Mar 20

Exodus 31
Proverbs 7
John 10
Galatians 6

Daily Readings:

Exodus 31

1 ¶  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

2  See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

3  And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

4  To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

5  And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

6  And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee;

7  The tabernacle of the congregation, and the ark of the testimony, and the mercy seat that is thereupon, and all the furniture of the tabernacle,

8  And the table and his furniture, and the pure candlestick with all his furniture, and the altar of incense,

9  And the altar of burnt offering with all his furniture, and the laver and his foot,

10  And the cloths of service, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and the garments of his sons, to minister in the priest’s office,

11  And the anointing oil, and sweet incense for the holy place: according to all that I have commanded thee shall they do.

12 ¶  And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

13  Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you.

14  Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it is holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth any work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

15  Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.

16  Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17  It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.

18  And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Proverbs 7

1 ¶  My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.

2  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.

3  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.

4  Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

5  That they may keep thee from the strange woman, from the stranger which flattereth with her words.

6 ¶  For at the window of my house I looked through my casement,

7  And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,

8  Passing through the street near her corner; and he went the way to her house,

9  In the twilight, in the evening, in the black and dark night:

10  And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.

11  (She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house:

12  Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.)

13  So she caught him, and kissed him, and with an impudent face said unto him,

14  I have peace offerings with me; this day have I payed my vows.

15  Therefore came I forth to meet thee, diligently to seek thy face, and I have found thee.

16  I have decked my bed with coverings of tapestry, with carved works, with fine linen of Egypt.

17  I have perfumed my bed with myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon.

18  Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves.

19  For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey:

20  He hath taken a bag of money with him, and will come home at the day appointed.

21  With her much fair speech she caused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced him.

22  He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks;

23  Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

24 ¶  Hearken unto me now therefore, O ye children, and attend to the words of my mouth.

25  Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths.

26  For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her.

27  Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

John 10

1 ¶  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

2  But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.

3  To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

4  And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

5  And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.

6  This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.

7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

8  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.

9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

12  But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.

13  The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.

14  I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.

15  As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

16  And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

17  Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.

18  No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

19 ¶  There was a division therefore again among the Jews for these sayings.

20  And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

21  Others said, These are not the words of him that hath a devil. Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?

22 ¶  And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication, and it was winter.

23  And Jesus walked in the temple in Solomon’s porch.

24  Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ, tell us plainly.

25  Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.

26  But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.

27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

29  My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

30  I and my Father are one.

31  Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him.

32  Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me?

33  The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.

34  Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods?

35  If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;

36  Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?

37  If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not.

38  But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.

39 ¶  Therefore they sought again to take him: but he escaped out of their hand,

40  And went away again beyond Jordan into the place where John at first baptized; and there he abode.

41  And many resorted unto him, and said, John did no miracle: but all things that John spake of this man were true.

42  And many believed on him there.

Galatians 6

1 ¶  Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

2  Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

3  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.

4  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

5  For every man shall bear his own burden.

6  Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

7  Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

10  As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

11 ¶  Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.

12  As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.

13  For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.

14  But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

16  And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.

17  From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18  Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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

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