Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

This remarkable prophecy reminds us of the foreknowledge of God, for King Josiah of Judah was not born until nearly three hundred years after the word of the Lord had foretold it! Imagine if someone on the Mayflower had announced the exact name of a recently elected American president and had described in detail his policies and actions. Such a scenario would be similar to what happened with Josiah, for he fulfilled the prophecy concerning his life down to the smallest detail (2 Kings 23:15-16).

Our lives are not accidental, but are carefully purposed by God to bring glory to His name. We are indeed children of destiny. The Lord told Jeremiah, "I knew you before I formed you in your mother's womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my spokesman to the world" (Jeremiah 1:5). Rest today in the foreknowledge of God concerning your destiny. From the beginning of time, God has had His eye upon you!

1 Kings 12:20-13:34

20 When all the Israelites heard that Jeroboam had returned, they sent and called him to the assembly and made him king over all Israel. Only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the house of David.1Ki 11:13, 32; Eze 37:16

21 When Rehoboam arrived in Jerusalem, he mustered all Judah and the tribe of Benjamin—a hundred and eighty thousand able young men—to go to war1Ki 14:30; 15:6, 16; 2Ch 11:1 against Israel and to regain the kingdom for Rehoboam son of Solomon.

22 But this word of God came to Shemaiah2Ch 12:5-7 the man of God:S Dt 33:1; 2Ki 4:723 “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon king of Judah, to all Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people,24 ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not go up to fight against your brothers, the Israelites. Go home, every one of you, for this is my doing.’” So they obeyed the word of the Lord and went home again, as the Lord had ordered.

Golden Calves at Bethel and Dan

25 Then Jeroboam fortified ShechemS ver 1 in the hill country of Ephraim and lived there. From there he went out and built up Peniel.Hebrew Penuel, a variant of PenielS Jdg 8:8, 17

26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “The kingdom will now likely revert to the house of David.27 If these people go up to offer sacrifices at the temple of the Lord in Jerusalem,Dt 12:5-6 they will again give their allegiance to their lord, Rehoboam king of Judah. They will kill me and return to King Rehoboam.”

28 After seeking advice, the king made two golden calves.S Ex 32:4; S 2Ch 11:15 He said to the people, “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”S Ex 32:829 One he set up in Bethel,S Ge 12:8; S Jos 7:2 and the other in Dan.Jdg 18:27-31; Am 8:1430 And this thing became a sin;1Ki 13:34; 14:16; 15:26, 30; 16:2; 2Ki 3:3; 10:29; 13:2; 17:21 the people came to worship the one at Bethel and went as far as Dan to worship the other.Probable reading of the original Hebrew text; Masoretic Text people went to the one as far as Dan

31 Jeroboam built shrinesS Lev 26:30; 1Ki 13:32; 2Ki 17:29 on high places and appointed priestsS Ex 29:9; 1Ki 13:33; 2Ki 17:32; 2Ch 11:14-15; 13:9 from all sorts of people, even though they were not Levites.32 He instituted a festival on the fifteenth day of the eighthS Nu 29:12 month, like the festival held in Judah, and offered sacrifices on the altar. This he did in Bethel,2Ki 10:29 sacrificing to the calves he had made. And at Bethel he also installed priests at the high places he had made.33 On the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a month of his own choosing, he offered sacrifices on the altar he had built at Bethel.2Ki 23:15; Am 7:13 So he instituted the festival for the Israelites and went up to the altar to make offerings.

The Man of God From Judah

13 By the word of the Lord a man of GodS Dt 33:1; S Jdg 13:6 came from Judah to Bethel,Am 7:13 as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering.By the word of the Lord he cried out against the altar: “Altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: ‘A son named Josiah2Ki 23:15-16, 20; 2Ch 34:5 will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high placesS Lev 26:30 who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.’”That same day the man of God gave a sign:S Ge 24:14; S Ex 4:8; S Jn 2:11 “This is the sign the Lord has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out.”

When King Jeroboam heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, “Seize him!” But the hand he stretched out toward the man shriveled up, so that he could not pull it back.Also, the altar was split apart and its ashes poured out according to the sign given by the man of God by the word of the Lord.

Then the king said to the man of God, “IntercedeS Ge 20:7; S Nu 11:2; S Jer 37:3; Ac 8:24 with the Lord your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.

The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.”S 1Sa 9:7

But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions,Nu 22:18 I would not go with you, nor would I eat breadver 16 or drink water here.For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’”10 So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.

11 Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king.12 Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken.13 So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it14 and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”

“I am,” he replied.

15 So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”

16 The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat breadver 8 or drink water with you in this place.17 I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’”

18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord:1Ki 22:6, 12; 2Ch 35:21; Isa 36:10 ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lyingS Ge 19:14; S Dt 13:3 to him.)19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.

20 While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back.21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defiedver 26; S 1Sa 13:14; 1Ki 20:35 the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you.22 You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’”

23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him.24 As he went on his way, a lion1Ki 20:36 met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it.25 Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.

26 When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defiedS ver 21 the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him.”

27 The prophet said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me,” and they did so.28 Then he went out and found the body lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey.29 So the prophet picked up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to his own city to mourn for him and bury him.30 Then he laid the body in his own tomb,2Ki 23:17 and they mourned over him and said, “Alas, my brother!”Jer 22:18

31 After burying him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried; lay my bones2Ki 23:18 beside his bones.32 For the message he declared by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high placesS Lev 26:30; S 1Ki 12:31 in the towns of Samaria1Ki 16:24, 28; 20:1; 2Ki 10:1; 15:13 will certainly come true.”2Ki 23:16

33 Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways,1Ki 15:26 but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sortsS 1Ki 12:31 of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places.34 This was the sinS 1Ki 12:30 of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction1Ki 14:10; 15:29; 2Ki 9:9; Jer 35:17; Am 7:9 from the face of the earth.

20 When the people of Israel learned of Jeroboam’s return from Egypt, they called an assembly and made him king over all Israel. So only the tribe of Judah remained loyal to the family of David.

Shemaiah’s Prophecy

21 When Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he mobilized the men of Judah and the tribe of Benjamin—180,000 select troops—to fight against the men of Israel and to restore the kingdom to himself.

22 But God said to Shemaiah, the man of God,23 “Say to Rehoboam son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all the people of Judah and Benjamin, and to the rest of the people,24 ‘This is what the Lord says: Do not fight against your relatives, the Israelites. Go back home, for what has happened is my doing!’” So they obeyed the message of the Lord and went home, as the Lord had commanded.

Jeroboam Makes Gold Calves

25 Jeroboam then built up the city of Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and it became his capital. Later he went and built up the town of Peniel.Hebrew Penuel, a variant spelling of Peniel.

26 Jeroboam thought to himself, “Unless I am careful, the kingdom will return to the dynasty of David.27 When these people go to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices at the Temple of the Lord, they will again give their allegiance to King Rehoboam of Judah. They will kill me and make him their king instead.”

28 So on the advice of his counselors, the king made two gold calves. He said to the people,Hebrew to them. “It is too much trouble for you to worship in Jerusalem. Look, Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of Egypt!”

29 He placed these calf idols in Bethel and in Dan—at either end of his kingdom.30 But this became a great sin, for the people worshiped the idols, traveling as far north as Dan to worship the one there.

31 Jeroboam also erected buildings at the pagan shrines and ordained priests from the common people—those who were not from the priestly tribe of Levi.32 And Jeroboam instituted a religious festival in Bethel, held on the fifteenth day of the eighth month,This day of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred in late October or early November, exactly one month after the annual Festival of Shelters in Judah (see Lev 23:34). in imitation of the annual Festival of Shelters in Judah. There at Bethel he himself offered sacrifices to the calves he had made, and he appointed priests for the pagan shrines he had made.33 So on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, a day that he himself had designated, Jeroboam offered sacrifices on the altar at Bethel. He instituted a religious festival for Israel, and he went up to the altar to burn incense.

A Prophet Denounces Jeroboam

13 At the Lord’s command, a man of God from Judah went to Bethel, arriving there just as Jeroboam was approaching the altar to burn incense.Then at the Lord’s command, he shouted, “O altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: A child named Josiah will be born into the dynasty of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests from the pagan shrines who come here to burn incense, and human bones will be burned on you.”That same day the man of God gave a sign to prove his message. He said, “The Lord has promised to give this sign: This altar will split apart, and its ashes will be poured out on the ground.”

When King Jeroboam heard the man of God speaking against the altar at Bethel, he pointed at him and shouted, “Seize that man!” But instantly the king’s hand became paralyzed in that position, and he couldn’t pull it back.At the same time a wide crack appeared in the altar, and the ashes poured out, just as the man of God had predicted in his message from the Lord.

The king cried out to the man of God, “Please ask the Lord your God to restore my hand again!” So the man of God prayed to the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and he could move it again.

Then the king said to the man of God, “Come to the palace with me and have something to eat, and I will give you a gift.”

But the man of God said to the king, “Even if you gave me half of everything you own, I would not go with you. I would not eat or drink anything in this place.For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”10 So he left Bethel and went home another way.

11 As it happened, there was an old prophet living in Bethel, and his sonsAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads son. came home and told him what the man of God had done in Bethel that day. They also told their father what the man had said to the king.12 The old prophet asked them, “Which way did he go?” So they showed their fatherAs in Greek version; Hebrew reads They had seen. which road the man of God had taken.13 “Quick, saddle the donkey,” the old man said. So they saddled the donkey for him, and he mounted it.

14 Then he rode after the man of God and found him sitting under a great tree. The old prophet asked him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”

“Yes, I am,” he replied.

15 Then he said to the man of God, “Come home with me and eat some food.”

16 “No, I cannot,” he replied. “I am not allowed to eat or drink anything here in this place.17 For the Lord gave me this command: ‘You must not eat or drink anything while you are there, and do not return to Judah by the same way you came.’”

18 But the old prophet answered, “I am a prophet, too, just as you are. And an angel gave me this command from the Lord: ‘Bring him home with you so he can have something to eat and drink.’” But the old man was lying to him.19 So they went back together, and the man of God ate and drank at the prophet’s home.

20 Then while they were sitting at the table, a command from the Lord came to the old prophet.21 He cried out to the man of God from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: You have defied the word of the Lord and have disobeyed the command the Lord your God gave you.22 You came back to this place and ate and drank where he told you not to eat or drink. Because of this, your body will not be buried in the grave of your ancestors.”

23 After the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the old prophet saddled his own donkey for him,24 and the man of God started off again. But as he was traveling along, a lion came out and killed him. His body lay there on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it.25 People who passed by saw the body lying in the road and the lion standing beside it, and they went and reported it in Bethel, where the old prophet lived.

26 When the prophet heard the report, he said, “It is the man of God who disobeyed the Lord’s command. The Lord has fulfilled his word by causing the lion to attack and kill him.”

27 Then the prophet said to his sons, “Saddle a donkey for me.” So they saddled a donkey,28 and he went out and found the body lying in the road. The donkey and lion were still standing there beside it, for the lion had not eaten the body nor attacked the donkey.29 So the prophet laid the body of the man of God on the donkey and took it back to the town to mourn over him and bury him.30 He laid the body in his own grave, crying out in grief, “Oh, my brother!”

31 Afterward the prophet said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried. Lay my bones beside his bones.32 For the message the Lord told him to proclaim against the altar in Bethel and against the pagan shrines in the towns of Samaria will certainly come true.”

33 But even after this, Jeroboam did not turn from his evil ways. He continued to choose priests from the common people. He appointed anyone who wanted to become a priest for the pagan shrines.34 This became a great sin and resulted in the utter destruction of Jeroboam’s dynasty from the face of the earth.

20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only.

21 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

22 But the word of God came unto Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

23 Speak unto Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and unto all the house of Judah and Benjamin, and to the remnant of the people, saying,

24 Thus saith the Lord, Ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is from me. They hearkened therefore to the word of the Lord, and returned to depart, according to the word of the Lord.

25 Then Jeroboam built Shechem in mount Ephraim, and dwelt therein; and went out from thence, and built Penuel.

26 And Jeroboam said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David:

27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the Lord at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.

29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.

30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi.

32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made.

33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.

13 And, behold, there came a man of God out of Judah by the word of the Lord unto Bethel: and Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense.

And he cried against the altar in the word of the Lord, and said, O altar, altar, thus saith the Lord; Behold, a child shall be born unto the house of David, Josiah by name; and upon thee shall he offer the priests of the high places that burn incense upon thee, and men's bones shall be burnt upon thee.

And he gave a sign the same day, saying, This is the sign which the Lord hath spoken; Behold, the altar shall be rent, and the ashes that are upon it shall be poured out.

And it came to pass, when king Jeroboam heard the saying of the man of God, which had cried against the altar in Bethel, that he put forth his hand from the altar, saying, Lay hold on him. And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up, so that he could not pull it in again to him.

The altar also was rent, and the ashes poured out from the altar, according to the sign which the man of God had given by the word of the Lord.

And the king answered and said unto the man of God, Intreat now the face of the Lord thy God, and pray for me, that my hand may be restored me again. And the man of God besought the Lord, and the king's hand was restored him again, and became as it was before.

And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward.

And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place:

For so was it charged me by the word of the Lord, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest.

10 So he went another way, and returned not by the way that he came to Bethel.

11 Now there dwelt an old prophet in Bethel; and his sons came and told him all the works that the man of God had done that day in Bethel: the words which he had spoken unto the king, them they told also to their father.

12 And their father said unto them, What way went he? For his sons had seen what way the man of God went, which came from Judah.

13 And he said unto his sons, Saddle me the ass. So they saddled him the ass: and he rode thereon,

14 And went after the man of God, and found him sitting under an oak: and he said unto him, Art thou the man of God that camest from Judah? And he said, I am.

15 Then he said unto him, Come home with me, and eat bread.

16 And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee: neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place:

17 For it was said to me by the word of the Lord, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

18 He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the Lord, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

19 So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water.

20 And it came to pass, as they sat at the table, that the word of the Lord came unto the prophet that brought him back:

21 And he cried unto the man of God that came from Judah, saying, Thus saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast disobeyed the mouth of the Lord, and hast not kept the commandment which the Lord thy God commanded thee,

22 But camest back, and hast eaten bread and drunk water in the place, of the which the Lord did say to thee, Eat no bread, and drink no water; thy carcase shall not come unto the sepulchre of thy fathers.

23 And it came to pass, after he had eaten bread, and after he had drunk, that he saddled for him the ass, to wit, for the prophet whom he had brought back.

24 And when he was gone, a lion met him by the way, and slew him: and his carcase was cast in the way, and the ass stood by it, the lion also stood by the carcase.

25 And, behold, men passed by, and saw the carcase cast in the way, and the lion standing by the carcase: and they came and told it in the city where the old prophet dwelt.

26 And when the prophet that brought him back from the way heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the Lord: therefore the Lord hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake unto him.

27 And he spake to his sons, saying, Saddle me the ass. And they saddled him.

28 And he went and found his carcase cast in the way, and the ass and the lion standing by the carcase: the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass.

29 And the prophet took up the carcase of the man of God, and laid it upon the ass, and brought it back: and the old prophet came to the city, to mourn and to bury him.

30 And he laid his carcase in his own grave; and they mourned over him, saying, Alas, my brother!

31 And it came to pass, after he had buried him, that he spake to his sons, saying, When I am dead, then bury me in the sepulchre wherein the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones:

32 For the saying which he cried by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel, and against all the houses of the high places which are in the cities of Samaria, shall surely come to pass.

33 After this thing Jeroboam returned not from his evil way, but made again of the lowest of the people priests of the high places: whosoever would, he consecrated him, and he became one of the priests of the high places.

34 And this thing became sin unto the house of Jeroboam, even to cut it off, and to destroy it from off the face of the earth.

Acts 9:26-43

26 When he came to Jerusalem,Ac 22:17; 26:20; Gal 1:17, 18 he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple.27 But BarnabasS Ac 4:36 took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him,ver 3-6 and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.ver 20, 2228 So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.29 He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews,That is, Jews who had adopted the Greek language and cultureAc 6:1 but they tried to kill him.2Co 11:2630 When the believersS Ac 1:16 learned of this, they took him down to CaesareaS Ac 8:40 and sent him off to Tarsus.S ver 11

31 Then the church throughout Judea, Galilee and SamariaAc 8:1 enjoyed a time of peace and was strengthened. Living in the fear of the Lord and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, it increased in numbers.S Ac 2:41

Aeneas and Dorcas

32 As Peter traveled about the country, he went to visit the Lord’s peopleS ver 13 who lived in Lydda.33 There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years.34 “Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ heals you.Ac 3:6, 16; 4:10 Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately Aeneas got up.35 All those who lived in Lydda and Sharon1Ch 5:16; 27:29; SS 2:1; Isa 33:9; 35:2; 65:10 saw him and turned to the Lord.S Ac 2:41

36 In JoppaJos 19:46; 2Ch 2:16; Ezr 3:7; Jnh 1:3; Ac 10:5 there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good1Ti 2:10; Tit 3:8 and helping the poor.37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room.Ac 1:13; 20:838 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciplesS Ac 11:26 heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widowsAc 6:1; 1Ti 5:3 stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room;Mt 9:25 then he got down on his kneesLk 22:41; Ac 7:60 and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.”S Lk 7:14 She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.42 This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord.S Ac 2:4143 Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.Ac 10:6

26 When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer!27 Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus.

28 So Saul stayed with the apostles and went all around Jerusalem with them, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord.29 He debated with some Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to murder him.30 When the believersGreek brothers. heard about this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus, his hometown.

31 The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers.

Peter Heals Aeneas and Raises Dorcas

32 Meanwhile, Peter traveled from place to place, and he came down to visit the believers in the town of Lydda.33 There he met a man named Aeneas, who had been paralyzed and bedridden for eight years.34 Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly.35 Then the whole population of Lydda and Sharon saw Aeneas walking around, and they turned to the Lord.

36 There was a believer in Joppa named Tabitha (which in Greek is DorcasThe names Tabitha in Aramaic and Dorcas in Greek both mean “gazelle.”). She was always doing kind things for others and helping the poor.37 About this time she became ill and died. Her body was washed for burial and laid in an upstairs room.38 But the believers had heard that Peter was nearby at Lydda, so they sent two men to beg him, “Please come as soon as possible!”

39 So Peter returned with them; and as soon as he arrived, they took him to the upstairs room. The room was filled with widows who were weeping and showing him the coats and other clothes Dorcas had made for them.40 But Peter asked them all to leave the room; then he knelt and prayed. Turning to the body he said, “Get up, Tabitha.” And she opened her eyes! When she saw Peter, she sat up!41 He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then he called in the widows and all the believers, and he presented her to them alive.

42 The news spread through the whole town, and many believed in the Lord.43 And Peter stayed a long time in Joppa, living with Simon, a tanner of hides.

26 And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.

27 But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.

28 And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

29 And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

30 Which when the brethren knew, they brought him down to Caesarea, and sent him forth to Tarsus.

31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

32 And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters, he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda.

33 And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy.

34 And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ maketh thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately.

35 And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord.

36 Now there was at Joppa a certain disciple named Tabitha, which by interpretation is called Dorcas: this woman was full of good works and almsdeeds which she did.

37 And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber.

38 And forasmuch as Lydda was nigh to Joppa, and the disciples had heard that Peter was there, they sent unto him two men, desiring him that he would not delay to come to them.

39 Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

40 But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up.

41 And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive.

42 And it was known throughout all Joppa; and many believed in the Lord.

43 And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner.

Psalm 132:1-18

Psalm 132132:8-10pp — 2Ch 6:41-42

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David

and all his self-denial.1Sa 18:11; S 2Sa 15:14

He swore an oath to the Lord,

he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:S Ge 49:24; Isa 49:26; 60:16

“I will not enter my houseS 2Sa 7:2, 27

or go to my bed,

I will allow no sleep to my eyes

or slumber to my eyelids,

till I find a placeS 1Ki 8:17; Ac 7:46 for the Lord,

a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard it in Ephrathah,S 1Sa 17:12

we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:Or heard of it in Ephrathah, / we found it in the fields of Jearim. (See 1 Chron. 13:5,6) (And no quotation marks around verses 7-9)S Jos 9:17; S 1Sa 7:2

“Let us go to his dwelling place,S 2Sa 15:25; Ps 5:7; 122:1

let us worship at his footstool,S 1Ch 28:2 saying,

‘Arise, Lord,S Nu 10:35 and come to your resting place,

you and the ark of your might.

May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;S Job 27:6; Isa 61:3, 10; Zec 3:4; Mal 3:3; Eph 6:14

may your faithful peoplePs 16:3; 30:4; 149:5 sing for joy.’”

10 For the sake of your servant David,

do not reject your anointed one.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David,S Ps 89:3-4, 35

a sure oath he will not revoke:

“One of your own descendantsS 1Ch 17:11-14; S Mt 1:1; Lk 3:31

I will place on your throne.

12 If your sons keep my covenant2Ch 6:16; S Ps 25:10

and the statutes I teach them,

then their sons will sit

on your throneLk 1:32; Ac 2:30 for ever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen Zion,S Ex 15:17; Ps 48:1-2; S 68:16

he has desired it for his dwelling,S 1Ki 8:13 saying,

14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever;ver 8; Ps 68:16

here I will sit enthroned,S 2Sa 6:2; Ps 80:1 for I have desired it.

15 I will bless her with abundant provisions;

her poor I will satisfy with food.Ps 107:9; 147:14

16 I will clothe her priestsS 2Ch 6:41 with salvation,

and her faithful people will ever sing for joy.S Job 8:21; Ps 149:5

17 “Here I will make a hornHorn here symbolizes strong one, that is, king. growS 1Sa 2:10; Ps 92:10; Eze 29:21; S Lk 1:69 for David

and set up a lamp1Ki 11:36; 2Ki 8:19; 2Ch 21:7; Ps 18:28 for my anointed one.S Ps 84:9

18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,S Job 8:22

but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”S 2Sa 12:30

Psalm 132

A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem.

Lord, remember David

and all that he suffered.

He made a solemn promise to the Lord.

He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel,Hebrew of Jacob; also in 132:5. See note on 44:4.

“I will not go home;

I will not let myself rest.

I will not let my eyes sleep

nor close my eyelids in slumber

until I find a place to build a house for the Lord,

a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel.”

We heard that the Ark was in Ephrathah;

then we found it in the distant countryside of Jaar.

Let us go to the sanctuary of the Lord;

let us worship at the footstool of his throne.

Arise, O Lord, and enter your resting place,

along with the Ark, the symbol of your power.

May your priests be clothed in godliness;

may your loyal servants sing for joy.

10 For the sake of your servant David,

do not reject the king you have anointed.

11 The Lord swore an oath to David

with a promise he will never take back:

“I will place one of your descendants

on your throne.

12 If your descendants obey the terms of my covenant

and the laws that I teach them,

then your royal line

will continue forever and ever.”

13 For the Lord has chosen JerusalemHebrew Zion.;

he has desired it for his home.

14 “This is my resting place forever,” he said.

“I will live here, for this is the home I desired.

15 I will bless this city and make it prosperous;

I will satisfy its poor with food.

16 I will clothe its priests with godliness;

its faithful servants will sing for joy.

17 Here I will increase the power of David;

my anointed one will be a light for my people.

18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,

but he will be a glorious king.”

132 Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions:

How he sware unto the Lord, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;

Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;

I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,

Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.

Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

10 For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.

11 The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.

13 For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.

16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.

18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Proverbs 17:6

Children’s childrenS Ps 128:5-6 are a crown to the aged,

and parents are the pride of their children.

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged;

parentsHebrew fathers. are the pride of their children.

Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers.

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