May 1, 2020

Psalm 58 (CSB)

Psalm 58

A CRY AGAINST INJUSTICE

For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. 

Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones? 

Do you judge people fairly? 

No, you practice injustice in your hearts; 

with your hands you weigh out violence in the land. 

The wicked go astray from the womb; 

liars wander about from birth. 

They have venom like the venom of a snake, 

like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears, 

that does not listen to the sound of the charmers 

who skillfully weave spells. 

God, knock the teeth out of their mouths; 

Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs. 

May they vanish like water that flows by; 

may they aim their blunted arrows.,

Like a slug that moves along in slime, 

like a woman’s miscarried child, 

may they not see the sun. 

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—

whether green or burning—

he will sweep them away.,

10 The righteous one will rejoice 

when he sees the retribution; 

he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 

11 Then people will say, 

“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous! 

There is a God who judges on earth!”

Proverbs 11:15–17 (CSB)

15 If someone puts up security for a stranger, 

he will suffer for it, 

but the one who hates such agreements is protected. 

16 A gracious woman gains honor, 

but violent people gain only riches. 

17 A kind man benefits himself, 

but a cruel person brings ruin on himself.

Luke 8:19–39 (CSB)

TRUE RELATIONSHIPS

19 Then his mother and brothers came to him, but they could not meet with him because of the crowd. 20 He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” 

21 But he replied to them, “My mother and my brothers are those who hear and do the word of God.”

WIND AND WAVES OBEY JESUS

22 One day he and his disciples got into a boat, and he told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they were sailing he fell asleep. Then a fierce windstorm came down on the lake; they were being swamped and were in danger. 24 They came and woke him up, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to die!” 

Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. So they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” 

They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey him!” 

DEMONS DRIVEN OUT BY JESUS

26 Then they sailed to the region of the Gerasenes,, which is opposite Galilee. 27 When he got out on land, a demon-possessed man from the town met him. For a long time he had worn no clothes and did not stay in a house but in the tombs. 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, fell down before him, and said in a loud voice, “What do you have to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don’t torment me!” 29 For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was guarded, bound by chains and shackles, he would snap the restraints and be driven by the demon into deserted places. 

30 “What is your name?” Jesus asked him. 

“Legion,” he said, because many demons had entered him. 31 And they begged him not to banish them to the abyss. 

32 A large herd of pigs was there, feeding on the hillside. The demons begged him to permit them to enter the pigs, and he gave them permission. 33 The demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and drowned. 

34 When the men who tended them saw what had happened, they ran off and reported it in the town and in the countryside. 35 Then people went out to see what had happened. They came to Jesus and found the man the demons had departed from, sitting at Jesus’s feet, dressed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. 36 Meanwhile, the eyewitnesses reported to them how the demon-possessed man was delivered. 37 Then all the people of the Gerasene region asked him to leave them, because they were gripped by great fear. So getting into the boat, he returned. 

38 The man from whom the demons had departed begged him earnestly to be with him. But he sent him away and said, 39 “Go back to your home, and tell all that God has done for you.” And off he went, proclaiming throughout the town how much Jesus had done for him.