August 20 - John 4.27-42, 1 Chronicles 16.8-43 and Zechariah 5
|John 4 27At
that moment Jesus' disciples returned, and they were
greatly surprised to find him talking with a woman. But
none of them said to her, "What do you want?"
or asked him, "Why are you talking
28Then the woman left her water jar, went back to the town, and said to the people there, 29"Come and see the man who told me everything I have ever done. Could he be the Messiah?" 30So they left the town and went to Jesus.
31In the meantime the disciples were begging Jesus, "Teacher, have something to eat!"
32But he answered, "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
33So the disciples started asking among themselves, "Could somebody have brought him food?"
34"My food," Jesus said to them, "is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do. 35You have a saying, 'Four more months and then the harvest.' But I tell you, take a good look at the fields; the crops are now ripe and ready to be harvested! 36The one who reaps the harvest is being paid and gathers the crops for eternal life; so the one who plants and the one who reaps will be glad together. 37For the saying is true, 'Someone plants, someone else reaps.' 38I have sent you to reap a harvest in a field where you did not work; others worked there, and you profit from their work."
39Many of the Samaritans in that town believed in Jesus because the woman had said, "He told me everything I have ever done." 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they begged him to stay with them, and Jesus stayed there two days.
41Many more believed because of his message, 42and they told the woman, "We believe now, not because of what you said, but because we ourselves have heard him, and we know that he really is the Savior of the world."
A Song of Praise
1 Chronicles 16 8Give
thanks to the LORD, proclaim his
Worship at Jerusalem and Gibeon
David put Asaph and the other Levites in permanent charge
of the worship that was held at the place where the
Covenant Box was kept. They were to perform their duties
there day by day. 38Obed Edom son of Jeduthun
and sixty-eight men of his clan were to assist them.
Hosah and Obed Edom were in charge of guarding the gates.
The Vision of the Flying Scroll
I looked again, and this time I saw a scroll flying
through the air. 2The angel asked me what I
saw. I answered, "A scroll flying through the air;
it is thirty feet long and fifteen feet wide."
The Vision of the Woman in the Basket
angel appeared again and said, "Look! Something else
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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