March 23 – A Limited Pool for Courtship?

Numbers 36:1-Deuteronomy 1:46
Luke 5:29-6:11
Psalm 66:1-20
Proverbs 11:24-26

Numbers 36:8 — This might seem that options were limited, but considering Numbers 1:35, there were 32,200 able-bodied men in the tribe of Manasseh, and a few of them should be eligible bachelors.

Numbers 36:10 — Numbers 26:33 and Numbers 27:1 both talk about the daughters of Zelophehad. The best thing that can be said about them is that they obeyed the LORD even in an “arbitrary” action. By marrying within the tribe, they protected the distinction of the tribes, so that by the time of the birth of the Messiah, it would be clear what tribe He was from.

Deuteronomy 1 — Moses is reminding the tribes of what they have seen because the adults who rejected God’s offer had died off and a new generation was being shown God’s mercy and grace.

Luke 5:30 — I’ve yet to see a positive use of the word “murmur” in the Bible. Notice what happened to the murmurers in Luke 6:11 at the end of today’s reading.

Luke 6:1 describes a controversial Sabbath snack

Luke 6:6 — “And they were filled with madness.” Jesus took madness out of the possessed, yet the madness possessed others (similar to Mark 5:13). Ever notice today that the hatred of Jesus seems a bit irrational? It’s always been that way.

Psalm 66:1 — This is an echo of the classic Psalm 100.

Psalm 66:18 — Prayers not answered? Take a look at 1 John 1:9.

Proverbs 11:26 — This seems to extol the virtues of Joseph, the manager of the wealth of Egypt.

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