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Monday, October 24, 2016

Bible Readings for October 24, 2016

Today our passages are Jeremiah 44:24–47:7; 2 Timothy 2:22–3:17; Psalm 94:1-23; and Proverbs 26:6-8. 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 by using the link below.

Jeremiah 44:24-47:7 (The Message)

 24-25Jeremiah kept going, but now zeroed in on the women: "Listen, all you who are from Judah and living in Egypt—please, listen to God's Word. God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel, says: 'You women! You said it and then you did it. You said, "We're going to keep the vows we made to sacrifice to the Queen of Heaven and pour out offerings to her, and nobody's going to stop us!"'
 25-27"Well, go ahead. Keep your vows. Do it up big. But also listen to what God has to say about it, all you who are from Judah but live in Egypt: 'I swear by my great name, backed by everything I am—this is God speaking!—that never again shall my name be used in vows, such as "As sure as the Master, God, lives!" by anyone in the whole country of Egypt. I've targeted each one of you for doom. The good is gone for good.
 27-28"'All the Judeans in Egypt will die off by massacre or starvation until they're wiped out. The few who get out of Egypt alive and back to Judah will be very few, hardly worth counting. Then that ragtag bunch that left Judah to live in Egypt will know who had the last word.
 29-30"'And this will be the evidence: I will bring punishment right here, and by this you'll know that the decrees of doom against you are the real thing. Watch for this sign of doom: I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt over to his enemies, those who are out to kill him, exactly as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah to his enemy Nebuchadnezzar, who was after him.'"

Jeremiah 45

God's Piling On the Pain
 1 This is what Jeremiah told Baruch one day in the fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign as he was taking dictation from the prophet:  2-3"These are the words of God, the God of Israel, to you, Baruch. You say, 'These are bad times for me! It's one thing after another. God is piling on the pain. I'm worn out and there's no end in sight.'
 4-5"But God says, 'Look around. What I've built I'm about to wreck, and what I've planted I'm about to rip up. And I'm doing it everywhere—all over the whole earth! So forget about making any big plans for yourself. Things are going to get worse before they get better. But don't worry. I'll keep you alive through the whole business.'"

Jeremiah 46

You Vainly Collect Medicines
 1 God's Messages through the prophet Jeremiah regarding the godless nations.  2-5The Message to Egypt and the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt at the time it was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon while camped at Carchemish on the Euphrates River in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah: "'Present arms!
   March to the front!
Harness the horses!
   Up in the saddles!
Battle formation! Helmets on,
   spears sharpened, armor in place!'
But what's this I see?
   They're scared out of their wits!
They break ranks and run for cover.
   Their soldiers panic.
They run this way and that,
   stampeding blindly.
It's total chaos, total confusion, danger everywhere!"
   God's Decree.

 6"The swiftest runners won't get away,
   the strongest soldiers won't escape.
In the north country, along the River Euphrates,
   they'll stagger, stumble, and fall.

 7-9"Who is this like the Nile in flood?
   like its streams torrential?
Why, it's Egypt like the Nile in flood,
   like its streams torrential,
Saying, 'I'll take over the world.
   I'll wipe out cities and peoples.'
Run, horses!
   Roll, chariots!
Advance, soldiers
   from Cush and Put with your shields,
Soldiers from Lud,
   experts with bow and arrow.

 10"But it's not your day. It's the Master's, me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies—
   the day when I have it out with my enemies,
The day when Sword puts an end to my enemies,
   when Sword exacts vengeance.
I, the Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
   will pile them on an altar—a huge sacrifice!—
In the great north country,
   along the mighty Euphrates.

 11-12"Oh, virgin Daughter Egypt,
   climb into the mountains of Gilead, get healing balm.
You will vainly collect medicines,
   for nothing will be able to cure what ails you.
The whole world will hear your anguished cries.
   Your wails fill the earth,
As soldier falls against soldier
   and they all go down in a heap."

Egypt's Army Slithers Like a Snake
 13The Message that God gave to the prophet Jeremiah when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon was on his way to attack Egypt:  14"Tell Egypt, alert Migdol,
   post warnings in Noph and Tahpanhes:
'Wake up! Be prepared!
   War's coming!'

 15-19"Why will your bull-god Apis run off?
   Because God will drive him off.
Your ragtag army will fall to pieces.
   The word is passing through the ranks,
'Let's get out of here while we still can.
   Let's head for home and save our skins.'
When they get home they'll nickname Pharaoh
As sure as I am the living God"
   —the King's Decree, God-of-the-Angel-Armies is his name—
"A conqueror is coming: like Tabor, singular among mountains;
   like Carmel, jutting up from the sea!
So pack your bags for exile,
   you coddled daughters of Egypt,
For Memphis will soon be nothing,
   a vacant lot grown over with weeds.

 20-21"Too bad, Egypt, a beautiful sleek heifer
   attacked by a horsefly from the north!
All her hired soldiers are stationed to defend her—
   like well-fed calves they are.
But when their lives are on the line, they'll run off,
   cowards every one.
When the going gets tough,
   they'll take the easy way out.

 22-24"Egypt will slither and hiss like a snake
   as the enemy army comes in force.
They will rush in, swinging axes
   like lumberjacks cutting down trees.
They'll level the country"—God's Decree—"nothing
   and no one standing for as far as you can see.
The invaders will be a swarm of locusts,
   innumerable, past counting.
Daughter Egypt will be ravished,
   raped by vandals from the north."

 25-26God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel, says, "Watch out when I visit doom on the god Amon of Thebes, Egypt and its gods and kings, Pharaoh and those who trust in him. I'll turn them over to those who are out to kill them, to Nebuchadnezzar and his military. Egypt will be set back a thousand years. Eventually people will live there again." God's Decree.
 27-28"But you, dear Jacob my servant, you have nothing to fear.
   Israel, there's no need to worry.
Look up! I'll save you from that far country,
   I'll get your children out of the land of exile.
Things are going to be normal again for Jacob,
   safe and secure, smooth sailing.
Yes, dear Jacob my servant, you have nothing to fear.
   Depend on it, I'm on your side.
I'll finish off all the godless nations
   among which I've scattered you,
But I won't finish you off.
   I have more work left to do on you.
I'll punish you, but fairly.
   No, I'm not finished with you yet."

Jeremiah 47

It's Doomsday for Philistines
 1-5 God's Message to the prophet Jeremiah regarding the Philistines just before Pharaoh attacked Gaza. This is what God says:    "Look out! Water will rise in the north country,
   swelling like a river in flood.
The torrent will flood the land,
   washing away city and citizen.
Men and women will scream in terror,
   wails from every door and window,
As the thunder from the hooves of the horses will be heard,
   the clatter of chariots, the banging of wheels.
Fathers, paralyzed by fear,
   won't even grab up their babies
Because it will be doomsday for Philistines, one and all,
   no hope of help for Tyre and Sidon.
God will finish off the Philistines,
   what's left of those from the island of Crete.
Gaza will be shaved bald as an egg,
   Ashkelon struck dumb as a post.
You're on your last legs.
   How long will you keep flailing?

 6"Oh, Sword of God,
   how long will you keep this up?
Return to your scabbard.
   Haven't you had enough? Can't you call it quits?

 7"But how can it quit
   when I, God, command the action?
I've ordered it to cut down
   Ashkelon and the seacoast."

2 Timothy 2:22-3:17 (The Message)

 22-26Run away from infantile indulgence. Run after mature righteousness—faith, love, peace—joining those who are in honest and serious prayer before God. Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God's servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil's trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.

2 Timothy 3

Difficult Times Ahead
 1-5Don't be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals. Stay clear of these people.  6-9These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who, depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself "truth." They get exploited every time and never really learn. These men are like those old Egyptian frauds Jannes and Jambres, who challenged Moses. They were rejects from the faith, twisted in their thinking, defying truth itself. But nothing will come of these latest impostors. Everyone will see through them, just as people saw through that Egyptian hoax.
Keep the Message Alive
 10-13You've been a good apprentice to me, a part of my teaching, my manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience, troubles, sufferings—suffering along with me in all the grief I had to put up with in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. And you also well know that God rescued me! Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there's no getting around it. Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They're as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.  14-17But don't let it faze you. Stick with what you learned and believed, sure of the integrity of your teachers—why, you took in the sacred Scriptures with your mother's milk! There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

Psalm 94:1-23 (The Message)

Psalm 94

    God, put an end to evil; avenging God, show your colors!
   Judge of the earth, take your stand;
      throw the book at the arrogant.

 3-4 God, the wicked get away with murder—
      how long will you let this go on?
   They brag and boast
      and crow about their crimes!

 5-7 They walk all over your people, God,
      exploit and abuse your precious people.
   They take out anyone who gets in their way;
      if they can't use them, they kill them.
   They think, "God isn't looking,
      Jacob's God is out to lunch."

 8-11 Well, think again, you idiots,
      fools—how long before you get smart?
   Do you think Ear-Maker doesn't hear,
      Eye-Shaper doesn't see?
   Do you think the trainer of nations doesn't correct,
      the teacher of Adam doesn't know?
   God knows, all right—
      knows your stupidity,
      sees your shallowness.
 12-15 How blessed the man you train, God,
      the woman you instruct in your Word,
   Providing a circle of quiet within the clamor of evil,
      while a jail is being built for the wicked.
   God will never walk away from his people,
      never desert his precious people.
   Rest assured that justice is on its way
      and every good heart put right.
 16-19 Who stood up for me against the wicked?
      Who took my side against evil workers?
   If God hadn't been there for me,
      I never would have made it.
   The minute I said, "I'm slipping, I'm falling,"
      your love, God, took hold and held me fast.
   When I was upset and beside myself,
      you calmed me down and cheered me up.
 20-23 Can Misrule have anything in common with you?
      Can Troublemaker pretend to be on your side?
   They ganged up on good people,
      plotted behind the backs of the innocent.
   But God became my hideout,
      God was my high mountain retreat,
   Then boomeranged their evil back on them:
      for their evil ways he wiped them out,
      our God cleaned them out for good.


Proverbs 26:6-8 (The Message)

 6 You're only asking for trouble
   when you send a message by a fool.

 7 A proverb quoted by fools
   is limp as a wet noodle.

 8 Putting a fool in a place of honor
   is like setting a mud brick on a marble column.

Verse of the Day

“Respect and obey the LORD! This is the beginning of wisdom. To have understanding, you must know the Holy God.” - Proverbs 9:10
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Thought For the Day

The 35th President of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963, John F. Kennedy As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.

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