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Bible Readings for Holy Week: Monday

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Want to take an Easter pilgrimage? On each day of the week before Easter, I'll post the day's reading at 12:01 A.M. It'll be waiting for you when you get up! Journal your thoughts, if you like, at the end of the day's readings, to share with others who come by.

Monday of Holy Week

Isaiah 42:1-9; Psalm 36:5-11; Hebrews 9:11-15; John 12:1-11

Isaiah 42:1-9
God's Servant Will Set Everything Right
1"Take a good look at my servant.
I'm backing him to the hilt.
He's the one I chose,
and I couldn't be more pleased with him.
I've bathed him with my Spirit, my life.
He'll set everything right among the nations.
2He won't call attention to what he does
with loud speeches or gaudy parades.
3He won't brush aside the bruised and the hurt
and he won't disregard the small and insignificant,
but he'll steadily and firmly set things right.
4He won't tire out and quit. He won't be stopped
until he's finished his work–to set things right on earth.
Far-flung ocean islands
wait expectantly for his teaching."

The God Who Makes Us Alive with His Own Life
5GOD's Message,
the God who created the cosmos, stretched out the skies,
laid out the earth and all that grows from it,
Who breathes life into earth's people,
makes them alive with his own life:
6"I am GOD. I have called you to live right and well.
I have taken responsibility for you, kept you safe.
I have set you among my people to bind them to me,
and provided you as a lighthouse to the nations,
7To make a start at bringing people into the open, into light:
opening blind eyes,
releasing prisoners from dungeons,
emptying the dark prisons.
8I am GOD. That's my name.
I don't franchise my glory,
don't endorse the no-god idols.
9Take note: The earlier predictions of judgment have been fulfilled.
I'm announcing the new salvation work.
Before it bursts on the scene,
I'm telling you all about it."

Psalm 36:5-11
5God's love is meteoric,
his loyalty astronomic,
6His purpose titanic,
his verdicts oceanic.
Yet in his largeness
nothing gets lost;
Not a man, not a mouse,
slips through the cracks.

7How exquisite your love, O God!
How eager we are to run under your wings,
8To eat our fill at the banquet you spread
as you fill our tankards with Eden spring water.
9You're a fountain of cascading light,
and you open our eyes to light.

10Keep on loving your friends;
do your work in welcoming hearts.
11Don't let the bullies kick me around,
the moral midgets slap me down.
Hebrews 9:11-15
Pointing to the Realities of Heaven
11But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven's "tent"–the true Holy Place–once and for all. 12He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. 13If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, 14think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. 15Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.
John 12:1-11
Anointing His Feet
1Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. 2Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. 3Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus' feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house.

4Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, 5"Why wasn't this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces." 6He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them.

7Jesus said, "Let her alone. She's anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. 8You always have the poor with you. You don't always have me."

9Word got out among the Jews that he was back in town. The people came to take a look, not only at Jesus but also at Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. 10So the high priests plotted to kill Lazarus 11because so many of the Jews were going over and believing in Jesus on account of him.

The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

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Written by Monte

April 10, 2006 at 9:58 pm

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