Together for God
1 Corinthians 3 My
friends, you are acting like the people of this world.
That's why I could not speak to you as spiritual people.
You are like babies as far as your faith in Christ is
concerned. 2So I had to treat you like babies
and feed you milk. You could not take solid food, and you
still cannot, 3because you are not yet
spiritual. You are jealous and argue with each other.
This proves that you are not spiritual and that you are
acting like the people of this world.
of you say that you follow me, and others claim to follow
Apollos. Isn't that how ordinary people behave? 5Apollos
and I are merely servants who helped you to have faith.
It was the Lord who made it all happen. 6I
planted the seeds, Apollos watered them, but God made
them sprout and grow. 7What matters isn't
those who planted or watered, but God who made the plants
grow. 8The one who plants is just as important
as the one who waters. And each one will be paid for what
they do. 9Apollos and I work together for God,
and you are God's garden and God's building.
Only One Foundation
was kind and let me become an expert builder. I laid a
foundation on which others have built. But we must each
be careful how we build, 11because Christ is
the only foundation. 12-13Whatever we build on
that foundation will be tested by fire on the day of
judgment. Then everyone will find out if we have used
gold, silver, and precious stones, or wood, hay, and
straw. 14We will be rewarded if our building
is left standing. 15But if it is destroyed by
the fire, we will lose everything. Yet we ourselves will
be saved, like someone escaping from flames.
of you surely know that you are God's temple and that his
Spirit lives in you. 17Together you are God's
holy temple, and God will destroy anyone who destroys his
fool yourselves! If any of you think you are wise in the
things of this world, you will have to become foolish
before you can be truly wise. 19This is
because God considers the wisdom of this world to be
foolish. It is just as the Scriptures say, "God
catches the wise when they try to outsmart him." 20The
Scriptures also say, "The Lord knows that the plans
made by wise people are useless." 21-22So
stop bragging about what anyone has done. Paul and
Apollos and Peter all belong to you. In fact, everything
is yours, including the world, life, death, the present,
and the future. Everything belongs to you, 23and
you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.
King Baasha of Israel
1 Kings 1533Baasha
son of Ahijah became king of Israel in Asa's third year
as king of Judah, and he ruled twenty-four years from
Tirzah. 34Baasha also disobeyed the LORD by acting like Jeroboam, who had
caused the Israelites to sin.
1 Kings 16The LORD sent Jehu son of Hanani to say to
2Nobody knew who you
were until I, the LORD, chose
you to be the leader of my people Israel. And now
you're acting exactly like Jeroboam by causing the
Israelites to sin. What you've done has made me so
angry 3that I will destroy you and your
family, just as I did the family of Jeroboam. 4Dogs
will eat the bodies of your relatives who die in
town, and vultures will eat the bodies of those who
die in the country.
made the LORD very angry, and
that's why the LORD gave Jehu this
message for Baasha and his family. Baasha constantly
disobeyed the LORD by following
Jeroboam's sinful example--but even worse, he killed
everyone in Jeroboam's family!
else Baasha did while he was king, including his brave
deeds, is written in The History of the Kings of
Israel. Baasha died and was buried in Tirzah, and his
son Elah became king.
King Elah of Israel
son of Baasha became king of Israel after Asa had been
king of Judah for twenty-five years, and he ruled from
Tirzah for two years.
commanded half of Elah's chariots, and he made plans to
day, Elah was in Tirzah, getting drunk at the home of
Arza, his prime minister, 10when Zimri went
there and killed Elah. So Zimri became king in the
twenty-seventh year of Asa's rule in Judah.
soon as Zimri became king, he killed everyone in Baasha's
family. Not one man or boy in his family was left
alive--even his close friends were killed. 12Baasha's
family was completely wiped out, just as the LORD's prophet Jehu had warned. 13Baasha
and Elah sinned and caused the Israelites to sin, and
they made the LORD angry by
else Elah did while he was king is written in The
History of the Kings of Israel.
King Zimri of Israel
became king of Israel in Asa's twenty-seventh year as
king of Judah, but he ruled only seven days from Tirzah.
army was camped near Gibbethon in Philistia under the
command of Omri. The soldiers heard that Zimri had killed
Elah, and they made Omri their king that same day. 17At
once, Omri and his army marched to Tirzah and attacked. 18When
Zimri saw that the town was captured, he ran into the
strongest part of the palace and killed himself by
setting it on fire. 19Zimri had disobeyed the
LORD by following the evil example
of Jeroboam, who had caused the Israelites to sin.
else Zimri did while he was king, including his rebellion
against Elah, is written in The History of the Kings
King Omri of Israel
Zimri died, some of the Israelites wanted Tibni son of
Ginath to be king, but others wanted Omri. 22Omri's
followers were stronger than Tibni's, so Tibni was
killed, and Omri became king of Israel 23in
the thirty-first year of Asa's rule in Judah.
ruled Israel for twelve years. The first six years he
ruled from Tirzah, 24then he bought the hill
of Samaria from Shemer for about one hundred fifty pounds
of silver. He built a town there and named it Samaria,
after Shemer who had owned the hill.
did more evil things than any king before him. 26He
acted just like Jeroboam and made the LORD
God of Israel angry by causing the Israelites to sin and
to worship idols.
else Omri did while he was king, including his brave
deeds, is written in The History of the Kings of
Israel. 28Omri died and was buried in
Samaria, and his son Ahab became king.
King Ahab of Israel
son of Omri became king of Israel in the thirty-eighth
year of Asa's rule in Judah, and he ruled twenty-two
years from Samaria.
did more things to disobey the LORD
than any king before him. 31He acted just like
Jeroboam. Even worse, he married Jezebel the daughter of
King Ethbaal of Sidon and started worshiping Baal. 32Ahab
built an altar and temple for Baal in Samaria 33and
set up a sacred pole for worshiping the goddess Asherah.
Ahab did more to make the LORD God
of Israel angry than any king of Israel before him.
Ahab was king, a man from Bethel named Hiel rebuilt the
town of Jericho. But while Hiel was laying the foundation
for the town wall, his oldest son Abiram died. And while
he was finishing the gates, his youngest son Segub died.
This happened just as the LORD had
told Joshua to say many years ago.
Will Judge the Nations
Joel 3 At
that time I, the LORD, will make
Judah and Jerusalem prosperous again. 2Then in
Judgment Valley I will bring together the nations that
scattered my people Israel everywhere in the world, and I
will bring charges against those nations. They divided up
my land 3and gambled to see who would get my
people; they sold boys and girls to pay for prostitutes
people of Tyre and Sidon and you Philistines, why are you
doing this? Are you trying to get even with me? I'll
strike back before you know what's happened. 5You've
taken my prized possessions, including my silver and
gold, and carried them off to your temples. 6You
have dragged the people of Judah and Jerusalem from their
land and sold them to the Greeks.
I'll make the people of Judah determined to come home,
and what happened to them will happen to you. 8I'll
hand over your sons and daughters to the people of Judah,
and they will sell them to the Sabeans, who live far
away. I, the LORD, have spoken!
Judgment in Judgment Valley
to the nations:
"Get ready for war! Be eager to fight.
Line up for battle and prepare to attack.
swords out of plows and spears out of garden tools.
Strengthen every weakling."
all you nations! Come quickly.
Ask the LORD to bring his warriors
must come now to Judgment Valley,
where the LORD will judge the
are a field of ripe crops.
Bring in the harvest!
They are grapes piled high.
Start trampling them now!
If our enemy's sins were wine, every jar would overflow.
fill Decision Valley.
The judgment day of the LORD will
soon be here--
light from the sun or moon, and stars no longer shine.
the heart of Jerusalem the LORD
roars like a lion,
shaking the earth and sky.
But the LORD is a fortress,
place of safety for his people Israel.
God Will Bless His People
17I am the LORD your
And you will know I live on Zion, my sacred hill,
because Jerusalem will be sacred,
untouched by foreign troops.
that day, fruitful vineyards will cover the mountains.
And your cattle and goats that graze on the hills
will produce a lot of milk.
Streams in Judah will never run dry;
stream from my house will flow in Acacia Valley.
and Edom were cruel and brutal to Judah,
without a reason.
Now their countries will become a barren desert,
Judah and Jerusalem will always have people.
the LORD, live on Mount Zion.
will punish the guilty and defend the innocent.