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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Bible Readings for April 19, 2016

Today our passages are Joshua 19:1–20:9; Luke 19:28-48; Psalm 88:1-18; and Proverbs 13:12-14. 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.

Joshua 19-20:9 (The Message)

Joshua 19

 1-8 The second lot went to Simeon for its clans. Their inheritance was within the territory of Judah. In their inheritance they had:
   Beersheba (or Sheba), Moladah,
   Hazar Shual, Balah, Ezem,
   Eltolad, Bethul, Hormah,
   Ziklag, Beth Marcaboth, Hazar Susah,
   Beth Lebaoth, and Sharuhen—
      thirteen towns and their villages.
   Ain, Rimmon, Ether, and Ashan—
      four towns and their villages—plus all the villages around these towns as far as Baalath Beer, the Ramah of the Negev.
 8-9 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Simeon according to its clans. The inheritance of Simeon came out of the share of Judah, because Judah's portion turned out to be more than they needed. That's how the people of Simeon came to get their lot from within Judah's portion.
10-15 The third lot went to Zebulun, clan by clan:     The border of their inheritance went all the way to Sarid. It ran west to Maralah, met Dabbesheth, and then went to the brook opposite Jokneam. In the other direction from Sarid, the border ran east; it followed the sunrise to the border of Kisloth Tabor, on to Daberath and up to Japhia. It continued east to Gath Hepher and Eth Kazin, came out at Rimmon, and turned toward Neah. There the border went around on the north to Hannathon and ran out into the Valley of Iphtah El. It included Kattath, Nahalal, Shimron, Idalah, and Bethlehem—twelve cities with their villages.
 16 This is the inheritance of the people of Zebulun for their clans—these towns and their villages.
17-21 The fourth lot went to Issachar, clan by clan. Their territory included:
   Jezreel, Kesulloth, Shunem,
   Hapharaim, Shion, Anaharath,
   Rabbith, Kishion, Ebez,
   Remeth, En Gannim, En Haddah, and Beth Pazzez.
 22 The boundary touched Tabor, Shahazumah, and Beth Shemesh and ended at the Jordan—sixteen towns and their villages.
 23 These towns with their villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar, clan by clan.
24 The fifth lot went to the tribe of Asher, clan by clan:  25-30 Their territory included Helkath, Hali, Beten, Acshaph, Allammelech, Amad, and Mishal. The western border touched Carmel and Shihor Libnath, then turned east toward Beth Dagon, touched Zebulun and the Valley of Iphtah El, and went north to Beth Emek and Neiel, skirting Cabul on the left. It went on to Abdon, Rehob, Hammon, and Kanah, all the way to Greater Sidon. The border circled back toward Ramah, extended to the fort city of Tyre, turned toward Hosah, and came out at the Sea in the region of Aczib, Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob—twenty-two towns and their villages.
 31 These towns and villages were the inheritance of the tribe of Asher, clan by clan.
32 The sixth lot came to Naphtali and its clans.  33 Their border ran from Heleph, from the oak at Zaanannim, passing Adami Nekeb and Jabneel to Lakkum and ending at the Jordan.
 34 The border returned on the west at Aznoth Tabor and came out at Hukkok, meeting Zebulun on the south, Asher on the west, and the Jordan on the east.
   The fort cities were:
 35-38 Ziddim, Zer, Hammath, Rakkath, Kinnereth,
   Adamah, Ramah, Hazor,
   Kedesh, Edrei, En Hazor,
   Iron, Migdal El, Horem, Beth Anath, and Beth Shemesh—
      nineteen towns and their villages.

 39 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Naphtali, the cities and their villages, clan by clan.
40-46 The seventh lot fell to Dan. The territory of their inheritance included:
    Zorah, Eshtaol, Ir Shemesh,
   Shaalabbin, Aijalon, Ithlah,
   Elon, Timnah, Ekron,
   Eltekeh, Gibbethon, Baalath,
   Jehud, Bene Berak, Gath Rimmon,
   Me Jarkon, and Rakkon, with the region facing Joppa.
 47 But the people of Dan failed to get rid of the Westerners (Amorites), who pushed them back into the hills. The Westerners kept them out of the plain and they didn't have enough room. So the people of Dan marched up and attacked Leshem. They took it, killed the inhabitants, and settled in. They renamed it Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their ancestor.
 48 This is the inheritance of the tribe of Dan, according to its clans, these towns with their villages.

49-50 They completed the dividing of the land as inheritance and the setting of its boundaries. The People of Israel then gave an inheritance among them to Joshua son of Nun. In obedience to God's word, they gave him the city which he had requested, Timnath Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. He rebuilt the city and settled there.

 51 These are the inheritances which Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun and the ancestral leaders assigned by lot to the tribes of Israel at Shiloh in the presence of God at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. They completed the dividing of the land.

Joshua 20

 1-3 Then God spoke to Joshua: "Tell the People of Israel: Designate the asylum-cities, as I instructed you through Moses, so that anyone who kills a person accidentally—that is, unintentionally—may flee there as a safe place of asylum from the avenger of blood.  4 "A person shall escape for refuge to one of these cities, stand at the entrance to the city gate, and lay out his case before the city's leaders. The leaders must then take him into the city among them and give him a place to live with them.
 5-6 "If the avenger of blood chases after him, they must not give him up—he didn't intend to kill the person; there was no history of ill-feeling. He may stay in that city until he has stood trial before the congregation and until the death of the current high priest. Then he may go back to his own home in his hometown from which he fled."
 7 They set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hills of Naphtali, Shechem in the hills of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hills of Judah.
 8-9 On the other side of the Jordan, east of Jericho, they designated Bezer on the desert plateau from the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan from the tribe of Manasseh. These were the designated cities for the People of Israel and any resident foreigner living among them, so that anyone who killed someone unintentionally could flee there and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood without a fair trial before the congregation.

Luke 19:28-48 (The Message)

God's Personal Visit
 28-31After saying these things, Jesus headed straight up to Jerusalem. When he got near Bethphage and Bethany at the mountain called Olives, he sent off two of the disciples with instructions: "Go to the village across from you. As soon as you enter, you'll find a colt tethered, one that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says anything, asks, 'What are you doing?' say, 'His Master needs him.'"
 32-33The two left and found it just as he said. As they were untying the colt, its owners said, "What are you doing untying the colt?"
 34They said, "His Master needs him."
 35-36They brought the colt to Jesus. Then, throwing their coats on its back, they helped Jesus get on. As he rode, the people gave him a grand welcome, throwing their coats on the street.
 37-38Right at the crest, where Mount Olives begins its descent, the whole crowd of disciples burst into enthusiastic praise over all the mighty works they had witnessed:

   Blessed is he who comes,
      the king in God's name!
   All's well in heaven!
      Glory in the high places!
 39Some Pharisees from the crowd told him, "Teacher, get your disciples under control!"
 40But he said, "If they kept quiet, the stones would do it for them, shouting praise."
 41-44When the city came into view, he wept over it. "If you had only recognized this day, and everything that was good for you! But now it's too late. In the days ahead your enemies are going to bring up their heavy artillery and surround you, pressing in from every side. They'll smash you and your babies on the pavement. Not one stone will be left intact. All this because you didn't recognize and welcome God's personal visit."
 45-46Going into the Temple he began to throw out everyone who had set up shop, selling everything and anything. He said, "It's written in Scripture,

   My house is a house of prayer;
   You have turned it into a religious bazaar."
 47-48From then on he taught each day in the Temple. The high priests, religion scholars, and the leaders of the people were trying their best to find a way to get rid of him. But with the people hanging on every word he spoke, they couldn't come up with anything.

Psalm 88:1-18 (The Message)

Psalm 88

A Korah Prayer of Heman
 1-9 God, you're my last chance of the day. I spend the night on my knees before you.
   Put me on your salvation agenda;
      take notes on the trouble I'm in.
   I've had my fill of trouble;
      I'm camped on the edge of hell.
   I'm written off as a lost cause,
      one more statistic, a hopeless case.
   Abandoned as already dead,
      one more body in a stack of corpses,
   And not so much as a gravestone—
      I'm a black hole in oblivion.
   You've dropped me into a bottomless pit,
      sunk me in a pitch-black abyss.
   I'm battered senseless by your rage,
      relentlessly pounded by your waves of anger.
   You turned my friends against me,
      made me horrible to them.
   I'm caught in a maze and can't find my way out,
      blinded by tears of pain and frustration.

 9-12 I call to you, God; all day I call.
      I wring my hands, I plead for help.
   Are the dead a live audience for your miracles?
      Do ghosts ever join the choirs that praise you?
   Does your love make any difference in a graveyard?
      Is your faithful presence noticed in the corridors of hell?
   Are your marvelous wonders ever seen in the dark,
      your righteous ways noticed in the Land of No Memory?

 13-18 I'm standing my ground, God, shouting for help,
      at my prayers every morning, on my knees each daybreak.
   Why, God, do you turn a deaf ear?
      Why do you make yourself scarce?
   For as long as I remember I've been hurting;
      I've taken the worst you can hand out, and I've had it.
   Your wildfire anger has blazed through my life;
      I'm bleeding, black-and-blue.
   You've attacked me fiercely from every side,
      raining down blows till I'm nearly dead.
   You made lover and neighbor alike dump me;
      the only friend I have left is Darkness.


Proverbs 13:12-14 (The Message)

 12 Unrelenting disappointment leaves you heartsick,
   but a sudden good break can turn life around.

 13 Ignore the Word and suffer;
   honor God's commands and grow rich.

 14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
   so, no more drinking from death-tainted wells!

Verse of the Day
“But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life. Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us.” - 1 Corinthians 15:20-22
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Late-middle-aged bearded man in Grey robes sitting on a chair looks to the right with serene composure.
Thought for the Day
Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Rabindranath Tagore wrote, “You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

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