Let’s read the Bible together during this free time and also throughout the weekend, Today our passages are;
Deuteronomy 2:1-3:29; Luke 6:12-38; Psalm 67:1-7; and Proverbs 11:27.
Let’s read the Bible together during this free time and also throughout the weekend, Today our passages are;
The Wilderness Years.
2 “Then we turned and journeyed into the wilderness in the direction of the Red Sea,eas the LORD told me. And for many days we traveled around Mount Seir. 2 Then the LORDsaid to me,
3 ‘You have been traveling around this mountain country flong enough. Turn northward
4 and command the people, “You are about to pass through the territory ofgyour brothers, the people of Esau, hwho live in Seir; and ithey will be afraid of you. So be very careful.
5 Do not contend with them, for I will not give you any of their land, no, not so much as for the sole of the foot to tread on, because hI have given Mount Seir to Esau as a possession.
6 jYou shall purchase food from them with money, that you may eat, and you shall also buy water from them with money, that you may drink.
7 For theLORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. kHe knows your going through this great wilderness. lThese forty years the LORD your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing.” ’
8 So mwe went on, away from our brothers, the people of Esau, who live in Seir, away from nthe Arabah road from oElath and pEzion-geber.
“And we turned and went in the direction of the wilderness of Moab.
9 And the LORDsaid to me, q‘Do not harass Moab or contend with them in battle, for I will not give you any of their land for a possession, because I have given rAr to sthe people of Lot for a possession.’
10 (tThe Emim formerly lived there, ua people great and many, and tall vas the Anakim.
11 Like the Anakim they are also counted as wRephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim.
12 xThe Horites also lived in Seir formerly, but the people of Esau dispossessed them and destroyed them from before them and settled in their place, yas Israel did to the land of their possession, which the LORD gave to them.)
13 ‘Now rise up and go over zthe brook Zered.’ So we went over zthe brook Zered.
14 And the time from our leaving aKadesh-barnea until we crossed bthe brook Zered was thirty-eight years,cuntil the entire generation, that is, the men of war, had perished from the camp, as theLORD had sworn to them.
15 For indeed the hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from the camp, until they had perished.
16 “So as soon as all the men of war had perished and were dead from among the people, 17 the LORD said to me, 18 ‘Today you are to cross the border of Moab at Ar.
19 And when you approach the territory of the people of Ammon, ddo not harass them or contend with them, for I will not give you any of the land of the people of Ammon as a possession, because I have given it to ethe sons of Lot for a possession.’
20 (It is also counted as a land of fRephaim. Rephaim formerly lived there but the Ammonites call them Zamzummim.
21 ga people great and many, and tall as the Anakim; but the LORDdestroyed them before the Ammonites,1 and they dispossessed them and settled in their place,
22 as he did for the people of Esau, who live in Seir, when he destroyed hthe Horites before them and they dispossessed them and settled in their place even to this day.
23 As for ithe Avvim, who lived in villages as far as jGaza, kthe Caphtorim, who came from Caphtor, destroyed them and settled in their place.)
24 ‘Rise up, set out on your journey and lgo over the Valley of the Arnon. Behold, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of mHeshbon, and his land. Begin to take possession, and ncontend with him in battle.
25 This day I will begin to put othe dread and fear of you on the peoples who are under the whole heaven, who shall hear the report of you and shall tremble and be in anguish because of you.’
The Defeat of King Sihon.
26 “So I sent messengers from the wilderness of pKedemoth to Sihon the king ofmHeshbon, qwith words of peace, saying,
27 r‘Let me pass through your land. I will go only by the road; I will turn aside neither to the right nor to the left.
28 sYou shall sell me food for money, that I may eat, and give me water for money, that I may drink. Only let me pass through on foot,
29 tas the sons of Esau who live in Seir and the Moabites who live in Ar did for me, until I go over the Jordan into the land that the LORD our God is giving to us.’
30 But uSihon the king of mHeshbon would not let us pass by him, for theLORD your God vhardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that he might give him into your hand, as he is this day.
31 And the LORD said to me, ‘Behold, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to take possession, which you may occupy, his land.’
32 Then wSihon came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at Jahaz.
33 And the LORD our God gave him over to us, and we defeated him and his sons and all his people.
34 And we captured all his cities at that time and devoted to destruction 2every city, men, women, and children. We left no survivors.
35 Only the livestock we took as spoil for ourselves, with the plunder of the cities that we captured.
36 aFrom Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and from the city that is in the valley, as far as Gilead, there was not a city too high for us. The LORD our God gave all into our hands.
37 Only to the land of the sons of Ammon you did not draw near, that is, to all the banks of the river dJabbok and the cities of the hill country, whatever the LORD our God had forbidden us.
The Defeat of King Og
3 “Then we turned and went up the way to Bashan. And eOg the king of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, to battle at fEdrei.
2 But the LORD said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have given him and all his people and his land into your hand. And you shall do to him as you did to gSihon the king of the Amorites, who lived at Heshbon.’
3 So the LORD our God gave into our hand Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people, hand we struck him down until he had no survivor left.
4 And we took all his cities at that time—there was not a city that we did not take from them—sixty cities, ithe whole region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
5 All these were cities fortified with high walls, gates, and bars, besides very many unwalled villages.
6 And jwe devoted them to destruction,1 as we did to Sihon the king of Heshbon, devoting to destruction every kcity, men, women, and children.
7 But all the livestock and the spoil of the cities we took as our plunder.
8 So we took the land at that time out of the hand of the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, from the Valley of the Arnon to Mount Hermon.
9 (the Sidonians call lHermon mSirion, while the Amorites call it nSenir),
10 all the cities of the otableland and all Gilead and all Bashan, as far as pSalecah and Edrei, cities of the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
11 (For qonly Og the king of Bashan was left of the remnant of rthe Rephaim. Behold, his bed was a bed of iron. Is it not in sRabbah of the Ammonites? Nine cubits2 was its length, and four cubits its breadth, according to the tcommon cubit.3)
12 “When we took possession of this land at that time, I gave to the Reubenites and the Gadites the territory beginning uat Aroer, which is on the edge of the Valley of the Arnon, and half the hill country of Gilead with vits cities. 13 wThe rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, that is, xall the region of Argob, I gave to the half-tribe of Manasseh. (All that portion of Bashan is called the land of rRephaim.
14 yJair the Manassite took all the region of Argob, that is, Bashan, as far as the border of zthe Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called the villages aafter his own name, Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.)
15 To Machir bI gave Gilead, 16 and to the Reubenites cand the Gadites I gave the territory from Gilead as far as the Valley of the Arnon, with the middle of the valley as a border, as far over as the river Jabbok, dthe border of the Ammonites;
17 the Arabah also, with the Jordan as the border, from eChinnereth as far asfthe Sea of the Arabah, gthe Salt Sea, under hthe slopes of Pisgah on the east.
18 “And I commanded you at that time, saying, ‘The LORD your God has given you this land to possess. iAll your men of valor shall cross over armed before your brothers, the people of Israel.
19 Only your wives, your little ones, and your livestock j(I know that you have much livestock) shall remain in the cities that I have given you,
20 kuntil the LORDgives rest to your brothers, as to you, and they also occupy the land that the LORD your God gives them beyond the Jordan. Then each of you may return to his possession which I have given you.’
21 And I commanded lJoshua at that time, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the LORD your God has done to these two kings. So will the LORD do to all the kingdoms into which you are crossing?
22 You shall not fear them, for it is mthe LORD your God who fights for you.’
Moses Forbidden to Enter the Land.
23 “And I pleaded with the LORD at that time, saying,
24 ‘O Lord GOD, you have only begun to show your servant nyour greatness and your mighty hand. For owhat god is there in heaven or on earth who can do such works and mighty acts as yours?
25 Please let me go over and see pthe good land beyond the Jordan, that good hill country andqLebanon.’
26 But rthe LORD was angry with me because of you and would not listen to me. And the LORD said to me, s‘Enough from you; do not speak to me of this matter again.
27 tGo up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes westward and northward and southward and eastward, and look at it with your eyes, for you shall not go over this Jordan.
28 But ucharge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, for he shall go over at the head of this people, and he shall put them in possession of the land that you shall see.’
29 So we remained in vthe valley opposite Beth-peor.
Luke 6:12-38New International Version (NIV)
The Twelve Apostles.
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
13 When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:
14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot,
16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.
Blessings and Woes.
17 He went down with them and stood on a level place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coastal region around Tyre and Sidon,
18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. Those troubled by impure spirits were cured, 19 and the people all tried to touch him, because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
for you will be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.
22 Blessed are you when people hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil,
because of the Son of Man.
23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich,
for you have already received your comfort.
25 Woe to you who are well fed now,
for you will go hungry.
Woe to you who laugh now,
for you will mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,
for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets.
Love for Enemies.
27 “But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
29 If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.
35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
By Robert Muriisa.