September 27 - 1 John 5, Ezra 3-4 and Psalm 92
Our Victory over the World
1 John 5 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Messiah is a child of God; and whoever loves a father loves his child also. 2This is how we know that we love God's children: it is by loving God and obeying his commands. 3For our love for God means that we obey his commands. And his commands are not too hard for us, 4because every child of God is able to defeat the world. And we win the victory over the world by means of our faith. 5Who can defeat the world? Only the person who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
The Witness about Jesus Christ
6Jesus Christ is the one who came with the water of his baptism and the blood of his death. He came not only with the water, but with both the water and the blood. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is true, because the Spirit is truth. 7There are three witnesses: 8the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and all three give the same testimony. 9We believe human testimony; but God's testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about his Son. 10So those who believe in the Son of God have this testimony in their own heart; but those who do not believe God, have made a liar of him, because they have not believed what God has said about his Son. 11The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life, and this life has its source in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
writing this to you so that you may know that you have
eternal life--you that believe in the Son of God. 14We
have courage in God's presence, because we are sure that
he hears us if we ask him for anything that is according
to his will. 15He hears us whenever we ask
him; and since we know this is true, we know also that he
gives us what we ask from him.
Worship Begins Again
Ezra 3 By the seventh month the people of Israel were all settled in their towns. Then they all assembled in Jerusalem, 2and Joshua son of Jehozadak, his fellow priests, and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, together with his relatives, rebuilt the altar of the God of Israel, so that they could burn sacrifices on it according to the instructions written in the Law of Moses, the man of God. 3Even though the returning exiles were afraid of the people who were living in the land, they rebuilt the altar where it had stood before. Then they began once again to burn on it the regular morning and evening sacrifices. 4They celebrated the Festival of Shelters according to the regulations; each day they offered the sacrifices required for that day; 5and in addition they offered the regular sacrifices to be burned whole and those to be offered at the New Moon Festival and at all the other regular assemblies at which the LORD is worshiped, as well as all the offerings that were given to the LORD voluntarily. 6Although the people had not yet started to rebuild the Temple, they began on the first day of the seventh month to burn sacrifices to the LORD.
The Rebuilding of the Temple Begins
people gave money to pay the stonemasons and the
carpenters and gave food, drink, and olive oil to be sent
to the cities of Tyre and Sidon in exchange for cedar
trees from Lebanon, which were to be brought by sea to
Joppa. All this was done with the permission of Emperor
Cyrus of Persia. 8So in the second month of
the year after they came back to the site of the Temple
in Jerusalem, they began work. Zerubbabel, Joshua, and
the rest of their people, the priests, and the Levites,
in fact all the exiles who had come back to Jerusalem,
joined in the work. All the Levites twenty years of age
or older were put in charge of the work of rebuilding the
Temple. 9The Levite Jeshua and his sons and
relatives, and Kadmiel and his sons (the clan of Hodaviah
) joined together in taking charge of the rebuilding of
the Temple. (They were helped by the Levites of the clan
Opposition to the Rebuilding of the Temple
Ezra 4 The
enemies of the people of Judah and Benjamin heard that
those who had returned from exile were rebuilding the
Temple of the LORD, the God of
Israel. 2So they went to see Zerubbabel and
the heads of the clans and said, "Let us join you in
building the Temple. We worship the same God you worship,
and we have been offering sacrifices to him ever since
Emperor Esarhaddon of Assyria sent us here to live."
Opposition to the Rebuilding of Jerusalem
the beginning of the reign of Emperor Xerxes, the enemies
of the people living in Judah and Jerusalem brought
written charges against them.
Work on the Temple Begins Again
24Work on the Temple had been stopped and had remained at a standstill until the second year of the reign of Emperor Darius of Persia.
A Song of Praise
Psalm 92 How
good it is to give thanks to you, O LORD,
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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