August 27, 2020

Psalm 107:1–43 (CSB)

THANKSGIVING FOR GOD’S DELIVERANCE

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 

his faithful love endures forever. 

Let the redeemed of the Lord proclaim 

that he has redeemed them from the power of the foe 

and has gathered them from the lands—

from the east and the west, 

from the north and the south. 

Some wandered in the desolate wilderness, 

finding no way to a city where they could live. 

They were hungry and thirsty; 

their spirits failed within them. 

Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; 

he rescued them from their distress. 

He led them by the right path 

to go to a city where they could live. 

Let them give thanks to the Lord

for his faithful love 

and his wondrous works for all humanity. 

For he has satisfied the thirsty 

and filled the hungry with good things. 

10 Others sat in darkness and gloom—

prisoners in cruel chains—

11 because they rebelled against God’s commands 

and despised the counsel of the Most High. 

12 He broke their spirits with hard labor; 

they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 

13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; 

he saved them from their distress. 

14 He brought them out of darkness and gloom 

and broke their chains apart. 

15 Let them give thanks to the Lord

for his faithful love 

and his wondrous works for all humanity. 

16 For he has broken down the bronze gates 

and cut through the iron bars. 

17 Fools suffered affliction 

because of their rebellious ways and their iniquities. 

18 They loathed all food 

and came near the gates of death. 

19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble; 

he saved them from their distress. 

20 He sent his word and healed them; 

he rescued them from their traps. 

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord

for his faithful love 

and his wondrous works for all humanity. 

22 Let them offer thanksgiving sacrifices 

and announce his works with shouts of joy. 

23 Others went to sea in ships, 

conducting trade on the vast water. 

24 They saw the Lord’s works, 

his wondrous works in the deep. 

25 He spoke and raised a stormy wind 

that stirred up the waves of the sea.,

26 Rising up to the sky, sinking down to the depths, 

their courage melting away in anguish, 

27 they reeled and staggered like a drunkard, 

and all their skill was useless. 

28 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, 

and he brought them out of their distress. 

29 He stilled the storm to a whisper, 

and the waves of the sea were hushed. 

30 They rejoiced when the waves grew quiet. 

Then he guided them to the harbor they longed for. 

31 Let them give thanks to the Lord

for his faithful love 

and his wondrous works for all humanity. 

32 Let them exalt him in the assembly of the people 

and praise him in the council of the elders. 

33 He turns rivers into desert, 

springs into thirsty ground, 

34 and fruitful land into salty wasteland, 

because of the wickedness of its inhabitants. 

35 He turns a desert into a pool, 

dry land into springs. 

36 He causes the hungry to settle there, 

and they establish a city where they can live. 

37 They sow fields and plant vineyards 

that yield a fruitful harvest. 

38 He blesses them, and they multiply greatly; 

he does not let their livestock decrease. 

39 When they are diminished and are humbled 

by cruel oppression and sorrow, 

40 he pours contempt on nobles 

and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland. 

41 But he lifts the needy out of their suffering 

and makes their families multiply like flocks. 

42 The upright see it and rejoice, 

and all injustice shuts its mouth. 

43 Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things 

and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love.

Proverbs 19:19–25 (CSB)

19 A person with intense anger bears the penalty; 

if you rescue him, you’ll have to do it again. 

20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction 

so that you may be wise later in life.,

21 Many plans are in a person’s heart, 

but the Lord’s decree will prevail. 

22 What is desirable in a person is his fidelity; 

better to be a poor person than a liar. 

23 The fear of the Lord leads to life; 

one will sleep at night without danger. 

24 The slacker buries his hand in the bowl; 

he doesn’t even bring it back to his mouth! 

25 Strike a mocker, and the inexperienced learn a lesson; 

rebuke the discerning, and he gains knowledge.

John 10 (CSB)

THE GOOD SHEPHERD

10 “Truly I tell you, anyone who doesn’t enter the sheep pen by the gate but climbs in some other way is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought all his own outside, he goes ahead of them. The sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will never follow a stranger; instead they will run away from him, because they don’t know the voice of strangers.” Jesus gave them this figure of speech, but they did not understand what he was telling them. 

Jesus said again, “Truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the gate. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will come in and go out and find pasture. 10 A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance. 

11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, since he is not the shepherd and doesn’t own the sheep, leaves them and runs away when he sees a wolf coming. The wolf then snatches and scatters them. 13 This happens because he is a hired hand and doesn’t care about the sheep. 

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 But I have other sheep that are not from this sheep pen; I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. Then there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me, because I lay down my life so that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own. I have the right to lay it down, and I have the right to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

19 Again the Jews were divided because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He has a demon and he’s crazy. Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others were saying, “These aren’t the words of someone who is demon-possessed. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” 

JESUS AT THE FESTIVAL OF DEDICATION

22 Then the Festival of Dedication took place in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 Jesus was walking in the temple in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”,

25 “I did tell you and you don’t believe,” Jesus answered them. “The works that I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you don’t believe because you are not of my sheep., 27 My sheep hear my voice, I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all. No one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

RENEWED EFFORTS TO STONE JESUS

31 Again the Jews picked up rocks to stone him. 

32 Jesus replied, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these works are you stoning me?” 

33 “We aren’t stoning you for a good work,” the Jews answered, “but for blasphemy, because you—being a man—make yourself God.” 

34 Jesus answered them, “Isn’t it written in your law, I said, you are gods?, 35 If he called those to whom the word of God came ‘gods’—and the Scripture cannot be broken—36 do you say, ‘You are blaspheming’ to the one the Father set apart and sent into the world, because I said: I am the Son of God? 37 If I am not doing my Father’s works, don’t believe me. 38 But if I am doing them and you don’t believe me, believe the works. This way you will know and understand that the Father is in me and I in the Father.” 39 Then they were trying again to seize him, but he escaped their grasp. 

MANY BEYOND THE JORDAN BELIEVE IN JESUS

40 So he departed again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing earlier, and he remained there. 41 Many came to him and said, “John never did a sign, but everything John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there.