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Friday, February 12, 2016

Bible Readings for February 12, 2016

Today our passages are Exodus 34:1–35:9; Matthew 27:15-31; Psalm 33:12-22; and Proverbs 9:1-6. The readings are from The Message by Eugene H. PetersonIf you find these readings helpful, please consider sending an offering directly to Cove Presbyterian Church, 3404 Main Street, Weirton, West Virginia or through PayPal.

Exodus 34-35:9 (The Message)

Exodus 34

 1-3 God spoke to Moses: "Cut out two tablets of stone just like the originals and engrave on them the words that were on the original tablets you smashed. Be ready in the morning to climb Mount Sinai and get set to meet me on top of the mountain. Not a soul is to go with you; the whole mountain must be clear of people, even animals—not even sheep or oxen can be grazing in front of the mountain."  4-7 So Moses cut two tablets of stone just like the originals. He got up early in the morning and climbed Mount Sinai as God had commanded him, carrying the two tablets of stone. God descended in the cloud and took up his position there beside him and called out the name, God. God passed in front of him and called out, "God, God, a God of mercy and grace, endlessly patient—so much love, so deeply true—loyal in love for a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, rebellion, and sin. Still, he doesn't ignore sin. He holds sons and grandsons responsible for a father's sins to the third and even fourth generation."
 8-9 At once, Moses fell to the ground and worshiped, saying, "Please, O Master, if you see anything good in me, please Master, travel with us, hard-headed as these people are. Forgive our iniquity and sin. Own us, possess us."
 10-12 And God said, "As of right now, I'm making a covenant with you: In full sight of your people I will work wonders that have never been created in all the Earth, in any nation. Then all the people with whom you're living will see how tremendous God's work is, the work I'll do for you. Take careful note of all I command you today. I'm clearing your way by driving out Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. Stay vigilant. Don't let down your guard lest you make covenant with the people who live in the land that you are entering and they trip you up.
 13-16 "Tear down their altars, smash their phallic pillars, chop down their fertility poles. Don't worship any other god. God—his name is The-Jealous-One—is a jealous God. Be careful that you don't make a covenant with the people who live in the land and take up with their sex-and-religion life, join them in meals at their altars, marry your sons to their women, women who take up with any convenient god or goddess and will get your sons to do the same thing.
 17 "Don't make molten gods for yourselves.
 18 "Keep the Feast of Unraised Bread. Eat only unraised bread for seven days in the month of Abib—it was in the month of Abib that you came out of Egypt.
 19 "Every firstborn from the womb is mine, all the males of your herds, your firstborn oxen and sheep.
 20 "Redeem your firstborn donkey with a lamb. If you don't redeem it you must break its neck.
   "Redeem each of your firstborn sons.
   "No one is to show up in my presence empty-handed.
 21 "Work six days and rest the seventh. Stop working even during plowing and harvesting.
 22 "Keep the Feast of Weeks with the first cutting of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
 23-24 "All your men are to appear before the Master, the God of Israel, three times a year. You won't have to worry about your land when you appear before your God three times each year, for I will drive out the nations before you and give you plenty of land. Nobody's going to be hanging around plotting ways to get it from you.
 25 "Don't mix the blood of my sacrifices with anything fermented.
   "Don't leave leftovers from the Passover Feast until morning.
 26 "Bring the finest of the firstfruits of your produce to the house of your God.
   "Don't boil a kid in its mother's milk."
 27 God said to Moses: "Now write down these words, for by these words I've made a covenant with you and Israel."
 28 Moses was there with God forty days and forty nights. He didn't eat any food; he didn't drink any water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Words.
 29-30 When Moses came down from Mount Sinai carrying the two Tablets of The Testimony, he didn't know that the skin of his face glowed because he had been speaking with God. Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, saw his radiant face, and held back, afraid to get close to him.
 31-32 Moses called out to them. Aaron and the leaders in the community came back and Moses talked with them. Later all the Israelites came up to him and he passed on the commands, everything that God had told him on Mount Sinai.
 33-35 When Moses finished speaking with them, he put a veil over his face, but when he went into the presence of God to speak with him, he removed the veil until he came out. When he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they would see Moses' face, its skin glowing, and then he would again put the veil on his face until he went back in to speak with God.

Exodus 35

Building the Place of Worship
 1 Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel, saying, "These are the things that God has commanded you to do:  2-3 "Work six days, but the seventh day will be a holy rest day, God's holy rest day. Anyone who works on this day must be put to death. Don't light any fires in your homes on the Sabbath day." The Offerings
4 Moses spoke to the entire congregation of Israel, saying, "This is what God has commanded:

 5-9 "Gather from among you an offering for God. Receive on God's behalf what everyone is willing to give as an offering: gold, silver, bronze; blue, purple, and scarlet material; fine linen; goats' hair; tanned rams' skins; dolphin skins; acacia wood; lamp oil; spices for anointing oils and for fragrant incense; onyx stones and other stones for setting in the Ephod and the Breastpiece.

Matthew 27:15-31 (The Message)

 15-18It was an old custom during the Feast for the governor to pardon a single prisoner named by the crowd. At the time, they had the infamous Jesus Barabbas in prison. With the crowd before him, Pilate said, "Which prisoner do you want me to pardon: Jesus Barabbas, or Jesus the so-called Christ?" He knew it was through sheer spite that they had turned Jesus over to him.
 19While court was still in session, Pilate's wife sent him a message: "Don't get mixed up in judging this noble man. I've just been through a long and troubled night because of a dream about him."
 20Meanwhile, the high priests and religious leaders had talked the crowd into asking for the pardon of Barabbas and the execution of Jesus.
 21The governor asked, "Which of the two do you want me to pardon?"
   They said, "Barabbas!"
 22"Then what do I do with Jesus, the so-called Christ?"
   They all shouted, "Nail him to a cross!"
 23He objected, "But for what crime?"
   But they yelled all the louder, "Nail him to a cross!"
 24When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere and that a riot was imminent, he took a basin of water and washed his hands in full sight of the crowd, saying, "I'm washing my hands of responsibility for this man's death. From now on, it's in your hands. You're judge and jury."
 25The crowd answered, "We'll take the blame, we and our children after us."
 26Then he pardoned Barabbas. But he had Jesus whipped, and then handed over for crucifixion.
The Crucifixion
 27-31The soldiers assigned to the governor took Jesus into the governor's palace and got the entire brigade together for some fun. They stripped him and dressed him in a red toga. They plaited a crown from branches of a thornbush and set it on his head. They put a stick in his right hand for a scepter. Then they knelt before him in mocking reverence: "Bravo, King of the Jews!" they said. "Bravo!" Then they spit on him and hit him on the head with the stick. When they had had their fun, they took off the toga and put his own clothes back on him. Then they proceeded out to the crucifixion.


Psalm 33:12-22 (The Message)

 10-12 God takes the wind out of Babel pretense,
      he shoots down the world's power-schemes.
   God's plan for the world stands up,
      all his designs are made to last.
   Blessed is the country with God for God;
      blessed are the people he's put in his will.

 13-15 From high in the skies God looks around,
      he sees all Adam's brood.
   From where he sits
      he overlooks all us earth-dwellers.
   He has shaped each person in turn;
      now he watches everything we do.

 16-17 No king succeeds with a big army alone,
      no warrior wins by brute strength.
   Horsepower is not the answer;
      no one gets by on muscle alone.

 18-19 Watch this: God's eye is on those who respect him,
      the ones who are looking for his love.
   He's ready to come to their rescue in bad times;
      in lean times he keeps body and soul together.

 20-22 We're depending on God;
      he's everything we need.
   What's more, our hearts brim with joy
      since we've taken for our own his holy name.
   Love us, God, with all you've got—
      that's what we're depending on.

A David Psalm, When He Outwitted
    Abimelech and Got Away


Proverbs 9:1-6 (The Message)

Proverbs 9

Lady Wisdom Gives a Dinner Party
 1-6 Lady Wisdom has built and furnished her home; it's supported by seven hewn timbers.
The banquet meal is ready to be served: lamb roasted,
   wine poured out, table set with silver and flowers.
Having dismissed her serving maids,
   Lady Wisdom goes to town, stands in a prominent place,
   and invites everyone within sound of her voice:
"Are you confused about life, don't know what's going on?
   Come with me, oh come, have dinner with me!
I've prepared a wonderful spread—fresh-baked bread,
   roast lamb, carefully selected wines.
Leave your impoverished confusion and live!
   Walk up the street to a life with meaning."

Verse of the Day
“Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting.” - 1 Corinthians 13: 6-7
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Thought for the Day
American mythologist, writer and lecturer, best known for his work in comparative mythology and comparative religion, Joseph Campbell wrote, “We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.”

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