Reading: Failure to walk in wisdom
Reference: Matt. 25:1-13
Matthew 25:1: Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
Matthew 25:2: And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
Matthew 25:3: They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
Matthew 25:4: But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
Matthew 25:5: While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
Matthew 25:6: And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
Matthew 25:7: Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Matthew 25:8: And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
Matthew 25:9: But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
Matthew 25:10: And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Matthew 25:11: Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
Matthew 25:12: But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Matthew 25:13: Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Reading: Wise desire, unwise choice
Reference: Mark 10:17-27
Mark 10:17: And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?
Mark 10:18: And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Mark 10:19: Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.
Mark 10:20: And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.
Mark 10:21: Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
Mark 10:22: And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.
Mark 10:23: And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:24: And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!
Mark 10:25: It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
Mark 10:26: And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved?
Mark 10:27: And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.
Reading: A prophecy of Messiah, and a promise
Reference: Isa. 50:4-11
Isaiah 50:4: The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.
Isaiah 50:5: The Lord God hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.
Isaiah 50:6: I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
Isaiah 50:7: For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.
Isaiah 50:8: He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.
Isaiah 50:9: Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.
Isaiah 50:10: Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Isaiah 50:11: Behold, all ye that kindle a fire, that compass yourselves about with sparks: walk in the light of your fire, and in the sparks that ye have kindled. This shall ye have of mine hand; ye shall lie down in sorrow.
Reading: The first followers of Jesus
Reference: John 1:37-51
John 1:37: And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.
John 1:38: Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, ( which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou?
John 1:39: He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it was about the tenth hour.
John 1:40: One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother.
John 1:41: He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, We have found the Messias, which is, being interpreted, the Christ.
John 1:42: And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.
John 1:43: The day following Jesus would go forth into Galilee, and findeth Philip, and saith unto him, Follow me.
John 1:44: Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter.
John 1:45: Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
John 1:46: And Nathanael said unto him, Can there any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip saith unto him, Come and see.
John 1:47: Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!
John 1:48: Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.
John 1:49: Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.
John 1:50: Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these.
John 1:51: And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Reading: Wise men seek the Light
Reference: Matt. 2:1-11
Matthew 2:1: Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
Matthew 2:2: Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Matthew 2:3: When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
Matthew 2:4: And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
Matthew 2:5: And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
Matthew 2:6: And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
Matthew 2:7: Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
Matthew 2:8: And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
Matthew 2:9: When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
Matthew 2:10: When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Matthew 2:11: And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
Reading: A witness of the Light
Reference: John 1:19-34
John 1:19: And this is the record of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, Who art thou?
John 1:20: And he confessed, and denied not; but confessed, I am not the Christ.
John 1:21: And they asked him, What then? Art thou Elias? And he saith, I am not. Art thou that prophet? And he answered, No.
John 1:22: Then said they unto him, Who art thou? that we may give an answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself?
John 1:23: He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord, as said the prophet Esaias.
John 1:24: And they which were sent were of the Pharisees.
John 1:25: And they asked him, and said unto him, Why baptizest thou then, if thou be not that Christ, nor Elias, neither that prophet?
John 1:26: John answered them, saying, I baptize with water: but there standeth one among you, whom ye know not;
John 1:27: He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
John 1:28: These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John 1:29: The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
John 1:30: This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.
John 1:31: And I knew him not: but that he should be made manifest to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water.
John 1:32: And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
John 1:33: And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
John 1:34: And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Reading: Victory through Jesus
Reference: 1 Cor. 15:57-58
I Corinthians 15:57: But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
I Corinthians 15:58: Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
Reading: The true servant’s role and his gift
Reference: Rom. 6:15-23
Romans 6:15: What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
Romans 6:16: Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Romans 6:17: But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
Romans 6:18: Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Romans 6:19: I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
Romans 6:20: For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Romans 6:21: What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.
Romans 6:22: But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reading: Dead to the law, but alive to God
Reference: Gal. 2:19-21
Galatians 2:19: For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
Galatians 2:20: I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:21: I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.
Reading: It is God who gives the increase
Reference: 1 Cor. 3:1-8
I Corinthians 3:1: And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
I Corinthians 3:2: I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
I Corinthians 3:3: For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
I Corinthians 3:4: For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
I Corinthians 3:5: Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
I Corinthians 3:6: I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
I Corinthians 3:7: So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
I Corinthians 3:8: Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.
Reading: What happens when we rely on God
Reference: Ps. 57:1-3
Psalms 57:1: Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast.
Psalms 57:2: I will cry unto God most high; unto God that performeth all things for me.
Psalms 57:3: He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
Reading: Increased blessings amidst poverty
Reference: 1 Kings 17:8-16
I Kings 17:8: And the word of the Lord came unto him, saying,
I Kings 17:9: Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
I Kings 17:10: So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.
I Kings 17:11: And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.
I Kings 17:12: And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.
I Kings 17:13: And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.
I Kings 17:14: For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.
I Kings 17:15: And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.
I Kings 17:16: And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.
Reading: We can abound in many things
Reference: 2 Pet. 1:5-11
II Peter 1:5: And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
II Peter 1:6: And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
II Peter 1:7: And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
II Peter 1:8: For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
II Peter 1:9: But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
II Peter 1:10: Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
II Peter 1:11: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
Reading: Truly this was the Son of God
Reference: Matt. 27:45-54
Matthew 27:45: Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Matthew 27:46: And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
Matthew 27:47: Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias.
Matthew 27:48: And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.
Matthew 27:49: The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him.
Matthew 27:50: Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.
Matthew 27:51: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;
Matthew 27:52: And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,
Matthew 27:53: And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Matthew 27:54: Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.
Reading: He came to heal the brokenhearted
Reference: Luke 4:16-22
Luke 4:16: And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Luke 4:17: And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Luke 4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19: To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Luke 4:20: And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Luke 4:21: And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
Luke 4:22: And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?
Reading: Behold the power to work miracles
Reference: John 2:1-11
John 2:1: And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there:
John 2:2: And both Jesus was called, and his disciples, to the marriage.
John 2:3: And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
John 2:4: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come.
John 2:5: His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.
John 2:6: And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
John 2:7: Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
John 2:8: And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
John 2:9: When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: ( but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
John 2:10: And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
John 2:11: This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
Reading: He gave Himself for us
Reference: Titus 2:11-15
Titus 2:11: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Titus 2:12: Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13: Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14: Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Titus 2:15: These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Reading: The Son of Man must be lifted up
Reference: John 3:13-21
John 3:13: And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
John 3:14: And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
John 3:15: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17: For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19: And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20: For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21: But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Reading: There is forgiveness with the Lord
Reference: Ps. 130:1-8
Psalms 130:1: Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
Psalms 130:2: Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
Psalms 130:3: If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
Psalms 130:4: But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Psalms 130:5: I wait for the Lord, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
Psalms 130:6: My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
Psalms 130:7: Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
Psalms 130:8: And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Reading: Redemption is found in Jesus
Reference: Rom. 3:21-26
Romans 3:21: But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Romans 3:22: Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:24: Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Romans 3:25: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Romans 3:26: To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.