5/4/11

Disaster

Even though I downloaded this picture quite some time ago, it is still current.  Recent events have made us think a lot recently about disaster.  What would we do if placed in a situation like this.  Here is one Biblical example.

Nehemiah 1:1-11 (WEB)

1) The words of Nehemiah the son of Hacaliah. Now it happened in the month Chislev, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,

2) that Hanani, one of my brothers, came, he and certain men out of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

3) They said to me, “The remnant who are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

4) It happened, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days; and I fasted and prayed before the God of heaven,

5) and said, “I beg you, Yahweh, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness with those who love him and keep his commandments:

6) Let your ear now be attentive, and your eyes open, that you may listen to the prayer of your servant, which I pray before you at this time, day and night, for the children of Israel your servants while I confess the sins of the children of Israel, which we have sinned against you. Yes, I and my father’s house have sinned.

7) We have dealt very corruptly against you, and have not kept the commandments, nor the statutes, nor the ordinances, which you commanded your servant Moses.

8) “Remember, I beg you, the word that you commanded your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you trespass, I will scatter you abroad among the peoples;

9) but if you return to me, and keep my commandments and do them, though your outcasts were in the uttermost part of the heavens, yet will I gather them from there, and will bring them to the place that I have chosen, to cause my name to dwell there.’

10) “Now these are your servants and your people, whom you have redeemed by your great power, and by your strong hand.

11) Lord, I beg you, let your ear be attentive now to the prayer of your servant, and to the prayer of your servants, who delight to fear your name; and please prosper your servant this day, and grant him mercy in the sight of this man.” Now I was cup bearer to the king.

Nehemiah 2:1-8 (WEB)
1) It happened in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, when wine was before him, that I took up the wine, and gave it to the king. Now I had not been sad before in his presence.

2) The king said to me, “Why is your face sad, since you are not sick? This is nothing else but sorrow of heart.” Then I was very much afraid.

3) I said to the king, “Let the king live forever! Why shouldn’t my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ tombs, lies waste, and its gates have been consumed with fire?”

4) Then the king said to me, “For what do you make request?” So I prayed to the God of heaven.

5) I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, and if your servant has found favor in your sight, that you would send me to Judah, to the city of my fathers’ tombs, that I may build it.”

6) The king said to me (the queen was also sitting by him), “For how long shall your journey be? And when will you return?” So it pleased the king to send me; and I set him a time.

7) Moreover I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the River, that they may let me pass through until I come to Judah;

8) and a letter to Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple, for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into.” The king granted my requests, because of the good hand of my God on me.

Nehemiah knew of some disaster that bothered him a lot, he prayed about it and when the opportunity arose, did something about it.  He was a brave man, because the king could just have ordered Nehemiah's execution.  But God was working through both the king and Nehemiah to restore the kingdom and temple in Judah.  Things may look bad, but when you look up, an answer will become evident eventually.  Pray about it; watch what happens.

OT Bible Reading 5/4

May 4


Deuteronomy 23, 24

Deu 23:1 He who is wounded in the stones, or has his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Deu 23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation shall none of his enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Deu 23:3 An Ammonite or a Moabite shall not enter into the assembly of Yahweh; even to the tenth generation shall none belonging to them enter into the assembly of Yahweh forever:

Deu 23:4 because they didn't meet you with bread and with water in the way, when you came forth out of Egypt, and because they hired against you Balaam the son of Beor from Pethor of Mesopotamia, to curse you.

Deu 23:5 Nevertheless Yahweh your God wouldn't listen to Balaam; but Yahweh your God turned the curse into a blessing to you, because Yahweh your God loved you.

Deu 23:6 You shall not seek their peace nor their prosperity all your days forever.

Deu 23:7 You shall not abhor an Edomite; for he is your brother: you shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you lived as a foreigner in his land.

Deu 23:8 The children of the third generation who are born to them shall enter into the assembly of Yahweh.

Deu 23:9 When you go forth in camp against your enemies, then you shall keep yourselves from every evil thing.

Deu 23:10 If there is among you any man who is not clean by reason of that which happens him by night, then shall he go outside of the camp. He shall not come within the camp:

Deu 23:11 but it shall be, when evening comes on, he shall bathe himself in water; and when the sun is down, he shall come within the camp.

Deu 23:12 You shall have a place also outside of the camp, where you shall go forth abroad:

Deu 23:13 and you shall have a paddle among your weapons; and it shall be, when you sit down abroad, you shall dig therewith, and shall turn back and cover that which comes from you:

Deu 23:14 for Yahweh your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you, and to give up your enemies before you; therefore your camp shall be holy, that he may not see an unclean thing in you, and turn away from you.

Deu 23:15 You shall not deliver to his master a servant who is escaped from his master to you:

Deu 23:16 he shall dwell with you, in the midst of you, in the place which he shall choose within one of your gates, where it pleases him best: you shall not oppress him.

Deu 23:17 There shall be no prostitute of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a sodomite of the sons of Israel.

Deu 23:18 You shall not bring the hire of a prostitute, or the wages of a dog, into the house of Yahweh your God for any vow: for even both these are an abomination to Yahweh your God.

Deu 23:19 You shall not lend on interest to your brother; interest of money, interest of food, interest of anything that is lent on interest:

Deu 23:20 to a foreigner you may lend on interest; but to your brother you shall not lend on interest, that Yahweh your God may bless you in all that you put your hand to, in the land where you go in to possess it.

Deu 23:21 When you shall vow a vow to Yahweh your God, you shall not be slack to pay it: for Yahweh your God will surely require it of you; and it would be sin in you.

Deu 23:22 But if you shall forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in you.

Deu 23:23 That which is gone out of your lips you shall observe and do; according as you have vowed to Yahweh your God, a freewill offering, which you have promised with your mouth.

Deu 23:24 When you come into your neighbor's vineyard, then you may eat of grapes your fill at your own pleasure; but you shall not put any in your vessel.

Deu 23:25 When you come into your neighbor's standing grain, then you may pluck the ears with your hand; but you shall not move a sickle to your neighbor's standing grain.



Deu 24:1 When a man takes a wife, and marries her, then it shall be, if she find no favor in his eyes, because he has found some unseemly thing in her, that he shall write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house.

Deu 24:2 When she is departed out of his house, she may go and be another man's wife.

Deu 24:3 If the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorce, and give it in her hand, and send her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife;

Deu 24:4 her former husband, who sent her away, may not take her again to be his wife, after that she is defiled; for that is abomination before Yahweh: and you shall not cause the land to sin, which Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance.

Deu 24:5 When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out in the army, neither shall he be assigned any business: he shall be free at home one year, and shall cheer his wife whom he has taken.

Deu 24:6 No man shall take the mill or the upper millstone to pledge; for he takes a man's life to pledge.

Deu 24:7 If a man be found stealing any of his brothers of the children of Israel, and he deal with him as a slave, or sell him; then that thief shall die: so you shall put away the evil from the midst of you.

Deu 24:8 Take heed in the plague of leprosy, that you observe diligently, and do according to all that the priests the Levites shall teach you: as I commanded them, so you shall observe to do.

Deu 24:9 Remember what Yahweh your God did to Miriam, by the way as you came forth out of Egypt.

Deu 24:10 When you do lend your neighbor any manner of loan, you shall not go into his house to get his pledge.

Deu 24:11 You shall stand outside, and the man to whom you do lend shall bring forth the pledge outside to you.

Deu 24:12 If he be a poor man, you shall not sleep with his pledge;

Deu 24:13 you shall surely restore to him the pledge when the sun goes down, that he may sleep in his garment, and bless you: and it shall be righteousness to you before Yahweh your God.

Deu 24:14 You shall not oppress a hired servant who is poor and needy, whether he be of your brothers, or of your foreigners who are in your land within your gates:

Deu 24:15 in his day you shall give him his hire, neither shall the sun go down on it; for he is poor, and sets his heart on it: lest he cry against you to Yahweh, and it be sin to you.

Deu 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.

Deu 24:17 You shall not wrest the justice due to the foreigner, or to the fatherless, nor take the widow's clothing to pledge;

Deu 24:18 but you shall remember that you were a bondservant in Egypt, and Yahweh your God redeemed you there: therefore I command you to do this thing.

Deu 24:19 When you reap your harvest in your field, and have forgot a sheaf in the field, you shall not go again to get it: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow; that Yahweh your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.

Deu 24:20 When you beat your olive tree, you shall not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Deu 24:21 When you gather the grapes of your vineyard, you shall not glean it after yourselves: it shall be for the foreigner, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Deu 24:22 You shall remember that you were a bondservant in the land of Egypt: therefore I command you to do this thing.

NT Bible Reading 5/4, 5/5

May 4, 5


Luke 19



Luk 19:1 He entered and was passing through Jericho.

Luk 19:2 There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

Luk 19:3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short.

Luk 19:4 He ran on ahead, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way.

Luk 19:5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."

Luk 19:6 He hurried, came down, and received him joyfully.

Luk 19:7 When they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone in to lodge with a man who is a sinner."

Luk 19:8 Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Behold, Lord, half of my goods I give to the poor. If I have wrongfully exacted anything of anyone, I restore four times as much."

Luk 19:9 Jesus said to him, "Today, salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham.

Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost."

Luk 19:11 As they heard these things, he went on and told a parable, because he was near Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God would be revealed immediately.

Luk 19:12 He said therefore, "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.

Luk 19:13 He called ten servants of his, and gave them ten mina coins, and told them, 'Conduct business until I come.'

Luk 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent an envoy after him, saying, 'We don't want this man to reign over us.'

Luk 19:15 "It happened when he had come back again, having received the kingdom, that he commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by conducting business.

Luk 19:16 The first came before him, saying, 'Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.'

Luk 19:17 "He said to him, 'Well done, you good servant! Because you were found faithful with very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.'

Luk 19:18 "The second came, saying, 'Your mina, Lord, has made five minas.'

Luk 19:19 "So he said to him, 'And you are to be over five cities.'

Luk 19:20 Another came, saying, 'Lord, behold, your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief,

Luk 19:21 for I feared you, because you are an exacting man. You take up that which you didn't lay down, and reap that which you didn't sow.'

Luk 19:22 "He said to him, 'Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked servant! You knew that I am an exacting man, taking up that which I didn't lay down, and reaping that which I didn't sow.

Luk 19:23 Then why didn't you deposit my money in the bank, and at my coming, I might have earned interest on it?'

Luk 19:24 He said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina away from him, and give it to him who has the ten minas.'

Luk 19:25 "They said to him, 'Lord, he has ten minas!'

Luk 19:26 'For I tell you that to everyone who has, will more be given; but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away from him.

Luk 19:27 But bring those enemies of mine who didn't want me to reign over them here, and kill them before me.' "

Luk 19:28 Having said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

Luk 19:29 It happened, when he drew near to Bethsphage and Bethany, at the mountain that is called Olivet, he sent two of his disciples,

Luk 19:30 saying, "Go your way into the village on the other side, in which, as you enter, you will find a colt tied, whereon no man ever yet sat. Untie it, and bring it.

Luk 19:31 If anyone asks you, 'Why are you untying it?' say to him: 'The Lord needs it.' "

Luk 19:32 Those who were sent went away, and found things just as he had told them.

Luk 19:33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, "Why are you untying the colt?"

Luk 19:34 They said, "The Lord needs it."

Luk 19:35 They brought it to Jesus. They threw their cloaks on the colt, and set Jesus on them.

Luk 19:36 As he went, they spread their cloaks in the way.

Luk 19:37 As he was now getting near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works which they had seen,

Luk 19:38 saying, "Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest!"

Luk 19:39 Some of the Pharisees from the multitude said to him, "Teacher, rebuke your disciples!"

Luk 19:40 He answered them, "I tell you that if these were silent, the stones would cry out."

Luk 19:41 When he drew near, he saw the city and wept over it,

Luk 19:42 saying, "If you, even you, had known today the things which belong to your peace! But now, they are hidden from your eyes.

Luk 19:43 For the days will come on you, when your enemies will throw up a barricade against you, surround you, hem you in on every side,

Luk 19:44 and will dash you and your children within you to the ground. They will not leave in you one stone on another, because you didn't know the time of your visitation."

Luk 19:45 He entered into the temple, and began to drive out those who bought and sold in it,

Luk 19:46 saying to them, "It is written, 'My house is a house of prayer,' but you have made it a 'den of robbers'!"

Luk 19:47 He was teaching daily in the temple, but the chief priests and the scribes and the leading men among the people sought to destroy him.

Luk 19:48 They couldn't find what they might do, for all the people hung on to every word that he said.