8

OCT

EXODUS 20:1-20 THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

20 And God spoke all these words: 2 ‘I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 ‘You shall have no other gods before me. 4 ‘You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments. 7 ‘You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. 8 ‘Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labour and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. 12 ‘Honour your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you. 13 ‘You shall not murder. 14 ‘You shall not commit adultery. 15 ‘You shall not steal. 16 ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbour. 17 ‘You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.’ 18 When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance 19 and said to Moses, ‘Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not let God speak to us or we will die.’ 20 Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.’

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7

OCT

LUKE 13:6-9 PARABLE OF THE FIG TREE

6 Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig-tree growing in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it but did not find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, “For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig-tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?” 8 ‘“Sir,” the man replied, “leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig round it and fertilise it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.”’

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6

OCT

AMOS 9:11-15 GOD WILL RESTORE ISRAEL

11 ‘In that day ‘I will restore David’s fallen shelter – I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins – and will rebuild it as it used to be, 12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,’ declares the Lord, who will do these things. 13 ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when the reaper will be overtaken by the ploughman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills, 14 and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. ‘They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God.

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5

OCT

EZEKIEL 19:1,10-14 A LAMENT FOR ISRAEL THE VINE

19 ‘Take up a lament concerning the princes of Israel. 10 ‘“Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of abundant water. 11 Its branches were strong, fit for a ruler’s sceptre. It towered high above the thick foliage, conspicuous for its height and for its many branches.12 But it was uprooted in fury and thrown to the ground. The east wind made it shrivel, it was stripped of its fruit; its strong branches withered and fire consumed them.13 Now it is planted in the desert, in a dry and thirsty land. 14 Fire spread from one of its main branches and consumed its fruit.No strong branch is left on it fit for a ruler’s sceptre.” ‘This is a lament and is to be used as a lament.’

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4

OCT

MATTHEW 21:33-46 PARABLE OF THE VINEYARD TENANTS

33. ``Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who PLANTED A VINEYARD AND PUT A WALL AROUND IT AND DUG A WINE PRESS IN IT, AND BUILT A TOWER, and rented it out to vine-growers and went on a journey. 34. ``When the harvest time approached, he sent his slaves to the vine-growers to receive his produce. 35. ``The vine-growers took his slaves and beat one, and killed another, and stoned a third. 36. ``Again he sent another group of slaves larger than the first; and they did the same thing to them. 37. ``But afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.' 38. ``But when the vine-growers saw the son, they said among themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' 39. ``They took him, and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. 40. ``Therefore when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vine-growers?" 41. They said to Him, ``He will bring those wretches to a wretched end, and will rent out the vineyard to other vine-growers who will pay him the proceeds at the proper seasons." 42. Jesus said to them, ``Did you never read in the Scriptures, `THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE CHIEF CORNER it stone; THIS CAME ABOUT FROM THE LORD, AND IT IS MARVELOUS IN OUR EYES'? 43. ``Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it. 44. ``And he who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; but on whomever it falls, it will scatter him like dust." 45. When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard His parables, they understood that He was speaking about them. 46. When they sought to seize Him, they feared the people, because they considered Him to be a prophet.

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3

OCT

PSALM 25:1-9 IN YOU, I PUT MY TRUST

1. To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2. O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me. 3. Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed; Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed. 4. Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day. 6. Remember, O LORD, Your compassion and Your lovingkindnesses, For they have been from of old. 7. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; According to Your lovingkindness remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD. 8. Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. 9. He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.

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2

OCT

JAMES 1:19-25 DO WHAT THE LORD SAYS

19. This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; 20. for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. 21. Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. 22. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. 23. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24. for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25. But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

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1

OCT

PHILIPPIANS 2:1-13 IMITATING CHRIST'S HUMILITY

1. Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2. make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3. Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4. do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6. who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7. but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, 10. so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11. and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12. So then, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your salvation with fear and trembling; 13. for it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure.

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30

SEP

EXODUS 17:1-7 WATER FROM THE ROCK

1. Then all the congregation of the sons of Israel journeyed by stages from the wilderness of Sin, according to the command of the LORD, and camped at Rephidim, and there was no water for the people to drink. 2. Therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said, ``Give us water that we may drink." And Moses said to them, ``Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test the LORD?" 3. But the people thirsted there for water; and they grumbled against Moses and said, ``Why, now, have you brought us up from Egypt, to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst?" 4. So Moses cried out to the LORD, saying, ``What shall I do to this people? A little more and they will stone me." 5. Then the LORD said to Moses, ``Pass before the people and take with you some of the elders of Israel; and take in your hand your staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6. ``Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock at Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink." And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7. He named the place Massah and Meribah because of the quarrel of the sons of Israel, and because they tested the LORD, saying, ``Is the LORD among us, or not?"

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