September 8 - John 12.27-50, 2 Chronicles 16-17 and Psalm 78.1-20
Jesus Speaks about His Death
John 12 27"Now
my heart is troubled--and what shall I say? Shall I say,
'Father, do not let this hour come upon me'? But that is
why I came--so that I might go through this hour of
suffering. 28Father, bring glory to your
The Unbelief of the People
Jesus said this, he went off and hid himself from them. 37Even
though he had performed all these miracles in their
presence, they did not believe in him, 38so
that what the prophet Isaiah had said might come true:
Judgment by Jesus' Words
44Jesus said in a loud voice, "Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in him who sent me. 45Whoever sees me sees also him who sent me. 46I have come into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness. 47If people hear my message and do not obey it, I will not judge them. I came, not to judge the world, but to save it. 48Those who reject me and do not accept my message have one who will judge them. The words I have spoken will be their judge on the last day! 49This is true, because I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has commanded me what I must say and speak. 50And I know that his command brings eternal life. What I say, then, is what the Father has told me to say."
Troubles with Israel
2 Chronicles 16 In
the thirty-sixth year of the reign of King Asa of Judah,
King Baasha of Israel invaded Judah and started to
fortify Ramah in order to cut off all traffic in and out
of Judah. 2So Asa took silver and gold from
the treasuries of the Temple and the palace and sent it
to Damascus, to King Benhadad of Syria, with this
message: 3"Let us be allies, as our
fathers were. This silver and gold is a present for you.
Now break your alliance with King Baasha of Israel so
that he will have to pull his troops out of my
The Prophet Hanani
7At that time the prophet Hanani went to King Asa and said, "Because you relied on the king of Syria instead of relying on the LORD your God, the army of the king of Israel has escaped from you. 8Didn't the Ethiopians and the Libyans have large armies with many chariots and cavalry troops? But because you relied on the LORD, he gave you victory over them. 9The LORD keeps close watch over the whole world, to give strength to those whose hearts are loyal to him. You have acted foolishly, and so from now on you will always be at war." 10This made Asa so angry with the prophet that he had him put in chains. It was at this same time that Asa began treating some of the people cruelly.
The End of Asa's Reign
11All the events of Asa's reign from beginning to end are recorded in The History of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12In the thirty-ninth year that Asa was king, he was crippled by a severe foot disease; but even then he did not turn to the LORD for help, but to doctors. 13Two years later he died 14and was buried in the rock tomb which he had carved out for himself in David's City. They used spices and perfumed oils to prepare his body for burial, and they built a huge bonfire to mourn his death.
Jehoshaphat Becomes King
2 Chronicles 17
Jehoshaphat succeeded his father Asa as king and
strengthened his position against Israel. 2He
stationed troops in the fortified cities of Judah, in the
Judean countryside, and in the cities which Asa had
captured in the territory of Ephraim. 3The LORD blessed Jehoshaphat because he
followed the example of his father's early life and did
not worship Baal. 4He served his father's God,
obeyed God's commands, and did not act the way the kings
of Israel did. 5The LORD
gave Jehoshaphat firm control over the kingdom of Judah,
and all the people brought him gifts, so that he became
wealthy and highly honored. 6He took pride in
serving the LORD and destroyed all
the pagan places of worship and the symbols of the
goddess Asherah in Judah.
LORD made all the surrounding
kingdoms afraid to go to war against King Jehoshaphat. 11Some
of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat a large amount of
silver and other gifts, and some Arabs brought him 7,700
sheep and 7,700 goats. 12So Jehoshaphat
continued to grow more and more powerful. Throughout
Judah he built fortifications and cities, 13where
supplies were stored in huge amounts.
God and His People
Listen, my people, to my teaching,
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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