December 3, 2020 (Speaking Word)

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down. They heard them speaking in tongues and declaring the greatness of God. The Gentiles had also received the word of God. I remembered the word of the Lord.

December 3, 2020 (Speaking Word)

Psalm 132, CSB

A song of ascents.

Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured, and how he swore an oath to the Lord, making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:

“I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not allow my eyes to sleep or my eyelids to slumber until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

We heard of the ark in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.

Let’s go to his dwelling place; let’s worship at his footstool.

Rise up, Lord, come to your resting place, you and your powerful ark.

May your priests be clothed with righteousness, and may your faithful people shout for joy.

For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one.

The Lord swore an oath to David, a promise he will not abandon: “I will set one of your offspring on your throne.

If your sons keep my covenant and my decrees that I will teach them, their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”

For the Lord has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his home:

“This is my resting place forever; I will make my home here because I have desired it.

I will abundantly bless its food; I will satisfy its needy with bread.

I will clothe its priests with salvation, and its faithful people will shout for joy.

There I will make a horn grow for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed one.

I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown he wears will be glorious.”

Proverbs 28:11–22, CSB

A rich person is wise in his own eyes, but a poor one who has discernment sees through him.

When the righteous triumph, there is great rejoicing, but when the wicked come to power, people hide.

The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy.

Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

A wicked ruler over a helpless people is like a roaring lion or a charging bear.

A leader who lacks understanding is very oppressive, but one who hates dishonest profit prolongs his life.

Someone burdened by bloodguilt will be a fugitive until death. Let no one help him.

The one who lives with integrity will be helped, but one who distorts right and wrong will suddenly fall.

The one who works his land will have plenty of food, but whoever chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.

A faithful person will have many blessings, but one in a hurry to get rich will not go unpunished.

It is not good to show partiality— yet even a courageous person may sin for a piece of bread.

A greedy one is in a hurry for wealth; he doesn’t know that poverty will come to him.

Acts 10:44–11:30, CSB

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came down on all those who heard the message.

The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were amazed because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.

For they heard them speaking in tongues and declaring the greatness of God. Then Peter responded, “Can anyone withhold water and prevent these people from being baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?”

He commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay for a few days.

The apostles and the brothers and sisters who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.

When Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

Peter began to explain to them step by step, “I was in the town of Joppa praying, and I saw, in a trance, an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners from heaven, and it came to me.

When I looked closely and considered it, I saw the four-footed animals of the earth, the wild beasts, the reptiles, and the birds of the sky.

I also heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’

“ ‘No, Lord!’ I said. ‘For nothing impure or ritually unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But a voice answered from heaven a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call impure.’

“Now this happened three times, and everything was drawn up again into heaven.

At that very moment, three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea arrived at the house where we were.

The Spirit told me to accompany them with no doubts at all. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we went into the man’s house.

He reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, ‘Send to Joppa, and call for Simon, who is also named Peter.

He will speak a message to you by which you and all your household will be saved.’

“As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came down on them, just as on us at the beginning.

I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

If, then, God gave them the same gift that he also gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?”

When they heard this they became silent. And they glorified God, saying, “So then, God has given repentance resulting in life even to the Gentiles.”

Now those who had been scattered as a result of the persecution that started because of Stephen made their way as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except Jews.

But there were some of them, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, who came to Antioch and began speaking to the Greeks also, proclaiming the good news about the Lord Jesus.

The Lord’s hand was with them, and a large number who believed turned to the Lord.

News about them reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent out Barnabas to travel as far as Antioch.

When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with devoted hearts, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And large numbers of people were added to the Lord.

Then he went to Tarsus to search for Saul, and when he found him he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught large numbers. The disciples were first called Christians at Antioch.

In those days some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.

One of them, named Agabus, stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine throughout the Roman world. This took place during the reign of Claudius.

Each of the disciples, according to his ability, determined to send relief to the brothers and sisters who lived in Judea.

They did this, sending it to the elders by means of Barnabas and Saul.

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