Bible Reading Plan for April 28

Apr 28 2017

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Judges 8:18-9:21

18Then he said to Zebah and Zalmunna, “What kind of men were they whom you killed at Tabor?” And they said, “They were like you, each one resembling the son of a king.”19He said, “They were my brothers, the sons of my mother. As the LORD lives, if only you had let them live, I would not kill you.”20So he said to Jether his firstborn, “Rise, kill them.” But the youth did not draw his sword, for he was afraid, because he was still a youth.21Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, “Rise up yourself, and fall on us; for as the man, so is his strength.” So Gideon arose and killed Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescent ornaments which were on their camels’ necks.

22Then the men of Israel said to Gideon, “Rule over us, both you and your son, also your son’s son, for you have delivered us from the hand of Midian.”23But Gideon said to them, “I will not rule over you, nor shall my son rule over you; the LORD shall rule over you.”24Yet Gideon said to them, “I would request of you, that each of you give me an earring from his spoil.” (For they had gold earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.)25They said, “We will surely give them.” So they spread out a garment, and every one of them threw an earring there from his spoil.26The weight of the gold earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants and the purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the neck bands that were on their camels’ necks.27Gideon made it into an ephod, and placed it in his city, Ophrah, and all Israel played the harlot with it there, so that it became a snare to Gideon and his household.

Forty Years of Peace

28So Midian was subdued before the sons of Israel, and they did not lift up their heads anymore. And the land was undisturbed for forty years in the days of Gideon.

29Then Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and lived in his own house.30Now Gideon had seventy sons who were his direct descendants, for he had many wives.31His concubine who was in Shechem also bore him a son, and he named him Abimelech.32And Gideon the son of Joash died at a ripe old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33Then it came about, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the sons of Israel again played the harlot with the Baals, and made Baal-berith their god.34Thus the sons of Israel did not remember the LORD their God, who had delivered them from the hands of all their enemies on every side;35nor did they show kindness to the household of Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) in accord with all the good that he had done to Israel.

Abimelech’s Conspiracy

1And Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s relatives, and spoke to them and to the whole clan of the household of his mother’s father, saying,2“Speak, now, in the hearing of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that seventy men, all the sons of Jerubbaal, rule over you, or that one man rule over you?’ Also, remember that I am your bone and your flesh.”3And his mother’s relatives spoke all these words on his behalf in the hearing of all the leaders of Shechem; and they were inclined to follow Abimelech, for they said, “He is our relative.”4They gave him seventy pieces of silver from the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, and they followed him.5Then he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself.6All the men of Shechem and all Beth-millo assembled together, and they went and made Abimelech king, by the oak of the pillar which was in Shechem.

7Now when they told Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and lifted his voice and called out. Thus he said to them, “Listen to me, O men of Shechem, that God may listen to you.8“Once the trees went forth to anoint a king over them, and they said to the olive tree, ‘Reign over us!’9“But the olive tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my fatness with which God and men are honored, and go to wave over the trees?’10“Then the trees said to the fig tree, ‘You come, reign over us!’11“But the fig tree said to them, ‘Shall I leave my sweetness and my good fruit, and go to wave over the trees?’12“Then the trees said to the vine, ‘You come, reign over us!’13“But the vine said to them, ‘Shall I leave my new wine, which cheers God and men, and go to wave over the trees?’14“Finally all the trees said to the bramble, ‘You come, reign over us!’15“The bramble said to the trees, ‘If in truth you are anointing me as king over you, come and take refuge in my shade; but if not, may fire come out from the bramble and consume the cedars of Lebanon.’

16“Now therefore, if you have dealt in truth and integrity in making Abimelech king, and if you have dealt well with Jerubbaal and his house, and have dealt with him as he deserved—17for my father fought for you and risked his life and delivered you from the hand of Midian;18but you have risen against my father’s house today and have killed his sons, seventy men, on one stone, and have made Abimelech, the son of his maidservant, king over the men of Shechem, because he is your relative—19if then you have dealt in truth and integrity with Jerubbaal and his house this day, rejoice in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you.20“But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech and consume the men of Shechem and Beth-millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem and from Beth-millo, and consume Abimelech.”21Then Jotham escaped and fled, and went to Beer and remained there because of Abimelech his brother.

Shechem and Abimelech Fall

Luke 23:44-24:12

44It was now about the sixth hour, and darkness fell over the whole land until the ninth hour,45because the sun was obscured; and the veil of the temple was torn in two.46And Jesus, crying out with a loud voice, said, “Father, INTO YOUR HANDS I COMMIT MY SPIRIT.” Having said this, He breathed His last.47Now when the centurion saw what had happened, he began praising God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent.”48And all the crowds who came together for this spectacle, when they observed what had happened, began to return, beating their breasts.49And all His acquaintances and the women who accompanied Him from Galilee were standing at a distance, seeing these things.

Jesus Is Buried

50And a man named Joseph, who was a member of the Council, a good and righteous man51(he had not consented to their plan and action), a man from Arimathea, a city of the Jews, who was waiting for the kingdom of God;52this man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.53And he took it down and wrapped it in a linen cloth, and laid Him in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever lain.54It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin.55Now the women who had come with Him out of Galilee followed, and saw the tomb and how His body was laid.56Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes.

And on the Sabbath they rested according to the commandment.

The Resurrection

1But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.2And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,3but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.4While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing;5and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living One among the dead?6“He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,7saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”8And they remembered His words,9and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest.10Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles.11But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.12But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he *saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at what had happened.

The Road to Emmaus

Psalm 99:1-9

1The LORD reigns, let the peoples tremble;

He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake!

2The LORD is great in Zion,

And He is exalted above all the peoples.

3Let them praise Your great and awesome name;

Holy is He.

4The strength of the King loves justice;

You have established equity;

You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.

5Exalt the LORD our God

And worship at His footstool;

Holy is He.

6Moses and Aaron were among His priests,

And Samuel was among those who called on His name;

They called upon the LORD and He answered them.

7He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;

They kept His testimonies

And the statute that He gave them.

8O LORD our God, You answered them;

You were a forgiving God to them,

And yet an avenger of their evil deeds.

9Exalt the LORD our God

And worship at His holy hill,

For holy is the LORD our God.

Proverbs 14:9-10

9Fools mock at sin,

But among the upright there is good will.

10The heart knows its own bitterness,

And a stranger does not share its joy.