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Bible Readings for Holy Week: Wednesday

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Wednesday of Holy Week

Isaiah 50:4-9; Psalm 70; Hebrews 12:1-3; John 13:21-32

Isaiah 50:4-9
4The Master, GOD, has given me a well-taught tongue,
So I know how to encourage tired people.
He wakes me up in the morning,
Wakes me up, opens my ears
to listen as one ready to take orders.
5The Master, GOD, opened my ears,
and I didn't go back to sleep,
didn't pull the covers back over my head.
6I followed orders,
stood there and took it while they beat me,
held steady while they pulled out my beard,
Didn't dodge their insults,
faced them as they spit in my face.
7And the Master, GOD, stays right there and helps me,
so I'm not disgraced.
Therefore I set my face like flint,
confident that I'll never regret this.
8My champion is right here.
Let's take our stand together!
Who dares bring suit against me?
Let him try!
9Look! the Master, GOD, is right here.
Who would dare call me guilty?
Look! My accusers are a clothes bin of threadbare
socks and shirts, fodder for moths!
The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

Psalm 70
1God! Please hurry to my rescue! God, come quickly to my side! 2Those who are out to get me– let them fall all over themselves. Those who relish my downfall–
send them down a blind alley.
3Give them a taste of their own medicine,
those gossips off clucking their tongues.4Let those on the hunt for you
sing and celebrate.
Let all who love your saving way
say over and over, "God is mighty!"

5But I've lost it. I'm wasted.
God–quickly, quickly!
Quick to my side, quick to my rescue!
GOD, don't lose a minute.

The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
Hebrews 12:1-3
Discipline in a Long-Distance Race

1Do you see what this means–all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running–and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. 2Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed–that exhilarating finish in and with God–he could put up with anything along the way: cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. 3When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!
The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

John 13:21-32
21After he said these things, Jesus became visibly upset, and then he told them why. "One of you is going to betray me."
22The disciples looked around at one another, wondering who on earth he was talking about. 23One of the disciples, the one Jesus loved dearly, was reclining against him, his head on his shoulder. 24Peter motioned to him to ask who Jesus might be talking about. 25So, being the closest, he said, "Master, who?"
26Jesus said, "The one to whom I give this crust of bread after I've dipped it." Then he dipped the crust and gave it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. 27As soon as the bread was in his hand, Satan entered him.
"What you must do," said Jesus, "do. Do it and get it over with."
28No one around the supper table knew why he said this to him. 29Some thought that since Judas was their treasurer, Jesus was telling him to buy what they needed for the Feast, or that he should give something to the poor.
30Judas, with the piece of bread, left. It was night.

A New Command
31When he had left, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is seen for who he is, and God seen for who he is in him. The moment God is seen in him, 32God's glory will be on display. In glorifying him, he himself is glorified–glory all around!

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

Prefer another translation? You'll find it at BibleGateway.com (click on it, then pick the version you want and click update).

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Written by Monte

April 12, 2006 at 12:05 am

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