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Psalm 125

2 Kings 2:9-22

Acts 3:17—4:4

 

Good News Comes In a Cup 121311

This time of year, I sometimes find myself staying up too late. Luckily, there is absolutely nothing on 400 channels of television to watch, so listened to classical music, some opera, and occasionally some bluegrass and read, studied and wrote until very late.

When I woke this morning I hear rain. Rain has become a sound of good news here, and around much of the world I suspect, because water is becoming even more a sign of prosperity and survival. If you have water you are rich, or could be rich from it.

The majority of the world is thirsty, and not just for a cup of crude oil, but for a cup of water, and God’s water at that. I have drank only water for nearly thirty years, except for an occasional hot cup of water darkened by coffee beans! When I realized my soul was thirsty, I knew it was as if I was thirsty for the water of God. I sought God and Jesus before I knew their names.

In 2 Kings today, Elijah and Elisha received the gift of a good well, a well from God of fresh, sparkling water.

There is no sin on earth worse than poisoning a well, or poisoning the love of God. So, when the God gave Jericho a well, they knew they had received the greatest gift on earth.

From where in your life does your water come? Protect the earth, the water and the Holy Spirit. Have a good glass of water with us.

Pray for Peace

(brother) Bill

Psalm 125

1Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people, from this time on and forevermore.

3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, so that the righteous might not stretch out their hands to do wrong.

4Do good, O Lord, to those who are good, and to those who are upright in their hearts.

5But those who turn aside to their own crooked ways the Lord will lead away with evildoers. Peace be upon Israel!

2 Kings 2:9-22

9When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.” Elisha said, “Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.” 10He responded, “You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.” 11As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. 12Elisha kept watching and crying out, “Father, father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” But when he could no longer see him, he grasped his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.

13He picked up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan. 14He took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, saying, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” When he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over. 15When the company of prophets who were at Jericho saw him at a distance, they declared, “The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” They came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him. 16They said to him, “See now, we have fifty strong men among your servants; please let them go and seek your master; it may be that the spirit of the Lord has caught him up and thrown him down on some mountain or into some valley.” He responded, “No, do not send them.” 17But when they urged him until he was ashamed, he said, “Send them.” So they sent fifty men who searched for three days but did not find him. 18When they came back to him (he had remained at Jericho), he said to them, “Did I not say to you, Do not go?”

19Now the people of the city said to Elisha, “The location of this city is good, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.” 20He said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21Then he went to the spring of water and threw the salt into it, and said, “Thus says the Lord, I have made this water wholesome; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” 22So the water has been wholesome to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.

Acts 3:17—4:4

17“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, 20so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, 21who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. 22Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. 23And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.’ 24And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. 25You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ 26When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”

4While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, 2much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. 3So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.

 

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