Jesus Is Alive
(Matthew 28.1-10; Mark 16.1-8; Luke
John 20 On
Sunday morning while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene
went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been rolled
away from the entrance. 2She ran to Simon
Peter and to Jesus' favorite disciple and said,
"They have taken the Lord from the tomb! We don't
know where they have put him."
and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4They
ran side by side, until the other disciple ran faster
than Peter and got there first. 5He bent over
and saw the strips of linen cloth lying inside the tomb,
but he did not go in.
Simon Peter got there, he went into the tomb and saw the
strips of cloth. 7He also saw the piece of
cloth that had been used to cover Jesus' face. It was
rolled up and in a place by itself. 8The
disciple who got there first then went into the tomb, and
when he saw it, he believed. 9At that time
Peter and the other disciple did not know that the
Scriptures said Jesus would rise to life. 10So
the two of them went back to the other disciples.
Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene
Magdalene stood crying outside the tomb. She was still
weeping, when she stooped down 12and saw two
angels inside. They were dressed in white and were
sitting where Jesus' body had been. One was at the head
and the other was at the foot. 13The angels
asked Mary, "Why are you crying?"
answered, "They have taken away my Lord's body! I
don't know where they have put him."
soon as Mary said this, she turned around and saw Jesus
standing there. But she did not know who he was. 15Jesus
asked her, "Why are you crying? Who are you looking
thought he was the gardener and said, "Sir, if you
have taken his body away, please tell me, so I can go and
Jesus said to her, "Mary!"
turned and said to him, "Rabboni." The Aramaic
word "Rabboni" means "Teacher."
told her, "Don't hold on to me! I have not yet gone
to the Father. But tell my disciples that I am going to
the one who is my Father and my God, as well as your
Father and your God." 18Mary Magdalene
then went and told the disciples that she had seen the
Lord. She also told them what he had said to her.
The People Destroy the Local
(2 Kings 18.4)
2 Chronicles 31 After
the Festival, the people went to every town in Judah and
smashed the stone images of foreign gods and cut down the
sacred poles for worshiping the goddess Asherah. They
destroyed all the local shrines and foreign altars in
Judah, as well as those in the territories of Benjamin,
Ephraim, and West Manasseh. Then everyone went home.
Offerings for the Priests and
divided the priests and Levites into groups, according to
their duties. Then he assigned them the responsibilities
of offering sacrifices to please the LORD
and sacrifices to ask his blessing. He also appointed
people to serve at the temple and to sing praises at the
temple gates. 3Hezekiah provided animals from
his own herds and flocks to use for the morning and
evening sacrifices, as well as for the sacrifices during
the Sabbath celebrations, the New Moon Festivals, and the
other religious feasts required by the Law of the LORD.
told the people of Jerusalem to bring the offerings that
were to be given to the priests and Levites, so that they
would have time to serve the LORD
with their work. 5As soon as the people heard
what the king wanted, they brought a tenth of everything
they owned, including their best grain, wine, olive oil,
honey, and other crops. 6The people from the
other towns of Judah brought a tenth of their herds and
flocks, as well as a tenth of anything they had dedicated
to the LORD. 7The people
started bringing their offerings to Jerusalem in the
third month, and the last ones arrived four months later.
8When Hezekiah and his officials saw these
offerings, they thanked the LORD
and the people.
asked the priests and Levites about the large amount of
offerings. 10The high priest at the time was
Azariah, a descendant of Zadok, and he replied,
"Ever since the people have been bringing us their
offerings, we have had more than enough food and
supplies. The LORD has certainly
blessed his people. Look at how much is left over!"
the king gave orders for storerooms to be built in the
temple, and when they were completed, 12-13all
the extra offerings were taken there. Hezekiah and
Azariah then appointed Conaniah the Levite to be in
charge of these storerooms. His brother Shimei was his
assistant, and the following Levites worked with them:
Jehiel, Azaziah, Nahath, Asahel, Jerimoth, Jozabad,
Eliel, Ismachiah, Mahath, and Benaiah. 14Kore
son of Imnah was assigned to guard the East Gate, and he
was put in charge of receiving the offerings voluntarily
given to God and of dividing them among the priests and
Levites. 15-16He had six assistants who were
responsible for seeing that all the priests in the other
towns of Judah also got their share of these offerings.
They were Eden, Miniamin, Jeshua, Shemaiah, Amariah, and
priest and every Levite over thirty years old who worked
daily in the temple received part of these offerings,
according to their duties. 17The priests were
listed in the official records by clans, and the Levites
twenty years old and older were listed by their duties. 18The
official records also included their wives and children,
because they had also been faithful in keeping themselves
clean and acceptable to serve the LORD.
also appointed other men to take food and supplies to the
priests and Levites whose homes were in the pastureland
around the towns of Judah. But the priests had to be
descendants of Aaron, and the Levites had to be listed in
the official records.
Hezekiah did while he was king of Judah, including what
he did for the temple in Jerusalem, was right and good.
He was a successful king, because he obeyed the LORD God with all his heart.
[A psalm and a song by the people of
The Glory of Mount Zion
1Zion was built by the LORD
on the holy mountain,
he loves that city
more than any other place in all of Israel.
you are the city of God,
and wonderful things are told about you.
Babylonia, Philistia, Phoenicia, and Ethiopia
are some of those nations that know you,
and their people all say, "I was born in Zion."
Most High will strengthen the city of Zion.
Then everyone will say, "We were born here
LORD will make a list of his
and all who were born here will be included.
who sing or dance will say, "I too am from