Mar 28

Exodus 39
Proverbs 15
John 18
Philippians 2

Daily Readings:

Exodus 39

1 ¶  And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses.

2  And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

3  And they did beat the gold into thin plates, and cut it into wires, to work it in the blue, and in the purple, and in the scarlet, and in the fine linen, with cunning work.

4  They made shoulderpieces for it, to couple it together: by the two edges was it coupled together.

5  And the curious girdle of his ephod, that was upon it, was of the same, according to the work thereof; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen; as the LORD commanded Moses.

6  And they wrought onyx stones inclosed in ouches of gold, graven, as signets are graven, with the names of the children of Israel.

7  And he put them on the shoulders of the ephod, that they should be stones for a memorial to the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.

8  And he made the breastplate of cunning work, like the work of the ephod; of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.

9  It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled.

10  And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row.

11  And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.

12  And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.

13  And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings.

14  And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes.

15  And they made upon the breastplate chains at the ends, of wreathen work of pure gold.

16  And they made two ouches of gold, and two gold rings; and put the two rings in the two ends of the breastplate.

17  And they put the two wreathen chains of gold in the two rings on the ends of the breastplate.

18  And the two ends of the two wreathen chains they fastened in the two ouches, and put them on the shoulderpieces of the ephod, before it.

19  And they made two rings of gold, and put them on the two ends of the breastplate, upon the border of it, which was on the side of the ephod inward.

20  And they made two other golden rings, and put them on the two sides of the ephod underneath, toward the forepart of it, over against the other coupling thereof, above the curious girdle of the ephod.

21  And they did bind the breastplate by his rings unto the rings of the ephod with a lace of blue, that it might be above the curious girdle of the ephod, and that the breastplate might not be loosed from the ephod; as the LORD commanded Moses.

22  And he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue.

23  And there was an hole in the midst of the robe, as the hole of an habergeon, with a band round about the hole, that it should not rend.

24  And they made upon the hems of the robe pomegranates of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and twined linen.

25  And they made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates upon the hem of the robe, round about between the pomegranates;

26  A bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, round about the hem of the robe to minister in; as the LORD commanded Moses.

27  And they made coats of fine linen of woven work for Aaron, and for his sons,

28  And a mitre of fine linen, and goodly bonnets of fine linen, and linen breeches of fine twined linen,

29  And a girdle of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet, of needlework; as the LORD commanded Moses.

30  And they made the plate of the holy crown of pure gold, and wrote upon it a writing, like to the engravings of a signet, HOLINESS TO THE LORD.

31  And they tied unto it a lace of blue, to fasten it on high upon the mitre; as the LORD commanded Moses.

32 ¶  Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

33  And they brought the tabernacle unto Moses, the tent, and all his furniture, his taches, his boards, his bars, and his pillars, and his sockets,

34  And the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of badgers’ skins, and the vail of the covering,

35  The ark of the testimony, and the staves thereof, and the mercy seat,

36  The table, and all the vessels thereof, and the shewbread,

37  The pure candlestick, with the lamps thereof, even with the lamps to be set in order, and all the vessels thereof, and the oil for light,

38  And the golden altar, and the anointing oil, and the sweet incense, and the hanging for the tabernacle door,

39  The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,

40  The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation,

41  The cloths of service to do service in the holy place, and the holy garments for Aaron the priest, and his sons’ garments, to minister in the priest’s office.

42  According to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel made all the work.

43  And Moses did look upon all the work, and, behold, they had done it as the LORD had commanded, even so had they done it: and Moses blessed them.

Proverbs 15

1 ¶  A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

2 ¶  The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.

3 ¶  The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.

4 ¶  A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

5 ¶  A fool despiseth his father’s instruction: but he that regardeth reproof is prudent.

6 ¶  In the house of the righteous is much treasure: but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.

7 ¶  The lips of the wise disperse knowledge: but the heart of the foolish doeth not so.

8 ¶  The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight.

9 ¶  The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the LORD: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.

10 ¶  Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die.

11 ¶  Hell and destruction are before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

12 ¶  A scorner loveth not one that reproveth him: neither will he go unto the wise.

13 ¶  A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

14 ¶  The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.

15 ¶  All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

16 ¶  Better is little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble therewith.

17  Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

18 ¶  A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.

19 ¶  The way of the slothful man is as an hedge of thorns: but the way of the righteous is made plain.

20 ¶  A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

21 ¶  Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom: but a man of understanding walketh uprightly.

22 ¶  Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.

23 ¶  A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

24 ¶  The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

25 ¶  The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow.

26 ¶  The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD: but the words of the pure are pleasant words.

27 ¶  He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.

28 ¶  The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

29 ¶  The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.

30 ¶  The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

31 ¶  The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

32 ¶  He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

33 ¶  The fear of the LORD is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility.

John 18

1 ¶  When Jesus had spoken these words, he went forth with his disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which he entered, and his disciples.

2  And Judas also, which betrayed him, knew the place: for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with his disciples.

3  Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons.

4  Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?

5  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.

6  As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.

7  Then asked he them again, Whom seek ye? And they said, Jesus of Nazareth.

8  Jesus answered, I have told you that I am he: if therefore ye seek me, let these go their way:

9  That the saying might be fulfilled, which he spake, Of them which thou gavest me have I lost none.

10  Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote the high priest’s servant, and cut off his right ear. The servant’s name was Malchus.

11  Then said Jesus unto Peter, Put up thy sword into the sheath: the cup which my Father hath given me, shall I not drink it?

12  Then the band and the captain and officers of the Jews took Jesus, and bound him,

13 ¶  And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which was the high priest that same year.

14  Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.

15  And Simon Peter followed Jesus, and so did another disciple: that disciple was known unto the high priest, and went in with Jesus into the palace of the high priest.

16  But Peter stood at the door without. Then went out that other disciple, which was known unto the high priest, and spake unto her that kept the door, and brought in Peter.

17  Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this man’s disciples? He saith, I am not.

18  And the servants and officers stood there, who had made a fire of coals; for it was cold: and they warmed themselves: and Peter stood with them, and warmed himself.

19  The high priest then asked Jesus of his disciples, and of his doctrine.

20  Jesus answered him, I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.

21  Why askest thou me? ask them which heard me, what I have said unto them: behold, they know what I said.

22  And when he had thus spoken, one of the officers which stood by struck Jesus with the palm of his hand, saying, Answerest thou the high priest so?

23  Jesus answered him, If I have spoken evil, bear witness of the evil: but if well, why smitest thou me?

24  Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

25  And Simon Peter stood and warmed himself. They said therefore unto him, Art not thou also one of his disciples? He denied it, and said, I am not.

26  One of the servants of the high priest, being his kinsman whose ear Peter cut off, saith, Did not I see thee in the garden with him?

27  Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew.

28 ¶  Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall, lest they should be defiled; but that they might eat the passover.

29  Pilate then went out unto them, and said, What accusation bring ye against this man?

30  They answered and said unto him, If he were not a malefactor, we would not have delivered him up unto thee.

31  Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him, and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death:

32  That the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled, which he spake, signifying what death he should die.

33  Then Pilate entered into the judgment hall again, and called Jesus, and said unto him, Art thou the King of the Jews?

34  Jesus answered him, Sayest thou this thing of thyself, or did others tell it thee of me?

35  Pilate answered, Am I a Jew? Thine own nation and the chief priests have delivered thee unto me: what hast thou done?

36  Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

37  Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice.

38  Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.

39  But ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at the passover: will ye therefore that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

40  Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now Barabbas was a robber.

Philippians 2

1 ¶  If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,

2  Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

4  Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.

5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

7  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

9  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 ¶  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

14 ¶  Do all things without murmurings and disputings:

15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

16  Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

17  Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

18  For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

19  But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

20  For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state.

21  For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s.

22  But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel.

23  Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me.

24  But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly.

25  Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellowsoldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants.

26  For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick.

27  For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.

28  I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful.

29  Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation:

30  Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

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

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