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Daily Reading - September 14, 2017

 

2 Chronicles 24

Chapter 24

Young Joash Influenced by Jehoiada

1 Joash was seven years old when he became king, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem; and his mother's name was Zibiah from Beersheba.
2 Joash did what was right in the sight of the Lord all the days of Jehoiada the priest.
3 Jehoiada took two wives for him, and he became the father of sons and daughters.

Faithless Priests

4 Now it came about after this that Joash decided [fn] to restore the house of the Lord.
5 He gathered the priests and Levites and said to them, "Go out to the cities of Judah and collect money from all Israel to repair [fn] the house of your God annually [fn], and you shall do the matter quickly." But the Levites did not act quickly.
6 So the king summoned Jehoiada the chief priest and said to him, "Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Judah and from Jerusalem the levy fixed by Moses the servant of the Lord on the congregation of Israel for the tent of the testimony?"
7 For the sons of the wicked Athaliah had broken into the house of God and even used [fn] the holy things of the house of the Lord for the Baals.

Temple Repaired

8 So the king commanded, and they made a chest and set it outside by the gate of the house of the Lord.
9 They made a proclamation in Judah and Jerusalem to bring to the Lord the levy fixed by Moses the servant of God on Israel in the wilderness.
10 All the officers and all the people rejoiced and brought in their levies and dropped [fn] them into the chest until they had finished.
11 It came about whenever the chest was brought in to the king's officer by the Levites, and when they saw that there was much money, then the king's scribe and the chief priest's officer would come, empty the chest, take it, and return it to its place. Thus they did daily and collected much money.
12 The king and Jehoiada gave it to those who did the work of the service of the house of the Lord; and they hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of the Lord, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair [fn] the house of the Lord.
13 So the workmen labored, and the repair work progressed in their hands, and they restored [fn] the house of God according [fn] to its specifications and strengthened it.
14 When they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada; and it was made into utensils for the house of the Lord, utensils for the service and the burnt offering, and pans and utensils of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the Lord continually all the days of Jehoiada.

15 Now when Jehoiada reached [fn] a ripe old age he died; he was one hundred and thirty years old at his death.
16 They buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done well in Israel and to [fn] God and His house.

17 But after the death of Jehoiada the officials of Judah came and bowed down to the king, and the king listened to them.
18 They abandoned the house of the Lord, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim [fn] and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
19 Yet He sent prophets to them to bring them back to the Lord; though they testified against them, they would not listen.

Joash Murders Son of Jehoiada

20 Then the Spirit of God came [fn] on Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, "Thus God has said, 'Why do you transgress the commandments of the Lord and do not prosper? Because you have forsaken the Lord, He has also forsaken you.' "
21 So they conspired against him and at the command of the king they stoned him to [fn] death in the court of the house of the Lord.
22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness which his father Jehoiada had shown him, but he murdered his son. And as he died he said, "May the Lord see and avenge [fn]!"

Aram Invades and Defeats Judah

23 Now it happened at the turn of the year that the army of the Arameans came up against him; and they came to Judah and Jerusalem, destroyed all the officials of the people from among the people, and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus.
24 Indeed the army of the Arameans came with a small number of men; yet the Lord delivered a very great army into their hands, because they had forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash.

25 When they had departed from him (for they left him very sick), his own servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son [fn] of Jehoiada the priest, and murdered him on his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings.
26 Now these are those who conspired against him: Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonitess, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabitess.
27 As to his sons and the many oracles [fn] against him and the rebuilding [fn] of the house of God, behold, they are written in the treatise [fn] of the Book of the Kings. Then Amaziah his son became king in his place.

 
Psalms 81

Psalm 81

God's Goodness and Israel's Waywardness.

For the choir director; on [fn] the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph.

1 Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.
2 Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.
3 Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day.
4 For it is a statute for Israel, An ordinance of the God of Jacob.
5 He established it for a testimony in Joseph When he went [fn] throughout the land of Egypt. I heard a language that I did not know:

6 "I relieved [fn] his shoulder of the burden, His hands were freed from the basket [fn].
7 "You called in trouble and I rescued you; I answered you in the hiding place of thunder; I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah [fn].
8 "Hear, O My people, and I will admonish [fn] you; O Israel, if you would listen to Me!
9 "Let there be no strange god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god.
10 "I, the Lord, am your God, Who brought you up from the land of Egypt; Open your mouth wide and I will fill it.

11 "But My people did not listen to My voice, And Israel did not obey [fn] Me.
12 "So I gave them [fn] over to the stubbornness of their heart, To walk in their own devices.
13 "Oh that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!
14 "I would quickly subdue their enemies And turn My hand against their adversaries.
15 "Those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to Him, And their time of punishment would be forever.
16 "But [fn] I would feed you with the finest [fn] of the wheat, And with honey from the rock I would satisfy you."
 
John 16:4-33
4 "But these things I have spoken to you, so that when their hour comes, you may [fn] remember that I told you of them. These things I did not say to you at the beginning, because I was with you.

The Holy Spirit Promised

5 "But now I am going to Him who sent Me; and none of you asks Me, 'Where are You going?'
6 "But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart.
7 "But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [fn] will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.
8 "And He, when He comes, will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment;
9 concerning sin, because they do not believe in Me;
10 and concerning righteousness, because I go to the Father and you no longer see Me;
11 and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been judged.

12 "I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
13 "But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.
14 "He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.
15 "All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you.

Jesus' Death and Resurrection Foretold

16 "A little while, and you will no longer see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me."
17 Some of His disciples then said to one another, "What is this thing He is telling us, 'A little while, and you will not see Me; and again a little while, and you will see Me'; and, 'because I go to the Father'?"
18 So they were saying, "What is this that He says, 'A little while'? We do not know what He is talking about."
19 Jesus knew that they wished to question Him, and He said to them, "Are you deliberating together about this, that I said, 'A little while, and you will not see Me, and again a little while, and you will see Me'?
20 "Truly, truly, I say to you, that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; you will grieve, but your grief will be turned into joy.
21 "Whenever a woman is in labor she has pain [fn], because her hour has come; but when she gives birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish because of the joy that a child [fn] has been born into the world.
22 "Therefore you too have grief now; but I will see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.

Prayer Promises

23 "In that day you will not question Me about anything. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you.
24 "Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full.

25 "These things I have spoken to you in figurative [fn] language; an hour is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figurative [fn] language, but will tell you plainly of the Father.
26 "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I will request of the Father on your behalf;
27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.
28 "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; I am leaving the world again and going to the Father."

29 His disciples said* [fn], "Lo, now You are speaking plainly and are not using [fn] a figure of speech.
30 "Now we know that You know all things, and have no need for anyone to question You; by this we believe that You came from God."
31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
32 "Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.
33 "These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world."

 
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