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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Bible Readings for May 11, 2017

Today our passages are 1 Samuel 10:1–11:15; John 6:43-71; Psalm 107:1-43; and Proverbs 15:1-3. The readings are from the Contemporary English VersionIf 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.

1 Samuel 10-11:15 (Contemporary English Version)

1 Samuel 10

Samuel Tells Saul He Will Be King
 1Samuel took a small jar of olive oil and poured it on Saul's head. Then he kissed a<="" value="[a]" >[] Saul and told him: The LORD has chosen you to be the leader and ruler of his people. [b<="">] 2When you leave me today, you'll meet two men near Rachel's tomb at Zelzah in the territory of Benjamin. They'll tell you, "The donkeys you've been looking for have been found. Your father has forgotten about them, and now he's worrying about you! He's wondering how he can find you." 3Go on from there until you reach the big oak tree at Tabor, where you'll meet three men on their way to worship God at Bethel. One of them will be leading three young goats, another will be carrying three round loaves of bread, and the last one will be carrying a clay jar of wine. 4After they greet you, they'll give you two loaves of bread.     5Next, go to Gibeah, [c<="">] where the Philistines have an army camp. As you're going into the town, you'll meet a group of prophets coming down from the place of worship. They'll be going along prophesying while others are walking in front of them, playing small harps, small drums, and flutes. 6The Spirit of the LORD will suddenly take control of you. [d<="">] You'll become a different person and start prophesying right along with them. 7After these things happen, do whatever you think is right! God will help you. 8Then you should go to Gilgal. I'll come a little later, so wait for me. It may even take a week for me to get there, but when I come, I'll offer sacrifices and offerings to the LORD. I'll also tell you what to do next.
Saul Goes Back Home
 9As Saul turned around to leave Samuel, God made Saul feel like a different person. That same day, everything happened just as Samuel had said. 10When Saul arrived at Gibeah, a group of prophets met him. The Spirit of God suddenly took control of him, [e<="">] and right there in the middle of the group he began prophesying. 11Some people who had known Saul for a long time saw that he was speaking and behaving like a prophet. They said to each other, "What's happened? How can Saul be a prophet?"     12"Why not?" one of them answered. "Saul has as much right to be a prophet as anyone else!" [f<="">] That's why everyone started saying, "How can Saul be a prophet?" 13After Saul stopped prophesying, he went to the place of worship.
    14Later, Saul's uncle asked him, "Where have you been?"
   Saul answered, "Looking for the donkeys. We couldn't find them, so we went to talk with Samuel."
    15"And what did he tell you?" Saul's uncle asked.
    16Saul answered, "He told us the donkeys had been found." But Saul didn't mention that Samuel had chosen him to be king.
The LORD Shows Israel that Saul Will Be King
 17Samuel sent messengers to tell the Israelites to come to Mizpah and meet with the LORD. 18When everyone had arrived, Samuel said:    The LORD God of Israel told me to remind you that he had rescued you from the Egyptians and from the other nations that abused you.
    19God has rescued you from your troubles and hard times. But you have rejected your God and have asked for a king. Now each tribe and clan must come near the place of worship so the LORD can choose a king.
    20Samuel brought each tribe, one after the other, to the altar, and the LORD chose the Benjamin tribe. 21Next, Samuel brought each clan of Benjamin there, and the LORD chose the Matri clan. Finally, Saul the son of Kish was chosen. But when they looked for him, he was nowhere to be found.
    22The people prayed, "Our LORD, is Saul here?"
   "Yes," the LORD answered, "he is hiding behind the baggage."
    23The people ran and got Saul and brought him into the middle of the crowd. He was more than a head taller than anyone else. 24"Look closely at the man the LORD has chosen!" Samuel told the crowd. "There is no one like him!"
   The crowd shouted, "Long live the king!"
    25Samuel explained the rights and duties of a king and wrote them all in a book. He put the book in a temple building at one of the places where the LORD was worshiped. Then Samuel sent everyone home.
    26God had encouraged some young men to become followers of Saul, and when he returned to his hometown of Gibeah, they went with him. 27But some worthless fools said, "How can someone like Saul rescue us from our enemies?" They did not want Saul to be their king, and so they didn't bring him any gifts. But Saul kept calm.

1 Samuel 11

Saul Rescues the Town of Jabesh in Gilead
 1About this time, [g<="">] King Nahash of Ammon came with his army and surrounded the town of Jabesh in Gilead. The people who lived there told Nahash, "If you will sign a peace treaty with us, you can be our ruler, and we will pay taxes to you." 2Nahash answered, "Sure, I'll sign a treaty! But not before I insult Israel by poking out the right eye of every man who lives in Jabesh."     3The town leaders said, "Give us seven days so we can send messengers everywhere in Israel to ask for help. If no one comes here to save us, we will surrender to you."
    4Some of the messengers went to Gibeah, Saul's hometown. They told what was happening at Jabesh, and everyone in Gibeah started crying. 5Just then, Saul came in from the fields, walking behind his oxen.
   "Why is everyone crying?" Saul asked.
   They told him what the men from Jabesh had said. 6Then the Spirit of God suddenly took control of Saul and made him furious. 7Saul killed two of his oxen, cut them up in pieces, and gave the pieces to the [h<="">] messengers. He told them to show the pieces to everyone in Israel and say, "Saul and Samuel are getting an army together. Come and join them. If you don't, this is what will happen to your oxen!" The LORD made the people of Israel terribly afraid. So all the men came together 8at Bezek. Saul had them organized and counted. There were three hundred thousand from Israel and thirty thousand [i<="">] from Judah. 9Saul and his officers sent the messengers back to Jabesh with this promise: "We will rescue you tomorrow afternoon." The messengers went back to the people at Jabesh and told them that they were going to be rescued.
   Everyone was encouraged! 10So they told the Ammonites, "We will surrender to you tomorrow, and then you can do whatever you want to."
    11The next day, Saul divided his army into three groups and attacked before daylight. They started killing Ammonites and kept it up until afternoon. A few Ammonites managed to escape, but they were scattered far from each other.
    12The Israelite soldiers went to Samuel and demanded, "Where are the men who said they didn't want Saul to be king? Bring them to us, and we will put them to death!"
    13"No you won't!" Saul told them. "The LORD rescued Israel today, and no one will be put to death."
Saul Is Accepted as King
 14"Come on!" Samuel said. "Let's go to Gilgal and make an agreement that Saul will continue to be our king."     15Everyone went to the place of worship at Gilgal, where they agreed that Saul would be their king. Saul and the people sacrificed animals to ask for the LORD's blessing, [j<="">] and they had a big celebration.
  1. 1 Samuel 10:1 kissed: Relatives or close friends often greeted one another with a kiss. But this may have been a ceremonial kiss after Samuel poured oil on Saul's head to show that he was to be the king.
  2. 1 Samuel 10:1 people: One ancient translation adds "You will rule the LORD's people and save them from their enemies who are all around them. These things will prove that what I say is true."
  3. 1 Samuel 10:5 Gibeah: The Hebrew text has "Gibeah of God," which may or may not have been the same Gibeah as Saul's hometown.
  4. 1 Samuel 10:6 take. . . you: Or "will take control of you in a powerful way."
  5. 1 Samuel 10:10 suddenly. . . him: Or "came over him in a powerful way."
  6. 1 Samuel 10:12 Why not. . . anyone else: Or "Sure he is! He's probably the leader of the prophets!" or "How can he be? Those prophets are nobodies!"
  7. 1 Samuel 11:1 But Saul. . . time: The Standard Hebrew Text; the Dead Sea Scrolls add "King Nahash of Ammon was making the people of Gad and Reuben miserable. He was poking out everyone's right eye, and no one in Israel could stop him. He had poked out the right eye of every Israelite man who lived east of the Jordan River. Only seven thousand men had escaped from the Ammonites, and they had gone into the town of Jabesh in Gilead. About a month later. . . "
  8. 1 Samuel 11:7 the: Or "some other."
  9. 1 Samuel 11:8 three hundred thousand. . . thirty thousand: The Dead Sea Scrolls and some ancient translations have different numbers.
  10. 1 Samuel 11:15 sacrificed. . . blessing: This kind of sacrifice is described in Leviticus 3; 7.11-36; 19.5-8. People who offered these sacrifices were allowed to eat most of the meat, and they could invite others to share it with them.

John 6:43-71 (Contemporary English Version)

43Jesus told them:
   Stop grumbling! 44No one can come to me, unless the Father who sent me makes them want to come. But if they do come, I will raise them to life on the last day. 45One of the prophets wrote, "God will teach all of them." And so everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him will come to me.
    46The only one who has seen the Father is the one who has come from him. No one else has ever seen the Father. 47I tell you for certain that everyone who has faith in me has eternal life.
    48I am the bread that gives life! 49Your ancestors ate manna a<="" value="[a]" >[] in the desert, and later they died. 50But the bread from heaven has come down, so that no one who eats it will ever die. 51I am that bread from heaven! Everyone who eats it will live forever. My flesh is the life-giving bread that I give to the people of this world. 52They started arguing with each other and asked, "How can he give us his flesh to eat?"
    53Jesus answered:
   I tell you for certain that you won't live unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man. 54But if you do eat my flesh and drink my blood, you will have eternal life, and I will raise you to life on the last day. 55My flesh is the true food, and my blood is the true drink. 56If you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you are one with me, and I am one with you.
    57The living Father sent me, and I have life because of him. Now everyone who eats my flesh will live because of me. 58The bread that comes down from heaven isn't like what your ancestors ate. They died, but whoever eats this bread will live forever.
    59Jesus was teaching in a Jewish place of worship in Capernaum when he said these things.
The Words of Eternal Life
 60Many of Jesus' disciples heard him and said, "This is too hard for anyone to understand."     61Jesus knew that his disciples were grumbling. So he asked, "Does this bother you? 62What if you should see the Son of Man go up to heaven where he came from? 63The Spirit is the one who gives life! Human strength can do nothing. The words that I have spoken to you are from that life-giving Spirit. 64But some of you refuse to have faith in me." Jesus said this, because from the beginning he knew who would have faith in him. He also knew which one would betray him.
    65Then Jesus said, "You cannot come to me, unless the Father makes you want to come. That is why I have told these things to all of you."
    66Because of what Jesus said, many of his disciples turned their backs on him and stopped following him. 67Jesus then asked his twelve disciples if they were going to leave him. 68Simon Peter answered, "Lord, there is no one else that we can go to! Your words give eternal life. 69We have faith in you, and we are sure that you are God's Holy One."
    70Jesus told his disciples, "I chose all twelve of you, but one of you is a demon!" 71Jesus was talking about Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. [b<="">] He would later betray Jesus, even though he was one of the twelve disciples.
  1. John 6:49 manna: See the note at 6.31.
  2. John 6:71 Iscariot: This may mean " a man from Kerioth" (a place in Judea). But more probably it means " a man who was a liar" or " a man who was a betrayer."

Psalm 107:1-43 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 107

(Psalms 107-150)
The LORD Is Good to His People
 1Shout praises to the LORD!    He is good to us,
   and his love never fails.
    2Everyone the LORD has rescued
   from trouble
   should praise him,
    3everyone he has brought
   from the east and the west,
   the north and the south. a<="" value="[a]" >[] 4Some of you were lost
   in the scorching desert,
   far from a town.
    5You were hungry and thirsty
   and about to give up.
    6You were in serious trouble,
   but you prayed to the LORD,
   and he rescued you.
    7Right away he brought you
   to a town.
    8You should praise the LORD
   for his love
   and for the wonderful things
   he does for all of us.
    9To everyone who is thirsty,
   he gives something to drink;
   to everyone who is hungry,
   he gives good things to eat.
    10Some of you were prisoners
   suffering in deepest darkness
   and bound by chains,
    11because you had rebelled
   against God Most High
   and refused his advice.
    12You were worn out
   from working like slaves,
   and no one came to help.
    13You were in serious trouble,
   but you prayed to the LORD,
   and he rescued you.
    14He brought you out
   of the deepest darkness
   and broke your chains.
    15You should praise the LORD
   for his love
   and for the wonderful things
   he does for all of us.
    16He breaks down bronze gates
   and shatters iron locks.
    17Some of you had foolishly
   committed a lot of sins
   and were in terrible pain.
    18The very thought of food
   was disgusting to you,
   and you were almost dead.
    19You were in serious trouble,
   but you prayed to the LORD,
   and he rescued you.
    20By the power of his own word,
   he healed you
   and saved you
   from destruction.
    21You should praise the LORD
   for his love
   and for the wonderful things
   he does for all of us.
    22You should celebrate
   by offering sacrifices
   and singing joyful songs
   to tell what he has done.
    23Some of you made a living
   by sailing the mighty sea,
    24and you saw the miracles
   the LORD performed there.
    25At his command a storm arose,
   and waves covered the sea.
    26You were tossed to the sky
   and to the ocean depths,
   until things looked so bad
   that you lost your courage.
    27You staggered like drunkards
   and gave up all hope.
    28You were in serious trouble,
   but you prayed to the LORD,
   and he rescued you.
    29He made the storm stop
   and the sea be quiet.
    30You were happy because of this,
   and he brought you to the port
   where you wanted to go.
    31You should praise the LORD
   for his love
   and for the wonderful things
   he does for all of us.
    32Honor the LORD
   when you
   and your leaders
   meet to worship.
    33If you start doing wrong,
   the LORD will turn rivers
   into deserts,
    34flowing streams
   into scorched land,
   and fruitful fields
   into beds of salt.
    35But the LORD can also turn
   deserts into lakes
   and scorched land
   into flowing streams.
    36If you are hungry,
   you can settle there
   and build a town.
    37You can plant fields
   and vineyards
   that produce
   a good harvest.
    38The LORD will bless you
   with many children
   and with herds of cattle.
    39Sometimes you may be crushed
   by troubles and sorrows,
   until only a few of you
   are left to survive.
    40But the LORD will take revenge
   on those who conquer you,
   and he will make them wander
   across desert sands.
    41When you are suffering
   and in need,
   he will come to your rescue,
   and your families will grow
   as fast as a herd of sheep.
    42You will see this because
   you obey the LORD,
   but everyone who is wicked
   will be silenced.
    43Be wise! Remember this
   and think about the kindness
   of the LORD.
  1. Psalm 107:3 south: The Hebrew text has " sea," probably referring to the Mediterranean Sea.

Proverbs 15:1-3 (Contemporary English Version)

Proverbs 15

The LORD Sees Everything
 1A kind answer    soothes angry feelings,
   but harsh words
   stir them up.
    2Words of wisdom
   come from the wise,
   but fools speak foolishness.
    3The LORD sees everything,
   whether good or bad.

Verse of the Day

“Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.” - Ephesians 4:32
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Related imageThought for the Day

Philosopher, speaker and writer, Jiddu Krishnamurti wrote, “It's no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”

Image result for elderly couple madA Joke for the Day
An elderly couple were killed in an accident and found themselves being given a tour of heaven by Saint Peter. "Here is your oceanside condo, over there are the tennis courts, swimming pool, and two golf courses. If you need any refreshments, just stop by any of the many bars located throughout the area."

"Heck, Gloria," the old man hissed when Saint Peter walked off, "we could have been here ten years ago if you hadn't heard about all that stupid oat bran, wheat germ, and low-fat diets!"

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