March 2: The Power and the Glory
Numbers 1:47–2:34; John 11:28–57; Psalm 2:1–12
In our day-to-day life, we acknowledge God’s power and encourage others to believe in it. Yet sometimes it takes a trial for us to realize the extent and reality of our confession.
The disciples misunderstand Jesus’ reference to death and resurrection (John 11:11–12), so He displays His power through a trial and a miracle—the death and raising of Lazarus.
Before Jesus has raised Lazarus, Mary and Martha express, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died” (John 11:21, 32). While their statement is a confession, it reveals their limited view of Jesus’ power. The crowd echoes Mary and Martha’s sentiment: “Was not this man who opened the eyes of the blind able to do something so that this man also would not have died?” (John 11:37). Yet, they don’t realize that Jesus has been planning for this moment to provide them with a chance to believe. (Of course, Jesus knows He could have come earlier; He chose not to so He could use this as an example.)
Jesus uses this miracle to challenge and encourage them while showing them that He is the source of life. The question He poses to Martha should be one we all consider: “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die forever. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25–26).
What trials has God used to show you that He is the true life?
REBECCA VAN NOORD
- But the Levites, after the tribes of their fathers were not numbered among them. For the Lord had spoken unto Moses, and said, Only thou shalt not number the tribes of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel. But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the Tabernacle of the Testimony, and over all the instruments thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the Tabernacle, and all the instruments thereof, and shall minister in it, and shall dwell around about the Tabernacle. And when the Tabernacle goeth forth, the Levites shall take it down: and when the Tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: for the stranger that cometh near, shall be slain. Also the children of Israel shall pitch their tents every man in his camp, and every man under his standard throughout their armies. But the Levites shall pitch around about the Tabernacle of the Testimony, lest vengeance come upon the Congregation of the children of Israel, and the Levites shall take the charge of the Tabernacle of the Testimony. So the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses: so did they. And the Lord spake unto Moses, an to Aaron, saying, Every man of the children of Israel shall camp by his standard, and under the ensign of their father’s house: far off, about the Tabernacle of the Congregation shall they pitch. On the East side toward the rising of the sun, shall they of the standard of the host of Judah pitch according to their armies: and Nahshon the son of Ammindab shall be captain of the sons of Judah. And his host and the number of them were seventy and four thousand and six hundred. Next unto him shall they of the tribe of Isachar pitch, and Nethanel the son of Zoar shall be the captain of the sons of Issachar: And his host and the number thereof were four and fifty thousand, and four hundred. Then the tribe of Zebulun, and Eliab the son of Helon captain over the sons of Zebulun: And his host and the number thereof seven and fifty thousand and four hundred: The whole number of the host of Judah are an hundred fourscore and six thousand, and four hundred according to their armies: they shall first set forth. On the South side shall be the standard of the host of Reuben according tot heir armies: and the captain over the sons of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur. And his host and the member thereof six and forty thousand and five hundred. And by him shall the tribe o fSimeon pitch, and the captain over the sosn of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishadai: And his host, and the number of them, nine and fifty thousand and three hundred. And the tribe of Gad, and the captain over the sons of God shall be Eliasaph the sons of Deuel: And his host and the number of them were five and forty thousand, six hunred and fifty. All the number of the camp of Reuben were an hundred and one and fifty thousand, and four hundred and fifty according to their armies,a nd they shall set forth in the second place. Then the Tabernacle of the Congregation shall go with the host of the Levites, in the midst of the camp as they have pitched, so shall they go forward, every man in his order, according to their standards. The standard of the camp of Ephraim shall be toward the West according to their armies: and the aptain over the sons of Ephraim shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud: And his host and the number of them were forty thousand and five hundred. And by him shall be the tribe of Manasseh and the captain over the sons of Manasseh, shall be Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur: And his host and the number of them were two and thirty thousand and two hundred. And the tribe of Benjamin, and the captains over the sons of Benjamin shall be Abidan, the son of Gideon: And his host, and the manner of them were five and thirty thousand and four hundred. All the number of the camp of Ephraim were an hundred and eight thousand and one hundred according tot heir armies, and they shall go in the third place. The standard of the host of Dan shall be toward the North according to their armies: and the captain over the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai: And his host and the number of them were two and threescore thousand and seven hundred. And by him shall the tribe of Asher pitch, and the captain over the sons of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran. And his host and the number of them were one and forty thousand, and five hundred. Then the tribe of Naphtali, and the captain over the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan: And his host and the number of them were three and fifty thousand and four hundred.All the number of the host of Dan was an hundred and seven and fifty thousand and six hundred: they shall go hindmost with their standards. These are the sums of the children of Israel by the houses of their fathers, all the number of the host, according to their armies, six hundred and three thousand, five hundred and fifty. But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel, as the Lord had commanded Moses. And the children of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses: so they pitched according to their standards, and so they journeyed every one with his families, according to the houses of their fathers. Numbers 1:47–2:34
- And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee. And when she heard it, she rose quickly, and came unto him. For Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in the place where Martha met him. The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily, and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave, to weep there. Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not been dead. When Jesus therefore saw her weep, and the Jews also weep which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled in himself. And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see. And Jesus wept. Then said the Jews, behold, how he loved him. And some of them said, Could not he which opened the eyes of the blind, have made also, that this man should not have died? Jesus therefore again groaned in himself, and came to the grave. And it was a cave, and a stone was laid upon it. Jesus said, Take ye away the stone, Martha the sister of him that was dead, said unto him, Lord, he stinketh already for he hath been dead four days. Jesus said unto her, Said I not unto thee, that if thou didst believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee, because thou hast heard me. I know that thou hearest me always, but because of the people that stand by, I said it, that they may believe, that thou hast sent me. As he had spoken these things, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. Then he that was dead, came forth, bound hand foot with bands, and his face was boun with a napkin, Jesus sai unto them, Loose him, and let him go. Then many of the Jews, which came to Mary, and had seen the things, which Jesus did, believed in him. But some of them went their way to the Phraisees, and told them what things jesus had done. Then gathered the high Priests, and the Pharisees a council, and said, What shall we to? For this man doeth many miracles. If we let him thus alone, all men will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place, and our nation. then one of them named Caphias, which was the high Priest that same year, said unto them, Ye perceive nothing at all, Not yet do you consider that it is expedient for us, that one man die for the people, and tha the whole nation perish not. This spake he not of himself: but being high Priest that same year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for tha tnation: And not for that nation only, but that he should gather together in one of the children of God, which were scattered. Then from that day forth they consulted together, to put him to death. Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews, but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with his disciples. And the Jews’ Passover was at hand, and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the Temple, What think ye, that he cometh not to the feast? Now both the high Priest and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that if any man know where he were, he should show it, that they might take them . John 11:28–57
- Why do the heathen rage, and the peopel murmur in vain. The kings of the earth band themselves, and the Princes are assembled together against the Lord, and against his Christ. Let us break their bands, and cast their cords from us. But he that dwelleth in the heaven shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure, saying, Even I have set my King upon Zion mine holy mountain. I will declare the decree: that is, the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give the heathen for thine inheritance, and the ends of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt crush them with a sceptor of iron, and break them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, ye kings: be learned ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord in fear, and rejoice in trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry and ye perish in the way, when his wrath shall suddenly burn. Blessed are all that trust in him. Psalm 2:1–12