Tuesday, March 15, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Moses Intercedes for the People

The Daily Bible Readings
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42; Numbers 14:10b-24;
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

God’s Covenant with Abraham (Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42)
Moses Intercedes for the People (Numbers 14:10b-24)
God is Faithful (1 Corinthians 10:1-13)

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm recounts God’s work among His people from the time of Abraham through His delivery of His children into the Promised Land. It is a beautiful reminder of God’s faithfulness to the Children of Israel and His faithfulness to us today. We are encouraged in the first verse to thank the Lord, call on His name, and tell others about Him. Think about this psalm and pray today that you will be encouraged by such a faithful God who holds this world in His hands and yet still cares about even the little things in your life.

In our reading in Numbers, Moses pleads the case for the Israelites. Like a skillful lawyer, Moses recounts for God the words God told him in Exodus and reminds God of the love, mercy, and grace that God is known for. Moses reminds God that the Egyptians will say God destroyed them because God couldn’t deliver them into the land of Canaan. God was ready to destroy the Israelites, but God changed His mind after Moses pleads the case. Instead of destruction, God chooses forgiveness.

In our reading in First Corinthians, Paul includes a rather bizarre retelling of Israel’s exodus to illustrate for the Corinthians their own precarious position as a church living in a wilderness time—a limbo of sorts between their newfound freedom in Christ and the waited fruition of God’s kingdom.

In our verse of the day, Peter declares that there is no other name under heaven given among humans by which we must be saved.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
Acts 4:10, 12

Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.… Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
If Jesus did not really have to die to save us, then why would God send Him to the Cross? God does not make mistakes, and His wisdom is always sound. Jesus died so we might have eternal life. He says that we can only come to Him through faith and acceptance of His life, death, and resurrection.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 105:1-15 [16-41] 42
God’s Covenant with Abraham

1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name;
     make known among the nations what he has done.
2 Sing to him, sing praise to him;
     tell of all his wonderful acts.
3 Glory in his holy name;
     let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.
4 Look to the Lord and his strength;
     seek his face always.

5 Remember the wonders he has done,
     his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
6 you his servants, the descendants of Abraham,
     his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
7 He is the Lord our God;
     his judgments are in all the earth.

8 He remembers his covenant forever,
     the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
9 the covenant he made with Abraham,
     the oath he swore to Isaac.
10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
      to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
11 “To you I will give the land of Canaan
      as the portion you will inherit.”

12 When they were but few in number,
      few indeed, and strangers in it,
13 they wandered from nation to nation,
      from one kingdom to another.
14 He allowed no one to oppress them;
      for their sake he rebuked kings:
15 “Do not touch my anointed ones;
      do my prophets no harm.”

16 He called down famine on the land
       and destroyed all their supplies of food;
17 and he sent a man before them—
      Joseph, sold as a slave.
18 They bruised his feet with shackles,
      his neck was put in irons,
19 till what he foretold came to pass,
      till the word of the Lord proved him true.
20 The king sent and released him,
      the ruler of peoples set him free.
21 He made him master of his household,
      ruler over all he possessed,
22 to instruct his princes as he pleased
      and teach his elders wisdom.

23 Then Israel entered Egypt;
      Jacob resided as a foreigner in the land of Ham.
24 The Lord made his people very fruitful;
      he made them too numerous for their foes,
25 whose hearts he turned to hate his people,
      to conspire against his servants.
26 He sent Moses his servant,
      and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
27 They performed his signs among them,
      his wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness and made the land dark—
      for had they not rebelled against his words?
29 He turned their waters into blood,
      causing their fish to die.
30 Their land teemed with frogs,
      which went up into the bedrooms of their rulers.
31 He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
      and gnats throughout their country.
32 He turned their rain into hail,
      with lightning throughout their land;
33 he struck down their vines and fig trees
      and shattered the trees of their country.
34 He spoke, and the locusts came,
      grasshoppers without number;
35 they ate up every green thing in their land,
      ate up the produce of their soil.
36 Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,
      the firstfruits of all their manhood.
37 He brought out Israel, laden with silver and gold,
      and from among their tribes no one faltered.
38 Egypt was glad when they left,
      because dread of Israel had fallen on them.

39 He spread out a cloud as a covering,
      and a fire to give light at night.
40 They asked, and he brought them quail;
      he fed them well with the bread of heaven.
41 He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
      it flowed like a river in the desert.]

42 For he remembered his holy promise
      given to his servant Abraham.


A solemn call to praise and serve the Lord (vv. 1-7); His gracious dealings with Israel (vv. 8-23); Their deliverance from Egypt, and their settlement in Canaan (vv. 24-42).

Verses 1-7: Our devotion is here stirred up, that we may stir up ourselves to praise God. Seek his strength; that is, his grace; the strength of his Spirit to work in us that which is good, which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for which he will be sought. Seek to have his favor to eternity, therefore continue seeking it while living in this world; for he will not only be found, but he will reward those that diligently seek him.

Verses 8-23: Let us remember the Redeemer's marvelous works, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Though true Christians are few number, strangers and pilgrims upon earth, yet a far better inheritance than Canaan is made sure to them by the covenant of God; and if we have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, none can do us any harm. Afflictions are among our mercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride, they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers. Bread is the staff which supports life; when that staff is broken, the body fails and sinks to the earth. The word of God is the staff of spiritual life, the food and support of the soul: the sorest judgment is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Such a famine was sore in all lands when Christ appeared in the flesh; whose coming, and the blessed effect of it, are shadowed forth in the history of Joseph. At the appointed time Christ was exalted as Mediator; all the treasures of grace and salvation are at his disposal, perishing sinners come to him, and are relieved by him.

Verses 24-42: As the believer commonly thrives best in his soul when under the cross; so the church also flourishes most in true holiness, and increases in number, while under persecution. Yet instruments shall be raised up for their deliverance, and plagues may be expected by persecutors. And see the special care God took of his people in the wilderness. All the benefits bestowed on Israel as a nation, were shadows of spiritual blessings with which we are blessed in Christ Jesus. Having redeemed us with his blood, restored our souls to holiness, and set us at liberty from Satan's bondage, he guides and guards us all the way. He satisfies our souls with the bread of heaven, and the water of life from the Rock of salvation, and will bring us safely to heaven. He redeems his servants from all iniquity, and purifies them unto himself, to be a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

From the Pentateuch
Numbers 14:10b-24
Moses Intercedes for the People

14:10b Then the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the Israelites. 11 The Lord said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the signs I have performed among them? 12 I will strike them down with a plague and destroy them, but I will make you into a nation greater and stronger than they.”

13 Moses said to the Lord, “Then the Egyptians will hear about it! By your power you brought these people up from among them. 14 And they will tell the inhabitants of this land about it. They have already heard that you, Lord, are with these people and that you, Lord, have been seen face to face, that your cloud stays over them, and that you go before them in a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. 15 If you put all these people to death, leaving none alive, the nations who have heard this report about you will say, 16 ‘The Lord was not able to bring these people into the land he promised them on oath, so he slaughtered them in the wilderness.’

17 “Now may the Lord’s strength be displayed, just as you have declared: 18 ‘The Lord is slow to anger, abounding in love and forgiving sin and rebellion. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 In accordance with your great love, forgive the sin of these people, just as you have pardoned them from the time they left Egypt until now.”

20 The Lord replied, “I have forgiven them, as you asked. 21 Nevertheless, as surely as I live and as surely as the glory of the Lord fills the whole earth, 22 not one of those who saw my glory and the signs I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness but who disobeyed me and tested me ten times— 23 not one of them will ever see the land I promised on oath to their ancestors. No one who has treated me with contempt will ever see it. 24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.


The Divine threatenings, The intercession of Moses (vv. 10-19); The murmurers forbidden to enter the promised land (vv. 20-24).

Verses 10-19: Moses made humble intercession for Israel. Herein he was a type of Christ, who prayed for those that despitefully used him. The pardon of a nation's sin, is the turning away the nation's punishment; and for that Moses is here so earnest. Moses argued that, consistently with God's character, in his abundant mercies, he could forgive them.

Verses 20-24: The Lord granted the prayer of Moses so far as not at once to destroy the congregation. But disbelief of the promise forbids the benefit. Those who despise the pleasant land shall be shut out of it. The promise of God should be fulfilled to their children.

From the Epistles
1 Corinthians 10:1-13
God is Faithful

10:1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. 3 They all ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness.

6 Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did. 7 Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.” 8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9 We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes. 10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.

11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. 12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.


The great privileges, and yet terrible overthrow of the Israelites in the wilderness (vv. 1-5); Cautions against all idolatrous, and other sinful practices (vv. 6-13).

Verses 1-5: To dissuade the Corinthians from communion with idolaters, and security in any sinful course, the apostle sets before them the example of the Jewish nation of old. They were, by a miracle, led through the Red Sea, where the pursuing Egyptians were drowned. It was to them a typical baptism. The manna on which they fed was a type of Christ crucified, the Bread which came down from heaven, which whoso eats shall live for ever. Christ is the Rock on which the Christian church is built; and of the streams that issue therefrom, all believers drink, and are refreshed. It typified the sacred influences of the Holy Spirit, as given to believers through Christ. But let none presume upon their great privileges, or profession of the truth; these will not secure heavenly happiness.

Verses 6-13: Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise. Let us fear the sins of Israel, if we would shun their plagues. And it is but just to fear, that such as tempt Christ, will be left by him in the power of the old serpent. Murmuring against God's disposals and commands, greatly provokes him. Nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen, and so may we. The Christian's security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling, if we do not look to ourselves. To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens, and the like temptations: what they bear up under, and break through, we may also. God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in [square brackets].

Today’s Lectionary Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org. The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Lenten Prayer for Tuesday, March 15, 2022


40 Days of Lenten Prayers
Day 12 — Tuesday of the Second Week of Lent

God in heaven and in my life, guide me and protect me. I so often believe I can save myself and I always end in failure. Lead me with your love away from harm and guide me on the right path. May your Spirit inspire the Church and make us an instrument of your love and guidance. Thank you for your care for me. Amen.

The Morning Prayer for Tuesday, March 15, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20-21, NIV

Lord our God, through the Spirit grant us community with you, we pray. Help us onward again and again, and help us grow in strength to follow what is true and good. May your goodness and your grace be in our hearts to help us in all practical things. Grant that wherever we live we may have something of the power in which Jesus Christ lived and suffered, in which he died and yet lives again. May the world still learn that it has a redeemer and that it belongs to him, to the glory of your name. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Tuesday, March 15, 2022


Verse of the Day
Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Acts 4:10, 12
Then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.… Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.
If Jesus did not really have to die to save us, then why would God send Him to the Cross? God does not make mistakes, and His wisdom is always sound. Jesus died so we might have eternal life. He says that we can only come to Him through faith and acceptance of His life, death, and resurrection.

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Scripture from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.

Our Daily Bread — No Formula Needed


No Formula Needed

Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16

READ Matthew 5:13–16

When Jen was young, her well-intentioned Sunday school teacher instructed the class in evangelism training, which included memorizing a series of verses and a formula for sharing the gospel. She and a friend nervously tried this out on another friend, fearful they’d forget an important verse or step. Jen doesn’t “remember if the evening ended in conversion [but guesses] it did not.” The approach seemed to be more about the formula than the person.

Now, years later, Jen and her husband are modeling for their own children a love for God and sharing their faith in a more inviting way. They understand the importance of teaching their children about God, the Bible, and a personal relationship with Jesus, but they’re doing so through a living, daily example of a love for God and the Scriptures. They’re demonstrating what it means to be the “light of the world” (Matthew 5:14) and to reach out to others through kindness and hospitable words. Jen says, “We cannot impart words of life to others if we don’t possess them ourselves.” As she and her husband show kindness in their own lifestyle, they’re preparing their children “to invite others into their faith.”

We don’t need a formula to lead others to Jesus—what matters most is that a love for God compels and shines through us. As we live in and share His love, God draws others to know Him too.

By Alyson Kieda

How have you shared the good news with another? What was the result? What are some other ways you could share about Jesus?

Dear God, I want others to experience the loving relationship I have with You. Help me in my walk and talk to draw others to You.


In the ancient world, with no refrigeration, salt’s most common use was to preserve food and keep it from spoiling. When Jesus said His followers were “the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13), He was calling them to stand as obstacles to the inevitable corruption in society.

Salt in Jesus’ day was often impure—coming from salt marshes where many impurities corrupted the important mineral. When those impurities dominated the salt used in preservation, the salt failed to do its job and the meat would spoil. Jesus’ challenge to His listeners was to avoid the very impurities they were tasked with preventing in the world around them.

Christ’s description of His faithful followers in the Sermon on the Mount challenges even believers today to live counter–culturally, staving off corruption in the world and living a life of purity and faith.