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Monday, July 10, 2017

Bible Readings for July 10, 2017

Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 7:1–8:40; Acts 27:1-20; Psalm 7:1-17; and Proverbs 18:22. 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 Chronicles 9-10:14 (Contemporary English Version)

1 Chronicles 9

The People Who Returned from Babylonia and Settled in Jerusalem
 1Everyone in Israel was listed in the official family records that were included in the history of Israel's kings.    The people of Judah were taken to Babylonia as prisoners because they sinned against the LORD. 2And the first people to return to their towns included priests, Levites, temple workers, and other Israelites. 3People from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, Ephraim, and Manasseh settled in Jerusalem.
    4-6There were six hundred ninety people from the Judah tribe who settled in Jerusalem. They were all descendants of Judah's three sons: Perez, Shelah, and Zerah. Their leaders were Uthai, Asaiah, and Jeuel. Uthai was the son of Ammihud and a descendant of Omri, Imri, Bani, and Perez. Asaiah was a descendant of Shelah; Jeuel was a descendant of Zerah.
    7-9There were also nine hundred fifty-six family leaders from the Benjamin tribe who settled in Jerusalem. They included: Sallu son of Meshullam, grandson of Hodaviah, and great-grandson of Hassenuah; Ibneiah son of Jeroham; Elah son of Uzzi and grandson of Michri; Meshullam son of Shephatiah, grandson of Reuel, and great-grandson of Ibnijah.
The Priests Who Settled in Jerusalem
 10-12Here is a list of priests who settled in Jerusalem: Jedaiah; Jehoiarib; Jachin; Azariah, who was a temple official, and whose ancestors included Hilkiah, Meshullam, Zadok, Meraioth, and Ahitub; Adaiah son of Jeroham, whose ancestors included Pashhur and Malchijah; Maasai son of Adiel, whose ancestors included Jahzerah, Meshullam, Meshillemith, and Immer.     13There was a total of 1,760 priests, all of them family leaders in their clan and trained in the work at the temple.
The Levites Who Settled in Jerusalem
 14-16Here is a list of Levites who settled in Jerusalem: Shemaiah from the Merari clan, whose ancestors included Hasshub, Azrikam, and Hashabiah; Bakbakkar; Heresh; Galal; Mattaniah son of Mica, whose ancestors included Zichri and Asaph; Obadiah son of Shemaiah, whose ancestors included Galal and Jeduthun; Berechiah son of Asa and grandson of Elkanah, who had lived in the villages near the town of Netophah.    
The Temple Guards Who Settled in Jerusalem
 17Shallum, Akkub, Talmon, Ahiman, and their relatives were the guards at the temple gates. Shallum was the leader of this clan, 18and for a long time they had been the guards at the King's Gate on the east side of the city. Before that, their ancestors guarded the entrance to the Levite camp.     19Shallum son of Kore, [a] as well as the other men in the Korahite clan, guarded the entrance to the temple, just as their ancestors had guarded the entrance to the sacred tent. 20Phinehas son of Eleazar had supervised their work because the LORD was with him. 21Zechariah son of Meshelemiah was also one of the guards at the temple.
    22There was a total of two hundred twelve guards, all of them listed in the family records in their towns. Their ancestors had been chosen by King David and by Samuel the prophet to be responsible for this work, 23and now they guarded the temple gates.
    24There was one full-time guard appointed to each of the four sides of the temple. 25Their assistants lived in the villages outside the city, and every seven days a group of them would come into the city and take their turn at guard duty. 26The four full-time guards were Levites, and they supervised the other guards and were responsible for the rooms in the temple and the supplies kept there. 27They guarded the temple day and night and opened its doors every morning.
The Duties of the Levites
 28Some of the Levites were responsible for the equipment used in worship at the temple, and they had to count everything before and after it was used. 29Others were responsible for the temple furnishings and its sacred objects, as well as the flour, wine, olive oil, incense, and spices. 30But only the priests could mix the spices. 31Mattithiah, Shallum's oldest son, was a member of the Levite clan of Korah, and he was in charge of baking the bread used for offerings. [b] 32The Levites from the Kohath clan were in charge of baking the sacred loaves of bread for each Sabbath. [c] 33The Levite family leaders who were the musicians also lived at the temple. They had no other responsibilities, because they were on duty day and night.     34All of these men were family leaders in the Levi tribe and were listed that way in their family records. They lived in Jerusalem.
King Saul's Family
(1 Chronicles 8.29-38)
 35Jeiel had settled the town of Gibeon, where he and his wife Maacah lived. 36They had ten sons, who were born in the following order: Abdon, Zur, Kish, Baal, Ner, Nadab, 37Gedor, Ahio, Zechariah, and Mikloth 38the father of Shimeam. Some of them went to live in Jerusalem near their relatives.     39Ner was the father of Kish and the grandfather of King Saul.
   Saul had four sons: Jonathan, Malchishua, Abinadab, and Eshbaal. [d] 40-41Jonathan was the father of Meribbaal, [e] the grandfather of Micah, and the great-grandfather of Pithon, Melech, Tahrea, and Ahaz. [f] 42-44The descendants of Ahaz included Jarah, Alemeth, Azmaveth, Zimri, Moza, Binea, Rephaiah, Eleasah, and Azel and his six sons: Azrikam, Bocheru, Ishmael, Sheariah, Obadiah, and Hanan.

1 Chronicles 10

King Saul and His Sons Die
(1 Samuel 31.1-13)
 1The Philistines fought against Israel in a battle at Mount Gilboa. Israel's soldiers ran from the Philistines, and many of them were killed. 2The Philistines closed in on Saul and his sons and killed three of them: Jonathan, Abinadab, and Malchishua. 3The fighting was fierce around Saul, and he was badly wounded by enemy arrows.     4Saul told the soldier who carried his weapons, "Kill me with your sword! I don't want those godless Philistines to torture and make fun of me."
   But the soldier was afraid to kill him. Then Saul stuck himself in the stomach with his own sword and fell on the blade. 5When the soldier realized that Saul was dead, he killed himself in the same way.
    6Saul, three of his sons, and all his male relatives were dead. 7The Israelites who lived in Jezreel Valley [g] learned that their army had run away and that Saul and his sons were dead. They ran away too, and the Philistines moved into the towns the Israelites left behind. 8The next day the Philistines came back to the battlefield to carry away the weapons of the dead Israelite soldiers. When they found the bodies of Saul and his sons on Mount Gilboa, 9they took Saul's weapons, pulled off his armor, and cut off his head. Then they sent messengers everywhere in Philistia to spread the news among their people and to thank the idols of their gods. 10They put Saul's armor in the temple of their gods and hung his head in the temple of their god Dagon.
    11When the people who lived in Jabesh in Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12some brave men went to get his body and the bodies of his three sons. The men brought the bodies back to Jabesh, where they buried them under an oak tree. Then for seven days, they went without eating to show their sorrow.
    13Saul died because he was unfaithful and disobeyed the LORD. He even asked advice from a woman who talked to spirits of the dead, 14instead of asking the LORD. So the LORD had Saul killed and gave his kingdom to David, the son of Jesse.
  1. 1 Chronicles 9:19 Shallum son of Kore: Hebrew "Shallum son of Kore, grandson of Ebiasaph, and great-grandson of Korah."
  2. 1 Chronicles 9:31 the bread used for offerings: See Leviticus 2.4-7.
  3. 1 Chronicles 9:32 the sacred loaves of bread for each Sabbath: See Leviticus 24.5-9.
  4. 1 Chronicles 9:39 Eshbaal: See the note at 8.33.
  5. 1 Chronicles 9:40 Meribbaal: See the note at 8.34.
  6. 1 Chronicles 9:40 and Ahaz: Most ancient translations and 8.35; the Hebrew text does not have this name.
  7. 1 Chronicles 10:7 Jezreel Valley: Hebrew "the valley."

Acts 27:21-44 (Contemporary English Version)

21Since none of us had eaten anything for a long time, Paul stood up and told the men:
   You should have listened to me! If you had stayed on in Crete, you would not have had this damage and loss. 22But now I beg you to cheer up, because you will be safe. Only the ship will be lost.
    23I belong to God, and I worship him. Last night he sent an angel 24to tell me, "Paul, don't be afraid! You will stand trial before the Emperor. And because of you, God will save the lives of everyone on the ship." 25Cheer up! I am sure that God will do exactly what he promised. 26But we will first be shipwrecked on some island.
    27For fourteen days and nights we had been blown around over the Mediterranean Sea. But about midnight the sailors realized that we were getting near land. 28They measured and found that the water was about one hundred twenty feet deep. A little later they measured again and found it was only about ninety feet. 29The sailors were afraid that we might hit some rocks, and they let down four anchors from the back of the ship. Then they prayed for daylight.
    30The sailors wanted to escape from the ship. So they lowered the lifeboat into the water, pretending that they were letting down an anchor from the front of the ship. 31But Paul said to Captain Julius and the soldiers, "If the sailors don't stay on the ship, you won't have any chance to save your lives." 32The soldiers then cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall into the sea.
    33Just before daylight Paul begged the people to eat something. He told them, "For fourteen days you have been so worried that you haven't eaten a thing. 34I beg you to eat something. Your lives depend on it. Do this and not one of you will be hurt."
    35After Paul had said this, he took a piece of bread and gave thanks to God. Then in front of everyone, he broke the bread and ate some. 36They all felt encouraged, and each of them ate something. 37There were 276 people on the ship, 38and after everyone had eaten, they threw the cargo of wheat into the sea to make the ship lighter.
The Shipwreck
 39Morning came, and the ship's crew saw a coast that they did not recognize. But they did see a cove with a beach. So they decided to try to run the ship aground on the beach. 40They cut the anchors loose and let them sink into the sea. At the same time they untied the ropes that were holding the rudders. Next, they raised the sail at the front of the ship and let the wind carry the ship toward the beach. 41But it ran aground on a sandbank. The front of the ship stuck firmly in the sand, and the rear was being smashed by the force of the waves.     42The soldiers decided to kill the prisoners to keep them from swimming away and escaping. 43But Captain Julius wanted to save Paul's life, and he did not let the soldiers do what they had planned. Instead, he ordered everyone who could swim to dive into the water and head for shore. 44Then he told the others to hold on to planks of wood or parts of the ship. At last, everyone safely reached shore.

Psalm 8:1-9 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 8

(A psalm by David for the music leader. (Psalm 8 leader: The Hebrew text adds " according to the gittith," which may refer to either a musical instrument or a tune.) )
The Wonderful Name of the LORD
 1Our LORD and Ruler,    your name is wonderful
   everywhere on earth!
   You let your glory be seen [a] in the heavens above.
    2With praises from children
   and from tiny infants,
   you have built a fortress.
   It makes your enemies silent,
   and all who turn against you
   are left speechless.
    3I often think of the heavens
   your hands have made,
   and of the moon and stars
   you put in place.
    4Then I ask, "Why do you care
   about us humans?
   Why are you concerned
   for us weaklings?"
    5You made us a little lower
   than you yourself, [b] and you have crowned us
   with glory and honor.
    6You let us rule everything
   your hands have made.
   And you put all of it
   under our power--
    7the sheep and the cattle,
   and every wild animal,
    8the birds in the sky,
   the fish in the sea,
   and all ocean creatures.
    9Our LORD and Ruler,
   your name is wonderful
   everywhere on earth!
  1. Psalm 8:1 You. . . seen: Or " I will worship your glory."
  2. Psalm 8:5 you yourself: Or " the angels" or " the beings in heaven."

Proverbs 18:23-24 (Contemporary English Version)

23The poor must beg for help,
   but the rich can give
   a harsh reply.
    24Some friends don't help, [a] but a true friend is closer
   than your own family.
  1. Proverbs 18:24 Some. . . help: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Verse of the Day
“God is the one who began this good work in you, and I am certain that he won't stop before it is complete on the day that Christ Jesus returns.” - Philippians 1:6
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

John Calvin by Holbein.pngThought for the Day

French theologian, pastor and reformer during the Protestant Reformation, John Calvin wrote, "Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain."

A Joke for Today

Image result for bridge to hawaiiA man was walking along a beach and stumbled across an old lamp. He picked it up, rubbed it and out popped a genie.

The genie said, "You released me from the lamp, blah blah blah. This is the fourth time this month and I'm getting a little sick of these wishes so you can forget about three. You only get one wish!"

The man sat and thought about it for a while and said, "I've always wanted to go to Hawaii but I'm scared to fly and I get very seasick.

"Could you build me a bridge to Hawaii so I can drive over there to visit?"

The genie laughed and said, "That's impossible! Think of the logistics of that! How would the supports ever reach the bottom of the Pacific? Think of how much concrete! How much steel! You're going to have to think of another wish."

The man agreed, and tried to think of a really good wish. Finally, he said, "I've been married and divorced four times. My wives always said that I don't care and that I'm insensitive. So, I wish that I could understand women. I want to know how they feel inside and what they're thinking when they give me the silent treatment. I want to figure out why they're crying, know what they really want when they say 'nothing', and know how to make them truly happy."

The genie paused for a while and said, "How many lanes do you want on that bridge?"

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