Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

Satan's primary objective is to blind our eyes to the truth. Gaal could clearly see people attacking the city, but Zebul implied, "I know you see what you think you see, but what you see is not what you think!"

How does Satan work? He tries to get us to deny the reality of what we see about sin until it is too late. Once the deception is complete and it is too late to reverse it, he says to us, "Now where is that big mouth of yours? . . . Go out and fight them!" (Judges 9:38). Satan will mock for eternity those in hell that were deceived by him.

Jesus, on the other hand, is in the business of opening our minds. For the eleven disciples, He "opened their minds to understand" the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). When Jesus opens our eyes, we begin to recognize the dangers we did not even see before. "There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death" (Proverbs 14:12). Lord, give us eyes to see!

Judges 9:22-10:18

22 After Abimelek had governed Israel three years,23 God stirred up animosity1Sa 16:14, 23; 18:10; 19:9; 1Ki 22:22 between Abimelek and the citizens of Shechem so that they acted treacherously against Abimelek.24 God did this in order that the crime against Jerub-Baal’s seventy sons,S Jdg 8:30 the sheddingS Ge 9:6; Nu 35:33; 1Ki 2:32 of their blood, might be avengedver 56-57 on their brother Abimelek and on the citizens of Shechem, who had helped himDt 27:25 murder his brothers.25 In opposition to him these citizens of Shechem set men on the hilltops to ambush and rob everyone who passed by, and this was reported to Abimelek.

26 Now Gaal son of Ebedver 28, 31, 41 moved with his clan into Shechem, and its citizens put their confidence in him.27 After they had gone out into the fields and gathered the grapes and troddenIsa 16:10; Am 5:11; 9:13 them, they held a festival in the temple of their god.S Jdg 8:33 While they were eating and drinking, they cursed Abimelek.28 Then Gaal son of EbedS ver 26 said, “Who1Sa 25:10 is Abimelek, and why should we Shechemites be subject to him? Isn’t he Jerub-Baal’s son, and isn’t Zebul his deputy? Serve the family of Hamor,S Ge 33:19 Shechem’s father! Why should we serve Abimelek?29 If only this people were under my command!2Sa 15:4 Then I would get rid of him. I would say to Abimelek, ‘Call out your whole army!’”Septuagint; Hebrew him.” Then he said to Abimelek, “Call out your whole army!”ver 38

30 When Zebul the governor of the city heard what Gaal son of Ebed said, he was very angry.31 Under cover he sent messengers to Abimelek, saying, “Gaal son of Ebed and his clan have come to Shechem and are stirring up the city against you.32 Now then, during the night you and your men should come and lie in waitJos 8:2 in the fields.33 In the morning at sunrise, advance against the city. When Gaal and his men come out against you, seize the opportunity to attack them.1Sa 10:7

34 So Abimelek and all his troops set out by night and took up concealed positions near Shechem in four companies.35 Now Gaal son of Ebed had gone out and was standing at the entrance of the city gateS Jos 2:5 just as Abimelek and his troops came out from their hiding place.Ps 32:7; Isa 28:15, 17; Jer 49:10

36 When Gaal saw them, he said to Zebul, “Look, people are coming down from the tops of the mountains!”

Zebul replied, “You mistake the shadows of the mountains for men.”

37 But Gaal spoke up again: “Look, people are coming down from the central hill,The Hebrew for this phrase means the navel of the earth. and a company is coming from the direction of the diviners’ tree.”

38 Then Zebul said to him, “Where is your big talk now, you who said, ‘Who is Abimelek that we should be subject to him?’ Aren’t these the men you ridiculed?ver 28-29 Go out and fight them!”

39 So Gaal led outOr Gaal went out in the sight of the citizens of Shechem and fought Abimelek.40 Abimelek chased him all the way to the entrance of the gate, and many were killed as they fled.41 Then Abimelek stayed in Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his clan out of Shechem.

42 The next day the people of Shechem went out to the fields, and this was reported to Abimelek.43 So he took his men, divided them into three companiesS Jdg 7:16 and set an ambushJos 8:2 in the fields. When he saw the people coming out of the city, he rose to attack them.44 Abimelek and the companies with him rushed forward to a position at the entrance of the city gate. Then two companies attacked those in the fields and struck them down.45 All that day Abimelek pressed his attack against the city until he had captured it and killed its people. Then he destroyed the cityver 20 and scattered saltJer 48:9 over it.

46 On hearing this, the citizens in the tower of Shechem went into the stronghold of the templeS Jdg 8:33 of El-Berith.47 When Abimelek heard that they had assembled there,48 he and all his men went up Mount Zalmon.Ps 68:14 He took an ax and cut off some branches, which he lifted to his shoulders. He ordered the men with him, “Quick! Do what you have seen me do!”49 So all the men cut branches and followed Abimelek. They piled them against the stronghold and set it on fire with the people still inside. So all the people in the tower of Shechem, about a thousand men and women, also died.

50 Next Abimelek went to Thebez2Sa 11:21 and besieged it and captured it.51 Inside the city, however, was a strong tower, to which all the men and women—all the people of the city—had fled. They had locked themselves in and climbed up on the tower roof.52 Abimelek went to the tower and attacked it. But as he approached the entrance to the tower to set it on fire,53 a woman dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.2Sa 11:21

54 Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me,1Sa 31:4; 2Sa 1:9 so that they can’t say, ‘A woman killed him.’” So his servant ran him through, and he died.55 When the Israelites saw that Abimelek was dead, they went home.

56 Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by murdering his seventy brothers.57 God also made the people of Shechem pay for all their wickedness.ver 24; Ps 94:23 The curse of JothamS ver 5 son of Jerub-Baal came on them.

Tola

10 After the time of Abimelek,S Jdg 8:31 a man of IssacharS Ge 30:18 named Tola son of Puah,S Ge 46:13 the son of Dodo, rose to saveS Jdg 6:14 Israel. He lived in Shamir,Jos 15:48 in the hill country of Ephraim.He ledTraditionally judged; also in verse 3 Israel twenty-three years; then he died, and was buried in Shamir.

Jair

He was followed by JairS Nu 32:41 of Gilead, who led Israel twenty-two years.He had thirty sons, who rode thirty donkeys.S Ge 49:11; S 1Ki 1:33 They controlled thirty towns in Gilead, which to this day are called Havvoth Jair.Or called the settlements of JairS Nu 32:41When JairS Nu 32:41 died, he was buried in Kamon.

Jephthah

Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord.S Jdg 2:11 They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths,S Jdg 2:13 and the gods of Aram,Eze 27:16 the gods of Sidon,S Ge 10:15 the gods of Moab, the gods of the AmmonitesS Ge 19:38; S Nu 21:29 and the gods of the Philistines.S Ge 26:1; S Jdg 2:12 And because the Israelites forsook the LordS Dt 32:15 and no longer served him,he became angryS Dt 31:17 with them. He sold themS Dt 32:30 into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites,who that year shattered and crushed them. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead,S Jos 12:2 the land of the Amorites.The Ammonites also crossed the Jordan to fight against Judah,ver 17; Jdg 11:4 Benjamin and Ephraim;Jdg 1:22 Israel was in great distress.10 Then the Israelites criedS Jdg 3:9 out to the Lord, “We have sinnedS Ex 9:27; Ps 32:5; Jer 3:25; 8:14; 14:20 against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.”Jer 2:27

11 The Lord replied, “When the Egyptians,Ex 14:30 the Amorites,S Ge 14:7 the Ammonites,S Jdg 3:13 the Philistines,S Jdg 3:3112 the Sidonians, the AmalekitesS Ge 14:7 and the MaonitesHebrew; some Septuagint manuscripts MidianitesS Jos 15:55 oppressed youS Jdg 4:3 and you cried to me for help, did I not save you from their hands?13 But you have forsakenS Dt 32:15 me and served other gods,Jer 11:10; 13:10 so I will no longer save you.14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen. Let them saveIsa 44:17; 57:13 you when you are in trouble!Dt 32:37; Jer 2:28; 11:12; Hab 2:18

15 But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best,1Sa 3:18; 2Sa 10:12; 15:26; Job 1:21; Isa 39:8 but please rescue us now.”16 Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord.Jos 24:23; Jer 18:8 And he could bear Israel’s miseryIsa 63:9 no longer.S Dt 32:36

17 When the Ammonites were called to arms and camped in Gilead, the Israelites assembled and camped at Mizpah.S Ge 31:49; Jdg 11:2918 The leaders of the people of Gilead said to each other, “Whoever will take the lead in attacking the Ammonites will be headJdg 11:8, 9 over all who live in Gilead.”

Shechem Rebels against Abimelech

22 After Abimelech had ruled over Israel for three years,23 God sent a spirit that stirred up trouble between Abimelech and the leading citizens of Shechem, and they revolted.24 God was punishing Abimelech for murdering Gideon’s seventy sons, and the citizens of Shechem for supporting him in this treachery of murdering his brothers.25 The citizens of Shechem set an ambush for Abimelech on the hilltops and robbed everyone who passed that way. But someone warned Abimelech about their plot.

26 One day Gaal son of Ebed moved to Shechem with his brothers and gained the confidence of the leading citizens of Shechem.27 During the annual harvest festival at Shechem, held in the temple of the local god, the wine flowed freely, and everyone began cursing Abimelech.28 “Who is Abimelech?” Gaal shouted. “He’s not a true son of Shechem,Hebrew Who is Shechem? so why should we be his servants? He’s merely the son of Gideon, and this Zebul is merely his deputy. Serve the true sons of Hamor, the founder of Shechem. Why should we serve Abimelech?29 If I were in charge here, I would get rid of Abimelech. I would sayAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads And he said. to him, ‘Get some soldiers, and come out and fight!’”

30 But when Zebul, the leader of the city, heard what Gaal was saying, he was furious.31 He sent messengers to Abimelech in Arumah,Or in secret; Hebrew reads in Tormah; compare 9:41. telling him, “Gaal son of Ebed and his brothers have come to live in Shechem, and now they are inciting the city to rebel against you.32 Come by night with an army and hide out in the fields.33 In the morning, as soon as it is daylight, attack the city. When Gaal and those who are with him come out against you, you can do with them as you wish.”

34 So Abimelech and all his men went by night and split into four groups, stationing themselves around Shechem.35 Gaal was standing at the city gates when Abimelech and his army came out of hiding.36 When Gaal saw them, he said to Zebul, “Look, there are people coming down from the hilltops!”

Zebul replied, “It’s just the shadows on the hills that look like men.”

37 But again Gaal said, “No, people are coming down from the hills.Or the center of the land. And another group is coming down the road past the Diviners’ Oak.Hebrew Elon-meonenim.

38 Then Zebul turned on him and asked, “Now where is that big mouth of yours? Wasn’t it you that said, ‘Who is Abimelech, and why should we be his servants?’ The men you mocked are right outside the city! Go out and fight them!”

39 So Gaal led the leading citizens of Shechem into battle against Abimelech.40 But Abimelech chased him, and many of Shechem’s men were wounded and fell along the road as they retreated to the city gate.41 Abimelech returned to Arumah, and Zebul drove Gaal and his brothers out of Shechem.

42 The next day the people of Shechem went out into the fields to battle. When Abimelech heard about it,43 he divided his men into three groups and set an ambush in the fields. When Abimelech saw the people coming out of the city, he and his men jumped up from their hiding places and attacked them.44 Abimelech and his group stormed the city gate to keep the men of Shechem from getting back in, while Abimelech’s other two groups cut them down in the fields.45 The battle went on all day before Abimelech finally captured the city. He killed the people, leveled the city, and scattered salt all over the ground.

46 When the leading citizens who lived in the tower of Shechem heard what had happened, they ran and hid in the temple of Baal-berith.Hebrew El-berith, another name for Baal-berith; compare 9:4.47 Someone reported to Abimelech that the citizens had gathered in the temple,48 so he led his forces to Mount Zalmon. He took an ax and chopped some branches from a tree, then put them on his shoulder. “Quick, do as I have done!” he told his men.49 So each of them cut down some branches, following Abimelech’s example. They piled the branches against the walls of the temple and set them on fire. So all the people who had lived in the tower of Shechem died—about 1,000 men and women.

50 Then Abimelech attacked the town of Thebez and captured it.51 But there was a strong tower inside the town, and all the men and women—the entire population—fled to it. They barricaded themselves in and climbed up to the roof of the tower.52 Abimelech followed them to attack the tower. But as he prepared to set fire to the entrance,53 a woman on the roof dropped a millstone that landed on Abimelech’s head and crushed his skull.

54 He quickly said to his young armor bearer, “Draw your sword and kill me! Don’t let it be said that a woman killed Abimelech!” So the young man ran him through with his sword, and he died.55 When Abimelech’s men saw that he was dead, they disbanded and returned to their homes.

56 In this way, God punished Abimelech for the evil he had done against his father by murdering his seventy brothers.57 God also punished the men of Shechem for all their evil. So the curse of Jotham son of Gideon was fulfilled.

Tola Becomes Israel’s Judge

10 After Abimelech died, Tola son of Puah, son of Dodo, was the next person to rescue Israel. He was from the tribe of Issachar but lived in the town of Shamir in the hill country of Ephraim.He judged Israel for twenty-three years. When he died, he was buried in Shamir.

Jair Becomes Israel’s Judge

After Tola died, Jair from Gilead judged Israel for twenty-two years.His thirty sons rode around on thirty donkeys, and they owned thirty towns in the land of Gilead, which are still called the Towns of Jair.Hebrew Havvoth-jair.When Jair died, he was buried in Kamon.

The Ammonites Oppress Israel

Again the Israelites did evil in the Lord’s sight. They served the images of Baal and Ashtoreth, and the gods of Aram, Sidon, Moab, Ammon, and Philistia. They abandoned the Lord and no longer served him at all.So the Lord burned with anger against Israel, and he turned them over to the Philistines and the Ammonites,who began to oppress them that year. For eighteen years they oppressed all the Israelites east of the Jordan River in the land of the Amorites (that is, in Gilead).The Ammonites also crossed to the west side of the Jordan and attacked Judah, Benjamin, and Ephraim.

The Israelites were in great distress.10 Finally, they cried out to the Lord for help, saying, “We have sinned against you because we have abandoned you as our God and have served the images of Baal.”

11 The Lord replied, “Did I not rescue you from the Egyptians, the Amorites, the Ammonites, the Philistines,12 the Sidonians, the Amalekites, and the Maonites? When they oppressed you, you cried out to me for help, and I rescued you.13 Yet you have abandoned me and served other gods. So I will not rescue you anymore.14 Go and cry out to the gods you have chosen! Let them rescue you in your hour of distress!”

15 But the Israelites pleaded with the Lord and said, “We have sinned. Punish us as you see fit, only rescue us today from our enemies.”16 Then the Israelites put aside their foreign gods and served the Lord. And he was grieved by their misery.

17 At that time the armies of Ammon had gathered for war and were camped in Gilead, and the people of Israel assembled and camped at Mizpah.18 The leaders of Gilead said to each other, “Whoever attacks the Ammonites first will become ruler over all the people of Gilead.”

22 When Abimelech had reigned three years over Israel,

23 Then God sent an evil spirit between Abimelech and the men of Shechem; and the men of Shechem dealt treacherously with Abimelech:

24 That the cruelty done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.

25 And the men of Shechem set liers in wait for him in the top of the mountains, and they robbed all that came along that way by them: and it was told Abimelech.

26 And Gaal the son of Ebed came with his brethren, and went over to Shechem: and the men of Shechem put their confidence in him.

27 And they went out into the fields, and gathered their vineyards, and trode the grapes, and made merry, and went into the house of their god, and did eat and drink, and cursed Abimelech.

28 And Gaal the son of Ebed said, Who is Abimelech, and who is Shechem, that we should serve him? is not he the son of Jerubbaal? and Zebul his officer? serve the men of Hamor the father of Shechem: for why should we serve him?

29 And would to God this people were under my hand! then would I remove Abimelech. And he said to Abimelech, Increase thine army, and come out.

30 And when Zebul the ruler of the city heard the words of Gaal the son of Ebed, his anger was kindled.

31 And he sent messengers unto Abimelech privily, saying, Behold, Gaal the son of Ebed and his brethren be come to Shechem; and, behold, they fortify the city against thee.

32 Now therefore up by night, thou and the people that is with thee, and lie in wait in the field:

33 And it shall be, that in the morning, as soon as the sun is up, thou shalt rise early, and set upon the city: and, behold, when he and the people that is with him come out against thee, then mayest thou do to them as thou shalt find occasion.

34 And Abimelech rose up, and all the people that were with him, by night, and they laid wait against Shechem in four companies.

35 And Gaal the son of Ebed went out, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and Abimelech rose up, and the people that were with him, from lying in wait.

36 And when Gaal saw the people, he said to Zebul, Behold, there come people down from the top of the mountains. And Zebul said unto him, Thou seest the shadow of the mountains as if they were men.

37 And Gaal spake again, and said, See there come people down by the middle of the land, and another company come along by the plain of Meonenim.

38 Then said Zebul unto him, Where is now thy mouth, wherewith thou saidst, Who is Abimelech, that we should serve him? is not this the people that thou hast despised? go out, I pray now, and fight with them.

39 And Gaal went out before the men of Shechem, and fought with Abimelech.

40 And Abimelech chased him, and he fled before him, and many were overthrown and wounded, even unto the entering of the gate.

41 And Abimelech dwelt at Arumah: and Zebul thrust out Gaal and his brethren, that they should not dwell in Shechem.

42 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the people went out into the field; and they told Abimelech.

43 And he took the people, and divided them into three companies, and laid wait in the field, and looked, and, behold, the people were come forth out of the city; and he rose up against them, and smote them.

44 And Abimelech, and the company that was with him, rushed forward, and stood in the entering of the gate of the city: and the two other companies ran upon all the people that were in the fields, and slew them.

45 And Abimelech fought against the city all that day; and he took the city, and slew the people that was therein, and beat down the city, and sowed it with salt.

46 And when all the men of the tower of Shechem heard that, they entered into an hold of the house of the god Berith.

47 And it was told Abimelech, that all the men of the tower of Shechem were gathered together.

48 And Abimelech gat him up to mount Zalmon, he and all the people that were with him; and Abimelech took an axe in his hand, and cut down a bough from the trees, and took it, and laid it on his shoulder, and said unto the people that were with him, What ye have seen me do, make haste, and do as I have done.

49 And all the people likewise cut down every man his bough, and followed Abimelech, and put them to the hold, and set the hold on fire upon them; so that all the men of the tower of Shechem died also, about a thousand men and women.

50 Then went Abimelech to Thebez, and encamped against Thebez, and took it.

51 But there was a strong tower within the city, and thither fled all the men and women, and all they of the city, and shut it to them, and gat them up to the top of the tower.

52 And Abimelech came unto the tower, and fought against it, and went hard unto the door of the tower to burn it with fire.

53 And a certain woman cast a piece of a millstone upon Abimelech's head, and all to brake his skull.

54 Then he called hastily unto the young man his armourbearer, and said unto him, Draw thy sword, and slay me, that men say not of me, A women slew him. And his young man thrust him through, and he died.

55 And when the men of Israel saw that Abimelech was dead, they departed every man unto his place.

56 Thus God rendered the wickedness of Abimelech, which he did unto his father, in slaying his seventy brethren:

57 And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads: and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal.

10 And after Abimelech there arose to defend Israel Tola the son of Puah, the son of Dodo, a man of Issachar; and he dwelt in Shamir in mount Ephraim.

And he judged Israel twenty and three years, and died, and was buried in Shamir.

And after him arose Jair, a Gileadite, and judged Israel twenty and two years.

And he had thirty sons that rode on thirty ass colts, and they had thirty cities, which are called Havothjair unto this day, which are in the land of Gilead.

And Jair died, and was buried in Camon.

And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him.

And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon.

And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

Moreover the children of Ammon passed over Jordan to fight also against Judah, and against Benjamin, and against the house of Ephraim; so that Israel was sore distressed.

10 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.

11 And the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?

12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.

13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

15 And the children of Israel said unto the Lord, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seemeth good unto thee; deliver us only, we pray thee, this day.

16 And they put away the strange gods from among them, and served the Lord: and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

17 Then the children of Ammon were gathered together, and encamped in Gilead. And the children of Israel assembled themselves together, and encamped in Mizpeh.

18 And the people and princes of Gilead said one to another, What man is he that will begin to fight against the children of Ammon? he shall be head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.

Luke 24:13-53

On the Road to Emmaus

13 Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven milesOr about 11 kilometers from Jerusalem.Mk 16:1214 They were talking with each other about everything that had happened.15 As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;ver 3616 but they were kept from recognizing him.Jn 20:14; 21:4

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast.18 One of them, named Cleopas,Jn 19:25 asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

19 “What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,”S Mk 1:24 they replied. “He was a prophet,S Mt 21:11 powerful in word and deed before God and all the people.20 The chief priests and our rulersLk 23:13 handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him;21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel.Lk 1:68; 2:38; 21:28 And what is more, it is the third dayS Mt 16:21 since all this took place.22 In addition, some of our women amazed us.ver 1-10 They went to the tomb early this morning23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive.24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”ver 12

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?”Heb 2:10; 1Pe 1:1127 And beginning with MosesGe 3:15; Nu 21:9; Dt 18:15 and all the Prophets,Isa 7:14; 9:6; 40:10, 11; 53; Eze 34:23; Da 9:24; Mic 7:20; Mal 3:1 he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.Jn 1:45

28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther.29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke itS Mt 14:19 and began to give it to them.31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,ver 16 and he disappeared from their sight.32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within usPs 39:3 while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scripturesver 27, 45 to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together34 and saying, “It is true! The LordS Lk 7:13 has risen and has appeared to Simon.”1Co 15:535 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.ver 30, 31

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”Jn 20:19, 21, 26; S 14:27

37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost.Mk 6:4938 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see;Jn 20:27; 1Jn 1:1 a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet.41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.Ac 10:41

44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you:Lk 9:45; 18:34 Everything must be fulfilledS Mt 1:22; 16:21; Lk 9:22, 44; 18:31-33; 22:37 that is written about me in the Law of Moses,S ver 27 the ProphetsS ver 27 and the Psalms.”Ps 2; 16; 22; 69; 72; 110; 118

45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.46 He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will sufferS Mt 16:21 and rise from the dead on the third day,S Mt 16:2147 and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his nameAc 5:31; 10:43; 13:38 to all nations,Mt 28:19; Mk 13:10 beginning at Jerusalem.Isa 2:348 You are witnessesS Jn 15:27; Ac 1:8; 2:32; 4:20; 5:32; 13:31; 1Pe 5:1 of these things.49 I am going to send you what my Father has promised;S Jn 14:16; Ac 1:4 but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

The Ascension of Jesus

50 When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany,S Mt 21:17 he lifted up his hands and blessed them.51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.2Ki 2:1152 Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.53 And they stayed continually at the temple,S Ac 2:46 praising God.

The Walk to Emmaus

13 That same day two of Jesus’ followers were walking to the village of Emmaus, seven milesGreek 60 stadia [11.1 kilometers]. from Jerusalem.14 As they walked along they were talking about everything that had happened.15 As they talked and discussed these things, Jesus himself suddenly came and began walking with them.16 But God kept them from recognizing him.

17 He asked them, “What are you discussing so intently as you walk along?”

They stopped short, sadness written across their faces.18 Then one of them, Cleopas, replied, “You must be the only person in Jerusalem who hasn’t heard about all the things that have happened there the last few days.”

19 “What things?” Jesus asked.

“The things that happened to Jesus, the man from Nazareth,” they said. “He was a prophet who did powerful miracles, and he was a mighty teacher in the eyes of God and all the people.20 But our leading priests and other religious leaders handed him over to be condemned to death, and they crucified him.21 We had hoped he was the Messiah who had come to rescue Israel. This all happened three days ago.

22 “Then some women from our group of his followers were at his tomb early this morning, and they came back with an amazing report.23 They said his body was missing, and they had seen angels who told them Jesus is alive!24 Some of our men ran out to see, and sure enough, his body was gone, just as the women had said.”

25 Then Jesus said to them, “You foolish people! You find it so hard to believe all that the prophets wrote in the Scriptures.26 Wasn’t it clearly predicted that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering his glory?”27 Then Jesus took them through the writings of Moses and all the prophets, explaining from all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 By this time they were nearing Emmaus and the end of their journey. Jesus acted as if he were going on,29 but they begged him, “Stay the night with us, since it is getting late.” So he went home with them.30 As they sat down to eat,Or As they reclined. he took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them.31 Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappeared!

32 They said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts burn within us as he talked with us on the road and explained the Scriptures to us?”33 And within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There they found the eleven disciples and the others who had gathered with them,34 who said, “The Lord has really risen! He appeared to Peter.Greek Simon.

Jesus Appears to the Disciples

35 Then the two from Emmaus told their story of how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road, and how they had recognized him as he was breaking the bread.36 And just as they were telling about it, Jesus himself was suddenly standing there among them. “Peace be with you,” he said.37 But the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost!

38 “Why are you frightened?” he asked. “Why are your hearts filled with doubt?39 Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do.”40 As he spoke, he showed them his hands and his feet.

41 Still they stood there in disbelief, filled with joy and wonder. Then he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish,43 and he ate it as they watched.

44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.”45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day.47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations,Or all peoples. beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’48 You are witnesses of all these things.

49 “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”

The Ascension

50 Then Jesus led them to Bethany, and lifting his hands to heaven, he blessed them.51 While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up to heaven.52 So they worshiped him and then returned to Jerusalem filled with great joy.53 And they spent all of their time in the Temple, praising God.

13 And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.

14 And they talked together of all these things which had happened.

15 And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them.

16 But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.

17 And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?

18 And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days?

19 And he said unto them, What things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:

20 And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him.

21 But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, to day is the third day since these things were done.

22 Yea, and certain women also of our company made us astonished, which were early at the sepulchre;

23 And when they found not his body, they came, saying, that they had also seen a vision of angels, which said that he was alive.

24 And certain of them which were with us went to the sepulchre, and found it even so as the women had said: but him they saw not.

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

28 And they drew nigh unto the village, whither they went: and he made as though he would have gone further.

29 But they constrained him, saying, Abide with us: for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent. And he went in to tarry with them.

30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them.

31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

33 And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them,

34 Saying, The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared to Simon.

35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

36 And as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

37 But they were terrified and affrighted, and supposed that they had seen a spirit.

38 And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled? and why do thoughts arise in your hearts?

39 Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.

41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?

42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.

43 And he took it, and did eat before them.

44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

46 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:

47 And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

48 And ye are witnesses of these things.

49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.

50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.

51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.

52 And they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy:

53 And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen.

Psalm 100:1-5

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joyS Ps 98:6 to the Lord, all the earth.

Worship the LordS Dt 10:12 with gladness;

come before himS Ps 95:2 with joyful songs.

Know that the Lord is God.S 1Ki 18:21; S Ps 46:10

It is he who made us,S Job 10:3 and we are hisOr and not we ourselves;

we are his people,Ps 79:13; Isa 19:25; 63:8, 17-19; 64:9 the sheep of his pasture.S 2Sa 24:17; S Ps 74:1

Enter his gates with thanksgivingS Ps 42:4

and his courtsS Ps 96:8 with praise;

give thanks to him and praise his name.Ps 116:17

For the Lord is goodS 1Ch 16:34 and his love endures forever;S Ezr 3:11; Ps 106:1

his faithfulnessPs 108:4; 119:90 continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

A psalm of thanksgiving.

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Worship the Lord with gladness.

Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!

He made us, and we are his.As in an alternate reading in the Masoretic Text; the other alternate and some ancient versions read and not we ourselves.

We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;

go into his courts with praise.

Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good.

His unfailing love continues forever,

and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

100 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.

Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.

Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.

For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Proverbs 14:11-12

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,S Job 8:22; Pr 21:12

but the tent of the upright will flourish.S Ps 72:7; S Pr 3:33; S 12:7

12 There is a way that appears to be right,S Pr 12:15

but in the end it leads to death.Pr 16:25

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed,

but the tent of the godly will flourish.

12 There is a path before each person that seems right,

but it ends in death.

11 The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

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