March 1 - Matthew 8.14-34, Leviticus 1-2 and Proverbs 19
Jesus Heals Many People
16When evening came, people brought to Jesus many who had demons in them. Jesus drove out the evil spirits with a word and healed all who were sick. 17He did this to make come true what the prophet Isaiah had said, "He himself took our sickness and carried away our diseases."
The Would-Be Followers of Jesus
20Jesus answered him, "Foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lie down and rest."
21Another man, who was a disciple, said, "Sir, first let me go back and bury my father."
22"Follow me," Jesus answered, "and let the dead bury their own dead."
Jesus Calms a Storm
26"Why are you so frightened?" Jesus answered. "What little faith you have!" Then he got up and ordered the winds and the waves to stop, and there was a great calm.
27Everyone was amazed. "What kind of man is this?" they said. "Even the winds and the waves obey him!"
Jesus Heals Two Men with Demons
30Not far away there was a large herd of pigs feeding. 31So the demons begged Jesus, "If you are going to drive us out, send us into that herd of pigs."
32"Go," Jesus told them; so they left and went off into the pigs. The whole herd rushed down the side of the cliff into the lake and was drowned.
33The men who had been taking care of the pigs ran away and went into the town, where they told the whole story and what had happened to the men with the demons. 34So everyone from the town went out to meet Jesus; and when they saw him, they begged him to leave their territory.
Sacrifices Burned WholeLeviticus 1 The LORD called to Moses from the Tent of the LORD's presence and gave him the following rules 2for the Israelites to observe when they offer their sacrifices.
When you offer an animal sacrifice, it may be one of your cattle or one of your sheep or goats. 3If you are offering one of your cattle as a burnt offering, you must bring a bull without any defects. You must present it at the entrance of the Tent of the LORD's presence so that the LORD will accept you. 4You shall put your hand on its head, and it will be accepted as a sacrifice to take away your sins. 5You shall kill the bull there, and the Aaronite priests shall present the blood to the LORD and then throw it against all four sides of the altar located at the entrance of the Tent. 6Then you shall skin the animal and cut it up, 7and the priests shall arrange firewood on the altar and light it. 8They shall put on the fire the pieces of the animal, including the head and the fat. 9You must wash the internal organs and the hind legs, and the officiating priest will burn the whole sacrifice on the altar. The odor of this food offering is pleasing to the LORD.
10If you are offering one of your sheep or goats, it must be a male without any defects. 11You shall kill it on the north side of the altar, and the priests shall throw its blood on all four sides of the altar. 12After you cut it up, the officiating priest shall put on the fire all the parts, including the head and the fat. 13You must wash the internal organs and the hind legs, and the priest will present the sacrifice to the LORD and burn all of it on the altar. The odor of this food offering is pleasing to the LORD.
14If you are offering a bird as a burnt offering, it must be a dove or a pigeon. 15The priest shall present it at the altar, wring its neck, and burn its head on the altar. Its blood shall be drained out against the side of the altar. 16He shall remove the crop and its contents and throw them away on the east side of the altar where the ashes are put. 17He shall take hold of its wings and tear its body open, without tearing the wings off, and then burn it whole on the altar. The odor of this food offering is pleasing to the LORD.
Grain OfferingsLeviticus 2 When any of you present an offering of grain to the LORD, you must first grind it into flour. You must put olive oil and incense on it 2and bring it to the Aaronite priests. The officiating priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil and all of the incense and burn it on the altar as a token that it has all been offered to the LORD. The odor of this food offering is pleasing to the LORD. 3The rest of the grain offering belongs to the priests; it is very holy, since it is taken from the food offered to the LORD.
4If the offering is bread baked in an oven, it must be made without yeast. It may be thick loaves made of flour mixed with olive oil or thin cakes brushed with olive oil.
5If the offering is bread cooked on a griddle, it is to be made of flour mixed with olive oil but without yeast. 6Crumble it up and pour the oil on it when you present it as an offering.
7If the offering is bread cooked in a pan, it is to be made of flour and olive oil. 8Bring it as an offering to the LORD and present it to the priest, who will take it to the altar. 9The priest will take part of it as a token that it has all been offered to the LORD, and he will burn it on the altar. The odor of this food offering is pleasing to the LORD. 10The rest of the offering belongs to the priests; it is very holy, since it is taken from the food offered to the LORD.
11None of the grain offerings which you present to the LORD may be made with yeast; you must never use yeast or honey in food offered to the LORD. 12An offering of the first grain that you harvest each year shall be brought to the LORD, but it is not to be burned on the altar. 13Put salt on every grain offering, because salt represents the covenant between you and God. (You must put salt on all your offerings.) 14When you bring to the LORD an offering of the first grain harvested, offer roasted grain or ground meal. 15Add olive oil and put incense on it. 16The priest will burn that part of the meal and oil that is to serve as a token, and also all the incense, as a food offering to the LORD.
Proverbs 19 It is better to be poor but honest than to be a lying fool.
2Enthusiasm without knowledge is not good; impatience will get you into trouble.
3Some people ruin themselves by their own stupid actions and then blame the LORD.
4Rich people are always finding new friends, but the poor cannot keep the few they have.
5If you tell lies in court, you will be punished--there will be no escape.
6Everyone tries to gain the favor of important people; everyone claims the friendship of those who give out favors.
7Even the relatives of a poor person have no use for him; no wonder he has no friends. No matter how hard he tries, he cannot win any.
8Do yourself a favor and learn all you can; then remember what you learn and you will prosper.
9No one who tells lies in court can escape punishment; he is doomed.
10Fools should not live in luxury, and slaves should not rule over noblemen.
11If you are sensible, you will control your temper. When someone wrongs you, it is a great virtue to ignore it.
12The king's anger is like the roar of a lion, but his favor is like welcome rain.
13Stupid children can bring their parents to ruin. A nagging wife is like water going drip-drip-drip.
14A man can inherit a house and money from his parents, but only the LORD can give him a sensible wife.
15Go ahead and be lazy; sleep on, but you will go hungry.
16Keep God's laws and you will live longer; if you ignore them, you will die.
17When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back.
18Discipline your children while they are young enough to learn. If you don't, you are helping them destroy themselves.
19If someone has a hot temper, let him take the consequences. If you get him out of trouble once, you will have to do it again.
20If you listen to advice and are willing to learn, one day you will be wise.
21People may plan all kinds of things, but the LORD's will is going to be done.
22It is a disgrace to be greedy; poor people are better off than liars.
23Obey the LORD and you will live a long life, content and safe from harm.
24Some people are too lazy to put food in their own mouths.
25Arrogance should be punished, so that people who don't know any better can learn a lesson. If you are wise, you will learn when you are corrected.
26Only a shameful, disgraceful person would mistreat his father or turn his mother away from his home.
27My child, when you stop learning, you will soon neglect what you already know.
28There is no justice where a witness is determined to hurt someone. Wicked people love the taste of evil.
29A conceited fool is sure to get a beating.
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