Thursday, November 30 / December 13, 2012: Titus 1:5-2:1, Luke 20:9-18
- passage: Titus 1:5-2:1
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order
the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had
appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having
faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. For a bishop must
be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry,
not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; But a lover
of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be
able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they
of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole
houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are
alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. This witness is true. Wherefore
rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Not giving heed
to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and
unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is
defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him,
being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
passage: Luke 20:9-20:18
Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man
planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a
far country for a long time. And at the season he sent a servant to
the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard:
but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty. And again he sent
another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully,
and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third: and they wounded
him also, and cast him out. Then said the lord of the vineyard, What
shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence
him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned
among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that
the inheritance may be ours. So they cast him out of the vineyard, and
killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard
to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid. And he
beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone
which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever
it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
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