bookmark_borderMay 28, 2020

Proverbs 13:23–25 (CSB)

23 The uncultivated field of the poor yields abundant food, 

but without justice, it is swept away. 

24 The one who will not use the rod hates his son, 

but the one who loves him disciplines him diligently. 

25 A righteous person eats until he is satisfied, 

but the stomach of the wicked is empty.

Luke 18:15–34 (CSB)

BLESSING THE CHILDREN

15 People were bringing infants to him so he might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 

THE RICH YOUNG RULER

18 A ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 

19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked him. “No one is good except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery; do not murder; do not steal; do not bear false witness; honor your father and mother.,

21 “I have kept all these from my youth,” he said. 

22 When Jesus heard this, he told him, “You still lack one thing: Sell all you have and distribute it to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

23 After he heard this, he became extremely sad, because he was very rich. 

POSSESSIONS AND THE KINGDOM

24 Seeing that he became sad, Jesus said, “How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God! 25 For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 

26 Those who heard this asked, “Then who can be saved?” 

27 He replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.”

28 Then Peter said, “Look, we have left what we had and followed you.” 

29 So he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left a house, wife or brothers or sisters, parents or children because of the kingdom of God, 30 who will not receive many times more at this time, and eternal life in the age to come.” 

THE THIRD PREDICTION OF HIS DEATH

31 Then he took the Twelve aside and told them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. Everything that is written through the prophets about the Son of Man will be accomplished. 32 For he will be handed over to the Gentiles, and he will be mocked, insulted, spit on; 33 and after they flog him, they will kill him, and he will rise on the third day.”

34 They understood none of these things. The meaning of the saying, was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

bookmark_borderMay 27, 2020

Psalm 70 (CSB)

Psalm 70

A CALL FOR DELIVERANCE

For the choir director. Of David. To bring remembrance. 

God, hurry to rescue me. 

Lord, hurry to help me! 

Let those who seek to kill me 

be disgraced and confounded; 

let those who wish me harm 

be turned back and humiliated. 

Let those who say, “Aha, aha!” 

retreat because of their shame. 

Let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; 

let those who love your salvation 

continually say, “God is great!” 

I am oppressed and needy; 

hurry to me, God. 

You are my help and my deliverer; 

Lord, do not delay.

Proverbs 13:19–22 (CSB)

19 Desire fulfilled is sweet to the taste, 

but to turn from evil is detestable to fools. 

20 The one who walks with the wise will become wise, 

but a companion of fools will suffer harm. 

21 Disaster pursues sinners, 

but good rewards the righteous. 

22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his grandchildren, 

but the sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.

Luke 17:11–18:14 (CSB)

TEN MEN HEALED

11 While traveling to Jerusalem, he passed between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he entered a village, ten men with leprosy,met him. They stood at a distance 13 and raised their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” 

14 When he saw them, he told them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And while they were going, they were cleansed. 

15 But one of them, seeing that he was healed, returned and, with a loud voice, gave glory to God. 16 He fell facedown at his feet, thanking him. And he was a Samaritan. 

17 Then Jesus said, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Didn’t any return to give glory to God except this foreigner?” 19 And he told him, “Get up and go on your way. Your faith has saved you.”,

THE COMING OF THE KINGDOM

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with something observable; 21 no one will say, ‘See here!’ or ‘There!’ For you see, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

22 Then he told the disciples: “The days are coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you won’t see it. 23 They will say to you, ‘See there!’ or ‘See here!’ Don’t follow or run after them. 24 For as the lightning flashes from horizon to horizon and lights up the sky, so the Son of Man will be in his day. 25 But first it is necessary that he suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man: 27 People went on eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day Noah boarded the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 It will be the same as it was in the days of Lot: People went on eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting, building. 29 But on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be like that on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day, a man on the housetop, whose belongings are in the house, must not come down to get them. Likewise the man who is in the field must not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to make his life secure, will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”

37 “Where, Lord?” they asked him. 

He said to them, “Where the corpse is, there also the vultures will be gathered.” 

THE PARABLE OF THE PERSISTENT WIDOW

18 Now he told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up. “There was a judge in a certain town who didn’t fear God or respect people. And a widow in that town kept coming to him, saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ 

“For a while he was unwilling, but later he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or respect people, yet because this widow keeps pestering me, I will give her justice, so that she doesn’t wear me out by her persistent coming.’ ” 

Then the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. Will not God grant justice to his elect who cry out to him day and night? Will he delay helping them? I tell you that he will swiftly grant them justice. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” 

THE PARABLE OF THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR

He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee was standing and praying like this about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I’m not like other people—greedy, unrighteous, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth, of everything I get.’ 

13 “But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes to heaven but kept striking his chest and saying, ‘God, have mercy on me,, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this one went down to his house justified rather than the other; because everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

bookmark_borderMay 26, 2020

Psalm 69 (CSB)

Psalm 69

A PLEA FOR RESCUE

For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” Of David. 

Save me, God, 

for the water has risen to my neck. 

I have sunk in deep mud, and there is no footing; 

I have come into deep water, 

and a flood sweeps over me. 

I am weary from my crying; 

my throat is parched. 

My eyes fail, looking for my God. 

Those who hate me without cause 

are more numerous than the hairs of my head; 

my deceitful enemies, who would destroy me, 

are powerful. 

Though I did not steal, I must repay. 

God, you know my foolishness, 

and my guilty acts are not hidden from you. 

Do not let those who put their hope in you 

be disgraced because of me, 

Lord God of Armies; 

do not let those who seek you 

be humiliated because of me, 

God of Israel. 

For I have endured insults because of you, 

and shame has covered my face. 

I have become a stranger to my brothers 

and a foreigner to my mother’s sons 

because zeal for your house has consumed me, 

and the insults of those who insult you 

have fallen on me. 

10 I mourned and fasted, 

but it brought me insults. 

11 I wore sackcloth as my clothing, 

and I was a joke to them. 

12 Those who sit at the city gate talk about me, 

and drunkards make up songs about me. 

13 But as for me, Lord, 

my prayer to you is for a time of favor. 

In your abundant, faithful love, God, 

answer me with your sure salvation. 

14 Rescue me from the miry mud; don’t let me sink. 

Let me be rescued from those who hate me 

and from the deep water. 

15 Don’t let the floodwaters sweep over me 

or the deep swallow me up; 

don’t let the Pit close its mouth over me. 

16 Answer me, Lord, 

for your faithful love is good. 

In keeping with your abundant compassion, 

turn to me. 

17 Don’t hide your face from your servant, 

for I am in distress. 

Answer me quickly! 

18 Come near to me and redeem me; 

ransom me because of my enemies. 

19 You know the insults I endure—

my shame and disgrace. 

You are aware of all my adversaries. 

20 Insults have broken my heart, 

and I am in despair. 

I waited for sympathy, 

but there was none; 

for comforters, but found no one. 

21 Instead, they gave me gall for my food, 

and for my thirst 

they gave me vinegar to drink. 

22 Let their table set before them be a snare, 

and let it be a trap for their allies. 

23 Let their eyes grow too dim to see, 

and let their hips continually quake. 

24 Pour out your rage on them, 

and let your burning anger overtake them. 

25 Make their fortification desolate; 

may no one live in their tents. 

26 For they persecute the one you struck 

and talk about the pain of those you wounded. 

27 Charge them with crime on top of crime; 

do not let them share in your righteousness. 

28 Let them be erased from the book of life 

and not be recorded with the righteous. 

29 But as for me—poor and in pain—

let your salvation protect me, God. 

30 I will praise God’s name with song 

and exalt him with thanksgiving. 

31 That will please the Lord more than an ox, 

more than a bull with horns and hooves. 

32 The humble will see it and rejoice. 

You who seek God, take heart! 

33 For the Lord listens to the needy 

and does not despise 

his own who are prisoners. 

34 Let heaven and earth praise him, 

the seas and everything that moves in them, 

35 for God will save Zion 

and build up the cities of Judah. 

They will live there and possess it. 

36 The descendants of his servants will inherit it, 

and those who love his name will live in it.

Proverbs 13:16–18 (CSB)

16 Every sensible person acts knowledgeably, 

but a fool displays his stupidity. 

17 A wicked envoy falls into trouble, 

but a trustworthy courier brings healing. 

18 Poverty and disgrace come to those 

who ignore discipline, 

but the one who accepts correction will be honored.

Luke 17:1–10 (CSB)

WARNINGS FROM JESUS

17 He said to his disciples, “Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one through whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to cause one of these little ones to stumble. Be on your guard. If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and comes back to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” 

FAITH AND DUTY

The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.” 

“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed,” the Lord said, “you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. 

“Which one of you having a servant tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? Instead, will he not tell him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, get ready, and serve me while I eat and drink; later you can eat and drink’? Does he thank that servant because he did what was commanded?10 In the same way, when you have done all that you were commanded, you should say, ‘We are worthless servants; we’ve only done our duty.’ ”

bookmark_borderMay 25, 2020

Proverbs 13:12–15 (CSB)

12 Hope delayed makes the heart sick, 

but desire fulfilled is a tree of life. 

13 The one who has contempt for instruction will pay the penalty, 

but the one who respects a command will be rewarded. 

14 A wise person’s instruction is a fountain of life, 

turning people away from the snares of death. 

15 Good sense wins favor, 

but the way of the treacherous never changes.

Luke 16:14–31 (CSB)

KINGDOM VALUES

14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and scoffing at him. 15 And he told them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the sight of others, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly admired by people is revolting in God’s sight. 

16 “The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then, the good news of the kingdom of God has been proclaimed, and everyone is urgently invited to enter it. 17 But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter in the law to drop out. 

18 “Everyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and everyone who marries a woman divorced from her husband commits adultery. 

THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS

19 “There was a rich man who would dress in purple and fine linen, feasting lavishly every day. 20 But a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, was lying at his gate. 21 He longed to be filled with what fell from the rich man’s table, but instead the dogs would come and lick his sores. 22 One day the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s side., The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torment in Hades, he looked up and saw Abraham a long way off, with Lazarus at his side. 24 ‘Father Abraham!’ he called out, ‘Have mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this flame!’ 

25 “ ‘Son,’ Abraham said, ‘remember that during your life you received your good things, just as Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here, while you are in agony. 26 Besides all this, a great chasm has been fixed between us and you, so that those who want to pass over from here to you cannot; neither can those from there cross over to us.’ 

27 “ ‘Father,’ he said, ‘then I beg you to send him to my father’s house—28 because I have five brothers—to warn them, so they won’t also come to this place of torment.’ 

29 “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; they should listen to them.’ 

30 “ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said. ‘But if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ 

31 “But he told him, ‘If they don’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they will not be persuaded if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

bookmark_borderMay 22, 2020

Psalm 68 (CSB)

Psalm 68

GOD’S MAJESTIC POWER

For the choir director. A psalm of David. A song. 

God arises. His enemies scatter, 

and those who hate him flee from his presence. 

As smoke is blown away, 

so you blow them away. 

As wax melts before the fire, 

so the wicked are destroyed before God. 

But the righteous are glad; 

they rejoice before God and celebrate with joy. 

Sing to God! Sing praises to his name. 

Exalt him who rides on the clouds—

his name is the Lord—and celebrate before him. 

God in his holy dwelling is 

a father of the fatherless 

and a champion of widows. 

God provides homes for those who are deserted. 

He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, 

but the rebellious live in a scorched land. 

God, when you went out before your people, 

when you marched through the desert, 

Selah

the earth trembled and the skies poured rain 

before God, the God of Sinai, 

before God, the God of Israel. 

You, God, showered abundant rain; 

you revived your inheritance when it languished. 

10 Your people settled in it; 

God, you provided for the poor by your goodness. 

11 The Lord gave the command; 

a great company of women brought the good news: 

12 “The kings of the armies flee—they flee!” 

She who stays at home divides the spoil. 

13 While you lie among the sheep pens, 

the wings of a dove are covered with silver, 

and its feathers with glistening gold. 

14 When the Almighty scattered kings in the land, 

it snowed on Zalmon.,

15 Mount Bashan is God’s towering mountain; 

Mount Bashan is a mountain of many peaks. 

16 Why gaze with envy, you mountain peaks, 

at the mountain God desired for his abode? 

The Lord will dwell there forever! 

17 God’s chariots are tens of thousands, 

thousands and thousands; 

the Lord is among them in the sanctuary 

as he was at Sinai. 

18 You ascended to the heights, taking away captives; 

you received gifts from people, 

even from the rebellious, 

so that the Lord God might dwell there.,

19 Blessed be the Lord! 

Day after day he bears our burdens; 

God is our salvation. 

Selah

20 Our God is a God of salvation, 

and escape from death belongs to the Lord my Lord. 

21 Surely God crushes the heads of his enemies, 

the hairy brow of one who goes on in his guilty acts. 

22 The Lord said, “I will bring them back from Bashan; 

I will bring them back from the depths of the sea 

23 so that your foot may wade in blood 

and your dogs’ tongues may have their share 

from the enemies.” 

24 People have seen your procession, God, 

the procession of my God, 

my King, in the sanctuary. 

25 Singers lead the way, 

with musicians following; 

among them are young women 

playing tambourines. 

26 Bless God in the assemblies; 

bless the Lord from the fountain of Israel. 

27 There is Benjamin, the youngest, leading them, 

the rulers of Judah in their assembly, 

the rulers of Zebulun, the rulers of Naphtali. 

28 Your God has decreed your strength. 

Show your strength, God, 

you who have acted on our behalf. 

29 Because of your temple at Jerusalem, 

kings will bring tribute to you. 

30 Rebuke the beast in the reeds, 

the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. 

Trample underfoot those with bars of silver. 

Scatter the peoples who take pleasure in war. 

31 Ambassadors will come from Egypt; 

Cush will stretch out its hands to God. 

32 Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth; 

sing praise to the Lord, 

Selah

33 to him who rides in the ancient, highest heavens. 

Look, he thunders with his powerful voice! 

34 Ascribe power to God. 

His majesty is over Israel, 

his power is among the clouds. 

35 God, you are awe-inspiring in your sanctuaries. 

The God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. 

Blessed be God!

Proverbs 13:9–11 (CSB)

The light of the righteous shines brightly, 

but the lamp of the wicked is put out. 

10 Arrogance leads to nothing but strife, 

but wisdom is gained by those who take advice. 

11 Wealth obtained by fraud will dwindle, 

but whoever earns it through labor will multiply it.

Luke 15:8–16:13 (CSB)

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST COIN

“Or what woman who has ten silver coins,, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? When she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found the silver coin I lost!’ 10 I tell you, in the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.” 

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SON

11 He also said: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate I have coming to me.’ So he distributed the assets to them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered together all he had and traveled to a distant country, where he squandered his estate in foolish living. 14 After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. 15 Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to eat his fill from the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one would give him anything. 17 When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I’ll get up, go to my father, and say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. 19 I’m no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired workers.” ’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. But while the son was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. He ran, threw his arms around his neck, and kissed him. 21 The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight. I’m no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 

22 “But the father told his servants, ‘Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Then bring the fattened calf and slaughter it, and let’s celebrate with a feast, 24 because this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ So they began to celebrate. 

25 “Now his older son was in the field; as he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he summoned one of the servants, questioning what these things meant. 27 ‘Your brother is here,’ he told him, ‘and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “Then he became angry and didn’t want to go in. So his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 But he replied to his father, ‘Look, I have been slaving many years for you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a goat so that I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him.’ 

31 “ ‘Son,’ he said to him, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ” 

THE PARABLE OF THE DISHONEST MANAGER

16 Now he said to the disciples: “There was a rich man who received an accusation that his manager was squandering his possessions. So he called the manager in and asked, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you can no longer be my manager.’ 

“Then the manager said to himself, ‘What will I do since my master is taking the management away from me? I’m not strong enough to dig; I’m ashamed to beg. I know what I’ll do so that when I’m removed from management, people will welcome me into their homes.’ 

“So he summoned each one of his master’s debtors. ‘How much do you owe my master?’ he asked the first one. 

“ ‘A hundred measures of olive oil,’ he said. 

“ ‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘sit down quickly, and write fifty.’ 

“Next he asked another, ‘How much do you owe?’ 

“ ‘A hundred measures of wheat,’ he said. 

“ ‘Take your invoice,’ he told him, ‘and write eighty.’ 

“The master praised the unrighteous manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the children of this age are more shrewd than the children of light in dealing with their own people. And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of worldly wealth, so that when it fails, they may welcome you into eternal dwellings. 10 Whoever is faithful in very little is also faithful in much, and whoever is unrighteous in very little is also unrighteous in much. 11 So if you have not been faithful with worldly wealth, who will trust you with what is genuine? 12 And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”

bookmark_borderMay 21, 2020

Psalm 67 (CSB)

Psalm 67

ALL WILL PRAISE GOD

For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A psalm. A song. 

May God be gracious to us and bless us; 

may he make his face shine upon us 

Selah

so that your way may be known on earth, 

your salvation among all nations. 

Let the peoples praise you, God; 

let all the peoples praise you. 

Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, 

for you judge the peoples with fairness 

and lead the nations on earth. 

Selah

Let the peoples praise you, God, 

let all the peoples praise you. 

The earth has produced its harvest; 

God, our God, blesses us. 

God will bless us, 

and all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Proverbs 13:1–8 (CSB)

A wise son responds to his father’s discipline, 

but a mocker doesn’t listen to rebuke. 

From the fruit of his mouth, 

a person will enjoy good things, 

but treacherous people have an appetite for violence. 

The one who guards his mouth protects his life; 

the one who opens his lips invites his own ruin. 

The slacker craves, yet has nothing, 

but the diligent is fully satisfied. 

The righteous hate lying, 

but the wicked bring disgust and shame. 

Righteousness guards people of integrity, 

but wickedness undermines the sinner. 

One person pretends to be rich but has nothing; 

another pretends to be poor but has abundant wealth. 

Riches are a ransom for a person’s life, 

but a poor person hears no threat.

Luke 14:12–15:7 (CSB)

12 He also said to the one who had invited him, “When you give a lunch or a dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, because they might invite you back, and you would be repaid. 13 On the contrary, when you host a banquet, invite those who are poor, maimed, lame, or blind. 14 And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

THE PARABLE OF THE LARGE BANQUET

15 When one of those who reclined at the table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is the one who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 

16 Then he told him: “A man was giving a large banquet and invited many. 17 At the time of the banquet, he sent his servant to tell those who were invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 

18 “But without exception they all began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. I ask you to excuse me.’ 

19 “Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m going to try them out. I ask you to excuse me.’ 

20 “And another said, ‘I just got married, and therefore I’m unable to come.’ 

21 “So the servant came back and reported these things to his master. Then in anger, the master of the house told his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in here the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.’

22 “ ‘Master,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, and there’s still room.’ 

23 “Then the master told the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and make them come in, so that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, not one of those people who were invited will enjoy my banquet.’ ” 

THE COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS

25 Now great crowds were traveling with him. So he turned and said to them: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, and even his own life—he cannot be my disciple. 27 Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 

28 “For which of you, wanting to build a tower, doesn’t first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it? 29 Otherwise, after he has laid the foundation and cannot finish it, all the onlookers will begin to ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man started to build and wasn’t able to finish.’ 

31 “Or what king, going to war against another king, will not first sit down and decide if he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 If not, while the other is still far off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, therefore, every one of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple. 

34 “Now, salt is good, but if salt should lose its taste, how will it be made salty? 35 It isn’t fit for the soil or for the manure pile; they throw it out. Let anyone who has ears to hear listen.”

THE PARABLE OF THE LOST SHEEP

15 All the tax collectors and sinners were approaching to listen to him. And the Pharisees and scribes were complaining, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” 

So he told them this parable: “What man among you, who has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open field and go after the lost one until he finds it? When he has found it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders, and coming home, he calls his friends and neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my lost sheep!’ I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need repentance.

bookmark_borderMay 20, 2020

Psalm 66 (CSB)

Psalm 66

PRAISE FOR GOD’S MIGHTY ACTS

For the choir director. A song. A psalm. 

Let the whole earth shout joyfully to God! 

Sing about the glory of his name; 

make his praise glorious. 

Say to God, “How awe-inspiring are your works! 

Your enemies will cringe before you 

because of your great strength. 

The whole earth will worship you 

and sing praise to you. 

They will sing praise to your name.” 

Selah

Come and see the wonders of God; 

his acts for humanity are awe-inspiring. 

He turned the sea into dry land, 

and they crossed the river on foot. 

There we rejoiced in him. 

He rules forever by his might; 

he keeps his eye on the nations. 

The rebellious should not exalt themselves. 

Selah

Bless our God, you peoples; 

let the sound of his praise be heard. 

He keeps us alive 

and does not allow our feet to slip. 

10 For you, God, tested us; 

you refined us as silver is refined. 

11 You lured us into a trap; 

you placed burdens on our backs. 

12 You let men ride over our heads; 

we went through fire and water, 

but you brought us out to abundance.,

13 I will enter your house with burnt offerings; 

I will pay you my vows 

14 that my lips promised 

and my mouth spoke during my distress. 

15 I will offer you fattened sheep as burnt offerings, 

with the fragrant smoke of rams; 

I will sacrifice bulls with goats. 

Selah

16 Come and listen, all who fear God, 

and I will tell what he has done for me. 

17 I cried out to him with my mouth, 

and praise was on my tongue. 

18 If I had been aware of malice in my heart, 

the Lord would not have listened. 

19 However, God has listened; 

he has paid attention to the sound of my prayer. 

20 Blessed be God! 

He has not turned away my prayer 

or turned his faithful love from me.

Proverbs 12:26–28 (CSB)

26 A righteous person is careful in dealing with his neighbor, 

but the ways of the wicked lead them astray. 

27 A lazy hunter doesn’t roast his game, 

but to a diligent person, his wealth is precious. 

28 There is life in the path of righteousness, 

and in its path there is no death.,

Luke 13:31–14:11 (CSB)

JESUS AND HEROD ANTIPAS

31 At that time some Pharisees came and told him, “Go, get out of here. Herod wants to kill you.” 

32 He said to them, “Go tell that fox, ‘Look, I’m driving out demons and performing healings today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will complete my work.’, 33 Yet it is necessary that I travel today, tomorrow, and the next day, because it is not possible for a prophet to perish outside of Jerusalem. 

JESUS’S LAMENTATION OVER JERUSALEM

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! 35 See, your house is abandoned to you. I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord’!”,

A SABBATH CONTROVERSY

14 One Sabbath, when he went in to eat at the house of one of the leading Pharisees, they were watching him closely. There in front of him was a man whose body was swollen with fluid. In response, Jesus asked the law experts and the Pharisees, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they kept silent. He took the man, healed him, and sent him away. And to them, he said, “Which of you whose son or ox falls into a well, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” They could find no answer to these things. 

TEACHINGS ON HUMILITY

He told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed how they would choose the best places for themselves: “When you are invited by someone to a wedding banquet, don’t recline at the best place, because a more distinguished person than you may have been invited by your host. The one who invited both of you may come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this man,’ and then in humiliation, you will proceed to take the lowest place. 

10 “But when you are invited, go and recline in the lowest place, so that when the one who invited you comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ You will then be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”

bookmark_borderMay 19, 2020

Psalm 65 (CSB)

Psalm 65

GOD’S CARE FOR THE EARTH

For the choir director. A psalm of David. A song. 

Praise is rightfully yours, 

God, in Zion; 

vows to you will be fulfilled. 

All humanity will come to you, 

the one who hears prayer. 

Iniquities overwhelm me; 

only you can atone for our rebellions. 

How happy is the one you choose 

and bring near to live in your courts! 

We will be satisfied with the goodness of your house, 

the holiness of your temple.,

You answer us in righteousness, 

with awe-inspiring works, 

God of our salvation, 

the hope of all the ends of the earth 

and of the distant seas. 

You establish the mountains by your power; 

you are robed with strength. 

You silence the roar of the seas, 

the roar of their waves, 

and the tumult of the nations. 

Those who live far away are awed by your signs; 

you make east and west shout for joy. 

You visit the earth and water it abundantly, 

enriching it greatly. 

God’s stream is filled with water, 

for you prepare the earth in this way, 

providing people with grain. 

10 You soften it with showers and bless its growth, 

soaking its furrows and leveling its ridges. 

11 You crown the year with your goodness; 

your carts overflow with plenty.,

12 The wilderness pastures overflow, 

and the hills are robed with joy. 

13 The pastures are clothed with flocks 

and the valleys covered with grain. 

They shout in triumph; indeed, they sing.

Luke 12:57–13:30 (CSB)

SETTLING ACCOUNTS

57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the ruler, make an effort to settle with him on the way. Then he won’t drag you before the judge, the judge hand you over to the bailiff, and the bailiff throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out of there until you have paid the last cent.”,

REPENT OR PERISH

13 At that time, some people came and reported to him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. And he responded to them, “Do you think that these Galileans were more sinful than all the other Galileans because they suffered these things? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well. Or those eighteen that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed—do you think they were more sinful than all the other people who live in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as well.” 

THE PARABLE OF THE BARREN FIG TREE

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree that was planted in his vineyard. He came looking for fruit on it and found none. He told the vineyard worker, ‘Listen, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it even waste the soil?’

“But he replied to him, ‘Sir, leave it this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. Perhaps it will produce fruit next year, but if not, you can cut it down.’ ” 

HEALING A DAUGHTER OF ABRAHAM

10 As he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath, 11 a woman was there who had been disabled by a spirit,for over eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called out to her,“Woman, you are free of your disability.” 13 Then he laid his hands on her, and instantly she was restored and began to glorify God. 

14 But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, responded by telling the crowd, “There are six days when work should be done; therefore come on those days and be healed and not on the Sabbath day.” 

15 But the Lord answered him and said, “Hypocrites! Doesn’t each one of you untie his ox or donkey from the feeding trough on the Sabbath and lead it to water? 16 Satan has bound this woman, a daughter of Abraham, for eighteen years—shouldn’t she be untied from this bondage on the Sabbath day?” 

17 When he had said these things, all his adversaries were humiliated, but the whole crowd was rejoicing over all the glorious things he was doing. 

THE PARABLES OF THE MUSTARD SEED AND OF THE LEAVEN

18 He said, therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like, and what can I compare it to? 19 It’s like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden. It grew and became a tree, and the birds of the sky nested in its branches.” 

20 Again he said, “What can I compare the kingdom of God to? 21 It’s like leaven, that a woman took and mixed into fifty pounds of flour until all of it was leavened.” 

THE NARROW WAY

22 He went through one town and village after another, teaching and making his way to Jerusalem. 23 “Lord,” someone asked him, “are only a few people going to be saved?” 

He said to them, 24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and won’t be able 25 once the homeowner gets up and shuts the door. Then you will stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up for us!’ He will answer you, ‘I don’t know you or where you’re from.’ 26 Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I don’t know you or where you’re from. Get away from me, all you evildoers!’ 28 There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place, when you see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves thrown out. 29 They will come from east and west, from north and south, to share the banquet in the kingdom of God. 30 Note this: Some who are last will be first, and some who are first will be last.”

bookmark_borderMay 18, 2020

Psalm 64 (CSB)

Psalm 64

PROTECTION FROM EVILDOERS

For the choir director. A psalm of David. 

God, hear my voice when I am in anguish. 

Protect my life from the terror of the enemy. 

Hide me from the scheming of wicked people, 

from the mob of evildoers, 

who sharpen their tongues like swords 

and aim bitter words like arrows, 

shooting from concealed places at the blameless. 

They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid. 

They adopt an evil plan; 

they talk about hiding traps and say, 

“Who will see them?”,

They devise crimes and say, 

“We have perfected a secret plan.” 

The inner man and the heart are mysterious. 

But God will shoot them with arrows; 

suddenly, they will be wounded. 

They will be made to stumble; 

their own tongues work against them. 

All who see them will shake their heads. 

Then everyone will fear 

and will tell about God’s work, 

for they will understand what he has done. 

10 The righteous one rejoices in the Lord

and takes refuge in him; 

all those who are upright in heart 

will offer praise.

Proverbs 12:19–25 (CSB)

19 Truthful lips endure forever, 

but a lying tongue, only a moment. 

20 Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil, 

but those who promote peace have joy. 

21 No disaster overcomes the righteous, 

but the wicked are full of misery. 

22 Lying lips are detestable to the Lord, 

but faithful people are his delight. 

23 A shrewd person conceals knowledge, 

but a foolish heart publicizes stupidity. 

24 The diligent hand will rule, 

but laziness will lead to forced labor. 

25 Anxiety in a person’s heart weighs it down, 

but a good word cheers it up.

Luke 12:1–56 (CSB)

BEWARE OF RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY

12 Meanwhile, a crowd of many thousands came together, so that they were trampling on one another. He began to say to his disciples first, “Be on your guard against the leaven, of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered, nothing hidden that won’t be made known. Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an ear in private rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

FEAR GOD

“I say to you, my friends, don’t fear those who kill the body, and after that can do nothing more. But I will show you the one to fear: Fear him who has authority to throw people into hell after death. Yes, I say to you, this is the one to fear! Aren’t five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten in God’s sight. Indeed, the hairs of your head are all counted. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 

ACKNOWLEDGING CHRIST

“And I say to you, anyone who acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God, but whoever denies me before others will be denied before the angels of God. 10 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 Whenever they bring you before synagogues and rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how you should defend yourselves or what you should say. 12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you at that very hour what must be said.”

THE PARABLE OF THE RICH FOOL

13 Someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 

14 “Friend,” he said to him, “who appointed me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed, because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”

16 Then he told them a parable: “A rich man’s land was very productive. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What should I do, since I don’t have anywhere to store my crops? 18 I will do this,’ he said. ‘I’ll tear down my barns and build bigger ones and store all my grain and my goods there. 19 Then I’ll say to myself, “You have many goods stored up for many years. Take it easy; eat, drink, and enjoy yourself.” ’

20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life is demanded of you. And the things you have prepared—whose will they be?’

21 “That’s how it is with the one who stores up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

THE CURE FOR ANXIETY

22 Then he said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? 25 Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? 26 If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest? 

27 “Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. 28 If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he do for you—you of little faith? 29 Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. 30 For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 

31 “But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. 32 Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won’t grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

READY FOR THE MASTER’S RETURN

35 “Be ready for service and have your lamps lit. 36 You are to be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37 Blessed will be those servants the master finds alert when he comes. Truly I tell you, he will get ready, have them recline at the table, then come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the middle of the night, or even near dawn, and finds them alert, blessed are those servants. 39 But know this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

REWARDS AND PUNISHMENT

41 “Lord,” Peter asked, “are you telling this parable to us or to everyone?” 

42 The Lord said: “Who then is the faithful and sensible manager his master will put in charge of his household servants to give them their allotted food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom the master finds doing his job when he comes. 44 Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and starts to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 that servant’s master will come on a day he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will and didn’t prepare himself or do it will be severely beaten. 48 But the one who did not know and did what deserved punishment will receive a light beating. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be expected.,

NOT PEACE BUT DIVISION

49 “I came to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already set ablaze! 50 But I have a baptism to undergo, and how it consumes me until it is finished! 51 Do you think that I came here to bring peace on the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 From now on, five in one household will be divided: three against two, and two against three. 

53 They will be divided, father against son,

son against father,

mother against daughter,

daughter against mother,

mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law,

and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.,

INTERPRETING THE TIME

54 He also said to the crowds: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, right away you say, ‘A storm is coming,’ and so it does. 55 And when the south wind is blowing, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky, but why don’t you know how to interpret this present time?

bookmark_borderMay 15, 2020

Psalm 63 (CSB)

Psalm 63

PRAISE GOD WHO SATISFIES

A psalm of David. When he was in the Wilderness of Judah. 

God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. 

I thirst for you; 

my body faints for you 

in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water. 

So I gaze on you in the sanctuary 

to see your strength and your glory. 

My lips will glorify you 

because your faithful love is better than life. 

So I will bless you as long as I live; 

at your name, I will lift up my hands. 

You satisfy me as with rich food;,

my mouth will praise you with joyful lips. 

When I think of you as I lie on my bed, 

I meditate on you during the night watches 

because you are my helper; 

I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. 

I follow close to you; 

your right hand holds on to me. 

But those who intend to destroy my life 

will go into the depths of the earth. 

10 They will be given over to the power of the sword; 

they will become a meal for jackals. 

11 But the king will rejoice in God; 

all who swear by him will boast, 

for the mouths of liars will be shut.

Proverbs 12:12–18 (CSB)

12 The wicked desire what evil people have caught, 

but the root of the righteous is productive. 

13 By rebellious speech an evil person is trapped, 

but a righteous person escapes from trouble. 

14 A person will be satisfied with good 

by the fruit of his mouth, 

and the work of a person’s hands will reward him. 

15 A fool’s way is right in his own eyes, 

but whoever listens to counsel is wise. 

16 A fool’s displeasure is known at once, 

but whoever ignores an insult is sensible. 

17 Whoever speaks the truth declares what is right, 

but a false witness speaks deceit. 

18 There is one who speaks rashly, 

like a piercing sword; 

but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Luke 11 (CSB)

THE LORD’S PRAYER

11 He was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.” 

He said to them, “Whenever you pray, say,

Father,,

your name be honored as holy.

Your kingdom come.,

Give us each day our daily bread.,

And forgive us our sins,

for we ourselves also forgive everyone 

in debt to us.,

And do not bring us into temptation.”,

ASK, SEARCH, KNOCK

He also said to them: “Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him at midnight and says to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I don’t have anything to offer him.’ Then he will answer from inside and say, ‘Don’t bother me! The door is already locked, and my children and I have gone to bed. I can’t get up to give you anything.’ I tell you, even though he won’t get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his friend’s shameless boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.

“So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you. Seek, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” 

A HOUSE DIVIDED

14 Now he was driving out a demon that was mute. When the demon came out, the man who had been mute spoke, and the crowds were amazed. 15 But some of them said, “He drives out demons by Beelzebul, the ruler of the demons.” 16 And others, as a test, were demanding of him a sign from heaven. 

17 Knowing their thoughts, he told them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is headed for destruction, and a house divided against itself falls. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? For you say I drive out demons by Beelzebul. 19 And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your sons drive them out? For this reason they will be your judges. 20 If I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his estate, his possessions are secure. 22 But when one stronger than he attacks and overpowers him, he takes from him all his weapons, he trusted in, and divides up his plunder. 23 Anyone who is not with me is against me, and anyone who does not gather with me scatters. 

AN UNCLEAN SPIRIT’S RETURN

24 “When an unclean spirit comes out of a person, it roams through waterless places looking for rest, and not finding rest, it then says, ‘I’ll go back to my house that I came from.’ 25 Returning, it finds the house swept and put in order. 26 Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and settle down there. As a result, that person’s last condition is worse than the first.”

TRUE BLESSEDNESS

27 As he was saying these things, a woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the one who nursed you!” 

28 He said, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.”

THE SIGN OF JONAH

29 As the crowds were increasing, he began saying: “This generation is an evil generation. It demands a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah., 30 For just as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the south will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and look—something greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at Jonah’s preaching, and look—something greater than Jonah is here. 

THE LAMP OF THE BODY

33 “No one lights a lamp and puts it in the cellar or under a basket, but on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see its light. 34 Your eye is the lamp of the body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is also full of light. But when it is bad, your body is also full of darkness. 35 Take care, then, that the light in you is not darkness. 36 If, therefore, your whole body is full of light, with no part of it in darkness, it will be entirely illuminated, as when a lamp shines its light on you.” 

RELIGIOUS HYPOCRISY DENOUNCED

37 As he was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him. So he went in and reclined at the table. 38 When the Pharisee saw this, he was amazed that he did not first perform the ritual washing, before dinner. 39 But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and evil. 40 Fools! Didn’t he who made the outside make the inside too? 41 But give from what is within to the poor,, and then everything is clean for you. 

42 “But woe to you Pharisees! You give a tenth, of mint, rue, and every kind of herb, and you bypass justice and love for God., These things you should have done without neglecting the others. 

43 “Woe to you Pharisees! You love the front seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 

44 “Woe to you! You are like unmarked graves; the people who walk over them don’t know it.” 

45 One of the experts in the law answered him, “Teacher, when you say these things you insult us too.” 

46 Then he said: “Woe also to you experts in the law! You load people with burdens that are hard to carry, and yet you yourselves don’t touch these burdens with one of your fingers.

47 “Woe to you! You build tombs for the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Therefore, you are witnesses that you approve, the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments. 49 Because of this, the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’ 50 so that this generation may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world,51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. 

“Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible.

52 “Woe to you experts in the law! You have taken away the key to knowledge. You didn’t go in yourselves, and you hindered those who were trying to go in.” 

53 When he left there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to oppose him fiercely and to cross-examine him about many things; 54 they were lying in wait for him to trap him in something he said.,