Feb 23

Exodus 6
Job 23
Luke 9
1Corinthians 10

Daily Readings:

Exodus 6

1 ¶  Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

2  And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

3  And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

4  And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

5  And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

6  Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

7  And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

8  And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

9  And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

10 ¶  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

11  Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

12  And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

13  And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

14 ¶  These be the heads of their fathers’ houses: The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, and Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi: these be the families of Reuben.

15  And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman: these are the families of Simeon.

16  And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years.

17  The sons of Gershon; Libni, and Shimi, according to their families.

18  And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years.

19  And the sons of Merari; Mahali and Mushi: these are the families of Levi according to their generations.

20  And Amram took him Jochebed his father’s sister to wife; and she bare him Aaron and Moses: and the years of the life of Amram were an hundred and thirty and seven years.

21  And the sons of Izhar; Korah, and Nepheg, and Zichri.

22  And the sons of Uzziel; Mishael, and Elzaphan, and Zithri.

23  And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

24  And the sons of Korah; Assir, and Elkanah, and Abiasaph: these are the families of the Korhites.

25  And Eleazar Aaron’s son took him one of the daughters of Putiel to wife; and she bare him Phinehas: these are the heads of the fathers of the Levites according to their families.

26  These are that Aaron and Moses, to whom the LORD said, Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.

27  These are they which spake to Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring out the children of Israel from Egypt: these are that Moses and Aaron.

28  And it came to pass on the day when the LORD spake unto Moses in the land of Egypt,

29  That the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, I am the LORD: speak thou unto Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I say unto thee.

30  And Moses said before the LORD, Behold, I am of uncircumcised lips, and how shall Pharaoh hearken unto me?

Job 23

1 ¶  Then Job answered and said,

2  Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning.

3  Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

4  I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments.

5  I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me.

6  Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me.

7  There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge.

8 ¶  Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him:

9  On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him:

10  But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

11  My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.

12  Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.

13 ¶  But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth.

14  For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me: and many such things are with him.

15  Therefore am I troubled at his presence: when I consider, I am afraid of him.

16  For God maketh my heart soft, and the Almighty troubleth me:

17  Because I was not cut off before the darkness, neither hath he covered the darkness from my face.

Luke 9

1 ¶  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

2  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.

3  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.

4  And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.

5  And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

6  And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

7  Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead;

8  And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again.

9  And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.

10 ¶  And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

11  And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.

12  And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.

13  But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.

14  For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company.

15  And they did so, and made them all sit down.

16  Then he took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude.

17  And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.

18 ¶  And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am?

19  They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again.

20  He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.

21  And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing;

22  Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.

23  And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

24  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.

25  For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

26  For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.

27  But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.

28 ¶  And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.

29  And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.

30  And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:

31  Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

32  But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.

33  And it came to pass, as they departed from him, Peter said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.

34  While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud.

35  And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.

36  And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.

37 ¶  And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.

38  And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child.

39  And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him.

40  And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.

41  And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither.

42  And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.

43 ¶  And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples,

44  Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men.

45  But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.

46  Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.

47  And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him,

48  And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.

49  And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us.

50  And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.

51 ¶  And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,

52  And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him.

53  And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.

54  And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did?

55  But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of.

56  For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

57 ¶  And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.

58  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.

59  And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.

60  Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.

61  And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.

62  And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 10

1 ¶  Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

2  And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

3  And did all eat the same spiritual meat;

4  And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

5  But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.

6 ¶  Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.

7  Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.

8  Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

9  Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.

10  Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.

11  Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

12  Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

14  Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

15 ¶  I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.

16  The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?

17  For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.

18  Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?

19  What say I then? that the idol is any thing, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is any thing?

20  But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.

21  Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.

22  Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?

23 ¶  All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.

24  Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth.

25  Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake:

26  For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.

27  If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.

28  But if any man say unto you, This is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:

29  Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?

30  For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks?

31  Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

32  Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God:

33  Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

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

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