Daily Encouragement

March 10 – The Mistrial of Jesus

Numbers 14:1-15:16
Mark 14:53-72
Psalm 53:1-6
Proverbs 11:4

Numbers 14:4 — Interesting that even though this crowd is mutinying, they soon realize they need a leader. Thankfully Aaron is on the right side (vs. 5), even when he and the other leaders were almost stoned (vs. 10)!

Numbers 14:18 — Is Moses more just than God? Or is God seeing if Moses has remembered the character of God? In this verse, Moses is recalling Exodus 34:6-7 and claiming the promises that God has made.

Numbers 14:27 — God says they murmured against Him, but vs. 2 says they murmured against Moses and Aaron. When we grumble against the leaders God has allowed to be over us, are we grumbling against God?

Mark 14:64 — We have a grave error in the mistrial of Jesus.

By contrast, Jewish law prevents a confession from being used as evidence in a criminal proceeding. A commonly cited basis for this rule is the biblical verse prescribing that a person is to be convicted of a crime upon the testimony of two witnesses, thereby excluding other types of evidence. Because a party to litigation is ineligible to testify, reliance on the testimony of witnesses bars the use of confessions.


I’ve had the opportunity in Sunday School to present the “Necessity of the Trial of Jesus.” When we get to Luke’s account of the trial, I’ll share more on why this was an incredibly important event.

Psalm 53:1 — National Atheist’s Day is coming up (April 1st)!

Psalm 53:2 — From Earl Martin:

Psalm 53:3 — If you think you are a good person, take the Good Person Test.

Proverbs 11:4 — I Dreamed that the Great Judgment Morning Had Dawned:

I dreamed that the great judgment morning
Had dawned, and the trumpet had blown;
I dreamed that the nations had gathered
To judgment before the white throne.

The rich man was there, but his money
Had melted and vanished away;
A pauper he stood in the judgment,
His debts were too heavy to pay.

The souls that had put off salvation –
“Not tonight; I’ll get saved by and by;
No time now to think of religion!”
At last they had found time to die.

And O, what a weeping and wailing,
As the lost were told of their fate;
They cried for the rocks and the mountains,
They prayed, but their prayer was too late.

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