May 21 - Acts 27.1-12, 1 Samuel 2.12-36 and Psalm 50
Paul Sails for RomeActs 27 When it was decided that we should sail to Italy, they handed Paul and some other prisoners over to Julius, an officer in the Roman army regiment called "The Emperor's Regiment." 2We went aboard a ship from Adramyttium, which was ready to leave for the seaports of the province of Asia, and we sailed away. Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica, was with us. 3The next day we arrived at Sidon. Julius was kind to Paul and allowed him to go and see his friends, to be given what he needed. 4We went on from there, and because the winds were blowing against us, we sailed on the sheltered side of the island of Cyprus. 5We crossed over the sea off Cilicia and Pamphylia and came to Myra in Lycia. 6There the officer found a ship from Alexandria that was going to sail for Italy, so he put us aboard.
7We sailed slowly for several days and with great difficulty finally arrived off the town of Cnidus. The wind would not let us go any farther in that direction, so we sailed down the sheltered side of the island of Crete, passing by Cape Salmone. 8We kept close to the coast and with great difficulty came to a place called Safe Harbors, not far from the town of Lasea.
9We spent a long time there, until it became dangerous to continue the voyage, for by now the Day of Atonement was already past. So Paul gave them this advice: 10"Men, I see that our voyage from here on will be dangerous; there will be great damage to the cargo and to the ship, and loss of life as well." 11But the army officer was convinced by what the captain and the owner of the ship said, and not by what Paul said. 12The harbor was not a good one to spend the winter in; so almost everyone was in favor of putting out to sea and trying to reach Phoenix, if possible, in order to spend the winter there. Phoenix is a harbor in Crete that faces southwest and northwest.
The Sons of Eli1 Samuel 2 12The sons of Eli were scoundrels. They paid no attention to the LORD 13or to the regulations concerning what the priests could demand from the people. Instead, when someone was offering a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come with a three-pronged fork. While the meat was still cooking, 14he would stick the fork into the cooking pot, and whatever the fork brought out belonged to the priest. All the Israelites who came to Shiloh to offer sacrifices were treated like this. 15In addition, even before the fat was taken off and burned, the priest's servant would come and say to the one offering the sacrifice, "Give me some meat for the priest to roast; he won't accept boiled meat from you, only raw meat."
16If the person answered, "Let us do what is right and burn the fat first; then take what you want," the priest's servant would say, "No! Give it to me now! If you don't, I will have to take it by force!"
17This sin of the sons of Eli was extremely serious in the LORD's sight, because they treated the offerings to the LORD with such disrespect.
Samuel at Shiloh18In the meantime the boy Samuel continued to serve the LORD, wearing a sacred linen apron. 19Each year his mother would make a little robe and take it to him when she accompanied her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. 20Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say to Elkanah, "May the LORD give you other children by this woman to take the place of the one you dedicated to him."
After that they would go back home.
21The LORD did bless Hannah, and she had three more sons and two daughters. The boy Samuel grew up in the service of the LORD.
Eli and His Sons22Eli was now very old. He kept hearing about everything his sons were doing to the Israelites and that they were even sleeping with the women who worked at the entrance to the Tent of the LORD's presence. 23So he said to them, "Why are you doing these things? Everybody tells me about the evil you are doing. 24Stop it, my sons! This is an awful thing the people of the LORD are talking about! 25If anyone sins against someone else, God can defend the one who is wrong; but who can defend someone who sins against the LORD?"
But they would not listen to their father, for the LORD had decided to kill them.
26The boy Samuel continued to grow and to gain favor both with the LORD and with people.
The Prophecy against Eli's Family27A prophet came to Eli with this message from the LORD: "When your ancestor Aaron and his family were slaves of the king of Egypt, I revealed myself to Aaron. 28From all the tribes of Israel I chose his family to be my priests, to serve at the altar, to burn the incense, and to wear the ephod to consult me. And I gave them the right to keep a share of the sacrifices burned on the altar. 29Why, then, do you look with greed at the sacrifices and offerings which I require from my people? Why, Eli, do you honor your sons more than me by letting them fatten themselves on the best parts of all the sacrifices my people offer to me? 30I, the LORD God of Israel, promised in the past that your family and your clan would serve me as priests for all time. But now I say that I won't have it any longer! Instead, I will honor those who honor me, and I will treat with contempt those who despise me. 31Listen, the time is coming when I will kill all the young men in your family and your clan, so that no man in your family will live to be old. 32You will be troubled and look with envy on all the blessings I will give to the other people of Israel, but no one in your family will ever again live to old age. 33Yet I will keep one of your descendants alive, and he will serve me as priest. But he will become blind and lose all hope, and all your other descendants will die a violent death. 34When your two sons Hophni and Phinehas both die on the same day, this will show you that everything I have said will come true. 35I will choose a priest who will be faithful to me and do everything I want him to. I will give him descendants, who will always serve in the presence of my chosen king. 36Any of your descendants who survive will have to go to that priest and ask him for money and food, and beg to be allowed to help the priests, in order to have something to eat."
True WorshipPsalm 50 The Almighty God, the LORD, speaks;
he calls to the whole earth from east to west.
2God shines from Zion,
the city perfect in its beauty.
3Our God is coming, but not in silence;
a raging fire is in front of him,
a furious storm around him.
4He calls heaven and earth as witnesses
to see him judge his people.
5He says, "Gather my faithful people to me,
those who made a covenant with me by offering a sacrifice."
6The heavens proclaim that God is righteous,
that he himself is judge.
7"Listen, my people, and I will speak;
I will testify against you, Israel.
I am God, your God.
8I do not reprimand you because of your sacrifices
and the burnt offerings you always bring me.
9And yet I do not need bulls from your farms
or goats from your flocks;
10all the animals in the forest are mine
and the cattle on thousands of hills.
11All the wild birds are mine
and all living things in the fields.
12"If I were hungry, I would not ask you for food,
for the world and everything in it is mine.
13Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
14Let the giving of thanks be your sacrifice to God,
and give the Almighty all that you promised.
15Call to me when trouble comes;
I will save you,
and you will praise me."
16But God says to the wicked,
"Why should you recite my commandments?
Why should you talk about my covenant?
17You refuse to let me correct you;
you reject my commands.
18You become the friend of every thief you see,
and you associate with adulterers.
19"You are always ready to speak evil;
you never hesitate to tell lies.
20You are ready to accuse your own relatives
and to find fault with them.
21You have done all this, and I have said nothing,
so you thought that I am like you.
But now I reprimand you
and make the matter plain to you.
22"Listen to this, you that ignore me,
or I will destroy you,
and there will be no one to save you.
23Giving thanks is the sacrifice that honors me,
and I will surely save all who obey me."
This reading is from The Holy
Bible, Today's English Version, Second Edition copyright © American
Bible Society, 1992;
Old Testament copyright © American Bible Society, 1976, 1992; New Testament © American Bible Society, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1992.
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