John 4:27-42; 1 Chronicles 16:7-43; Zechariah 5

John 4:27-42

The Ripened Harvest

27 Just then His disciples arrived, and they were amazed that He was talking with a woman. Yet no one said, "What do You want?" or "Why are You talking with her?" 28 Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, 29 "Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?" 30 They left the town and made their way to Him. 31 In the meantime the disciples kept urging Him, "Rabbi, eat something." 32 But He said, "I have food to eat that you don't know about." 33 The disciples said to one another, "Could someone have brought Him something to eat?" 34 "My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work," Jesus told them. 35 "Don't you say, 'There are still four more months, then comes the harvest'? Listen [to what] I'm telling you: Open your eyes and look at the fields, for they are ready for harvest. 36 The reaper is already receiving pay and gathering fruit for eternal life, so the sower and reaper can rejoice together. 37 For in this case the saying is true: 'One sows and another reaps.' 38 I sent you to reap what you didn't labor for; others have labored, and you have benefited from their labor."

The Savior of the World

39 Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, "He told me everything I ever did." 40 Therefore, when the Samaritans came to Him, they asked Him to stay with them, and He stayed there two days. 41 Many more believed because of what He said. 42 And they told the woman, "We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world."

1 Chronicles 16:7-43

David's Psalm of Thanksgiving

7 On that day David decreed for the first time that thanks be given to the Lord by Asaph and his relatives: 8 Give thanks to the Lord; call on His name; proclaim His deeds among the peoples. 9 Sing to Him; sing praise to Him; tell about all His wonderful works! 10 Honor His holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 11 Search for the Lord and for His strength; seek His face always. 12 Remember the wonderful works He has done, His wonders, and the judgments He has pronounced, 13 you offspring of Israel His servant, Jacob's descendants-His chosen ones. 14 He is the Lord our God; His judgments [govern] the whole earth. 15 Remember His covenant forever- the promise He ordained for a thousand generations, 16 [the covenant] He made with Abraham, swore to Isaac, 17 and confirmed to Jacob as a decree, and to Israel as an everlasting covenant: 18 "I will give the land of Canaan to you as your inherited portion." 19 When they were few in number, very few indeed, and temporary residents in Canaan 20 wandering from nation to nation and from one kingdom to another, 21 He allowed no one to oppress them; He rebuked kings on their behalf: 22 "Do not touch My anointed ones or harm My prophets." 23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth. Proclaim His salvation from day to day. 24 Declare His glory among the nations, His wonderful works among all peoples. 25 For the Lord is great and is highly praised; He is feared above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 27 Splendor and majesty are before Him; strength and joy are in His place. 28 Ascribe to the Lord, families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; bring an offering and come before Him. Worship the Lord in the splendor of [His] holiness; 30 tremble before Him, all the earth. The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken. 31 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, "The Lord is King!" 32 Let the sea and everything in it resound; let the fields and all that is in them exult. 33 Then the trees of the forest will shout for joy before the Lord, for He is coming to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. 35 And say: "Save us, God of our salvation; gather us and rescue us from the nations so that we may give thanks to Your holy name and rejoice in Your praise. 36 May the Lord, the God of Israel, be praised from everlasting to everlasting." Then all the people said, "Amen" and "Praise the Lord." 37 So David left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the Lord's covenant to minister regularly before the ark according to the daily requirements. 38 [He also left] Obed-edom and his 68 relatives. Obed-edom son of Jeduthun and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39 [David left] Zadok the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the Lord at the high place in Gibeon 40 to offer burnt offerings regularly, morning and evening, to the Lord on the altar of burnt offerings and to do everything that was written in the law of the Lord, which He had commanded Israel to keep. 41 With them were Heman, Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the Lord-for His faithful love endures forever. 42 Heman and Jeduthun had with them trumpets and cymbals to play and musical instruments of God. Jeduthun's sons were at the gate. 43 Then all the people left for their homes, and David returned [home] to bless his household.

Zechariah 5

Sixth Vision: Flying Scroll

1 I looked up again and saw a flying scroll. 2 "What do you see?" he asked me. "I see a flying scroll," I replied, "30 feet long and 15 feet wide." 3 Then he said to me, "This is the curse that is going out over the whole land, for every thief will be removed according to what is written on one side, and everyone who swears [falsely] will be removed according to what is written on the other side. 4 I will send it out,"-the declaration of the Lord of Hosts-"and it will enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by My name. It will stay inside his house and destroy it along with its timbers and stones."

Seventh Vision: Woman in the Basket

5 Then the angel who was speaking with me came forward and told me, "Look up and see what this is that is approaching." 6 So I asked, "What is it?" He responded, "It's a measuring basket that is approaching." And he continued, "This is their iniquity in all the land." 7 Then a lead cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting inside the basket. 8 "This is Wickedness," he said. He shoved her down into the basket and pushed the lead weight over its opening. 9 Then I looked up and saw two women approaching with the wind in their wings. Their wings were like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and sky. 10 So I asked the angel who was speaking with me, "Where are they taking the basket?" 11 "To build a shrine for it in the land of Shinar," he told me. "When that is ready, [the basket] will be placed there on its pedestal."
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