Mar 23

Daily Readings:

Exodus 34.mp3, Proverbs 10.mp3, John 13.mp3, Ephesians 3.mp3

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

Exodus 34

1 ¶  And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest.

2  And be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning unto mount Sinai, and present thyself there to me in the top of the mount.

3  And no man shall come up with thee, neither let any man be seen throughout all the mount; neither let the flocks nor herds feed before that mount.

4  And he hewed two tables of stone like unto the first; and Moses rose up early in the morning, and went up unto mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him, and took in his hand the two tables of stone.

5 ¶  And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.

6  And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,

7  Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children’s children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

8  And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

9  And he said, If now I have found grace in thy sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray thee, go among us; for it is a stiffnecked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for thine inheritance.

10 ¶  And he said, Behold, I make a covenant: before all thy people I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, nor in any nation: and all the people among which thou art shall see the work of the LORD: for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.

11  Observe thou that which I command thee this day: behold, I drive out before thee the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite.

12  Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

13  But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

14  For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:

15  Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods, and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

16  And thou take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

17  Thou shalt make thee no molten gods.

18 ¶  The feast of unleavened bread shalt thou keep. Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, as I commanded thee, in the time of the month Abib: for in the month Abib thou camest out from Egypt.

19  All that openeth the matrix is mine; and every firstling among thy cattle, whether ox or sheep, that is male.

20  But the firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb: and if thou redeem him not, then shalt thou break his neck. All the firstborn of thy sons thou shalt redeem. And none shall appear before me empty.

21  Six days thou shalt work, but on the seventh day thou shalt rest: in earing time and in harvest thou shalt rest.

22  And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end.

23  Thrice in the year shall all your men children appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.

24  For I will cast out the nations before thee, and enlarge thy borders: neither shall any man desire thy land, when thou shalt go up to appear before the LORD thy God thrice in the year.

25  Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning.

26  The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring unto the house of the LORD thy God. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk.

27  And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.

28 ¶  And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

29  And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

30  And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come nigh him.

31  And Moses called unto them; and Aaron and all the rulers of the congregation returned unto him: and Moses talked with them.

32  And afterward all the children of Israel came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in mount Sinai.

33  And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a vail on his face.

34  But when Moses went in before the LORD to speak with him, he took the vail off, until he came out. And he came out, and spake unto the children of Israel that which he was commanded.

35  And the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses’ face shone: and Moses put the vail upon his face again, until he went in to speak with him.

Proverbs 10

1 ¶  The proverbs of Solomon. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.

2 ¶  Treasures of wickedness profit nothing: but righteousness delivereth from death.

3  The LORD will not suffer the soul of the righteous to famish: but he casteth away the substance of the wicked.

4 ¶  He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.

5 ¶  He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

6 ¶  Blessings are upon the head of the just: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

7 ¶  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

8 ¶  The wise in heart will receive commandments: but a prating fool shall fall.

9 ¶  He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

10 ¶  He that winketh with the eye causeth sorrow: but a prating fool shall fall.

11 ¶  The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but violence covereth the mouth of the wicked.

12 ¶  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.

13 ¶  In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

14 ¶  Wise men lay up knowledge: but the mouth of the foolish is near destruction.

15 ¶  The rich man’s wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

16 ¶  The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin.

17 ¶  He is in the way of life that keepeth instruction: but he that refuseth reproof erreth.

18 ¶  He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander, is a fool.

19 ¶  In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.

20 ¶  The tongue of the just is as choice silver: the heart of the wicked is little worth.

21  The lips of the righteous feed many: but fools die for want of wisdom.

22 ¶  The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.

23 ¶  It is as sport to a fool to do mischief: but a man of understanding hath wisdom.

24 ¶  The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted.

25  As the whirlwind passeth, so is the wicked no more: but the righteous is an everlasting foundation.

26 ¶  As vinegar to the teeth, and as smoke to the eyes, so is the sluggard to them that send him.

27 ¶  The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.

28  The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.

29 ¶  The way of the LORD is strength to the upright: but destruction shall be to the workers of iniquity.

30  The righteous shall never be removed: but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth.

31 ¶  The mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom: but the froward tongue shall be cut out.

32  The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

John 13

1 ¶  Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

2  And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

3  Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

4  He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

5  After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

6  Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

7  Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

8  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

9  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

10  Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

11  For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

12  So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15  For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

18 ¶  I speak not of you all: I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.

19  Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he.

20  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.

21  When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

22  Then the disciples looked one on another, doubting of whom he spake.

23  Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

24  Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

25  He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

26  Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon.

27  And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

28  Now no man at the table knew for what intent he spake this unto him.

29  For some of them thought, because Judas had the bag, that Jesus had said unto him, Buy those things that we have need of against the feast; or, that he should give something to the poor.

30  He then having received the sop went immediately out: and it was night.

31 ¶  Therefore, when he was gone out, Jesus said, Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in him.

32  If God be glorified in him, God shall also glorify him in himself, and shall straightway glorify him.

33  Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you.

34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

36 ¶  Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

37  Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake.

38  Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

Ephesians 3

1 ¶  For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,

2  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

3  How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,

4  Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

5  Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

6  That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

7  Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.

8  Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

9  And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

10  To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,

11  According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:

12  In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

13  Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14 ¶  For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

15  Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,

16  That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

17  That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

18  May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;

19  And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20  Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,

21  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

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

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