Jesus' Brothers Don't Have
Faith in Him
John 7 Jesus
decided to leave Judea and to start going through Galilee
because the leaders of the people wanted to kill him. 2It
was almost time for the Festival of Shelters, 3and
Jesus' brothers said to him, "Why don't you go to
Judea? Then your disciples can see what you are doing. 4No
one does anything in secret, if they want others to know
about them. So let the world know what you are
doing!" 5Even Jesus' own brothers had not
yet become his followers.
answered, "My time hasn't yet come, but your time is
always here. 7The people of this world cannot
hate you. They hate me, because I tell them that they do
evil things. 8Go on to the festival. My time
hasn't yet come, and I am not going." 9Jesus
said this and stayed on in Galilee.
Jesus at the Festival of
Jesus' brothers had gone to the festival, he went
secretly, without telling anyone.
the festival the leaders looked for Jesus and asked,
"Where is he?" 12The crowds even got
into an argument about him. Some were saying, "Jesus
is a good man," while others were saying, "He
is lying to everyone." 13But the people
were afraid of their leaders, and none of them talked in
public about him.
the festival was about half over, Jesus went into the
temple and started teaching. 15The leaders
were surprised and said, "How does this man know so
much? He has never been taught!"
I am not teaching something that I thought
up. What I teach comes from the one who sent me. 17If
you really want to obey God, you will know if what I
teach comes from God or from me. 18If I
wanted to bring honor to myself, I would speak for
myself. But I want to honor the one who sent me. That
is why I tell the truth and not a lie. 19Didn't
Moses give you the Law? Yet none of you obey it! So
why do you want to kill me?
crowd replied, "You're crazy! What makes you think
someone wants to kill you?"
I worked one miracle, and it amazed you. 22Moses
commanded you to circumcise your sons. But it wasn't
really Moses who gave you this command. It was your
ancestors, and even on the Sabbath you circumcise
your sons 23in order to obey the Law of
Moses. Why are you angry with me for making someone
completely well on the Sabbath? 24Don't
judge by appearances. Judge by what is right.
of the people from Jerusalem were saying, "Isn't
this the man they want to kill? 26Yet here he
is, speaking for everyone to hear. And no one is arguing
with him. Do you suppose the authorities know that he is
the Messiah? 27But how could that be? No one
knows where the Messiah will come from, but we know where
this man comes from."
Jesus was teaching in the temple, he shouted, "Do
you really think you know me and where I came from? I
didn't come on my own! The one who sent me is truthful,
and you don't know him. 29But I know the one
who sent me, because I came from him."
of the people wanted to arrest Jesus right then. But no
one even laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet
come. 31A lot of people in the crowd put their
faith in him and said, "When the Messiah comes, he
surely won't perform more miracles than this man has
David Assigns Army Commanders
1 Chronicles 27 Each
month a group of twenty-four thousand men served as
soldiers in Israel's army. These men, which included the
family leaders, army commanders, and officials of the
king, were under the command of the following men,
arranged by the month of their service:
the first month, Jashobeam the son of Zabdiel, 3a
descendant of Perez;
the second month, Dodai the Ahohite, whose assistant was
the third month, Benaiah the son of Jehoiada the priest, 6who
was the leader of the Thirty Warriors, and whose son
Ammizabad was also an army commander;
the fourth month, Asahel the brother of Joab, whose son
Zebadiah took over command after him;
the fifth month, Shamhuth from the Izrah clan;
the sixth month, Ira the son of Ikkesh from Tekoa;
the seventh month, Helez from Pelon in the territory of
the eighth month, Sibbecai from Hushah of the Zerah clan;
the ninth month, Abiezer from Anathoth in the territory
the tenth month, Maharai from Netophah of the Zerah clan;
the eleventh month, Benaiah from Pirathon in the
territory of Ephraim;
the twelfth month, Heldai from Netophah, who was a
descendant of Othniel.
David Assigns Tribal Leaders
is a list of the leaders of each tribe in Israel:
son of Zichri was over Reuben: Shephatiah son of Maacah
was over Simeon; Hashabiah son of Kemuel was over the
Levites, and Zadok the priest was over the descendants of
Aaron; Elihu the brother of David was over Judah; Omri
son of Michael was over Issachar; Ishmaiah son of Obadiah
was over Zebulun; Jerimoth son of Azriel was over
Naphtali; Hoshea son of Azaziah was over Ephraim; Joel
son of Pedaiah was over West Manasseh; Iddo son of
Zechariah was over East Manasseh; Jaasiel son of Abner
was over Benjamin; Azarel son of Jeroham was over Dan.
David decided to count the people of Israel, he gave
orders not to count anyone under twenty years of age,
because the LORD had promised long
ago that Israel would have as many people as there are
stars in the sky. 24Joab the son of Zeruiah
had begun to count the people, but he stopped when the LORD began punishing Israel. So the total
number was never included in David's official records.
Officials in Charge of the
the son of Adiel was in charge of the king's personal
storage rooms. Jonathan the son of Uzziah was in charge
of the king's other storerooms that were in the towns,
the villages, and the defense towers in Israel.
the son of Chelub was in charge of the workers who farmed
the king's land.
from Ramah was in charge of the vineyards, and Zabdi from
Shepham was in charge of storing the wine.
Hanan from Geder was in charge of the olive and sycamore
trees in the western foothills, and Joash was in charge
of storing the olive oil.
from Sharon was responsible for the cattle that were kept
in Sharon Plain, and Shaphat son of Adlai was responsible
for those kept in the valleys.
the Ishmaelite was in charge of the camels, Jehdeiah from
Meronoth was in charge of the donkeys, and Jaziz the
Hagrite was in charge of the sheep and goats.
were the men in charge of David's royal property.
David's Personal Advisors
uncle Jonathan was a wise and intelligent advisor. He and
Jehiel the son of Hachmoni taught David's sons.
and Hushai the Archite were two of David's advisors. 34Jehoiada
the son of Benaiah was the king's advisor after
Ahithophel, and later, Abiathar was his advisor.
was commander of Israel's army.
David Gives Solomon the Plans
for the Temple
1 Chronicles 28 David
called a meeting in Jerusalem for all of Israel's
leaders, including the tribal leaders, the government
officials, the army commanders, the officials in charge
of the royal property and livestock, the palace
officials, and the brave warriors.
everyone was there, David stood up and said:
Listen to me, my people. I wanted to build
a place where the sacred chest would be kept, so we
could go there and worship the LORD
our God. I have prepared all the supplies for
building a temple, 3but the LORD has refused to let me build it,
because he said I have killed too many people in
God chose Judah to be the leading tribe in Israel.
Then from Judah, he chose my father's family, and
from that family, he chose me to be the king of
Israel, and he promised that my descendants will also
rule as kings. 5The LORD
has blessed me with many sons, but he chose my son
Solomon to be the next king of Israel. 6The
LORD said to me, "Your son
Solomon will build my temple, and it will honor me.
Solomon will be like a son to me, and I will be like
a father to him. 7If he continues to obey
my laws and commands, his kingdom will never
8My friends, you are the
LORD's people. And now, with
God as your witness, I want you to promise that you
will do your best to obey everything the LORD God has commanded us. Then this
land will always belong to you and your descendants.
9Solomon, my son,
worship God and obey him with all your heart and
mind, just as I have done. He knows all your thoughts
and your reasons for doing things, and so if you turn
to him, he will hear your prayers. But if you ignore
him, he will reject you forever. 10The LORD has chosen you to build a temple
for worshiping him. Be confident and do the work you
have been assigned.
David finished speaking, he gave Solomon the plans for
building the main rooms of the temple, including the
porch, the storerooms, the rooms upstairs and downstairs,
as well as the most holy place. 12He gave
Solomon his plans for the courtyards and the open areas
around the temple, and for the rooms to store the temple
treasures and gifts that had been dedicated to God.
also gave Solomon his plans for dividing the priests and
the Levites into groups, as well as for the work that
needed to be done at the temple and for taking care of
the objects used for worship. 14He told
Solomon how much gold and silver was to be used in making
the sacred objects, 15including the lampstands
and lamps, 16the gold table which held the
sacred loaves of bread, the tables made of silver, 17the
meat forks, the bowls and cups, 18the gold
incense altar, and the gold statue of a chariot for the
winged creatures which were on the lid of the sacred
then said to Solomon:
The LORD showed me
how his temple is to be built. 20But you
must see that everything is done according to these
plans. Be confident, and never be afraid of anything
or get discouraged. The LORD my
God will help you do everything needed to finish the
temple, so it can be used for worshiping him. 21The
priests and Levites have been assigned their duties,
and all the skilled workers are prepared to do their
work. The people and their leaders will do anything
you tell them.
Victory for Jerusalem
Zechariah 12 This
is a message from the LORD about
I am the LORD! I
stretched out the heavens; I put the earth on its
foundations and gave breath to humans. 2I
have decided that Jerusalem will become a bowl of
wine that makes the neighboring nations drunk. And
when Jerusalem is attacked, Judah will also be
attacked. 3But I will turn Jerusalem into
a heavy stone that crushes anyone who tries to lift
When all nations on earth surround
Jerusalem, 4I will make every horse panic
and every rider confused. But at the same time, I
will watch over Judah. 5Then every clan in
Judah will realize that I, the LORD
All-Powerful, am their God, and that I am the source
of their strength.
6At that time I will let
the clans of Judah be like a ball of fire in a wood
pile or a fiery torch in a hay stack. Then Judah will
send the surrounding nations up in smoke. And once
again the city of Jerusalem will be filled with
7But I will first give
victory to Judah, so the kingdom of David and the
city of Jerusalem in all of their glory won't be
thought of more highly than Judah itself. 8I,
the LORD God, will protect
Jerusalem. Even the weakest person there will be as
strong as David, and David's kingdom will rule as
though my very own angel were its leader. 9I
am determined to wipe out every nation that attacks
Mourning for the One Pierced
with a Spear
the LORD, will make the descendants
of David and the people of Jerusalem feel deep sorrow and
pray when they see the one they pierced with a spear.
They will mourn and weep for him, as parents weep over
the death of their only child or their first-born. 11On
that day the people of Jerusalem will mourn as much as
everyone did for Hadad Rimmon on the flatlands near
Megiddo. 12Everyone of each family in the land
will mourn, and the men will mourn separately from the
women. This includes those from the family of David, and
the families of Nathan, 13Levi, Shimei, 14and
all other families as well.