March 5 – Daily Notes – Amanda

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Today’s psalm encourages us to teach our faith to our children. The ancient Israelites were very good at this. They passed the stories of God’s faithfulness down from generation to generation even before they were written down. They also built monuments in places where God had done something particularly wonderful. We could learn a lot from them on how to do this.

Numbers 4:1-5:31:

  • Each family group had a specific purpose they were tasked with that helped the whole group succeed.
  • 11-31 – The test for an unfaithful wife is clearly disturbing to us partially because she has to go through this whether she’s been unfaithful or not and partially because there is no equivalent test for a husband who may have been unfaithful.
  • 22 – “Thigh fall away” is also translated as “uterus drop”. In other words, the woman would become unable to have children.
  • 31 – Women were considered property in this culture and age.

Mark 12:18-37:

  • Religious leaders consistently tried to trap Jesus into saying something they could arrest him for.
  • 28-34 – Finally a religious leader appreciates Jesus’ answer and answers wisely as well. Jesus does not hold a grudge because of the other religious leaders’ manipulation and trickery. He instead encourages him.

Psalm 48:1-14:

  • Ancient Jews were committed to passing down their faith. This Psalm encourages the listener to take it all in so they can report it down to their children and grandchildren.

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