Session 54

Feb. 23, 2021

From Year of the Bible 2021
Numbers 15 and Numbers 16

After Israel’s rebellion in Numbers 14, the Lord gives Moses laws for sins and sacrifices to make atonement for them. The Lord instructed the people of Israel to make blue tassels to wear on their clothing as a reminder of His commandments and His holiness. These tassels reminded the people that they were a "kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (Exodus 19:6). These priestly, holy fringes were likely the fringes Jesus wore that healed the sick in Matthew 9:20 and Matthew 14:36.  

In Korah’s rebellion, a Levite conspires against Moses and Aaron by challenging their authority. Instead of taking matters into his own hands, Moses takes the issue to the Lord. The Lord sends judgment on all those who rebel until Aaron, the High Priest, makes atonement to stop the plague of death.

"And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.” - Numbers 16:48
Mark 5:1-20

Mark continues to show Jesus’ authority over the demonic world.

Jesus and his disciples come across a man possessed by demons; ostracized by society and incurable. The man sees Jesus and falls before him in submission to His power. Jesus casts the demons from the man and sends them into a herd of two thousand pigs. The possessed herd of pigs rush off a cliff and drown in the ocean, astonishing all the people nearby.  

Jesus tells the man to go back home and tell everyone what the Lord did for him, indicating that this healing was the work of God.

Make It Personal
  • Both passages today discuss the importance God places on having faith. How does your faith measure up to who God says he is?
  • Have you encountered any supernatural or miraculous events in your life that can only be attributed to Jesus?

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Session 1

God’s Word gives life

Genesis 1 and Genesis 2God spoke and light appeared. God spoke and continents were formed. God spoke and creatures of every kind came to ...

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Session 2

Humanity’s sin and God’s plan

Genesis 3 and Genesis 4 Adam and Eve experienced sin’s devastating effect when they yielded to the serpent’s (i.e., the devil’s) temptati...

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Session 3

This is our family

Genesis 5 and Genesis 6The world’s population grew as Adam and Eve went forth and multiplied, just as God told them to. All of mankind co...

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Session 4

God’s remembrance and our repentance

Genesis 7 to Genesis 9Noah makes final preparations and loads the ark with his family and the animals God told him to bring. After taking...

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Session 5

Jesus models dependence on God

Genesis 10 and Genesis 11After the flood, Noah’s descendants repopulated the earth. Generations reaped the benefits of Noah’s trust in Go...

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Session 6

Remember God’s promises

Genesis 12 to Genesis 14God gives Abram a promise, but it comes with an action step: “Go to the land I will show you, and I will make you...

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Session 7

Faith takes us above and beyond

Genesis 15 and Genesis 16God promises Abram he will give him descendants as numerous as the stars. This would have seemed physically impo...

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Session 8

Your Father who sees in secret will reward you

Genesis 17 and Genesis 18Abraham was 99 years old when the Lord said he would have “countless descendants” (Genesis 17:2-4, NLT). Ab...

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Session 9

Are you going your own way?

Genesis 19 and Genesis 20Sodom’s sin was so great that the Lord sent angels to investigate (Genesis 18:20, Genesis 19:1). What they found...

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Session 10

God is our powerful provider

Genesis 21 and Genesis 22Imagine how confused Abraham must have been when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. Why would God give him a gift...

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Session 11

God knows what you need

Genesis 23 and Genesis 24When Sarah dies, Abraham asks the Hittites to sell him land so he could bury her. Because the Hittites respected...

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Session 12

Where do you need healing?

Genesis 25 and Genesis 26In Genesis 25, the focus shifts from Abraham to the next generation. Isaac, the son Abraham was promised, marrie...

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Session 13

Are you willing to trust God’s plan?

Genesis 27 and Genesis 28Old and nearing death, Isaac told Esau to prepare a special meal and receive his blessing as the firstborn. ...

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Session 14

Discipleship is a whole life commitment

Genesis 29 and Genesis 30In Genesis 29, the former deceiver is deceived. After falling in love with Rachel, Jacob is tricked into marryin...

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Session 15

The Violent Take It By Force

Genesis 31 and Genesis 32Jacob flees from Laban as the tension between them grows. Both take turns deceiving the other, manipulating thei...

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Session 16

Pursuing Reconciliation and Serving Others

Genesis 33 and Genesis 34As Jacob returned to Canaan with his family, he feared his brother Esau might hold a grudge against him for Jaco...

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Session 17

Returning to God

Genesis 35 and Genesis 36As Jacob continues his journey back to his father Isaac, several events take place to signify the passing from o...

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Session 18

God’s plan redeems scandal

Genesis 37 and Genesis 38Joseph was favored by his father Jacob and all of his brothers knew it. This favor is clearly shown when Joseph ...

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Session 19

God is With You

Genesis 39, Genesis 40, and Genesis 41Potiphar placed Joseph in a position of great responsibility because he recognized the relationship...

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Session 20

God fulfills His promises

Genesis 42, Genesis 43, and Genesis 44Joseph begins to see the dreams he had long ago become fulfilled. Joseph’s brothers don’t recognize...

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Session 21

Do not be afraid

Genesis 45, Genesis 46, and Genesis 47What Joseph’s brothers meant for evil by selling him into slavery, God used to save their lives. Jo...

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Session 22

What comes from the heart

Genesis 48, Genesis 49, and Genesis 50As Jacob prepares to die, he looks to pass on the covenantal promises and blessings of God Almighty...

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Session 23

Jan. 23, 2021

Exodus 1 and Exodus 2The book of Exodus is the story of God delivering His people from slavery and oppression by drawing them out of Egyp...

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Session 24

Jan. 24, 2021

Exodus 3 and Exodus 4When God revealed Himself to Moses out of a burning bush, He was communicating far more than the words He spoke. Her...

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Session 25

Jan. 25, 2021

Exodus 5 and 6Moses and Aaron, following God’s directive, go to Pharaoh and ask him to release the Israelites for a feast to the Lord in ...

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Session 26

Jan. 26, 2021

Exodus 7, Exodus 8, and Exodus 9The ten plagues in the book of Exodus serve the purpose of displaying the power and identity of the God w...

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Session 27

Jan. 27, 2021

Exodus 10 and Exodus 11The plagues of the locusts and darkness continue the Lord’s purposes of the Exodus. By these signs and wonders, He...

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Session 28

Jan. 28, 2021

Exodus 12, Exodus 13, and Exodus 14Through the Passover, God preserved His people from the tenth plague that He was inflicting on the Egy...

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Session 29

Jan. 29, 2021

Exodus 15 and Exodus 16After being delivered from slavery, Israel bursts into song. The songs of Moses and Miriam recount God guiding and...

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Session 30

Jan. 30, 2021

Exodus 17 and Exodus 18God’s people became thirsty as they continued their journey through the wilderness, and they complained to Moses. ...

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Session 31

Jan. 31, 2021

Exodus 19, Exodus 20, and Exodus 21Stopping at the foot of Mount Sinai, one of the most tremendous events in the Bible begins to unfold. ...

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Session 32

Feb. 1, 2021

Exodus 22, Exodus 23, and Exodus 24On Mount Sinai, the Lord continues his meeting with Moses by giving him various regulations about soci...

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Session 33

Feb. 2, 2021

Exodus 25, Exodus 26, and Exodus 27The tabernacle was the place where God chose to dwell in the midst of His people. God gave Moses very ...

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Session 34

Feb. 3, 2021

Exodus 28, Exodus 29, and Exodus 30Aaron and his sons were chosen to serve as priests. Artisans followed specific directions to make clot...

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Session 35

Feb. 4, 2021

Exodus 31, Exodus 32, and Exodus 33The Lord tells Moses that he has appointed Bezalel and Oholiab to be in charge of the craftsmanship fo...

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Session 36

Feb. 5, 2021

Exodus 34, Exodus, 35, and Exodus 36The Lord invites Moses to join Him once again at Mount Sinai. As He renews the covenant with Israel, ...

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Session 37

Feb. 6, 2021

Exodus 37 and Exodus 38The narrative gives exact measurements for each item that was to be a part of the worship of the Lord. The ark, th...

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Session 38

Feb. 7, 2021

Exodus 39 and Exodus 40The people of Israel make the priestly garments and bring the tabernacle and all its furnishings to Moses. The nar...

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Session 39

Feb. 8, 2021

Leviticus 1, Leviticus 2, and Leviticus 3The book of Leviticus gets its name from the Greek title leyitikon, meaning “things concerning L...

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Session 40

Feb. 9, 2021

Leviticus 4, Leviticus 5, and Leviticus 6In the Old Testament, offerings cleansed the people of Israel from their sin. There were many l...

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Session 41

Feb. 10, 2021

Leviticus 7, Leviticus 8, and Leviticus 9This passage details how the guilt offering is presented by the priests because it is most holy....

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Session 42

Feb. 11, 2021

Leviticus 10, Leviticus 11, and Leviticus 12The Lord outlines which animals the Israelites may eat by telling them which ones are ceremon...

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Session 43

Feb. 12, 2021

Leviticus 13, Leviticus 14, and Leviticus 15God instructs His priests about handling skin diseases, mildew, and bodily fluids. These rule...

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Session 44

Feb. 13, 2021

Leviticus 16, Leviticus 17, and Leviticus 18The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur in Hebrew) was the most solemn day of the Jewish calendar. O...

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Session 45

Feb. 14, 2021

Leviticus 19, Leviticus 20, and Leviticus 21The Lord gives Moses specific instructions about holiness for the people before their God. To...

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Session 46

Feb. 15, 2021

Leviticus 22, Leviticus 23, and Leviticus 24There was a sense of separation that the priests of Israel observed since they dealt with the...

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Session 47

Feb. 16, 2021

Leviticus 25, Leviticus 26, and Leviticus 27The Lord spoke to Moses and instructed him how the Israelites were to care for the land. In h...

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Session 48

Feb. 17, 2021

Numbers 1 and Numbers 2The book of Numbers gets its name from the Greek title of the book, Arithmoi. This title is due to the censuses fo...

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Session 49

Feb. 18, 2021

Numbers 3 and Numbers 4As Israel moves from Mount Sinai to the Jordan Valley, the Lord is preparing them for a war of conquest. The censu...

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Session 50

Feb. 19, 2021

Numbers 5 and Numbers 6The Lord continues speaking to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai to prepare Israel for their march to the Promised ...

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Session 51

Feb. 20, 2021

Numbers 7 and Numbers 8The nation of Israel is still camped around the base of Mount Sinai, preparing to march towards the Promised Land....

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Session 52

Feb. 21, 2021

Numbers 9, Numbers 10, and Numbers 11The Lord prepared His people to leave the Wilderness of Sinai and set off for the Promised Land. He ...

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Session 53

Feb. 22, 2021

Numbers 12, Numbers 13, and Numbers 14As Israel approached the Promised Land, Moses sent spies into Canaan to explore the land. As the tw...

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Session 54

Feb. 23, 2021

Numbers 15 and Numbers 16After Israel’s rebellion in Numbers 14, the Lord gives Moses laws for sins and sacrifices to make atonement for ...

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Session 55

Feb. 24, 2021

Do not fear, only believeNumbers 17, Numbers 18, and Numbers 19The Israelites complain and grumble, forgetting how the Lord led them out ...

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Session 56

Feb. 25, 2021

Is Jesus just interesting or life-changing?Numbers 20 and Numbers 21The people of Israel had received God’s laws for worship and for ever...

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Session 57

Feb. 26, 2021

The Good Shepherd Feeds His SheepNumbers 22, Numbers 23, and Numbers 24After Moses’s generation died, a new one begins to take the Promis...

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Session 58

Feb. 27, 2021

Hearts Far From GodNumbers 25 and Numbers 26The Lord had protected the Israelites as they journeyed along the edge of Moab east of the Jo...

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Session 59

Feb. 28, 2021

The Good Shepherd SavesNumbers 27 and Numbers 28As Israel camps in the plains of Moab, the Lord makes final preparations for His people b...

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Session 60

March 1, 2021

The Lord Provides AbundanceNumbers 29 and Numbers 30 The Lord gives Moses a calendar of public sacrifices that emphasizes the import...

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Session 61

March 2, 2021

But Who Do You Say That I Am?Numbers 31 and Numbers 32As Israel camps in the plains of Moab, Moses makes his last preparations of the peo...

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Session 62

March 3, 2021

A Transfigured FaithNumbers 33 and Numbers 34Numbers 33 recaps the journey of the people of Israel after they fled Egypt. They left after...

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Session 63

March 4, 2021

Purification in the WildernessNumbers 35 and Numbers 36The book of Numbers records the journey of Israel from the foot of Mount Sinai, th...

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Session 64

March 5, 2021

God Keeps His PromisesDeuteronomy 1 and Deuteronomy 2The book of Deuteronomy is Moses’s words to the Lord’s people before they enter the ...

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Session 65

March 6, 2021

The Lord is FaithfulDeuteronomy 3 and Deuteronomy 4Moses’s first speech serves as a historical prologue that was common in ancient covena...

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Session 66

March 7, 2021

A Humble Messenger of PeaceDeuteronomy 5 and Deuteronomy 6As Israel prepared to enter the Promised Land, Moses transitioned from remindin...

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Session 67

March 8, 2021

The Faithful God Loves YouDeuteronomy 7, Deuteronomy 8, and Deuteronomy 9In Moses’s second speech, he gives instructions to the Israelite...

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Session 68

March 9, 2021

The Scriptures and the Power of GodDeuteronomy 10 and Deuteronomy 11Deuteronomy 10 opens with Moses recounting the Lord’s call to the top...

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Session 69

March 10, 2021

What is the purpose of the law?Deuteronomy 12 and Deuteronomy 13In his second speech, Moses moves from general to more specific covenant ...

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Session 70

March 11, 2021

Trust the LordDeuteronomy 14 and Deuteronomy 15The people of Israel continued to receive the Lord’s laws for worship and for everyday liv...

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Session 71

March 13, 2021

The Ultimate Passover LambDeuteronomy 18 and Deuteronomy 19God commanded that the priests and Levites should receive a portion of many of...

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Session 72

March 14, 2021

Our Warfare is SpiritualDeuteronomy 20 and Deuteronomy 21As Moses continues his second speech, he gives specific covenant laws that furth...

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Session 73

March 15, 2021

The Son of the BlessedDeuteronomy 22 and Deuteronomy 23In Moses’s second speech, he continues to give the Israelites final instructions f...

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Session 74

March 16, 2021

The King of the JewsDeuteronomy 24 and Deuteronomy 25These sections of the law focus on relationships, expanding on the eighth and ninth ...

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Session 75

March 17, 2021

Jesus’ Sacrifice For Our SinsDeuteronomy 26-27Deuteronomy 26 continues with the presentation of laws and rules for living in the land. Al...

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Session 76

March 18, 2021

Jesus is the Son of GodDeuteronomy 28 and Deuteronomy 29In Moses’s third speech, he details the blessings and curses that Israel will exp...

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Session 77

March 19, 2021

The Upside-Down KingdomDeuteronomy 30, Deuteronomy 31, and Deuteronomy 32Moses concludes his third speech to Israel by urging Israel to a...

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