Dec 21

Daily Readings:

2 Chronicles 25.mp3,  Zechariah 8.mp3,  John 11.mp3,  Revelation 12.mp3

(To listen to the audio of each chapter, click on the mp3 file above. Or, read the chapters below.)

2 Chronicles 25

1 ¶  Amaziah was twenty and five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Jehoaddan of Jerusalem.

2  And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.

3  Now it came to pass, when the kingdom was established to him, that he slew his servants that had killed the king his father.

4  But he slew not their children, but did as it is written in the law in the book of Moses, where the LORD commanded, saying, The fathers shall not die for the children, neither shall the children die for the fathers, but every man shall die for his own sin.

5  Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield.

6  He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

1 talent = 75 lbs, 100 talents x 75 lbs = 7,500 lbs, 16 oz per lbs, 7500 x 16 = 120,000 oz. As of Nov 2012, silver sells for $34 per oz, 120,000 x $34 = $4,080,000.00 (4 million)

7  But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim.

8  But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.

9  And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

10  Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger.

11  And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand.

12  And other ten thousand left alive did the children of Judah carry away captive, and brought them unto the top of the rock, and cast them down from the top of the rock, that they all were broken in pieces.

13  But the soldiers of the army which Amaziah sent back, that they should not go with him to battle, fell upon the cities of Judah, from Samaria even unto Bethhoron, and smote three thousand of them, and took much spoil.

14 ¶  Now it came to pass, after that Amaziah was come from the slaughter of the Edomites, that he brought the gods of the children of Seir, and set them up to be his gods, and bowed down himself before them, and burned incense unto them.

15  Wherefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against Amaziah, and He sent unto him a prophet, which said unto him, Why hast thou sought after the gods of the people, which could not deliver their own people out of thine hand?

16  And it came to pass, as he talked with him, that the king said unto him, Art thou made of the king’s counsel? forbear; why shouldest thou be smitten? Then the prophet forbare, and said, I know that God hath determined to destroy thee, because thou hast done this, and hast not hearkened unto my counsel.

17 ¶  Then Amaziah king of Judah took advice, and sent to Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, the son of Jehu, king of Israel, saying, Come, let us see one another in the face.

18  And Joash king of Israel sent to Amaziah king of Judah, saying, The thistle that was in Lebanon sent to the cedar that was in Lebanon, saying, Give thy daughter to my son to wife: and there passed by a wild beast that was in Lebanon, and trode down the thistle.

19  Thou sayest, Lo, thou hast smitten the Edomites; and thine heart lifteth thee up to boast: abide now at home; why shouldest thou meddle to thine hurt, that thou shouldest fall, even thou, and Judah with thee?

20  But Amaziah would not hear; for it came of God, that He might deliver them into the hand of their enemies, because they sought after the gods of Edom.

21  So Joash the king of Israel went up; and they saw one another in the face, both he and Amaziah king of Judah, at Bethshemesh, which belongeth to Judah.

22  And Judah was put to the worse before Israel, and they fled every man to his tent.

23  And Joash the king of Israel took Amaziah king of Judah, the son of Joash, the son of Jehoahaz, at Bethshemesh, and brought him to Jerusalem, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem from the gate of Ephraim to the corner gate, four hundred cubits.

1 cubit = 18 inches, 400 x 18 = 7200 inches divided by 12 inches = 600 feet

24  And he took all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the treasures of the king’s house, the hostages also, and returned to Samaria.

25  And Amaziah the son of Joash king of Judah lived after the death of Joash son of Jehoahaz king of Israel fifteen years.

26  Now the rest of the acts of Amaziah, first and last, behold, are they not written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel?

27  Now after the time that Amaziah did turn away from following the LORD they made a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem; and he fled to Lachish: but they sent to Lachish after him, and slew him there.

28  And they brought him upon horses, and buried him with his fathers in the city of Judah.

Zechariah 8

1 ¶  Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,

2  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

3  Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.

4  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age.

5  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

6  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in Mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.

7  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save My people from the east country, and from the west country;

8  And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

9 ¶  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.

10  For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour.

11  But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.

12  For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things.

13  And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.

14  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked Me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not:

15  So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.

16  These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates:

17  And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.

18 ¶  And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,

19  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

20  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:

21  And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.

22  Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

23  Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.

John 11

1 ¶  Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha.

2  (It was that Mary which anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)

3  Therefore his sisters sent unto Him, saying, Lord, behold, he whom Thou lovest is sick.

4  When Jesus heard that, He said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

5  Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus.

6  When He had heard therefore that he was sick, He abode two days still in the same place where He was.

7  Then after that saith He to His disciples, Let us go into Judaea again.

8  His disciples say unto Him, Master, the Jews of late sought to stone Thee; and goest Thou thither again?

9  Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world.

10  But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

11  These things said He: and after that He saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.

12  Then said His disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.

13  Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.

14  Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.

15  And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.

16  Then said Thomas, which is called Didymus, unto his fellowdisciples, Let us also go, that we may die with Him.

17 ¶  Then when Jesus came, He found that he had lain in the grave four days already.

18  Now Bethany was nigh unto Jerusalem, about fifteen furlongs off:

19  And many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.

20  Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him: but Mary sat still in the house.

21  Then said Martha unto Jesus, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

22  But I know, that even now, whatsoever Thou wilt ask of God, God will give it Thee.

23  Jesus saith unto her, Thy brother shall rise again.

24  Martha saith unto Him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day.

25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

26  And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?

27  She saith unto him, Yea, Lord: I believe that Thou art the Christ, the Son of God, which should come into the world.

28  And when she had so said, she went her way, and called Mary her sister secretly, saying, The Master is come, and calleth for thee.

29  As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly, and came unto Him.

30  Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met Him.

31  The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.

32  Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw Him, she fell down at His feet, saying unto Him, Lord, if Thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

33 ¶  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, He groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,

34  And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto Him, Lord, come and see.

35  Jesus wept.

36  Then said the Jews, Behold how He loved him!

37  And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?

38  Jesus therefore again groaning in Himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.

39  Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto Him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.

40  Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?

41  Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up His eyes, and said, Father, I thank Thee that Thou hast heard Me.

42  And I knew that Thou hearest Me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

43  And when He thus had spoken, He cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.

44  And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.

45 ¶  Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed on Him.

46  But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

47  Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.

48  If we let Him thus alone, all men will believe on Him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.

49  And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, Ye know nothing at all,

50  Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not.

51  And this spake he not of himself: but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation;

52  And not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered abroad.

53  Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put Him to death.

54  Jesus therefore walked no more openly among the Jews; but went thence unto a country near to the wilderness, into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples.

55  And the Jews’ passover was nigh at hand: and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the passover, to purify themselves.

56  Then sought they for Jesus, and spake among themselves, as they stood in the temple, What think ye, that He will not come to the feast?

57  Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a commandment, that, if any man knew where He were, he should shew it, that they might take Him.

Revelation 12

1 ¶  And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:

2  And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

3  And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

4  And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

5  And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne.

6  And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

7  And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8  And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.

9  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

10  And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 ¶  Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

13  And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.

14  And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

15  And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.

16  And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.

17  And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘His Glorious Name’

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