January 30 - Luke 22.1-38, Genesis 39 and Psalm 30
A Plot To Kill Jesus
4Judas went to talk with the chief priests and the officers of the temple police about how he could help them arrest Jesus. 5They were very pleased and offered to pay Judas some money. 6He agreed and started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus when the crowds were not around.
Jesus Eats with His Disciples
9But they asked, "Where do you want us to prepare it?"
10Jesus told them, "As you go into the city, you will meet a man carrying a jar of water. Follow him into the house 11and say to the owner, 'Our teacher wants to know where he can eat the Passover meal with his disciples.' 12The owner will take you upstairs and show you a large room ready for you to use. Prepare the meal there."
13Peter and John left. They found everything just as Jesus had told them, and they prepared the Passover meal.
The Lord's Supper
17Jesus took a cup of wine in his hands and gave thanks to God. Then he told the apostles, "Take this wine and share it with each other. 18I tell you that I will not drink any more wine until God's kingdom comes."
19Jesus took some bread in his hands and gave thanks for it. He broke the bread and handed it to his apostles. Then he said, "This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this as a way of remembering me!"
20After the meal he took another cup of wine in his hands. Then he said, "This is my blood. It is poured out for you, and with it God makes his new agreement. 21The one who will betray me is here at the table with me! 22The Son of Man will die in the way that has been decided for him, but it will be terrible for the one who betrays him!"
23Then the apostles started arguing about who would ever do such a thing.
An Argument about Greatness24The apostles got into an argument about which one of them was the greatest. 25So Jesus told them:
Foreign kings order their people around, and powerful rulers call themselves everyone's friends. 26But don't be like them. The most important one of you should be like the least important, and your leader should be like a servant. 27Who do people think is the greatest, a person who is served or one who serves? Isn't it the one who is served? But I have been with you as a servant.
28You have stayed with me in all my troubles. 29So I will give you the right to rule as kings, just as my Father has given me the right to rule as a king. 30You will eat and drink with me in my kingdom, and you will each sit on a throne to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.
Jesus' Disciples Will Be Tested
33Peter said, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to jail and even to die with you."
34Jesus replied, "Peter, I tell you that before a rooster crows tomorrow morning, you will say three times that you don't know me."
Moneybags, Traveling Bags, and Swords35Jesus asked his disciples, "When I sent you out without a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals, did you need anything?"
"No!" they answered.
36Jesus told them, "But now, if you have a moneybag, take it with you. Also take a traveling bag, and if you don't have a sword, sell some of your clothes and buy one. 37Do this because the Scriptures say, 'He was considered a criminal.' This was written about me, and it will soon come true."
38The disciples said, "Lord, here are two swords!"
"Enough of that!" Jesus replied.
Joseph and Potiphar's WifeGenesis 39 The Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, the king's official in charge of the palace guard. 2-3So Joseph lived in the home of Potiphar, his Egyptian owner.
Soon Potiphar realized that the LORD was helping Joseph to be successful in whatever he did. 4Potiphar liked Joseph and made him his personal assistant, putting him in charge of his house and all of his property. 5Because of Joseph, the LORD began to bless Potiphar's family and fields. 6Potiphar left everything up to Joseph, and with Joseph there, the only decision he had to make was what he wanted to eat.
Joseph was well-built and handsome, 7and Potiphar's wife soon noticed him. She asked him to make love to her, 8but he refused and said, "My master isn't worried about anything in his house, because he has placed me in charge of everything he owns. 9No one in my master's house is more important than I am. The only thing he hasn't given me is you, and that's because you are his wife. I won't sin against God by doing such a terrible thing as this." 10She kept begging Joseph day after day, but he refused to do what she wanted or even to go near her.
11One day, Joseph went to Potiphar's house to do his work, and none of the other servants were there. 12Potiphar's wife grabbed hold of his coat and said, "Make love to me!" Joseph ran out of the house, leaving her hanging onto his coat.
13When this happened, 14she called in her servants and said, "Look! This Hebrew has come just to make fools of us. He tried to rape me, but I screamed for help. 15And when he heard me scream, he ran out of the house, leaving his coat with me."
16Potiphar's wife kept Joseph's coat until her husband came home. 17Then she said, "That Hebrew slave of yours tried to rape me! 18But when I screamed for help, he left his coat and ran out of the house."
19Potiphar became very angry 20and threw Joseph in the same prison where the king's prisoners were kept.
While Joseph was in prison, 21the LORD helped him and was good to him. He even made the jailer like Joseph so much that 22he put him in charge of the other prisoners and of everything that was done in the jail. 23The jailer did not worry about anything, because the LORD was with Joseph and made him successful in all that he did.
1I will praise you, LORD!
You saved me from the grave
and kept my enemies from celebrating my death.
2I prayed to you, LORD God, and you healed me,
3saving me from death and the grave.
4Your faithful people, LORD, will praise you with songs
and honor your holy name.
5Your anger lasts a little while,
but your kindness lasts for a lifetime.
At night we may cry,
but when morning comes we will celebrate.
6I was carefree and thought, "I'll never be shaken!"
7You, LORD, were my friend,
and you made me strong as a mighty mountain.
But when you hid your face, I was crushed.
8I prayed to you, LORD, and in my prayer I said,
9"What good will it do you if I am in the grave?
Once I have turned to dust,
how can I praise you or tell how loyal you are?
10Have pity, LORD! Help!"
11You have turned my sorrow into joyful dancing.
No longer am I sad and wearing sackcloth.
12I thank you from my heart, and I will never stop
singing your praises, my LORD and my God.
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