bookmark_borderJune 8, 2020

Psalm 74 (CSB)

Psalm 74

PRAYER FOR ISRAEL

Maskil of Asaph. 

Why have you rejected us forever, God? 

Why does your anger burn 

against the sheep of your pasture? 

Remember your congregation, 

which you purchased long ago 

and redeemed as the tribe for your own possession. 

Remember Mount Zion where you dwell. 

Make your way to the perpetual ruins, 

to all that the enemy has destroyed in the sanctuary. 

Your adversaries roared in the meeting place 

where you met with us. 

They set up their emblems as signs. 

It was like men in a thicket of trees, 

wielding axes, 

then smashing all the carvings 

with hatchets and picks. 

They set your sanctuary on fire; 

they utterly desecrated 

the dwelling place of your name. 

They said in their hearts, 

“Let us oppress them relentlessly.” 

They burned every place throughout the land 

where God met with us.,

There are no signs for us to see. 

There is no longer a prophet. 

And none of us knows how long this will last. 

10 God, how long will the enemy mock? 

Will the foe insult your name forever? 

11 Why do you hold back your hand? 

Stretch out your right hand and destroy them! 

12 God my King is from ancient times, 

performing saving acts on the earth. 

13 You divided the sea with your strength; 

you smashed the heads of the sea monsters in the water; 

14 you crushed the heads of Leviathan; 

you fed him to the creatures of the desert. 

15 You opened up springs and streams; 

you dried up ever-flowing rivers. 

16 The day is yours, also the night; 

you established the moon and the sun. 

17 You set all the boundaries of the earth; 

you made summer and winter. 

18 Remember this: the enemy has mocked the Lord, 

and a foolish people has insulted your name. 

19 Do not give to beasts the life of your dove; 

do not forget the lives of your poor people forever. 

20 Consider the covenant, 

for the dark places of the land are full of violence. 

21 Do not let the oppressed turn away in shame; 

let the poor and needy praise your name. 

22 Rise up, God, champion your cause! 

Remember the insults 

that fools bring against you all day long. 

23 Do not forget the clamor of your adversaries, 

the tumult of your opponents that goes up constantly.

Proverbs 14:15–21 (CSB)

15 The inexperienced one believes anything, 

but the sensible one watches his steps. 

16 A wise person is cautious and turns from evil, 

but a fool is easily angered and is careless. 

17 A quick-tempered person acts foolishly, 

and one who schemes is hated. 

18 The inexperienced inherit foolishness, 

but the sensible are crowned with knowledge. 

19 The evil bow before those who are good, 

and the wicked, at the gates of the righteous. 

20 A poor person is hated even by his neighbor, 

but there are many who love the rich. 

21 The one who despises his neighbor sins, 

but whoever shows kindness to the poor will be happy.

Luke 21:5–28 (CSB)

DESTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE PREDICTED

As some were talking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, “These things that you see—the days will come when not one stone will be left on another that will not be thrown down.”

SIGNS OF THE END OF THE AGE

“Teacher,” they asked him, “so when will these things happen? And what will be the sign when these things are about to take place?” 

Then he said, “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Don’t follow them. When you hear of wars and rebellions, don’t be alarmed. Indeed, it is necessary that these things take place first, but the end won’t come right away.” 

10 Then he told them: “Nation will be raised up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be violent earthquakes, and famines and plagues in various places, and there will be terrifying sights and great signs from heaven.12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and persecute you. They will hand you over to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. 13 This will give you an opportunity to bear witness. 14 Therefore make up your minds not to prepare your defense ahead of time, 15 for I will give you such words and a wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will even be betrayed by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will kill some of you. 17 You will be hated by everyone because of my name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 By your endurance, gain your lives.

THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM

20 “When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then recognize that its desolation has come near. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. Those inside the city must leave it, and those who are in the country must not enter it, 22 because these are days of vengeance to fulfill all the things that are written. 23 Woe to pregnant women and nursing mothers in those days, for there will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will be killed by the sword, and be led captive into all the nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 

THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN

25 “Then there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and there will be anguish on the earth among nations bewildered by the roaring of the sea and the waves. 26 People will faint from fear and expectation of the things that are coming on the world, because the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 But when these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near.”

bookmark_borderJune 3, 2020

Psalm 73 (CSB)

BOOK III

(Psalms 73–89)

Psalm 73

GOD’S WAYS VINDICATED

A psalm of Asaph. 

God is indeed good to Israel, 

to the pure in heart. 

But as for me, my feet almost slipped; 

my steps nearly went astray. 

For I envied the arrogant; 

I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 

They have an easy time until they die, 

and their bodies are well fed.,

They are not in trouble like others; 

they are not afflicted like most people. 

Therefore, pride is their necklace, 

and violence covers them like a garment. 

Their eyes bulge out from fatness; 

the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 

They mock, and they speak maliciously; 

they arrogantly threaten oppression. 

They set their mouths against heaven, 

and their tongues strut across the earth. 

10 Therefore his people turn to them 

and drink in their overflowing words.,

11 The wicked say, “How can God know? 

Does the Most High know everything?” 

12 Look at them—the wicked! 

They are always at ease, 

and they increase their wealth. 

13 Did I purify my heart 

and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 

14 For I am afflicted all day long 

and punished every morning. 

15 If I had decided to say these things aloud, 

I would have betrayed your people.,

16 When I tried to understand all this, 

it seemed hopeless,

17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. 

Then I understood their destiny. 

18 Indeed, you put them in slippery places; 

you make them fall into ruin. 

19 How suddenly they become a desolation! 

They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 

20 Like one waking from a dream, 

Lord, when arising, you will despise their image. 

21 When I became embittered 

and my innermost being was wounded, 

22 I was stupid and didn’t understand; 

I was an unthinking animal toward you. 

23 Yet I am always with you; 

you hold my right hand. 

24 You guide me with your counsel, 

and afterward you will take me up in glory.,

25 Who do I have in heaven but you? 

And I desire nothing on earth but you. 

26 My flesh and my heart may fail, 

but God is the strength of my heart, 

my portion forever. 

27 Those far from you will certainly perish; 

you destroy all who are unfaithful to you. 

28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good. 

I have made the Lord God my refuge, 

so I can tell about all you do.

Proverbs 14:12–14 (CSB)

12 There is a way that seems right to a person, 

but its end is the way to death. 

13 Even in laughter a heart may be sad, 

and joy may end in grief. 

14 The disloyal one will get what his conduct deserves, 

and a good one, what his deeds deserve.

Luke 20:41–21:4 (CSB)

THE QUESTION ABOUT THE CHRIST

41 Then he said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is the son of David? 42 For David himself says in the Book of Psalms:

The Lord declared to my Lord,

‘Sit at my right hand

43 until I make your enemies your footstool.’,

44 David calls him ‘Lord’; how then can the Christ be his son?”

WARNING AGAINST THE SCRIBES

45 While all the people were listening, he said to his disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes and who love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets.47 They devour widows’ houses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher judgment.”

THE WIDOW’S GIFT

21 He looked up and saw the rich dropping their offerings into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow dropping in two tiny coins., “Truly I tell you,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

bookmark_borderJune 2, 2020

Psalm 72 (CSB)

Psalm 72

A PRAYER FOR THE KING

Of Solomon. 

God, give your justice to the king 

and your righteousness to the king’s son. 

He will judge your people with righteousness 

and your afflicted ones with justice. 

May the mountains bring well-being to the people 

and the hills, righteousness. 

May he vindicate the afflicted among the people, 

help the poor, 

and crush the oppressor. 

May they fear you while the sun endures 

and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 

May the king be like rain that falls on the cut grass, 

like spring showers that water the earth. 

May the righteous flourish in his days 

and well-being abound 

until the moon is no more. 

May he rule from sea to sea 

and from the Euphrates 

to the ends of the earth. 

May desert tribes kneel before him 

and his enemies lick the dust. 

10 May the kings of Tarshish 

and the coasts and islands bring tribute, 

the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 

11 Let all kings bow in homage to him, 

all nations serve him. 

12 For he will rescue the poor who cry out 

and the afflicted who have no helper. 

13 He will have pity on the poor and helpless 

and save the lives of the poor. 

14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence, 

for their lives are precious in his sight. 

15 May he live long! 

May gold from Sheba be given to him. 

May prayer be offered for him continually, 

and may he be blessed all day long. 

16 May there be plenty of grain in the land; 

may it wave on the tops of the mountains. 

May its crops be like Lebanon. 

May people flourish in the cities 

like the grass of the field. 

17 May his name endure forever; 

as long as the sun shines, 

may his fame increase. 

May all nations be blessed by him 

and call him blessed. 

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, 

who alone does wonders. 

19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; 

the whole earth is filled with his glory. 

Amen and amen. 

20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded.

Proverbs 14:8–11 (CSB)

The sensible person’s wisdom is to consider his way, 

but the stupidity of fools deceives them. 

Fools mock at making reparation, 

but there is goodwill among the upright. 

10 The heart knows its own bitterness, 

and no outsider shares in its joy. 

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, 

but the tent of the upright will flourish.

Luke 20:1–40 (CSB)

THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHALLENGED

20 One day as he was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, with the elders, came and said to him: “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?” 

He answered them, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or of human origin?” 

They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know its origin. 

And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 

THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD OWNER

Now he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent yet another servant, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out. 

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.’ 

14 “But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those farmers and give the vineyard to others.” 

But when they heard this they said, “That must never happen!” 

17 But he looked at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of this Scripture:,

The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone?,

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will shatter him.”

19 Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on him that very hour, because they knew he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 

GOD AND CAESAR

20 They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so that they could catch him in what he said, to hand him over to the governor’s rule and authority. 21 They questioned him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and you don’t show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 

23 But detecting their craftiness, he said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” 

“Caesar’s,” they said. 

25 “Well then,” he told them, “give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 

26 They were not able to catch him in what he said in public, and being amazed at his answer, they became silent. 

THE SADDUCEES AND THE RESURRECTION

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up and questioned him: 28 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother has a wife, and dies childless, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother., 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife and died without children. 30 Also the second 31 and the third took her. In the same way, all seven died and left no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For all seven had married her.” 

34 Jesus told them, “The children of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to take part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 For they can no longer die, because they are like angels and are children of God, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 Moses even indicated in the passage about the burning bush that the dead are raised, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob., 38 He is not the God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to him.”

Luke 20:1–40 (CSB)

THE AUTHORITY OF JESUS CHALLENGED

20 One day as he was teaching the people in the temple and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the scribes, with the elders, came and said to him: “Tell us, by what authority are you doing these things? Who is it who gave you this authority?” 

He answered them, “I will also ask you a question. Tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or of human origin?” 

They discussed it among themselves: “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know its origin. 

And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 

THE PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD OWNER

Now he began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went away for a long time. 10 At harvest time he sent a servant to the farmers so that they might give him some fruit from the vineyard. But the farmers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 He sent yet another servant, but they beat that one too, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And he sent yet a third, but they wounded this one too and threw him out. 

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my beloved son. Perhaps they will respect him.’ 

14 “But when the tenant farmers saw him, they discussed it among themselves and said, ‘This is the heir. Let’s kill him, so that the inheritance will be ours.’ 15 So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 

“What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and kill those farmers and give the vineyard to others.” 

But when they heard this they said, “That must never happen!” 

17 But he looked at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of this Scripture:,

The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone?,

18 Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, but on whomever it falls, it will shatter him.”

19 Then the scribes and the chief priests looked for a way to get their hands on him that very hour, because they knew he had told this parable against them, but they feared the people. 

GOD AND CAESAR

20 They watched closely and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, so that they could catch him in what he said, to hand him over to the governor’s rule and authority. 21 They questioned him, “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach correctly, and you don’t show partiality, but teach truthfully the way of God. 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” 

23 But detecting their craftiness, he said to them, 24 “Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” 

“Caesar’s,” they said. 

25 “Well then,” he told them, “give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 

26 They were not able to catch him in what he said in public, and being amazed at his answer, they became silent. 

THE SADDUCEES AND THE RESURRECTION

27 Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came up and questioned him: 28 “Teacher, Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother has a wife, and dies childless, his brother should take the wife and produce offspring for his brother., 29 Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife and died without children. 30 Also the second 31 and the third took her. In the same way, all seven died and left no children. 32 Finally, the woman died too. 33 In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife will the woman be? For all seven had married her.” 

34 Jesus told them, “The children of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to take part in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36 For they can no longer die, because they are like angels and are children of God, since they are children of the resurrection. 37 Moses even indicated in the passage about the burning bush that the dead are raised, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob., 38 He is not the God of the dead but of the living, because all are living to him.”

bookmark_borderJune 1, 2020

Proverbs 14:5–7 (CSB)

An honest witness does not deceive, 

but a dishonest witness utters lies. 

A mocker seeks wisdom and doesn’t find it, 

but knowledge comes easily to the perceptive. 

Stay away from a foolish person; 

you will gain no knowledge from his speech.

Luke 19:28–48 (CSB)

THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

28 When he had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29 As he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples 30 and said, “Go into the village ahead of you. As you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 31 If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ say this: ‘The Lord needs it.’ ” 

32 So those who were sent left and found it just as he had told them. 33 As they were untying the colt, its owners said to them, “Why are you untying the colt?” 

34 “The Lord needs it,” they said. 35 Then they brought it to Jesus, and after throwing their clothes on the colt, they helped Jesus get on it. 36 As he was going along, they were spreading their clothes on the road. 37 Now he came near the path down the Mount of Olives, and the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles they had seen: 

38 Blessed is the King who comes

in the name of the Lord.,

Peace in heaven 

and glory in the highest heaven! 

39 Some of the Pharisees from the crowd told him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 

40 He answered, “I tell you, if they were to keep silent, the stones would cry out.”

JESUS’S LOVE FOR JERUSALEM

41 As he approached and saw the city, he wept for it, 42 saying, “If you knew this day what would bring peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 For the days will come on you when your enemies will build a barricade around you, surround you, and hem you in on every side. 44 They will crush you and your children among you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in your midst, because you did not recognize the time when God visited you.”

CLEANSING THE TEMPLE

45 He went into the temple and began to throw out those who were selling, 46 and he said, “It is written, my house will be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves!”,

47 Every day he was teaching in the temple. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people were looking for a way to kill him, 48 but they could not find a way to do it, because all the people were captivated by what they heard.