Reading: We are responsible for our own soul
Reference: Ezek. 14:12-23
Ezekiel 14:12: The word of the Lord came again to me, saying,
Ezekiel 14:13: Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it:
Ezekiel 14:14: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord God.
Ezekiel 14:15: If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts:
Ezekiel 14:16: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters; they only shall be delivered, but the land shall be desolate.
Ezekiel 14:17: Or if I bring a sword upon that land, and say, Sword, go through the land; so that I cut off man and beast from it:
Ezekiel 14:18: Though these three men were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither sons nor daughters, but they only shall be delivered themselves.
Ezekiel 14:19: Or if I send a pestilence into that land, and pour out my fury upon it in blood, to cut off from it man and beast:
Ezekiel 14:20: Though Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, as I live, saith the Lord God, they shall deliver neither son nor daughter; they shall but deliver their own souls by their righteousness.
Ezekiel 14:21: For thus saith the Lord God; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine, and the noisome beast, and the pestilence, to cut off from it man and beast?
Ezekiel 14:22: Yet, behold, therein shall be left a remnant that shall be brought forth, both sons and daughters: behold, they shall come forth unto you, and ye shall see their way and their doings: and ye shall be comforted concerning the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, even concerning all that I have brought upon it.
Ezekiel 14:23: And they shall comfort you, when ye see their ways and their doings: and ye shall know that I have not done without cause all that I have done in it, saith the Lord God.
Reading: God will recompense tribulation
Reference: 2 Thess. 1:1-12
II Thessalonians 1:1: Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
II Thessalonians 1:2: Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
II Thessalonians 1:3: We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;
II Thessalonians 1:4: So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:
II Thessalonians 1:5: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
II Thessalonians 1:6: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;
II Thessalonians 1:7: And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,
II Thessalonians 1:8: In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:
II Thessalonians 1:9: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;
II Thessalonians 1:10: When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe ( because our testimony among you was believed ) in that day.
II Thessalonians 1:11: Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:
II Thessalonians 1:12: That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Reading: Face set as "flint" in times of trouble
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: Glorying in infirmities
Reference: 2 Cor. 12:7-10
II Corinthians 12:7: And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
II Corinthians 12:8: For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
II Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
II Corinthians 12:10: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Reading: Resolved to trust in God when afflicted
Reference: Hab. 3:17-19
Habakkuk 3:17: Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
Habakkuk 3:18: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
Habakkuk 3:19: The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.
Reading: Resignation and worship
Reference: 2 Sam. 12:15-23
II Samuel 12:15: And Nathan departed unto his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
II Samuel 12:16: David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
II Samuel 12:17: And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.
II Samuel 12:18: And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
II Samuel 12:19: But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
II Samuel 12:20: Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
II Samuel 12:21: Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
II Samuel 12:22: And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
II Samuel 12:23: But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
Reading: Jesus Christ's resignation
Reference: Mark 14:32-36
Mark 14:32: And they came to a place which was named Gethsemane: and he saith to his disciples, Sit ye here, while I shall pray.
Mark 14:33: And he taketh with him Peter and James and John, and began to be sore amazed, and to be very heavy;
Mark 14:34: And saith unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful unto death: tarry ye here, and watch.
Mark 14:35: And he went forward a little, and fell on the ground, and prayed that, if it were possible, the hour might pass from him.
Mark 14:36: And he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible unto thee; take away this cup from me: nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.
Reading: Resignation brings forgiveness
Reference: Gen. 50:15-21
Genesis 50:15: And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
Genesis 50:16: And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying,
Genesis 50:17: So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
Genesis 50:18: And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
Genesis 50:19: And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
Genesis 50:20: But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Genesis 50:21: Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.
Reading: Paul's resignation to affliction
Reference: Acts 21:10-14
Acts 21:10: And as we tarried there many days, there came down from Judæa a certain prophet, named Agabus.
Acts 21:11: And when he was come unto us, he took Paul’s girdle, and bound his own hands and feet, and said, Thus saith the Holy Ghost, So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man that owneth this girdle, and shall deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.
Acts 21:12: And when we heard these things, both we, and they of that place, besought him not to go up to Jerusalem.
Acts 21:13: Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 21:14: And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done.
Reading: God's comfort and assurance
Reference: Ps. 23:1-6
Psalms 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalms 23:2: He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
Psalms 23:3: He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Psalms 23:4: Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Psalms 23:5: Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Psalms 23:6: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Reading: Last words of two felons
Reference: Luke 23:39-43
Luke 23:39: And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
Luke 23:40: But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
Luke 23:41: And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
Luke 23:42: And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
Luke 23:43: And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
Reading: Earthly ambitions and death
Reference: Luke 12:16-21
Luke 12:16: And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:
Luke 12:17: And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?
Luke 12:18: And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luke 12:19: And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luke 12:20: But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luke 12:21: So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
Reading: Example of a beautiful farewell
Reference: 2 Cor. 13:11-14
II Corinthians 13:11: Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
II Corinthians 13:12: Greet one another with an holy kiss.
II Corinthians 13:13: All the saints salute you.
II Corinthians 13:14: The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.
Reading: No lamenting at death of the wicked
Reference: Jer. 16:1-9
Jeremiah 16:1: The word of the Lord came also unto me, saying,
Jeremiah 16:2: Thou shalt not take thee a wife, neither shalt thou have sons or daughters in this place.
Jeremiah 16:3: For thus saith the Lord concerning the sons and concerning the daughters that are born in this place, and concerning their mothers that bare them, and concerning their fathers that begat them in this land;
Jeremiah 16:4: They shall die of grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth: and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their carcases shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts of the earth.
Jeremiah 16:5: For thus saith the Lord, Enter not into the house of mourning, neither go to lament nor bemoan them: for I have taken away my peace from this people, saith the Lord, even lovingkindness and mercies.
Jeremiah 16:6: Both the great and the small shall die in this land: they shall not be buried, neither shall men lament for them, nor cut themselves, nor make themselves bald for them:
Jeremiah 16:7: Neither shall men tear themselves for them in mourning, to comfort them for the dead; neither shall men give them the cup of consolation to drink for their father or for their mother.
Jeremiah 16:8: Thou shalt not also go into the house of feasting, to sit with them to eat and to drink.
Jeremiah 16:9: For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
Reading: David's farewell message
Reference: 1 Kings 2:1-4
I Kings 2:1: Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
I Kings 2:2: I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man;
I Kings 2:3: And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:
I Kings 2:4: That the Lord may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
Reading: Paul's farewell
Reference: 2 Tim. 4:6-8
II Timothy 4:6: For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
II Timothy 4:7: I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
II Timothy 4:8: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Reading: A sincere compliment
Reference: Col. 2:1-7
Colossians 2:1: For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
Colossians 2:2: That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
Colossians 2:3: In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2:4: And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
Colossians 2:5: For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
Colossians 2:6: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
Colossians 2:7: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Reading: Hearing the voice of God
Reference: 1 Sam. 3:1-14
I Samuel 3:1: And the child Samuel ministered unto the Lord before Eli. And the word of the Lord was precious in those days; there was no open vision.
I Samuel 3:2: And it came to pass at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place, and his eyes began to wax dim, that he could not see;
I Samuel 3:3: And ere the lamp of God went out in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was, and Samuel was laid down to sleep;
I Samuel 3:4: That the Lord called Samuel: and he answered, Here am I.
I Samuel 3:5: And he ran unto Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou calledst me. And he said, I called not; lie down again. And he went and lay down.
I Samuel 3:6: And the Lord called yet again, Samuel. And Samuel arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And he answered, I called not, my son; lie down again.
I Samuel 3:7: Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, neither was the word of the Lord yet revealed unto him.
I Samuel 3:8: And the Lord called Samuel again the third time. And he arose and went to Eli, and said, Here am I; for thou didst call me. And Eli perceived that the Lord had called the child.
I Samuel 3:9: Therefore Eli said unto Samuel, Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth. So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
I Samuel 3:10: And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.
I Samuel 3:11: And the Lord said to Samuel, Behold, I will do a thing in Israel, at which both the ears of every one that heareth it shall tingle.
I Samuel 3:12: In that day I will perform against Eli all things which I have spoken concerning his house: when I begin, I will also make an end.
I Samuel 3:13: For I have told him that I will judge his house for ever for the iniquity which he knoweth; because his sons made themselves vile, and he restrained them not.
I Samuel 3:14: And therefore I have sworn unto the house of Eli, that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be purged with sacrifice nor offering for ever.
Reading: A way which seems right to man
Reference: Prov. 14:2-12
Proverbs 14:2: He that walketh in his uprightness feareth the Lord: but he that is perverse in his ways despiseth him.
Proverbs 14:3: In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them.
Proverbs 14:4: Where no oxen are, the crib is clean: but much increase is by the strength of the ox.
Proverbs 14:5: A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
Proverbs 14:6: A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.
Proverbs 14:7: Go from the presence of a foolish man, when thou perceivest not in him the lips of knowledge.
Proverbs 14:8: The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way: but the folly of fools is deceit.
Proverbs 14:9: Fools make a mock at sin: but among the righteous there is favour.
Proverbs 14:10: The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
Proverbs 14:11: The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.
Proverbs 14:12: There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
Reading: The still small voice
Reference: 1 Kings 19:4-14
I Kings 19:4: But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers.
I Kings 19:5: And as he lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.
I Kings 19:6: And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again.
I Kings 19:7: And the angel of the Lord came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
I Kings 19:8: And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.
I Kings 19:9: And he came thither unto a cave, and lodged there; and, behold, the word of the Lord came to him, and he said unto him, What doest thou here, Elijah?
I Kings 19:10: And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.
I Kings 19:11: And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake:
I Kings 19:12: And after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
I Kings 19:13: And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?
I Kings 19:14: And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.