Luke 5

Luke 5: Peter is called to Fish

                While Jesus was in Galilee the people pressed Him to hear the word of God as He stood by the lake of Gennesaret. Jesus goes to one of the ships, which was owned by Simon and enters into the ship and has him pull a little ways away from the shore, where He could teach everyone present from a distance. After He was done speaking He commanded Simon to launch his boat out into the lake to catch some fish. Simon tells Jesus that they did not have any luck catching fish all day, but he says he will listen to Jesus. On the command of Jesus they let down the net, only to discover that the net was so filled with fish that it not only broke the net, but almost caused both ships to sink under the immense weight.

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the feet of Jesus and said; “…Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he was astonished, and all that were with him… James, and John, the sons of Zebedee… Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.” (Luke 5:8-10)

                When they returned to shore, the men on the ship abandoned everyone they knew and followed Jesus. On their journeys, a leper begs to be healed and is healed by the hands of Jesus. However the fame of Him spreads throughout the land until he has a large group gathered to be healed of Him. Jesus was gathered in a house that was so crowded that a group gathered a man and lowered him in from the roof, as to get the attention of Jesus to be healed. When Jesus sees their great faith, he says; “…Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.” (Luke 5:20)

The Scribes and Pharisees are not too far away from finding fault with Jesus and mutter to themselves; “…Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” (Luke 5:21) Jesus, of course perceives their thoughts and asks them; “…What reason ye in your hearts? Whether is easier to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy), I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.” (Luke 5:22-24) The Scribes and Pharisees, along with everyone else were perplexed.

Jesus continues His journey, where He meets a man named Levi, sitting outside of a tax collection office. He tells Levi to drop everything and to follow Him, Levi follows. Levi, in celebration invited Jesus, the disciples and his publican friends for a large feast at his house. The Pharisees and the Scribes take no time to call them out; “…Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?” (Luke 5:30) Jesus quickly responds to them; “…They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32)

Mark 2

Mark 2: Jesus Forgives Sin

                Jesus goes to Capernaum and enters into a house, the word gets out that He is there and people show up in droves! So many that there was not enough room for them in the house, Jesus preaches to them from the house and evil heals a man with Palsy. When the people wanted to get closer to Jesus, they actually broke through the roof of the house and lowered a man sick with Palsy through the roof. When Jesus saw the faith of the people he tells the man who is sick that his sins are forgiven.

Some of the scribes who were there began questioning to themselves; “Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only? …immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves… said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether it is easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins…” (Mark 2:7-10) The man with Palsy is healed and takes his bed and leaves.

Jesus departs to the seaside and finds Levi, sitting idle outside of the tax office and Jesus tells him to follow him, and he does. Jesus goes in to eat with publicans and sinners, but the scribes were confused and ask why Jesus would eat with sinners. Jesus responds; “…They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:17)

                Jesus explains that while the Apostles are with Him, they have no need for fasting. Jesus also explains that “…The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath.” (Mark 2:27), in other words we need to honor the Sabbath day!

1 Chronicles 23-24

1 Chronicles 23-24

Chapter 23: Solomon is Made King

When David was old and ready to return to his heavenly father he made his son Solomon king over the land. David then gathered up all the princes in Israel, and the priests with the Levites and had them all numbered, which was 38,000 men, of which 24,000 men were charged with working in the house of the Lord and 6,000 were officers and judges. 4,000 were porters and 4,000 praised the Lord with instruments.

David divided them up into groups; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

Of the Gershonites were: Laadan, and Shimei.

The sons of Laadan; the chief was Jehiel, Zetham, and Joel.

The sons of Shimei; Shelomith, Haziel, and Haran.

The sons of Shimei were:  Jahath, Zina, Jeush, and Beriah. And Jahath was the chief, and Zizah the second.

The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

The sons of Amramwere ; Aaron and Moses. Moses the man of God, his sons were named of the tribe of Levi.

The sons of Moses were, Gershom, and Eliezer.

The sons of Eliezer were: Rehabiah the chief. And Eliezer had no other sons; but the sons of Rehabiah were very many.

The sons of Izhar; Shelomith the chief.

The sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, and Jekameam the fourth.

The sons of Uzziel; Michah the first, and Jesiah the second.

The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi. The sons of Mahli; Eleazar, and Kish.

And Eleazar died, and had only daughters, and the sons of Kish married them.

The sons of Mushi; Mahli, Eder, and Jeremoth.

These were the sons of Levi after the house of their fathers; even the chief of the fathers, as they were counted by number of names by their polls, which did the work for the service of the house of the Lord, from the age of twenty years and upward.

Chapter 24: Sons of Aaron and Levi Divided

The divisions of the sons of Aaron: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: therefore Eleazar and Ithamar executed the priest’s office.

David distributed them, both Zadok of the sons of Eleazar, Ahimelech, and the sons of Ithamar, according to their offices of service.

The sons of Eleazar and the sons of Ithamar; were they divided.

Among the sons of Eleazar there were sixteen chief men of the house of their fathers, and eight among the sons of Ithamar according to the house of their fathers. They were divided by lot.

7 Now the first lot came forth to Jehoiarib, the second to Jedaiah, the third to Harim, the fourth to Seorim, the fifth to Malchijah, the sixth to Mijamin, the seventh to Hakkoz, the eighth to Abijah, the ninth to Jeshua, the tenth to Shecaniah, the eleventh to Eliashib, the twelfth to Jakim, the thirteenth to Huppah, the fourteenth to Jeshebeab, the fifteenth to Bilgah, the sixteenth to Immer, the seventeenth to Hezir, the eighteenth to Aphses, the nineteenth to Pethahiah, the twentieth to Jehezekel, the 21st to Jachin, the 22nd to Gamul, the 23rd to Delaiah, and the 24th to Maaziah.

And the rest of the sons of Levi were these:  the sons of Amram; Shubael: the sons of Shubael; Jehdeiah.

Rehabiah: of the sons of Rehabiah;  wasIsshiah.

Of the Izharites; Shelomoth: of the sons of Shelomoth; Jahath.

And the sons of Hebron; Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third, Jekameam the fourth.

Of the sons of Uzziel; Michah: of the sons of Michah; Shamir.

The brother of Michah was Isshiah: of the sons of Isshiah; Zechariah.

The sons of Merari were Mahli and Mushi: the sons of Jaaziah; Beno.

The sons of Merari by Jaaziah; Beno, Shoham, Zaccur, and Ibri.

Of Mahli came Eleazar, who had no sons.

Concerning Kish: the son of Kish was Jerahmeel.

The sons also of Mushi; Mahli, Eder, and Jerimoth.

1 Chronicles 5-6

1 Chronicles 5-6

Chapter 5: Descendants of Reuben

Joseph recieves Reuben’s birthright and Judah becomes ruler of Israel.

The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel were; Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

The sons of Joel; Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,Micah his son, Reaia his son, Baal his son,Beerah his son. And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned, were the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even unto Nebo and Baal-meon:

In the days of Saul they made war with the Hagarites, who fell by their hand: and they dwelt in their tents throughout all the east land of Gilead. The children of Gad dwelt over against them, in the land of Bashan unto Salchah:

Joel the chief, and Shapham the next, and Jaanai, and Shaphat in Bashan.

The brethren of the house of their fathers were; Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jachan, Zia, and Heber.

The children of Abihail; the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz; Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni who was the chief of the house of their fathers.

They all dwelt in Gilead in Bashan, and in her towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, upon their borders.

All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh had men that were prepared for war with sword, bow and arrow. They were skilled and they numbered many, they made war with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab. The Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them: for they cried to God in the battle, they put their trust in him. And they took away their cattle; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred and fifty thousand, and of asses two thousand, and of men an hundred thousand.

And the children of the half tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the land: they increased from Bashan unto Baal-hermon and Senir, and unto mount Hermon. They transgressed against God, and went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them. God stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day.

Chapter 6: The Sons of Levi

The sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

The sons of Kohath; Amram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.

The children of Amram; Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam.

The sons of Aaron; Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

Eleazar begat Phinehas, Phinehas begat Abishua.

Abishua begat Bukki, and Bukki begat Uzzi,

Uzzi begat Zerahiah, and Zerahiah begat Meraioth.

Meraioth begat Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub.

Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Ahimaaz.

Ahimaaz begat Azariah, and Azariah begat Johanan.

Johanan begat Azariah, (he it is that executed the priest’s office in the temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem:)

Azariah begat Amariah, and Amariah begat Ahitub

Ahitub begat Zadok, and Zadok begat Shallum.

Shallum begat Hilkiah, and Hilkiah begat Azariah.

Azariah begat Seraiah, and Seraiah begat Jehozadak.

Jehozadak went into captivity, when the Lord carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

The sons of Levi; Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.

The sons of Gershom; Libni, and Shimei.

The sons of Kohath were, Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.

The sons of Merari; Mahli, and Mushi.

And these are the families of the Levites according to their fathers.

Of Gershom; Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son.

Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeaterai his son.

The sons of Kohath; Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son, Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, and Assir his son,Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son.

The sons of Elkanah; Amasai, and Ahimoth.

Elkanah: the sons of Elkanah; Zophai his son, and Nahath his son, Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.

The sons of Samuel; the firstborn Vashni, and Abiah.

The sons of Merari; Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzza his son, Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.

And these are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after that the ark had rest. And they ministered before the dwelling place of the tabernacle of the congregation with singing, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem: and then they waited on their office according to their order.

And these are they that waited with their children. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman a singer, the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel, The son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah, The son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai, The son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah, The son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, The son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel. And his brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berachiah, the son of Shimea, The son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchiah, The son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah, The son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei, The son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi. And their brethren the sons of Merari stood on the left hand: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch, The son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah, The son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shamer, The son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.

Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God. But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

The sons of Aaron; Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son, Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son, Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son, Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

Now these are their dwelling places throughout their castles in their coasts, of the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites: for theirs was the lot. And they gave them Hebron in the land of Judah, and the suburbs thereof round about it. But the fields of the city, and the villages thereof, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh. And to the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of Judah,namely, Hebron, the city of refuge, and Libnah with her suburbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa, with their suburbs,

And Hilen with her suburbs, Debir with her suburbs, And Ashan with her suburbs, and Beth-shemesh with her suburbs: And out of the tribe of Benjamin; Geba with her suburbs, and Alemeth with her suburbs, and Anathoth with her suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities. And unto the sons of Kohath, which were left of the family of that tribe, were cities given out of the half tribe, namely, out ofthe half tribe of Manasseh, by lot, ten cities. And to the sons of Gershom throughout their families out of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities. Unto the sons of Merari were given by lot, throughout their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities. And the children of Israel gave to the Levites these cities with their suburbs. And they gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities, which are called by theirnames. And the residue of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their coasts out of the tribe of Ephraim. And they gave unto them, of the cities of refuge, Shechem in mount Ephraim with her suburbs; they gave also Gezer with her suburbs, And Jokmeam with her suburbs, and Beth-horon with her suburbs, And Aijalon with her suburbs, and Gath-rimmon with her suburbs: And out of the half tribe of Manasseh; Aner with her suburbs, and Bileam with her suburbs, for the family of the remnant of the sons of Kohath. Unto the sons of Gershom were given out of the family of the half tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with her suburbs, and Ashtaroth with her suburbs: And out of the tribe of Issachar; Kedesh with her suburbs, Daberath with her suburbs, And Ramoth with her suburbs, and Anem with her suburbs: And out of the tribe of Asher; Mashal with her suburbs, and Abdon with her suburbs, And Hukok with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs: And out of the tribe of Naphtali; Kedesh in Galilee with her suburbs, and Hammon with her suburbs, and Kirjathaim with her suburbs. Unto the rest of the children of Merari were given out of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmon with her suburbs, Tabor with her suburbs: And on the other side Jordan by Jericho, on the east side of Jordan, were given them out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with her suburbs, and Jahzah with her suburbs, Kedemoth also with her suburbs, and Mephaath with her suburbs: And out of the tribe of Gad; Ramoth in Gilead with her suburbs, and Mahanaim with her suburbs, And Heshbon with her suburbs, and Jazer with her suburbs.

Numbers 7-8

Numbers 7-8

Chapter 7: The Lord Speaks to Moses

At the dedication of the Tabernacle, the Princes of Israel bring offerings to the dedication of the temple.

  1. On the first day; Nashon the son of Amminadab for the Tribe of Judah
  2. On the second day; Nethaneel the son of Zuar, prince of Issachar
  3. On the fourth day; Elizur the son of Shedeur, prince of the children of Reuben
  4. On the fifth day; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai, prince of the children of Simeon
  5. On the sixth day; Eliasaph the son of Deuel, prince of the children of Gad
  6. On the seventh day; Eliashma the son of Ammihud, prince of the children of Ephraim
  7. On the eighth day; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur, prince of the children of Manasseh
  8. On the ninth day; Abidan the son of Gideoni, prince of the children of Benjamin
  9. On the tenth day; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai, the prince of the children of Dan
  10. On the eleventh day; Pagiel the son of Ocran, prince of the children of Asher
  11. On the twelth day; Ahira the son of Enan, prince of the children of Naphtali

Each one of them bringing these offerings:

  • one silver charger (130 shekels)
  • one silver bowl (70 shekels)
  • one gold spoon (10 shekels)
    • For a Burnt Offering:
      • one young bullock
      • one ram
      • one lamb
      • For a Sin Offering:
        • one goat
      • Peace Offering
        • two oxen
        • five rams
        • five goats
        • five lambs

All of the offerings were filled with fine flour mingled with oil for a meat offering. When Moses went into the Tabernacle he heard a voice come from the Mercy Seat, that was upon the ark of the testimony, from between the two cheribums and the Lord spoke to him.

Chapter 8: Washed and Consecrated

The Levites are washed, consecrated and set apart by the laying on of hands. They are the Lord’s and are in place of the first born of every family. They are a gift to Aaron and his sons to do the service of the Temple.