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Numbers 26:19-27:23, John 3:1-21

March 22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The Law of Inheritance. 27:1-11. Verse 4: Give unto us therefore a possession among the brethren of our father. The Manassite Zelophehad had five daughters and no sons. These daughters pointed out that if they, as daughters, could not inherit land, then their father’s inheritance would be…

Numbers 23:27-26:18, John 2:1-25

March 21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Have you ever stopped to wonder where the wise men learned to look for a star? How did they associate a star with a king born over in Israel? Why would they make such a long trek? About 1500 years after this prophecy was given, we find…

Leviticus 4:22-6:30, Mark 5:21-43

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February 25 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Or if a soul swear, pronouncing with his lips to do evil, or to do good, whatsoever it be that a man shall pronounce with an oath, and it be hid from him; when he knoweth of it, then he shall be guilty in one of these…

Leviticus 1:1-4:21, Mark 4:35-5:20

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February 24 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Concerning the killing and slaying of the offering, our first point is that it was ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL. The pouring out of the blood of the victim was of the very essence of the type. The death of Christ by blood-shedding was absolutely necessary to make Him an…

Exodus 39:1-40:38, Mark 4:10-34

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February 23 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: After the materials for the tabernacle were prepared for construction, Moses was instructed to erect the structure on the first day of the first month (40:1). This would have been the month of Abib or Nisan. When final preparations were complete Moses along with the people of…

Exodus 36:8-38:31, Mark 3:20-4:9

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February 22 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: He made the laver of bronze and its base of bronze, from the bronze mirrors of the serving women who assembled at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. Exodus 38:8 The symbolic meaning of this laver is indeed significant and precious. It provided for a type…

Exodus 34:27-36:7, Mark 2:23-3:19

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February 21 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ex. 34:28-35 The coming down of Moses from the mount, greatly enriched and miraculously adorned. 1. He came down enriched with the best treasure; for he brought in his hands the two tables of the law, written with the finger of God, 5:28, 29. It is a…

Exodus 33:7-34:26, Mark 2:1-22

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February 20 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And the Lord said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass…

Exodus 30:22-33:6, Mark 1:21-45

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February 19 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come unto me.” Ex. xxxii.26 Before I enlarge upon this exceedingly personal and practical question, I must ask you to remember the man who asked it. It was…

Exodus 29:1-30:21, Mark 1:1-20

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February 18 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Exodus 30:11-16 Moses is here ordered to levy money upon the people by way of poll, so much a head, for the service of the tabernacle. This he must do when he numbered the people. … This was that tribute-money which Christ paid, for fear of offending…

Exodus 27:1-28:43, Matthew 27:57-28:20

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February 17 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: THE URIM AND THUMMIM And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron’s heart, when he goeth in before the Lord: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before…

Exodus 25:1-26:37, Matthew 27:27-56

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February 16 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Exodus 25:2 Speak unto the children of Israel that they bring me an offering; and there was all the reason in the world that they should, for (v. 1), It was God himself that had not only enlarged them, but enriched them with the spoils of the…

Exodus 21:28-24:18, Matthew 27:1-26

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February 15 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel: And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven…

Exodus 19:1-21:27, Matthew 26:57-75

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February 14 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Lex talionis, “law of the tooth,” or the so-called law of retaliation, is found here in Exodus 21:23-25…. Simply stated the talion principle was “life for life.” But in actuality this rule functioned as a stereotyped expression for the judges who had to assign compensations and amounts…

Exodus 16:1-18:27, Matthew 26:36-56

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February 13 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Many have speculated on the precise nature of this manna, and several partial parallels are known. To the present time in Sinai, certain insects produce honeydew excretions on tamarisk twigs seasonally every June for some weeks. At night these drops fall from the trees to the ground,…

Exodus 14:15-15:27, Matthew 26:1-35

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February 12 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry…

Exodus 12:21-14:14, Matthew 25:24-46

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February 11 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Ex. 13:1-10 Care is here taken to perpetuate the remembrance… [o]f the preservation of Israel’s firstborn, when the firstborn of the Egyptians were slain. In memory of that distinguishing favour, and in gratitude for it, the firstborn, in all ages, were to be consecrated to God, as…

Exodus 10:1-12:20, Matthew 25:1-23

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February 10 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: This great Passover event was not only a unique revelation regarding the price of redemption from bondage for Israel, but it was a special revelation pointing to the impotence of Egyptian idolatry. It is specifically stated in [chapter 12] verse 12 that these judgments were directed “against…

Exodus 7:14-9:35, Matthew 24:32-51

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February 9 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart and he would not listen to Moses and Aaron, just as the LORD had said to Moses. Ex. 9:12 God twice predicts he will harden Pharaoh’s heart. These two prophetic notices were given to Moses before the whole contest began (Ex…

Exodus 5:1-7:13, Matthew 24:1-31

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February 8 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: THE POWER OF AARON’S ROD “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”-Exodus vii. 12. We shall not attempt to discuss the question as to whether these magicians actually did turn their rods into serpents or no; it is probable that they, by dexterous sleight of hand, substituted…

Exodus 3:1-4:31, Matthew 23:23-39

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February 7 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: At last the actual call of God came Moses. It found him fulfilling a daily duty, keeping the sheep of his father-in-law. There can be no doubt that in the silent solitudes of the wilderness he had meditated on the condition of his people. Forty years, however,…

Exodus 1:1-2:25, Matthew 23:1-22

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February 6 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: (Exodus 1-2) Then he took a stick of green tamarisk against him. Then he belabored all his limbs with it, and his donkeys were taken away and driven into his estate. There upon this peasant wept very greatly because of the pain of what had been done…

Genesis 49:1-50:26, Matthew 22:23-46

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February 5 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: The process of embalming, described already in some detail by Herodotus, involved the removal of the brain through the nose by a hooked instrument as well as the removal of the entrails through an incision in the side made with a sharp stone knife. The entrails were…

Genesis 46:28-48:22, Matthew 22:1-22

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February 4 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage When the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Now if I have found favor in your sight, please put your hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me. Please do not bury me in…

Genesis 44:18-46:27, Matthew 21:23-46

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February 3 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Then God spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” And he said, “Here I am.” So He said, “I am God, the God of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a…

Genesis 42:18-44:17, Matthew 21:1-22

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February 2 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Gen. 44:1-17: Joseph, with an air of justice, gives sentence that Benjamin only should be kept in bondage, and the rest should be dismissed; for why should any suffer but the guilty? Perhaps Joseph intended hereby to try Benjamin’s temper, whether he could bear such a hardship…

Genesis 41:1-42:17, Matthew 20:17-34

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February 1 Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: Here again we are reminded of the question whether we are to believe in dreams or not. Moses in Deuteronomy 13:3 warns us against hearkening unto the words of false prophets and of false dreamers or dreams, while in Joel 2:28, true dreams are predicted by the…

Exodus 5:1-7:13, Matthew 24:1-31

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Thought from Today’s Old Testament Passage: THE POWER OF AARON’S ROD “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.”-Exodus vii. 12 We shall not attempt to discuss the question as to whether these magicians actually did turn their rods into serpents or no; it is probable that they, by dexterous sleight of hand, substituted living serpents…

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