June 24, 2020

Psalm 80 (CSB)

Psalm 80

A PRAYER FOR RESTORATION

For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” A testimony of Asaph. A psalm. 

Listen, Shepherd of Israel, 

who leads Joseph like a flock; 

you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, 

shine on Ephraim, 

Benjamin, and Manasseh. 

Rally your power and come to save us. 

Restore us, God

make your face shine on us, 

so that we may be saved. 

Lord God of Armies, 

how long will you be angry 

with your people’s prayers? 

You fed them the bread of tears 

and gave them a full measure 

of tears to drink. 

You put us at odds with our neighbors; 

our enemies mock us. 

Restore us, God of Armies; 

make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved. 

You dug up a vine from Egypt; 

you drove out the nations and planted it. 

You cleared a place for it; 

it took root and filled the land. 

10 The mountains were covered by its shade, 

and the mighty cedars with its branches. 

11 It sent out sprouts toward the Sea 

and shoots toward the River.,

12 Why have you broken down its walls 

so that all who pass by pick its fruit? 

13 Boars from the forest tear at it 

and creatures of the field feed on it. 

14 Return, God of Armies. 

Look down from heaven and see; 

take care of this vine, 

15 the root your right hand planted, 

the son that you made strong for yourself. 

16 It was cut down and burned; 

they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. 

17 Let your hand be with the man at your right hand, 

with the son of man 

you have made strong for yourself. 

18 Then we will not turn away from you; 

revive us, and we will call on your name. 

19 Restore us, Lord, God of Armies; 

make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.

Proverbs 15:8–10 (CSB)

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord, 

but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 

The Lord detests the way of the wicked, 

but he loves the one who pursues righteousness. 

10 Discipline is harsh for the one who leaves the path; 

the one who hates correction will die.

Luke 23:1–25 (CSB)

JESUS FACES PILATE

23 Then their whole assembly rose up and brought him before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 

So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 

He answered him, “You say so.”

Pilate then told the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no grounds for charging this man.” 

But they kept insisting, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he started even to here.” 

JESUS FACES HEROD ANTIPAS

When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean. Finding that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days. Herod was very glad to see Jesus; for a long time he had wanted to see him because he had heard about him and was hoping to see some miracle performed by him. So he kept asking him questions, but Jesus did not answer him. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod, with his soldiers, treated him with contempt, mocked him, dressed him in bright clothing, and sent him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends., Previously, they had been enemies. 

JESUS OR BARABBAS

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You have brought me this man as one who misleads the people. But in fact, after examining him in your presence, I have found no grounds to charge this man with those things you accuse him of. 15 Neither has Herod, because he sent him back to us. Clearly, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will have him whipped, and then release him.” 

18 Then they all cried out together, “Take this man away! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (He had been thrown into prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) 

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!” 

22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What has this man done wrong? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore, I will have him whipped and then release him.” 

23 But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that he be crucified, and their voices won out. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand 25 and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.