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Numbers 15; Numbers 16; Mark 6:1-29

1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 2 Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land where you will live, which I am giving you, 3 and you make a food gift to the LORD as a soothing smell for the LORD from the herd or the flock—whether an entirely burned offering, or a sacrifice to fulfill a solemn promise, or a spontaneous gift, or at your sacred seasons— 4 the one presenting the offering to the LORD will bring a grain offering of one-tenth of fine flour mixed with one-fourth of a hin of oil. 5 You will also offer one-fourth of a hin of wine as a drink offering with either the entirely burned offering or the sacrifice, for each lamb. 6 For a ram you will offer a grain offering of two-tenths of a measure of fine flour mixed with one-third of a hin of oil. 7 You will also present one-third of a hin of wine for a drink offering as a soothing smell for the LORD. 8 When you offer a bull for an entirely burned offering, or a sacrifice to fulfill a solemn promise, or a well-being sacrifice to the LORD, 9 you will present with the bull a grain offering of three-tenths of a measure of fine flour mixed with a half hin of oil. 10 You will present a half hin of wine for a drink offering as a food gift that is a soothing smell to the LORD. 11 So will it be done with each ox, each ram, or for any sheep or goat. 12 However many you offer, you will do the same for each one. 13 Every citizen will perform these rituals in bringing a food gift that is a soothing smell to the LORD. 14 If an immigrant lives with you or has settled among you for many years and would also like to offer a food gift that is a soothing smell to the LORD, that person must do just as you do. 15 The assembly will have the same regulation for you and for the immigrant. The regulation will be permanent for all time. You and the immigrant will be the same in the LORD's presence. 16 There will be one set of instructions and one legal norm for the immigrant and for you. 17 The LORD spoke to Moses: 18 Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When you enter the land to which I'm bringing you, 19 whenever you eat the land's food you will present a gift offering to the LORD. 20 You will present a gift offering from the first bread you bake just like you present a gift offering from the threshing floor. 21 You will give a gift offering from the first bread you bake for all time. 22 If by accident you don't obey all these commands that the LORD spoke to Moses, 23 or everything that the LORD commanded you through Moses from the day of the LORD's command onward for all time, 24 then if it was done unintentionally without the knowledge of the community, the entire community must offer one bull from the herd as an entirely burned offering, a soothing smell to the LORD, with its grain and drink offering according to the specific instruction, and one male goat for a purification offering. 25 The priest will seek reconciliation for the entire Israelite community. They will be forgiven, because it was unintentional and because they brought their food gift to the LORD, along with their purification offering in the LORD's presence for their accidental error. 26 The entire Israelite community and the immigrant residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people acted unintentionally. 27 If an individual sins unintentionally, that person must present a one-year-old female goat for a purification offering. 28 The priest will seek reconciliation in the LORD's presence for the person who sinned unintentionally, when the sin is an accident, seeking reconciliation so that person will be forgiven. 29 There will be one set of instructions for the Israelite citizen and the immigrant residing with you for anyone who commits an unintentional sin. 30 But the person who acts deliberately, whether a citizen or an immigrant, and insults the LORD, that person will be cut off from the people 31 for despising the LORD's word and breaking his commands. That person will be completely cut off and bear the guilt. 32 When the Israelites were in the desert, they found a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day. 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses, Aaron, and the entire community. 34 They placed him in custody, because it wasn't clear what should be done to him. 35 Then the LORD said to Moses: The man should be put to death. The entire community should stone him outside the camp. 36 The entire community took him outside the camp and stoned him. He died as the LORD had commanded Moses. 37 The LORD said to Moses: 38 Speak to the Israelites and say to them: Make fringes on the edges of your clothing for all time. Have them put blue cords on the fringe on the edges. 39 This will be your fringe. You will see it and remember all the LORD's commands and do them. Then you won't go exploring the lusts of your own heart or your eyes. 40 In this way you'll remember to do all my commands. Then you will be holy to your God. 41 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to be your God. I am the LORD your God.
1 Korah—Izhar's son, Kohath's grandson, and Levi's great-grandson—with Dathan and Abiram, Eliab's sons, and On, Peleth's son, descendants of Reuben, 2 rose up against Moses, along with two hundred fifty Israelite men, leaders of the community, chosen by the assembly, men of reputation. 3 They assembled against Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You've gone too far, because the entire community is holy, every last one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the LORD's assembly?" 4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face. 5 He spoke to Korah and all his community, "In the morning the LORD will make known who is his, who is holy, and who is able to approach him. The one he chooses for himself is the one who will be able to approach him. 6 This is what must be done. Korah and your entire community: Take censers for yourselves. 7 Tomorrow put fire in them and place incense on them in the LORD's presence. The man whom the LORD chooses, that one is holy. You Levites have gone too far!" 8 Moses said to Korah, "Listen, you Levites, 9 isn't it enough for you that Israel's God has separated you from the Israelite community to allow you to approach him, to perform the service of the LORD's dwelling, and to serve before the community by ministering for them? 10 He has allowed you and all your fellow Levites with you to approach him. Yet you also seek the priesthood? 11 Thus you and your entire community have assembled against the LORD. But Aaron, what is he that you complain about him?" 12 Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, Eliab's sons. But they said, "We won't come up! 13 Isn't it enough that you've brought us up from a land full of milk and honey to kill us in the desert so that you'd also dominate us? 14 Moreover, you haven't brought us to a land full of milk and honey, nor given us the inheritance of field and vineyard. Would you also gouge out the eyes of these men? We won't come up!" 15 Moses became very angry and he said to the LORD, "Pay no attention to their offering. I haven't taken a single donkey from them, nor have I wronged any one of them." 16 Moses said to Korah, "You and your entire community should appear before the LORD tomorrow, you, they, and Aaron. 17 Every person should take his censer, place incense on it, and present it before the LORD. Each person will carry his censer, two hundred fifty censers in all, including you and Aaron." 18 Then every person took his censer, placed fire on it, put incense on it, and stood at the entrance of the meeting tent with Moses and Aaron. 19 Korah gathered the entire community with them to the entrance of the meeting tent. Then the LORD's glory appeared to the entire community. 20 The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, 21 "Separate yourselves from this community so that I may consume them in a moment." 22 They fell on their faces and said, "God, the God of all living things. If one person sins, should you become angry with the entire community?" 23 The LORD said to Moses, 24 "Speak to the community and say, ‘Withdraw from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.'" 25 Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram. Israel's elders followed him. 26 He spoke to the community: "Move away from the tents of these wicked men and don't touch anything of theirs, lest you too be wiped out for all their sins." 27 They withdrew from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Then Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrance of their tents with their wives, children, and little ones. 28 Moses said, "By this you will know that the LORD sent me to do these deeds and that it wasn't my own desire. 29 If all these people die a natural death, or if their fate be that of all humans, then the LORD hasn't sent me. 30 But if the LORD performs an act of creation, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them and everything that belongs to them, so that they descend alive to their graves, then you'll know that these men disrespected the LORD." 31 As soon as he finished speaking these words, the ground under them split open. 32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, including every human that belonged to Korah and all their possessions. 33 They along with all their possessions descended alive to their graves, and the earth closed over them. They perished in the middle of the assembly. 34 All the Israelites who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, "The earth may swallow us." 35 Then fire went out from the LORD and consumed the two hundred fifty men offering incense. 36 The LORD spoke to Moses: 37 Tell Eleazar, Aaron the priest's son, to raise the censers from the fire and scatter the ashes about, because they are holy. 38 Hammer the censers of those who sinned and lost their lives into thin plates for the altar. Since they presented them in the LORD's presence, they had become holy. They will be a sign for the Israelites. 39 Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers presented by those who had been consumed by fire and hammered them into a covering for the altar, 40 just as the LORD instructed him through Moses. This was a reminder for the Israelites that no outsider who isn't one of Aaron's descendants should approach to burn incense in the LORD's presence, so as not to be like Korah and his community. 41 On the next day the entire Israelite community complained to Moses and Aaron, "You killed the LORD's people." 42 When the community assembled against Moses and Aaron, they turned toward the meeting tent. At that moment the cloud covered it, and the LORD's glory appeared. 43 Moses and Aaron came to the front of the meeting tent, 44 and the LORD spoke to Moses: 45 Get away from this community, so that I may consume them in an instant. They fell on their faces, 46 and Moses said to Aaron, "Take the censer, put fire from the altar on it, place incense on it, go quickly to the community, and seek reconciliation for them. Indeed, the LORD's anger has gone out. The plague has begun." 47 Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the middle of the assembly, for the plague had already begun among the people. He burned incense and sought reconciliation for the people. 48 He stood between the dead and the living, and the plague stopped. 49 Those who died from the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, in addition to those who died because of Korah. 50 Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the meeting tent once the plague stopped.
1 Jesus left that place and came to his hometown. His disciples followed him. 2 On the Sabbath, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were surprised. "Where did this man get all this? What's this wisdom he's been given? What about the powerful acts accomplished through him? 3 Isn't this the carpenter? Isn't he Mary's son and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?" They were repulsed by him and fell into sin. 4 Jesus said to them, "Prophets are honored everywhere except in their own hometowns, among their relatives, and in their own households." 5 He was unable to do any miracles there, except that he placed his hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 He was appalled by their disbelief. Then Jesus traveled through the surrounding villages teaching. 7 He called for the Twelve and sent them out in pairs. He gave them authority over unclean spirits. 8 He instructed them to take nothing for the journey except a walking stick—no bread, no bags, and no money in their belts. 9 He told them to wear sandals but not to put on two shirts. 10 He said, "Whatever house you enter, remain there until you leave that place. 11 If a place doesn't welcome you or listen to you, as you leave, shake the dust off your feet as a witness against them." 12 So they went out and proclaimed that people should change their hearts and lives. 13 They cast out many demons, and they anointed many sick people with olive oil and healed them. 14 Herod the king heard about these things, because the name of Jesus had become well-known. Some were saying, "John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and this is why miraculous powers are at work through him." 15 Others were saying, "He is Elijah." Still others were saying, "He is a prophet like one of the ancient prophets." 16 But when Herod heard these rumors, he said, "John, whom I beheaded, has been raised to life." 17 He said this because Herod himself had arranged to have John arrested and put in prison because of Herodias, the wife of Herod's brother Philip. Herod had married her, 18 but John told Herod, "It's against the law for you to marry your brother's wife!" 19 So Herodias had it in for John. She wanted to kill him, but she couldn't. 20 This was because Herod respected John. He regarded him as a righteous and holy person, so he protected him. John's words greatly confused Herod, yet he enjoyed listening to him. 21 Finally, the time was right. It was on one of Herod's birthdays, when he had prepared a feast for his high-ranking officials and military officers and Galilee's leading residents. 22 Herod's daughter Herodias came in and danced, thrilling Herod and his dinner guests. The king said to the young woman, "Ask me whatever you wish, and I will give it to you." 23 Then he swore to her, "Whatever you ask I will give to you, even as much as half of my kingdom." 24 She left the banquet hall and said to her mother, "What should I ask for?" "John the Baptist's head," Herodias replied. 25 Hurrying back to the ruler, she made her request: "I want you to give me John the Baptist's head on a plate, right this minute." 26 Although the king was upset, because of his solemn pledge and his guests, he didn't want to refuse her. 27 So he ordered a guard to bring John's head. The guard went to the prison, cut off John's head, 28 brought his head on a plate, and gave it to the young woman, and she gave it to her mother. 29 When John's disciples heard what had happened, they came and took his dead body and laid it in a tomb.
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