April 12: Rumor

Day Williams created this graphic depiction of this date.
April 12

O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend.
–Psalms 15:1-3

But do not panic; don’t be afraid when you hear the first rumor of approaching forces. For rumors will keep coming year by year. Violence will erupt in the land as the leaders fight against each other.
–Jeremiah 51:46

Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” So the saying spread abroad among the brothers that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
–John 21:22-23




1 “Go build an altar of acacia wood

Where you can burn some incense, and make it

Eighteen inches square and thirty‑six inches

High, and make each of its four corners stick

Up like a bullhorn. Cover it with pure

Gold and put a gold edging ’round it. Then

Below the edging on two sides across

From one another, fasten two gold rings

Through which you can put poles to bear the altar.

These poles are also to be made out of

Acacia wood, gold-covered. Put the altar

Before the inside curtain that is for

The sacred tent. The chest with mercy place

Is kept behind that curtain, and I’ll talk

With you there. From now on, when Aaron tends

The lamp each morning and each evening, he

Must burn sweet‑smelling incense to me on

The altar. Burn the proper incense only

Upon the altar; never use it for

Grain sacrifices or for sacrifices

Of animals or for drink offerings.

Once a year Aaron has to purify

The altar, which he does by smearing on

Its corners, four of them, the blood that comes

Out of an animal that’s sacrificed

For sin; this practice must be always followed.

The altar’s sacred, for it’s dedicated

To me.” The LORD told Moses: “Learn how many

Grown men there are in Israel and make

Each one pay me to keep him safe from danger

While you are counting them. Each man who’s older

Than nineteen, whether he is rich or poor,

Has to pay me the same amount of money,

As weighed by the official standards. This

Same money shall be used for upkeep of

The sacred tent, and due to it, I won’t

Forget my people.” God told Moses: “Make

A large bronze bowl and for it, a bronze stand.

Put them between the sacrificial altar

And sacred tent, so that the priests can wash

Their hands and feet before they go inside

The tent or offer up a sacrifice

Upon the altar. Every priest in each

Generation must wash himself this way,

Or else he will die right there.” God told Moses:

“Mix up a gallon of the olive oil

With these expensive spices following:

Twelve pounds of myrrh, six pounds of cinnamon,

Six pounds of cane, and cassia, twelve pounds.

Measure these by official standards. Use

This sacred mixture when you dedicate

The tent and chest, the table with its gear,

The lampstand with its own equipment, and

The incense altar with all its utensils,

The altar for the sacrifices, and

The large bowl with its stand. By dedicating

Them in this way, you will make them so holy

That anyone who even touches these

Things will be holy; and when you ordain

Aaron and his sons as my priests, you sprinkle

Them with some of this oil, and tell the people

Of Israel: ‘This oil has to be used

Each time when you ordain a priest. It’s holy

Because it’s dedicated to the LORD.

Treat it as holy; and don’t ever use

It for your routine purposes or mix

Some for yourselves, and if you do, you will

No more belong to the LORD’s people. Mix

Equal amounts of costly spices: stacte,

Onycha, galbanum, and frankincense,

Then add some salt to make the mixture pure

And holy. Pound some of it into powder

And sprinkle it before the sacred chest,

            Where I will meet with you. Be sure to treat

This incense as a holy object. It

Is truly holy, for it’s dedicated

To me, so never make some for yourselves.

For if you ever make some of it for

Use as a perfume, you’ll no more belong to my people.'”