Day 65

Luke 21

 

21:1 He looked up, and saw the rich people who were putting their gifts into the treasury.

 

21:2 He saw a certain poor widow casting in two small brass coins.

 

21:3 He said, "Truly I tell you, this poor widow put in more than all of them,

 

21:4 for all these put in gifts for God from their abundance, but she, out of her poverty, put in all that she had to live on."

 

21:5 As some were talking about the temple and how it was decorated with beautiful stones and gifts, he said,

 

21:6 "As for these things which you see, the days will come, in which there will not be left here one stone on another that will not be thrown down."

 

21:7 They asked him, "Teacher, so when will these things be? What is the sign that these things are about to happen?"

 

21:8 He said, "Watch out that you don't get led astray, for many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he,' and, 'The time is at hand.' Therefore don't follow them.

 

21:9 When you hear of wars and disturbances, don't be terrified, for these things must happen first, but the end won't come immediately."

 

21:10 Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.

 

21:11 There will be great earthquakes, famines, and plagues in various places. There will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

 

21:12 But before all these things, they will lay their hands on you and will persecute you, delivering you up to synagogues and prisons, bringing you before kings and governors for my name's sake.

 

21:13 It will turn out as a testimony for you.

 

21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts not to meditate beforehand how to answer,

 

21:15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to withstand or to contradict.

 

21:16 You will be handed over even by parents, brothers, relatives, and friends. They will cause some of you to be put to death.

 

21:17 You will be hated by all men for my name's sake.

 

21:18 And not a hair of your head will perish.

 

21:19 "By your endurance you will win your lives.

 

21:20 "But when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then know that its desolation is at hand.

 

21:21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. Let those who are in the midst of her depart. Let those who are in the country not enter therein.

 

21:22 For these are days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

 

21:23 Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who nurse infants in those days! For there will be great distress in the land, and wrath to this people.

 

21:24 They will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

 

21:25 There will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars; and on the earth anxiety of nations, in perplexity for the roaring of the sea and the waves;

 

21:26 men fainting for fear, and for expectation of the things which are coming on the world: for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

 

21:27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

 

21:28 But when these things begin to happen, look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is near."

 

21:29 He told them a parable. "See the fig tree, and all the trees.

 

21:30 When they are already budding, you see it and know by your own selves that the summer is already near.

 

21:31 Even so you also, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near.

 

21:32 Most certainly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things are accomplished.

 

21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will by no means pass away.

 

21:34 "So be careful, or your hearts will be loaded down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that day will come on you suddenly.

 

21:35 For it will come like a snare on all those who dwell on the surface of all the earth.

 

21:36 Therefore be watchful all the time, praying that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will happen, and to stand before the Son of Man."

 

21:37 Every day Jesus was teaching in the temple, and every night he would go out and spend the night on the mountain that is called Olivet.

 

21:38 All the people came early in the morning to him in the temple to hear him.

 

Hebrews 11

 

11:1 Now faith is assurance of things hoped for, proof of things not seen.

 

11:2 For by this, the elders obtained testimony.

 

11:3 By faith, we understand that the universe has been framed by the word of God, so that what is seen has not been made out of things which are visible.

 

11:4 By faith, Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had testimony given to him that he was righteous, God testifying with respect to his gifts; and through it he, being dead, still speaks.

 

11:5 By faith, Enoch was taken away, so that he wouldn't see death, and he was not found, because God translated him. For he has had testimony given to him that before his translation he had been well pleasing to God.

 

11:6 Without faith it is impossible to be well pleasing to him, for he who comes to God must believe that he exists, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him.

 

11:7 By faith, Noah, being warned about things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared a ship for the saving of his house, through which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

 

11:8 By faith, Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out to the place which he was to receive for an inheritance. He went out, not knowing where he went.

 

11:9 By faith, he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a land not his own, dwelling in tents, with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.

 

11:10 For he looked for the city which has the foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

 

11:11 By faith, even Sarah herself received power to conceive, and she bore a child when she was past age, since she counted him faithful who had promised.

 

11:12 Therefore as many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as innumerable as the sand which is by the sea shore, were fathered by one man, and him as good as dead.

 

11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them and embraced them from afar, and having confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

 

11:14 For those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a country of their own.

 

11:15 If indeed they had been thinking of that country from which they went out, they would have had enough time to return.

 

11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed of them, to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

 

11:17 By faith, Abraham, being tested, offered up Isaac. Yes, he who had gladly received the promises was offering up his one and only son;

 

11:18 even he to whom it was said, "In Isaac will your seed be called;"

 

11:19 concluding that God is able to raise up even from the dead. Figuratively speaking, he also did receive him back from the dead.

 

11:20 By faith, Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau, even concerning things to come.

 

11:21 By faith, Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.

 

11:22 By faith, Joseph, when his end was near, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel; and gave instructions concerning his bones.

 

11:23 By faith, Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that he was a beautiful child, and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

 

11:24 By faith, Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter,

 

11:25 choosing rather to share ill treatment with God's people, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a time;

 

11:26 accounting the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

 

11:27 By faith, he left Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

 

11:28 By faith, he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of the blood, that the destroyer of the firstborn should not touch them.

 

11:29 By faith, they passed through the Red Sea as on dry land. When the Egyptians tried to do so, they were swallowed up.

 

11:30 By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down, after they had been encircled for seven days.

 

11:31 By faith, Rahab the prostitute, didn't perish with those who were disobedient, having received the spies in peace.

 

11:32 What more shall I say? For the time would fail me if I told of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets;

 

11:33 who, through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions,

 

11:34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee.

 

11:35 Women received their dead by resurrection. Others were tortured, not accepting their deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

 

11:36 Others were tried by mocking and scourging, yes, moreover by bonds and imprisonment.

 

11:37 They were stoned. They were sawn apart. They were tempted. They were slain with the sword.  They went around in sheepskins and in goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated

 

11:38 of whom the world was not worthy, wandering in deserts, mountains, caves, and the holes of the earth.

 

11:39 These all, having had testimony given to them through their faith, didn't receive the promise,

 

11:40 God having provided some better thing concerning us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

 

Hebrews 12

 

12:1 Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

 

12:2 looking to Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising its shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

12:3 For consider him who has endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, that you don't grow weary, fainting in your souls.

 

12:4 You have not yet resisted to blood, striving against sin;

 

12:5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which reasons with you as with children, "My son, don't take lightly the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when you are reproved by him;

 

12:6 For whom the Lord loves, he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives."

 

12:7 It is for discipline that you endure. God deals with you as with children, for what son is there whom his father doesn't discipline?

 

12:8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have been made partakers, then are you illegitimate, and not children.

 

12:9 Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live?

 

12:10 For they indeed, for a few days, punished us as seemed good to them; but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness.

 

12:11 All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been exercised thereby.

 

12:12 Therefore, lift up the hands that hang down and the feeble knees,

 

12:13 and make straight paths for your feet,  so that which is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

 

12:14 Follow after peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no man will see the Lord,

 

12:15 looking carefully lest there be any man who falls short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and many be defiled by it;

 

12:16 lest there be any sexually immoral person, or profane person, like Esau, who sold his birthright for one meal.

 

12:17 For you know that even when he afterward desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for a change of mind though he sought it diligently with tears.

 

12:18 For you have not come to a mountain that might be touched, and that burned with fire, and to blackness, darkness, storm,

 

12:19 the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which those who heard it begged that not one more word should be spoken to them,

 

12:20 for they could not stand that which was commanded, "If even an animal touches the mountain, it shall be stoned

 

12:21 and so fearful was the appearance, that Moses said, "I am terrified and trembling."

 

12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable multitudes of angels,

 

12:23 to the general assembly and assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,

 

12:24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better than that of Abel.

 

12:25 See that you don't refuse him who speaks. For if they didn't escape when they refused him who warned on the Earth, how much more will we not escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven,

 

12:26 whose voice shook the earth then, but now he has promised, saying, "Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens."

 

12:27 This phrase, "Yet once more," signifies the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that have been made, that those things which are not shaken may remain.

 

12:28 Therefore, receiving a Kingdom that can't be shaken, let us have grace, through which we serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe,


12:29 for our God is a consuming fire.