When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him. Luke 5:11

Numbers 32-33

Numbers 32

Reuben and Gad Ask for Gilead

1 Now the tribe of Reuben and the tribe of Gad had an enormous number of livestock, and they saw that the land of Jazer and Gilead was a good place for cattle. 2 So the families of Gad and Reuben went to speak with Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the community and said, 3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon, 4 the land which the Lord conquered for the Israelites, is well suited for livestock, and your servants have livestock.” 5 They said, “If we have found favor in your sight, grant this land to your servants for our possession and do not bring us over the Jordan.”

Moses Gets Mad

6 Moses answered the Gad and Reuben families, “Shall your brothers go to war while you sit here in safety? 7 Why are you discouraging the hearts of the Israelites from going over into the land which the Lord has given them? 8 Your fathers did the same thing when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to survey the land. 9 For when they went up to the valley of Eshcol, and saw the land, they discouraged the Israelites so that they did not have the heart to take the land which the Lord was giving them.

10 The Lord’s anger was inflamed that day, and he swore to them, 11 ‘Surely none of the men who came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old and up, will see the land which I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, because they have not wholly followed me, 12 except Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite and Joshua the son of Nun, because they have followed the Lord completely.’

13 The Lord’s anger fumed against Israel, and he sent them wandering back and forth in the wilderness for 40 years, until the entire generation who had sinned in the sight of the Lord had passed away.  14 “And now you have risen up in your fathers’ place, more sinful than the ones before you, to further incite the fierce anger of the Lord toward Israel. 15 For if you turn away from following him, he will once again leave them in the wilderness, and you will be responsible for the destruction of all these people.”

Reuben and Gad Explain

16 They approached Moses again to explain, “We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our families, 17 but our men will be ready and armed to advance with the Israelites, until we have brought them to their land. Our families will remain in the fortified cities, safe from the inhabitants of the land. 18 We will not return to our homes until all of the Israelites have received their inheritance. 19 For we will not inherit land with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, because our inheritance has come to us on the east side of the Jordan.”

20 Moses said to them, “If you will do this: if you will arm yourselves to go before the Lord to fight, 21 and every one of your armed men will cross the Jordan before the Lord until he has driven out his enemies from before him, 22 and the land is subdued before the Lord; then afterward you shall return, and be clear of obligation to the Lord and to Israel, then this land shall be your possession before the Lord.

23 But if you will not do as you have said, then you have sinned against the Lord, and you can be sure, your sin will find you out. 24 Build cities for your families, and pens for your sheep, and fulfill every word you have promised.”

25 The Gadites and the Reubenites answered Moses, “Your servants will do as our master commands. 26 Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock shall be there in the cities of Gilead, 27 but your servants will cross over, every man who is armed for war, before the Lord to battle, as our master has said.”

28 So Moses gave the orders concerning this land grant, to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua the son of Nun, and to each head of household within the Israelite community:  29  “If the Gadites and the Reubenites will cross with you over the Jordan, with all of their men armed for battle before the Lord, and the land is subdued before you, then you shall grant them this land of Gilead for their possession, 30 but if they will not cross over with you armed for battle, then their share in the land shall be among the Israelites in the land of Canaan.”

31 The Gadites and the Reubenites responded,  “As the Lord has spoken to your servants, so will we do. 32 We will cross over, armed before the Lord, into the land of Canaan, and the land we will inherit shall be on the other side of the Jordan.”

Reuben and Gad Get Gilead

33 Moses granted the land to them–to the Gadites and Reubenites, and also to the half-tribe of Manasseh, son of Joseph–the territory of Sihon, King of the Amorites and the territory of Og, King of Bashan, all of their cities and the land surrounding them.

34 The Gadites rebuilt Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer, 35 Atroth-shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah, 36 Beth Nimrah, and Beth Haran, and they fortified the cities and built pens for the sheep.

37 The Reubenites built Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim, 38 Nebo, and Baal Meon, (their names were changed), and Sibmah. They also gave other names to the reconstructed cities.

39 The family of Machir, of Manasseh, went to the land of Gilead, overtook it and dispossessed the Amorites who had lived there. 40 Moses gave Gilead to the Machir family, of Manasseh, and they lived there. 41 Jair, also a descendant of Manasseh, went out and took over villages and called them Havvoth Jair. 42 Nobah went out and took over Kenath and its surrounding villages and called it Nobah, after his own name.

Numbers 33

Forty-Two Legs of a Journey

1 This is a record of the Israelites’ journey, under the direction of Moses and Aaron, when their army divisions went out of the land of Egypt. 2 At the Lord’s command, Moses recorded the starting points of their travel. This was their route, by starting points:

3 The Israelites departed from Rameses on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the Passover, marching in triumph in the sight of all the Egyptians, 4 while the Egyptians were still burying all of their firstborn whom the Lord had struck down among them. The Lord also executed judgments on their gods.

5 The Israelites traveled from Rameses and encamped in Succoth.

6 They traveled from Succoth and encamped in Etham, which is in the edge of the wilderness.

7 They traveled from Etham and turned back to Pihahiroth, which is before Baal Zephon, and they encamped before Migdol.

8 They traveled from before Hahiroth and crossed through the middle of the sea into the wilderness. They went three days’ journey in the wilderness of Etham and encamped in Marah.

9 They traveled from Marah and came to Elim. In Elim, there were twelve springs of water and 70 palm trees, and they encamped there.

10 They traveled from Elim and encamped by the Red Sea. 11 They traveled from the Red Sea and encamped in the wilderness of Sin.

12 They traveled from the wilderness of Sin and encamped in Dophkah. 13 They traveled from Dophkah, and encamped in Alush.

14 They traveled from Alush and encamped in Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink. 15 They traveled from Rephidim and encamped in the wilderness of Sinai. 16 They traveled from the wilderness of Sinai and encamped in Kibroth Hattaavah.

17 They traveled from Kibroth Hattaavah and encamped in Hazeroth.

18 They traveled from Hazeroth and encamped in Rithmah.

19 They traveled from Rithmah and encamped in Rimmon Perez.

20 They traveled from Rimmon Perez and encamped in Libnah.

21 They traveled from Libnah and encamped in Rissah.

22 They traveled from Rissah and encamped in Kehelathah.

23 They traveled from Kehelathah and encamped in Mount Shepher.

24 They traveled from Mount Shepher and encamped in Haradah.

25 They traveled from Haradah and encamped in Makheloth.

26 They traveled from Makheloth and encamped in Tahath.

27 They traveled from Tahath and encamped in Terah.

28 They traveled from Terah and encamped in Mithkah.

29 They traveled from Mithkah and encamped in Hashmonah.

30 They traveled from Hashmonah and encamped in Moseroth.

31 They traveled from Moseroth and encamped in Bene Jaakan.

32 They traveled from Bene Jaakan and encamped in Hor Haggidgad.

33 They traveled from Hor Haggidgad and encamped in Jotbathah.

34 They traveled from Jotbathah and encamped in Abronah.

35 They traveled from Abronah and encamped in Ezion Geber.

36 They traveled from Ezion Geber and encamped at Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.

37 They traveled from Kadesh and encamped in Mount Hor, at the edge of the land of Edom. 38 Aaron the priest climbed Mount Hor at the command of the Lord and died there, in the 40th year after the Israelites had come out of the land of Egypt, on the first day of the fifth month. 39 Aaron was 123 years old when he died in Mount Hor.

40 The Canaanite king of Arad, who lived in the South in the land of Canaan, heard that the Israelites were coming. 41 The Israelites left Mount Hor and encamped in Zalmonah. 42 They traveled from Zalmonah and encamped in Punon.

43 They traveled from Punon and encamped in Oboth.

44 They traveled from Oboth and encamped in Iye Abarim, in the border of Moab.

45 They traveled from Iyim and encamped in Dibon Gad.

46 They traveled from Dibon Gad and encamped in Almon Diblathaim.

47 They traveled from Almon Diblathaim and encamped in the mountains of Abarim, before Nebo.

48 They traveled from the mountains of Abarim and encamped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

49 They encamped by the Jordan, from Beth Jeshimoth to Abel Shittim in the plains of Moab.

Canaanites Conquered

50 The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho and said, 51 Speak to the Israelites and tell them, “When you cross over the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 52 you must drive out all of the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their stone idols, destroy all their molten images, and demolish all their pagan alters.

53 Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given the land to you to possess. 54 Distribute the land among the families of Israel by lot and in proportion to the number of people in each family; larger tracts of land for larger families and smaller tracts of land for smaller families. The location of the tracts of land will be based on lot, and the amount of land will be based on the number of people in your family.

55 If you do not drive out all of the inhabitants of the land, then those you allow to remain will be like splinters in your eyes and thorns in your sides. They will harass you in the land where you live, 56 and I will do to you as I had planned to do to them.”

Luke 4:31-5:11

Jesus Drives Out Evil Spirits

31 Jesus came down to Capernaum, a city in Galilee and taught them on Sabbath days, 32 and they were amazed at his teaching, because his message had authority. 33 In the synagogue there was a man who had an evil spirit, and he cried out with a loud voice 34 and said, “Leave us alone! What do we have to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are: the Holy One of God!”

35 Jesus rebuked him and said, “Be silent and come out of him!” When the demon had thrown himself down in their midst, he came out of the man, without harming him.

36 Amazement came over everyone, and they discussed it among themselves, asking, “What is this, that with power and authority, he commands evil spirits to come out, and they come out!” 37 And news about him spread throughout the surrounding region.

Jesus Heals

38 He left the synagogue and went to Simon’s house. Simon’s mother-in-law was suffering with a high fever, and they begged him to help her. 39 He stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her. Immediately she rose up and served them. 40 When the sun was setting, all those who knew anyone with any kind of sickness or disease brought them to him, and he laid his hands on every one of them and healed them. 41 Demons also came out of many, crying out and saying, “You are the Son of God!” Rebuking them, he did not allow them to speak because they knew that he was the Messiah.

Jesus Preaches

42 At daybreak, he departed and went into an uninhabited place, and the crowds looked for him and went up to him, holding onto him, so that he would not leave. 43 But he said to them, ” I must preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God to the other cities also. It is for this reason that I have been sent.”

44 He continued preaching in the synagogues of Galilee.

Luke 5

Jesus Calling

1 Now while the crowds pressed in on him to hear the word of God, he was standing by the lake of Gennesaret. 2 He saw two boats sitting by the lake, but the fishermen had gotten out of them and were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put your boat out to sea and let down your nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night and took nothing, but at your word I will let down the net.” 6 When they had done this, they pulled in such an enormous catch of fish that their net was breaking.

7 They called to their partners in the other boat, that they should come and help them. They came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink.

8 But Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, Lord.” 9 For he was amazed and all who were with him, at the amount of fish that they had caught, 10 and so were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon.

Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will be catching people.”

11 When they had brought their boats to land, they left everything and followed him.

Psalm 64

The Hurtful Tongue

For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

1 Hear my voice, O God, in my prayer.
Preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from wicked mobs,
3 who sharpen their tongue like a sword
and aim the arrows of deadly words,
4 to shoot the innocent from secret places.
They shoot at him without warning or fear.

5 They encourage themselves in evil plans.
They talk about laying snares secretly.
They say, “Who will see them?”
6 They plot injustice, saying, “We have made a perfect plan!”
Surely the heart and mind of man are cunning.

7 But God will shoot at them with an arrow,
and suddenly, they shall be wounded.
8 Their own tongues shall ruin them.
All who see them will shake their heads.
9 All mankind shall fear.
They shall declare the work of God,
and shall ponder what he has done.
10 The righteous shall be glad in the Lord,
and will trust in him.
All the upright in heart shall praise him!

Proverbs 11:22

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout,
is a beautiful woman who lacks discretion.

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