5/28/21

WE GAVE NO SUCH COMMANDMENT! by steve finnell

 

http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com/2016/11/we-gave-no-such-commandment-steve.html

WE GAVE NO SUCH COMMANDMENT!  by steve finnell

Are there doctrines being preached today that the apostles did not command?

Acts 15:1-24 And certain men came down from Judea and taught the brethren, "Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.".......24 Since we have heard that some who went out from us have troubled you with words, unsettling your souls, saying, 'You must be circumcised and keep the law'---to whom we gave no such commandment---

It could be said today that certain men are teaching doctrines that the apostles did not command.

1. Certain men are teaching that you saved are by faith alone; that water baptism is not essential in order to be saved. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

2. Certain men are teaching that we are saved by grace alone; that God selects certain predestined individuals for salvation and that all others will burn in hell. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

3. Certain men are teaching that believing in Jesus is one of many ways to be saved. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

4. Certain men are teaching the men are guilty of the sin of Adam and therefore need to be baptized as infants to have their sins washed away. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

5. Certain men are teaching that God authorized a Pope to be head of the church here on earth. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

6. Certain men are teaching that men cannot seek God and that they have no free-will. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

7. Certain men are teaching that you have to speak in tongues as a sign of your salvation. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

8. Certain men are teaching that God approves of interdenominational and inter-religious worship. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

9. Certain men are teaching the Jesus is not the only mediator between man and God. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

10. Certain men say God did not create the earth in six twenty four hour days; that God took billions of years using theistic evolution. [The apostles gave no such commandment.]

11. Certain men are teaching that women have the right to kill their unborn babies.[The apostles gave no such commandment.]

Who Is In Control? by Sandra F. Cobble

 http://www.oldpaths.com/Archive/Cobble/Sandra/Fontaine/1933/control.html

 Who Is In Control?

Have you ever really considered that no one can control your thoughts? Oh yes, others may control your physical body. And yes, others may control even your speech. But without your consent, no one can control your thoughts.

Now let us look at some of the implications involved. If you are the only one who can control your thoughts, does not this indicate that you are the only one who can control your attitudes. You do have a choice of whether to view life with a positive or with a negative attitude. It is true you cannot control all the circumstances of your life, but you are the only one who controls your attitude toward those circumstances. You, and you only, are the one who decides whether to view the circumstances of your life with a positive or with a negative attitude. Unfortunately, many people choose to view life with a negative attitude.

But, you say, "You do not know the circumstances of my life. There is no other way to view the circumstances of my life but with a negative attitude." Wrong! There is another way.

No, I do not know the circumstances of your life. But I do know how bad life can be. I do know what it is to be raised in the ghetto and in a home in which I was not wanted. I do know that "the system" (teachers, store clerks and the law) seems against you. I do know what it is to be told, "It would be a waste of money to educate you; you will just end up washing dishes somewhere," knowing that dishwashing was the final step before hitting skidrow. I do know what it is to have a store clerk demand to see your money before showing you the merchandise you want to buy. And I know what it is to be questioned by the law just because they can tell by your clothes that you are out of your section of town. I also know what it means to be utterly without hope that those circumstances of my life would ever change for the better.

No, I do not know the circumstances of your life. But, yes, I do know much about the curves that life can throw you. And I also know what it is to handle those curves with a bitter attitude toward life. I also know what it means to carry that bitter attitude long after the circumstances of my life had changed.

I also know what it is to face the curves life throws at you with a positive attitude. I know what it is to begin to have hope of a better life after nearly 50 years, and I also know what it is to have all that hope dashed to the ground by one act of a drunk driver. I know what it is to be a honor student already accepted to a college with very high academic standards, and following the accident to realize that I could probably not even handle college work and not knowing if I would ever be better. I do know what it is to be very active (I rode a motorskooter back and forth to classes) and to wake up permanently paralyzed from my rib-cage down. I do know what it is to realize that I can never return to my own home (my small trailer will not accommodate a wheelchair). I do know what it means to learn that the drunk driver who hit me from behind only got three years in prison, while I face a life sentence in a wheelchair, possibly even confined to a nursing home for the rest of my life. Yes, I do know the curves that life can throw at you, and I also know that it is possible, no matter how bad those curves may seem, to face them with a positive attitude: "Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy -- meditate on these things" (Philippians 4:8).

And I also know that like most things people tell you, it is easier said than done! The first step towards viewing the circumstances of life with a positive attitude is to realistically analyze those circumstances. Is there any reasonable way you can alter your circumstances? For example, suppose you and your friend have had a fight and he is totally at fault. If you really value the relationship, you go ahead and make the first move to get back together. That does not mean that you accept any blame. Just give him an opportunity to "save face". It is difficult and embarrassing for many people to acknowledge being in the wrong.

But let us be realistic. Many circumstances of life are beyond our control. What do we do then? Accept the facts as they are and go on from there! Instead of wasting energy on what you cannot do, start looking around for what you can do! For example, my spinal cord is severed. I would be wasting my energy if I spent most of my time wishing I could walk again. I never will. Instead, I am trying to strengthen those muscles I can use so I can make more efficient use of my wheelchair.

No, it is not easy to view many of the circumstances of life with a positive attitude. It takes practice. It takes hard work. And you will strike out many times. But let me ask you a question. Who is in control -- the pitcher who throws the curve ball or the batter who can hit that curve ball? Be in control of your own life! Learn to hit the curves that life throws at you!

Sandra F. Cobble

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

 

Bible Reading for May 28 - 30 by Gary Rose

 

 

Bible Reading for May 28 - 30

World  English  Bible

 

May 28

Judges 13, 14

Jdg 13:1 The children of Israel again did that which was evil in the sight of Yahweh; and Yahweh delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years.

Jdg 13:2 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and didn't bear.

Jdg 13:3 The angel of Yahweh appeared to the woman, and said to her, See now, you are barren, and don't bear; but you shall conceive, and bear a son.

Jdg 13:4 Now therefore please beware and drink no wine nor strong drink, and don't eat any unclean thing:

Jdg 13:5 for, behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb: and he shall begin to save Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.

Jdg 13:6 Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came to me, and his face was like the face of the angel of God, very awesome; and I didn't ask him whence he was, neither did he tell me his name:

Jdg 13:7 but he said to me, Behold, you shall conceive, and bear a son; and now drink no wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing; for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.

Jdg 13:8 Then Manoah entreated Yahweh, and said, Oh, Lord, please let the man of God whom you did send come again to us, and teach us what we shall do to the child who shall be born.

Jdg 13:9 God listened to the voice of Manoah; and the angel of God came again to the woman as she sat in the field: but Manoah, her husband, wasn't with her.

Jdg 13:10 The woman made haste, and ran, and told her husband, and said to him, Behold, the man has appeared to me, who came to me the other day.

Jdg 13:11 Manoah arose, and went after his wife, and came to the man, and said to him, Are you the man who spoke to the woman? He said, I am.

Jdg 13:12 Manoah said, Now let your words happen: what shall be the ordering of the child, and how shall we do to him?

Jdg 13:13 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Of all that I said to the woman let her beware.

Jdg 13:14 She may not eat of anything that comes of the vine, neither let her drink wine or strong drink, nor eat any unclean thing; all that I commanded her let her observe.

Jdg 13:15 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, I pray you, let us detain you, that we may make ready a kid for you.

Jdg 13:16 The angel of Yahweh said to Manoah, Though you detain me, I won't eat of your bread; and if you will make ready a burnt offering, you must offer it to Yahweh. For Manoah didn't know that he was the angel of Yahweh.

Jdg 13:17 Manoah said to the angel of Yahweh, What is your name, that when your words happen, we may honor you?

Jdg 13:18 The angel of Yahweh said to him, Why do you ask after my name, seeing it is wonderful?

Jdg 13:19 So Manoah took the kid with the meal offering, and offered it on the rock to Yahweh: and the angel did wondrously, and Manoah and his wife looked on.

Jdg 13:20 For it happened, when the flame went up toward the sky from off the altar, that the angel of Yahweh ascended in the flame of the altar: and Manoah and his wife looked on; and they fell on their faces to the ground.

Jdg 13:21 But the angel of Yahweh did no more appear to Manoah or to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was the angel of Yahweh.

Jdg 13:22 Manoah said to his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Jdg 13:23 But his wife said to him, If Yahweh were pleased to kill us, he wouldn't have received a burnt offering and a meal offering at our hand, neither would he have shown us all these things, nor would at this time have told such things as these.

Jdg 13:24 The woman bore a son, and named him Samson: and the child grew, and Yahweh blessed him.

Jdg 13:25 The Spirit of Yahweh began to move him in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol.


Jdg 14:1 Samson went down to Timnah, and saw a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines.

Jdg 14:2 He came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnah of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me as wife.

Jdg 14:3 Then his father and his mother said to him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of your brothers, or among all my people, that you go to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? Samson said to his father, Get her for me; for she pleases me well.

Jdg 14:4 But his father and his mother didn't know that it was of Yahweh; for he sought an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines had rule over Israel.

Jdg 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnah, and came to the vineyards of Timnah: and behold, a young lion roared against him.

Jdg 14:6 The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he tore him as he would have torn a kid; and he had nothing in his hand: but he didn't tell his father or his mother what he had done.

Jdg 14:7 He went down, and talked with the woman, and she pleased Samson well.

Jdg 14:8 After a while he returned to take her; and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and behold, there was a swarm of bees in the body of the lion, and honey.

Jdg 14:9 He took it into his hands, and went on, eating as he went; and he came to his father and mother, and gave to them, and they ate: but he didn't tell them that he had taken the honey out of the body of the lion.

Jdg 14:10 His father went down to the woman: and Samson made there a feast; for so used the young men to do.

Jdg 14:11 It happened, when they saw him, that they brought thirty companions to be with him.

Jdg 14:12 Samson said to them, Let me tell you a riddle now. If you can declare it to me within the seven days of the feast, and find it out, then I will give you thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing;

Jdg 14:13 but if you can't declare it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing. They said to him, Put forth your riddle, that we may hear it.

Jdg 14:14 He said to them, Out of the eater came forth food. Out of the strong came forth sweetness. They couldn't in three days declare the riddle.

Jdg 14:15 It happened on the seventh day, that they said to Samson's wife, Entice your husband, that he may declare to us the riddle, lest we burn you and your father's house with fire: have you called us to impoverish us? is it not so?

Jdg 14:16 Samson's wife wept before him, and said, You just hate me, and don't love me: you have put forth a riddle to the children of my people, and haven't told it me. He said to her, Behold, I haven't told it my father nor my mother, and shall I tell you?

Jdg 14:17 She wept before him the seven days, while their feast lasted: and it happened on the seventh day, that he told her, because she pressed him sore; and she told the riddle to the children of her people.

Jdg 14:18 The men of the city said to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, What is sweeter than honey? and what is stronger than a lion? He said to them, If you hadn't plowed with my heifer, you wouldn't have found out my riddle.

Jdg 14:19 The Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and struck thirty men of them, and took their spoil, and gave the changes of clothing to those who declared the riddle. His anger was kindled, and he went up to his father's house.

Jdg 14:20 But Samson's wife was given to his companion, whom he had used as his friend. 

 

May 29

Judges 15, 16

Jdg 15:1 But it happened after a while, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber. But her father wouldn't allow him to go in.

Jdg 15:2 Her father said, I most certainly thought that you had utterly hated her; therefore I gave her to your companion: isn't her younger sister more beautiful than she? Please take her, instead.

Jdg 15:3 Samson said to them, This time shall I be blameless in regard of the Philistines, when I do them a mischief.

Jdg 15:4 Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between every two tails.

Jdg 15:5 When he had set the brands on fire, he let them go into the standing grain of the Philistines, and burnt up both the shocks and the standing grain, and also the olive groves.

Jdg 15:6 Then the Philistines said, Who has done this? They said, Samson, the son-in-law of the Timnite, because he has taken his wife, and given her to his companion. The Philistines came up, and burnt her and her father with fire.

Jdg 15:7 Samson said to them, If you behave like this, surely I will be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.

Jdg 15:8 He struck them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and lived in the cleft of the rock of Etam.

Jdg 15:9 Then the Philistines went up, and encamped in Judah, and spread themselves in Lehi.

Jdg 15:10 The men of Judah said, Why have you come up against us? They said, To bind Samson are we come up, to do to him as he has done to us.

Jdg 15:11 Then three thousand men of Judah went down to the cleft of the rock of Etam, and said to Samson, "Don't you know that the Philistines are rulers over us? What then is this that you have done to us?" He said to them, As they did to me, so have I done to them.

Jdg 15:12 They said to him, We have come down to bind you, that we may deliver you into the hand of the Philistines. Samson said to them, Swear to me that you will not fall on me yourselves.

Jdg 15:13 They spoke to him, saying, No; but we will bind you fast, and deliver you into their hand: but surely we will not kill you. They bound him with two new ropes, and brought him up from the rock.

Jdg 15:14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines shouted as they met him: and the Spirit of Yahweh came mightily on him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands dropped from off his hands.

Jdg 15:15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and struck a thousand men therewith.

Jdg 15:16 Samson said, With the jawbone of a donkey, heaps on heaps, With the jawbone of a donkey I have struck a thousand men.

Jdg 15:17 It happened, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand; and that place was called Ramath Lehi.

Jdg 15:18 He was very thirsty, and called on Yahweh, and said, You have given this great deliverance by the hand of your servant; and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised.

Jdg 15:19 But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi, and water came out of it. When he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: therefore its name was called En Hakkore, which is in Lehi, to this day.

Jdg 15:20 He judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.


Jdg 16:1 Samson went to Gaza, and saw there a prostitute, and went in to her.

Jdg 16:2 It was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come here. They surrounded him, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, Let be until morning light, then we will kill him.

Jdg 16:3 Samson lay until midnight, and arose at midnight, and laid hold of the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and plucked them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of the mountain that is before Hebron.

Jdg 16:4 It came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.

Jdg 16:5 The lords of the Philistines came up to her, and said to her, Entice him, and see in which his great strength lies, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him: and we will each give you of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

Jdg 16:6 Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, Please, in which your great strength lies, and with which you might be bound to afflict you.

Jdg 16:7 Samson said to her, If they bind me with seven green cords that were never dried, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.

Jdg 16:8 Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven green cords which had not been dried, and she bound him with them.

Jdg 16:9 Now she had an ambush waiting in the inner chamber. She said to him, "The Philistines are on you, Samson!" He broke the cords, as a string of tow is broken when it touches the fire. So his strength was not known.

Jdg 16:10 Delilah said to Samson, Behold, you have mocked me, and told me lies: now tell me, Please, with which you might be bound.

Jdg 16:11 He said to her, If they only bind me with new ropes with which no work has been done, then shall I become weak, and be as another man.

Jdg 16:12 So Delilah took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson. The ambush was waiting in the inner chamber. He broke them off his arms like a thread.

Jdg 16:13 Delilah said to Samson, Until now, you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me with what you might be bound. He said to her, If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web.

Jdg 16:14 She fastened it with the pin, and said to him, The Philistines are on you, Samson. He awakened out of his sleep, and plucked away the pin of the beam, and the web.

Jdg 16:15 She said to him, How can you say, I love you, when your heart is not with me? you have mocked me these three times, and have not told me in which your great strength lies.

Jdg 16:16 It happened, when she pressed him daily with her words, and urged him, that his soul was troubled to death.

Jdg 16:17 He told her all his heart, and said to her, "No razor has ever come on my head; for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother's womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I will become weak, and be like any other man."

Jdg 16:18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, Come up this once, for he has told me all his heart. Then the lords of the Philistines came up to her, and brought the money in their hand.

Jdg 16:19 She made him sleep on her knees; and she called for a man, and shaved off the seven locks of his head; and she began to afflict him, and his strength went from him.

Jdg 16:20 She said, The Philistines are on you, Samson. He awoke out of his sleep, and said, I will go out as at other times, and shake myself free. But he didn't know that Yahweh had departed from him.

Jdg 16:21 The Philistines laid hold on him, and put out his eyes; and they brought him down to Gaza, and bound him with fetters of brass; and he ground at the mill in the prison.

Jdg 16:22 However the hair of his head began to grow again after he was shaved.

Jdg 16:23 The lords of the Philistines gathered them together to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god, and to rejoice; for they said, Our god has delivered Samson our enemy into our hand.

Jdg 16:24 When the people saw him, they praised their god; for they said, Our god has delivered into our hand our enemy, and the destroyer of our country, who has slain many of us.

Jdg 16:25 It happened, when their hearts were merry, that they said, Call for Samson, that he may make us sport. They called for Samson out of the prison; and he made sport before them. They set him between the pillars:

Jdg 16:26 and Samson said to the boy who held him by the hand, Allow me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house rests, that I may lean on them.

Jdg 16:27 Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were on the roof about three thousand men and women, who saw while Samson made sport.

Jdg 16:28 Samson called to Yahweh, and said, Lord Yahweh, remember me, Please, and strengthen me, Please, only this once, God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes.

Jdg 16:29 Samson took hold of the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and leaned on them, the one with his right hand, and the other with his left.

Jdg 16:30 Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. He bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell on the lords, and on all the people who were therein. So the dead that he killed at his death were more than those who he killed in his life.

Jdg 16:31 Then his brothers and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the burial site of Manoah his father. He judged Israel twenty years. 

 

May 30

Judges 17, 18

Jdg 17:1 There was a man of the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Micah.

Jdg 17:2 He said to his mother, The eleven hundred pieces of silver that were taken from you, about which you did utter a curse, and did also speak it in my ears, behold, the silver is with me; I took it. His mother said, Blessed be my son of Yahweh.

Jdg 17:3 He restored the eleven hundred pieces of silver to his mother; and his mother said, I most certainly dedicate the silver to Yahweh from my hand for my son, to make an engraved image and a molten image: now therefore I will restore it to you.

Jdg 17:4 When he restored the money to his mother, his mother took two hundred pieces of silver, and gave them to the founder, who made of it an engraved image and a molten image: and it was in the house of Micah.

Jdg 17:5 The man Micah had a house of gods, and he made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest.

Jdg 17:6 In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

Jdg 17:7 There was a young man out of Bethlehem Judah, of the family of Judah, who was a Levite; and he sojourned there.

Jdg 17:8 The man departed out of the city, out of Bethlehem Judah, to sojourn where he could find a place, and he came to the hill country of Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he traveled.

Jdg 17:9 Micah said to him, Where did you come from? He said to him, I am a Levite of Bethlehem Judah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place.

Jdg 17:10 Micah said to him, Dwell with me, and be to me a father and a priest, and I will give you ten pieces of silver by the year, and a suit of clothing, and your food. So the Levite went in.

Jdg 17:11 The Levite was content to dwell with the man; and the young man was to him as one of his sons.

Jdg 17:12 Micah consecrated the Levite, and the young man became his priest, and was in the house of Micah.

Jdg 17:13 Then said Micah, Now know I that Yahweh will do me good, seeing I have a Levite to my priest.


Jdg 18:1 In those days there was no king in Israel: and in those days the tribe of the Danites sought them an inheritance to dwell in; for to that day their inheritance had not fallen to them among the tribes of Israel.

Jdg 18:2 The children of Dan sent of their family five men from their whole number, men of valor, from Zorah, and from Eshtaol, to spy out the land, and to search it; and they said to them, Go, search the land. They came to the hill country of Ephraim, to the house of Micah, and lodged there.

Jdg 18:3 When they were by the house of Micah, they knew the voice of the young man the Levite; and they turned aside there, and said to him, Who brought you here? and what do you in this place? and what do you have here?

Jdg 18:4 He said to them, Thus and thus has Micah dealt with me, and he has hired me, and I am become his priest.

Jdg 18:5 They said to him, Ask counsel, please, of God, that we may know whether our way which we go shall be prosperous.

Jdg 18:6 The priest said to them, Go in peace: before Yahweh is your way wherein you go.

Jdg 18:7 Then the five men departed, and came to Laish, and saw the people who were therein, how they lived in security, after the manner of the Sidonians, quiet and secure; for there was none in the land, possessing authority, that might put them to shame in anything, and they were far from the Sidonians, and had no dealings with any man.

Jdg 18:8 They came to their brothers to Zorah and Eshtaol: and their brothers said to them, What do you say?

Jdg 18:9 They said, Arise, and let us go up against them; for we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good: and are you still? don't be slothful to go and to enter in to possess the land.

Jdg 18:10 When you go, you shall come to a people secure, and the land is large; for God has given it into your hand, a place where there is no want of anything that is in the earth.

Jdg 18:11 There set forth from there of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men girt with weapons of war.

Jdg 18:12 They went up, and encamped in Kiriath Jearim, in Judah: therefore they called that place Mahaneh Dan, to this day; behold, it is behind Kiriath Jearim.

Jdg 18:13 They passed there to the hill country of Ephraim, and came to the house of Micah.

Jdg 18:14 Then the five men who went to spy out the country of Laish answered, and said to their brothers, Do you know that there is in these houses an ephod, and teraphim, and an engraved image, and a molten image? now therefore consider what you have to do.

Jdg 18:15 They turned aside there, and came to the house of the young man the Levite, even to the house of Micah, and asked him of his welfare.

Jdg 18:16 The six hundred men girt with their weapons of war, who were of the children of Dan, stood by the entrance of the gate.

Jdg 18:17 The five men who went to spy out the land went up, and came in there, and took the engraved image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood by the entrance of the gate with the six hundred men girt with weapons of war.

Jdg 18:18 When these went into Micah's house, and fetched the engraved image, the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image, the priest said to them, What do you?

Jdg 18:19 They said to him, Hold your peace, put your hand on your mouth, and go with us, and be to us a father and a priest: is it better for you to be priest to the house of one man, or to be priest to a tribe and a family in Israel?

Jdg 18:20 The priest's heart was glad, and he took the ephod, and the teraphim, and the engraved image, and went in the midst of the people.

Jdg 18:21 So they turned and departed, and put the little ones and the livestock and the goods before them.

Jdg 18:22 When they were a good way from the house of Micah, the men who were in the houses near to Micah's house were gathered together, and overtook the children of Dan.

Jdg 18:23 They cried to the children of Dan. They turned their faces, and said to Micah, What ails you, that you come with such a company?

Jdg 18:24 He said, you have taken away my gods which I made, and the priest, and have gone away, and what have I more? and how then do you say to me, What ails you?

Jdg 18:25 The children of Dan said to him, "Don't let your voice be heard among us, lest angry fellows fall on you, and you lose your life, with the lives of your household."

Jdg 18:26 The children of Dan went their way: and when Micah saw that they were too strong for him, he turned and went back to his house.

Jdg 18:27 They took that which Micah had made, and the priest whom he had, and came to Laish, to a people quiet and secure, and struck them with the edge of the sword; and they burnt the city with fire.

Jdg 18:28 There was no deliverer, because it was far from Sidon, and they had no dealings with any man; and it was in the valley that lies by Beth Rehob. They built the city, and lived therein.

Jdg 18:29 They called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan their father, who was born to Israel: however the name of the city was Laish at the first.

Jdg 18:30 The children of Dan set up for themselves the engraved image: and Jonathan, the son of Gershom, the son of Moses, he and his sons were priests to the tribe of the Danites until the day of the captivity of the land.

Jdg 18:31 So they set them up Micah's engraved image which he made, all the time that the house of God was in Shiloh. 

 

May 28, 29

John 7

Joh 7:1 After these things, Jesus was walking in Galilee, for he wouldn't walk in Judea, because the Jews sought to kill him.

Joh 7:2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand.

Joh 7:3 His brothers therefore said to him, "Depart from here, and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do.

Joh 7:4 For no one does anything in secret, and himself seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world."

Joh 7:5 For even his brothers didn't believe in him.

Joh 7:6 Jesus therefore said to them, "My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready.

Joh 7:7 The world can't hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil.

Joh 7:8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled."

Joh 7:9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.

Joh 7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.

Joh 7:11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, "Where is he?"

Joh 7:12 There was much murmuring among the multitudes concerning him. Some said, "He is a good man." Others said, "Not so, but he leads the multitude astray."

Joh 7:13 Yet no one spoke openly of him for fear of the Jews.

Joh 7:14 But when it was now the midst of the feast, Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

Joh 7:15 The Jews therefore marveled, saying, "How does this man know letters, having never been educated?"

Joh 7:16 Jesus therefore answered them, "My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.

Joh 7:17 If anyone desires to do his will, he will know about the teaching, whether it is from God, or if I am speaking from myself.

Joh 7:18 He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of him who sent him is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

Joh 7:19 Didn't Moses give you the law, and yet none of you keeps the law? Why do you seek to kill me?"

Joh 7:20 The multitude answered, "You have a demon! Who seeks to kill you?"

Joh 7:21 Jesus answered them, "I did one work, and you all marvel because of it.

Joh 7:22 Moses has given you circumcision (not that it is of Moses, but of the fathers), and on the Sabbath you circumcise a boy.

Joh 7:23 If a boy receives circumcision on the Sabbath, that the law of Moses may not be broken, are you angry with me, because I made a man completely healthy on the Sabbath?

Joh 7:24 Don't judge according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

Joh 7:25 Therefore some of them of Jerusalem said, "Isn't this he whom they seek to kill?

Joh 7:26 Behold, he speaks openly, and they say nothing to him. Can it be that the rulers indeed know that this is truly the Christ?

Joh 7:27 However we know where this man comes from, but when the Christ comes, no one will know where he comes from."

Joh 7:28 Jesus therefore cried out in the temple, teaching and saying, "You both know me, and know where I am from. I have not come of myself, but he who sent me is true, whom you don't know.

Joh 7:29 I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me."

Joh 7:30 They sought therefore to take him; but no one laid a hand on him, because his hour had not yet come.

Joh 7:31 But of the multitude, many believed in him. They said, "When the Christ comes, he won't do more signs than those which this man has done, will he?"

Joh 7:32 The Pharisees heard the multitude murmuring these things concerning him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

Joh 7:33 Then Jesus said, "I will be with you a little while longer, then I go to him who sent me.

Joh 7:34 You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come."

Joh 7:35 The Jews therefore said among themselves, "Where will this man go that we won't find him? Will he go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks?

Joh 7:36 What is this word that he said, 'You will seek me, and won't find me; and where I am, you can't come'? "

Joh 7:37 Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink!

Joh 7:38 He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water."

Joh 7:39 But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. For the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus wasn't yet glorified.

Joh 7:40 Many of the multitude therefore, when they heard these words, said, "This is truly the prophet."

Joh 7:41 Others said, "This is the Christ." But some said, "What, does the Christ come out of Galilee?

Joh 7:42 Hasn't the Scripture said that the Christ comes of the seed of David, and from Bethlehem, the village where David was?"

Joh 7:43 So there arose a division in the multitude because of him.

Joh 7:44 Some of them would have arrested him, but no one laid hands on him.

Joh 7:45 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, "Why didn't you bring him?"

Joh 7:46 The officers answered, "No man ever spoke like this man!"

Joh 7:47 The Pharisees therefore answered them, "You aren't also led astray, are you?

Joh 7:48 Have any of the rulers believed in him, or of the Pharisees?

Joh 7:49 But this multitude that doesn't know the law is accursed."

Joh 7:50 Nicodemus (he who came to him by night, being one of them) said to them,

Joh 7:51 "Does our law judge a man, unless it first hears from him personally and knows what he does?"

Joh 7:52 They answered him, "Are you also from Galilee? Search, and see that no prophet has arisen out of Galilee."

Joh 7:53 Everyone went to his own house, 

 

May 30

John 8

Joh 8:1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

Joh 8:2 Now very early in the morning, he came again into the temple, and all the people came to him. He sat down, and taught them.

Joh 8:3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman taken in adultery. Having set her in the midst,

Joh 8:4 they told him, "Teacher, we found this woman in adultery, in the very act.

Joh 8:5 Now in our law, Moses commanded us to stone such. What then do you say about her?"

Joh 8:6 They said this testing him, that they might have something to accuse him of. But Jesus stooped down, and wrote on the ground with his finger.

Joh 8:7 But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her."

Joh 8:8 Again he stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground.

Joh 8:9 They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle.

Joh 8:10 Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, "Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?"

Joh 8:11 She said, "No one, Lord." Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more."

Joh 8:12 Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

Joh 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said to him, "You testify about yourself. Your testimony is not valid."

Joh 8:14 Jesus answered them, "Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from, and where I am going; but you don't know where I came from, or where I am going.

Joh 8:15 You judge according to the flesh. I judge no one.

Joh 8:16 Even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent me.

Joh 8:17 It's also written in your law that the testimony of two people is valid.

Joh 8:18 I am one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me."

Joh 8:19 They said therefore to him, "Where is your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither me, nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also."

Joh 8:20 Jesus spoke these words in the treasury, as he taught in the temple. Yet no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.

Joh 8:21 Jesus said therefore again to them, "I am going away, and you will seek me, and you will die in your sins. Where I go, you can't come."

Joh 8:22 The Jews therefore said, "Will he kill himself, that he says, 'Where I am going, you can't come?' "

Joh 8:23 He said to them, "You are from beneath. I am from above. You are of this world. I am not of this world.

Joh 8:24 I said therefore to you that you will die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am he, you will die in your sins."

Joh 8:25 They said therefore to him, "Who are you?" Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning.

Joh 8:26 I have many things to speak and to judge concerning you. However he who sent me is true; and the things which I heard from him, these I say to the world."

Joh 8:27 They didn't understand that he spoke to them about the Father.

Joh 8:28 Jesus therefore said to them, "When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and I do nothing of myself, but as my Father taught me, I say these things.

Joh 8:29 He who sent me is with me. The Father hasn't left me alone, for I always do the things that are pleasing to him."

Joh 8:30 As he spoke these things, many believed in him.

Joh 8:31 Jesus therefore said to those Jews who had believed him, "If you remain in my word, then you are truly my disciples.

Joh 8:32 You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

Joh 8:33 They answered him, "We are Abraham's seed, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How do you say, 'You will be made free?' "

Joh 8:34 Jesus answered them, "Most certainly I tell you, everyone who commits sin is the bondservant of sin.

Joh 8:35 A bondservant doesn't live in the house forever. A son remains forever.

Joh 8:36 If therefore the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.

Joh 8:37 I know that you are Abraham's seed, yet you seek to kill me, because my word finds no place in you.

Joh 8:38 I say the things which I have seen with my Father; and you also do the things which you have seen with your father."

Joh 8:39 They answered him, "Our father is Abraham." Jesus said to them, "If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham.

Joh 8:40 But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn't do this.

Joh 8:41 You do the works of your father." They said to him, "We were not born of sexual immorality. We have one Father, God."

Joh 8:42 Therefore Jesus said to them, "If God were your father, you would love me, for I came out and have come from God. For I haven't come of myself, but he sent me.

Joh 8:43 Why don't you understand my speech? Because you can't hear my word.

Joh 8:44 You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and doesn't stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks on his own; for he is a liar, and its father.

Joh 8:45 But because I tell the truth, you don't believe me.

Joh 8:46 Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

Joh 8:47 He who is of God hears the words of God. For this cause you don't hear, because you are not of God."

Joh 8:48 Then the Jews answered him, "Don't we say well that you are a Samaritan, and have a demon?"

Joh 8:49 Jesus answered, "I don't have a demon, but I honor my Father, and you dishonor me.

Joh 8:50 But I don't seek my own glory. There is one who seeks and judges.

Joh 8:51 Most certainly, I tell you, if a person keeps my word, he will never see death."

Joh 8:52 Then the Jews said to him, "Now we know that you have a demon. Abraham died, and the prophets; and you say, 'If a man keeps my word, he will never taste of death.'

Joh 8:53 Are you greater than our father, Abraham, who died? The prophets died. Who do you make yourself out to be?"

Joh 8:54 Jesus answered, "If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say that he is our God.

Joh 8:55 You have not known him, but I know him. If I said, 'I don't know him,' I would be like you, a liar. But I know him, and keep his word.

Joh 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day. He saw it, and was glad."

Joh 8:57 The Jews therefore said to him, "You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?"

Joh 8:58 Jesus said to them, "Most certainly, I tell you, before Abraham came into existence, I AM."

Joh 8:59 Therefore they took up stones to throw at him, but Jesus was hidden, and went out of the temple, having gone through the midst of them, and so passed by.