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"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" Moved By Compassion (9:35-38) by Mark Copeland

"THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW"

Moved By Compassion (9:35-38)


INTRODUCTION
1. A major problem regarding evangelism today is the lack of motivation... a. Many Christians seem to lack the motivation to teach others 1) Years go by, and little is done to share the gospel 2) Rather than being troubled by this fact, many just attain a state of complacency b. Yet motivation is "the steam that drives the train" 1) With proper motivation, a Christian will seek to save the lost 2) Even if they don't know how, they will not rest until they are doing something that might lead others to Christ 2. What motivated Jesus to save the lost? a. What prompted Him to come to this earth? b. What propelled Him to go from city to city with the gospel of the kingdom? c. What moved Him to endure the shame and pain of dying on the cross? 3. Several factors could be listed... a. His strong sense of purpose (to do His Father's will) - Jn 6:38 b. The Father's love (which He wanted to share) - Jn 15:9; 17:26 c. The potential condemnation those He sought to save (of which He warned) - Mt 10:28 d. The joy set before Him (helping Him to endure the cross)- He 12:2 -- Each of these factors can help motivate us as well 4. But there was one factor which is mentioned in the text for our study today... a. Our text is Mt 9:35-38, in which we read of the on-going ministry of Jesus b. Notice verse 36, "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them..." [Compassion for the lost...could the lack thereof explain why many Christians do not actively seek to save others? To help answer that question, let's first take a closer look at...] I. JESUS' COMPASSION FOR THE LOST A. JESUS HAD COMPASSION FOR THE LOST... 1. As mentioned on numerous occasions a. In our text - Mt 9:36 b. Prior to feeding the five thousand - Mt 14:14 c. Prior to feeding the four thousand - Mt 15:32 d. Toward various individuals 1) A leper - Mk 1:40-41 2) A demon-possessed man - Mk 5:1-20 (cf. verse 19) 3) The widow of Nain who had lost her son - Lk 7:11-15 4) The two blind men - Mt 20:30-34 2. He was moved with compassion when He saw people: a. Weary and scattered, like sheep without a shepherd b. Suffering from diseases, demon possession, and hunger B. HIS COMPASSION MOVED HIM... 1. To heal the sick and demon-possessed, raise the dead, and feed the hungry 2. To personally teach those in need of a Shepherd - cf. Mk 6:34 3. To call upon His disciples to pray for more laborers - Mt 9:37-38 4. To send out His disciples as laborers - Mt 10:1-7 [Jesus was truly "Moved By Compassion" for the lost. Thus motivated, He did what He could to meet their needs, especially their need for salvation! Now let's a few moments to consider...] II. OUR COMPASSION FOR THE LOST A. DO WE HAVE COMPASSION FOR THE LOST? 1. Are we moved when we see... a. Multitudes of people who are without Christ? b. Individuals who are lost in sin? 2. Can we say we have compassion for the lost, if we've made... a. No effort to teach someone the gospel? b. Little effort to even get to know those who are lost? 3. What have you done in the past year for the lost? a. The answer to this question reveals much about our compassion b. Are you pleased with the answer? B. HOW CAN WE DEVELOP COMPASSION? 1. Does our inactivity suggest a lack of compassion? a. Is it evident that we have not been as concerned for the lost as we should be? b. What can we do to develop compassion? 2. Compassion for lost souls can be developed by... a. Letting God teach us how to love - 1Th 4:9; 1Jn 3:16-17 1) God teaches us through the example of His Son 2) By frequent contemplation of God's love for us, the more we will love others! -- Thus the Word of God is essential for developing compassion b. Spending time around people 1) To love people, we need to get to know them a) As stated by Will Rogers, "I never met a man I did not like" b) The more we come to know people, the more likely we become concerned about their well being 2) We need to beware of becoming isolated from people a) Certain technological advances can be a hindrance to getting out and being with people (e.g., television, air conditioning, computers) b) Remember, Jesus was often moved by compassion when among the "multitudes" and "individuals" C. HOW SHOULD COMPASSION MOVE US? 1. To do whatever we can do... a. Such as teach others - cf. Mk 6:34 b. Unable to teach? Then compassion should move us to: 1) Learn to teach others - cf. He 5:12; 1Pe 3:15 2) Make arrangements for others to be taught a) As Philip did for Nathaniel - Jn 1:45-46 b) As Cornelius did for family and friends - Ac 10:24,33 2. To seek to involve others in saving the lost... a. By praying that the Lord will send more laborers - Mt 9:38 1) This is something everyone can do 2) Even if we can't yet teach, we can pray! - 2Th 3:1 b. By sending out others to teach - Mt 10:1,5-7 1) Jesus did more than teach and pray, He trained and sent out His disciples 2) We can be involved with sending out others also a) Encouraging the training of those willing to teach b) Supporting financially those who go out to teach - Php 4:15-16; 3Jn 5-8 CONCLUSION 1. Without compassion for the lost, there is no "steam"... a. We may have the knowledge and the opportunity to teach others b. But like a train on a track with no steam, we will just sit there -- Is that what we have been doing regarding evangelism? Could it be we are lacking the "steam" necessary for evangelism? 2. With compassion for the lost, we will not rest until we are doing something... a. It may not be the same thing as others, but it will be something b. If we don't know how or what to do, compassion will motivate us to keep looking, studying, etc., until we find something to do -- For as the "steam" builds, we will not be satisfied until we begin moving and releasing the steam, just as Jeremiah said: "Then I said, `I will not make mention of Him, nor speak anymore in His name.' But His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, and I could not." (Jer 20:9) May the example of our Lord Jesus, the true Word of God, whose compassion moved Him to save us, burn in our hearts until we too are "Moved By Compassion"!


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One Question, Three Different Answers by Eric Lyons, M.Min.

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One Question, Three Different Answers

by  Eric Lyons, M.Min.

Three times in the book of Acts, Luke the physician recorded non-Christians asking what they needed to do to be saved, and three times a different answer was given. The heathen jailor from Philippi asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?,” and was told: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved” (16:30-31). The Jews on Pentecost asked the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?,” and were instructed to “repent and be baptized” (2:37-38). A few years later, Saul (later called Paul—Acts 13:9) asked Jesus, Who appeared to Saul on his way to Damascus, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” (9:6; 22:10). After being told to go into Damascus to find out what he “must do” to be saved, Ananias, the Lord’s servant, commanded Saul to “[a]rise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord” (22:16). The question that many ask is: “Why are three different answers given to the same question?” Are these answers contradictory, or is there a logical explanation for their differences?

The reason that three different answers were given to the question of salvation is because on each occasion the questioners were at different “locations” on the road to salvation. The rationality of such answers can be illustrated by considering what a person is told in reference to his physical distance from a certain city. If a friend calls me to ask how far it is from his house in Jackson, Tennessee to my parents’ house in Neosho, Missouri, I would inform him that he is 475 miles from Neosho. If he calls me back the next day, notifying me that he is now in Little Rock, Arkansas, and asks about the distance to Neosho, I would give him a different answer. He now would be 260 miles from Neosho. If, later that evening, he called me one last time and asked how far Fort Smith is from Neosho, again I would give him a different answer—130 miles. No rational person would accuse me of contradicting myself, since each question was asked from a different reference point. Three different answers were given, but all three were correct. Likewise, the New Testament records three different answers given to the question, “What must I do to be saved,” because the sinners who asked these questions were at different places of understanding on the road to salvation.

The Philippian jailor was commanded to believe in Christ, because he had not yet heard and believed the saving message of Jesus (Acts 16:31-32; Romans 10:17). It would have been pointless for Paul and Silas to command the jailor to repent and/or be baptized when he had not yet even heard the Gospel. If today, a Muslim, Hindu, or Buddhist, asked a Christian the same question the Philippian jailor asked Paul and Silas, the same answer would need to be given. Before ever teaching a Muslim about the essentiality of repentance and baptism, he first must express belief in Jesus as the Son of God. If this step (i.e., believing) is never taken on the road to salvation, the other steps are meaningless. [NOTE: The Bible reveals that after Paul and Silas “spoke the word of the Lord” to the jailor and his household, they believed and “immediately” were baptized (Acts 16:33). By implication, Paul and Silas must have taught the jailor and his family about the essentiality of baptism after stressing the need to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” (cf. Acts 8:35-36,38). Question: If water baptism has nothing to do with salvation, then why were the jailor and his household immersed in water not long after midnight (cf. Acts 16:25,33)?]

The Jews on Pentecost had already heard Peter’s sermon when they asked their question about salvation (Acts 2:37). Peter knew that they already believed, and that such belief came from hearing the message he preached (cf. Romans 10:17). The Jews had passed the point of belief (being “pricked in their heart”), and were told to “repent and be baptized” in order to obtain salvation (cf. Mark 16:16).

Still, someone might wonder why Ananias told Saul neither to believe nor repent when he informed him about how to have his sins washed away. The reason: Saul already was a penitent believer in Christ by the time he came in contact with Ananias. Saul did not need to be told to believe or repent, since he had already done so. He knew the Lord existed, having spoken directly with Him on the road to Damascus, and he expressed a penitent attitude by praying to God and fasting for three days (Acts 9:9,11). At this point, Saul lacked only one thing: he needed to be baptized (Acts 22:16).

The reason these sinners were told three different things regarding salvation was because they were at different starting points when given the various answers. It is as if the jailor were in Jackson, Tennessee, the Jews on Pentecost in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Saul in Fort Smith. All wanted to go to the same place, but were at different starting points when they asked the question, “What must I do to be saved?” The unbeliever was told to believe. The believers were told to repent. And the penitent believer was told to be baptized. The three statements may be different, but they are not contradictory. For a person to become a child of God, he or she must do all three (see John 8:24; Luke 13:3,5; Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16).

One of Suffering's Greatest Benefits by Kyle Butt, M.Div.

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One of Suffering's Greatest Benefits

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

It is reported that Oscar Wilde, the British playwright, once said that there was enough suffering on any given street in London at any given time to prove that there is no God. For millennia, skeptics, agnostics, atheists, and infidels have pointed accusing fingers at the suffering in this world, and have demanded that such evil and pain militates against the concept of an all-powerful, all-loving God. Even Christians have been faced with faith-trying episodes of suffering in their lives. How could a loving God allow such bad things to happen to His human creations?

In this brief article, an in-depth study of that question cannot be undertaken (for an in-depth look at this topic, see Major, 1998). It is, however, the case that one small aspect of the problem can be presented: suffering in the lives of humans can lead them to establish a right relationship with their Creator. Consider Manasseh, the king of Judah, as a case in point. In 2 Kings 21, the Bible records that Manasseh “did evil in the sight of the Lord” (vs. 2). He “practiced soothsaying, used witchcraft, and consulted spiritists and mediums” (vs. 3). But his sins did not stop there; rather, he acted “more wickedly than all the Amorites who were before him” and “made Judah sin with his idols” (vs. 11). In addition, the text records that Manasseh “shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another” (vs. 16). This evil king seemed to be rotten to the core, and beyond hope of turning to God.

Due to his sin, the Lord sent the army of Assyria to raid Judah. The Assyrians captured Manasseh and led him away with hooks (probably nose hooks) and bronze fetters to the land of Babylon. In this destitute condition, when Manasseh’s suffering was at its worst, the Bible records: “Now when he was afflicted, he implored the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, and prayed to Him; and He received his entreaty, heard his supplication, and brought him back to Jerusalem into his king. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God” (2 Chronicles 33:12-13, emp. added). Upon regaining the throne, Manasseh removed the idols and foreign gods and re-established worship of the one true God. Only through his “affliction” did Manasseh realize that he needed God.

So it is with many today. The cares of this world have a way of keeping people from contemplating their actual relationship with God. Yet, when suffering hits their lives, the real issues of life often come into much clearer focus. C.S. Lewis once wrote that pain was God’s “megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” David, the inspired psalmist, in a prayer to his God, wrote: “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word” (Psalm 119:67). It is a sad fact that some people never look up to God until they are laying flat on their backs. Do not be deceived into thinking that all suffering and pain is “useless.” On the contrary, “count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience” (James 1:2-3).

REFERENCES

Major, Trevor J. (1998), “The Problem of Suffering,” Reason & Revelation, 18:49-55, July.

On Whom did the Tongues of Fire Rest? by Kyle Butt, M.Div.

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On Whom did the Tongues of Fire Rest?

by  Kyle Butt, M.Div.

Just before Jesus ascended into heaven after His resurrection, He commanded His apostles “not to depart from Jerusalem” until they had received the promised gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-8). During their wait, they assembled with many of the women and other disciples who had followed the Lord during His earthly ministry. Peter (who emerged as the leader of this early gathering), when assembled with over 120 of the disciples, proposed that a new apostle be picked to take the place of Judas (Acts 1:15-26). The new apostle, chosen by casting lots, was named Matthias, “and was numbered with the eleven apostles” (Acts 1:26). All these events are recorded in Acts 1. At the beginning of Acts 2, the Holy Spirit came upon certain people, and appeared as divided tongues of fire on their heads. The question arises: on whom did the Holy Spirit come?

Many have answered that the Holy Spirit came upon all the disciples that were gathered together in Acts 1:15 (about 120). According to this idea, the Holy Spirit came not only upon the apostles on the Day of Pentecost, but also empowered others with the very same powers given to the apostles. Those who reach such a conclusion, do so because they assume that, in Acts 2:1, the statement, “they were all with one accord in one place,” refers to the 120 disciples. Upon further investigation, however, this conclusion can be seen to be inaccurate. In truth, only the apostles received the miraculous “baptism of the Holy Spirit” on the Day of Pentecost.

It is important to a proper understanding of the Bible to remember that the chapter and verse divisions in our present-day Bibles were not in the original texts, but were added many hundreds of years after the original autographs of the Bible were written. The chapter division between Acts 1:26 and Acts 2 often causes a misunderstanding. Some assume that the events in Acts 2:1-4 must go all the way back to Acts 1:15. If we remove the chapter division, however, this problem is easily resolved. Acts 1:26 and 2:1, without the division, read as follows: “And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”

When these verses are combined, as they are in the original text, it is easy to see that the ones who were “with one accord in one place” were the apostles. The pronoun “they” in Acts 2:1 does not refer to the 120 disciples, but to the immediate antecedent—the apostles. This fact is illustrated further by the fact that, in Acts 2:14, the Bible records that Peter was “standing up with the eleven,” and in 2:37 the text mentions that the audience spoke to “Peter and the rest of the apostles.” Further, in Acts 1:2,4, it was the apostles whom Jesus commanded to wait in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit had come upon them.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit that was accomplished on the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 was not a phenomenon that came upon hundreds of disciples, but only upon the apostles (see Miller, 2003). They were the only ones who had the tongues of fire on their heads. Many modern-day religious people who claim to work miracles believe that they have been given the “baptism of the Holy Spirit”—like the 120 disciples. An accurate understanding of the Bible, however, shows that the promise of Holy Spirit baptism was given only to the apostles. And, while it is true that the Holy Spirit dwells in every true Christian (1 John 3:24), it is not true that such is accompanied by miraculous powers. Today, the evidence of the Spirit in Christians is not the ability to speak in tongues or work miracles, but the presence in their lives of “love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Galatians 2:22-23).

REFERENCES

Miller, Dave (2003), “Modern-day Miracles, Tongue-speaking, and Holy Spirit Baptism: A Refutation,” [On-line], URL: http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2572.

It Is Enough! by Jim McGuiggan


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It Is Enough!

It is not well that I should walk always
on life’s easy street
How should my feet not bleed for love;
Love’s feet bled for me
And His love is sweet.
I follow, though the thorns and brambles tear
And the rocky track is sharp and rough,
Why should I complain if a cross I bear
Christ went that way, It is enough.

Norman Gale, (slightly adapted)

IS THE BIBLE THE FINAL AUTHORITY? BY STEVE FINNELL


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IS THE BIBLE THE FINAL AUTHORITY?   BY STEVE FINNELL


Is the Bible the final authority for the many denominations that claim to be followers of Christ? The truth is, most denominations do not use the Bible as their source for the final authority when it comes to faith and practice of the church. The majority of Christ following denominations use church catechisms, church statements of faith and other creed books as their final authority. The Bible is superseded by writings written by church leaders.

One thing that is certain, if denominations are stating different ways of being saved, they all cannot be correct. If you are searching for the absolute truth why would you not use the Bible and the Bible alone.

The only reason churches use catechisms and creed books is to explain away the clear teaching of Scripture that are contrary to their denominational doctrines. If catechisms and creed books are teaching the same thing as the Bible, then why would you need them? 

2 Timothy 3:15-17 and from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, fr training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.(New American Standard Version)

The truth about salvation and living the Christian life comes from Scripture inspired by God.

Church catechisms, creed books, and church board approved statements of faith are not Scripture, they are not the Bible, they not God's inspired word given to all mankind.

If all believers in Christ believed that the Bible and the Bible alone was God's authoritative message to men, there would be no denominations. There would only be the Lord's church. The church of Christ. There is only one body of Christ.  

Be with me Lord by B. Johnson

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Be with me Lord

The words to this song were penned by T. O. Chisholm, and the music was composed by L. O. Sanderson. It is particularly meaningful to me because my mother kept on requesting that I sing it to her while she lay dying of leukemia in February and March of 1993. Today, I find it difficult to sing because of that memory, but the prayer is still in my heart.

Be with me, Lord--I cannot live without Thee,
I dare not try to take one step alone.
I cannot bear the loads of life, unaided,
I need Thy strength to lean myself upon.

Be with me, Lord, and then if dangers threaten,
If storms of trial burst above my head,
If lashing seas leap everywhere about me,
They cannot harm, or make my heart afraid.

Be with me, Lord! No other gift or blessing
Thou couldst bestow could with this one compare—
A constant sense of Thy abiding presence,
Where e'er I am, to feel that Thou art near.

Be with me Lord, when loneliness o'er-takes me,
When I must weep amid the fires of pain,
And when shall come the hour of "my departure"
For "worlds unknown," O Lord, be with me then.

 

BE WITH ME, LORD--I CANNOT LIVE WITHOUT THEE,

Sometimes people who are with us can make us discouraged and make our hearts faint in the work we have to do.

  • Josh 14:8 Nevertheless my brethren that went up with me made the heart of the people melt: but I wholly followed the LORD my God.

Some people depend upon other people to be with them and forget to depend upon God

  • Judges 4:8-9 And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she (Deborah) said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

But if the Lord be with us, we, like Joshua, will prevail

  • Josh 14:12 Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the LORD spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the LORD will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the LORD said.

Jabez prayed that the Lord would be with him to keep him from evil, and the Lord granted his request

  • 1 Chron 4:10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.

Even though Job lost everything, he remembered the days when the Lord was with him

  • Job 29:2-7 Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; When his candle shined upon my head, and when by his light I walked through darkness; As I was in the days of my youth, when the secret of God was upon my tabernacle; When the Almighty was yet with me, when my children were about me; When I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured me out rivers of oil; When I went out to the gate through the city, when I prepared my seat in the street!

David praised and thanked God because He was with him

  • Ps 13:6 I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
  • Ps 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
  • Ps 42:7-8 Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me. Yet the LORD will command his lovingkindness in the daytime, and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life.

What will be the result, if the Lord is with us?

  • Jeremiah 20:11-13 But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten. But, O LORD of hosts that triest the righteous, and seest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I opened my cause. Sing unto the LORD, praise ye the LORD: for he hath delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of evildoers.

Christ knew the power of having His disciples with him.

  • Matt 12:30 He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.
  • Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
  • Luke 22:28-30 Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
  • Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
  • John 16:32 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
  • John 17:24 Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

When Paul was ready to be delivered to death, he knew the power of having a faithful, godly friend with him.

  • 2 Tim 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
  • 2 Tim 4:16-17 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.

Finally, we see a glimpse of what it means to be with the Lord.

  • Rev 3:4-5 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
  • Rev 3:20-21 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

I DARE NOT TRY TO TAKE ONE STEP ALONE.

Being alone in the world can make us vulnerable to the enemy or to the elements.

  • Eccl 4:9-12 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

When we stand for the Lord and his ways, we often must stand alone.

  • Jer 15:17 I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation.
  • Lam 3:21-32 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him. He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope. He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach. For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.

Jesus knew that he would be left alone in His greatest trial.

  • John 16:32-33 Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Paul knew that the faith of some would fail when they were left alone.

  • Romans 11:1-4 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.

I CANNOT BEAR THE LOADS OF LIFE, UNAIDED,

Paul knew the power of God's watchful care.

  • 2 Tim 3:10-12 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
  • 2 Cor 1:8-10 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life: But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead: Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;

Sometimes weak christians doubt that God can save them.

  • Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
  • Mark 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
  • Mark 10:27 And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
  • Mark 14:36 And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.

I NEED THY STRENGTH TO LEAN MYSELF UPON.

Daniel knew the power of God's strength and protection.

  • Dan 6:20-22 And when he (King Darius) came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions? Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever. My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

The psalmist, David, knew the power of God's strength.

  • Ps 27:12-14 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.
  • Ps 84:5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

BE WITH ME, LORD, AND THEN IF DANGERS THREATEN,
IF STORMS OF TRIAL BURST ABOVE MY HEAD,

Many are the examples of godly men and women, who trusted in the power of His might as they were faced with temptations. They were men and women of faith who overcame and were victorious. (Heb 11:1-40)

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.

3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.

9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.

13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.

23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;

25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

28 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.

31 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

32 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:

33 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

34 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;

38(Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

IF LASHING SEAS LEAP EVERYWHERE ABOUT ME,
THEY CANNOT HARM, OR MAKE MY HEART AFRAID.

One of the most poignant accounts in the New Testament of Jesus' protection is recounted in Matthew 14:32, Mark 6:51, and Mark 4:35-41. Here we see His powerful protection and love for the ones who served Him.

35 And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

41 And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

BE WITH ME, LORD! NO OTHER GIFT OR BLESSING
THOU COULDST BESTOW COULD WITH THIS ONE COMPARE—
A CONSTANT SENSE OF THY ABIDING PRESENCE,
WHERE E'ER I AM, TO FEEL THAT THOU ART NEAR.

Moses knew he could never lead the nation of Israel without the presence of the Lord.

  • Ex 33:12-15 And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

Jehoshaphat knew that the Lord's presence was in the temple and that He would hear their cry when troubles came.

  • 2 Chron 20:6-9 And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee? Art not thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham thy friend for ever? And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for thy name, saying, If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in thy presence, (for thy name is in this house,) and cry unto thee in our affliction, then thou wilt hear and help.

The Psalmist, David, knew where to find fullness of joy and true pleasures.

  • Ps 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

David's sincere prayer was for God's judgment, and sentence to come from His presence.

  • Ps 17:1-3 Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips. Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal. Thou has proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou has tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.

David knew that he had to have a clean heart and a right spirit in order to remain in God's presence.

  • Ps 51:10-12 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

David asks who will dwell with God and who will be in His presence?

  • Ps 140:13 Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence.

Isaiah is asking God to come down and tell them more of His truth, like he did on Mt. Sinai and reveal what He has prepared for those that wait on Him. (see also 1 COR 2:9)

  • Isa 64:1-4 Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence, As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence! When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence. For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.

Those who yearn to live in the presence of the Lord must meet certain qualifications or be forever cast out.

  • Luke 13:24-27 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

BE WITH ME LORD, WHEN LONELINESS O'ER-TAKES ME,
WHEN I MUST WEEP AMID THE FIRES OF PAIN,
AND WHEN SHALL COME THE HOUR OF "MY DEPARTURE"
FOR "WORLDS UNKNOWN," O LORD, BE WITH ME THEN.

Many were the tests and procedures which my mother had to endure, but when she called us to come home from India, all she said was, "The nights are long, and I am afraid." The last verse of this prayer song seemed to embody what she felt at the prospect of death.

Now would come the questions of what kind of building she had made and what kind of fruits she had borne.

  • 1 Cor 3:10-15 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.
  • Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Like Paul, she wanted to be able to say:

  • 2 Tim 4:6-8 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Beth Johnson

Published in The Old Paths Archive
(http://www.oldpaths.com)

Bible Reading for July 13 and 14 by Gary Rose



Bible Reading for July 13 and 14

World  English  Bible


July 13

1 Chronicles 1-3

1Ch 1:1 Adam, Seth, Enosh,

1Ch 1:2 Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared,

1Ch 1:3 Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech,

1Ch 1:4 Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

1Ch 1:5 The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.

1Ch 1:6 The sons of Gomer: Ashkenaz, and Diphath, and Togarmah.

1Ch 1:7 The sons of Javan: Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim.

1Ch 1:8 The sons of Ham: Cush, and Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.

1Ch 1:9 The sons of Cush: Seba, and Havilah, and Sabta, and Raama, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba, and Dedan.

1Ch 1:10 Cush became the father of Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth.

1Ch 1:11 Mizraim became the father of Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim,

1Ch 1:12 and Pathrusim, and Casluhim (from whence came the Philistines), and Caphtorim.

1Ch 1:13 Canaan became the father of Sidon his firstborn, and Heth,

1Ch 1:14 and the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgashite,

1Ch 1:15 and the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite,

1Ch 1:16 and the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite.

1Ch 1:17 The sons of Shem: Elam, and Asshur, and Arpachshad, and Lud, and Aram, and Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Meshech.

1Ch 1:18 Arpachshad became the father of Shelah, and Shelah became the father of Eber.

1Ch 1:19 To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg; for in his days the earth was divided; and his brother's name was Joktan.

1Ch 1:20 Joktan became the father of Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,

1Ch 1:21 and Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,

1Ch 1:22 and Ebal, and Abimael, and Sheba,

1Ch 1:23 and Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan.

1Ch 1:24 Shem, Arpachshad, Shelah,

1Ch 1:25 Eber, Peleg, Reu,

1Ch 1:26 Serug, Nahor, Terah,

1Ch 1:27 Abram (the same is Abraham).

1Ch 1:28 The sons of Abraham: Isaac, and Ishmael.

1Ch 1:29 These are their generations: the firstborn of Ishmael, Nebaioth; then Kedar, and Adbeel, and Mibsam,

1Ch 1:30 Mishma, and Dumah, Massa, Hadad, and Tema,

1Ch 1:31 Jetur, Naphish, and Kedemah. These are the sons of Ishmael.

1Ch 1:32 The sons of Keturah, Abraham's concubine: she bore Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. The sons of Jokshan: Sheba, and Dedan.

1Ch 1:33 The sons of Midian: Ephah, and Epher, and Hanoch, and Abida, and Eldaah. All these were the sons of Keturah.

1Ch 1:34 Abraham became the father of Isaac. The sons of Isaac: Esau, and Israel.

1Ch 1:35 The sons of Esau: Eliphaz, Reuel, and Jeush, and Jalam, and Korah.

1Ch 1:36 The sons of Eliphaz: Teman, and Omar, Zephi, and Gatam, Kenaz, and Timna, and Amalek.

1Ch 1:37 The sons of Reuel: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.

1Ch 1:38 The sons of Seir: Lotan, and Shobal, and Zibeon, and Anah, and Dishon, and Ezer, and Dishan.

1Ch 1:39 The sons of Lotan: Hori, and Homam; and Timna was Lotan's sister.

1Ch 1:40 The sons of Shobal: Alian, and Manahath, and Ebal, Shephi, and Onam. The sons of Zibeon: Aiah, and Anah.

1Ch 1:41 The sons of Anah: Dishon. The sons of Dishon: Hamran, and Eshban, and Ithran, and Cheran.

1Ch 1:42 The sons of Ezer: Bilhan, and Zaavan, Jaakan. The sons of Dishan: Uz, and Aran.

1Ch 1:43 Now these are the kings who reigned in the land of Edom, before there resigned any king over the children of Israel: Bela the son of Beor; and the name of his city was Dinhabah.

1Ch 1:44 Bela died, and Jobab the son of Zerah of Bozrah reigned in his place.

1Ch 1:45 Jobab died, and Husham of the land of the Temanites reigned in his place.

1Ch 1:46 Husham died, and Hadad the son of Bedad, who struck Midian in the field of Moab, reigned in his place; and the name of his city was Avith.

1Ch 1:47 Hadad died, and Samlah of Masrekah reigned in his place.

1Ch 1:48 Samlah died, and Shaul of Rehoboth by the River reigned in his place.

1Ch 1:49 Shaul died, and Baal Hanan the son of Achbor reigned in his place.

1Ch 1:50 Baal Hanan died, and Hadad reigned in his place; and the name of his city was Pai: and his wife's name was Mehetabel, the daughter of Matred, the daughter of Mezahab.

1Ch 1:51 Hadad died. The chiefs of Edom were: chief Timna, chief Aliah, chief Jetheth,

1Ch 1:52 chief Oholibamah, chief Elah, chief Pinon,

1Ch 1:53 chief Kenaz, chief Teman, chief Mibzar,

1Ch 1:54 chief Magdiel, chief Iram. These are the chiefs of Edom.


1Ch 2:1 These are the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun,

1Ch 2:2 Dan, Joseph, and Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.

1Ch 2:3 The sons of Judah: Er, and Onan, and Shelah; which three were born to him of Shua's daughter the Canaanitess. Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of Yahweh; and he killed him.

1Ch 2:4 Tamar his daughter-in-law bore him Perez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.

1Ch 2:5 The sons of Perez: Hezron, and Hamul.

1Ch 2:6 The sons of Zerah: Zimri, and Ethan, and Heman, and Calcol, and Dara; five of them in all.

1Ch 2:7 The sons of Carmi: Achar, the troubler of Israel, who committed a trespass in the devoted thing.

1Ch 2:8 The sons of Ethan: Azariah.

1Ch 2:9 The sons also of Hezron, who were born to him: Jerahmeel, and Ram, and Chelubai.

1Ch 2:10 Ram became the father of Amminadab, and Amminadab became the father of Nahshon, prince of the children of Judah;

1Ch 2:11 and Nahshon became the father of Salma, and Salma became the father of Boaz,

1Ch 2:12 and Boaz became the father of Obed, and Obed became the father of Jesse;

1Ch 2:13 and Jesse became the father of his firstborn Eliab, and Abinadab the second, and Shimea the third,

1Ch 2:14 Nethanel the fourth, Raddai the fifth,

1Ch 2:15 Ozem the sixth, David the seventh;

1Ch 2:16 and their sisters were Zeruiah and Abigail. The sons of Zeruiah: Abishai, and Joab, and Asahel, three.

1Ch 2:17 Abigail bore Amasa; and the father of Amasa was Jether the Ishmaelite.

1Ch 2:18 Caleb the son of Hezron became the father of children of Azubah his wife, and of Jerioth; and these were her sons: Jesher, and Shobab, and Ardon.

1Ch 2:19 Azubah died, and Caleb took to him Ephrath, who bore him Hur.

1Ch 2:20 Hur became the father of Uri, and Uri became the father of Bezalel.

1Ch 2:21 Afterward Hezron went in to the daughter of Machir the father of Gilead, whom he took as wife when he was sixty years old; and she bore him Segub.

1Ch 2:22 Segub became the father of Jair, who had twenty-three cities in the land of Gilead.

1Ch 2:23 Geshur and Aram took the towns of Jair from them, with Kenath, and its villages, even sixty cities. All these were the sons of Machir the father of Gilead.

1Ch 2:24 After that Hezron was dead in Caleb Ephrathah, then Abijah Hezron's wife bore him Ashhur the father of Tekoa.

1Ch 2:25 The sons of Jerahmeel the firstborn of Hezron were Ram the firstborn, and Bunah, and Oren, and Ozem, Ahijah.

1Ch 2:26 Jerahmeel had another wife, whose name was Atarah; she was the mother of Onam.

1Ch 2:27 The sons of Ram the firstborn of Jerahmeel were Maaz, and Jamin, and Eker.

1Ch 2:28 The sons of Onam were Shammai, and Jada. The sons of Shammai: Nadab, and Abishur.

1Ch 2:29 The name of the wife of Abishur was Abihail; and she bore him Ahban, and Molid.

1Ch 2:30 The sons of Nadab: Seled, and Appaim; but Seled died without children.

1Ch 2:31 The sons of Appaim: Ishi. The sons of Ishi: Sheshan. The sons of Sheshan: Ahlai.

1Ch 2:32 The sons of Jada the brother of Shammai: Jether, and Jonathan; and Jether died without children.

1Ch 2:33 The sons of Jonathan: Peleth, and Zaza. These were the sons of Jerahmeel.

1Ch 2:34 Now Sheshan had no sons, but daughters. Sheshan had a servant, an Egyptian, whose name was Jarha.

1Ch 2:35 Sheshan gave his daughter to Jarha his servant as wife; and she bore him Attai.

1Ch 2:36 Attai became the father of Nathan, and Nathan became the father of Zabad,

1Ch 2:37 and Zabad became the father of Ephlal, and Ephlal became the father of Obed,

1Ch 2:38 and Obed became the father of Jehu, and Jehu became the father of Azariah,

1Ch 2:39 and Azariah became the father of Helez, and Helez became the father of Eleasah,

1Ch 2:40 and Eleasah became the father of Sismai, and Sismai became the father of Shallum,

1Ch 2:41 and Shallum became the father of Jekamiah, and Jekamiah became the father of Elishama.

1Ch 2:42 The sons of Caleb the brother of Jerahmeel were Mesha his firstborn, who was the father of Ziph; and the sons of Mareshah the father of Hebron.

1Ch 2:43 The sons of Hebron: Korah, and Tappuah, and Rekem, and Shema.

1Ch 2:44 Shema became the father of Raham, the father of Jorkeam; and Rekem became the father of Shammai.

1Ch 2:45 The son of Shammai was Maon; and Maon was the father of Beth Zur.

1Ch 2:46 Ephah, Caleb's concubine, bore Haran, and Moza, and Gazez; and Haran became the father of Gazez.

1Ch 2:47 The sons of Jahdai: Regem, and Jothan, and Geshan, and Pelet, and Ephah, and Shaaph.

1Ch 2:48 Maacah, Caleb's concubine, bore Sheber and Tirhanah.

1Ch 2:49 She bore also Shaaph the father of Madmannah, Sheva the father of Machbena, and the father of Gibea; and the daughter of Caleb was Achsah.

1Ch 2:50 These were the sons of Caleb, the son of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah: Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim,

1Ch 2:51 Salma the father of Bethlehem, Hareph the father of Beth Gader.

1Ch 2:52 Shobal the father of Kiriath Jearim had sons: Haroeh, half of the Menuhoth.

1Ch 2:53 The families of Kiriath Jearim: The Ithrites, and the Puthites, and the Shumathites, and the Mishraites; of them came the Zorathites and the Eshtaolites.

1Ch 2:54 The sons of Salma: Bethlehem, and the Netophathites, Atroth Beth Joab, and half of the Manahathites, the Zorites.

1Ch 2:55 The families of scribes who lived at Jabez: the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, the Sucathites. These are the Kenites who came of Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.


1Ch 3:1 Now these were the sons of David, who were born to him in Hebron: the firstborn, Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; the second, Daniel, of Abigail the Carmelitess;

1Ch 3:2 the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith;

1Ch 3:3 the fifth, Shephatiah of Abital; the sixth, Ithream by Eglah his wife:

1Ch 3:4 six were born to him in Hebron; and there he reigned seven years and six months. In Jerusalem he reigned thirty-three years;

1Ch 3:5 and these were born to him in Jerusalem: Shimea, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, four, of Bathshua the daughter of Ammiel;

1Ch 3:6 and Ibhar, and Elishama, and Eliphelet,

1Ch 3:7 and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia,

1Ch 3:8 and Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphelet, nine.

1Ch 3:9 All these were the sons of David, besides the sons of the concubines; and Tamar was their sister.

1Ch 3:10 Solomon's son was Rehoboam, Abijah his son, Asa his son, Jehoshaphat his son,

1Ch 3:11 Joram his son, Ahaziah his son, Joash his son,

1Ch 3:12 Amaziah his son, Azariah his son, Jotham his son,

1Ch 3:13 Ahaz his son, Hezekiah his son, Manasseh his son,

1Ch 3:14 Amon his son, Josiah his son.

1Ch 3:15 The sons of Josiah: the firstborn Johanan, the second Jehoiakim, the third Zedekiah, the fourth Shallum.

1Ch 3:16 The sons of Jehoiakim: Jeconiah his son, Zedekiah his son.

1Ch 3:17 The sons of Jeconiah, the captive: Shealtiel his son,

1Ch 3:18 and Malchiram, and Pedaiah, and Shenazzar, Jekamiah, Hoshama, and Nedabiah.

1Ch 3:19 The sons of Pedaiah: Zerubbabel, and Shimei. The sons of Zerubbabel: Meshullam, and Hananiah; and Shelomith was their sister;

1Ch 3:20 and Hashubah, and Ohel, and Berechiah, and Hasadiah, Jushab Hesed, five.

1Ch 3:21 The sons of Hananiah: Pelatiah, and Jeshaiah; the sons of Rephaiah, the sons of Arnan, the sons of Obadiah, the sons of Shecaniah.

1Ch 3:22 The sons of Shecaniah: Shemaiah. The sons of Shemaiah: Hattush, and Igal, and Bariah, and Neariah, and Shaphat, six.

1Ch 3:23 The sons of Neariah: Elioenai, and Hizkiah, and Azrikam, three.

1Ch 3:24 The sons of Elioenai: Hodaviah, and Eliashib, and Pelaiah, and Akkub, and Johanan, and Delaiah, and Anani, seven.


July 14

1 Chronicles 4-6

1Ch 4:1 The sons of Judah: Perez, Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, and Shobal.

1Ch 4:2 Reaiah the son of Shobal became the father of Jahath; and Jahath became the father of Ahumai and Lahad. These are the families of the Zorathites.

1Ch 4:3 These were the sons of the father of Etam: Jezreel, and Ishma, and Idbash; and the name of their sister was Hazzelelponi;

1Ch 4:4 and Penuel the father of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Hushah. These are the sons of Hur, the firstborn of Ephrathah, the father of Bethlehem.

1Ch 4:5 Ashhur the father of Tekoa had two wives, Helah and Naarah.

1Ch 4:6 Naarah bore him Ahuzzam, and Hepher, and Temeni, and Haahashtari. These were the sons of Naarah.

1Ch 4:7 The sons of Helah were Zereth, Izhar, and Ethnan.

1Ch 4:8 Hakkoz became the father of Anub, and Zobebah, and the families of Aharhel the son of Harum.

1Ch 4:9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers: and his mother named him Jabez, saying, Because I bore him with sorrow.

1Ch 4:10 Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from evil, that it not be to my sorrow! God granted him that which he requested.

1Ch 4:11 Chelub the brother of Shuhah became the father of Mehir, who was the father of Eshton.

1Ch 4:12 Eshton became the father of Beth Rapha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah the father of Ir Nahash. These are the men of Recah.

1Ch 4:13 The sons of Kenaz: Othniel, and Seraiah. The sons of Othniel: Hathath.

1Ch 4:14 Meonothai became the father of Ophrah: and Seraiah became the father of Joab the father of Ge Harashim; for they were craftsmen.

1Ch 4:15 The sons of Caleb the son of Jephunneh: Iru, Elah, and Naam; and the sons of Elah; and Kenaz.

1Ch 4:16 The sons of Jehallelel: Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and Asarel.

1Ch 4:17 The sons of Ezrah: Jether, and Mered, and Epher, and Jalon; and she bore Miriam, and Shammai, and Ishbah the father of Eshtemoa.

1Ch 4:18 His wife the Jewess bore Jered the father of Gedor, and Heber the father of Soco, and Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. These are the sons of Bithiah the daughter of Pharaoh, whom Mered took.

1Ch 4:19 The sons of the wife of Hodiah, the sister of Naham, were the father of Keilah the Garmite, and Eshtemoa the Maacathite.

1Ch 4:20 The sons of Shimon: Amnon, and Rinnah, Ben Hanan, and Tilon. The sons of Ishi: Zoheth, and Ben Zoheth.

1Ch 4:21 The sons of Shelah the son of Judah: Er the father of Lecah, and Laadah the father of Mareshah, and the families of the house of those who worked fine linen, of the house of Ashbea;

1Ch 4:22 and Jokim, and the men of Cozeba, and Joash, and Saraph, who had dominion in Moab, and Jashubilehem. The records are ancient.

1Ch 4:23 These were the potters, and the inhabitants of Netaim and Gederah: there they lived with the king for his work.

1Ch 4:24 The sons of Simeon: Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Zerah, Shaul;

1Ch 4:25 Shallum his son, Mibsam his son, Mishma his son.

1Ch 4:26 The sons of Mishma: Hammuel his son, Zaccur his son, Shimei his son.

1Ch 4:27 Shimei had sixteen sons and six daughters; but his brothers didn't have many children, neither did all their family multiply like the children of Judah.

1Ch 4:28 They lived at Beersheba, and Moladah, and Hazarshual,

1Ch 4:29 and at Bilhah, and at Ezem, and at Tolad,

1Ch 4:30 and at Bethuel, and at Hormah, and at Ziklag,

1Ch 4:31 and at Beth Marcaboth, and Hazar Susim, and at Beth Biri, and at Shaaraim. These were their cities to the reign of David.

1Ch 4:32 Their villages were Etam, and Ain, Rimmon, and Tochen, and Ashan, five cities;

1Ch 4:33 and all their villages that were around the same cities, to Baal. These were their habitations, and they have their genealogy.

1Ch 4:34 Meshobab, and Jamlech, and Joshah the son of Amaziah,

1Ch 4:35 and Joel, and Jehu the son of Joshibiah, the son of Seraiah, the son of Asiel,

1Ch 4:36 and Elioenai, and Jaakobah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and Benaiah,

1Ch 4:37 and Ziza the son of Shiphi, the son of Allon, the son of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, the son of Shemaiah--

1Ch 4:38 these mentioned by name were princes in their families: and their fathers' houses increased greatly.

1Ch 4:39 They went to the entrance of Gedor, even to the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks.

1Ch 4:40 They found fat pasture and good, and the land was wide, and quiet, and peaceable; for those who lived there before were of Ham.

1Ch 4:41 These written by name came in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and struck their tents, and the Meunim who were found there, and destroyed them utterly to this day, and lived in their place; because there was pasture there for their flocks.

1Ch 4:42 Some of them, even of the sons of Simeon, five hundred men, went to Mount Seir, having for their captains Pelatiah, and Neariah, and Rephaiah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi.

1Ch 4:43 They struck the remnant of the Amalekites who escaped, and have lived there to this day.


1Ch 5:1 The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn; but, because he defiled his father's couch, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel; and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright.

1Ch 5:2 For Judah prevailed above his brothers, and of him came the prince; but the birthright was Joseph's:)

1Ch 5:3 the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

1Ch 5:4 The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,

1Ch 5:5 Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,

1Ch 5:6 Beerah his son, whom Tilgath Pilneser king of Assyria carried away captive: he was prince of the Reubenites.

1Ch 5:7 His brothers by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,

1Ch 5:8 and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, even to Nebo and Baal Meon:

1Ch 5:9 and eastward he lived even to the entrance of the wilderness from the river Euphrates, because their livestock were multiplied in the land of Gilead.

1Ch 5:10 In the days of Saul, they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand; and they lived in their tents throughout all the land east of Gilead.

1Ch 5:11 The sons of Gad lived over against them, in the land of Bashan to Salecah:

1Ch 5:12 Joel the chief, and Shapham the second, and Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan.

1Ch 5:13 Their brothers of their fathers' houses: Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jacan, and Zia, and Eber, seven.

1Ch 5:14 These were the sons of Abihail, the son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz;

1Ch 5:15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of their fathers' houses.

1Ch 5:16 They lived in Gilead in Bashan, and in its towns, and in all the suburbs of Sharon, as far as their borders.

1Ch 5:17 All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

1Ch 5:18 The sons of Reuben, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skillful in war, were forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty, that were able to go forth to war.

1Ch 5:19 They made war with the Hagrites, with Jetur, and Naphish, and Nodab.

1Ch 5:20 They were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them; for they cried to God in the battle, and he was entreated of them, because they put their trust in him.

1Ch 5:21 They took away their livestock; of their camels fifty thousand, and of sheep two hundred fifty thousand, and of donkeys two thousand, and of men one hundred thousand.

1Ch 5:22 For there fell many slain, because the war was of God. They lived in their place until the captivity.

1Ch 5:23 The children of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land: they increased from Bashan to Baal Hermon and Senir and Mount Hermon.

1Ch 5:24 These were the heads of their fathers' houses: even Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers' houses.

1Ch 5:25 They trespassed against the God of their fathers, and played the prostitute after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God destroyed before them.

1Ch 5:26 The God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath Pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river of Gozan, to this day.


1Ch 6:1 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.

1Ch 6:2 The sons of Kohath: Amram, Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.

1Ch 6:3 The children of Amram: Aaron, and Moses, and Miriam. The sons of Aaron: Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

1Ch 6:4 Eleazar became the father of Phinehas, Phinehas became the father of Abishua,

1Ch 6:5 and Abishua became the father of Bukki, and Bukki became the father of Uzzi,

1Ch 6:6 and Uzzi became the father of Zerahiah, and Zerahiah became the father of Meraioth,

1Ch 6:7 Meraioth became the father of Amariah, and Amariah became the father of Ahitub,

1Ch 6:8 and Ahitub became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Ahimaaz,

1Ch 6:9 and Ahimaaz became the father of Azariah, and Azariah became the father of Johanan,

1Ch 6:10 and Johanan became the father of Azariah, (he it is who executed the priest's office in the house that Solomon built in Jerusalem),

1Ch 6:11 and Azariah became the father of Amariah, and Amariah became the father of Ahitub,

1Ch 6:12 and Ahitub became the father of Zadok, and Zadok became the father of Shallum,

1Ch 6:13 and Shallum became the father of Hilkiah, and Hilkiah became the father of Azariah,

1Ch 6:14 and Azariah became the father of Seraiah, and Seraiah became the father of Jehozadak;

1Ch 6:15 Jehozadak went into captivity, when Yahweh carried away Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.

1Ch 6:16 The sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.

1Ch 6:17 These are the names of the sons of Gershom: Libni and Shimei.

1Ch 6:18 The sons of Kohath were Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel.

1Ch 6:19 The sons of Merari: Mahli and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to their fathers' houses.

1Ch 6:20 Of Gershom: Libni his son, Jahath his son, Zimmah his son,

1Ch 6:21 Joah his son, Iddo his son, Zerah his son, Jeatherai his son.

1Ch 6:22 The sons of Kohath: Amminadab his son, Korah his son, Assir his son,

1Ch 6:23 Elkanah his son, and Ebiasaph his son, and Assir his son,

1Ch 6:24 Tahath his son, Uriel his son, Uzziah his son, and Shaul his son.

1Ch 6:25 The sons of Elkanah: Amasai, and Ahimoth.

1Ch 6:26 As for Elkanah, the sons of Elkanah: Zophai his son, and Nahath his son,

1Ch 6:27 Eliab his son, Jeroham his son, Elkanah his son.

1Ch 6:28 The sons of Samuel: the firstborn Joel, and the second Abijah.

1Ch 6:29 The sons of Merari: Mahli, Libni his son, Shimei his son, Uzzah his son,

1Ch 6:30 Shimea his son, Haggiah his son, Asaiah his son.

1Ch 6:31 These are they whom David set over the service of song in the house of Yahweh, after that the ark had rest.

1Ch 6:32 They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the Tent of Meeting, until Solomon had built the house of Yahweh in Jerusalem: and they waited on their office according to their order.

1Ch 6:33 These are those who waited, and their sons. Of the sons of the Kohathites: Heman the singer, the son of Joel, the son of Samuel,

1Ch 6:34 the son of Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Eliel, the son of Toah,

1Ch 6:35 the son of Zuph, the son of Elkanah, the son of Mahath, the son of Amasai,

1Ch 6:36 the son of Elkanah, the son of Joel, the son of Azariah, the son of Zephaniah,

1Ch 6:37 the son of Tahath, the son of Assir, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah,

1Ch 6:38 the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, the son of Israel.

1Ch 6:39 His brother Asaph, who stood on his right hand, even Asaph the son of Berechiah, the son of Shimea,

1Ch 6:40 the son of Michael, the son of Baaseiah, the son of Malchijah,

1Ch 6:41 the son of Ethni, the son of Zerah, the son of Adaiah,

1Ch 6:42 the son of Ethan, the son of Zimmah, the son of Shimei,

1Ch 6:43 the son of Jahath, the son of Gershom, the son of Levi.

1Ch 6:44 On the left hand their brothers the sons of Merari: Ethan the son of Kishi, the son of Abdi, the son of Malluch,

1Ch 6:45 the son of Hashabiah, the son of Amaziah, the son of Hilkiah,

1Ch 6:46 the son of Amzi, the son of Bani, the son of Shemer,

1Ch 6:47 the son of Mahli, the son of Mushi, the son of Merari, the son of Levi.

1Ch 6:48 Their brothers the Levites were appointed for all the service of the tabernacle of the house of God.

1Ch 6:49 But Aaron and his sons offered on the altar of burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, for all the work of the most holy place, and to make atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded.

1Ch 6:50 These are the sons of Aaron: Eleazar his son, Phinehas his son, Abishua his son,

1Ch 6:51 Bukki his son, Uzzi his son, Zerahiah his son,

1Ch 6:52 Meraioth his son, Amariah his son, Ahitub his son,

1Ch 6:53 Zadok his son, Ahimaaz his son.

1Ch 6:54 Now these are their dwelling places according to their encampments in their borders: to the sons of Aaron, of the families of the Kohathites (for theirs was the first lot),

1Ch 6:55 to them they gave Hebron in the land of Judah, and its suburbs around it;

1Ch 6:56 but the fields of the city, and its villages, they gave to Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

1Ch 6:57 To the sons of Aaron they gave the cities of refuge, Hebron; Libnah also with its suburbs, and Jattir, and Eshtemoa with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:58 and Hilen with its suburbs, Debir with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:59 and Ashan with its suburbs, and Beth Shemesh with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:60 and out of the tribe of Benjamin, Geba with its suburbs, and Allemeth with its suburbs, and Anathoth with its suburbs. All their cities throughout their families were thirteen cities.

1Ch 6:61 To the rest of the sons of Kohath were given by lot, out of the family of the tribe, out of the half-tribe, the half of Manasseh, ten cities.

1Ch 6:62 To the sons of Gershom, according to their families, out of the tribe of Issachar, and out of the tribe of Asher, and out of the tribe of Naphtali, and out of the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, thirteen cities.

1Ch 6:63 To the sons of Merari were given by lot, according to their families, out of the tribe of Reuben, and out of the tribe of Gad, and out of the tribe of Zebulun, twelve cities.

1Ch 6:64 The children of Israel gave to the Levites the cities with their suburbs.

1Ch 6:65 They gave by lot out of the tribe of the children of Judah, and out of the tribe of the children of Simeon, and out of the tribe of the children of Benjamin, these cities which are mentioned by name.

1Ch 6:66 Some of the families of the sons of Kohath had cities of their borders out of the tribe of Ephraim.

1Ch 6:67 They gave to them the cities of refuge, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim with its suburbs; Gezer also with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:68 and Jokmeam with its suburbs, and Beth Horon with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:69 and Aijalon with its suburbs, and Gath Rimmon with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:70 and out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Aner with its suburbs, and Bileam with its suburbs, for the rest of the family of the sons of Kohath.

1Ch 6:71 To the sons of Gershom were given, out of the family of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its suburbs, and Ashtaroth with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:72 and out of the tribe of Issachar, Kedesh with its suburbs, Daberath with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:73 and Ramoth with its suburbs, and Anem with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:74 and out of the tribe of Asher, Mashal with its suburbs, and Abdon with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:75 and Hukok with its suburbs, and Rehob with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:76 and out of the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee with its suburbs, and Hammon with its suburbs, and Kiriathaim with its suburbs.

1Ch 6:77 To the rest of the Levites, the sons of Merari, were given, out of the tribe of Zebulun, Rimmono with its suburbs, Tabor with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:78 and beyond the Jordan at Jericho, on the east side of the Jordan, were given them, out of the tribe of Reuben, Bezer in the wilderness with its suburbs, and Jahzah with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:79 and Kedemoth with its suburbs, and Mephaath with its suburbs;

1Ch 6:80 and out of the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead with its suburbs, and Mahanaim with its suburbs,

1Ch 6:81 and Heshbon with its suburbs, and Jazer with its suburbs.


Jul. 13

Acts 9

Act 9:1 But Saul, still breathing threats and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

Act 9:2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

Act 9:3 As he traveled, it happened that he got close to Damascus, and suddenly a light from the sky shone around him.

Act 9:4 He fell on the earth, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?"

Act 9:5 He said, "Who are you, Lord?" The Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.

Act 9:6 But rise up, and enter into the city, and you will be told what you must do."

Act 9:7 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the sound, but seeing no one.

Act 9:8 Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened, he saw no one. They led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.

Act 9:9 He was without sight for three days, and neither ate nor drank.

Act 9:10 Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, "Ananias!" He said, "Behold, it's me, Lord."

Act 9:11 The Lord said to him, "Arise, and go to the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judah for one named Saul, a man of Tarsus. For behold, he is praying,

Act 9:12 and in a vision he has seen a man named Ananias coming in, and laying his hands on him, that he might receive his sight."

Act 9:13 But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he did to your saints at Jerusalem.

Act 9:14 Here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who call on your name."

Act 9:15 But the Lord said to him, "Go your way, for he is my chosen vessel to bear my name before the nations and kings, and the children of Israel.

Act 9:16 For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name's sake."

Act 9:17 Ananias departed, and entered into the house. Laying his hands on him, he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord, who appeared to you on the road by which you came, has sent me, that you may receive your sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit."

Act 9:18 Immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and he received his sight. He arose and was baptized.

Act 9:19 He took food and was strengthened. Saul stayed several days with the disciples who were at Damascus.

Act 9:20 Immediately in the synagogues he proclaimed the Christ, that he is the Son of God.

Act 9:21 All who heard him were amazed, and said, "Isn't this he who in Jerusalem made havoc of those who called on this name? And he had come here intending to bring them bound before the chief priests!"

Act 9:22 But Saul increased more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived at Damascus, proving that this is the Christ.

Act 9:23 When many days were fulfilled, the Jews conspired together to kill him,

Act 9:24 but their plot became known to Saul. They watched the gates both day and night that they might kill him,

Act 9:25 but his disciples took him by night, and let him down through the wall, lowering him in a basket.

Act 9:26 When Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join himself to the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple.

Act 9:27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared to them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus.

Act 9:28 He was with them entering into Jerusalem,

Act 9:29 preaching boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus. He spoke and disputed against the Hellenists, but they were seeking to kill him.

Act 9:30 When the brothers knew it, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him off to Tarsus.

Act 9:31 So the assemblies throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria had peace, and were built up. They were multiplied, walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

Act 9:32 It happened, as Peter went throughout all those parts, he came down also to the saints who lived at Lydda.

Act 9:33 There he found a certain man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years, because he was paralyzed.

Act 9:34 Peter said to him, "Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed!" Immediately he arose.

Act 9:35 All who lived at Lydda and in Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.

Act 9:36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which when translated, means Dorcas. This woman was full of good works and acts of mercy which she did.

Act 9:37 It happened in those days that she fell sick, and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in an upper chamber.

Act 9:38 As Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, hearing that Peter was there, sent two men to him, imploring him not to delay in coming to them.

Act 9:39 Peter got up and went with them. When he had come, they brought him into the upper chamber. All the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made while she was with them.

Act 9:40 Peter put them all out, and kneeled down and prayed. Turning to the body, he said, "Tabitha, get up!" She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

Act 9:41 He gave her his hand, and raised her up. Calling the saints and widows, he presented her alive.

Act 9:42 And it became known throughout all Joppa, and many believed in the Lord.

Act 9:43 It happened, that he stayed many days in Joppa with one Simon, a tanner.


Jul. 14

Acts 10

Act 10:1 Now there was a certain man in Caesarea, Cornelius by name, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment,

Act 10:2 a devout man, and one who feared God with all his house, who gave gifts for the needy generously to the people, and always prayed to God.

Act 10:3 At about the ninth hour of the day, he clearly saw in a vision an angel of God coming to him, and saying to him, "Cornelius!"

Act 10:4 He, fastening his eyes on him, and being frightened, said, "What is it, Lord?" He said to him, "Your prayers and your gifts to the needy have gone up for a memorial before God.

Act 10:5 Now send men to Joppa, and get Simon, who is surnamed Peter.

Act 10:6 He lodges with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the seaside."

Act 10:7 When the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier of those who waited on him continually.

Act 10:8 Having explained everything to them, he sent them to Joppa.

Act 10:9 Now on the next day as they were on their journey, and got close to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon.

Act 10:10 He became hungry and desired to eat, but while they were preparing, he fell into a trance.

Act 10:11 He saw heaven opened and a certain container descending to him, like a great sheet let down by four corners on the earth,

Act 10:12 in which were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild animals, reptiles, and birds of the sky.

Act 10:13 A voice came to him, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat!"

Act 10:14 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean."

Act 10:15 A voice came to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed, you must not call unclean."

Act 10:16 This was done three times, and immediately the vessel was received up into heaven.

Act 10:17 Now while Peter was very perplexed in himself what the vision which he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon's house, stood before the gate,

Act 10:18 and called and asked whether Simon, who was surnamed Peter, was lodging there.

Act 10:19 While Peter was pondering the vision, the Spirit said to him, "Behold, three men seek you.

Act 10:20 But arise, get down, and go with them, doubting nothing; for I have sent them."

Act 10:21 Peter went down to the men, and said, "Behold, I am he whom you seek. Why have you come?"

Act 10:22 They said, "Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous man and one who fears God, and well spoken of by all the nation of the Jews, was directed by a holy angel to invite you to his house, and to listen to what you say."

Act 10:23 So he called them in and lodged them. On the next day Peter arose and went out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa accompanied him.

Act 10:24 On the next day they entered into Caesarea. Cornelius was waiting for them, having called together his relatives and his near friends.

Act 10:25 When it happened that Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell down at his feet, and worshiped him.

Act 10:26 But Peter raised him up, saying, "Stand up! I myself am also a man."

Act 10:27 As he talked with him, he went in and found many gathered together.

Act 10:28 He said to them, "You yourselves know how it is an unlawful thing for a man who is a Jew to join himself or come to one of another nation, but God has shown me that I shouldn't call any man unholy or unclean.

Act 10:29 Therefore also I came without complaint when I was sent for. I ask therefore, why did you send for me?"

Act 10:30 Cornelius said, "Four days ago, I was fasting until this hour, and at the ninth hour, I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

Act 10:31 and said, 'Cornelius, your prayer is heard, and your gifts to the needy are remembered in the sight of God.

Act 10:32 Send therefore to Joppa, and summon Simon, who is surnamed Peter. He lodges in the house of Simon a tanner, by the seaside. When he comes, he will speak to you.'

Act 10:33 Therefore I sent to you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now therefore we are all here present in the sight of God to hear all things that have been commanded you by God."

Act 10:34 Peter opened his mouth and said, "Truly I perceive that God doesn't show favoritism;

Act 10:35 but in every nation he who fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.

Act 10:36 The word which he sent to the children of Israel, preaching good news of peace by Jesus Christ-he is Lord of all-

Act 10:37 that spoken word you yourselves know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;

Act 10:38 even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.

Act 10:39 We are witnesses of everything he did both in the country of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they also killed, hanging him on a tree.

Act 10:40 God raised him up the third day, and gave him to be revealed,

Act 10:41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen before by God, to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

Act 10:42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that this is he who is appointed by God as the Judge of the living and the dead.

Act 10:43 All the prophets testify about him, that through his name everyone who believes in him will receive remission of sins."

Act 10:44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all those who heard the word.

Act 10:45 They of the circumcision who believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was also poured out on the Gentiles.

Act 10:46 For they heard them speaking in other languages and magnifying God. Then Peter answered,

Act 10:47 "Can any man forbid the water, that these who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we should not be baptized?"

Act 10:48 He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay some days.