Reading: A rest for the people of God
Reference: Heb. 4:1–10
Hebrews 4:1: Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
Hebrews 4:2: For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:3: For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
Hebrews 4:4: For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
Hebrews 4:5: And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
Hebrews 4:6: Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Hebrews 4:7: Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
Hebrews 4:8: For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
Hebrews 4:9: There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Hebrews 4:10: For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Reading: Worship in the beauty of holiness
Reference: Ps. 96:1–9
Psalms 96:1: O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.
Psalms 96:2: Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
Psalms 96:3: Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
Psalms 96:4: For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
Psalms 96:5: For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.
Psalms 96:6: Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Psalms 96:7: Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.
Psalms 96:8: Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Psalms 96:9: O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
Reading: Assembling ourselves together
Reference: Heb. 10:22–25
Hebrews 10:22: Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
Hebrews 10:23: Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; ( for he is faithful that promised;)
Hebrews 10:24: And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:
Hebrews 10:25: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
Reading: Worship in spirit and truth
Reference: John 4:21–26
John 4:21: Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
John 4:22: Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
John 4:23: But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24: God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
John 4:25: The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things.
John 4:26: Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Reading: Longing for the courts of the Lord
Reference: Ps. 84:1–12
Psalms 84:1: How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
Psalms 84:2: My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psalms 84:3: Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
Psalms 84:4: Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
Psalms 84:5: Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
Psalms 84:6: Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
Psalms 84:7: They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
Psalms 84:8: O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
Psalms 84:9: Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
Psalms 84:10: For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalms 84:11: For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalms 84:12: O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Reading: Endure until the end
Reference: Rev. 21:4–7
Revelation of John 21:4: And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Revelation of John 21:5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Revelation of John 21:6: And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Revelation of John 21:7: He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Reading: Patience in the last days
Reference: Luke 21:10–19
Luke 21:10: Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:
Luke 21:11: And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.
Luke 21:12: But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:13: And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14: Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Luke 21:15: For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.
Luke 21:16: And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.
Luke 21:17: And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake.
Luke 21:18: But there shall not an hair of your head perish.
Luke 21:19: In your patience possess ye your souls.
Reading: Above all, have charity
Reference: 1 Pet. 4:8–14
I Peter 4:8: And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
I Peter 4:9: Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
I Peter 4:10: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
I Peter 4:11: If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
I Peter 4:12: Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
I Peter 4:13: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.
I Peter 4:14: If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
Reading: Ye should not be offended
Reference: John 15:20–21; 16:1–4
John 15:20: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
John 15:21: But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.
John 16:1: These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended.
John 16:2: They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
John 16:3: And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.
John 16:4: But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. And these things I said not unto you at the beginning, because I was with you.
Reading: Christian life and service
Reference: Rom. 12:12–21
Romans 12:12: Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 12:13: Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12:14: Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:15: Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Romans 12:16: Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Romans 12:17: Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Romans 12:18: If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:19: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
Romans 12:20: Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
Romans 12:21: Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Reading: Stephan’s martyrdom
Reference: Acts 7:52–60; 8:1–3
Acts 7:52: Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
Acts 7:53: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
Acts 7:54: When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
Acts 7:55: But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
Acts 7:56: And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
Acts 7:57: Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
Acts 7:58: And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
Acts 7:59: And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
Acts 7:60: And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 8:1: And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judæa and Samaria, except the apostles.
Acts 8:2: And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him.
Acts 8:3: As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Reading: When they forsook God’s way
Reference: 2 Chron. 24:15–22
II Chronicles 24:15: But Jehoiada waxed old, and was full of days when he died; an hundred and thirty years old was he when he died.
II Chronicles 24:16: And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, both toward God, and toward his house.
II Chronicles 24:17: Now after the death of Jehoiada came the princes of Judah, and made obeisance to the king. Then the king hearkened unto them.
II Chronicles 24:18: And they left the house of the Lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols: and wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their trespass.
II Chronicles 24:19: Yet he sent prophets to them, to bring them again unto the Lord; and they testified against them: but they would not give ear.
II Chronicles 24:20: And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the Lord, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the Lord, he hath also forsaken you.
II Chronicles 24:21: And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the Lord.
II Chronicles 24:22: Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The Lord look upon it, and require it.
Reading: Clean through His Word
Reference: John 15:1–8
John 15:1: I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2: Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:3: Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15:4: Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:6: If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7: If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:8: Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
Reading: Ten lepers ask for mercy
Reference: Luke 17:11–19
Luke 17:11: And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
Luke 17:12: And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
Luke 17:13: And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
Luke 17:14: And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
Luke 17:15: And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
Luke 17:16: And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Luke 17:17: And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
Luke 17:18: There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
Luke 17:19: And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
Reading: Saved to the uttermost
Reference: Heb. 7:24–28
Hebrews 7:24: But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Hebrews 7:25: Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
Hebrews 7:26: For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;
Hebrews 7:27: Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
Hebrews 7:28: For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
Reading: God rejects hypocrisy
Reference: Jer. 6:13–20
Jeremiah 6:13: For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.
Jeremiah 6:14: They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Jeremiah 6:15: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.
Jeremiah 6:16: Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Jeremiah 6:17: Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken.
Jeremiah 6:18: Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them.
Jeremiah 6:19: Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it.
Jeremiah 6:20: To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.
Reading: Cleansing takes humility
Reference: 2 Kings 5:1–14
II Kings 5:1: Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper.
II Kings 5:2: And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
II Kings 5:3: And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
II Kings 5:4: And one went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.
II Kings 5:5: And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
II Kings 5:6: And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have therewith sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.
II Kings 5:7: And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me.
II Kings 5:8: And it was so, when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.
II Kings 5:9: So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
II Kings 5:10: And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean.
II Kings 5:11: But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
II Kings 5:12: Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage.
II Kings 5:13: And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean?
II Kings 5:14: Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.
Reading: Confess and forsake sin
Reference: Prov. 28:13–14
Proverbs 28:13: He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Proverbs 28:14: Happy is the man that feareth alway: but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.
Reading: Come unto Me
Reference: Matt. 11:25–30
Matthew 11:25: At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
Matthew 11:26: Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
Matthew 11:27: All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
Matthew 11:28: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:29: Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 11:30: For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Reading: Jesus pronounces blessings and woes
Reference: Luke 6:20–36
Luke 6:20: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Luke 6:21: Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Luke 6:22: Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luke 6:23: Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Luke 6:24: But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Luke 6:25: Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Luke 6:26: Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
Luke 6:27: But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
Luke 6:28: Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
Luke 6:29: And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloke forbid not to take thy coat also.
Luke 6:30: Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.
Luke 6:31: And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
Luke 6:32: For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.
Luke 6:33: And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.
Luke 6:34: And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
Luke 6:35: But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
Luke 6:36: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.