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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bible Readings for June 14, 2017

Today our passages are 1 Kings 12:20–13:34; Acts 9:26-43; Psalm 132:1-18; and Proverbs 17:6. 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 Kings 12:20-13:34 (Contemporary English Version)

20When the Israelites heard that Jeroboam was back, they called everyone together. Then they sent for Jeroboam and made him king of Israel. Only the people from the tribe of Judah a<="" value="[a]" >[] remained loyal to David's family.
Shemaiah Warns Rehoboam
(2 Chronicles 11.1-4)
 21After Rehoboam returned to Jerusalem, he decided to attack Israel and take control of the whole country. So he called together one hundred eighty thousand soldiers from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin.     22Meanwhile, God told Shemaiah the prophet 23to give Rehoboam and everyone from Judah and Benjamin this warning: 24"Don't go to war against the people from Israel--they are your relatives. Go home! I am the LORD, and I made these things happen."
   Rehoboam and his army obeyed the LORD and went home.
Jeroboam Makes Religious Changes
 25Jeroboam rebuilt Shechem in Ephraim and made it a stronger town, then he moved there. He also fortified the town of Penuel.     26-27One day, Jeroboam started thinking, "Everyone in Israel still goes to the temple in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to the LORD. What if they become loyal to David's family again? They will kill me and accept Rehoboam as their king."
    28Jeroboam asked for advice and then made two gold statues of calves. He showed them to the people and said, "Listen everyone! You won't have to go to Jerusalem to worship anymore. Here are your gods [b<="">] who rescued you from Egypt." 29-30Then he put one of the gold calves in the town of Bethel. He put the other one in the town of Dan, and the crowd walked out in front as the calf was taken there. [c<="">] What Jeroboam did was a terrible sin. 31Jeroboam built small places of worship at the shrines [d<="">] and appointed men who were not from the tribe of Levi to serve as priests. 32-33He also decided to start a new festival for the Israelites on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, just like the one in Judah. [e<="">] On that day, Jeroboam went to Bethel and offered sacrifices on the altar to the gold calf he had put there. Then he assigned the priests their duties.

1 Kings 13

A Prophet Condemns the Altar at Bethel
 1-2One day, Jeroboam was standing at the altar in Bethel, ready to make an offering. Suddenly one of God's prophets [f<="">] arrived from Judah and shouted: The LORD sent me with a message about this altar. A child named Josiah will be born into David's family. He will sacrifice on this altar the priests who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on it.     3You will know that the LORD has said these things when the altar splits in half, and the ashes on it fall to the ground.
    4Jeroboam pointed at the prophet and shouted, "Grab him!" But right away, Jeroboam's hand became stiff, and he could not move it. 5The altar split in half, and the ashes fell to the ground, just as the prophet had warned.
    6"Please pray to the LORD your God and ask him to heal my hand," Jeroboam begged.
   The prophet prayed, and Jeroboam's hand was healed.
    7"Come home with me and eat something," Jeroboam said. "I want to give you a gift for what you have done."
    8"No, I wouldn't go with you, even if you offered me half of your kingdom. I won't eat or drink here either. 9The LORD said I can't eat or drink anything and that I can't go home the same way I came." 10Then he started home down a different road.
An Old Prophet from Bethel
 11At that time an old prophet lived in Bethel, and one of his sons told him what the prophet from Judah had said and done.     12"Show me which way he went," the old prophet said, and his sons pointed out the road. 13"Put a saddle on my donkey," he told them. After they did, he got on the donkey 14and rode off to look for the prophet from Judah.
   The old prophet found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, "Are you the prophet from Judah?"
   "Yes, I am."
    15"Come home with me," the old prophet said, "and have something to eat."
    16"I can't go back with you," the prophet replied, "and I can't eat or drink anything with you. 17The LORD warned me not to eat or drink or to go home the same way I came."
    18The old prophet said, "I'm a prophet too. One of the LORD's angels told me to take you to my house and give you something to eat and drink."
   The prophet from Judah did not know that the old prophet was lying, 19so he went home with him and ate and drank.
    20During the meal the LORD gave the old prophet 21a message for the prophet from Judah:
   Listen to the LORD's message. You have disobeyed the LORD your God. 22He told you not to eat or drink anything here, but you came home and ate with me. And so, when you die, your body won't be buried in your family tomb.
    23After the meal the old prophet got a donkey ready, 24and the prophet from Judah left. Along the way, a lion attacked and killed him, and the donkey and the lion stood there beside his dead body.
    25Some people walked by and saw the body with the lion standing there. They ran into Bethel, telling everyone what they had seen.
    26When the old prophet heard the news, he said, "That must be the prophet from Judah. The LORD warned him, but he disobeyed. So the LORD sent a lion to kill him."
    27The old prophet told his sons to saddle his donkey, and when it was ready, 28he left. He found the body lying on the road, with the donkey and lion standing there. The lion had not eaten the body or attacked the donkey. 29The old prophet picked up the body, put it on his own donkey, and took it back to Bethel, so he could bury it and mourn for the prophet from Judah.
    30He buried the body in his own family tomb and cried for the prophet. 31He said to his sons, "When I die, bury my body next to this prophet. 32I'm sure that everything he said about the altar in Bethel and the shrines in Samaria will happen."
    33But Jeroboam kept on doing evil things. He appointed men to be priests at the local shrines, even if they were not Levites. In fact, anyone who wanted to be a priest could be one. 34This sinful thing led to the downfall of his kingdom.
  1. 1 Kings 12:20 Israelites. . . Israel. . . Judah: From this time on, "Israel" usually refers to the northern kingdom, and "Israelites" refers to the people who lived there. The southern kingdom is called "Judah."
  2. 1 Kings 12:28 Here are your gods: Or "Here is your God."
  3. 1 Kings 12:29 the crowd. . . taken there: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  4. 1 Kings 12:31 shrines: See the note at 3.2.
  5. 1 Kings 12:32 the one in Judah: This probably refers to the Festival of Shelters.
  6. 1 Kings 13:1 one of God's prophets: Hebrew "a man of God."

Acts 9:26-43 (Contemporary English Version)

Saul in Jerusalem
 26When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to join the followers. But they were all afraid of him, because they did not believe he was a true follower. 27Then Barnabas helped him by taking him to the apostles. He explained how Saul had seen the Lord and how the Lord had spoken to him. Barnabas also said that when Saul was in Damascus, he had spoken bravely in the name of Jesus.     28Saul moved about freely with the followers in Jerusalem and told everyone about the Lord. 29He was always arguing with the Jews who spoke Greek, and so they tried to kill him. 30But the followers found out about this and took Saul to Caesarea. From there they sent him to the city of Tarsus.
    31The church in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria now had a time of peace and kept on worshiping the Lord. The church became stronger, as the Holy Spirit encouraged it and helped it grow.
Peter Heals Aeneas
 32While Peter was traveling from place to place, he visited the Lord's followers who lived in the town of Lydda. 33There he met a man named Aeneas, who for eight years had been sick in bed and could not move. 34Peter said to Aeneas, "Jesus Christ has healed you! Get up and make up your bed." a<="" value="[a]" >[] Right away he stood up. 35Many people in the towns of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas and became followers of the Lord.    
Peter Brings Dorcas Back to Life
 36In Joppa there was a follower named Tabitha. Her Greek name was Dorcas, which means "deer." She was always doing good things for people and had given much to the poor. 37But she got sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38Joppa wasn't far from Lydda, and the followers heard that Peter was there. They sent two men to say to him, "Please come with us as quickly as you can!" 39Right away, Peter went with them.    The men took Peter upstairs into the room. Many widows were there crying. They showed him the coats and clothes that Dorcas had made while she was still alive.
    40After Peter had sent everyone out of the room, he knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the body of Dorcas and said, "Tabitha, get up!" The woman opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet.
   Peter called in the widows and the other followers and showed them that Dorcas had been raised from death. 42Everyone in Joppa heard what had happened, and many of them put their faith in the Lord. 43Peter stayed on for a while in Joppa in the house of a man named Simon, who made leather.
  1. Acts 9:34 and make up your bed: Or "and fix something to eat."

Psalm 132:1-18 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 132

(A song for worship.)
The LORD Is Always with His People
 1Our LORD, don't forget David    and how he suffered.
    2Mighty God of Jacob,
   remember how he promised:
    3"I won't go home
   or crawl into bed
    4or close my eyelids,
    5until I find a home for you,
   the mighty LORD God of Jacob."
    6When we were in Ephrath,
   we heard
   that the sacred chest
   was somewhere near Jaar.
    7Then we said, "Let's go
   to the throne of the LORD
   and worship at his feet."
    8Come to your new home, LORD,
   you and the sacred chest
   with all of its power.
    9Let victory be like robes
   for the priests;
   let your faithful people
   celebrate and shout.
    10David is your chosen one,
   so don't reject him.
    11You made a solemn promise
   to David, when you said,
   "I, the LORD, promise
   that someone in your family
   will always be king.
    12If they keep our agreement
   and follow my teachings,
   then someone in your family
   will rule forever."
    13You have gladly chosen Zion
   as your home, our LORD.
    14You said, "This is my home!
   I will live here forever.
    15I will bless Zion with food,
   and even the poor will eat
   until they are full.
    16Victory will be like robes
   for the priests,
   and its faithful people
   will celebrate and shout.
    17I will give mighty power
   to the kingdom of David.
   Each one of my chosen kings
   will shine like a lamp
    18and wear a sparkling crown.
   But I will disgrace
   their enemies."

Proverbs 17:6 (Contemporary English Version)

6Grandparents are proud
   of their grandchildren,
   and children should be proud
   of their parents.

Verse of the Day

“But we are citizens of heaven and are eagerly waiting for our Savior to come from there. Our Lord Jesus Christ” - Philippians 3:20
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Thomas Edison2.jpgThought for the Day

American inventor and businessman, Thomas A. Edison wrote, “Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

A Joke for Today
Image result for tailpipeA rabbi, a priest and a minister have their houses of worship side by side, so they decide to carpool.
On the first day, the other two are shocked to see the pastor lay hands on the hood and pray silently.
"What are you doing?" the priest asks.
The pastor looks up. "I'm just dedicating the car to the Lord's service."
"Good idea! Be right back!" the priest exclaims, running into his church. He emerges with a bulb on a short stick, shaking water out of it onto the car.
The rabbi stares. "What are you doing?" he says.
"I'm consecrating it with holy water," the priest replies.

"Great idea!" the rabbi says, and runs into his synagogue's tool shed. He emerges with a hacksaw and takes off an inch of the tailpipe.

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