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Saturday, June 23, 2018
The Gospels & Early History
II Kings 16-20
He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury;
and he saw a poor widow put in two copper coins.
And he said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them;
for they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all the living that she had."
And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said,
"As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down."
And they asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?"
And he said, "Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and, 'The time is at hand!' Do not go after them.
And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once."
Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom;
there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.
But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name's sake.
This will be a time for you to bear testimony.
Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer;
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
You will be delivered up even by parents and brothers and kinsmen and friends, and some of you they will put to death;
you will be hated by all for my name's sake.
But not a hair of your head will perish.
By your endurance you will gain your lives.
"But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation has come near.
Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, and let those who are inside the city depart, and let not those who are out in the country enter it;
for these are days of vengeance, to fulfil all that is written.
Alas for those who are with child and for those who give suck in those days! For great distress shall be upon the earth and wrath upon this people;
they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led captive among all nations; and Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.
"And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth distress of nations in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves,
men fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."
And he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree, and all the trees;
as soon as they come out in leaf, you see for yourselves and know that the summer is already near.
So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away till all has taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
"But take heed to yourselves lest your hearts be weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and cares of this life, and that day come upon you suddenly like a snare;
for it will come upon all who dwell upon the face of the whole earth.
But watch at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of man."
And every day he was teaching in the temple, but at night he went out and lodged on the mount called Olivet.
And early in the morning all the people came to him in the temple to hear him.
Now the feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called the Passover.
And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to put him to death; for they feared the people.
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was of the number of the twelve;
he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers how he might betray him to them.
And they were glad, and engaged to give him money.
So he agreed, and sought an opportunity to betray him to them in the absence of the multitude.
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the passover lamb had to be sacrificed.
So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare the passover for us, that we may eat it."
They said to him, "Where will you have us prepare it?"
He said to them, "Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters,
and tell the householder, 'The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the passover with my disciples?'
And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready."
And they went, and found it as he had told them; and they prepared the passover.
And when the hour came, he sat at table, and the apostles with him.
And he said to them, "I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer;
for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God."
And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, "Take this, and divide it among yourselves;
for I tell you that from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes."
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me."
And likewise the cup after supper, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
But behold the hand of him who betrays me is with me on the table.
For the Son of man goes as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!"
And they began to question one another, which of them it was that would do this.
A dispute also arose among them, which of them was to be regarded as the greatest.
And he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors.
But not so with you; rather let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.
For which is the greater, one who sits at table, or one who serves? Is it not the one who sits at table? But I am among you as one who serves.
"You are those who have continued with me in my trials;
and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom,
that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
"Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat,
but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail; and when you have turned again, strengthen your brethren."
And he said to him, "Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death."
He said, "I tell you, Peter, the cock will not crow this day, until you three times deny that you know me."
And he said to them, "When I sent you out with no purse or bag or sandals, did you lack anything?" They said, "Nothing."
He said to them, "But now, let him who has a purse take it, and likewise a bag. And let him who has no sword sell his mantle and buy one.
For I tell you that this scripture must be fulfilled in me, 'And he was reckoned with transgressors'; for what is written about me has its fulfilment."
And they said, "Look, Lord, here are two swords." And he said to them, "It is enough."
And he came out, and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him.
And when he came to the place he said to them, "Pray that you may not enter into temptation."
And he withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and knelt down and prayed,
"Father, if thou art willing, remove this cup from me; nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done."
And when he rose from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping for sorrow,
and he said to them, "Why do you sleep? Rise and pray that you may not enter into temptation."
While he was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus to kiss him;
but Jesus said to him, "Judas, would you betray the Son of man with a kiss?"
And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they said, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?"
And one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
But Jesus said, "No more of this!" And he touched his ear and healed him.
Then Jesus said to the chief priests and officers of the temple and elders, who had come out against him, "Have you come out as against a robber, with swords and clubs?
When I was with you day after day in the temple, you did not lay hands on me. But this is your hour, and the power of darkness."
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest's house. Peter followed at a distance;
and when they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them.
Then a maid, seeing him as he sat in the light and gazing at him, said, "This man also was with him."
But he denied it, saying, "Woman, I do not know him."
And a little later some one else saw him and said, "You also are one of them." But Peter said, "Man, I am not."
And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, "Certainly this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean."
But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying." And immediately, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed.
And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times."
And he went out and wept bitterly.
Now the men who were holding Jesus mocked him and beat him;
they also blindfolded him and asked him, "Prophesy! Who is it that struck you?"
And they spoke many other words against him, reviling him.
When day came, the assembly of the elders of the people gathered together, both chief priests and scribes; and they led him away to their council, and they said,
"If you are the Christ, tell us." But he said to them, "If I tell you, you will not believe;
and if I ask you, you will not answer.
But from now on the Son of man shall be seated at the right hand of the power of God."
And they all said, "Are you the Son of God, then?" And he said to them, "You say that I am."
And they said, "What further testimony do we need? We have heard it ourselves from his own lips."
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