Jan 14

Daily Readings:

Genesis 15.mp3,  Nehemiah 4.mp3,  Matthew 14.mp3,  Acts 14.mp3

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

Genesis 15

1 ¶  After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

2 ¶  And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt Thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?

3  And Abram said, Behold, to me Thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

4  And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.

5  And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and He said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

6  And he believed in the LORD; and He counted it to him for righteousness.

7 ¶  And He said unto him, I am the LORD that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

8  And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?

9  And He said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

10  And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.

11  And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away.

12 ¶  And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him.

13  And He said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

14  And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.

15  And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age.

16  But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.

17 ¶  And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces.

18  In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates:

19  The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites,

20  And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims,

21  And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Nehemiah 4

1 ¶  But it came to pass, that when Sanballat heard that we builded the wall, he was wroth, and took great indignation, and mocked the Jews.

2  And he spake before his brethren and the army of Samaria, and said, What do these feeble Jews? will they fortify themselves? will they sacrifice? will they make an end in a day? will they revive the stones out of the heaps of the rubbish which are burned?

3  Now Tobiah the Ammonite was by him, and he said, Even that which they build, if a fox go up, he shall even break down their stone wall.

4  Hear, O our God; for we are despised: and turn their reproach upon their own head, and give them for a prey in the land of captivity:

5  And cover not their iniquity, and let not their sin be blotted out from before Thee: for they have provoked Thee to anger before the builders.

6  So built we the wall; and all the wall was joined together unto the half thereof: for the people had a mind to work.

7 ¶  But it came to pass, that when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and the Arabians, and the Ammonites, and the Ashdodites, heard that the walls of Jerusalem were made up, and that the breaches began to be stopped, then they were very wroth,

8  And conspired all of them together to come and to fight against Jerusalem, and to hinder it.

9  Nevertheless we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night, because of them.

10  And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.

11  And our adversaries said, They shall not know, neither see, till we come in the midst among them, and slay them, and cause the work to cease.

12  And it came to pass, that when the Jews which dwelt by them came, they said unto us ten times, From all places whence ye shall return unto us they will be upon you.

13  Therefore set I in the lower places behind the wall, and on the higher places, I even set the people after their families with their swords, their spears, and their bows.

14  And I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, Be not ye afraid of them: remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.

15  And it came to pass, when our enemies heard that it was known unto us, and God had brought their counsel to nought, that we returned all of us to the wall, every one unto his work.

16 ¶  And it came to pass from that time forth, that the half of my servants wrought in the work, and the other half of them held both the spears, the shields, and the bows, and the habergeons; and the rulers were behind all the house of Judah.

17  They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon.

18  For the builders, every one had his sword girded by his side, and so builded. And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

19  And I said unto the nobles, and to the rulers, and to the rest of the people, The work is great and large, and we are separated upon the wall, one far from another.

20  In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet, resort ye thither unto us: our God shall fight for us.

21  So we laboured in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared.

22  Likewise at the same time said I unto the people, Let every one with his servant lodge within Jerusalem, that in the night they may be a guard to us, and labour on the day.

23  So neither I, nor my brethren, nor my servants, nor the men of the guard which followed me, none of us put off our clothes, saving that every one put them off for washing.

Matthew 14

1 ¶  At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus,

2  And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

3  For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias’ sake, his brother Philip’s wife.

4  For John said unto him, It is not lawful for thee to have her.

5  And when he would have put him to death, he feared the multitude, because they counted him as a prophet.

6  But when Herod’s birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.

7  Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.

8  And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist’s head in a charger.

9  And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath’s sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.

10  And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.

11  And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.

12  And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.

13 ¶  When Jesus heard of it, he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.

14  And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.

15  And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

16  But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.

17  And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.

18  He said, Bring them hither to me.

19  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

20  And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.

21  And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

22 ¶  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.

23  And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.

24  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

25  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

26  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

27  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

28  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

29  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

32  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.

33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

34 ¶  And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret.

35  And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased;

36  And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Acts 14

1 ¶  And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed.

2  But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren.

3  Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

4  But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles.

5  And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them despitefully, and to stone them,

6  They were ware of it, and fled unto Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and unto the region that lieth round about:

7  And there they preached the gospel.

8 ¶  And there sat a certain man at Lystra, impotent in his feet, being a cripple from his mother’s womb, who never had walked:

9  The same heard Paul speak: who stedfastly beholding him, and perceiving that he had faith to be healed,

10  Said with a loud voice, Stand upright on thy feet. And he leaped and walked.

11  And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men.

12  And they called Barnabas, Jupiter; and Paul, Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker.

13  Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.

14  Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out,

15  And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

16  Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways.

17  Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

18  And with these sayings scarce restrained they the people, that they had not done sacrifice unto them.

19 ¶  And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead.

20  Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

21  And when they had preached the gospel to that city, and had taught many, they returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch,

22  Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.

23  And when they had ordained them elders in every church, and had prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord, on whom they believed.

24  And after they had passed throughout Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia.

25  And when they had preached the word in Perga, they went down into Attalia:

26  And thence sailed to Antioch, from whence they had been recommended to the grace of God for the work which they fulfilled.

27  And when they were come, and had gathered the church together, they rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles.

28  And there they abode long time with the disciples.

Mediation of the Day: from Charles J Rolls’ book, ‘The Indescribable Christ’

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