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Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Troubles come in many forms, shapes, and sizes and include anything that disturbs the peace and tranquility of your life. Two things must be expected when you follow the Lord: First, the devil will throw his fiery darts to try to discourage you through troubling circumstances. Second, no matter the affliction, the Lord will deliver you.

How does He do it? The Word of God says, "The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right; his ears are open to their cries for help" (Psalm 34:15). Furthermore, "The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles" (v. 17). The Lord is watching you and listening to you when you walk through difficulties, and He is eager to rescue you from any trouble.

The disciples faced the deepest despair and trouble of their lives after the crucifixion of Christ. Little did they know, however, that God had a plan and was going to resurrect Christ! That's the way it is for us, too. We don't always realize that God is in control in every circumstance of life and has a plan of resurrection waiting to unfold.

When you see the "trouble" side in life, hang in there. You will surely see the "delivering" side as well!

Exodus 37:1-38:31

The Ark37:1-9pp — Ex 25:10-20

37 BezalelS Ex 31:2 made the arkEx 30:6; 39:35; Dt 10:3 of acacia wood—two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a half high.That is, about 3 3/4 feet long and 2 1/4 feet wide and high or about 1.1 meters long and 68 centimeters wide and high; similarly in verse 6He overlaid it with pure gold,ver 11, 26 both inside and out, and made a gold molding around it.He cast four gold rings for it and fastened them to its four feet, with two rings on one side and two rings on the other.Then he made poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.And he inserted the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark to carry it.

He made the atonement coverS Ex 26:34; S 31:7; Heb 9:5 of pure gold—two and a half cubits long and a cubit and a half wide.Then he made two cherubimEze 41:18 out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover.He made one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; at the two ends he made them of one piece with the cover.The cherubim had their wings spread upward, overshadowingHeb 9:5 the cover with them. The cherubim faced each other, looking toward the cover.Dt 10:3

The Table37:10-16pp — Ex 25:23-29

10 TheyOr He; also in verses 11-29 made the tableHeb 9:2 of acacia wood—two cubits long, a cubit wide and a cubit and a half high.That is, about 3 feet long, 1 1/2 feet wide and 2 1/4 feet high or about 90 centimeters long, 45 centimeters wide and 68 centimeters high11 Then they overlaid it with pure goldS ver 2 and made a gold molding around it.12 They also made around it a rim a handbreadthThat is, about 3 inches or about 7.5 centimeters wide and put a gold molding on the rim.13 They cast four gold rings for the table and fastened them to the four corners, where the four legs were.14 The ringsver 27 were put close to the rim to hold the poles used in carrying the table.15 The poles for carrying the table were made of acacia wood and were overlaid with gold.16 And they made from pure gold the articles for the table—its plates and dishes and bowls and its pitchers for the pouring out of drink offerings.

The Lampstand37:17-24pp — Ex 25:31-39

17 They made the lampstandHeb 9:2; Rev 1:12 of pure gold. They hammered out its base and shaft, and made its flowerlike cups, buds and blossoms of one piece with them.18 Six branches extended from the sides of the lampstand—three on one side and three on the other.19 Three cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms were on one branch, three on the next branch and the same for all six branches extending from the lampstand.20 And on the lampstand were four cups shaped like almond flowers with buds and blossoms.21 One bud was under the first pair of branches extending from the lampstand, a second bud under the second pair, and a third bud under the third pair—six branches in all.22 The buds and the branches were all of one piece with the lampstand, hammered out of pure gold.ver 17; Nu 8:4

23 They made its seven lamps,Ex 40:4, 25 as well as its wick trimmers and trays, of pure gold.24 They made the lampstand and all its accessories from one talentThat is, about 75 pounds or about 34 kilograms of pure gold.

The Altar of Incense37:25-28pp — Ex 30:1-5

25 They made the altar of incenseEx 30:34-36; Lk 1:11; Heb 9:4; Rev 8:3 out of acacia wood. It was square, a cubit long and a cubit wide and two cubits highThat is, about 1 1/2 feet long and wide and 3 feet high or about 45 centimeters long and wide and 90 centimeters high—its hornsS Ex 27:2; Rev 9:13 of one piece with it.26 They overlaid the top and all the sides and the horns with pure gold, and made a gold molding around it.27 They made two gold ringsver 14 below the molding—two on each of the opposite sides—to hold the poles used to carry it.28 They made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.S Ex 25:13

29 They also made the sacred anointing oilS Ex 31:11 and the pure, fragrant incenseEx 30:1, 25; 39:38—the work of a perfumer.

The Altar of Burnt Offering38:1-7pp — Ex 27:1-8

38 TheyOr He; also in verses 2-9 built the altar of burnt offering of acacia wood, three cubitsThat is, about 4 1/2 feet or about 1.4 meters high; it was square, five cubits long and five cubits wide.That is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters long and wideThey made a horn at each of the four corners, so that the horns and the altar were of one piece, and they overlaid the altar with bronze.2Ch 1:5They made all its utensilsS Ex 31:9 of bronze—its pots, shovels, sprinkling bowls, meat forks and firepans.They made a grating for the altar, a bronze network, to be under its ledge, halfway up the altar.They cast bronze rings to hold the poles for the four corners of the bronze grating.They made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze.They inserted the poles into the rings so they would be on the sides of the altar for carrying it. They made it hollow, out of boards.

The Basin for Washing

They made the bronze basinS Ex 30:18; S 40:7 and its bronze stand from the mirrors of the womenDt 23:17; 1Sa 2:22; 1Ki 14:24 who served at the entrance to the tent of meeting.

The Courtyard38:9-20pp — Ex 27:9-19

Next they made the courtyard. The south side was a hundred cubitsThat is, about 150 feet or about 45 meters long and had curtains of finely twisted linen,10 with twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, and with silver hooks and bands on the posts.11 The north side was also a hundred cubits long and had twenty posts and twenty bronze bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.

12 The west end was fifty cubitsThat is, about 75 feet or about 23 meters wide and had curtains, with ten posts and ten bases, with silver hooks and bands on the posts.13 The east end, toward the sunrise, was also fifty cubits wide.14 Curtains fifteen cubitsThat is, about 22 feet or about 6.8 meters long were on one side of the entrance, with three posts and three bases,15 and curtains fifteen cubits long were on the other side of the entrance to the courtyard, with three posts and three bases.16 All the curtains around the courtyard were of finely twisted linen.17 The bases for the posts were bronze. The hooks and bands on the posts were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver; so all the posts of the courtyard had silver bands.

18 The curtain for the entrance to the courtyard was made of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen—the work of an embroiderer. It was twenty cubitsThat is, about 30 feet or about 9 meters long and, like the curtains of the courtyard, five cubitsThat is, about 7 1/2 feet or about 2.3 meters high,19 with four posts and four bronze bases. Their hooks and bands were silver, and their tops were overlaid with silver.20 All the tent pegsS Ex 35:18 of the tabernacle and of the surrounding courtyard were bronze.

The Materials Used

21 These are the amounts of the materials used for the tabernacle, the tabernacle of the covenant law,Nu 1:50, 53; 8:24; 9:15; 10:11; 17:7; 1Ch 23:32; 2Ch 24:6; Ac 7:44; Rev 15:5 which were recorded at Moses’ command by the Levites under the direction of IthamarNu 4:28, 33 son of Aaron, the priest.22 (BezalelS Ex 31:2 son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything the Lord commanded Moses;23 with him was OholiabS Ex 31:6 son of Ahisamak, of the tribe of Dan—an engraver and designer, and an embroiderer in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen.)24 The total amount of the gold from the wave offering used for all the work on the sanctuaryS Ex 30:16 was 29 talents and 730 shekels,The weight of the gold was a little over a ton or about 1 metric ton. according to the sanctuary shekel.S Ex 30:13

25 The silver obtained from those of the community who were counted in the censusS Ex 30:12 was 100 talentsThat is, about 3 3/4 tons or about 3.4 metric tons; also in verse 27 and 1,775 shekels,That is, about 44 pounds or about 20 kilograms; also in verse 28 according to the sanctuary shekel—26 one beka per person,S Ex 30:12 that is, half a shekel,That is, about 1/5 ounce or about 5.7 grams according to the sanctuary shekel,S Ex 30:13 from everyone who had crossed over to those counted, twenty years old or more,S Ex 30:14 a total of 603,550 men.S Ex 12:3727 The 100 talents of silver were used to cast the basesS Ex 26:19 for the sanctuary and for the curtain—100 bases from the 100 talents, one talent for each base.28 They used the 1,775 shekels to make the hooks for the posts, to overlay the tops of the posts, and to make their bands.

29 The bronze from the wave offering was 70 talents and 2,400 shekels.The weight of the bronze was about 2 1/2 tons or about 2.4 metric tons.30 They used it to make the bases for the entrance to the tent of meeting, the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all its utensils,31 the bases for the surrounding courtyard and those for its entrance and all the tent pegs for the tabernacle and those for the surrounding courtyard.

Building the Ark of the Covenant

37 Next Bezalel made the Ark of acacia wood—a sacred chest 45 inches long, 27 inches wide, and 27 inches high.Hebrew 2.5 cubits [115 centimeters] long, 1.5 cubits [69 centimeters] wide, and 1.5 cubits high.He overlaid it inside and outside with pure gold, and he ran a molding of gold all around it.He cast four gold rings and attached them to its four feet, two rings on each side.Then he made poles from acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.He inserted the poles into the rings at the sides of the Ark to carry it.

Then he made the Ark’s cover—the place of atonement—from pure gold. It was 45 inches long and 27 inches wide.Hebrew 2.5 cubits [115 centimeters] long and 1.5 cubits [69 centimeters] wide.He made two cherubim from hammered gold and placed them on the two ends of the atonement cover.He molded the cherubim on each end of the atonement cover, making it all of one piece of gold.The cherubim faced each other and looked down on the atonement cover. With their wings spread above it, they protected it.

Building the Table

10 Then BezalelHebrew he; also in 37:17, 25. made the table of acacia wood, 36 inches long, 18 inches wide, and 27 inches high.Hebrew 2 cubits [92 centimeters] long, 1 cubit [46 centimeters] wide, and 1.5 cubits [69 centimeters] high.11 He overlaid it with pure gold and ran a gold molding around the edge.12 He decorated it with a 3-inch borderHebrew a border of a handbreadth [8 centimeters]. all around, and he ran a gold molding along the border.13 Then he cast four gold rings for the table and attached them at the four corners next to the four legs.14 The rings were attached near the border to hold the poles that were used to carry the table.15 He made these poles from acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.16 Then he made special containers of pure gold for the table—bowls, ladles, jars, and pitchers—to be used in pouring out liquid offerings.

Building the Lampstand

17 Then Bezalel made the lampstand of pure, hammered gold. He made the entire lampstand and its decorations of one piece—the base, center stem, lamp cups, buds, and petals.18 The lampstand had six branches going out from the center stem, three on each side.19 Each of the six branches had three lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals.20 The center stem of the lampstand was crafted with four lamp cups shaped like almond blossoms, complete with buds and petals.21 There was an almond bud beneath each pair of branches where the six branches extended from the center stem, all made of one piece.22 The almond buds and branches were all of one piece with the center stem, and they were hammered from pure gold.

23 He also made seven lamps for the lampstand, lamp snuffers, and trays, all of pure gold.24 The entire lampstand, along with its accessories, was made from 75 poundsHebrew 1 talent [34 kilograms]. of pure gold.

Building the Incense Altar

25 Then Bezalel made the incense altar of acacia wood. It was 18 inches square and 36 inches high,Hebrew 1 cubit [46 centimeters] long and 1 cubit wide, a square, and 2 cubits [92 centimeters] high. with horns at the corners carved from the same piece of wood as the altar itself.26 He overlaid the top, sides, and horns of the altar with pure gold, and he ran a gold molding around the entire altar.27 He made two gold rings and attached them on opposite sides of the altar below the gold molding to hold the carrying poles.28 He made the poles of acacia wood and overlaid them with gold.

29 Then he made the sacred anointing oil and the fragrant incense, using the techniques of a skilled incense maker.

Building the Altar of Burnt Offering

38 Next BezalelHebrew he; also in 38:8, 9. used acacia wood to construct the square altar of burnt offering. It was 7 1⁄2 feet wide, 7 1⁄2 feet long, and 4 1⁄2 feet high.Hebrew 5 cubits [2.3 meters] wide, 5 cubits long, a square, and 3 cubits [1.4 meters] high.He made horns for each of its four corners so that the horns and altar were all one piece. He overlaid the altar with bronze.Then he made all the altar utensils of bronze—the ash buckets, shovels, basins, meat forks, and firepans.Next he made a bronze grating and installed it halfway down the side of the altar, under the ledge.He cast four rings and attached them to the corners of the bronze grating to hold the carrying poles.He made the poles from acacia wood and overlaid them with bronze.He inserted the poles through the rings on the sides of the altar. The altar was hollow and was made from planks.

Building the Washbasin

Bezalel made the bronze washbasin and its bronze stand from bronze mirrors donated by the women who served at the entrance of the Tabernacle.Hebrew Tent of Meeting; also in 38:30.

Building the Courtyard

Then Bezalel made the courtyard, which was enclosed with curtains made of finely woven linen. On the south side the curtains were 150 feet long.Hebrew 100 cubits [46 meters]; also in 38:11.10 They were held up by twenty posts set securely in twenty bronze bases. He hung the curtains with silver hooks and rings.11 He made a similar set of curtains for the north side—150 feet of curtains held up by twenty posts set securely in bronze bases. He hung the curtains with silver hooks and rings.12 The curtains on the west end of the courtyard were 75 feet long,Hebrew 50 cubits [23 meters]; also in 38:13. hung with silver hooks and rings and supported by ten posts set into ten bases.13 The east end, the front, was also 75 feet long.

14 The courtyard entrance was on the east end, flanked by two curtains. The curtain on the right side was 22 1⁄2 feet longHebrew 15 cubits [6.9 meters]; also in 38:15. and was supported by three posts set into three bases.15 The curtain on the left side was also 22 1⁄2 feet long and was supported by three posts set into three bases.16 All the curtains used in the courtyard were made of finely woven linen.17 Each post had a bronze base, and all the hooks and rings were silver. The tops of the posts of the courtyard were overlaid with silver, and the rings to hold up the curtains were made of silver.

18 He made the curtain for the entrance to the courtyard of finely woven linen, and he decorated it with beautiful embroidery in blue, purple, and scarlet thread. It was 30 feet long, and its height was 7 1⁄2 feet,Hebrew 20 cubits [9.2 meters] long and 5 cubits [2.3 meters] high. just like the curtains of the courtyard walls.19 It was supported by four posts, each set securely in its own bronze base. The tops of the posts were overlaid with silver, and the hooks and rings were also made of silver.

20 All the tent pegs used in the Tabernacle and courtyard were made of bronze.

Inventory of Materials

21 This is an inventory of the materials used in building the Tabernacle of the Covenant.Hebrew the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of the Testimony. The Levites compiled the figures, as Moses directed, and Ithamar son of Aaron the priest served as recorder.22 Bezalel son of Uri, grandson of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made everything just as the Lord had commanded Moses.23 He was assisted by Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, a craftsman expert at engraving, designing, and embroidering with blue, purple, and scarlet thread on fine linen cloth.

24 The people brought special offerings of gold totaling 2,193 pounds,Hebrew 29 talents and 730 shekels [994 kilograms]. Each shekel weighed about 0.4 ounces or 11 grams. as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel. This gold was used throughout the Tabernacle.

25 The whole community of Israel gave 7,545 poundsHebrew 100 talents and 1,775 shekels [3,420 kilograms]. of silver, as measured by the weight of the sanctuary shekel.26 This silver came from the tax collected from each man registered in the census. (The tax is one beka, which is half a shekel,Or 0.2 ounces [6 grams]. based on the sanctuary shekel.) The tax was collected from 603,550 men who had reached their twentieth birthday.27 The hundred bases for the frames of the sanctuary walls and for the posts supporting the inner curtain required 7,500 pounds of silver, about 75 pounds for each base.Hebrew 100 talents [3,400 kilograms] of silver, 1 talent [34 kilograms] for each base.28 The remaining 45 poundsHebrew 1,775 [shekels] [20.2 kilograms]. of silver was used to make the hooks and rings and to overlay the tops of the posts.

29 The people also brought as special offerings 5,310 poundsHebrew 70 talents and 2,400 shekels [2,407 kilograms]. of bronze,30 which was used for casting the bases for the posts at the entrance to the Tabernacle, and for the bronze altar with its bronze grating and all the altar utensils.31 Bronze was also used to make the bases for the posts that supported the curtains around the courtyard, the bases for the curtain at the entrance of the courtyard, and all the tent pegs for the Tabernacle and the courtyard.

37 And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it:

And he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about.

And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it.

And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.

And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.

And he made the mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half was the length thereof, and one cubit and a half the breadth thereof.

And he made two cherubims of gold, beaten out of one piece made he them, on the two ends of the mercy seat;

One cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the cherubims on the two ends thereof.

And the cherubims spread out their wings on high, and covered with their wings over the mercy seat, with their faces one to another; even to the mercy seatward were the faces of the cherubims.

10 And he made the table of shittim wood: two cubits was the length thereof, and a cubit the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof:

11 And he overlaid it with pure gold, and made thereunto a crown of gold round about.

12 Also he made thereunto a border of an handbreadth round about; and made a crown of gold for the border thereof round about.

13 And he cast for it four rings of gold, and put the rings upon the four corners that were in the four feet thereof.

14 Over against the border were the rings, the places for the staves to bear the table.

15 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold, to bear the table.

16 And he made the vessels which were upon the table, his dishes, and his spoons, and his bowls, and his covers to cover withal, of pure gold.

17 And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:

18 And six branches going out of the sides thereof; three branches of the candlestick out of the one side thereof, and three branches of the candlestick out of the other side thereof:

19 Three bowls made after the fashion of almonds in one branch, a knop and a flower; and three bowls made like almonds in another branch, a knop and a flower: so throughout the six branches going out of the candlestick.

20 And in the candlestick were four bowls made like almonds, his knops, and his flowers:

21 And a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, and a knop under two branches of the same, according to the six branches going out of it.

22 Their knops and their branches were of the same: all of it was one beaten work of pure gold.

23 And he made his seven lamps, and his snuffers, and his snuffdishes, of pure gold.

24 Of a talent of pure gold made he it, and all the vessels thereof.

25 And he made the incense altar of shittim wood: the length of it was a cubit, and the breadth of it a cubit; it was foursquare; and two cubits was the height of it; the horns thereof were of the same.

26 And he overlaid it with pure gold, both the top of it, and the sides thereof round about, and the horns of it: also he made unto it a crown of gold round about.

27 And he made two rings of gold for it under the crown thereof, by the two corners of it, upon the two sides thereof, to be places for the staves to bear it withal.

28 And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold.

29 And he made the holy anointing oil, and the pure incense of sweet spices, according to the work of the apothecary.

38 And he made the altar of burnt offering of shittim wood: five cubits was the length thereof, and five cubits the breadth thereof; it was foursquare; and three cubits the height thereof.

And he made the horns thereof on the four corners of it; the horns thereof were of the same: and he overlaid it with brass.

And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, and the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he of brass.

And he made for the altar a brasen grate of network under the compass thereof beneath unto the midst of it.

And he cast four rings for the four ends of the grate of brass, to be places for the staves.

And he made the staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with brass.

And he put the staves into the rings on the sides of the altar, to bear it withal; he made the altar hollow with boards.

And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.

And he made the court: on the south side southward the hangings of the court were of fine twined linen, an hundred cubits:

10 Their pillars were twenty, and their brasen sockets twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets were of silver.

11 And for the north side the hangings were an hundred cubits, their pillars were twenty, and their sockets of brass twenty; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

12 And for the west side were hangings of fifty cubits, their pillars ten, and their sockets ten; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver.

13 And for the east side eastward fifty cubits.

14 The hangings of the one side of the gate were fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.

15 And for the other side of the court gate, on this hand and that hand, were hangings of fifteen cubits; their pillars three, and their sockets three.

16 All the hangings of the court round about were of fine twined linen.

17 And the sockets for the pillars were of brass; the hooks of the pillars and their fillets of silver; and the overlaying of their chapiters of silver; and all the pillars of the court were filleted with silver.

18 And the hanging for the gate of the court was needlework, of blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen: and twenty cubits was the length, and the height in the breadth was five cubits, answerable to the hangings of the court.

19 And their pillars were four, and their sockets of brass four; their hooks of silver, and the overlaying of their chapiters and their fillets of silver.

20 And all the pins of the tabernacle, and of the court round about, were of brass.

21 This is the sum of the tabernacle, even of the tabernacle of testimony, as it was counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest.

22 And Bezaleel the son Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses.

23 And with him was Aholiab, son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, and a cunning workman, and an embroiderer in blue, and in purple, and in scarlet, and fine linen.

24 All the gold that was occupied for the work in all the work of the holy place, even the gold of the offering, was twenty and nine talents, and seven hundred and thirty shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary.

25 And the silver of them that were numbered of the congregation was an hundred talents, and a thousand seven hundred and threescore and fifteen shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary:

26 A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men.

27 And of the hundred talents of silver were cast the sockets of the sanctuary, and the sockets of the vail; an hundred sockets of the hundred talents, a talent for a socket.

28 And of the thousand seven hundred seventy and five shekels he made hooks for the pillars, and overlaid their chapiters, and filleted them.

29 And the brass of the offering was seventy talents, and two thousand and four hundred shekels.

30 And therewith he made the sockets to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the brasen altar, and the brasen grate for it, and all the vessels of the altar,

31 And the sockets of the court round about, and the sockets of the court gate, and all the pins of the tabernacle, and all the pins of the court round about.

Matthew 28:1-20

Jesus Has Risen28:1-8pp — Mk 16:1-8; Lk 24:1-10; Jn 20:1-8

28 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary MagdaleneLk 8:2 and the other MaryMt 27:56 went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake,Mt 27:51 for an angelJn 20:12; S Ac 5:19 of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stoneMt 27:60 and sat on it.His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow.Da 7:9; 10:6; Mk 9:3; S Jn 20:12The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid,ver 10; S Mt 14:27 for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.S Mt 16:21 Come and see the place where he lay.Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.ver 10, 16; Mt 26:32 There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples.Suddenly Jesus met them.Jn 20:14-18 “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothersMt 12:50; 25:40; Mk 3:34; Jn 20:17; Ro 8:29; Heb 2:11-13, 17 to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

The Guards’ Report

11 While the women were on their way, some of the guardsMt 27:65, 66 went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened.12 When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money,13 telling them, “You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him awayMt 27:64 while we were asleep.’14 If this report gets to the governor,S Mt 27:2 we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.”15 So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.ver 7, 10; Mt 26:3217 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Da 7:13, 14; Lk 10:22; Jn 3:35; S 13:13; 17:2; 1Co 15:27; Eph 1:20-22; Php 2:9, 1019 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,Isa 49:6; Mk 16:15, 16; Lk 24:47; Ac 1:8; 14:21 baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,Ac 1:8; 2:38; 8:16; Ro 6:3, 4; Gal 3:27; Col 2:1220 and teachingJn 14:26; Ac 2:42 them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with youDt 31:6; 1Ki 8:57; Hag 1:13; Mt 18:20; Ac 18:10 always, to the very end of the age.”Mt 13:39; 24:3

The Resurrection

28 Early on Sunday morning,Greek After the Sabbath, on the first day of the week. as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.

Suddenly there was a great earthquake! For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.

Then the angel spoke to the women. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen. Come, see where his body was lying.And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see him there. Remember what I have told you.”

The women ran quickly from the tomb. They were very frightened but also filled with great joy, and they rushed to give the disciples the angel’s message.And as they went, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they ran to him, grasped his feet, and worshiped him.10 Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Go tell my brothers to leave for Galilee, and they will see me there.”

The Report of the Guard

11 As the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and told the leading priests what had happened.12 A meeting with the elders was called, and they decided to give the soldiers a large bribe.13 They told the soldiers, “You must say, ‘Jesus’ disciples came during the night while we were sleeping, and they stole his body.’14 If the governor hears about it, we’ll stand up for you so you won’t get in trouble.”15 So the guards accepted the bribe and said what they were told to say. Their story spread widely among the Jews, and they still tell it today.

The Great Commission

16 Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.17 When they saw him, they worshiped him—but some of them doubted!

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth.19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations,Or all peoples. baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

28 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.

And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.

10 Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

11 Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done.

12 And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers,

13 Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.

14 And if this come to the governor's ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

15 So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them.

17 And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted.

18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Psalm 34:11-22

11 Come, my children, listenPs 66:16 to me;

I will teach youS Ps 32:8 the fear of the Lord.S Ps 19:9

12 Whoever of you loves lifeEcc 3:13

and desires to see many good days,

13 keep your tonguePs 39:1; 141:3; Pr 13:3; 21:23; Jas 1:26 from evil

and your lips from telling lies.S Ps 12:2; 1Pe 2:22

14 Turn from evil and do good;Ps 37:27; Isa 1:17; 3Jn 1:11

seek peaceS Ro 14:19 and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the LordPs 33:18 are on the righteous,S Job 23:10; S 36:7

and his ears are attentiveMal 3:16; S Jn 9:31 to their cry;

16 but the face of the Lord is againstLev 17:10; Jer 23:30 those who do evil,1Pe 3:10-12*

to blot out their nameS Ex 17:14; Ps 9:6 from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hearsPs 145:19 them;

he delivers them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is closeDt 4:7; Ps 119:151; 145:18; Isa 50:8 to the brokenheartedPs 51:17; 109:16; 147:3; Isa 61:1

and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,ver 17; Ps 25:17

but the Lord delivers him from them all;S Job 5:19; 2Ti 3:11

20 he protects all his bones,

not one of them will be broken.Jn 19:36*

21 Evil will slay the wicked;Ps 7:9; 9:16; 11:5; 37:20; 73:27; 94:23; 106:43; 112:10; 140:11; Pr 14:32; 24:16

the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22 The Lord will rescueS Ex 6:6; S 15:13; Lk 1:68; Rev 14:3 his servants;

no one who takes refugePs 2:12 in him will be condemned.

11 Come, my children, and listen to me,

and I will teach you to fear the Lord.

12 Does anyone want to live a life

that is long and prosperous?

13 Then keep your tongue from speaking evil

and your lips from telling lies!

14 Turn away from evil and do good.

Search for peace, and work to maintain it.

15 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;

his ears are open to their cries for help.

16 But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;

he will erase their memory from the earth.

17 The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.

He rescues them from all their troubles.

18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;

he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.

19 The righteous person faces many troubles,

but the Lord comes to the rescue each time.

20 For the Lord protects the bones of the righteous;

not one of them is broken!

21 Calamity will surely destroy the wicked,

and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

22 But the Lord will redeem those who serve him.

No one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22 The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Proverbs 9:9-10

Instruct the wise and they will be wiser still;

teach the righteous and they will add to their learning.Pr 1:5, 7; 12:15; 13:10; 14:6; 15:31; 19:25

10 The fear of the LordS Pr 1:7 is the beginning of wisdom,

and knowledge of the Holy OnePs 22:3; Pr 30:3 is understanding.S Dt 4:6

Instruct the wise,

and they will be even wiser.

Teach the righteous,

and they will learn even more.

10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom.

Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.

10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.

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