The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday December 11, 2018 (NIV)

Amos 4-6

Israel Has Not Returned to God

Hear this word, you cows of Bashan(A) on Mount Samaria,(B)
you women who oppress the poor(C) and crush the needy(D)
and say to your husbands,(E) “Bring us some drinks!(F)
The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness:
“The time(G) will surely come
when you will be taken away(H) with hooks,(I)
the last of you with fishhooks.[a]
You will each go straight out
through breaches in the wall,(J)
and you will be cast out toward Harmon,[b]
declares the Lord.
“Go to Bethel(K) and sin;
go to Gilgal(L) and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,(M)
your tithes(N) every three years.[c](O)
Burn leavened bread(P) as a thank offering
and brag about your freewill offerings(Q)
boast about them, you Israelites,
for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.

“I gave you empty stomachs in every city
and lack of bread in every town,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.(R)

“I also withheld(S) rain from you
when the harvest was still three months away.
I sent rain on one town,
but withheld it from another.(T)
One field had rain;
another had none and dried up.
People staggered from town to town for water(U)
but did not get enough(V) to drink,
yet you have not returned(W) to me,”
declares the Lord.(X)

“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
destroying them with blight and mildew.(Y)
Locusts(Z) devoured your fig and olive trees,(AA)
yet you have not returned(AB) to me,”
declares the Lord.

10 “I sent plagues(AC) among you
as I did to Egypt.(AD)
I killed your young men(AE) with the sword,
along with your captured horses.
I filled your nostrils with the stench(AF) of your camps,
yet you have not returned to me,”(AG)
declares the Lord.(AH)

11 “I overthrew some of you
as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.(AI)
You were like a burning stick(AJ) snatched from the fire,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.(AK)

12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
and because I will do this to you, Israel,
prepare to meet your God.”

13 He who forms the mountains,(AL)
who creates the wind,(AM)
and who reveals his thoughts(AN) to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth(AO)
the Lord God Almighty is his name.(AP)

A Lament and Call to Repentance

Hear this word, Israel, this lament(AQ) I take up concerning you:

“Fallen is Virgin(AR) Israel,
never to rise again,
deserted in her own land,
with no one to lift her up.(AS)

This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:

“Your city that marches out a thousand strong
will have only a hundred left;
your town that marches out a hundred strong
will have only ten left.(AT)

This is what the Lord says to Israel:

“Seek(AU) me and live;(AV)
do not seek Bethel,
do not go to Gilgal,(AW)
do not journey to Beersheba.(AX)
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.[d](AY)
Seek(AZ) the Lord and live,(BA)
or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;(BB)
it will devour them,
and Bethel(BC) will have no one to quench it.(BD)

There are those who turn justice into bitterness(BE)
and cast righteousness(BF) to the ground.(BG)

He who made the Pleiades and Orion,(BH)
who turns midnight into dawn(BI)
and darkens day into night,(BJ)
who calls for the waters of the sea
and pours them out over the face of the land—
the Lord is his name.(BK)
With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold
and brings the fortified city to ruin.(BL)

10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court(BM)
and detest the one who tells the truth.(BN)

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor(BO)
and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,(BP)
you will not live in them;(BQ)
though you have planted lush vineyards,
you will not drink their wine.(BR)
12 For I know how many are your offenses
and how great your sins.(BS)

There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes(BT)
and deprive the poor(BU) of justice in the courts.(BV)
13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet(BW) in such times,
for the times are evil.(BX)

14 Seek good, not evil,
that you may live.(BY)
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil,(BZ) love good;(CA)
maintain justice in the courts.(CB)
Perhaps(CC) the Lord God Almighty will have mercy(CD)
on the remnant(CE) of Joseph.

16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:

“There will be wailing(CF) in all the streets(CG)
and cries of anguish in every public square.
The farmers(CH) will be summoned to weep
and the mourners to wail.
17 There will be wailing(CI) in all the vineyards,
for I will pass through(CJ) your midst,”
says the Lord.(CK)

The Day of the Lord

18 Woe to you who long
for the day of the Lord!(CL)
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?(CM)
That day will be darkness,(CN) not light.(CO)
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
only to meet a bear,(CP)
as though he entered his house
and rested his hand on the wall
only to have a snake bite him.(CQ)
20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness,(CR) not light—
pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?(CS)

21 “I hate,(CT) I despise your religious festivals;(CU)
your assemblies(CV) are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings(CW) and grain offerings,
I will not accept them.(CX)
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
I will have no regard for them.(CY)
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.(CZ)
24 But let justice(DA) roll on like a river,
righteousness(DB) like a never-failing stream!(DC)

25 “Did you bring me sacrifices(DD) and offerings
forty years(DE) in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king,
the pedestal of your idols,(DF)
the star of your god[e]
which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile(DG) beyond Damascus,”
says the Lord, whose name is God Almighty.(DH)

Woe to the Complacent

Woe to you(DI) who are complacent(DJ) in Zion,
and to you who feel secure(DK) on Mount Samaria,(DL)
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!(DM)
Go to Kalneh(DN) and look at it;
go from there to great Hamath,(DO)
and then go down to Gath(DP) in Philistia.
Are they better off than(DQ) your two kingdoms?
Is their land larger than yours?
You put off the day of disaster
and bring near a reign of terror.(DR)
You lie on beds adorned with ivory
and lounge on your couches.(DS)
You dine on choice lambs
and fattened calves.(DT)
You strum away on your harps(DU) like David
and improvise on musical instruments.(DV)
You drink wine(DW) by the bowlful
and use the finest lotions,
but you do not grieve(DX) over the ruin of Joseph.(DY)
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile;(DZ)
your feasting and lounging will end.(EA)

The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel

The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself(EB)—the Lord God Almighty declares:

“I abhor(EC) the pride of Jacob(ED)
and detest his fortresses;(EE)
I will deliver up(EF) the city
and everything in it.(EG)

If ten(EH) people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them[f](EI) asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush!(EJ) We must not mention the name of the Lord.”

11 For the Lord has given the command,
and he will smash(EK) the great house(EL) into pieces
and the small house into bits.(EM)

12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
Does one plow the sea[g] with oxen?
But you have turned justice into poison(EN)
and the fruit of righteousness(EO) into bitterness(EP)
13 you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar[h]
and say, “Did we not take Karnaim[i] by our own strength?(EQ)

14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
“I will stir up a nation(ER) against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
from Lebo Hamath(ES) to the valley of the Arabah.(ET)

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 4:2 Or away in baskets, / the last of you in fish baskets
  2. Amos 4:3 Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew (see Septuagint) out, you mountain of oppression
  3. Amos 4:4 Or days
  4. Amos 5:5 Hebrew aven, a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel); see Hosea 4:15.
  5. Amos 5:26 Or lifted up Sakkuth your king / and Kaiwan your idols, / your star-gods; Septuagint lifted up the shrine of Molek / and the star of your god Rephan, / their idols
  6. Amos 6:10 Or to make a funeral fire in honor of the dead
  7. Amos 6:12 With a different word division of the Hebrew; Masoretic Text plow there
  8. Amos 6:13 Lo Debar means nothing.
  9. Amos 6:13 Karnaim means horns; horn here symbolizes strength.

Cross references:

  1. Amos 4:1 : S Ps 22:12
  2. Amos 4:1 : S Am 3:9
  3. Amos 4:1 : S Isa 58:6; S Eze 18:12
  4. Amos 4:1 : S Dt 24:14
  5. Amos 4:1 : Jer 44:19
  6. Amos 4:1 : S Am 2:8; 5:11; 8:6
  7. Amos 4:2 : Jer 31:31
  8. Amos 4:2 : Am 6:8
  9. Amos 4:2 : S 2Ki 19:28; S 2Ch 33:11; S Isa 19:8
  10. Amos 4:3 : S Eze 12:5
  11. Amos 4:4 : S Jos 7:2
  12. Amos 4:4 : S Hos 4:15
  13. Amos 4:4 : S Nu 28:3
  14. Amos 4:4 : Dt 14:28
  15. Amos 4:4 : S Eze 20:39; Am 5:21-22
  16. Amos 4:5 : S Lev 7:13
  17. Amos 4:5 : S Lev 22:18-21
  18. Amos 4:6 : S Isa 3:1; S 9:13; S Jer 5:3; Hag 2:17
  19. Amos 4:7 : S Jer 3:3; Zec 14:17
  20. Amos 4:7 : Ex 9:4, 26; Dt 11:17; S 2Ch 7:13; S Isa 5:6
  21. Amos 4:8 : S Eze 4:16-17
  22. Amos 4:8 : Hag 1:6
  23. Amos 4:8 : S Jer 3:7
  24. Amos 4:8 : S Job 36:31; S Jer 14:4
  25. Amos 4:9 : S Dt 28:22
  26. Amos 4:9 : S Ex 10:13; S Joel 2:25
  27. Amos 4:9 : Joel 1:7
  28. Amos 4:9 : S Isa 9:13; S Jer 3:10
  29. Amos 4:10 : S Ex 9:3
  30. Amos 4:10 : Ex 11:5
  31. Amos 4:10 : S Isa 9:17
  32. Amos 4:10 : S Isa 34:3
  33. Amos 4:10 : S Dt 28:21
  34. Amos 4:10 : S Isa 9:13
  35. Amos 4:11 : S Ge 19:24; S Jer 23:14
  36. Amos 4:11 : S Isa 7:4; Jude 1:23
  37. Amos 4:11 : S Job 36:13
  38. Amos 4:13 : Ps 65:6
  39. Amos 4:13 : Ps 135:7
  40. Amos 4:13 : S Da 2:28
  41. Amos 4:13 : Mic 1:3
  42. Amos 4:13 : S Isa 47:4; Am 5:8, 27; 9:6
  43. Amos 5:1 : S Jer 4:8; S Eze 19:1
  44. Amos 5:2 : S 2Ki 19:21; Jer 14:17
  45. Amos 5:2 : Jer 50:32; Am 8:14
  46. Amos 5:3 : Isa 6:13; Am 6:9
  47. Amos 5:4 : S Dt 4:29
  48. Amos 5:4 : Dt 32:46-47; Isa 55:3; Jer 29:13; S Eze 18:9
  49. Amos 5:5 : 1Sa 11:14; S Hos 4:15
  50. Amos 5:5 : Ge 21:31; Am 8:14
  51. Amos 5:5 : S 1Sa 7:16; S 8:2
  52. Amos 5:6 : Ps 22:26; 105:4; S Isa 31:1; 55:6; Zep 2:3
  53. Amos 5:6 : ver 14; S Lev 18:5
  54. Amos 5:6 : Dt 4:24
  55. Amos 5:6 : S Am 3:14
  56. Amos 5:6 : S Jer 4:4
  57. Amos 5:7 : Isa 5:20; Am 6:12
  58. Amos 5:7 : S Am 3:10
  59. Amos 5:7 : S Hos 10:4
  60. Amos 5:8 : S Ge 1:16; S Job 38:31
  61. Amos 5:8 : S Job 38:12; Isa 42:16
  62. Amos 5:8 : S Ps 104:20; Am 8:9
  63. Amos 5:8 : Ps 104:6-9; Jer 16:21; S Am 4:13
  64. Amos 5:9 : Mic 5:11
  65. Amos 5:10 : S Isa 29:21
  66. Amos 5:10 : 1Ki 22:8; Gal 4:16
  67. Amos 5:11 : Am 8:6
  68. Amos 5:11 : S Am 3:15
  69. Amos 5:11 : S Dt 28:30; Mic 1:6
  70. Amos 5:11 : S Jdg 9:27; S Am 4:1; 9:14; Mic 6:15; Zep 1:13
  71. Amos 5:12 : Hos 5:3
  72. Amos 5:12 : S Job 36:18; S Isa 1:23; S Eze 22:12
  73. Amos 5:12 : S Jer 5:28
  74. Amos 5:12 : S Job 5:4; S Isa 5:23; S Am 2:6-7
  75. Amos 5:13 : S Est 4:14
  76. Amos 5:13 : Mic 2:3
  77. Amos 5:14 : S ver 6
  78. Amos 5:15 : S Ps 52:3; S 97:10; Ro 12:9
  79. Amos 5:15 : S Ge 18:25
  80. Amos 5:15 : S Isa 1:17; S 29:21; Zec 8:16
  81. Amos 5:15 : S Jer 36:3
  82. Amos 5:15 : S Joel 2:14
  83. Amos 5:15 : Mic 5:7, 8; 7:18
  84. Amos 5:16 : Jer 9:17; Am 8:3; Zep 1:10
  85. Amos 5:16 : Jer 7:34
  86. Amos 5:16 : S Joel 1:11
  87. Amos 5:17 : S Ex 11:6
  88. Amos 5:17 : Ex 12:12
  89. Amos 5:17 : Isa 16:10; S Jer 48:33
  90. Amos 5:18 : S Isa 2:12; S Joel 1:15
  91. Amos 5:18 : S Jer 30:5
  92. Amos 5:18 : S 1Sa 2:9; S Joel 2:2
  93. Amos 5:18 : S Job 20:28; Isa 5:19, 30; Jer 30:7
  94. Amos 5:19 : S La 3:10
  95. Amos 5:19 : S Dt 32:24; Job 20:24; S Ecc 10:8; Isa 24:17-18; Jer 15:2-3; 48:44
  96. Amos 5:20 : S 1Sa 2:9
  97. Amos 5:20 : S Isa 13:10; S Eze 7:7; Ob 1:15; Zep 1:15
  98. Amos 5:21 : Jer 44:4
  99. Amos 5:21 : S Lev 26:31; S Hos 2:11
  100. Amos 5:21 : S Eze 23:18
  101. Amos 5:22 : Lev 26:31
  102. Amos 5:22 : S Ps 40:6; S Jer 7:21
  103. Amos 5:22 : Isa 1:11-16; S Isa 66:3; Jer 14:12; S Am 4:4; Mic 6:6-7
  104. Amos 5:23 : Am 6:5
  105. Amos 5:24 : S Jer 22:3
  106. Amos 5:24 : S Isa 45:8
  107. Amos 5:24 : Mic 6:8
  108. Amos 5:25 : S Isa 43:23
  109. Amos 5:25 : S Ex 16:35
  110. Amos 5:26 : S Eze 18:6; S 20:16
  111. Amos 5:27 : Am 6:7; 7:11, 17; Mic 1:16
  112. Amos 5:27 : Dt 32:17-19; Jer 38:17; S Am 4:13; Ac 7:42-43*
  113. Amos 6:1 : Lk 6:24
  114. Amos 6:1 : Zep 1:12
  115. Amos 6:1 : S Job 24:23
  116. Amos 6:1 : S Am 3:9
  117. Amos 6:1 : Isa 32:9-11
  118. Amos 6:2 : S Ge 10:10
  119. Amos 6:2 : S 2Ki 17:24; S Jer 49:23
  120. Amos 6:2 : S Jos 11:22; 2Ch 26:6
  121. Amos 6:2 : Na 3:8
  122. Amos 6:3 : S Isa 56:12; S Eze 12:22; Am 9:10
  123. Amos 6:4 : S Est 1:6; S Pr 7:17
  124. Amos 6:4 : S Isa 1:11; S Eze 34:2-3; S Am 3:12
  125. Amos 6:5 : S Ps 137:2; S Isa 14:11; Am 5:23
  126. Amos 6:5 : S 1Ch 15:16
  127. Amos 6:6 : S Isa 28:1; S Am 2:8
  128. Amos 6:6 : S Eze 9:4
  129. Amos 6:6 : S Eze 16:49
  130. Amos 6:7 : S Am 5:27
  131. Amos 6:7 : S Jer 16:9; S La 4:5
  132. Amos 6:8 : S Ge 22:16; Heb 6:13
  133. Amos 6:8 : S Lev 26:30
  134. Amos 6:8 : S Ps 47:4
  135. Amos 6:8 : S Jer 12:8
  136. Amos 6:8 : Am 4:2
  137. Amos 6:8 : S Lev 26:19; Dt 32:19
  138. Amos 6:9 : S Am 5:3
  139. Amos 6:10 : S 1Sa 31:12
  140. Amos 6:10 : Am 8:3
  141. Amos 6:11 : S Isa 34:5
  142. Amos 6:11 : S Am 3:15
  143. Amos 6:11 : Isa 55:11
  144. Amos 6:12 : Hos 10:4
  145. Amos 6:12 : S Am 3:10
  146. Amos 6:12 : S Isa 1:21; S Am 5:7
  147. Amos 6:13 : S Job 8:15; Isa 28:14-15
  148. Amos 6:14 : Jer 5:15
  149. Amos 6:14 : S Nu 13:21
  150. Amos 6:14 : S Am 3:11
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Revelation 2:18-3:6

To the Church in Thyatira

18 “To the angel of the church in Thyatira(A) write:

These are the words of the Son of God,(B) whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze.(C) 19 I know your deeds,(D) your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

20 Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel,(E) who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols.(F) 21 I have given her time(G) to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling.(H) 22 So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery(I) with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds,(J) and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.(K)

24 Now I say to the rest of you in Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other burden on you,(L) 25 except to hold on to what you have(M) until I come.’(N)

26 To the one who is victorious(O) and does my will to the end,(P) I will give authority over the nations(Q) 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron scepter(R) and will dash them to pieces like pottery’[a](S)—just as I have received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the morning star.(T) 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear(U) what the Spirit says to the churches.

To the Church in Sardis

“To the angel[b] of the church in Sardis(V) write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven spirits[c](W) of God and the seven stars.(X) I know your deeds;(Y) you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead.(Z) Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; hold it fast, and repent.(AA) But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief,(AB) and you will not know at what time(AC) I will come to you.

Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes.(AD) They will walk with me, dressed in white,(AE) for they are worthy. The one who is victorious(AF) will, like them, be dressed in white.(AG) I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life,(AH) but will acknowledge that name before my Father(AI) and his angels. Whoever has ears, let them hear(AJ) what the Spirit says to the churches.

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:27 Psalm 2:9
  2. Revelation 3:1 Or messenger; also in verses 7 and 14
  3. Revelation 3:1 That is, the sevenfold Spirit
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Psalm 130

Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

Out of the depths(A) I cry to you,(B) Lord;
Lord, hear my voice.(C)
Let your ears be attentive(D)
to my cry for mercy.(E)

If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
Lord, who could stand?(F)
But with you there is forgiveness,(G)
so that we can, with reverence, serve you.(H)

I wait for the Lord,(I) my whole being waits,(J)
and in his word(K) I put my hope.
I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen(L) wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.(M)

Israel, put your hope(N) in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love(O)
and with him is full redemption.(P)
He himself will redeem(Q) Israel
from all their sins.(R)

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Proverbs 29:21-22

21 A servant pampered from youth
will turn out to be insolent.

22 An angry person stirs up conflict,
and a hot-tempered person commits many sins.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 29:22 : S Pr 14:17
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12/10/2018 DAB Transcript

Amos 1:1-3:15, Revelation 2:1-17, Psalms 129:1-8, Proverbs 29:19-20

Today is the 10th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you today as we dive into our work week and just keep taking these steps forward. Yesterday we began books in the old and New Testament. So, the book of Joel and the book of Revelation, which happens to be the final book of the Bible and, obviously, the final book of the New Testament. So, we talked about both of those as we got going and obviously we’ll be spending the rest of our time in the New Testament in the book of Revelation. But we read Joel all the way through yesterday, which brings us to another book of minor prophecy in the Old Testament, the book of Amos.

Introduction to the Book of Amos:

Interestingly enough, Amos is probably the earliest collection of written prophetic utterances found in all of the Bible. Amos prophesied in the mid eighth century BC at a time when the northern and the southern kingdoms were both intact, like neither one of them had been attacked and carried into exile and they were experiencing widespread peace and prosperity. And ironically, Amos wasn’t a person trained for religious orders. Like, he wasn’t a priest or scribe or anything like that. It seems like…it seems he was an ordinary person, living the ordinary life of a shepherd and farmer. What’s not known is whether he was like a common laborer, like he just cared for someone else’s sheep or something like or   whether he actually own flocks and groves but it’s certain that he was educated and it’s certain that he was aware of the times, aware of his culture, aware of what was happening in the world. Amos lived in a city called Toccoa, which is about 10 miles south of Jerusalem, placing his home in the southern kingdom of Judah but oddly his mission was to prophesy in the northern kingdom of Israel. And that was probably just across the border in Bethel because Bethel was the border and there was a golden calf set up in Bethel and profits were sent into Bethel to prophesy against it. So, that’s not too far of a stretch. He probably went into the northern kingdom prophesying in Bethel because it was a hub for idol worship and commerce. As we just talked about, the northern and southern kingdoms were experiencing a kind of peace and prosperity that they hadn’t seen since the days of Solomon. So, I mean, it could seem odd that God would send an ordinary person to deliver such a severe message of impending judgment. In such a time of peace and prosperity it would have been undoubtedly a difficult message to deliver but this is what Amos was instructed to do. And, so, peace and prosperity had open the door for corruption which was running rampant and the poor were being misused out, marginalized, and oppressed, and greed ruled the hearts of the nation’s leaders. So, Amos comes along at with a word from the Lord that effectively communicated that praying upon the less fortunate was at absolutely unacceptable, which makes social justice a major theme in the book of Amos. And it would seem like after these many thousands of years, like we would understand the cycle, but it seems like we’re still grappling with the same kinds of issues. Amos vividly reveals that we’re nowhere near as powerful as we think we are and God is a much more powerful than we could possibly even understand. And we have no right to mistreat or misuse any of his creation whether that be a people created in His image or the world that He created for the people He created in His image to live on because, as Amos reveals, the world belongs to God and He is indeed sovereign over it all, including all people and all things. So, as we read the book of Amos, let’s consider our own path and choose to humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God. So, reading from the New International Version this week. Amos chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 15 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. It’s a common prayer in our community to thank You for Your word because the community is centered around Your word and centered around the rhythm of being in Your word. And, so, we love Your word and we thank You for Your word and we thank You for the way that it transforms us from within even when we don’t know it. It is just in our lives, in our hearts, and our minds continually speaking truth. And when truth is spoken over and over and over it has a cumulative effect and we thank You for that because You are changing us and ridding us of what is false within us, so that all that remains is true. All that can shake will shake and what remains will be unshakable and will be true. Come, Holy Spirit into what we’ve read today and into all that we will read and consider and meditate upon this week. We love You Lord and thank You for Your guidance, the guidance of Your Holy Spirit, the guidance of the Scriptures. We love You Jesus. We pray these things in Your name. Amen. 

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Hi this is Lisa in Capistrano Beach. Family I love you all and I just want to let everyone know that as I’m listening, and I hear your prayer requests I’m praying for you right then and there. I pray for you throughout the day in the beginning and at the end and I just ask that the Lord will bless you and that His will will be done in your lives. Today I heard Margaret May out of New York and Margaret your call just stopped me in my tracks. I was cooking, and I just stopped. Tears came to my eyes as I listened to your plea for prayer. And I want you to know that I am praying for you. I know you feel alone and that you don’t have any friends, but we will pray for you. I know that so many others will pray for you as well Margaret. And then I believe the young girls name…I’m gonna say is Jordan…but you’ll know who you are. Your sister left home, and your horse died, and you felt that we might think that’s trivial but some of us don’t. I can appreciate the love that you have for a companion animal that God gave us. And, so, my heart goes out to you and I’m praying for you as well. Dear family I pray for all of you even if I’m not mentioning you by name. I hear your requests and I’m praying and I love you all. Thank you, Brian and the rest of the Daily Audio Bible ministry. I just love these podcasts every day and I listen to you…it’s been 12 years. Love you all. Take care. God bless you, bye bye.

Margaret May you have been prayed for. What you have said is not unique to you. I have struggled with much of what you have said. Do not let Satan this deceive you further. You are a child of God most high. Ask the Father to fill you and cover you with the Holy Spirit. Say out loud, I am a child of God, what He says about me is true. And remember that God does not give us the Spirit of fear. That’s in Timothy 1 and 7 - greater is he that is in me. You are of God’s little children and have overcome. First John 4. Fear started in the garden and has been with us since. God tells us to fear not many times in the Bible. Seek God’s word and speak it aloud so your own ears can hear it and take it in. Show me God’s love.

Hi, my name is Julia I’m calling from Los Angeles. I’ve been listening since July of this year. I listen every day and I just…I love the family and I’m praying for every prayer request that comes in daily but I was really moved by one of the women that called in today. She called in from Syracuse New York and I’m sorry that I missed your name when you were calling about the spirit of fear and thoughtfulness and that you had been in the room. It just like you thought it was getting worse and I just wanted to call and pray for you. So, Lord I just come before You thanking You for today, thanking You for this community that we get to be so close together even though we’re physical so far apart. And Lord I just…I come before You interceding for this woman, this daughter of Yours Lord. I pray Holy Spirit that You would come in and that You would swallow up that loneliness, and that You would swallow up that fear, I come against every demonic attack of the enemy right now and I command You to stand down and stay down by the blood of Jesus. I pray the Lord You would loosen peace in her mind and in her heart Lord. I pray that You and give her the strength Lord to come out of that room and to seek help Lord. I pray Lord a Psalms 91 covering over her that You would give her refuge under the shadow of Your wings Lord, that You would cover her with Your feathers. I pray for a dispatching of angels right now Lord to be at every doorpost and at every window Lord, covering her Lord and protecting her so that they would lift her up in their hands tonight and __ her fall on a stone Lord. Father, You say that You are the King of glory, the Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. So, I pray that You would be her defender in this battle Lord, that the weapons that the enemy has used against us will not prevail. I pray the armor of Lord to be over her, the shield of faith, the sword of the Spirit, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, the sandals of…

Hello this is Carrie from China and now from Australia. Today’s 7th of December. I’ve been meaning to call in for quite a while with a praise report but that’s going to have to wait now because I was galvanized into action by a call from Margaret May from New York this morning. Margaret May, what a brave girl you are. You’ve being tormented with fears and yet you dialed in to call for help. I’m so proud of you. That was the very best thing you could do and now you have a worldwide prayer team behind you. In the name of Jesus, I command those tormenting spirits to cease their activity and come out of Margaret now. Loose her and set her free. I plead the blood of Jesus over you in the name of Jesus. Nothing but the blood of Jesus can wash away our sin and make us whole again. I command your digestive system to work normally and except food again in Jesus’ name. And now let the peace of God guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Margaret May, if you are able fill your room with praise and worship all day, radio, tapes, whatever it takes. It will create an atmosphere that the demons will hate and finally, know that I am praying for you along with all your brothers and sisters from the DAB. Many blessings.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday December 10, 2018 (NIV)

Amos 1-3

The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa(A)—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake,(B) when Uzziah(C) was king of Judah and Jeroboam(D) son of Jehoash[a] was king of Israel.(E)

He said:

“The Lord roars(F) from Zion
and thunders(G) from Jerusalem;(H)
the pastures of the shepherds dry up,
and the top of Carmel(I) withers.”(J)

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Damascus,(K)
even for four, I will not relent.(L)
Because she threshed Gilead
with sledges having iron teeth,
I will send fire(M) on the house of Hazael(N)
that will consume the fortresses(O) of Ben-Hadad.(P)
I will break down the gate(Q) of Damascus;
I will destroy the king who is in[b] the Valley of Aven[c]
and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.(R)
The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,(S)
says the Lord.(T)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Gaza,(U)
even for four, I will not relent.(V)
Because she took captive whole communities
and sold them to Edom,(W)
I will send fire on the walls of Gaza
that will consume her fortresses.
I will destroy the king[d] of Ashdod(X)
and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon.
I will turn my hand(Y) against Ekron,
till the last of the Philistines(Z) are dead,”(AA)
says the Sovereign Lord.(AB)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Tyre,(AC)
even for four, I will not relent.(AD)
Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom,
disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,(AE)
10 I will send fire on the walls of Tyre
that will consume her fortresses.(AF)

11 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Edom,(AG)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he pursued his brother with a sword(AH)
and slaughtered the women of the land,
because his anger raged continually
and his fury flamed unchecked,(AI)
12 I will send fire on Teman(AJ)
that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.(AK)

13 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Ammon,(AL)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he ripped open the pregnant women(AM) of Gilead
in order to extend his borders,
14 I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah(AN)
that will consume(AO) her fortresses
amid war cries(AP) on the day of battle,
amid violent winds(AQ) on a stormy day.
15 Her king[e] will go into exile,
he and his officials together,(AR)
says the Lord.(AS)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Moab,(AT)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he burned to ashes(AU)
the bones of Edom’s king,
I will send fire on Moab
that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.[f](AV)
Moab will go down in great tumult
amid war cries(AW) and the blast of the trumpet.(AX)
I will destroy her ruler(AY)
and kill all her officials with him,”(AZ)
says the Lord.(BA)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,(BB)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law(BC) of the Lord
and have not kept his decrees,(BD)
because they have been led astray(BE) by false gods,[g](BF)
the gods[h] their ancestors followed,(BG)
I will send fire(BH) on Judah
that will consume the fortresses(BI) of Jerusalem.(BJ)

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
even for four, I will not relent.(BK)
They sell the innocent for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals.(BL)
They trample on the heads of the poor
as on the dust of the ground
and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
and so profane my holy name.(BM)
They lie down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge.(BN)
In the house of their god
they drink wine(BO) taken as fines.(BP)

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites(BQ) before them,
though they were tall(BR) as the cedars
and strong as the oaks.(BS)
I destroyed their fruit above
and their roots(BT) below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt(BU)
and led(BV) you forty years in the wilderness(BW)
to give you the land of the Amorites.(BX)

11 “I also raised up prophets(BY) from among your children
and Nazirites(BZ) from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine
and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.(CA)

13 “Now then, I will crush you
as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.(CB)
14 The swift will not escape,(CC)
the strong(CD) will not muster their strength,
and the warrior will not save his life.(CE)
15 The archer(CF) will not stand his ground,
the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
and the horseman(CG) will not save his life.(CH)
16 Even the bravest warriors(CI)
will flee naked on that day,”
declares the Lord.

Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you(CJ)—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:(CK)

“You only have I chosen(CL)
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish(CM) you
for all your sins.(CN)

Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
Does a lion roar(CO) in the thicket
when it has no prey?(CP)
Does it growl in its den
when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground
when no bait(CQ) is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet(CR) sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster(CS) comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?(CT)

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
without revealing his plan(CU)
to his servants the prophets.(CV)

The lion(CW) has roared(CX)
who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
who can but prophesy?(CY)

Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod(CZ)
and to the fortresses of Egypt:
“Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;(DA)
see the great unrest within her
and the oppression among her people.”

10 “They do not know how to do right,(DB)” declares the Lord,
“who store up in their fortresses(DC)
what they have plundered(DD) and looted.”

11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“An enemy will overrun your land,
pull down your strongholds
and plunder your fortresses.(DE)

12 This is what the Lord says:

“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s(DF) mouth
only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,
with only the head of a bed
and a piece of fabric[i] from a couch.[j](DG)

13 “Hear this and testify(DH) against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

14 “On the day I punish(DI) Israel for her sins,
I will destroy the altars of Bethel;(DJ)
the horns(DK) of the altar will be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15 I will tear down the winter house(DL)
along with the summer house;(DM)
the houses adorned with ivory(DN) will be destroyed
and the mansions(DO) will be demolished,(DP)
declares the Lord.(DQ)

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 1:1 Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoash
  2. Amos 1:5 Or the inhabitants of
  3. Amos 1:5 Aven means wickedness.
  4. Amos 1:8 Or inhabitants
  5. Amos 1:15 Or / Molek
  6. Amos 2:2 Or of her cities
  7. Amos 2:4 Or by lies
  8. Amos 2:4 Or lies
  9. Amos 3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  10. Amos 3:12 Or Israelites be rescued, / those who sit in Samaria / on the edge of their beds / and in Damascus on their couches.

Cross references:

  1. Amos 1:1 : S 2Sa 14:2
  2. Amos 1:1 : Zec 14:5
  3. Amos 1:1 : S 2Ki 14:21; S 2Ch 26:23
  4. Amos 1:1 : S 2Ki 14:23
  5. Amos 1:1 : S Hos 1:1
  6. Amos 1:2 : S Isa 42:13
  7. Amos 1:2 : S Ps 29:3
  8. Amos 1:2 : Joel 3:16
  9. Amos 1:2 : Am 9:3
  10. Amos 1:2 : S Jer 12:4
  11. Amos 1:3 : Isa 7:8; 8:4; 17:1-3
  12. Amos 1:3 : ver 6, 9, 11, 13; Am 2:6
  13. Amos 1:4 : S Jer 49:27; S Eze 30:8
  14. Amos 1:4 : S 1Ki 19:17; 2Ki 8:7-15
  15. Amos 1:4 : Jer 17:27
  16. Amos 1:4 : 1Ki 20:1; 2Ki 6:24; Jer 49:23-27
  17. Amos 1:5 : Jer 51:30
  18. Amos 1:5 : S Isa 37:12
  19. Amos 1:5 : S 2Ki 16:9; S Isa 22:6; Zec 9:1
  20. Amos 1:5 : S Isa 7:16; Jer 49:27
  21. Amos 1:6 : S Ge 10:19; 1Sa 6:17; Zep 2:4
  22. Amos 1:6 : S ver 3
  23. Amos 1:6 : S Ge 14:6; Ob 1:11
  24. Amos 1:8 : S 2Ch 26:6
  25. Amos 1:8 : Ps 81:14
  26. Amos 1:8 : S Eze 25:16
  27. Amos 1:8 : S Isa 34:8
  28. Amos 1:8 : Isa 14:28-32; Zep 2:4-7
  29. Amos 1:9 : 1Ki 5:1; 9:11-14; Jer 25:22; Joel 3:4; S Mt 11:21
  30. Amos 1:9 : ver 3
  31. Amos 1:9 : S 1Ki 5:12
  32. Amos 1:10 : Isa 23:1-18; S 34:8; S Jer 47:4; Eze 26:2-4; Zec 9:1-4
  33. Amos 1:11 : Nu 20:14-21; S 2Ch 28:17; S Ps 83:6
  34. Amos 1:11 : S Ps 63:10
  35. Amos 1:11 : S Eze 25:12-14; Zec 1:15
  36. Amos 1:12 : S Ge 36:11, 15
  37. Amos 1:12 : S Isa 34:5; 63:1-6; Jer 25:21; Eze 25:12-14; 35:1-15; Ob 1:1; Mal 1:2-5
  38. Amos 1:13 : S Ge 19:38; S Eze 21:28
  39. Amos 1:13 : S Ge 34:29; S 2Ki 8:12; S Hos 13:16
  40. Amos 1:14 : S Dt 3:11
  41. Amos 1:14 : Isa 30:30
  42. Amos 1:14 : S Job 39:25
  43. Amos 1:14 : Jer 23:19
  44. Amos 1:15 : S Jer 25:21
  45. Amos 1:15 : 1Ch 20:1; S Jer 49:1; Eze 21:28-32; 25:2-7
  46. Amos 2:1 : S Isa 16:6
  47. Amos 2:1 : Isa 33:12
  48. Amos 2:2 : Jer 48:24
  49. Amos 2:2 : S Job 39:25
  50. Amos 2:2 : S Jos 6:20
  51. Amos 2:3 : S Ps 2:10
  52. Amos 2:3 : S Isa 40:23
  53. Amos 2:3 : Isa 15:1-9; 16:1-14; S 25:10; Jer 48:1; S Eze 25:8-11; Zep 2:8-9
  54. Amos 2:4 : 2Ki 17:19; Hos 12:2
  55. Amos 2:4 : S Jer 6:19
  56. Amos 2:4 : S Eze 20:24
  57. Amos 2:4 : Isa 9:16
  58. Amos 2:4 : S Ex 34:15; S Dt 31:20; S Ps 4:2
  59. Amos 2:4 : S 2Ki 22:13; S Jer 9:14; S 16:12
  60. Amos 2:5 : S 2Ki 25:9; S 2Ch 36:19
  61. Amos 2:5 : Am 3:11
  62. Amos 2:5 : S Jer 17:27; S Hos 8:14
  63. Amos 2:6 : S Am 1:3
  64. Amos 2:6 : S Joel 3:3; Am 8:6
  65. Amos 2:7 : S Lev 18:21; Am 5:11-12; 8:4
  66. Amos 2:8 : S Ex 22:26; Dt 24:12-13
  67. Amos 2:8 : Hos 7:14; Am 4:1; 6:6
  68. Amos 2:8 : Hab 2:6
  69. Amos 2:9 : Nu 21:23-26; Jos 10:12
  70. Amos 2:9 : S Isa 10:33
  71. Amos 2:9 : S Ps 29:9
  72. Amos 2:9 : S 2Ki 19:30; S Job 18:16; S Eze 17:9
  73. Amos 2:10 : S Ex 6:6; 20:2; Am 3:1
  74. Amos 2:10 : S Dt 8:2
  75. Amos 2:10 : S Dt 2:7
  76. Amos 2:10 : S Ex 3:8; S Nu 21:25; S Jos 13:4; Am 9:7
  77. Amos 2:11 : Dt 18:18; Jer 7:25
  78. Amos 2:11 : S Jdg 13:5
  79. Amos 2:12 : Isa 30:10; Jer 11:21; Am 7:12-13; Mic 2:6
  80. Amos 2:13 : Am 7:16-17
  81. Amos 2:14 : S Job 11:20
  82. Amos 2:14 : S 1Ki 20:11
  83. Amos 2:14 : Ps 33:16; Isa 30:16-17
  84. Amos 2:15 : S Eze 39:3
  85. Amos 2:15 : S Ex 15:21; Zec 10:5
  86. Amos 2:15 : Ecc 9:11
  87. Amos 2:16 : Jer 48:41
  88. Amos 3:1 : Zep 2:5
  89. Amos 3:1 : S Am 2:10
  90. Amos 3:2 : S Ex 19:6; Dt 7:6; Lk 12:47
  91. Amos 3:2 : ver 14
  92. Amos 3:2 : S Jer 14:10; Mic 2:3; 1Pe 4:17
  93. Amos 3:4 : S Isa 42:13
  94. Amos 3:4 : Ps 104:21; S Hos 5:14
  95. Amos 3:5 : S Ps 119:110
  96. Amos 3:6 : S Nu 10:2; S Job 39:24; S Jer 4:21
  97. Amos 3:6 : S Isa 31:2
  98. Amos 3:6 : Isa 14:24-27
  99. Amos 3:7 : Ge 18:17; S 1Sa 3:7; S Da 9:22; Jn 15:15; Rev 10:7
  100. Amos 3:7 : S Jer 23:22
  101. Amos 3:8 : S Isa 31:4
  102. Amos 3:8 : S Isa 42:13
  103. Amos 3:8 : S Jer 20:9; Jnh 1:1-3; 3:1-3; Ac 4:20
  104. Amos 3:9 : S Jos 13:3; S 2Ch 26:6
  105. Amos 3:9 : Am 4:1; 6:1
  106. Amos 3:10 : Am 5:7; 6:12
  107. Amos 3:10 : S Ps 36:3; Mic 6:10; Zep 1:9
  108. Amos 3:10 : Hab 2:8
  109. Amos 3:11 : Am 2:5; 6:14
  110. Amos 3:12 : S 1Sa 17:34
  111. Amos 3:12 : S Est 1:6; Am 6:4
  112. Amos 3:13 : Eze 2:7
  113. Amos 3:14 : S ver 2; S Lev 26:18
  114. Amos 3:14 : S Ge 12:8; Am 5:5-6
  115. Amos 3:14 : S Ex 27:2
  116. Amos 3:15 : Jer 36:22
  117. Amos 3:15 : Jdg 3:20
  118. Amos 3:15 : S 1Ki 22:39
  119. Amos 3:15 : Am 5:11; 6:11
  120. Amos 3:15 : S Isa 34:5
  121. Amos 3:15 : Hos 10:5-8, 14-15
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Revelation 2:1-17

To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus(A) write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand(B) and walks among the seven golden lampstands.(C) I know your deeds,(D) your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested(E) those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.(F) You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name,(G) and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.(H) Consider how far you have fallen! Repent(I) and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand(J) from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans,(K) which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear(L) what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious,(M) I will give the right to eat from the tree of life,(N) which is in the paradise(O) of God.

To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna(P) write:

These are the words of him who is the First and the Last,(Q) who died and came to life again.(R) I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!(S) I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not,(T) but are a synagogue of Satan.(U) 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,(V) and you will suffer persecution for ten days.(W) Be faithful,(X) even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.(Y)

11 Whoever has ears, let them hear(Z) what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.(AA)

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum(AB) write:

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.(AC) 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me,(AD) not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness,(AE) who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.(AF)

14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:(AG) There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,(AH) who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols(AI) and committed sexual immorality.(AJ) 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.(AK) 16 Repent(AL) therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.(AM)

17 Whoever has ears, let them hear(AN) what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious,(AO) I will give some of the hidden manna.(AP) I will also give that person a white stone with a new name(AQ) written on it, known only to the one who receives it.(AR)

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Or messenger; also in verses 8, 12 and 18
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Psalm 129

Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

“They have greatly oppressed(A) me from my youth,”(B)
let Israel say;(C)
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
but they have not gained the victory(D) over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back
and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous;(E)
he has cut me free(F) from the cords of the wicked.”(G)

May all who hate Zion(H)
be turned back in shame.(I)
May they be like grass on the roof,(J)
which withers(K) before it can grow;
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,(L)
nor one who gathers fill his arms.
May those who pass by not say to them,
“The blessing of the Lord be on you;
we bless you(M) in the name of the Lord.”

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Proverbs 29:19-20

19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
though they understand, they will not respond.

20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 29:20 : Pr 19:2; 26:12
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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday December 10, 2018 (NIV)

Amos 1-3

The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa(A)—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake,(B) when Uzziah(C) was king of Judah and Jeroboam(D) son of Jehoash[a] was king of Israel.(E)

He said:

“The Lord roars(F) from Zion
and thunders(G) from Jerusalem;(H)
the pastures of the shepherds dry up,
and the top of Carmel(I) withers.”(J)

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Damascus,(K)
even for four, I will not relent.(L)
Because she threshed Gilead
with sledges having iron teeth,
I will send fire(M) on the house of Hazael(N)
that will consume the fortresses(O) of Ben-Hadad.(P)
I will break down the gate(Q) of Damascus;
I will destroy the king who is in[b] the Valley of Aven[c]
and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.(R)
The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,(S)
says the Lord.(T)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Gaza,(U)
even for four, I will not relent.(V)
Because she took captive whole communities
and sold them to Edom,(W)
I will send fire on the walls of Gaza
that will consume her fortresses.
I will destroy the king[d] of Ashdod(X)
and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon.
I will turn my hand(Y) against Ekron,
till the last of the Philistines(Z) are dead,”(AA)
says the Sovereign Lord.(AB)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Tyre,(AC)
even for four, I will not relent.(AD)
Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom,
disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,(AE)
10 I will send fire on the walls of Tyre
that will consume her fortresses.(AF)

11 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Edom,(AG)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he pursued his brother with a sword(AH)
and slaughtered the women of the land,
because his anger raged continually
and his fury flamed unchecked,(AI)
12 I will send fire on Teman(AJ)
that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.(AK)

13 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Ammon,(AL)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he ripped open the pregnant women(AM) of Gilead
in order to extend his borders,
14 I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah(AN)
that will consume(AO) her fortresses
amid war cries(AP) on the day of battle,
amid violent winds(AQ) on a stormy day.
15 Her king[e] will go into exile,
he and his officials together,(AR)
says the Lord.(AS)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Moab,(AT)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he burned to ashes(AU)
the bones of Edom’s king,
I will send fire on Moab
that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.[f](AV)
Moab will go down in great tumult
amid war cries(AW) and the blast of the trumpet.(AX)
I will destroy her ruler(AY)
and kill all her officials with him,”(AZ)
says the Lord.(BA)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,(BB)
even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law(BC) of the Lord
and have not kept his decrees,(BD)
because they have been led astray(BE) by false gods,[g](BF)
the gods[h] their ancestors followed,(BG)
I will send fire(BH) on Judah
that will consume the fortresses(BI) of Jerusalem.(BJ)

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
even for four, I will not relent.(BK)
They sell the innocent for silver,
and the needy for a pair of sandals.(BL)
They trample on the heads of the poor
as on the dust of the ground
and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
and so profane my holy name.(BM)
They lie down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge.(BN)
In the house of their god
they drink wine(BO) taken as fines.(BP)

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites(BQ) before them,
though they were tall(BR) as the cedars
and strong as the oaks.(BS)
I destroyed their fruit above
and their roots(BT) below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt(BU)
and led(BV) you forty years in the wilderness(BW)
to give you the land of the Amorites.(BX)

11 “I also raised up prophets(BY) from among your children
and Nazirites(BZ) from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine
and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.(CA)

13 “Now then, I will crush you
as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.(CB)
14 The swift will not escape,(CC)
the strong(CD) will not muster their strength,
and the warrior will not save his life.(CE)
15 The archer(CF) will not stand his ground,
the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
and the horseman(CG) will not save his life.(CH)
16 Even the bravest warriors(CI)
will flee naked on that day,”
declares the Lord.

Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you(CJ)—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:(CK)

“You only have I chosen(CL)
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish(CM) you
for all your sins.(CN)

Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
Does a lion roar(CO) in the thicket
when it has no prey?(CP)
Does it growl in its den
when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground
when no bait(CQ) is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet(CR) sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster(CS) comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?(CT)

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
without revealing his plan(CU)
to his servants the prophets.(CV)

The lion(CW) has roared(CX)
who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
who can but prophesy?(CY)

Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod(CZ)
and to the fortresses of Egypt:
“Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;(DA)
see the great unrest within her
and the oppression among her people.”

10 “They do not know how to do right,(DB)” declares the Lord,
“who store up in their fortresses(DC)
what they have plundered(DD) and looted.”

11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“An enemy will overrun your land,
pull down your strongholds
and plunder your fortresses.(DE)

12 This is what the Lord says:

“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s(DF) mouth
only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,
with only the head of a bed
and a piece of fabric[i] from a couch.[j](DG)

13 “Hear this and testify(DH) against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

14 “On the day I punish(DI) Israel for her sins,
I will destroy the altars of Bethel;(DJ)
the horns(DK) of the altar will be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15 I will tear down the winter house(DL)
along with the summer house;(DM)
the houses adorned with ivory(DN) will be destroyed
and the mansions(DO) will be demolished,(DP)
declares the Lord.(DQ)

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 1:1 Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoash
  2. Amos 1:5 Or the inhabitants of
  3. Amos 1:5 Aven means wickedness.
  4. Amos 1:8 Or inhabitants
  5. Amos 1:15 Or / Molek
  6. Amos 2:2 Or of her cities
  7. Amos 2:4 Or by lies
  8. Amos 2:4 Or lies
  9. Amos 3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  10. Amos 3:12 Or Israelites be rescued, / those who sit in Samaria / on the edge of their beds / and in Damascus on their couches.

Cross references:

  1. Amos 1:1 : S 2Sa 14:2
  2. Amos 1:1 : Zec 14:5
  3. Amos 1:1 : S 2Ki 14:21; S 2Ch 26:23
  4. Amos 1:1 : S 2Ki 14:23
  5. Amos 1:1 : S Hos 1:1
  6. Amos 1:2 : S Isa 42:13
  7. Amos 1:2 : S Ps 29:3
  8. Amos 1:2 : Joel 3:16
  9. Amos 1:2 : Am 9:3
  10. Amos 1:2 : S Jer 12:4
  11. Amos 1:3 : Isa 7:8; 8:4; 17:1-3
  12. Amos 1:3 : ver 6, 9, 11, 13; Am 2:6
  13. Amos 1:4 : S Jer 49:27; S Eze 30:8
  14. Amos 1:4 : S 1Ki 19:17; 2Ki 8:7-15
  15. Amos 1:4 : Jer 17:27
  16. Amos 1:4 : 1Ki 20:1; 2Ki 6:24; Jer 49:23-27
  17. Amos 1:5 : Jer 51:30
  18. Amos 1:5 : S Isa 37:12
  19. Amos 1:5 : S 2Ki 16:9; S Isa 22:6; Zec 9:1
  20. Amos 1:5 : S Isa 7:16; Jer 49:27
  21. Amos 1:6 : S Ge 10:19; 1Sa 6:17; Zep 2:4
  22. Amos 1:6 : S ver 3
  23. Amos 1:6 : S Ge 14:6; Ob 1:11
  24. Amos 1:8 : S 2Ch 26:6
  25. Amos 1:8 : Ps 81:14
  26. Amos 1:8 : S Eze 25:16
  27. Amos 1:8 : S Isa 34:8
  28. Amos 1:8 : Isa 14:28-32; Zep 2:4-7
  29. Amos 1:9 : 1Ki 5:1; 9:11-14; Jer 25:22; Joel 3:4; S Mt 11:21
  30. Amos 1:9 : ver 3
  31. Amos 1:9 : S 1Ki 5:12
  32. Amos 1:10 : Isa 23:1-18; S 34:8; S Jer 47:4; Eze 26:2-4; Zec 9:1-4
  33. Amos 1:11 : Nu 20:14-21; S 2Ch 28:17; S Ps 83:6
  34. Amos 1:11 : S Ps 63:10
  35. Amos 1:11 : S Eze 25:12-14; Zec 1:15
  36. Amos 1:12 : S Ge 36:11, 15
  37. Amos 1:12 : S Isa 34:5; 63:1-6; Jer 25:21; Eze 25:12-14; 35:1-15; Ob 1:1; Mal 1:2-5
  38. Amos 1:13 : S Ge 19:38; S Eze 21:28
  39. Amos 1:13 : S Ge 34:29; S 2Ki 8:12; S Hos 13:16
  40. Amos 1:14 : S Dt 3:11
  41. Amos 1:14 : Isa 30:30
  42. Amos 1:14 : S Job 39:25
  43. Amos 1:14 : Jer 23:19
  44. Amos 1:15 : S Jer 25:21
  45. Amos 1:15 : 1Ch 20:1; S Jer 49:1; Eze 21:28-32; 25:2-7
  46. Amos 2:1 : S Isa 16:6
  47. Amos 2:1 : Isa 33:12
  48. Amos 2:2 : Jer 48:24
  49. Amos 2:2 : S Job 39:25
  50. Amos 2:2 : S Jos 6:20
  51. Amos 2:3 : S Ps 2:10
  52. Amos 2:3 : S Isa 40:23
  53. Amos 2:3 : Isa 15:1-9; 16:1-14; S 25:10; Jer 48:1; S Eze 25:8-11; Zep 2:8-9
  54. Amos 2:4 : 2Ki 17:19; Hos 12:2
  55. Amos 2:4 : S Jer 6:19
  56. Amos 2:4 : S Eze 20:24
  57. Amos 2:4 : Isa 9:16
  58. Amos 2:4 : S Ex 34:15; S Dt 31:20; S Ps 4:2
  59. Amos 2:4 : S 2Ki 22:13; S Jer 9:14; S 16:12
  60. Amos 2:5 : S 2Ki 25:9; S 2Ch 36:19
  61. Amos 2:5 : Am 3:11
  62. Amos 2:5 : S Jer 17:27; S Hos 8:14
  63. Amos 2:6 : S Am 1:3
  64. Amos 2:6 : S Joel 3:3; Am 8:6
  65. Amos 2:7 : S Lev 18:21; Am 5:11-12; 8:4
  66. Amos 2:8 : S Ex 22:26; Dt 24:12-13
  67. Amos 2:8 : Hos 7:14; Am 4:1; 6:6
  68. Amos 2:8 : Hab 2:6
  69. Amos 2:9 : Nu 21:23-26; Jos 10:12
  70. Amos 2:9 : S Isa 10:33
  71. Amos 2:9 : S Ps 29:9
  72. Amos 2:9 : S 2Ki 19:30; S Job 18:16; S Eze 17:9
  73. Amos 2:10 : S Ex 6:6; 20:2; Am 3:1
  74. Amos 2:10 : S Dt 8:2
  75. Amos 2:10 : S Dt 2:7
  76. Amos 2:10 : S Ex 3:8; S Nu 21:25; S Jos 13:4; Am 9:7
  77. Amos 2:11 : Dt 18:18; Jer 7:25
  78. Amos 2:11 : S Jdg 13:5
  79. Amos 2:12 : Isa 30:10; Jer 11:21; Am 7:12-13; Mic 2:6
  80. Amos 2:13 : Am 7:16-17
  81. Amos 2:14 : S Job 11:20
  82. Amos 2:14 : S 1Ki 20:11
  83. Amos 2:14 : Ps 33:16; Isa 30:16-17
  84. Amos 2:15 : S Eze 39:3
  85. Amos 2:15 : S Ex 15:21; Zec 10:5
  86. Amos 2:15 : Ecc 9:11
  87. Amos 2:16 : Jer 48:41
  88. Amos 3:1 : Zep 2:5
  89. Amos 3:1 : S Am 2:10
  90. Amos 3:2 : S Ex 19:6; Dt 7:6; Lk 12:47
  91. Amos 3:2 : ver 14
  92. Amos 3:2 : S Jer 14:10; Mic 2:3; 1Pe 4:17
  93. Amos 3:4 : S Isa 42:13
  94. Amos 3:4 : Ps 104:21; S Hos 5:14
  95. Amos 3:5 : S Ps 119:110
  96. Amos 3:6 : S Nu 10:2; S Job 39:24; S Jer 4:21
  97. Amos 3:6 : S Isa 31:2
  98. Amos 3:6 : Isa 14:24-27
  99. Amos 3:7 : Ge 18:17; S 1Sa 3:7; S Da 9:22; Jn 15:15; Rev 10:7
  100. Amos 3:7 : S Jer 23:22
  101. Amos 3:8 : S Isa 31:4
  102. Amos 3:8 : S Isa 42:13
  103. Amos 3:8 : S Jer 20:9; Jnh 1:1-3; 3:1-3; Ac 4:20
  104. Amos 3:9 : S Jos 13:3; S 2Ch 26:6
  105. Amos 3:9 : Am 4:1; 6:1
  106. Amos 3:10 : Am 5:7; 6:12
  107. Amos 3:10 : S Ps 36:3; Mic 6:10; Zep 1:9
  108. Amos 3:10 : Hab 2:8
  109. Amos 3:11 : Am 2:5; 6:14
  110. Amos 3:12 : S 1Sa 17:34
  111. Amos 3:12 : S Est 1:6; Am 6:4
  112. Amos 3:13 : Eze 2:7
  113. Amos 3:14 : S ver 2; S Lev 26:18
  114. Amos 3:14 : S Ge 12:8; Am 5:5-6
  115. Amos 3:14 : S Ex 27:2
  116. Amos 3:15 : Jer 36:22
  117. Amos 3:15 : Jdg 3:20
  118. Amos 3:15 : S 1Ki 22:39
  119. Amos 3:15 : Am 5:11; 6:11
  120. Amos 3:15 : S Isa 34:5
  121. Amos 3:15 : Hos 10:5-8, 14-15
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Revelation 2:1-17

To the Church in Ephesus

“To the angel[a] of the church in Ephesus(A) write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand(B) and walks among the seven golden lampstands.(C) I know your deeds,(D) your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested(E) those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.(F) You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name,(G) and have not grown weary.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.(H) Consider how far you have fallen! Repent(I) and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand(J) from its place. But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans,(K) which I also hate.

Whoever has ears, let them hear(L) what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious,(M) I will give the right to eat from the tree of life,(N) which is in the paradise(O) of God.

To the Church in Smyrna

“To the angel of the church in Smyrna(P) write:

These are the words of him who is the First and the Last,(Q) who died and came to life again.(R) I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich!(S) I know about the slander of those who say they are Jews and are not,(T) but are a synagogue of Satan.(U) 10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you,(V) and you will suffer persecution for ten days.(W) Be faithful,(X) even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.(Y)

11 Whoever has ears, let them hear(Z) what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death.(AA)

To the Church in Pergamum

12 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum(AB) write:

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.(AC) 13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name. You did not renounce your faith in me,(AD) not even in the days of Antipas, my faithful witness,(AE) who was put to death in your city—where Satan lives.(AF)

14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you:(AG) There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam,(AH) who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols(AI) and committed sexual immorality.(AJ) 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans.(AK) 16 Repent(AL) therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.(AM)

17 Whoever has ears, let them hear(AN) what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious,(AO) I will give some of the hidden manna.(AP) I will also give that person a white stone with a new name(AQ) written on it, known only to the one who receives it.(AR)

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 2:1 Or messenger; also in verses 8, 12 and 18
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Psalm 129

Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

“They have greatly oppressed(A) me from my youth,”(B)
let Israel say;(C)
“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
but they have not gained the victory(D) over me.
Plowmen have plowed my back
and made their furrows long.
But the Lord is righteous;(E)
he has cut me free(F) from the cords of the wicked.”(G)

May all who hate Zion(H)
be turned back in shame.(I)
May they be like grass on the roof,(J)
which withers(K) before it can grow;
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,(L)
nor one who gathers fill his arms.
May those who pass by not say to them,
“The blessing of the Lord be on you;
we bless you(M) in the name of the Lord.”

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Proverbs 29:19-20

19 Servants cannot be corrected by mere words;
though they understand, they will not respond.

20 Do you see someone who speaks in haste?
There is more hope for a fool than for them.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 29:20 : Pr 19:2; 26:12
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12/09/2019 DAB Transcript

Joel 1:1-3:21, Revelation 1:1-20, Psalms 128:1-6, Proverbs 29:18

Today is the 9th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s great to be here with you, of course, at the threshold of a shiny, sparkly, new week, but this also happens to be the second Sunday in the season of Advent. Of course, Advent is the season that leads us into Christmas but gives us the opportunity to contemplate the implications of God…God…our God…the Almighty Creator of all things seen and unseen, right, the Creator of the universe condescending himself and becoming a human being to rescue humanity. That is something to contemplate. And on this second Sunday of Advent, and if you’re lighting the Advent wreath at your church or at home, lighting the second candle, the Bethlehem candle and this week we contemplate the faith that it took this couple, Mary and Joseph to become a part of the story, and we contemplate how it requires faith on our part to enter this story.

Song:

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen - Phil Keaggy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day
To save us all from Satan’s power
When we were gone astray

Oh, whoa
Tidings of comfort and joy

From God our heavenly Father
A blessed angel came
And unto certain shepherds
Brought tidings to the same
How that in Bethlehem was born
The Son of God by name

Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy

Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day

Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy
Comfort and joy
Whoa, tidings of comfort and joy

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day

God rest ye merry, gentlemen
(Comfort and joy)
Let nothing you dismay
Remember Christ our Savior
Was born on Christmas Day 

So, we’ve got a brand-new week out in front of us as we move forward in this month, as we move toward the end of this year, as we move deeper into the Christmas season. And in terms of being shiny and sparkly and new we’re beginning new books in the Old and in the new Testaments today. So, we’ll talk about that as we as we get there, but we are there in terms of the Old Testament. As we continue through our journey that is the final push through the minor prophets in the Old Testament we’ll read the entire book of Joel in its entirety today. This will become a theme. We will be reading books in their entirety often as we continue the journey in the steps forward each day into the end of the year.

Introduction to the book of Joel:

The irony about Joel is that nobody really knows who Joel was. I mean there are other people in the Bible with the same name, but biblical scholars don’t believe any of those people are the author of this prophetic book and the text itself doesn’t help. There are no historical clues within the text, which makes dating Joel very difficult for biblical scholars and biblical historians, which has led many to come to different conclusions over the centuries. But in very general terms, Joel is probably dated somewhere between 500 and 800 B.C., you know, but dating the book, although it’s helpful for context, it’s not unnecessary for the text to retain its impact. And it’s been observed that Joel shares a similar language style with some of the other prophets like Ezekiel or Jeremiah our Amos or Micah or Zephaniah and that’s led some scholars to argue that Joel may be the work of more than one prophet. But on the other hand, others consider that the similarities are a byproduct of the shared culture and tradition of the prophets, that they knew each other and they kind of spoke a common language or had a vocabulary that was understood to be prophetic in nature. Joel wrote of a vast horde of locusts that invaded the land and obliterated everything that was living, every green thing, including the crops and a great famine followed the plague of locusts. And Joel uses natural disasters as a backdrop to call the children of Israel to repentance. And most biblical scholars consider the event, the locust invasion, to be to be an actual event, not an allegory or a symbol, even though Joel used the event to speak an apocalyptic message of judgment. That as it is the case with so much of the Bible, Joel’s words were intended to reveal that a fork in the road had been reached where a choice must be made and the path of repentance, if they were to take that fork, that would lead to blessing and restoration. Continuing to reject God and take the other fork would lead to, what Joel calls, the great and terrible day of the Lord. And even though the judgment that’s described in Joel would certainly be great, the path of repentance would lead to an even greater restoration. Some of the most well-known and beautiful passages of restoration are found in the book of Joel. So, for example, Joel tells us, “I will pour out my spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” So, obviously very, very famous portions of Scripture. So, let’s dive in and embrace the message of the book of Joel and consider how we are invariably and continually brought to forks in the road where a decision has to be made. And let’s remember from the book of Joel that, no matter what the locusts have eaten in the past, there is always a path to restoration. And, so, we begin. We’re reading from the new International version this week. Joel chapter 1 verse 1 through 3 verse 21 today.

Introduction to the book of Revelation:

Okay. So, that concludes the book of Joel in its entirety, which brings us now to, obviously, our New Testament portion, which brings us also into new territory, the final book of the Bible, the final book of the New Testament, the book of Revelation. And Revelation…oh…come on…the book of Revelation has captured the fascination of readers in ways that really no other book has and it’s been interpreted through many lenses over thousands of years, some of them fantastic, and some of them pragmatic. The book of revelations self identifies the author as John and, unfortunately, which John isn’t clearly specified. So, traditionally the accepted author’s been the apostle John who obviously wrote the gospel of John as well as some of the territory we just walked through, first, second and third John. But the reality is that this has been questioned since at least the third century and it continues all the way until today, but there is no clear evidence in any other direction. So, based on the evidence, most hold to the tradition of the apostle John was probably the author. If this is the case, then the apostle John had been banished to the island of Patmos where Revelation was written. And it’s believed that Patmos was…I’ve got to learn how to talk…Patmos was a Roman…like a prison colony…like an island where you would be dropped off to do your time and criminals and political prisoners were exiled there. And the island exists. It sits out in the ocean between modern-day Greece and Turkey in the Aegean Sea and it’s not that far from Ephesus where it’s thought that John spent his elderly years. So, here’s the deal about Revelation. Revelation is considered a work of a specific literary genre called apocalyptic literature. And this is one of the reasons for such intrigue because that genre is highly symbolic. So, fantastic things. If we think of Ezekiel with the wheel within the wheel and the spirits moving back and forth, forward and backward, up and down, with…you know…like remember that story…or some of the things that we saw and in the book of Daniel. This is apocalyptic literature, highly symbolic. And, so, the reader has to discern what it is that is to be taken literally and at what is to be considered allegoric or symbolic. So, what makes Revelation is so intriguing in this regard is because of the subject matter, right? It appears that the subject matter is the end of the world as we know it and the beginning of a new era for humanity. So, intriguing to say the least and yet highly symbolic apocalyptic literature. So, interpreting Revelation can lead to widely diverse conclusions and this has literally been the case for the last couple thousand years. Some view the work from an entirely first century perspective, from the time that it was written and conclude that the events spoken of in Revelation are events that have already taken place while others see the book outlining the chain of events beginning in the first century and lasting all the way until the end of the world. And then still others believe that the symbolism found in Revelation is timeless, it describes the cosmic struggle between good and evil. And the truth is, any of these views are legitimate but getting overly intrigued by the details and then then trying to overlay them with the current time, trying to smash them in and make them all fit, that might prove unfulfilling because that’s been the custom of nearly every generation since this was written and everybody’s been incorrect up until now. One thing is certain though, the theme that we have been working toward that we have been noticing, as we moved into the autumn, as the seasons changed, the theme of endurance that has followed us through the New Testament is a fundamental, primary theme in the book of Revelation. It’s really almost as if we we’ve been following the theme all the way to Revelation so that we can see that endurance is irreplaceable in the ultimate battle between darkness and light. And Revelation ultimately tells us that those who stay faithful to the testimony of Jesus and endure until the end, right, “by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony”, those people will be eternally victorious. And one of the things, if we’re looking for it, we’ll find in Revelation is that endurance, it’s not a passive thing. Like, we think of it that way, “I’m can just enduring”, which means I’m putting up with something. So, “I’m passively just stuffing it inside and in dealing with it.” Or we treat it like a defensive posture, like, “I just gotta get through this.” But endurance isn’t passive or defensive. To remain true in the context we’re talking about here, when the entire world is against you, if you’re staying true, if you’re standing true when everything is against you, then you are absolutely making a defining, powerful statement. And in this case, those who endure are making a statement against deception. And deception has always been the greatest force set against mankind and Revelation will show us that. We are to remain true and be a witness to the truth and a light in the darkness until the very end. And that very end, according to the book of Revelation, is a new beginning. And, so, we begin the final book of the Bible, Revelation, chapter 1.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. We thank You for this brand-new week out in front of us. We think You for this season of contemplation and the true rejoicing in Your arrival to rescue and save us. So, come Holy Spirit into this week and everything that we do and everything that we hear and everything that we say. Plant Your word deep in our lives, transforming us from within. We ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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And there’s something new going on around here starting right now. So, here we are its December 9th, the second Sunday in the season of Advent and we have another tradition here in the Daily Audio Bible family and that is our family Christmas episode. And that happens every year. We do a reading of the entire Christmas story, my family. We read the Christmas story together, but this is your opportunity to call in your holiday greetings to your brothers and sisters all over the world, those who have traveled with you, whether silently or whether you’ve met in person at an event or whether you just know them by voice. This is the opportunity to send your holiday greetings to the Daily Audio Bible family and the way that you do that is that you call into the prayer line and wish everybody a happy holiday, whatever it is that you want to say. There’s only really…there’s two rules about this. One, I mean all the calls have a two-minute limit, but the other rule is, if you have a prayer request don’t call that in combined with a holiday greeting. Like, it’s one time that you can actually make two calls back to back if that’s what you need to do. Just make sure that your holiday greetings are all on their own call and your prayer requests are all on their own call otherwise neither one of them are going to get where they need to go because there’s just too many and there’s no way chop that all up and put it where it needs to go. So, that’s the rule for this week. So, from today all the way until Saturday we’ll be taking those calls, your Daily Audio Bible family…it’s like our Christmas party, like our community Christmas party that happens here every year and I love it since we’ve done it and we’ve been doing it a long time, over a decade. I never…I’m always in tears…I’m note an outwardly emotional person. I have deep feelings but I’m an introvert but these…this just brings me to tears because just to hear the stories coming together…the journey and holiday wishes and all of the familiar voices and just centered around this beautiful season of Christmas is a wonderful thing. So, call in your Christmas greetings this week. The numbers to use are 877-942-4253 if you’re if you’re in the United States. In the UK or Europe, 44-20-3608-8078 or if you’re in Australia, 61-3-8820-5459 is the number to call. So, do and don’t procrastinate. I know there’s procrastinators out there because your calls over the years have kind of come in late and that’s sad because they don’t get included in the family Christmas. But…well…don’t procrastinate. Pick up that line, dial it, and off you go. And we’ll look forward to our Daily Audio Bible family Christmas coming up a little later in the month.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi, I’m calling for Margaret May from Syracuse. My name is Carla and I just wanted to say that your call touched me very deeply and I know what it’s like to feel like I don’t know how to pray. And I’m like I’m overcome by fear and loss and sorrow. And I’ve also felt just such a deep agony in my spirit that at times I didn’t even want to live. And I know how horrible loneliness can be and it can feel like you’re dead inside. And I’d actually discovered that my pain was not just a spiritual attack from demons but also mental health issues. And I’m not saying demonic spirits and principalities don’t move in this world but also as easily as Satan may afflict a man with arthritis or a woman with kidney stones, he can afflict our minds and our brains with deep depression and anxiety, which is my story. And your fears sound like they might be as well. And God in my life has used good Christian therapists and psychiatrists blessed with skills to help me heal and it’s improve my relationship with Him and improved my life all around. And I just encourage you to open your mind and your heart to the possibility that God may be leading you to seek healing for the mind and brain as well as for the spirit. And God I just thank You so much for Margaret May and just surround her with Your love and with our love from the DAB and with the love people in her community. Please build her with community and friends and family with a church because we aren’t meant to be alone. And also, help her with her pain and healing. Lead her down that path and remind her that You look on her with only love and no anger at all. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Hi, good morning, I’m Denise from Canada and this is my first time calling for prayer. So, I wrote it out so that I don’t ramble. I would like to thank you for being willing to pray and especially for those for people you don’t know. I’m asking for prayer this morning for my sister and her daughter, my niece. They’re in great need. There’s trauma, anxiety, depression, isolation, hopelessness and fear. Mostly they need Jesus. Trying to make it in this life without Him is ludicrous. So, I’m asking you if you’d please pray for them. I really appreciated and thank you so so much. And I hope you have a wonderful day and thank you again. Bye.

Good morning Daily Audio Bible family, Happy December. I hope you are having a good day. I was just listening to the Daily Audio Bible this morning and I just heard the call from Margaret May in Syracuse New York. And I heard her fear, her isolation, her loneliness and I am so thankful that she reached out, that she called us to let us know that she needs us to pray for her. And Margaret, I wanted you to know that I am praying for the Holy Spirit to comfort you, to fill you, to give you peace, to give you a sound mind and to give you the strength that you need to return to living, to reach out, to expect friendship, and to be able to eat, and to drink, and to go about your daily life. I would love to hear from you. I will leave my email, but I just want you to know that I understand. I understand that loneliness, that fear, that deep dark hole that you’re in. And I am praying for you. I’m praying that you, that will be healed. Please contact me and we can be friends even though I live in Illinois. My name is Nancy and my email addresses nancygolian@gmail.com. I love you Margaret. You take care. Have a good day. Bye.

Good morning all my Daily Audio Bible friends, this is Diane Olive Brown calling you from Newburgh Indiana. It is 9:14 in the morning on December the 6th, Thursday. And I got my Christmas Box and I sent when I was a gift and I love it, love it, love it. I love being in this community. I love feeling like I just put a great big log on the campfire and gathered around together with the Scriptures and I love the Scriptures, the reading today. Today’ December the 6th was just really amazing and the Lord is just warming of my heart, warming my heart. I had some pretty big disappointments this year, but it was all good because, you know, where most disappointments come and you just got set back and you feel like the rug got pulled right out from under you then…boom…you get back with the Lord and you start all over again. It doesn’t matter if you start all over again. Shalom, shalom. Nothing is missing, nothing is broken. And I want to first call out to a girl who called. I don’t know your name, but you called and you’re a first-time caller and you’re in desperate desperate, desperate need of a friend, you don’t have a friend, you don’t have a church. You’ve been in a room, it seems like a room, just by yourself and when you got so desperate and I just want to let you know that I’m praying for you. You have a friend in me…and I’m your friend…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday December 9, 2018 (NIV)

Joel 1-3

The word of the Lord that came(A) to Joel(B) son of Pethuel.

An Invasion of Locusts

Hear this,(C) you elders;(D)
listen, all who live in the land.(E)
Has anything like this ever happened in your days
or in the days of your ancestors?(F)
Tell it to your children,(G)
and let your children tell it to their children,
and their children to the next generation.(H)
What the locust(I) swarm has left
the great locusts have eaten;
what the great locusts have left
the young locusts have eaten;
what the young locusts have left(J)
other locusts[a] have eaten.(K)

Wake up, you drunkards, and weep!
Wail, all you drinkers of wine;(L)
wail because of the new wine,
for it has been snatched(M) from your lips.
A nation has invaded my land,
a mighty army without number;(N)
it has the teeth(O) of a lion,
the fangs of a lioness.
It has laid waste(P) my vines
and ruined my fig trees.(Q)
It has stripped off their bark
and thrown it away,
leaving their branches white.

Mourn like a virgin in sackcloth(R)
grieving for the betrothed of her youth.
Grain offerings and drink offerings(S)
are cut off from the house of the Lord.
The priests are in mourning,(T)
those who minister before the Lord.
10 The fields are ruined,
the ground is dried up;(U)
the grain is destroyed,
the new wine(V) is dried up,
the olive oil fails.(W)

11 Despair, you farmers,(X)
wail, you vine growers;
grieve for the wheat and the barley,(Y)
because the harvest of the field is destroyed.(Z)
12 The vine is dried up
and the fig tree is withered;(AA)
the pomegranate,(AB) the palm and the apple[b] tree—
all the trees of the field—are dried up.(AC)
Surely the people’s joy
is withered away.

A Call to Lamentation

13 Put on sackcloth,(AD) you priests, and mourn;
wail, you who minister(AE) before the altar.
Come, spend the night in sackcloth,
you who minister before my God;
for the grain offerings and drink offerings(AF)
are withheld from the house of your God.
14 Declare a holy fast;(AG)
call a sacred assembly.
Summon the elders
and all who live in the land(AH)
to the house of the Lord your God,
and cry out(AI) to the Lord.(AJ)

15 Alas for that(AK) day!
For the day of the Lord(AL) is near;
it will come like destruction from the Almighty.[c](AM)

16 Has not the food been cut off(AN)
before our very eyes—
joy and gladness(AO)
from the house of our God?(AP)
17 The seeds are shriveled
beneath the clods.[d](AQ)
The storehouses are in ruins,
the granaries have been broken down,
for the grain has dried up.
18 How the cattle moan!
The herds mill about
because they have no pasture;(AR)
even the flocks of sheep are suffering.(AS)

19 To you, Lord, I call,(AT)
for fire(AU) has devoured the pastures(AV) in the wilderness
and flames have burned up all the trees of the field.
20 Even the wild animals pant for you;(AW)
the streams of water have dried up(AX)
and fire has devoured the pastures(AY) in the wilderness.

An Army of Locusts

Blow the trumpet(AZ) in Zion;(BA)
sound the alarm on my holy hill.(BB)

Let all who live in the land tremble,
for the day of the Lord(BC) is coming.
It is close at hand(BD)
a day of darkness(BE) and gloom,(BF)
a day of clouds(BG) and blackness.(BH)
Like dawn spreading across the mountains
a large and mighty army(BI) comes,
such as never was in ancient times(BJ)
nor ever will be in ages to come.

Before them fire(BK) devours,
behind them a flame blazes.
Before them the land is like the garden of Eden,(BL)
behind them, a desert waste(BM)
nothing escapes them.
They have the appearance of horses;(BN)
they gallop along like cavalry.
With a noise like that of chariots(BO)
they leap over the mountaintops,
like a crackling fire(BP) consuming stubble,
like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

At the sight of them, nations are in anguish;(BQ)
every face turns pale.(BR)
They charge like warriors;(BS)
they scale walls like soldiers.
They all march in line,(BT)
not swerving(BU) from their course.
They do not jostle each other;
each marches straight ahead.
They plunge through defenses
without breaking ranks.
They rush upon the city;
they run along the wall.
They climb into the houses;(BV)
like thieves they enter through the windows.(BW)

10 Before them the earth shakes,(BX)
the heavens tremble,(BY)
the sun and moon are darkened,(BZ)
and the stars no longer shine.(CA)
11 The Lord(CB) thunders(CC)
at the head of his army;(CD)
his forces are beyond number,
and mighty is the army that obeys his command.
The day of the Lord is great;(CE)
it is dreadful.
Who can endure it?(CF)

Rend Your Heart

12 “Even now,” declares the Lord,
“return(CG) to me with all your heart,(CH)
with fasting and weeping and mourning.”

13 Rend your heart(CI)
and not your garments.(CJ)
Return(CK) to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and compassionate,(CL)
slow to anger and abounding in love,(CM)
and he relents from sending calamity.(CN)
14 Who knows? He may turn(CO) and relent(CP)
and leave behind a blessing(CQ)
grain offerings and drink offerings(CR)
for the Lord your God.

15 Blow the trumpet(CS) in Zion,(CT)
declare a holy fast,(CU)
call a sacred assembly.(CV)
16 Gather the people,
consecrate(CW) the assembly;
bring together the elders,(CX)
gather the children,
those nursing at the breast.
Let the bridegroom(CY) leave his room
and the bride her chamber.
17 Let the priests, who minister(CZ) before the Lord,
weep(DA) between the portico and the altar.(DB)
Let them say, “Spare your people, Lord.
Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn,(DC)
a byword(DD) among the nations.
Why should they say among the peoples,
‘Where is their God?(DE)’”

The Lord’s Answer

18 Then the Lord was jealous(DF) for his land
and took pity(DG) on his people.

19 The Lord replied[e] to them:

“I am sending you grain, new wine(DH) and olive oil,(DI)
enough to satisfy you fully;(DJ)
never again will I make you
an object of scorn(DK) to the nations.

20 “I will drive the northern horde(DL) far from you,
pushing it into a parched and barren land;
its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea
and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.
And its stench(DM) will go up;
its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things!
21 Do not be afraid,(DN) land of Judah;
be glad and rejoice.(DO)
Surely the Lord has done great things!(DP)
22 Do not be afraid, you wild animals,
for the pastures in the wilderness are becoming green.(DQ)
The trees are bearing their fruit;
the fig tree(DR) and the vine(DS) yield their riches.(DT)
23 Be glad, people of Zion,
rejoice(DU) in the Lord your God,
for he has given you the autumn rains
because he is faithful.(DV)
He sends you abundant showers,(DW)
both autumn(DX) and spring rains,(DY) as before.
24 The threshing floors will be filled with grain;
the vats will overflow(DZ) with new wine(EA) and oil.

25 “I will repay you for the years the locusts(EB) have eaten(EC)
the great locust and the young locust,
the other locusts and the locust swarm[f]
my great army(ED) that I sent among you.
26 You will have plenty to eat, until you are full,(EE)
and you will praise(EF) the name of the Lord your God,
who has worked wonders(EG) for you;
never again will my people be shamed.(EH)
27 Then you will know(EI) that I am in Israel,
that I am the Lord(EJ) your God,
and that there is no other;
never again will my people be shamed.(EK)

The Day of the Lord

28 “And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit(EL) on all people.(EM)
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,(EN)
your old men will dream dreams,(EO)
your young men will see visions.
29 Even on my servants,(EP) both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.(EQ)
30 I will show wonders in the heavens(ER)
and on the earth,(ES)
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
31 The sun will be turned to darkness(ET)
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord.(EU)
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord(EV) will be saved;(EW)
for on Mount Zion(EX) and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,(EY)
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors(EZ)
whom the Lord calls.[g](FA)

The Nations Judged

[h]“In those days and at that time,
when I restore the fortunes(FB) of Judah(FC) and Jerusalem,
I will gather(FD) all nations
and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat.[i](FE)
There I will put them on trial(FF)
for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel,
because they scattered(FG) my people among the nations
and divided up my land.
They cast lots(FH) for my people
and traded boys for prostitutes;
they sold girls for wine(FI) to drink.

“Now what have you against me, Tyre and Sidon(FJ) and all you regions of Philistia?(FK) Are you repaying me for something I have done? If you are paying me back, I will swiftly and speedily return on your own heads what you have done.(FL) For you took my silver and my gold and carried off my finest treasures to your temples.[j](FM) You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks,(FN) that you might send them far from their homeland.

“See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them,(FO) and I will return(FP) on your own heads what you have done. I will sell your sons(FQ) and daughters to the people of Judah,(FR) and they will sell them to the Sabeans,(FS) a nation far away.” The Lord has spoken.(FT)

Proclaim this among the nations:
Prepare for war!(FU)
Rouse the warriors!(FV)
Let all the fighting men draw near and attack.
10 Beat your plowshares into swords
and your pruning hooks(FW) into spears.(FX)
Let the weakling(FY) say,
“I am strong!”(FZ)
11 Come quickly, all you nations from every side,
and assemble(GA) there.

Bring down your warriors,(GB) Lord!

12 “Let the nations be roused;
let them advance into the Valley of Jehoshaphat,(GC)
for there I will sit
to judge(GD) all the nations on every side.
13 Swing the sickle,(GE)
for the harvest(GF) is ripe.
Come, trample the grapes,(GG)
for the winepress(GH) is full
and the vats overflow—
so great is their wickedness!”

14 Multitudes,(GI) multitudes
in the valley(GJ) of decision!
For the day of the Lord(GK) is near
in the valley of decision.(GL)
15 The sun and moon will be darkened,
and the stars no longer shine.(GM)
16 The Lord will roar(GN) from Zion
and thunder from Jerusalem;(GO)
the earth and the heavens will tremble.(GP)
But the Lord will be a refuge(GQ) for his people,
a stronghold(GR) for the people of Israel.

Blessings for God’s People

17 “Then you will know(GS) that I, the Lord your God,(GT)
dwell in Zion,(GU) my holy hill.(GV)
Jerusalem will be holy;(GW)
never again will foreigners invade her.(GX)

18 “In that day the mountains will drip new wine,(GY)
and the hills will flow with milk;(GZ)
all the ravines of Judah will run with water.(HA)
A fountain will flow out of the Lord’s house(HB)
and will water the valley of acacias.[k](HC)
19 But Egypt(HD) will be desolate,
Edom(HE) a desert waste,
because of violence(HF) done to the people of Judah,
in whose land they shed innocent blood.
20 Judah will be inhabited forever(HG)
and Jerusalem through all generations.
21 Shall I leave their innocent blood unavenged?(HH)
No, I will not.(HI)

The Lord dwells in Zion!(HJ)

Footnotes:

  1. Joel 1:4 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
  2. Joel 1:12 Or possibly apricot
  3. Joel 1:15 Hebrew Shaddai
  4. Joel 1:17 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  5. Joel 2:19 Or Lord will be jealous … / and take pity … / 19 The Lord will reply
  6. Joel 2:25 The precise meaning of the four Hebrew words used here for locusts is uncertain.
  7. Joel 2:32 In Hebrew texts 2:28-32 is numbered 3:1-5.
  8. Joel 3:1 In Hebrew texts 3:1-21 is numbered 4:1-21.
  9. Joel 3:2 Jehoshaphat means the Lord judges; also in verse 12.
  10. Joel 3:5 Or palaces
  11. Joel 3:18 Or Valley of Shittim

Cross references:

  1. Joel 1:1 : S Jer 1:2
  2. Joel 1:1 : Ac 2:16
  3. Joel 1:2 : Hos 5:1
  4. Joel 1:2 : Joel 2:16
  5. Joel 1:2 : S Hos 4:1
  6. Joel 1:2 : Joel 2:2
  7. Joel 1:3 : S Ex 10:2
  8. Joel 1:3 : S Ps 71:18
  9. Joel 1:4 : S Ex 10:14
  10. Joel 1:4 : S Ex 10:5
  11. Joel 1:4 : S Ex 10:15; S Dt 28:39; Am 7:1; Na 3:15
  12. Joel 1:5 : Joel 3:3
  13. Joel 1:5 : S Isa 24:7
  14. Joel 1:6 : Ps 105:34; Joel 2:2, 11, 25
  15. Joel 1:6 : Rev 9:8
  16. Joel 1:7 : Isa 5:6
  17. Joel 1:7 : Am 4:9
  18. Joel 1:8 : ver 13; Isa 22:12; Am 8:10
  19. Joel 1:9 : S Hos 9:4
  20. Joel 1:9 : S Isa 22:12
  21. Joel 1:10 : S Isa 5:6; S 24:4; S Jer 3:3
  22. Joel 1:10 : S Hos 9:2
  23. Joel 1:10 : S Nu 18:12
  24. Joel 1:11 : S Job 6:20; Am 5:16
  25. Joel 1:11 : S Ex 9:31
  26. Joel 1:11 : S Isa 17:11
  27. Joel 1:12 : S Isa 15:6
  28. Joel 1:12 : S Ex 28:33
  29. Joel 1:12 : S Isa 16:8; Hag 2:19
  30. Joel 1:13 : S Ge 37:34; S Jer 4:8
  31. Joel 1:13 : Joel 2:17
  32. Joel 1:13 : ver 9; S Hos 9:4; Joel 2:14
  33. Joel 1:14 : S 2Ch 20:3
  34. Joel 1:14 : S Hos 4:1
  35. Joel 1:14 : Jnh 3:8
  36. Joel 1:14 : 2Ch 20:4
  37. Joel 1:15 : S Isa 2:12; Jer 30:7; S 46:10; S Eze 30:3; Mal 4:5
  38. Joel 1:15 : Joel 2:1, 11, 31; 3:14; Am 5:18; Zep 1:14; Zec 14:1
  39. Joel 1:15 : S Ge 17:1
  40. Joel 1:16 : Isa 3:7
  41. Joel 1:16 : S Ps 51:8
  42. Joel 1:16 : Dt 12:7
  43. Joel 1:17 : S Isa 17:10-11
  44. Joel 1:18 : S Ge 47:4
  45. Joel 1:18 : S Jer 9:10
  46. Joel 1:19 : Ps 50:15
  47. Joel 1:19 : S Ps 97:3; Am 7:4
  48. Joel 1:19 : S Jer 9:10
  49. Joel 1:20 : S Ps 42:1; S 104:21
  50. Joel 1:20 : 1Ki 17:7
  51. Joel 1:20 : Joel 2:22
  52. Joel 2:1 : S Nu 10:2, 7
  53. Joel 2:1 : ver 15
  54. Joel 2:1 : S Ex 15:17
  55. Joel 2:1 : S Joel 1:15; Zep 1:14-16
  56. Joel 2:1 : S Eze 12:23; S 30:3; Ob 1:15
  57. Joel 2:2 : ver 10, 31; S Job 9:7; S Isa 8:22; S 13:10; Am 5:18
  58. Joel 2:2 : S Eze 34:12; S Da 9:12; S Mt 24:21
  59. Joel 2:2 : S Eze 38:9
  60. Joel 2:2 : Zep 1:15; Rev 9:2
  61. Joel 2:2 : S Joel 1:6
  62. Joel 2:2 : Joel 1:2
  63. Joel 2:3 : S Ps 97:3; S Isa 1:31
  64. Joel 2:3 : S Ge 2:8
  65. Joel 2:3 : Ex 10:12-15; Ps 105:34-35; S Isa 14:17
  66. Joel 2:4 : Rev 9:7
  67. Joel 2:5 : Rev 9:9
  68. Joel 2:5 : Isa 5:24; 30:30
  69. Joel 2:6 : S Isa 13:8
  70. Joel 2:6 : S Isa 29:22
  71. Joel 2:7 : S Job 16:14
  72. Joel 2:7 : Pr 30:27
  73. Joel 2:7 : Isa 5:27
  74. Joel 2:9 : Ex 10:6
  75. Joel 2:9 : Jer 9:21
  76. Joel 2:10 : Ps 18:7; Na 1:5
  77. Joel 2:10 : S Eze 38:19
  78. Joel 2:10 : S ver 2; S Isa 5:30; S Mt 24:29; Mk 13:24; Rev 9:2
  79. Joel 2:10 : S Job 9:7; S Ps 102:26; Isa 13:10; S Eze 32:8
  80. Joel 2:11 : S Isa 2:12; S Eze 30:3; S Joel 1:15; Ob 1:15
  81. Joel 2:11 : S Ps 29:3
  82. Joel 2:11 : S ver 2, 25
  83. Joel 2:11 : Zep 1:14
  84. Joel 2:11 : S Eze 22:14; Zep 2:11; Rev 6:17
  85. Joel 2:12 : S Dt 4:30; S Eze 33:11; S Hos 12:6
  86. Joel 2:12 : S 1Sa 7:3
  87. Joel 2:13 : Ps 51:17; Isa 57:15
  88. Joel 2:13 : S Ge 37:29; S Nu 14:6; Job 1:20
  89. Joel 2:13 : S Isa 19:22
  90. Joel 2:13 : S Dt 4:31
  91. Joel 2:13 : Ex 34:6; S Ps 86:5, 15
  92. Joel 2:13 : S Jer 18:8; Jnh 4:2
  93. Joel 2:14 : Jer 26:3; Jnh 3:9
  94. Joel 2:14 : Am 5:15; Jnh 1:6
  95. Joel 2:14 : Jer 31:14; Hag 2:19; Zec 8:13; Mal 3:10
  96. Joel 2:14 : S Joel 1:13
  97. Joel 2:15 : S Nu 10:2
  98. Joel 2:15 : ver 1
  99. Joel 2:15 : S 2Ch 20:3; Jer 36:9
  100. Joel 2:15 : S Ex 32:5; Nu 10:3
  101. Joel 2:16 : S Ex 19:10, 22
  102. Joel 2:16 : Joel 1:2
  103. Joel 2:16 : Ps 19:5
  104. Joel 2:17 : Joel 1:13
  105. Joel 2:17 : S Isa 22:12
  106. Joel 2:17 : Eze 8:16; Mt 23:35
  107. Joel 2:17 : Dt 9:26-29; Ps 44:13
  108. Joel 2:17 : S 1Ki 9:7; S Job 17:6
  109. Joel 2:17 : S Ps 42:3
  110. Joel 2:18 : S Isa 26:11; Zec 1:14; 8:2
  111. Joel 2:18 : S Ps 72:13
  112. Joel 2:19 : Ps 4:7
  113. Joel 2:19 : S Jer 31:12
  114. Joel 2:19 : S Lev 26:5
  115. Joel 2:19 : S Eze 34:29
  116. Joel 2:20 : Jer 1:14-15
  117. Joel 2:20 : S Isa 34:3
  118. Joel 2:21 : S Isa 29:22; S 54:4; Zep 3:16-17
  119. Joel 2:21 : S Ps 9:2
  120. Joel 2:21 : S Ps 126:3; S Isa 25:1
  121. Joel 2:22 : S Ps 65:12
  122. Joel 2:22 : S 1Ki 4:25
  123. Joel 2:22 : S Nu 16:14
  124. Joel 2:22 : Joel 1:18-20; Zec 8:12
  125. Joel 2:23 : Ps 33:21; 97:12; 149:2; Isa 12:6; 41:16; 66:14; Hab 3:18; Zec 10:7
  126. Joel 2:23 : S Isa 45:8
  127. Joel 2:23 : S Job 36:28; S Eze 34:26
  128. Joel 2:23 : Ps 84:6
  129. Joel 2:23 : S Lev 26:4; S Ps 135:7; Jas 5:7
  130. Joel 2:24 : Lev 26:10; Mal 3:10
  131. Joel 2:24 : S Pr 3:10; Joel 3:18; Am 9:13
  132. Joel 2:25 : S Ex 10:14; Am 4:9
  133. Joel 2:25 : S Dt 28:39
  134. Joel 2:25 : S Joel 1:6
  135. Joel 2:26 : S Lev 26:5
  136. Joel 2:26 : S Lev 23:40; S Isa 62:9
  137. Joel 2:26 : S Ps 126:3; S Isa 25:1
  138. Joel 2:26 : S Isa 29:22
  139. Joel 2:27 : S Ex 6:7
  140. Joel 2:27 : S Ex 6:2; S Isa 44:8; Joel 3:17
  141. Joel 2:27 : Isa 45:17; 54:4; Zep 3:11
  142. Joel 2:28 : S Isa 11:2; S 44:3
  143. Joel 2:28 : S Nu 11:17; S Mk 1:8; Gal 3:14
  144. Joel 2:28 : S 1Sa 19:20
  145. Joel 2:28 : Jer 23:25
  146. Joel 2:29 : 1Co 12:13; Gal 3:28
  147. Joel 2:29 : S Eze 36:27
  148. Joel 2:30 : Lk 21:11
  149. Joel 2:30 : Mk 13:24-25
  150. Joel 2:31 : S ver 2; S Isa 22:5; S Jer 4:23; S Mt 24:29
  151. Joel 2:31 : S Joel 1:15; Ob 1:15; Mal 3:2; 4:1, 5
  152. Joel 2:32 : S Ge 4:26; S Ps 105:1
  153. Joel 2:32 : S Ps 106:8; Ac 2:17-21*; Ro 10:13*
  154. Joel 2:32 : S Isa 46:13
  155. Joel 2:32 : Ob 1:17
  156. Joel 2:32 : S Isa 1:9; 11:11; Mic 4:7; 7:18; S Ro 9:27
  157. Joel 2:32 : Ac 2:39
  158. Joel 3:1 : S Dt 30:3; S Jer 16:15; S Eze 38:8; Zep 3:20
  159. Joel 3:1 : Jer 40:5
  160. Joel 3:2 : Zep 3:8
  161. Joel 3:2 : ver 12; S Isa 22:1
  162. Joel 3:2 : S Isa 13:9; S Jer 2:35; S Eze 36:5
  163. Joel 3:2 : S Ge 11:4; S Lev 26:33
  164. Joel 3:3 : S Job 6:27; S Eze 24:6
  165. Joel 3:3 : Joel 1:5; Am 2:6
  166. Joel 3:4 : S Ge 10:15; S Mt 11:21
  167. Joel 3:4 : S Ps 87:4; Isa 14:29-31; Jer 47:1-7
  168. Joel 3:4 : S Lev 26:28; S Isa 34:8; S Eze 25:15-17; Zec 9:5-7
  169. Joel 3:5 : S 1Ki 15:18; S 2Ch 21:16-17
  170. Joel 3:6 : Eze 27:13; Zec 9:13
  171. Joel 3:7 : S Isa 43:5-6; Jer 23:8
  172. Joel 3:7 : S Isa 66:6
  173. Joel 3:8 : Isa 60:14
  174. Joel 3:8 : Isa 14:2
  175. Joel 3:8 : S Ge 10:7; S 2Ch 9:1
  176. Joel 3:8 : S Isa 23:1; S Jer 30:16
  177. Joel 3:9 : S Isa 8:9
  178. Joel 3:9 : Jer 46:4
  179. Joel 3:10 : Isa 2:4
  180. Joel 3:10 : S Nu 25:7
  181. Joel 3:10 : Zec 12:8
  182. Joel 3:10 : S Jos 1:6
  183. Joel 3:11 : Eze 38:15-16; Zep 3:8
  184. Joel 3:11 : S Isa 13:3
  185. Joel 3:12 : S ver 2
  186. Joel 3:12 : S Ps 82:1; S Isa 2:4
  187. Joel 3:13 : Mk 4:29
  188. Joel 3:13 : S Isa 17:5; S Hos 6:11; Mt 13:39; Rev 14:15-19
  189. Joel 3:13 : S Jer 25:30
  190. Joel 3:13 : S Jdg 6:11; S Rev 14:20
  191. Joel 3:14 : Isa 13:4
  192. Joel 3:14 : S Isa 22:1
  193. Joel 3:14 : Isa 34:2-8; S Joel 1:15; S Zep 1:7
  194. Joel 3:14 : S Isa 2:4; S Eze 36:5
  195. Joel 3:15 : S Job 9:7; S Eze 32:7
  196. Joel 3:16 : S Isa 42:13
  197. Joel 3:16 : Am 1:2
  198. Joel 3:16 : S Jdg 5:4; S Isa 14:16; S Eze 38:19
  199. Joel 3:16 : S Ps 46:1; S Isa 25:4; Zec 12:8
  200. Joel 3:16 : S 2Sa 22:3; Jer 16:19; Zec 9:12
  201. Joel 3:17 : S Ex 6:7
  202. Joel 3:17 : S Joel 2:27
  203. Joel 3:17 : S Ps 74:2; S Isa 4:3
  204. Joel 3:17 : Ps 2:6; S Isa 2:2; S Eze 17:22
  205. Joel 3:17 : S Jer 31:40
  206. Joel 3:17 : S Isa 52:1; S Eze 44:9; Zec 9:8
  207. Joel 3:18 : S Joel 2:24
  208. Joel 3:18 : Ex 3:8; S SS 5:1
  209. Joel 3:18 : S Isa 30:25; 35:6; S 44:3
  210. Joel 3:18 : Rev 22:1-2
  211. Joel 3:18 : S Nu 25:1; S Isa 25:6; S Jer 31:12; S Eze 47:1; Am 9:13
  212. Joel 3:19 : S Isa 19:1
  213. Joel 3:19 : S Isa 11:14; S 34:11
  214. Joel 3:19 : S Jer 51:35; Ob 1:10
  215. Joel 3:20 : S Ezr 9:12; Am 9:15
  216. Joel 3:21 : S Isa 1:15
  217. Joel 3:21 : S Eze 36:25
  218. Joel 3:21 : S Ps 74:2; Isa 59:20; S Eze 48:35; Zec 8:3
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Revelation 1

Prologue

The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave(A) him to show his servants what must soon take place.(B) He made it known by sending his angel(C) to his servant John,(D) who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God(E) and the testimony of Jesus Christ.(F) Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it,(G) because the time is near.(H)

Greetings and Doxology

John,

To the seven churches(I) in the province of Asia:

Grace and peace to you(J) from him who is, and who was, and who is to come,(K) and from the seven spirits[a](L) before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,(M) the firstborn from the dead,(N) and the ruler of the kings of the earth.(O)

To him who loves us(P) and has freed us from our sins by his blood,(Q) and has made us to be a kingdom and priests(R) to serve his God and Father(S)—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.(T)

“Look, he is coming with the clouds,”[b](U)
and “every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;(V)
and all peoples on earth “will mourn(W) because of him.”[c]
So shall it be! Amen.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,”(X) says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come,(Y) the Almighty.”(Z)

John’s Vision of Christ

I, John,(AA) your brother and companion in the suffering(AB) and kingdom(AC) and patient endurance(AD) that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God(AE) and the testimony of Jesus.(AF) 10 On the Lord’s Day(AG) I was in the Spirit,(AH) and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet,(AI) 11 which said: “Write on a scroll what you see(AJ) and send it to the seven churches:(AK) to Ephesus,(AL) Smyrna,(AM) Pergamum,(AN) Thyatira,(AO) Sardis,(AP) Philadelphia(AQ) and Laodicea.”(AR)

12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands,(AS) 13 and among the lampstands(AT) was someone like a son of man,[d](AU) dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet(AV) and with a golden sash around his chest.(AW) 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.(AX) 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace,(AY) and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.(AZ) 16 In his right hand he held seven stars,(BA) and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword.(BB) His face was like the sun(BC) shining in all its brilliance.

17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet(BD) as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me(BE) and said: “Do not be afraid.(BF) I am the First and the Last.(BG) 18 I am the Living One; I was dead,(BH) and now look, I am alive for ever and ever!(BI) And I hold the keys of death and Hades.(BJ)

19 “Write, therefore, what you have seen,(BK) what is now and what will take place later. 20 The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand(BL) and of the seven golden lampstands(BM) is this: The seven stars are the angels[e] of the seven churches,(BN) and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.(BO)

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 1:4 That is, the sevenfold Spirit
  2. Revelation 1:7 Daniel 7:13
  3. Revelation 1:7 Zech. 12:10
  4. Revelation 1:13 See Daniel 7:13.
  5. Revelation 1:20 Or messengers

Cross references:

  1. Revelation 1:1 : Jn 12:49; 17:8
  2. Revelation 1:1 : ver 19; Da 2:28, 29; Rev 22:6
  3. Revelation 1:1 : Rev 22:16
  4. Revelation 1:1 : ver 4, 9; Rev 22:8
  5. Revelation 1:2 : ver 9; S Heb 4:12
  6. Revelation 1:2 : ver 9; 1Co 1:6; Rev 6:9; 12:17; 19:10
  7. Revelation 1:3 : Lk 11:28; Rev 22:7
  8. Revelation 1:3 : S Ro 13:11
  9. Revelation 1:4 : ver 11, 20
  10. Revelation 1:4 : S Ro 1:7
  11. Revelation 1:4 : ver 8; Rev 4:8; 11:17; 16:5
  12. Revelation 1:4 : Isa 11:2; Rev 3:1; 4:5; 5:6
  13. Revelation 1:5 : Isa 55:4; Jn 18:37; Rev 3:14
  14. Revelation 1:5 : Ps 89:27; Col 1:18
  15. Revelation 1:5 : S 1Ti 6:15
  16. Revelation 1:5 : S Ro 8:37
  17. Revelation 1:5 : S Ro 3:25
  18. Revelation 1:6 : S 1Pe 2:5; Rev 5:10; 20:6
  19. Revelation 1:6 : Ro 15:6
  20. Revelation 1:6 : S Ro 11:36
  21. Revelation 1:7 : Da 7:13; S Mt 16:27; 24:30; 26:64; S Lk 17:30; S 1Co 1:7; S 1Th 2:19; 4:16, 17
  22. Revelation 1:7 : Jn 19:34, 37
  23. Revelation 1:7 : Zec 12:10; Mt 24:30
  24. Revelation 1:8 : S ver 17; Rev 21:6; 22:13
  25. Revelation 1:8 : S ver 4
  26. Revelation 1:8 : Rev 4:8; 15:3; 19:6
  27. Revelation 1:9 : ver 1
  28. Revelation 1:9 : S Ac 14:22; 2Co 1:7; Php 4:14
  29. Revelation 1:9 : ver 6
  30. Revelation 1:9 : 2Ti 2:12
  31. Revelation 1:9 : ver 2; S Heb 4:12
  32. Revelation 1:9 : S ver 2
  33. Revelation 1:10 : Ac 20:7
  34. Revelation 1:10 : Rev 4:2; 17:3; 21:10
  35. Revelation 1:10 : Ex 20:18; Rev 4:1
  36. Revelation 1:11 : ver 19
  37. Revelation 1:11 : ver 4, 20
  38. Revelation 1:11 : S Ac 18:19
  39. Revelation 1:11 : Rev 2:8
  40. Revelation 1:11 : Rev 2:12
  41. Revelation 1:11 : Ac 16:14; Rev 2:18, 24
  42. Revelation 1:11 : Rev 3:1
  43. Revelation 1:11 : Rev 3:7
  44. Revelation 1:11 : S Col 2:1; Rev 3:14
  45. Revelation 1:12 : ver 20; Ex 25:31-40; Zec 4:2; Rev 2:1
  46. Revelation 1:13 : Rev 2:1
  47. Revelation 1:13 : Eze 1:26; Da 7:13; 10:16; Rev 14:14
  48. Revelation 1:13 : Isa 6:1
  49. Revelation 1:13 : Da 10:5; Rev 15:6
  50. Revelation 1:14 : Da 7:9; 10:6; Rev 2:18; 19:12
  51. Revelation 1:15 : Eze 1:7; Da 10:6; Rev 2:18
  52. Revelation 1:15 : Eze 43:2; Rev 14:2; 19:6
  53. Revelation 1:16 : ver 20; Rev 2:1; 3:1
  54. Revelation 1:16 : Isa 1:20; 49:2; Heb 4:12; Rev 2:12, 16; 19:15, 21
  55. Revelation 1:16 : Jdg 5:31; Mt 17:2
  56. Revelation 1:17 : Eze 1:28; Da 8:17, 18
  57. Revelation 1:17 : Da 8:18
  58. Revelation 1:17 : S Mt 14:27
  59. Revelation 1:17 : Isa 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Rev 2:8; 22:13
  60. Revelation 1:18 : Ro 6:9; Rev 2:8
  61. Revelation 1:18 : Dt 32:40; Da 4:34; 12:7; Rev 4:9, 10; 10:6; 15:7
  62. Revelation 1:18 : Rev 9:1; 20:1
  63. Revelation 1:19 : ver 11; Hab 2:2
  64. Revelation 1:20 : S ver 16
  65. Revelation 1:20 : S ver 12
  66. Revelation 1:20 : ver 4, 11
  67. Revelation 1:20 : Mt 5:14, 15
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Psalm 128

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,(A)
who walk in obedience to him.(B)
You will eat the fruit of your labor;(C)
blessings and prosperity(D) will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine(E)
within your house;
your children(F) will be like olive shoots(G)
around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing(H)
for the man who fears the Lord.(I)

May the Lord bless you from Zion;(J)
may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem(K)
all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—(L)
peace be on Israel.(M)

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Proverbs 29:18

18 Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint;
but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.(A)

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12/08/2018 DAB Transcript

Hosea 10:1-14:9, Jude 1:1-25, Ps 127:1-5, Pr 29:15-17

Today is the 8th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It is a pleasure and an honor to be here with you as we prepare to close the books, right, close the books on another week and allow it to become a part of our history, but before all that we have to take the next, well, we have to live through this day, but we have to take the next step forward as we move through the Scriptures. And I’ve been mentioning along the way, you know, kind of as we move into the latter part of October and then through November that things kind of speed up. We’re going to the minor prophets which are short. We’re going through some short letters in the New Testament. So, we’re kind of moving rapidly as we move toward the end of the year. So, we’ll complete the book of Hosea today in the Old Testament. And then when we get to the New Testament we’ll talk about Jude because that’s a letter we’re about to read. And we will read Jude in its entirety today, which will pave the way tomorrow for the beginning of the final book of the New Testament. So, that’s the lay of the land and that’s where we are in the year. So, we’ve been reading from the God’s word translation all of this week, which is what we’ll do today. Hosea chapter 10 verse 1 through 14 verse 9.

Introduction to the Letter of Jude:

Okay. So, like we mentioned at the beginning, we just concluded the book of Hosea and we will now be beginning the book or the letter the epistle of Jude and will read it in its entirety. It’s 25 verses long and it may sound a little familiar. Many biblical scholars accept the idea that Second Peter, a letter that we read, just days ago, actually imitates Jude’s letter. And if this is true, then Jude’s letter predates Second Peter, which would mean that Juda dates somewhere into the mid 60s A.D. And if this is not the case then the letter could be as late as the end of Jude’s life, which would be somewhere around maybe 80 A.D. But that might be getting a little ahead of ourselves. I mean, like, who is Jude, and this questions actually been raised throughout the entirety of church history. And it continues to be examined among scholars all the way up until now but if we’re moving in the direction of consensus then the majority of traditional scholars agree that Jude, or the Jude that wrote this letter, was the brother of James and the brother of Jesus. But even though he is the brother of Jesus he wasn’t an apostle, he didn’t believe in Jesus during His ministry. It’s interesting what resurrection will do to your belief. But anyway, no matter the trajectory, Jude definitely did become a part of the church and a voice in the church but it’s just not clear who this letter was addressed to. Like, Jude says that he’s writing to all who have been called by God the Father who loves you and keeps you safe in the care of Jesus Christ. And that’s who he’s writing this letter to. So, that could basically be any believe any time ever. And, so, we can certainly apply this to ourselves but we can see like specifically identifying exactly who the intended reader was, that’s a bit ambiguous. If the similarities between Second Peter and Jude are correct then Jude was likely writing the same people that Peter wrote to and that would be the displaced believers who were fleeing persecution or people who had been exiled in generations past, like the stuff that we’re reading about in the books of prophecy, right, the Assyrian and Babylonian exiles when the kingdoms fell. So, here’s the interesting thing about Jude. Jude had been planning on writing a completely different letter than the one that he actually did write. And he says that in his greeting. So, instead of writing a letter of encouragement and rejoicing words of salvation he had to write about defending the faith. And this was brought up because of an issue that was a widespread and it was a false teaching like some of the other letters were aimed at. And this was a teaching about God’s grace. I mean, this particular issue is addressed many, many times in many letters in the New Testament. So, basically what was going on was that the teaching of an unmerited favor, which is grace, bestowed upon us by God has always been a core understanding of the Christian faith. Like, we’re taught in Scripture, this is a gift, it’s not something we can earn. It’s grace, It’s God’s mercy. So, some people began to twist the concept into a license to do whatever they wanted with whomever they chose whenever they liked because, after all, sins no longer held against us and God’s grace can’t be earned anyway. So, we’re good. Like, we can to whatever we want. Jude forcefully opposes this idea throughout most of the letter. And it’s not as if this behavior isn’t still with us. Jude clearly warns us away from that notion, that path. And then in closing, we’re instructed to remember that false teachings we’re something that were foretold, they were predicted. And, so, the community of faith needs to build each other up in the power of the Holy Spirit. And for those who had unfortunately been deceived, then the community was to be cautious but merciful. And, so, like I said, this is the last stop before we move into the final book of the Bible which is known as the book of Revelation. And then that will be moving us in completely different directions. So, let’s remember because this is like our last stop. These letters that we’ve been kind of moving through for a little while, let’s remember what they have told us because they have told us that the story of radical unspeakable grace is actually true but when we partake of that grace we are entering into a covenantal relationship. So, it matters what we do, it matters how we conduct ourselves because our actions are the true statement of our love for one another and for our faith in Jesus. And, so, we begin, and we’ll read in its entirety the book or letter of Jude.

Prayer:

Father, as we close this week we acknowledge that we have three weeks that remain in this year a year of hope and we acknowledge the words in the Psalms today and we take them to heart, we place them deep within ourselves and ask Your Holy Spirit to continually remind us of this. If You don’t build the house it’s useless to work on it. If You don’t protect city. It’s useless to work hard and get up early and go to bed late in our own strength when it is You who feeds us, it is You who loves us and gives us sleep. So, come Holy Spirit we pray as we release another week into our history and look forward to the weeks ahead that remain in this year because we’re not checking out, we’re just acknowledging where we are in the grand scheme of things as we’re moving toward the end of the year, but we’re not checking out. We know that You have much to speak to us and we cling to You. We find our rest in You. Come Holy Spirit we pray. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday December 8, 2018 (NIV)

Hosea 10-14

Israel Is Like a Rotten Vine

The people of Israel are like vines that used to produce fruit.
The more fruit they produced,
the more altars they built.
The more their land produced,
the more stone markers they set up to honor other gods.
They are hypocrites. Now they must take their punishment.
God will tear down their altars and destroy their stone markers.
So they’ll say,
“We have no king because we didn’t fear the Lord.
Even if we had a king, he couldn’t do anything for us.”
They say many things. They lie when they take oaths,
and they make promises they don’t intend to keep.
That’s why lawsuits spring up
like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

Those who live in Samaria fear the calf-shaped idol at Beth Aven.
The people will mourn over it.
The priests will cry loudly
because its glory will be taken away into captivity.
The thing itself will be carried to Assyria
as a present to the great king.[a]
Ephraim will be disgraced.
Israel will be ashamed because of its plans.
The king of Samaria will be carried away
like a piece of wood on water.
The illegal worship sites of Aven will be destroyed.
Israel sins there.
Thorns and weeds will grow over those altars.
People will say to the mountains, “Cover us!”
and to the hills, “Fall on us!”
Israel, you have sinned ever since the incident at Gibeah.
You never change.
War will overtake the wicked people in Gibeah.
10 “I will punish them when I’m ready.
Armies will gather to attack them.
They will be punished for their many sins.

Israel Is Like a Cow That Threshed Grain

11 “Ephraim is like a trained calf that loves to thresh[b] grain.
I will put a yoke[c] on its beautiful neck.
I will harness Ephraim.
Judah must plow.
Jacob must break up the ground.

12 “Break new ground.
Plant righteousness,
and harvest the fruit that your loyalty will produce for me.”

It’s time to seek the Lord!
When he comes, he will rain righteousness on you.
13 You have planted wickedness and harvested evil.
You have eaten the fruit that your lies produced.
You have trusted your own power and your many warriors.
14 So your army will hear the noise of battle.
All your fortresses will be destroyed
like the time Shalman destroyed Beth Arbel in battle.
Mothers and their children were smashed to death.
15 This is what will happen to you, Bethel,
because you have done many wicked things.
At daybreak, the king of Israel will be completely destroyed.

Israel Is Like a Bad Son

“When Israel was a child, I loved him,
and I called my son out of Egypt.
The more I called them,[d] the farther they went away.
They sacrificed to other gods—the Baals,
and they burned incense to idols.
I was the one who taught the people of Ephraim to walk.[e]
I took them by the hand.
But they didn’t realize that I had healed them.
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ropes of love.
I removed the yokes[f] from their necks.
I bent down and fed them.

“They will not return to Egypt.
Instead, Assyria will rule them
because they have refused to return to me.
War will sweep through their cities,
demolish their city gates,
and put an end to their plans.
My people are determined to turn away from me.
Even if they call to the Most High,
he will not pardon them.

“How can I give you up, Ephraim?
How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I make you like Admah?
How can I treat you like Zeboim?
I have changed my mind.
I am deeply moved.
I will not act on my burning anger.
I will not destroy Ephraim again.
I am God, not a human.
I am the Holy One among you,
and I will not come to you in anger.

10 “My people will follow me when I roar like a lion.
When I roar, my children will come trembling from the west.
11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt
and like doves from Assyria.
I will settle them in their own homes,”
declares the Lord.[g]

12 “Ephraim surrounds me with lies.
The nation of Israel surrounds me with deceit.”
Judah rebels against God, against the Holy One who is faithful.

The People of Israel Ignored What the Lord Had Done for Them

12 [h] The people of Ephraim try to catch the wind
and try to chase the east wind all day.
They are very violent and destructive.
They make treaties with Assyria and take olive oil to Egypt.

The Lord brings charges against Judah and punishes Jacob
because of the way their people act.
He will pay them back for what they have done.
Their ancestor Jacob held on to his brother’s heel
while the two of them were in their mother’s womb.
When Jacob became a man, he struggled with God.
He struggled with the Messenger and won.
Jacob cried and pleaded with him.
Jacob found him at Bethel,
and he talked with him there.
The Lord is the God of Armies.
The Lord is the name by which he is remembered.
Return to your God.
Be loyal and fair, and always wait with hope for your God.

The Lord says, “The merchants use dishonest scales.
They love to cheat people.
The people of Ephraim say, ‘We’re rich. We’ve made a fortune.
With all this wealth, no one will find us guilty of any sin.’
I am the Lord your God.
I brought you out of Egypt.
I will make you live in tents again
as you did during your appointed festivals.
10 I spoke to the prophets and gave them many visions.
I taught lessons through the prophets.”[i]

11 The people of Gilead are evil.
They are worthless.
They sacrifice bulls in Gilgal.
But their altars will become like piles of rubble
beside a plowed field.
12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria.
Israel worked to get a wife; he took care of sheep to pay for her.
13 The Lord used a prophet to bring the people of Israel out of Egypt.
He used a prophet to take care of them.

14 The people of Ephraim made the Lord bitter.
He will hold them guilty of murder.
The Lord will pay them back for their insults.

The People of Israel Will Be Punished for Their Idolatry

When the tribe of Ephraim spoke, people trembled.
The people of Ephraim were important in Israel.
Then they became guilty of worshiping Baal,
so they must die.
They keep on sinning more and more.
They make idols from silver for themselves.
These idols are skillfully made.
All of them are the work of craftsmen.
People say this about the Israelites: “They offer human sacrifices
and kiss calf-shaped idols.”
That is why they will be like fog in the morning
and like morning dew that disappears quickly.
They will be like straw blown away from threshing floors.[j]
They will be like smoke rising from chimneys.

“I am the Lord your God. I brought you out of Egypt.
You have known no god besides me.
There is no savior except me.
I took care of you[k] in the desert, in a dry land.
When I fed you, you were full.
When you were full, you became arrogant.
That is why you forgot me.
So I will be like a lion.
Like a leopard I will wait by the road to ambush you.
Like a bear that has lost her cubs, I will attack you.
I will rip you open.
Like a lion I will devour you.
Like a wild animal I will tear you apart.
You are destroying yourself, Israel.
You are against me, your helper.

10 “Where, now, is your king, the one who is supposed to save you?
Where in all your cities are your judges?
You said, ‘Give us kings and officials!’
11 I gave you a king when I was angry,
and I took him away when I was furious.

12 “Ephraim’s wickedness is on record.
The record of the people’s sins is safely stored away.
13 They have the opportunity to live again,
but they are not smart enough to take it.
They are like a baby who is about to be born
but won’t come out of its mother’s womb.

14 “I want to free them from the power of the grave.
I want to reclaim them from death.
Death, I want to be a plague to you.
Grave, I want to destroy you.[l]
I won’t even think of changing my plans.”

15 The people of Ephraim have become important among their relatives.
However, the Lord’s scorching wind will come from the east.
It will blow out of the desert.
Then their springs will run dry,
and their wells will dry up.
The wind will destroy every precious thing in their storehouses.[m]
16 The people of Samaria are guilty as charged
because they rebelled against their God.
They will be killed in war,
their children will be smashed to death,
and their pregnant women will be ripped open.

The Lord Offers to Forgive Israel

14 [n] Israel, return to the Lord your God.
You have stumbled because of your sins.
Return to the Lord, and say these things to him:
“Forgive all our sins, and kindly receive us.
Then we’ll praise you with our lips.
Assyria cannot save us.
We won’t ride on horses anymore.
We will never again say
that the things our hands have made are our gods.
You love orphans.”

The Lord says, “I will cure them of their unfaithfulness.
I will love them freely.
I will no longer be angry with them.
I will be like dew to the people of Israel.
They will blossom like flowers.
They will be firmly rooted like cedars from Lebanon.
They will be like growing branches.
They will be beautiful like olive trees.
They will be fragrant like cedars from Lebanon.
They will live again in God’s shadow.
They will grow like grain.
They will blossom like grapevines.
They will be as famous as the wines from Lebanon.

“The people of Ephraim will have nothing more to do with idols.
I will answer them and take care of them.
I am like a growing pine tree.
Their fruit comes from me.”

Wise people will understand these things.
A person with insight will recognize them.
The Lord’s ways are right.
Righteous people live by them.
Rebellious people stumble over them.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 10:6 Or “to King Jareb.”
  2. Hosea 10:11 Threshing is the process of beating stalks to separate them from the grain.
  3. Hosea 10:11 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.
  4. Hosea 11:2 Greek; Masoretic Text “The more they called them.”
  5. Hosea 11:3 Or “I was the one who guided Ephraim.”
  6. Hosea 11:4 A yoke is a wooden bar placed over the necks of work animals so that they can pull plows or carts.
  7. Hosea 11:11 Hosea 11:12 in English Bibles is Hosea 12:1 in the Hebrew Bible.
  8. Hosea 12:1 Hosea 12:1–14 in English Bibles is Hosea 12:2–15 in the Hebrew Bible.
  9. Hosea 12:10 Or “I brought destruction through the prophets.”
  10. Hosea 13:3 A threshing floor is an outdoor area where grain is separated from its husks.
  11. Hosea 13:5 Greek; Masoretic Text “I knew you.”
  12. Hosea 13:14 Or “Death, where is your plague? Grave, where is your destruction?”
  13. Hosea 13:15 Hosea 13:16 in English Bibles is Hosea 14:1 in the Hebrew Bible.
  14. Hosea 14:1 Hosea 14:1–9 in English Bibles is Hosea 14:2–10 in the Hebrew Bible.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

Jude

Greeting

From Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James.

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father, and who are kept safe for Jesus Christ.

May mercy, peace, and love fill your lives!

Warnings about False Teachers

Dear friends, I had intended to write to you about the salvation we share. But something has come up. It demands that I write to you and encourage you to continue your fight for the Christian faith that was entrusted to God’s holy people once for all time.

Some people have slipped in among you unnoticed. Not long ago they were condemned in writing for the following reason: They are people to whom God means nothing. They use God’s kindness[a] as an excuse for sexual freedom and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.

I want to remind you about what you already know: The Lord once saved his people from Egypt. But on another occasion he destroyed those who didn’t believe. He held angels for judgment on the great day. They were held in darkness, bound by eternal chains. These are the angels who didn’t keep their position of authority but abandoned their assigned place. What happened to Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities near them is an example for us of the punishment of eternal fire. The people of these cities suffered the same fate that God’s people and the angels did, because they committed sexual sins and engaged in homosexual activities.

Yet, in a similar way, the people who slipped in among you are dreamers. They contaminate their bodies with sin, reject the Lord’s authority, and insult his glory. When the archangel Michael argued with the devil, they were arguing over the body of Moses. But Michael didn’t dare to hand down a judgment against the devil. Instead, Michael said, “May the Lord reprimand you!”

10 Whatever these people don’t understand, they insult. Like animals, which are creatures of instinct, they use whatever they know to destroy themselves. 11 How horrible it will be for them! They have followed the path of Cain. They have rushed into Balaam’s error to make a profit. They have rebelled like Korah and destroyed themselves.

12 These people are a disgrace at the special meals you share with other believers. They eat with you and don’t feel ashamed. They are shepherds who care only for themselves. They are dry clouds blown around by the winds. They are withered, uprooted trees without any fruit. As a result, they have died twice. 13 Their shame is like the foam on the wild waves of the sea. They are wandering stars for whom gloomy darkness is kept forever.

14 Furthermore, Enoch, from the seventh generation after Adam, prophesied about them. He said, “The Lord has come with countless thousands of his holy angels. 15 He has come to judge all these people. He has come to convict all these ungodly sinners for all the ungodly things they have done and all the harsh things they have said about him.”

16 These people complain, find fault, follow their own desires, say arrogant things, and flatter people in order to take advantage of them.

17 Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ told you to expect: 18 “In the last times people who ridicule God will appear. They will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who cause divisions. They are concerned about physical things, not spiritual things.

Final Advice

20 Dear friends, use your most holy faith to grow. Pray with the Holy Spirit’s help. 21 Remain in God’s love as you look for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you eternal life.

22 Show mercy to those who have doubts. 23 Save others by snatching them from the fire of hell. Show mercy to others, even though you are afraid that you might be stained by their sinful lives.

24 God can guard you so that you don’t fall and so that you can be full of joy as you stand in his glorious presence without fault. 25 Before time began, now, and for eternity glory, majesty, power, and authority belong to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Footnotes:

  1. Jude 1:4 Or “grace.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Psalm 127

If the Lord does not build the house,
it is useless for the builders to work on it.
If the Lord does not protect a city,
it is useless for the guard to stay alert.
It is useless to work hard for the food you eat
by getting up early and going to bed late.
The Lord gives food to those he loves while they sleep.

Children are an inheritance from the Lord.
They are a reward from him.
The children born to a man when he is young
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them.
He will not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies in the city gate.

Psalm 128

A song for going up to worship.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Proverbs 29:15-17

15 A spanking and a warning produce wisdom,
but an undisciplined child disgraces his mother.
16 When wicked people increase, crime increases,
but righteous people will witness their downfall.
17 Correct your son, and he will give you peace of mind.
He will bring delight to your soul.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

12/07/2018 DAB Transcript

Hosea 6:1-9:17, 3 John 1:1-15, Psalms 126:1-6, Proverbs 29:12-14

Today is the 7th day of December. Welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I’m Brian. It’s always the joy of the day to sit down in front of the microphone and know that we’re gathering around the word of God and around our global campfire in community for the next step forward. And the next step forward’s gonna take us into some new some new territory in the New Testament. We have a new letter to explore together. But first we’ll take the next step forward in the book of Hosea. Si, we’re reading from the God’s Word Translation this week. Hosea chapter 6 verse 1 through 9 17 today.

Introduction to Third John:

Alright. So, we read the entirety of Second John yesterday, the second letter of John and we’re gonna do the same thing today, only it will be Third John. And this letter was probably written around the same time that the other two letters were written, and it was also likely written from Ephesus, where church tradition tells us that John spent the latter part of his life. But Third John is a bit different than John’s other two letters because of one specific thing. Like the apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon, Third John is a personal letter and it was written to a man named Gaius. And Gaius was a respected believer within the network of churches that John had leadership over. And John wrote this letter as a word of personal encouragement to Gaius for his passion for the gospel and his willingness to put that passion into action and his willingness to serve and support traveling teachers who were sent out by John throughout the churches. And this was not an uncommon thing in that day and it’s not an uncommon thing now, the custom of welcoming itinerant ministers and caring for their needs. This has been a common thing in the church and John saw this letter as a necessary communication because another church leader named Diotrephes had distanced himself from John and in the process, he refused to offer hospitality to the traveling missionaries and to make this even a worse situation, Diotrephes was throwing people out of the church who disagreed with him and assisted these itinerant ministers. So, John wrote to Gaius because Gaius wasn’t going along with that story. So, John wrote to commend him for his care in showing hospitality to those who were traveling around sharing the gospel and building up and encouraging in the faith the churches. So, this letter from John would’ve affirmed Gaius and that would’ve put it in writing, that Gaius was doing the right thing. And you can only imagine that a personal letter from one of the 12 disciples of Jesus would’ve carried a lot of weight with the churches involved. So, we’re gonna read the whole thing in just a second. But Third John does give us a glimpse into some of the tensions that existed during the formative years of the church. We so often look through rose colored glasses into the time of the book of Acts and think that, you know, everything just went perfectly and swimmingly and smoothly. But then we read the Bible and realize, oh, all of the struggles that that we face in our time may be contextualized different, they may be wearing different clothes, but the struggle existed. And, so, there’s plenty to learn from that. And, so, we begin. And we will also end Third John.

Prayer:

Father as we end this, another work week, and move into the weekend, we recall what we’ve read today, the encouragement that we were given today from the book of Hosea. Let’s learn about the Lord. Let’s get to know the Lord. He will come to us as sure as the morning comes. He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains that water the ground. We believe that father, you have always come for us. It is only that so often when you come for us we’re not there, we’re somewhere else, we’re distracted by the future or we’re distracted by our past and we’re not here when you come for us. And this season that we’re in, as things speed up and we go running toward Christmas and we go running toward the new year, it’s so easy to be distracted from the fact that you are coming for us, that you are near, that you want to fellowship and have intimacy with us. And that’s ironic because of the season that we’re in. If there’s one season of the year that we should slow down and rest in you and marvel that you would draw near, that you would come for us, it’s this season. And, so, we confess these things, we acknowledge these challenges and we invite your Holy Spirit. Come Holy Spirit, rejuvenate us with rest and calm and shalom as we move into the weekend. Come Jesus we pray. In your mighty name we ask. Amen.

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The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday December 7, 2018 (NIV)

Hosea 6-9

Israel Rejected the Lord’s Promise

Let’s return to the Lord.
Even though he has torn us to pieces,
he will heal us.
Even though he has wounded us,
he will bandage our wounds.
After two days he will revive us.
On the third day he will raise us
so that we may live in his presence.
Let’s learn about the Lord.
Let’s get to know the Lord.
He will come to us as sure as the morning comes.
He will come to us like the autumn rains and the spring rains
that water the ground.

“What should I do with you, Ephraim?
What should I do with you, Judah?
Your love is like fog in the morning.
It disappears as quickly as the morning dew.
That is why I cut you down by sending the prophets.
I killed you with the words from my mouth.
My judgments shined on you like light.
I want your loyalty, not your sacrifices.
I want you to know me, not to give me burnt offerings.

“Like Adam, you rejected the promise.[a]
You were unfaithful to me.
Gilead is a city filled with troublemakers.
It is stained with bloody footprints.
The priests are like gangs of robbers who lie in ambush for a person.
They murder on the road to Shechem.
Certainly, they have committed a crime.

10 “I have seen horrible things in the nation of Israel.
Ephraim is acting like a prostitute,
and Israel is unclean.[b]

11 “Yet, Judah, I have set a harvest time for you
when I bring my people back from captivity.
“Whenever I want to heal Israel,
all I can see is Ephraim’s sin and Samaria’s wickedness.
People cheat each other.
They break into houses and steal.
They rob people in the streets.
They don’t realize that I remember
all the evil things they’ve done.
Now their sins surround them.
Their sins are in my presence.

“They make kings happy with the wicked things they do.
They make officials happy with the lies they tell.
They all commit adultery.
They are like a heated oven,
an oven so hot that a baker doesn’t have to fan its flames
when he makes bread.
On the day of the king’s celebration,
the officials become drunk from wine,
and the king joins mockers.
They become hot like an oven while they lie in ambush.
All night long their anger smolders,
but in the morning it burns like a raging fire.
They are all as hot as an oven.
They consume their judges like a fire.
All their kings die in battle, and none of them calls to me.

Israel Turns to Other Nations for Help

“Ephraim mixes with other nations.
Ephraim, you are like a half-baked loaf of bread.
Foreigners are using up your strength, but you don’t realize it.
You have become a gray-haired, old man, but you don’t realize it.
10 Israel, your arrogance testifies against you,
but even after all this, you don’t turn to the Lord your God
or look to him for help.
11 Ephraim, you are like a silly, senseless dove.
You call for Egypt and run to Assyria for help.
12 When you go, I will spread my net over you.
I will snatch you out of the air like a bird.
I will punish you for all the evil things you have done.

13 “How horrible it will be for these people.
They have run away from me.
They must be destroyed because they’ve rebelled against me.
I want to reclaim them, but they tell lies about me.
14 They don’t pray to me sincerely,
even though they cry in their beds
and make cuts on their bodies
while praying for grain and new wine.
They have turned against me.
15 I trained them and made them strong.
Yet, they plan evil against me.
16 They don’t return to the Most High.
They are like a defective bow.
Their officials will die in battle
because they curse.
The people in Egypt will ridicule them for this.

The Lord Will Punish Israel for Its Rebellion

“Sound the alarm on the ram’s horn.
The enemy swoops down on the Lord’s temple like an eagle.
The people of Israel have rejected my promise
and rebelled against my teachings.
They cry out to me, ‘We acknowledge you as our God.’
However, they have rejected what is good.
The enemy will persecute them.

“They chose their own kings, kings I didn’t approve.
They chose their own princes, princes I didn’t know.
They chose to make idols with their own silver and gold.
Because of this, they will be destroyed.
Get rid of your calf-shaped idol, Samaria.
My anger burns against these people.
How long will they remain unclean?[c]
Samaria’s calf-shaped idol was made in Israel.
Skilled workers made it.
It is not a god.
It will be smashed to pieces.

“The people of Israel plant the wind, but they harvest a storm.
A field of grain that doesn’t ripen will never produce any grain.
Even if it did produce grain, foreigners would eat it all.
Israel will be swallowed up.
It has already mixed in with the other nations.
It has become worthless.

“The people of Israel went to Assyria.
They were like wild donkeys wandering off alone.
The people of Ephraim sold themselves to their lovers.
10 Even though they sold themselves among the nations,
I will gather them now.
They will suffer for a while under the burdens of kings and princes.

11 “The more altars that the people of Ephraim build
to make offerings to pay for their sins,
the more places they have for sinning.
12 I have written many things for them in my teachings,
but they consider these things strange and foreign.
13 They offer sacrifices to me and eat the meat of sacrifices,
but I, the Lord, do not accept these sacrifices.
Now I will remember their wickedness
and punish them because of their sins.
They will go back to Egypt.
14 The people of Israel have built palaces,
and they have forgotten their maker.
The people of Judah have built many fortified cities.
I will send a fire on their cities and burn down their palaces.”
Israel, don’t rejoice.
Don’t celebrate as other nations do.
You have been unfaithful to your God.
You have sold sex on every threshing floor.[d]
There won’t be enough grain to feed people.
There won’t be enough wine to go around.

The people of Ephraim won’t stay in the Lord’s land.
They will return to Egypt,
and they will eat unclean[e] food in Assyria.
They won’t pour wine offerings to the Lord,
and their sacrifices won’t please him.
Their sacrifices will be like the food that mourners eat.
All who eat this food will be unclean.
Their food will only satisfy their hunger.
It will not be brought as an offering to the Lord’s temple.

What will they do on the day of an appointed festival
or on the Lord’s festival days?
Even if they escape without being destroyed,
Egypt will capture them
and Memphis will bury them.
Weeds will grow over their silver treasures.
Thorns will grow over their tents.
The time for them to be punished will come.
The time for them to pay for their sins will come.
When this happens, Israel will know it.
They think that prophets are fools
and that spiritual people are crazy.
They have sinned a lot, and they are very hostile.
Prophets are God’s watchmen over Ephraim.
Yet, traps are set on every prophet’s path,
and people are hostile in the temple of their God.
People have deeply corrupted themselves as they once did at Gibeah.
God will remember their wickedness
and punish them because of their sins.

Israel Is Like Rotten Grapes or Rotten Figs

10 The Lord said, “When I found Israel,
it was like finding grapes in the desert.
When I saw your ancestors,
it was like seeing the first figs of the harvest.
But they went to Baal Peor and worshiped shameful idols.
They became as disgusting as the things they worshiped.

11 “Ephraim’s glory will fly away like a bird.
There will be no more pregnancies, births, or babies.
12 Even if they bring up children,
I will take those children away before they grow up.
Yes, how horrible it will be for them when I leave them.
13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place.
But the people of Ephraim will bring out their children
to be killed.”

14 Lord, give them what they deserve.
Make the women miscarry,
or else make them unable to nurse their babies.

15 “All Ephraim’s wickedness began in Gilgal; I hated the people there.
I will force them out of my temple because of their wickedness,
and I won’t love them anymore.
All their officials are rebellious.

16 “The people of Ephraim are like sick plants.
Their roots are dried up.
They have no fruit.
Even if they were to have children,
I would kill their dear children.”

17 My God will reject them
because they refused to listen to him.
They will wander among the nations.

Footnotes:

  1. Hosea 6:7 Or “You have walked all over my promise as if it were dirt.”
  2. Hosea 6:10 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
  3. Hosea 8:5 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
  4. Hosea 9:1 A threshing floor is an outdoor area where grain is separated from its husks.
  5. Hosea 9:3 “Unclean” refers to anything that Moses’ Teachings say is not presentable to God.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Copyright © 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. Used by permission of Baker Publishing Group

3 John

Greeting

From the church leader.[a]

To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love because we share the truth.

Encouragement for Gaius

Dear friend, I know that you are spiritually well. I pray that you’re doing well in every other way and that you’re healthy. I was very happy when some believers came and told us that you are living according to the truth. Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

Dear friend, you are showing your faith in whatever you do for other believers, especially when they’re your guests. These believers have told the congregation about your love. You will do well to support them on their trip in a way that proves you belong to God. After all, they went on their trip to serve the one named Christ, and they didn’t accept any help from the people to whom they went. We must support believers who go on trips like this so that we can work together with them in spreading the truth.

Criticism of Diotrephes

I wrote a letter to the congregation. But Diotrephes, who loves to be in charge, won’t accept us. 10 For this reason, when I come I will bring up what he’s doing. He’s not satisfied with saying malicious things about us. He also refuses to accept the believers we send as guests. He even tries to stop others who want to accept them and attempts to throw those people out of the congregation.

Praise for Demetrius

11 Dear friend, never imitate evil, but imitate good. The person who does good is from God. The person who does evil has never seen God.

12 Everyone, including the truth itself, says good things about Demetrius. We also say good things about him, and you know that what we say is true.

Farewell

13 I have a lot to write to you. However, I would rather not write. 14 I hope to visit you very soon. Then we can talk things over personally.

15 Peace be with you! Your friends here send you their greetings. Greet each of our friends by name.

Footnotes:

  1. 3 John 1:1 Or “pastor,” or “elder.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Psalm 126

When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
it was as if we were dreaming.
Then our mouths were filled with laughter
and our tongues with joyful songs.
Then the nations said,
“The Lord has done spectacular things for them.”

The Lord has done spectacular things for us.
We are overjoyed.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
as you restore streams to dry riverbeds in the Negev.
Those who cry while they plant
will joyfully sing while they harvest.
The person who goes out weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
will come home singing, carrying his bundles of grain.

Psalm 127

A song by Solomon for going up to worship.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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Proverbs 29:12-14

12 If a ruler pays attention to lies,
all his servants become wicked.

13 A poor person and an oppressor have this in common:
The Lord gives both of them sight.
14 When a king judges the poor with honesty,
his throne will always be secure.

GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

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