Bible Reading Plan for April 2

Apr 2 2017

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Deuteronomy 21:1-22:30

Expiation of a Crime

1“If a slain person is found lying in the open country in the land which the LORD your God gives you to possess, and it is not known who has struck him,2then your elders and your judges shall go out and measure the distance to the cities which are around the slain one.3“It shall be that the city which is nearest to the slain man, that is, the elders of that city, shall take a heifer of the herd, which has not been worked and which has not pulled in a yoke;4and the elders of that city shall bring the heifer down to a valley with running water, which has not been plowed or sown, and shall break the heifer’s neck there in the valley.5“Then the priests, the sons of Levi, shall come near, for the LORD your God has chosen them to serve Him and to bless in the name of the LORD; and every dispute and every assault shall be settled by them.6“All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley;7and they shall answer and say, ‘Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it.8‘Forgive Your people Israel whom You have redeemed, O LORD, and do not place the guilt of innocent blood in the midst of Your people Israel.’ And the bloodguiltiness shall be forgiven them.9“So you shall remove the guilt of innocent blood from your midst, when you do what is right in the eyes of the LORD.

Domestic Relations

10“When you go out to battle against your enemies, and the LORD your God delivers them into your hands and you take them away captive,11and see among the captives a beautiful woman, and have a desire for her and would take her as a wife for yourself,12then you shall bring her home to your house, and she shall shave her head and trim her nails.13“She shall also remove the clothes of her captivity and shall remain in your house, and mourn her father and mother a full month; and after that you may go in to her and be her husband and she shall be your wife.14“It shall be, if you are not pleased with her, then you shall let her go wherever she wishes; but you shall certainly not sell her for money, you shall not mistreat her, because you have humbled her.

15“If a man has two wives, the one loved and the other unloved, and both the loved and the unloved have borne him sons, if the firstborn son belongs to the unloved,16then it shall be in the day he wills what he has to his sons, he cannot make the son of the loved the firstborn before the son of the unloved, who is the firstborn.17“But he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the firstborn.

18“If any man has a stubborn and rebellious son who will not obey his father or his mother, and when they chastise him, he will not even listen to them,19then his father and mother shall seize him, and bring him out to the elders of his city at the gateway of his hometown.20“They shall say to the elders of his city, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey us, he is a glutton and a drunkard.’21“Then all the men of his city shall stone him to death; so you shall remove the evil from your midst, and all Israel will hear of it and fear.

22“If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree,23his corpse shall not hang all night on the tree, but you shall surely bury him on the same day (for he who is hanged is accursed of God), so that you do not defile your land which the LORD your God gives you as an inheritance.

Sundry Laws

1“You shall not see your countryman’s ox or his sheep straying away, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly bring them back to your countryman.2“If your countryman is not near you, or if you do not know him, then you shall bring it home to your house, and it shall remain with you until your countryman looks for it; then you shall restore it to him.3“Thus you shall do with his donkey, and you shall do the same with his garment, and you shall do likewise with anything lost by your countryman, which he has lost and you have found. You are not allowed to neglect them.4“You shall not see your countryman’s donkey or his ox fallen down on the way, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly help him to raise them up.

5“A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD your God.

6“If you happen to come upon a bird’s nest along the way, in any tree or on the ground, with young ones or eggs, and the mother sitting on the young or on the eggs, you shall not take the mother with the young;7you shall certainly let the mother go, but the young you may take for yourself, in order that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.

8“When you build a new house, you shall make a parapet for your roof, so that you will not bring bloodguilt on your house if anyone falls from it.

9“You shall not sow your vineyard with two kinds of seed, or all the produce of the seed which you have sown and the increase of the vineyard will become defiled.

10“You shall not plow with an ox and a donkey together.

11“You shall not wear a material mixed of wool and linen together.

12“You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of your garment with which you cover yourself.

Laws on Morality

13“If any man takes a wife and goes in to her and then turns against her,14and charges her with shameful deeds and publicly defames her, and says, ‘I took this woman, but when I came near her, I did not find her a virgin,’15then the girl’s father and her mother shall take and bring out the evidence of the girl’s virginity to the elders of the city at the gate.16“The girl’s father shall say to the elders, ‘I gave my daughter to this man for a wife, but he turned against her;17and behold, he has charged her with shameful deeds, saying, “I did not find your daughter a virgin.” But this is the evidence of my daughter’s virginity.’ And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.18“So the elders of that city shall take the man and chastise him,19and they shall fine him a hundred shekels of silver and give it to the girl’s father, because he publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife; he cannot divorce her all his days.

20“But if this charge is true, that the girl was not found a virgin,21then they shall bring out the girl to the doorway of her father’s house, and the men of her city shall stone her to death because she has committed an act of folly in Israel by playing the harlot in her father’s house; thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

22“If a man is found lying with a married woman, then both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel.

23“If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her,24then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them to death; the girl, because she did not cry out in the city, and the man, because he has violated his neighbor’s wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.

25“But if in the field the man finds the girl who is engaged, and the man forces her and lies with her, then only the man who lies with her shall die.26“But you shall do nothing to the girl; there is no sin in the girl worthy of death, for just as a man rises against his neighbor and murders him, so is this case.27“When he found her in the field, the engaged girl cried out, but there was no one to save her.

28“If a man finds a girl who is a virgin, who is not engaged, and seizes her and lies with her and they are discovered,29then the man who lay with her shall give to the girl’s father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall become his wife because he has violated her; he cannot divorce her all his days.

30“A man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover his father’s skirt.

Luke 9:51-10:12

51When the days were approaching for His ascension, He was determined to go to Jerusalem;52and He sent messengers on ahead of Him, and they went and entered a village of the Samaritans to make arrangements for Him.53But they did not receive Him, because He was traveling toward Jerusalem.54When His disciples James and John saw this, they said, “Lord, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?”55But He turned and rebuked them, [and said, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of;56for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”] And they went on to another village.

Exacting Discipleship

57As they were going along the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.”58And Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”59And He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, permit me first to go and bury my father.”60But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.”61Another also said, “I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-bye to those at home.”62But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

The Seventy Sent Out

1Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.2And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.3“Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.4“Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.5“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.’6“If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.7“Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.8“Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you;9and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’10“But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,11‘Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.’12“I say to you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.

Psalm 74:1-23

1O God, why have You rejected us forever?

Why does Your anger smoke against the sheep of Your pasture?

2Remember Your congregation, which You have purchased of old,

Which You have redeemed to be the tribe of Your inheritance;

And this Mount Zion, where You have dwelt.

3Turn Your footsteps toward the perpetual ruins;

The enemy has damaged everything within the sanctuary.

4Your adversaries have roared in the midst of Your meeting place;

They have set up their own standards for signs.

5It seems as if one had lifted up

His axe in a forest of trees.

6And now all its carved work

They smash with hatchet and hammers.

7They have burned Your sanctuary to the ground;

They have defiled the dwelling place of Your name.

8They said in their heart, “Let us completely subdue them.”

They have burned all the meeting places of God in the land.

9We do not see our signs;

There is no longer any prophet,

Nor is there any among us who knows how long.

10How long, O God, will the adversary revile,

And the enemy spurn Your name forever?

11Why do You withdraw Your hand, even Your right hand?

From within Your bosom, destroy them!

12Yet God is my king from of old,

Who works deeds of deliverance in the midst of the earth.

13You divided the sea by Your strength;

You broke the heads of the sea monsters in the waters.

14You crushed the heads of Leviathan;

You gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.

15You broke open springs and torrents;

You dried up ever-flowing streams.

16Yours is the day, Yours also is the night;

You have prepared the light and the sun.

17You have established all the boundaries of the earth;

You have made summer and winter.

18Remember this, O LORD, that the enemy has reviled,

And a foolish people has spurned Your name.

19Do not deliver the soul of Your turtledove to the wild beast;

Do not forget the life of Your afflicted forever.

20Consider the covenant;

For the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.

21Let not the oppressed return dishonored;

Let the afflicted and needy praise Your name.

22Arise, O God, and plead Your own cause;

Remember how the foolish man reproaches You all day long.

23Do not forget the voice of Your adversaries,

The uproar of those who rise against You which ascends continually.

Proverbs 12:11

11He who tills his land will have plenty of bread,

But he who pursues worthless things lacks sense.