Day 78 – March 19, 2021

Exodus 29; Psalm 68:21–37; Proverbs 14:11–15; Mark 15:21–47

Exodus 29

Aaron and His Sons Consecrated as Priests

1 “Now this is what you shall do to them to consecrate them for ministering to Me as priests, to serve Me in the priesthood: Take one young bull and two rams without blemish,

2 and unleavened loaves kneaded with oil, and unleavened cakes anointed with oil. You shall make them of wheat flour.

3 You shall put them in one basket and bring them in the basket, with the young bull and the two rams.

4 “Then you shall bring Aaron and his sons to the doors of the tabernacle of testimony, and wash them with water.

5 Then taking the garments, you shall dress Aaron your brother with the cloak, the ephod, the full-length robe, and the oracle, and you shall attach the oracle on the ephod for him.†

6 You shall put the miter on his head, and the sanctified golden plate on the miter.

7 You shall take the anointing oil, pour it on his head, and anoint him.

8 Then you shall bring his sons and put the robes on them.

9 You shall gird them with sashes, Aaron and his sons, and crest them with turbans. Their priesthood to Me shall be for a continual ordinance. So you shall consecrate Aaron and his sons.

10 “You shall also have the young bull brought before the tabernacle of testimony, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the young bull before the Lord at the doors of the tabernacle of testimony.

11 Then you shall kill the young bull before the Lord at the doors of the tabernacle of testimony.

12 You shall take some of the blood of the young bull and put it on the horns of the altar with your finger, and pour all the blood beside the base of the altar.

13 You shall take all the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver, and the two kidneys and the fat on them and burn them on the altar.

14 But the flesh of the young bull, with its skin and offal, you shall burn with fire outside the camp. It is a sin offering.†

15 “You shall also take one ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the ram;

16 and you shall kill the ram and take its blood and sprinkle it all around on the altar.

17 Then you shall cut the ram in pieces, wash its entrails and legs, and put them with its pieces and its head.

18 You shall offer the whole ram on the altar. It is a whole burnt offering to the Lord for a sweet aroma, an offering of incense to the Lord.

19 You shall also take the second ram, and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands on the head of the ram.

20 Then you shall kill the ram, and take some of its blood and put it on the tip of Aaron’s right earlobe, on the thumb of his right hand, on the big toe of his right foot, and on the earlobes of his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet.

21 You shall take some of the blood on the altar and some of the anointing oil, and sprinkle it on Aaron and his robe, on his sons and on his sons’ robes with him; and he and his garments shall be sanctified, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him. But the blood of the ram you shall pour all around on the altar.

22 “You shall also take the fat of the ram, and the fat that covers the entrails, the fatty lobe attached to the liver, the two kidneys and the fat on them, the right thigh (for it is a ram of consecration),

23 and one loaf of bread, one unleavened cake from the basket of unleavened bread set before the Lord;

24 and you shall put all these things in the hands of Aaron and in the hands of his sons, and you shall set them aside as a separate offering before the Lord.

25 You shall receive them from their hands and offer them on the altar as a whole burnt offering, as a sweet aroma before the Lord. It is an offering to the Lord.

26 “Then you shall take the breast from the ram of Aaron’s consecration and set it aside before the Lord. It shall be your portion.

27 You shall sanctify the reserved breast and the shoulder that was lifted (both that which was reserved and that which was lifted) from the ram of consecration, both Aaron’s portion and that of his sons.

28 It shall be for Aaron and his sons an ordinance forever among the children of Israel. For it shall be a special offering from the children of Israel from their peace offerings, a special offering to the Lord.

29 “Moreover, Aaron’s holy garment of the sanctuary shall be his sons’ after him, to be anointed and consecrated in them.

30 That son who succeeds him as priest shall put them on for seven days when he enters the tabernacle of testimony to minister in the holy place.

31 You shall then take the ram of the consecration and boil its flesh in the holy place.

32 Then Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram and the bread in the basket by the doors of the tabernacle of testimony.

33 They shall eat those things by which they were sanctified to consecrate their hands. But an outsider shall not eat them, because they are holy.

34 If any of the flesh of the consecration offerings or of the loaves remains until the morning, you shall burn the remainder with fire. It shall not be eaten because it is holy.

35 “Thus you shall do for Aaron and his sons according to all I have commanded you. Seven days you shall consecrate their hands.

36 You shall sacrifice a young calf for the sin offering on the day of purification. You shall purify the altar when you perform a consecration on it, and anoint it so as to sanctify it.

37 Seven days you shall purify the altar and sanctify it, and the altar shall be most holy. Whatever touches the altar will be holy.

Daily Offerings

38 “Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two unblemished lambs of the first year, day by day continually.

39 One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer in the evening.

40 With the one lamb shall be one-tenth of a measure of fine flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of pressed oil, and one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering.

41 The other lamb you shall offer in the evening, as at the morning offering, and according to the drink offering of the morning lamb. You shall offer it as a sacrifice of sweet aroma to the Lord.

42 “This shall be a continual sacrifice throughout your generations at the doors of the tabernacle of testimony before the Lord, where I will be known to you to speak to you.

43 There I shall give directions to the children of Israel, and I shall be sanctified in My glory.

44 So I will sanctify the tabernacle of testimony and the altar. I will also consecrate both Aaron and his sons to minister to Me as priests.

45 I will be called upon among the children of Israel and will be their God.

46 So they shall know I am the Lord their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt to be called upon among them and to be their God.

Psalms 68

21 My soul expected disgrace and trouble, And I waited for someone to sympathize with me; but no one was there, And for comforters, but I found not one. 

22 They gave me gall for my food, And they gave me vinegar for my drink. 

23 Let their table become a snare before them, And a recompense and a stumbling block. 

24 Let their eyes be darkened so they may not see, And bend down their backs continually; 

25 Pour out Your anger upon them, And let the fury of Your wrath lay hold of them. 

26 Let their dwelling place be laid waste, And let no one live in their tents. 

27 For they pursued closely the one You slew, And they added to the pain of my wounds. 

28 Add lawlessness to their lawlessness, And let them not enter into Your righteousness; 

29 Let them be blotted out from the book of the living, And not be written with the righteous. 

30 I am poor and suffering, And the salvation of Your presence, O God, lays hold of me. 

31 I will praise God’s name with a song; I will magnify Him in praise, 

32 And this shall be more pleasing to God Than a young bull with horns and hooves. 

33 Let the poor behold this, and be glad; Seek God, and your soul shall live, 

34 For the Lord hears the poor, And does not despise His prisoners. 

35 Let heaven and earth praise Him, The seas and everything that moves in them. 

36 For God shall save Zion, And the cities of Judah shall be built; And they shall dwell therein, and inherit it; 

37 And the seed of His servants shall possess it, And those who love His name shall dwell in it.

Proverbs of Solomon 14

11 The houses of the ungodly will be destroyed, But the tents of the upright shall stand. 

12 There is a road that seems to be right with men, But the ends of it reach into the depths of Hades.† 

13 Sorrow does not mingle with gladness, But in the end, this joy turns to sorrow. 

14 A bold-hearted man will be filled with his own ways, But a good man with all his thoughts.† 

15 A simple man believes in every word, But an astute man comes to repentance.†

Mark 15

The Crucifixion

21 Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.†

22 And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull.

23 Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. 

24 And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.

25 Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.

26 And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.†

27 With Him they also crucified two robbers, one on His right and the other on His left.†

28 So the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And He was numbered with the transgressors.” 

29 And those who passed by blasphemed Him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who destroy the temple and build it in three days,

30 save Yourself, and come down from the cross!”

31 Likewise the chief priests also, mocking among themselves with the scribes, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save.

32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Even those who were crucified with Him reviled Him.

Jesus Dies

33 Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.†

34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” †

35 Some of those who stood by, when they heard that, said, “Look, He is calling for Elijah!”

36 Then someone ran and filled a sponge full of sour wine, put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink, saying, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to take Him down.”

37 And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and breathed His last.†

38 Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.†

39 So when the centurion, who stood opposite Him, saw that He cried out like this and breathed His last, he said, “Truly this Man was the Son of God!”†

40 There were also women looking on from afar, among whom were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the Less and of Joses, and Salome,†

41 who also followed Him and ministered to Him when He was in Galilee, and many other women who came up with Him to Jerusalem.

The Burial

42 Now when evening had come, because it was the Preparation Day, that is, the day before the Sabbath,

43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent council member, who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God, coming and taking courage, went in to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.†

44 Pilate marveled that He was already dead; and summoning the centurion, he asked him if He had been dead for some time.

45 So when he found out from the centurion, he granted the body to Joseph.

46 Then he bought fine linen, took Him down, and wrapped Him in the linen. And he laid Him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses observed where He was laid.

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