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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Bible Readings for July 1, 2017

Today our passages are 2 Kings 18:13–19:37; Acts 21:1-16; Psalm 149:1-9; and Proverbs 18:8. 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.

2 Kings 18:13-19:37 (Contemporary English Version)

King Sennacherib of Assyria Invades Judah
(2 Chronicles 32.1-19; Isaiah 36.1-22)
 13In the fourteenth year of Hezekiah's rule in Judah, King Sennacherib of Assyria invaded the country and captured every walled city, [a] except Jerusalem. 14Hezekiah sent this message to Sennacherib, who was in the town of Lachish: "I know I am guilty of rebellion. But I will pay you whatever you want, if you stop your attack." Sennacherib told Hezekiah to pay about eleven tons of silver and almost a ton of gold. 15So Hezekiah collected all the silver from the LORD's temple and the royal treasury. 16He even stripped the gold that he had used to cover the doors and doorposts [b] in the temple. He gave it all to Sennacherib. 17The king of Assyria ordered his three highest military officers to leave Lachish and take a large army to Jerusalem. When they arrived, the officers stood on the road near the cloth makers' shops along the canal from the upper pool. 18They called out to Hezekiah, and three of his highest officials came out to meet them. One of them was Hilkiah's son Eliakim, who was the prime minister. The other two were Shebna, assistant to the prime minister, and Joah son of Asaph, keeper of the government records.     19One of the Assyrian commanders told them:
   I have a message for Hezekiah from the great king of Assyria. Ask Hezekiah why he feels so sure of himself. 20Does he think he can plan and win a war with nothing but words? Who is going to help him, now that he has turned against the king of Assyria? 21Is he depending on Egypt and its king? That's the same as leaning on a broken stick, and it will go right through his hand.
    22Is Hezekiah now depending on the LORD your God? Didn't Hezekiah tear down all except one of the LORD's altars and places of worship? [c] Didn't he tell the people of Jerusalem and Judah to worship at that one place? 23The king of Assyria wants to make a bet with you people. He will give you two thousand horses, if you have enough troops to ride them. 24How could you even defeat our lowest ranking officer, when you have to depend on Egypt for chariots and cavalry? 25Don't forget that it was the LORD who sent me here with orders to destroy your nation!
    26Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said, "Sir, we don't want the people listening from the city wall to understand what you are saying. So please speak to us in Aramaic instead of Hebrew."
    27The Assyrian army commander answered, "My king sent me to speak to everyone, not just to you leaders. These people will soon have to eat their own body waste and drink their own urine! And so will the three of you."
    28Then, in a voice loud enough for everyone to hear, he shouted in Hebrew:
   Listen to what the great king of Assyria says! 29Don't be fooled by Hezekiah. He can't save you. 30Don't trust him when he tells you that the LORD will protect you from the king of Assyria. 31Stop listening to Hezekiah! Pay attention to my king. Surrender to him. He will let you keep your own vineyards, fig trees, and cisterns 32for a while. Then he will come and take you away to a country just like yours, where you can plant vineyards, raise your own grain, and have plenty of olive oil and honey. Believe me, you won't starve there.
   Hezekiah claims the LORD will save you. But don't be fooled by him. 33Were any other gods able to defend their land against the king of Assyria? 34What happened to the gods of Hamath and Arpad? What about the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah? Were the gods of Samaria able to protect their land against the Assyrian forces? 35None of these gods kept their people safe from the king of Assyria. Do you think the LORD your God can do any better?
    36-37Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah had been warned by King Hezekiah not to answer the Assyrian commander. So they tore their clothes in sorrow and reported to Hezekiah everything the commander had said.

2 Kings 19

Hezekiah Asks Isaiah the Prophet for Advice
(Isaiah 37.1-13)
 1As soon as Hezekiah heard the news, he tore off his clothes in sorrow and put on sackcloth. Then he went into the temple of the LORD. 2He told Prime Minister Eliakim, Assistant Prime Minister Shebna, and the senior priests to dress in sackcloth and tell the prophet Isaiah:     3These are difficult and disgraceful times. Our nation is like a woman too weak to give birth, when it's time for her baby to be born. 4Please pray for those of us who are left alive. The king of Assyria sent his army commander to insult the living God. Perhaps the LORD heard what he said and will do something, if you will pray.
    5When these leaders went to Isaiah, 6he told them that the LORD had this message for Hezekiah:
   I am the LORD. Don't worry about the insulting things that have been said about me by these messengers from the king of Assyria. 7I will upset him with rumors about what's happening in his own country. He will go back, and there I will make him die a violent death.
    8Meanwhile, the commander of the Assyrian forces heard that his king had left the town of Lachish and was now attacking Libnah. So he went there.
    9About this same time the king of Assyria learned that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia [d] was on his way to attack him. Then the king of Assyria sent some messengers with this note for Hezekiah: 10Don't trust your God or be fooled by his promise to defend Jerusalem against me. 11You have heard how we Assyrian kings have completely wiped out other nations. What makes you feel so safe? 12The Assyrian kings before me destroyed the towns of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and everyone from Eden who lived in Telassar. What good did their gods do them? 13The kings of Hamath, Arpad, Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah have all disappeared.
Hezekiah Prays
(Isaiah 37.14-20)
 14After Hezekiah had read the note from the king of Assyria, he took it to the temple and spread it out for the LORD to see. 15He prayed:    LORD God of Israel, your throne is above the winged creatures. [e] You created the heavens and the earth, and you alone rule the kingdoms of this world. 16But just look how Sennacherib has insulted you, the living God. 17It is true, our LORD, that Assyrian kings have turned nations into deserts. 18They destroyed the idols of wood and stone that the people of those nations had made and worshiped. 19But you are our LORD and our God! We ask you to keep us safe from the Assyrian king. Then everyone in every kingdom on earth will know that you are the only God.
The LORD's Answer to Hezekiah
(Isaiah 37.21-35)
 20Isaiah went to Hezekiah and told him that the LORD God of Israel had said:    Hezekiah, I heard your prayer about King Sennacherib of Assyria. 21Now this is what I say to that king:
   The people of Jerusalem
   hate and make fun of you;
   they laugh
   behind your back.
    22Sennacherib, you cursed,
   shouted, and sneered at me,
   the holy God of Israel.
    23You let your officials
   insult me, the Lord.
   And here is what you
   have said about yourself,
   "I led my chariots
   to the highest heights
   of Lebanon's mountains.
   I went deep into its forest,
   cutting down the best cedar
   and cypress trees.
    24I dried up every stream
   in the land of Egypt,
   and I drank water
   from wells I had dug."
    25Sennacherib, now listen
   to me, the Lord.
   I planned all this long ago.
   And you don't even realize
   that I alone am the one
   who decided that you
   would do these things.
   I let you make ruins
   of fortified cities.
    26Their people became weak,
   terribly confused.
   They were like wild flowers
   or tender young grass
   growing on a flat roof,
   scorched before it matures. [f] 27I know all about you,
   even how fiercely angry
   you are with me.
    28I have seen your pride
   and the tremendous hatred
   you have for me.
   Now I will put a hook
   in your nose,
   a bit in your mouth, [g] then I will send you back
   to where you came from.
    29Hezekiah, I will tell you what's going to happen. This year you will eat crops that grow on their own, and the next year you will eat whatever springs up where those crops grew. But the third year you will plant grain and vineyards, and you will eat what you harvest. 30Those who survive in Judah will be like a vine that puts down deep roots and bears fruit. 31I, the LORD All-Powerful, will see to it that some who live in Jerusalem will survive.
    32I promise that the king of Assyria won't get into Jerusalem, or shoot an arrow into the city, or even surround it and prepare to attack. 33As surely as I am the LORD, he will return by the way he came and will never enter Jerusalem. 34I will protect it for myself and for my servant David.
The Death of King Sennacherib
(Isaiah 37.36-38)
 35That same night the LORD sent an angel to the camp of the Assyrians, and he killed one hundred eighty-five thousand of them. And so the next morning, the camp was full of dead bodies. 36After this King Sennacherib went back to Assyria and lived in the city of Nineveh. 37One day he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, when his sons, Adrammelech and Sharezer, killed him with their swords. They escaped to the land of Ararat, and his son Esarhaddon became king. [h]
  1. 2 Kings 18:13 King Sennacherib. . . walled city: Sennacherib ruled Assyria 705-681 B.C., and this event probably took place in 701 B.C.
  2. 2 Kings 18:16 doorposts: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
  3. 2 Kings 18:22 worship: Hezekiah actually had torn down the places where idols were worshiped, and he had told the people to worship the LORD at the one place of worship in Jerusalem. But the Assyrian leader was confused and thought these were also places where the LORD was supposed to be worshiped.
  4. 2 Kings 19:9 Ethiopia: The Hebrew text has "Cush," which was a region south of Egypt that included parts of the present countries of Ethiopia and Sudan.
  5. 2 Kings 19:15 winged creatures: Two winged creatures made of gold were on the top of the sacred chest and were symbols of the LORD's throne on earth (see Exodus 25.18; 2 Samuel 6.2).
  6. 2 Kings 19:26 tender young grass. . . matures: Many of the houses had roofs made of packed earth. Grass would sometimes grow out of the roof, but would die quickly because of the sun and hot winds.
  7. 2 Kings 19:28 I will put. . . your mouth: This is how the Assyrians treated their prisoners, and now the LORD will treat Sennacherib the same way.
  8. 2 Kings 19:37 Esarhaddon became king: Ruled Assyria 681-669 B.C.

Acts 21:1-16 (Contemporary English Version)

Acts 21

Paul Goes to Jerusalem
 1After saying good-by, we sailed straight to Cos. The next day we reached Rhodes and from there sailed on to Patara. 2We found a ship going to Phoenicia, so we got on board and sailed off.     3We came within sight of Cyprus and then sailed south of it on to the port of Tyre in Syria, where the ship was going to unload its cargo. 4We looked up the Lord's followers and stayed with them for a week. The Holy Spirit had told them to warn Paul not to go on to Jerusalem. 5But when the week was over, we started on our way again. All the men, together with their wives and children, walked with us from the town to the seashore. We knelt on the beach and prayed. 6Then after saying good-by to each other, we got into the ship, and they went back home.
    7We sailed from Tyre to Ptolemais, where we greeted the followers and stayed with them for a day. 8The next day we went to Caesarea and stayed with Philip, the preacher. He was one of the seven men who helped the apostles, 9and he had four unmarried [a] daughters who prophesied. 10We had been in Caesarea for several days, when the prophet Agabus came to us from Judea. 11He took Paul's belt, and with it he tied up his own hands and feet. Then he told us, "The Holy Spirit says that some of the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will tie up the man who owns this belt. They will also hand him over to the Gentiles." 12After Agabus said this, we and the followers living there begged Paul not to go to Jerusalem.
    13But Paul answered, "Why are you crying and breaking my heart? I am not only willing to be put in jail for the Lord Jesus. I am even willing to die for him in Jerusalem!"
    14Since we could not get Paul to change his mind, we gave up and prayed, "Lord, please make us willing to do what you want."
    15Then we got ready to go to Jerusalem. 16Some of the followers from Caesarea went with us and took us to stay in the home of Mnason. He was from Cyprus and had been a follower from the beginning.
  1. Acts 21:9 unmarried: Or "virgin."

Psalm 149:1-9 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 149

A New Song of Praise
 1Shout praises to the LORD!    Sing him a new song of praise
   when his loyal people meet.
    2People of Israel, rejoice
   because of your Creator.
   People of Zion, celebrate
   because of your King.
    3Praise his name by dancing
   and playing music on harps
   and tambourines.
    4The LORD is pleased
   with his people,
   and he gives victory
   to those who are humble.
    5All of you faithful people,
   praise our glorious Lord!
   Celebrate and worship.
    6Praise God with songs
   on your lips
   and a sword in your hand.
    7Take revenge and punish
   the nations.
    8Put chains of iron
   on their kings and rulers.
    9Punish them as they deserve;
   this is the privilege
   of God's faithful people.
   Shout praises to the LORD!

Proverbs 18:8 (Contemporary English Version)

8There's nothing so delicious
   as the taste of gossip!
   It melts in your mouth.

Verse of the Day

“I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you.” - Romans 12:3
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Image result for Frederick William FaberThought for the Day

English hymn writer and theologian, Frederick William Faber wrote, “The buried talent is the sunken rock on which most lives strike and founder.”

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A Joke for Today
At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs.

Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and she said, 'Johnny, what is the matter?'

Little Johnny responded, 'I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife.'

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