Monday, May 7/20, 2013: Acts 6:8-7:5, 7:47-60, John 4:46-54
- passage: Acts 6:8-7:5
And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles
among the people. Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is
called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians,
and of them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they
were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous
words against Moses, and against God. And they stirred up the people,
and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him,
and brought him to the council, And set up false witnesses, which said,
This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place,
and the law: For we have heard him say, that this Jesus of Nazareth
shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses
delivered us. And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on
him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.
Then said the high priest, Are these things so? And he said, Men,
brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our
father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran,
And said unto him, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred,
and come into the land which I shall shew thee. Then came he out of the
land of the Chaldaeans, and dwelt in Charran: and from thence, when his
father was dead, he removed him into this land, wherein ye now dwell.
And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his
foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession,
and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.
passage: Acts 7:47-7:60
But Solomon built him an house. Howbeit the most High dwelleth not
in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet, Heaven is my throne,
and earth is my footstool: what house will ye build me? saith the Lord:
or what is the place of my rest? Hath not my hand made all these things?
Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist
the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye. Which of the prophets
have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed
before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the
betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition
of angels, and have not kept it. When they heard these things,
they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven,
and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing
on the right hand of God. Then they cried out with a loud voice, and
stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, And cast him out
of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes
at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. And they stoned Stephen,
calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. And he
kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to
their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
passage: John 4:46-4:54
So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water
wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went
unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son:
for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye
see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him,
Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy
son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him,
and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met
him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them
the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at
the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was
at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth:
and himself believed, and his whole house. This is again the second
miracle that Jesus did, when he was come out of Judaea into Galilee.
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