Week 31, Day 5 in the LEB

Aug 3, 2017

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The reading for today is Amos 7-9; Matthew 15.

Scripture quotations are from the Lexham English Bible. Copyright 2012 Logos Bible Software. Lexham is a registered trademark of Logos Bible Software.

Amos 7

This is what my Lord Yahweh showed me, and look, he is going to form locusts at the beginning of the sprouting of the second crop, and look, after the mowings of the king. And then when they finished eating the vegetation of the land, I said, "O Lord Yahweh, please forgive! How can Jacob stand, because he is small?" Yahweh relented concerning this. "It will not be," said Yahweh. This is what my Lord Yahweh showed me, and look, my Lord Yahweh was going to call for a legal case with fire, and it devoured the great deep and it ate up the plots of ground. Then I said, "O Lord Yahweh, please stop! How can Jacob stand, because he is small?" Yahweh also relented concerning this. "This also will not be," said my Lord Yahweh. This is what he showed me: Behold, my Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plummet, and a plummet was in his hand. And Yahweh said to me, "What do you see?" And I said, "A plummet." And my Lord said, "Look, I am going to set a plummet in the midst of my people, Israel. I will not pass them by again. The high places of Isaac shall become desolate and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste. And I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."

Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam the king of Israel, saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to endure all of his words. For this Amos has said, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel will certainly go into exile away from his land.’" And Amaziah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee to the land of Judah and earn food there and prophesy there!" But do not prophesy again at Bethel, because this is a sanctuary of a king and this is a temple of a kingdom." And Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I am not a prophet and I am not a son of a prophet, but I am a herdsman and I am one taking care of sycamore trees. And Yahweh took me from following behind the sheep and goats and Yahweh said to me, "Go, prophesy to my people Israel! And so then, hear the word of Yahweh! You are saying, ‘You must not prophesy against Israel and you must not preach against the house of Isaac!’ Therefore, thus says Yahweh, ‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city and your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword and your land will be divided with a line, and you will die in an unclean land and Israel will surely go into exile from this land.’"

Amos 8

My Lord Yahweh showed me this, and there was a basket of summer fruit. And he said, "What do you see, Amos?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit." And Yahweh said to me, "The end has come upon my people Israel. I will not pass by them again!" "And the songs of the temple shall become wailings in that day," declares my Lord Yahweh. "The corpses are numerous; he throws them in every place. Be quiet!" Hear this, those who trample on the poor and who annihilate the afflicted of the land, saying, "When will the new moon be over, so that we can sell grain? And the Sabbath, so that we can open the grain bins, that we can make the ephah small and make the shekel large, and can practice deceit with a set of scales of deceit? That we can buy the powerless with silver and the poor for the sake of a pair of sandals, and we can sell the waste of the grain?" Yahweh has sworn by the pride of Jacob, "Surely I will never forget any of their deeds! On account of this, will not the land tremble and will not every living thing in it mourn? And all of it will rise like the Nile and it will be tossed about and subside like the Nile of Egypt. And then in that day," declares my Lord Yahweh, "I will make the sun go down at noon and I will darken the land on a day of light. And I will turn your feasts into mourning and all of your songs into lament, and I will put sackcloth on all loins and baldness on every head. And I will make it like the mourning for an only child, and its end like a bitter day. Look, the days are coming," declares my Lord Yahweh, "when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine for bread and not a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh! And they will wander from sea to sea and from the north and to the east. They will roam about to seek the word of Yahweh, but they will not find it! In that day the beautiful young women and the young men will faint because of thirst. These are those who swear by the guilt of Samaria and say, ‘By the life of your gods, O Dan,’ and ‘By the life of the way of Beersheba,’ they will fall and they will not rise again."

Amos 9

I saw my Lord standing by the altar and he said, "Strike the capitals so that the thresholds will shake, and shatter them on the head of all of them, and I will kill the rest of them with the sword. A fugitive belonging to them will not run away, and a survivor belonging to them will not escape. If they dig into Sheol, from there my hand will take them, and even if they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. And even if they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search and will take them, and even if they hide from before my eyes at the bottom of the sea, from there I will command the sea serpent and it will bite them. And even if they go into captivity before their enemies, from there I will command the sword and it will kill them, and I will fix my eyes on them for harm and not for good." And thus will do the Lord Yahweh of hosts, who touches the earth and it melts, and all of those living in it mourn, and all of it rises like the Nile and it sinks down like the Nile of Egypt, who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and lays the foundation of his vault on the earth, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them on the surface of the earth—Yahweh is his name. "Are you not like the Cushites to me, O people of Israel?" declares Yahweh. "Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt and the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir? Look, the eyes of my Lord Yahweh are on the kingdom of sin, and I will destroy it from the surface of the earth. However, I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," declares Yahweh. "Yes, look, I am going to command and I will shake the house of Israel among all the nations like one who shakes with a sieve, but not a pebble will fall to the ground. All the sinners of my people will die by the sword, who say, ‘Evil will not overtake or confront us.’

On that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen, and I will repair its breaches and will raise up its ruins and will build it like the days of old. Thus they may take possession of the remnant of Edom and all the nations who are called by my name," declares Yahweh, who does this. "Look, days are coming," declares Yahweh, "when the one who plows will overtake the one who reaps, the one who treads grapes will catch up with the one who sows the seed. And the mountains will drip sweet wine and all of the hills will flow with it. And I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they will rebuild the desolated cities and will inhabit them. And they will plant vineyards and will drink their wine, and they will make gardens and will eat their fruit. And I will plant them on their land and they will not be uprooted again from their land that I have given to them," says Yahweh your God.

Matthew 15

Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem, saying, "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat a meal." So he answered and said to them, "Why do you also break the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and ‘The one who speaks evil of father or mother must certainly die.’ But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or his mother, "Whatever benefit you would have received from me is a gift to God," need not honor his father,’ and you make void the word of God for the sake of your tradition. Hypocrites! Isaiah correctly prophesied about you saying,

‘This people honors me with their lips,
    but their heart is far, far away from me,
and they worship me in vain,
    teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’"

And summoning the crowd, he said to them, "Hear and understand: It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth—this defiles a person." Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" And he answered and said, "Every plant that my heavenly Father did not plant will be uprooted. Let them! They are blind guides of the blind. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit." But Peter answered and said to him, "Explain this parable to us." But he said, "Are you also still without understanding? Do you not understand that everything that enters into the mouth goes into the stomach and is evacuated into the latrine? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these defile the person. For from the heart come evil plans, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, abusive speech. These are the things that defile a person. But eating with unwashed hands does not defile a person!"

And departing from there, Jesus went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman from that district came and cried out, saying, "Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely possessed by a demon!" But he did not answer her a word. And his disciples came up and asked him, saying, "Send her away, because she is crying out after us!" But he answered and said, "I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." But she came and knelt down before him, saying, "Lord, help me!" And he answered and said, "It is not right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs!" So she said, "Yes, Lord, for even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table." Then Jesus answered and said to her, "O woman, your faith is great! Let it be done for you as you want." And her daughter was healed from that hour.

And departing from there, Jesus went along the Sea of Galilee, and he went up on the mountain and was sitting there. And large crowds came to him, having with them the mute, blind, lame, crippled, and many others, and they put them down at his feet, and he healed them. So then the crowd was astonished when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing, and they praised the God of Israel.

And Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "I have compassion on the crowd, because they have remained with me three days already and do not have anything to eat, and I do not want to send them away hungry lest they give out on the way." And the disciples said to him, "Where in this desolate place can we get so much bread that such a great crowd could be satisfied?" And Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" So they said, "Seven, and a few little fish." And commanding the crowd to recline for a meal on the ground, he took the seven loaves and the fish and after he had given thanks, he broke them and began giving them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they picked up what was left over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full. Now those who ate were four thousand men, in addition to women and children. And after he sent away the crowds, he got into the boat and went to the region of Magadan.