Mar 1

Exodus 12
Job 30
Luke 15
1Corinthians 16

Daily Readings:

Exodus 12

22  And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.

23  For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.

24  And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.

25  And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

26  And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

27  That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the LORD’S passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.

28  And the children of Israel went away, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

29 ¶  And it came to pass, that at midnight the LORD smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

30  And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

31  And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as ye have said.

32  Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also.

33  And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men.

34  And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders.

35  And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment:

36  And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.

37 ¶  And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.

38  And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.

39  And they baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought forth out of Egypt, for it was not leavened; because they were thrust out of Egypt, and could not tarry, neither had they prepared for themselves any victual.

40  Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years.

41  And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the LORD went out from the land of Egypt.

42  It is a night to be much observed unto the LORD for bringing them out from the land of Egypt: this is that night of the LORD to be observed of all the children of Israel in their generations.

43 ¶  And the LORD said unto Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the passover: There shall no stranger eat thereof:

44  But every man’s servant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof.

45  A foreigner and an hired servant shall not eat thereof.

46  In one house shall it be eaten; thou shalt not carry forth ought of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a bone thereof.

47  All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.

48  And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.

49  One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

50  Thus did all the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.

51  And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

Job 30

1 ¶  But now they that are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to have set with the dogs of my flock.

2  Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished?

3  For want and famine they were solitary; fleeing into the wilderness in former time desolate and waste.

4  Who cut up mallows by the bushes, and juniper roots for their meat.

5  They were driven forth from among men, (they cried after them as after a thief;)

6  To dwell in the clifts of the valleys, in caves of the earth, and in the rocks.

7  Among the bushes they brayed; under the nettles they were gathered together.

8  They were children of fools, yea, children of base men: they were viler than the earth.

9  And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

10  They abhor me, they flee far from me, and spare not to spit in my face.

11  Because he hath loosed my cord, and afflicted me, they have also let loose the bridle before me.

12  Upon my right hand rise the youth; they push away my feet, and they raise up against me the ways of their destruction.

13  They mar my path, they set forward my calamity, they have no helper.

14  They came upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: in the desolation they rolled themselves upon me.

15 ¶  Terrors are turned upon me: they pursue my soul as the wind: and my welfare passeth away as a cloud.

16  And now my soul is poured out upon me; the days of affliction have taken hold upon me.

17  My bones are pierced in me in the night season: and my sinews take no rest.

18  By the great force of my disease is my garment changed: it bindeth me about as the collar of my coat.

19  He hath cast me into the mire, and I am become like dust and ashes.

20  I cry unto thee, and thou dost not hear me: I stand up, and thou regardest me not.

21  Thou art become cruel to me: with thy strong hand thou opposest thyself against me.

22  Thou liftest me up to the wind; thou causest me to ride upon it, and dissolvest my substance.

23  For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to the house appointed for all living.

24  Howbeit he will not stretch out his hand to the grave, though they cry in his destruction.

25  Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved for the poor?

26  When I looked for good, then evil came unto me: and when I waited for light, there came darkness.

27  My bowels boiled, and rested not: the days of affliction prevented me.

28  I went mourning without the sun: I stood up, and I cried in the congregation.

29  I am a brother to dragons, and a companion to owls.

30  My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat.

31  My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

Luke 15

1 ¶  Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.

2  And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.

3  And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

4  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?

5  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.

6  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

7  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

8  Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?

9  And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.

10  Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

11 ¶  And he said, A certain man had two sons:

12  And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

13  And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

14  And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.

15  And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

16  And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.

17  And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

18  I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,

19  And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

20  And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

21  And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

22  But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

23  And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

24  For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

25  Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

26  And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

27  And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

28  And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

29  And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

30  But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

31  And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

32  It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

1 Corinthians 16

1 ¶  Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye.

2  Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

3  And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem.

4  And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me.

5 ¶  Now I will come unto you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia.

6  And it may be that I will abide, yea, and winter with you, that ye may bring me on my journey whithersoever I go.

7  For I will not see you now by the way; but I trust to tarry a while with you, if the Lord permit.

8  But I will tarry at Ephesus until Pentecost.

9  For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries.

10 ¶  Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also do.

11  Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.

12  As touching our brother Apollos, I greatly desired him to come unto you with the brethren: but his will was not at all to come at this time; but he will come when he shall have convenient time.

13 ¶  Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

14  Let all your things be done with charity.

15  I beseech you, brethren, (ye know the house of Stephanas, that it is the firstfruits of Achaia, and that they have addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints,)

16  That ye submit yourselves unto such, and to every one that helpeth with us, and laboureth.

17  I am glad of the coming of Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus: for that which was lacking on your part they have supplied.

18  For they have refreshed my spirit and yours: therefore acknowledge ye them that are such.

19 ¶  The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

20  All the brethren greet you. Greet ye one another with an holy kiss.

21  The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.

22  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

23  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

24  My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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

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