September 2 - John 9.24-41, 2 Chronicles 7 and Malachi 4
|John 9 24A second
time they called back the man who had been born blind,
and said to him, "Promise before God that you will
tell the truth! We know that this man who cured you is a
25"I do not know if he is a sinner or not," the man replied. "One thing I do know: I was blind, and now I see."
26"What did he do to you?" they asked. "How did he cure you of your blindness?"
27"I have already told you," he answered, "and you would not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Maybe you, too, would like to be his disciples?"
28They insulted him and said, "You are that fellow's disciple; but we are Moses' disciples. 29We know that God spoke to Moses; as for that fellow, however, we do not even know where he comes from!"
30The man answered, "What a strange thing that is! You do not know where he comes from, but he cured me of my blindness! 31We know that God does not listen to sinners; he does listen to people who respect him and do what he wants them to do. 32Since the beginning of the world nobody has ever heard of anyone giving sight to a person born blind. 33Unless this man came from God, he would not be able to do a thing."
34They answered, "You were born and brought up in sin--and you are trying to teach us?" And they expelled him from the synagogue.
Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked
him, "Do you believe in the Son of Man?"
The Dedication of the
2 Chronicles 7 When
King Solomon finished his prayer, fire came down from
heaven and burned up the sacrifices that had been
offered, and the dazzling light of the LORD's
presence filled the Temple. 2Because the
Temple was full of the dazzling light, the priests could
not enter it. 3When the people of Israel saw
the fire fall from heaven and the light fill the Temple,
they fell face downward on the pavement, worshiping God
and praising him for his goodness and his eternal love. 4Then
Solomon and all the people offered sacrifices to the LORD. 5He sacrificed 22,000
head of cattle and 120,000 sheep as fellowship offerings.
And so he and all the people dedicated the Temple. 6The
priests stood in the places that were assigned to them,
and facing them stood the Levites, praising the LORD with the musical instruments that
King David had provided and singing the hymn, "His
Love Is Eternal!" as they had been commissioned by
David. The priests blew trumpets while all the people
God Appears to Solomon Again
King Solomon had finished the Temple and the palace,
successfully completing all his plans for them, 12the
LORD appeared to him at night. He
said to him, "I have heard your prayer, and I accept
this Temple as the place where sacrifices are to be
offered to me. 13Whenever I hold back the rain
or send locusts to eat up the crops or send an epidemic
on my people, 14if they pray to me and repent
and turn away from the evil they have been doing, then I
will hear them in heaven, forgive their sins, and make
their land prosperous again. 15I will
watch over this Temple and be ready to hear all the
prayers that are offered here, 16because I
have chosen it and consecrated it as the place where I
will be worshiped forever. I will watch over it and
protect it for all time. 17If you serve me
faithfully as your father David did, obeying my laws and
doing everything I have commanded you, 18I
will keep the promise I made to your father David when I
told him that Israel would always be ruled by his
descendants. 19But if you and your people ever
disobey the laws and commands I have given you and
worship other gods, 20then I will remove you
from the land that I gave you, and I will abandon this
Temple that I have consecrated as the place where I am to
be worshiped. People everywhere will ridicule it and
treat it with contempt.
The Day of the LORD Is Coming
Malachi 4 The LORD Almighty says, "The day is
coming when all proud and evil people will burn like
straw. On that day they will burn up, and there will be
nothing left of them. 2But for you who obey
me, my saving power will rise on you like the sun and
bring healing like the sun's rays. You will be as free
and happy as calves let out of a stall. 3On
the day when I act, you will overcome the wicked, and
they will be like dust under your feet.
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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