Reading: Jesus a servant
Reference: Phil. 2:4-8
Philippians 2:4: Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
Philippians 2:5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:6: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Philippians 2:7: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Philippians 2:8: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Reading: That which edifies not
Reference: Acts 19:8-20
Acts 19:8: And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Acts 19:9: But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
Acts 19:10: And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
Acts 19:11: And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:
Acts 19:12: So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.
Acts 19:13: Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
Acts 19:14: And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
Acts 19:15: And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
Acts 19:16: And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Acts 19:17: And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Acts 19:18: And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Acts 19:19: Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.
Acts 19:20: So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
Reading: Importance of the Word of God
Reference: Luke 4:1-4
Luke 4:1: And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
Luke 4:2: Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
Luke 4:3: And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.
Luke 4:4: And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Reading: Manna provided from God
Reference: Exod. 16:11-21
Exodus 16:11: And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
Exodus 16:12: I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the Lord your God.
Exodus 16:13: And it came to pass, that at even the quails came up, and covered the camp: and in the morning the dew lay round about the host.
Exodus 16:14: And when the dew that lay was gone up, behold, upon the face of the wilderness there lay a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground.
Exodus 16:15: And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat.
Exodus 16:16: This is the thing which the Lord hath commanded, Gather of it every man according to his eating, an omer for every man, according to the number of your persons; take ye every man for them which are in his tents.
Exodus 16:17: And the children of Israel did so, and gathered, some more, some less.
Exodus 16:18: And when they did mete it with an omer, he that gathered much had nothing over, and he that gathered little had no lack; they gathered every man according to his eating.
Exodus 16:19: And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
Exodus 16:20: Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.
Exodus 16:21: And they gathered it every morning, every man according to his eating: and when the sun waxed hot, it melted.
Reading: Meditating on God
Reference: Ps. 63:1-7
Psalms 63:1: O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
Psalms 63:2: To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
Psalms 63:3: Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
Psalms 63:4: Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
Psalms 63:5: My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:
Psalms 63:6: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.
Psalms 63:7: Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.
Reading: An admonition from the apostle Paul
Reference: 2 Tim. 2:14-16
II Timothy 2:14: Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.
II Timothy 2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:16: But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
Reading: Spiritual bread is more important
Reference: John 6:24-27
John 6:24: When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus.
John 6:25: And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?
John 6:26: Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled.
John 6:27: Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
Reading: Jesus breaks the natural bread
Reference: John 6:3-13
John 6:3: And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
John 6:4: And the passover, a feast of the Jews, was nigh.
John 6:5: When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat?
John 6:6: And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.
John 6:7: Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.
John 6:8: One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him,
John 6:9: There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?
John 6:10: And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
John 6:11: And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would.
John 6:12: When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost.
John 6:13: Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.
Reading: Wisdom is a gift of God
Reference: Dan. 2:19-23
Daniel 2:19: Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Daniel 2:20: Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
Daniel 2:21: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Daniel 2:22: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
Daniel 2:23: I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.
Reading: The Water of Life
Reference: Rev. 21:6-7
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: Be not faithless, but believing
Reference: John 20:26-31
John 20:26: And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
John 20:27: Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
John 20:28: And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God.
John 20:29: Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
John 20:30: And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
John 20:31: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Reading: “Whosoever Will”
Reference: Christian Hymnal, No. 220
Reading: Thanks be to God
Reference: 2 Cor. 9:11-15
II Corinthians 9:11: Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
II Corinthians 9:12: For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
II Corinthians 9:13: Whiles by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men;
II Corinthians 9:14: And by their prayer for you, which long after you for the exceeding grace of God in you.
II Corinthians 9:15: Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
Reading: Grace unearned
Reference: Eph. 2:4-10
Ephesians 2:4: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Ephesians 2:5: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, ( by grace ye are saved;)
Ephesians 2:6: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
Ephesians 2:7: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 2:8: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Ephesians 2:9: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Reading: A free gift
Reference: Rom. 5:14-21
Romans 5:14: Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
Romans 5:15: But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
Romans 5:16: And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
Romans 5:17: For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
Romans 5:18: Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
Romans 5:19: For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
Romans 5:20: Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:
Romans 5:21: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reading: Light enters a wise man’s heart
Reference: Luke 19:1-10
Luke 19:1: And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
Luke 19:2: And, behold, there was a man named Zacchæus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
Luke 19:3: And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
Luke 19:4: And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
Luke 19:5: And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchæus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
Luke 19:6: And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Luke 19:7: And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
Luke 19:8: And Zacchæus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
Luke 19:9: And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
Luke 19:10: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
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.