Day 65 – March 6, 2021

Exodus 16; Psalm 57; Proverbs 12:1–5; Mark 9:30–50

Exodus 16

Manna and Quail

1 Now they journeyed from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came to the Wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they departed from the land of Egypt.

2 Then the whole congregation of the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron.†

3 The children of Israel said to them, “Would we had died, smitten by the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and ate bread to the full. For you brought us out into this desert to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”†

4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread out of heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.†

5 So it shall be on the sixth day, they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.”

6 Then Moses and Aaron said to all the congregation of the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know the Lord brought you out of the land of Egypt.

7 In the morning you shall see the Lord’s glory; for He hears your complaints against God. But what are we, that you complain against us?”

8 Also Moses said, “The Lord’s glory shall be seen when He gives you meat to eat in the evening, and in the morning bread to the full; for the Lord hears your complaints you make against Him. But what are we? Your complaints are not against us but against God.”

9 Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before God, for He has heard your complaints.’ ”

10 Now when Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, they looked toward the desert, and behold, the Lord’s glory appeared in the cloud.

11 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

12 “I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. Then you shall know I am the Lord your God.’ ”

13 So it was that quail came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp.†

14 But when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the desert, was a small round substance, white like coriander seed, like frost on the ground.

15 So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is this?” For they did not know what it was. Thus Moses said to them, “This is the bread the Lord gives you to eat.

16 This is what the Lord has ordered, ‘Let every man gather it for his family, one omer according to the head count and number of souls among you. Each one should gather it with those who share your tents.’ ”

17 Then the children of Israel did so and gathered, some more, some less.

18 So when they measured it by omers, he who gathered much had nothing left over, and he who gathered little had no lack. Each one gathered according to the need of those sharing the tent with him.†

19 Moses then said, “Let no one leave any of it till morning.”

20 Notwithstanding, they did not heed Moses. But some of them left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and stank. So Moses was angry with them.†

21 Thus they gathered it every morning, every man according to his need, and when the sun became hot, it melted.

22 So it was, on the sixth day, they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one; and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.

23 Then he said to them, “This is the word the Lord has spoken: ‘Tomorrow is the Sabbath, a holy rest to the Lord. Bake what you will bake, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains to be kept until morning.’ ”

24 So they laid it up till morning as Moses commanded them; but it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it.

25 Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field.

26 Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, there will be none.”

27 Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none.

28 Then the Lord said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws?

29 Behold, for the Lord has given you this day as the Sabbath; therefore, on the sixth day He gives you bread for two days. Let every man remain in his house; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.Ӡ

30 Thus the people rested on the seventh day.

31 Now the children of Israel called its name manna, and it was white like coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.

32 Then Moses said, “This is the thing the Lord commanded: ‘Fill an omer with the manna to be kept for your generations, so they may see the bread you ate in the desert when the Lord led you out of the land of Egypt.’ ”

33 Moses then said to Aaron, “Take a golden pot, put one full omer of the manna in it, and lay it up before God to be kept for your generations.”†

34 As the Lord commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the testimony to be kept.

35 Thus the children of Israel ate the manna forty years until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of Phoenicia.

36 Now an omer was the tenth part of three measures.

Psalms 57

1 For the End; corrupt not; by David; for a pillar inscription. †

2 If, then, you truly speak of righteousness, Do you judge rightly, O you sons of men? 

3 For in your heart you work lawlessness in the earth; Your hands weave unrighteousness. 

4 Sinners are alienated from the womb; From birth they are led astray; they speak lies. 

5 Their anger is according to the likeness of a serpent; Like a deaf asp that stops its ears, 

6 Which will not listen to the sound of charms, Nor to an enchantment of a skillful charmer. 

7 God shattered their teeth in their mouths; The Lord broke the teeth of the lions. 

8 They shall pass along like water running through; He will bend His bow until they are weakened. 

9 Like melting wax they will be destroyed; Fire fell on them, and they never saw the sun. 

10 Before your thorns are aware of its prickly shrub, He will swallow you up, as if you were alive, as if in His anger. 

11 A righteous man shall be glad when he sees the vengeance of the ungodly; He shall wash his hands in the blood of the sinner. 

12 A man will say, “If indeed there is fruit for the righteous man, Then it is God who judges them on the earth.”

Proverbs of Solomon 12

The Riches of Righteousness

1 He who loves instruction loves perception, But he who hates correction is without discernment.† 

2 He who finds grace from the Lord becomes better, But a lawless man will be passed over in silence.† 

3 A man will not prosper by lawlessness, But the roots of righteous men will not be pulled out. 

4 A courageous wife is a crown to her husband, But as a worm in a tree, so an evildoing wife destroys her husband.† 

5 The thoughts of the righteous are judgments, But the ungodly devise deceits.†

Mark 9

Jesus’ Second Prophecy of His Passion

30 Then they departed from there and passed through Galilee, and He did not want anyone to know it. †

31 For He taught His disciples and said to them, “The Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of men, and they will kill Him. And after He is killed, He will rise the third day.”

32 But they did not understand this saying, and were afraid to ask Him.

The Way of Discipleship

33 Then He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, “What was it you disputed among yourselves on the road?”†

34 But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatest.

35 And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.”

36 Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them,

37 “Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent Me.”

38 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”†

39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me.

40 For he who is not against us is on our side.

41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

42 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea.†

43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed, rather than having two hands, to go to hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—†

44 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 

45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame, rather than having two feet, to be cast into hell, into the fire that shall never be quenched—

46 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 

47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire—

48 where ‘Their worm does not die And the fire is not quenched.’ 

49 “For everyone will be seasoned with fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.†

50 Salt is good, but if the salt loses its flavor, how will you season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with one another.”

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