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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Bible Readings for July 13, 2017

Today our passages are 1 Chronicles 15:1–16:36; Romans 1:18-32; Psalm 10:1-15; and Proverbs 19:6-7. 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 15-16:36 (Contemporary English Version)

1 Chronicles 15

David Gets Ready To Bring the Sacred Chest to Jerusalem
 1David had several buildings built in Jerusalem, and he had a tent set up where the sacred chest would be kept. 2He said, "Only Levites will be allowed to carry the chest, because the LORD has chosen them to do that work and to serve him forever."     3Next, David invited everyone to come to Jerusalem and watch the sacred chest being carried to the place he had set up for it. 4He also sent for Aaron's descendants and for the Levites. The Levites that came were: 5Uriel, the leader of the Kohath clan, and one hundred twenty of his relatives; 6Asaiah, the leader of the Merari clan, and two hundred twenty of his relatives; 7Joel, the leader of the Gershon clan, and one hundred thirty of his relatives; 8Shemaiah, the leader of the Elizaphan clan, and two hundred of his relatives; 9Eliel, the leader of the Hebron clan, and eighty of his relatives; and 10Amminadab, the leader of the Uzziel clan, with one hundred twelve of his relatives.
    11David called together these six Levites and the two priests, Zadok and Abiathar. 12He said to them, "You are the leaders of the clans in the Levi tribe. You and your relatives must first go through the ceremony to make yourselves clean and acceptable to the LORD. Then you may carry the sacred chest that belongs to the LORD God of Israel and bring it to the place I have prepared for it. 13The first time we tried to bring the chest to Jerusalem, we didn't ask the LORD what he wanted us to do. He was angry at us, because you Levites weren't there to carry the chest."
    14The priests and the Levites made themselves clean. They were now ready to carry the sacred chest 15on poles that rested on their shoulders, just as the LORD had told Moses to do.
    16David then told the leaders to choose some Levites to sing and play music on small harps, other stringed instruments, and cymbals. 17-21The men chosen to play the cymbals were Heman the son of Joel, his relative Asaph the son of Berechiah, and Ethan the son of Kushaiah from the Merari clan. Some of their assistants played the smaller harps: they were Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah. Others played the larger harps: they were Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Azaziah, and two of the temple guards, Obed-Edom and Jeiel.
    22Chenaniah was chosen to be the music director, because he was a skilled musician.
    23-24Four Levites were then appointed to guard the sacred chest. They were Berechiah, Elkanah, Obed-Edom, and Jehiah.
   Finally, David chose priests to walk in front of the sacred chest and blow trumpets. They were Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer.
The Sacred Chest Is Brought to Jerusalem
(2 Samuel 6.12-22)
 25David, the leaders of Israel, and the army commanders were very happy as they went to Obed-Edom's house to get the sacred chest. 26God gave the Levites the strength they needed to carry the chest, and so they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.     27David, the Levites, Chenaniah the music director, and all the musicians were wearing linen robes, and David was also wearing a linen cloth. [a] 28While the sacred chest was being carried into Jerusalem, everyone was celebrating by shouting and playing music on horns, trumpets, cymbals, harps, and other stringed instruments. 29Saul's daughter Michal [b] looked out her window and watched the chest being brought into David's City. But when she saw David jumping and dancing in honor of the LORD, she was disgusted.

1 Chronicles 16

 1They put the sacred chest inside the tent that David had set up for it, then they offered sacrifices to please the LORD [c] and sacrifices to ask his blessing. [d] 2After David had finished, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD 3and gave every person in the crowd a small loaf of bread, some meat, and a handful of raisins. 4David appointed some of the Levites to serve at the sacred chest; they were to play music and sing praises to the LORD God of Israel. 5Asaph was their leader, and Zechariah was his assistant. Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and another man named Jeiel were appointed to play small harps and stringed instruments. Asaph himself played the cymbals, 6and the two priests Benaiah and Jahaziel were to blow trumpets every day in front of the sacred chest.    
David's Song of Praise
(Psalms 105.1-15; 96.1-13; 106.47,48)
 7That same day, David instructed Asaph and his relatives for the first time to sing these praises to the LORD:     8Praise the LORD
   and pray in his name!
   Tell everyone
   what he has done.
    9Sing praises to the LORD!
   Tell about his miracles.
    10Celebrate and worship
   his holy name
   with all your heart.
    11Trust the LORD
   and his mighty power.
   Worship him always.
    12Remember his miracles
   and all his wonders
   and his fair decisions.
    13You belong to the family
   of Israel, his servant;
   you are his chosen ones,
   the descendants of Jacob.
    14The LORD is our God,
   bringing justice
   everywhere on earth.
    15We must never forget
   his agreement and his promises,
   not in thousands of years.
    16God made an eternal promise
    17to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob
    18when he said, "I'll give you
   the land of Canaan."
    19At the time there were
   only a few of us,
   and we were homeless.
    20We wandered from nation
   to nation,
   from one country
   to another.
    21God did not let anyone
   mistreat our people.
   Instead he protected us
   by punishing rulers
    22and telling them,
   "Don't touch my chosen leaders
   or harm my prophets!"
    23Everyone on this earth,
   sing praises to the LORD.
   Day after day announce,
   "The LORD has saved us!"
    24Tell every nation on earth,
   "The LORD is wonderful
   and does marvelous things!
    25The LORD is great and deserves
   our greatest praise!
   He is the only God
   worthy of our worship.
    26Other nations worship idols,
   but the LORD created
   the heavens.
    27Give honor and praise
   to the LORD,
   whose power and beauty
   fill his holy temple."
    28Tell everyone of every nation,
   "Praise the glorious power
   of the LORD.
    29He is wonderful! Praise him
   and bring an offering
   into his temple.
   Worship the LORD,
   majestic and holy.
    30Everyone on earth, now tremble!"
   The world stands firm,
   never to be shaken.
    31Tell the heavens and the earth
   to be glad and celebrate!
   And announce to the nations,
   "The LORD is King!"
    32Command the ocean to roar
   with all of its creatures
   and the fields to rejoice
   with all of their crops.
    33Then every tree in the forest
   will sing joyful songs
   to the LORD.
   He is coming to judge
   all people on earth.
    34Praise the LORD
   because he is good to us,
   and his love never fails.
    35Say to him, "Save us, LORD God!
   Bring us back
   from among the nations.
   Let us celebrate and shout
   in praise of your holy name.
    36LORD God of Israel,
   you deserve to be praised
   forever and ever."
   After David finished, the people shouted, "Amen! Praise the LORD!"
  1. 1 Chronicles 15:27 a linen cloth: The Hebrew word is "ephod," which can mean either a piece of clothing like a skirt that went from the waist to the knee or a garment like a vest or jacket that only the priests wore.
  2. 1 Chronicles 15:29 Michal: One of David's wives.
  3. 1 Chronicles 16:1 sacrifices to please the LORD: These sacrifices have traditionally been called "whole burnt offerings" because the whole animal was burned on the altar. A main purpose of such sacrifices was to please the LORD with the smell of the sacrifice, and so in the CEV they are often called "sacrifices to please the LORD."
  4. 1 Chronicles 16:1 sacrifices to ask his blessing: These sacrifices have traditionally been called "peace offerings" or "offerings of well-being." A main purpose was to ask for the LORD's blessing, and so in the CEV they are sometimes called "sacrifices to ask the LORD's blessing."

Romans 1:18-32 (Contemporary English Version)

Everyone Is Guilty
 18From heaven God shows how angry he is with all the wicked and evil things that sinful people do to crush the truth. 19They know everything that can be known about God, because God has shown it all to them. 20God's eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all he has made. That's why those people don't have any excuse. 21They know about God, but they don't honor him or even thank him. Their thoughts are useless, and their stupid minds are in the dark. 22They claim to be wise, but they are fools. 23They don't worship the glorious and eternal God. Instead, they worship idols that are made to look like humans who cannot live forever, and like birds, animals, and reptiles.     24So God let these people go their own way. They did what they wanted to do, and their filthy thoughts made them do shameful things with their bodies. 25They gave up the truth about God for a lie, and they worshiped God's creation instead of God, who will be praised forever. Amen.
    26God let them follow their own evil desires. Women no longer wanted to have sex in a natural way, and they did things with each other that were not natural. 27Men behaved in the same way. They stopped wanting to have sex with women and had strong desires for sex with other men. They did shameful things with each other, and what has happened to them is punishment for their foolish deeds.
    28Since these people refused even to think about God, he let their useless minds rule over them. That's why they do all sorts of indecent things. 29They are evil, wicked, and greedy, as well as mean in every possible way. They want what others have, and they murder, argue, cheat, and are hard to get along with. They gossip, 30say cruel things about others, and hate God. They are proud, conceited, and boastful, always thinking up new ways to do evil.
   These people don't respect their parents. 31They are stupid, unreliable, and don't have any love or pity for others. 32They know God has said that anyone who acts this way deserves to die. But they keep on doing evil things, and they even encourage others to do them.

Psalm 10:1-15 (Contemporary English Version)

Psalm 10

A Prayer for Help
 1Why are you far away, LORD?    Why do you hide yourself
   when I am in trouble?
    2Proud and brutal people
   hunt down the poor.
   But let them get caught
   by their own evil plans!
    3The wicked brag about
   their deepest desires.
   Those greedy people hate
   and curse you, LORD.
    4The wicked are too proud
   to turn to you
   or even think about you.
    5They are always successful,
   though they can't understand
   your teachings,
   and they keep sneering
   at their enemies.
    6In their hearts they say,
   "Nothing can hurt us!
   We'll always be happy
   and free from trouble."
    7They curse and tell lies,
   and all they talk about
   is how to be cruel
   or how to do wrong.
    8They hide outside villages,
   waiting to strike and murder
   some innocent victim.
    9They are hungry lions
   hiding in the bushes,
   hoping to catch
   some helpless passerby.
   They trap the poor in nets
   and drag them away.
    10They crouch down and wait
   to grab a victim.
    11They say, "God can't see!
   He's got on a blindfold."
    12Do something, LORD God,
   and use your powerful arm
   to help those in need.
    13The wicked don't respect you.
   In their hearts they say,
   "God won't punish us!"
    14But you see the trouble
   and the distress,
   and you will do something.
   The poor can count on you,
   and so can orphans.
    15Now break the arms
   of all merciless people.
   Punish them for doing wrong
   and make them stop.

Proverbs 19:6-7 (Contemporary English Version)

6Everyone tries to be friends
   of those who can help them.
    7If you are poor,
   your own relatives reject you,
   and your friends are worse.
   When you really need them,
   they are not there. [a]
  1. Proverbs 19:7 When. . . there: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.

Verse of the Day
“Then God gave Christ the highest place and honored his name above all others. So at the name of Jesus everyone will bow down, those in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And to the glory of God the Father everyone will openly agree, "Jesus Christ is Lord!” - Philippians 2:9-11
Today's passage is from the Contemporary English Version.

Middle-aged man with bushy beardThought for the Day

Irish playwright (who held both British and Irish citizenship), critic and polemicist, George Bernard Shaw wrote, “Better keep yourself clean and bright; you are the window through which you must see the world.”

 A Joke for Today

Image result for confession jokesThe elderly priest, speaking to the younger priest, said, "It was a good idea to replace the first four pews with plush bucket theater seats. It worked like a charm. The front of the church always fills first now." 

The young priest nodded, and the old priest continued, "And you told me adding a little more beat to the music would bring young people back to church, so I supported you when you brought in that rock'n'roll gospel choir. Now our services are consistently packed to the balcony." 

"Thank you, Father," answered the young priest. "I am pleased that you are open to the new ideas of youth." 

"All of these ideas have been well and good," said the elderly priest, "but I'm afraid you've gone too far with the drive-thru confessional." 

"But, Father," protested the young priest, "my confessions and the donations have nearly doubled since I began that!" 

"Yes," replied the elderly priest, "and I appreciate that. 

But the flashing neon sign, 'Toot 'n Tell or Go to Hell' cannot stay on the church roof. 

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