and now the LORD your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven.

Luke 8:4-21

4When a large crowd was coming together, and those from the various cities were journeying to Him, He spoke by way of a parable:5“The sower went out to sow his seed; and as he sowed, some fell beside the road, and it was trampled under foot and the birds of the air ate it up.6“Other seed fell on rocky soil, and as soon as it grew up, it withered away, because it had no moisture.7“Other seed fell among the thorns; and the thorns grew up with it and choked it out.8“Other seed fell into the good soil, and grew up, and produced a crop a hundred times as great.” As He said these things, He would call out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

9His disciples began questioning Him as to what this parable meant.10And He said, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God, but to the rest it is in parables, so that SEEING THEY MAY NOT SEE, AND HEARING THEY MAY NOT UNDERSTAND.

11“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.12“Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.13“Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.14“The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.15“But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance.

Parable of the Lamp

16“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light.17“For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.18“So take care how you listen; for whoever has, to him more shall be given; and whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has shall be taken away from him.”

19And His mother and brothers came to Him, and they were unable to get to Him because of the crowd.20And it was reported to Him, “Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside, wishing to see You.”21But He answered and said to them, “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.”

Jesus Stills the Sea

Psalm 69:19-36

19You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor;

All my adversaries are before You.

20Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick.

And I looked for sympathy, but there was none,

And for comforters, but I found none.

21They also gave me gall for my food

And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.

22May their table before them become a snare;

And when they are in peace, may it become a trap.

23May their eyes grow dim so that they cannot see,

And make their loins shake continually.

24Pour out Your indignation on them,

And may Your burning anger overtake them.

25May their camp be desolate;

May none dwell in their tents.

26For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten,

And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded.

27Add iniquity to their iniquity,

And may they not come into Your righteousness.

28May they be blotted out of the book of life

And may they not be recorded with the righteous.

29But I am afflicted and in pain;

May Your salvation, O God, set me securely on high.

30I will praise the name of God with song

And magnify Him with thanksgiving.

31And it will please the LORD better than an ox

Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.

32The humble have seen it and are glad;

You who seek God, let your heart revive.

33For the LORD hears the needy

And does not despise His who are prisoners.

34Let heaven and earth praise Him,

The seas and everything that moves in them.

35For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah,

That they may dwell there and possess it.

36The descendants of His servants will inherit it,

And those who love His name will dwell in it.

Proverbs 12:2-3

2A good man will obtain favor from the LORD,

But He will condemn a man who devises evil.

3A man will not be established by wickedness,

But the root of the righteous will not be moved.