June 17, 2020

Psalm 78 (CSB)

Psalm 78

LESSONS FROM ISRAEL’S PAST

Maskil of Asaph. 

My people, hear my instruction; 

listen to the words from my mouth. 

I will declare wise sayings; 

I will speak mysteries from the past—

things we have heard and known 

and that our ancestors have passed down to us. 

We will not hide them from their children, 

but will tell a future generation 

the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, 

his might, and the wondrous works 

he has performed. 

He established a testimony in Jacob 

and set up a law in Israel, 

which he commanded our ancestors 

to teach to their children 

so that a future generation—

children yet to be born—might know. 

They were to rise and tell their children 

so that they might put their confidence in God 

and not forget God’s works, 

but keep his commands. 

Then they would not be like their ancestors, 

a stubborn and rebellious generation, 

a generation whose heart was not loyal 

and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 

The Ephraimite archers turned back 

on the day of battle. 

10 They did not keep God’s covenant 

and refused to live by his law. 

11 They forgot what he had done, 

the wondrous works he had shown them. 

12 He worked wonders in the sight of their ancestors 

in the land of Egypt, the territory of Zoan. 

13 He split the sea and brought them across; 

the water stood firm like a wall. 

14 He led them with a cloud by day 

and with a fiery light throughout the night. 

15 He split rocks in the wilderness 

and gave them drink as abundant as the depths. 

16 He brought streams out of the stone 

and made water flow down like rivers. 

17 But they continued to sin against him, 

rebelling in the desert against the Most High. 

18 They deliberately tested God, 

demanding the food they craved. 

19 They spoke against God, saying, 

“Is God able to provide food in the wilderness? 

20 Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; 

torrents overflowed. 

But can he also provide bread 

or furnish meat for his people?” 

21 Therefore, the Lord heard and became furious; 

then fire broke out against Jacob, 

and anger flared up against Israel 

22 because they did not believe God 

or rely on his salvation. 

23 He gave a command to the clouds above 

and opened the doors of heaven. 

24 He rained manna for them to eat; 

he gave them grain from heaven. 

25 People ate the bread of angels. 

He sent them an abundant supply of food. 

26 He made the east wind blow in the skies 

and drove the south wind by his might. 

27 He rained meat on them like dust, 

and winged birds like the sand of the seas. 

28 He made them fall in the camp, 

all around the tents. 

29 The people ate and were completely satisfied, 

for he gave them what they craved. 

30 Before they had turned from what they craved, 

while the food was still in their mouths, 

31 God’s anger flared up against them, 

and he killed some of their best men. 

He struck down Israel’s fit young men. 

32 Despite all this, they kept sinning 

and did not believe his wondrous works. 

33 He made their days end in futility, 

their years in sudden disaster. 

34 When he killed some of them, 

the rest began to seek him; 

they repented and searched for God. 

35 They remembered that God was their rock, 

the Most High God, their Redeemer. 

36 But they deceived him with their mouths, 

they lied to him with their tongues, 

37 their hearts were insincere toward him, 

and they were unfaithful to his covenant. 

38 Yet he was compassionate; 

he atoned for their iniquity 

and did not destroy them. 

He often turned his anger aside 

and did not unleash all his wrath. 

39 He remembered that they were only flesh, 

a wind that passes and does not return. 

40 How often they rebelled against him 

in the wilderness 

and grieved him in the desert. 

41 They constantly tested God 

and provoked the Holy One of Israel. 

42 They did not remember his power shown 

on the day he redeemed them from the foe, 

43 when he performed his miraculous signs in Egypt 

and his wonders in the territory of Zoan. 

44 He turned their rivers into blood, 

and they could not drink from their streams. 

45 He sent among them swarms of flies, 

which fed on them, 

and frogs, which devastated them. 

46 He gave their crops to the caterpillar 

and the fruit of their labor to the locust. 

47 He killed their vines with hail 

and their sycamore fig trees with a flood. 

48 He handed over their livestock to hail 

and their cattle to lightning bolts. 

49 He sent his burning anger against them: 

fury, indignation, and calamity—

a band of deadly messengers.,

50 He cleared a path for his anger. 

He did not spare them from death 

but delivered their lives to the plague. 

51 He struck all the firstborn in Egypt, 

the first progeny of the tents of Ham. 

52 He led his people out like sheep 

and guided them like a flock in the wilderness. 

53 He led them safely, and they were not afraid; 

but the sea covered their enemies. 

54 He brought them to his holy territory, 

to the mountain his right hand acquired. 

55 He drove out nations before them. 

He apportioned their inheritance by lot 

and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 

56 But they rebelliously tested the Most High God, 

for they did not keep his decrees. 

57 They treacherously turned away like their ancestors; 

they became warped like a faulty bow. 

58 They enraged him with their high places 

and provoked his jealousy with their carved images. 

59 God heard and became furious; 

he completely rejected Israel. 

60 He abandoned the tabernacle at Shiloh, 

the tent where he resided among mankind. 

61 He gave up his strength to captivity 

and his splendor to the hand of a foe. 

62 He surrendered his people to the sword 

because he was enraged with his heritage. 

63 Fire consumed his chosen young men, 

and his young women had no wedding songs.,

64 His priests fell by the sword, 

and the widows could not lament. 

65 The Lord awoke as if from sleep, 

like a warrior from the effects of wine. 

66 He beat back his foes; 

he gave them lasting disgrace. 

67 He rejected the tent of Joseph 

and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim. 

68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah, 

Mount Zion, which he loved. 

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, 

like the earth that he established forever. 

70 He chose David his servant 

and took him from the sheep pens; 

71 he brought him from tending ewes 

to be shepherd over his people Jacob—

over Israel, his inheritance. 

72 He shepherded them with a pure heart 

and guided them with his skillful hands.

Proverbs 14:32–35 (CSB)

32 The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin, 

but the righteous one has a refuge in his death. 

33 Wisdom resides in the heart of the discerning; 

she is known even among fools. 

34 Righteousness exalts a nation, 

but sin is a disgrace to any people. 

35 A king favors a prudent servant, 

but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.

Luke 22:54–62 (CSB)

PETER DENIES HIS LORD

54 They seized him, led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. Meanwhile Peter was following at a distance. 55 They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, and Peter sat among them. 56 When a servant saw him sitting in the light, and looked closely at him, she said, “This man was with him too.” 

57 But he denied it: “Woman, I don’t know him.” 

58 After a little while, someone else saw him and said, “You’re one of them too.” 

“Man, I am not!” Peter said. 

59 About an hour later, another kept insisting, “This man was certainly with him, since he’s also a Galilean.” 

60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.