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Saturday, April 11th Devotional
1All of us are born of women, have few days, and are full of turmoil.
2 Like a flower, we[b] bloom, then wither, flee like a shadow, and don’t last.
(3 Yes, you open your eyes on this one; you bring me into trial against you.)
4 Who can make pure from impure? Nobody.
5 If our days are fixed, the number of our months with you,
you set a statute and we can’t exceed it.
6 Look away from us that we may rest,
until we are satisfied like a worker at day’s end.
7 Indeed there is hope for a tree.
If it’s cut down and still sprouting and its shoots don’t fail,
8 if its roots age in the ground and its stump dies in the dust,
9 at the scent of water, it will bud and produce sprouts like a plant.
10 But a human dies and lies there; a person expires, and where is he?
11 Water vanishes from the sea; a river dries up completely.
12 But a human lies down and doesn’t rise until the heavens cease;
they don’t get up and awaken from sleep.
13 I wish you would hide me in the underworld,[c]
conceal me until your anger passes, set a time for me, and remember me.
14 If people die, will they live again?
All the days of my service I would wait until my restoration took place.
Friday, April 10th Devotional
My God! My God, why have you left me all alone?
Why are you so far from saving me—so far from my anguished groans?
2 My God, I cry out during the day,
but you don’t answer; even at nighttime I don’t stop.
3 You are the holy one, enthroned. You are Israel’s praise.
4 Our ancestors trusted you— they trusted you and you rescued them;
5 they cried out to you and they were saved; they trusted you and they weren’t ashamed.
6 But I’m just a worm, less than human; insulted by one person, despised by another.
7 All who see me make fun of me— they gape, shaking their heads:
8 “He committed himself to the Lord, so let God rescue him;
let God deliver him because God likes him so much.”
9 But you are the one who pulled me from the womb, placing me safely at my mother’s breasts.
10 I was thrown on you from birth;
you’ve been my God since I was in my mother’s womb.
11 Please don’t be far from me,
because trouble is near and there’s no one to help.
12 Many bulls surround me; mighty bulls from Bashan encircle me.
13 They open their mouths at me like a lion ripping and roaring!
14 I’m poured out like water. All my bones have fallen apart.
My heart is like wax; it melts inside me.
15 My strength is dried up like a piece of broken pottery.
My tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you’ve set me down in the dirt of death.
16 Dogs surround me; a pack of evil people circle me like a lion--
oh, my poor hands and feet!
17 I can count all my bones!
Meanwhile, they just stare at me, watching me.
18 They divvy up my garments among themselves;
they cast lots for my clothes.
19 But you, Lord! Don’t be far away! You are my strength!
Come quick and help me!
20 Deliver me from the sword. Deliver my life from the power of the dog.
21 Save me from the mouth of the lion.
From the horns of the wild oxen you have answered me!
22 I will declare your name to my brothers and sisters;
I will praise you in the very center of the congregation!
23 All of you who revere the Lord—praise him!
All of you who are Jacob’s descendants—honor him!
All of you who are all Israel’s offspring— stand in awe of him!
24 Because he didn’t despise or detest the suffering of the one who suffered--
he didn’t hide his face from me. No, he listened when I cried out to him for help.
Thursday, April 9th Devotional
1 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2 “This month will be the first month; it will be the first month of the year for you.[a] 3 Tell the whole Israelite community: On the tenth day of this month they must take a lamb for each household, a lamb per house. 4 If a household is too small for a lamb, it should share one with a neighbor nearby. You should divide the lamb in proportion to the number of people who will be eating it. 5 Your lamb should be a flawless year-old male. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 You should keep close watch over it until the fourteenth day of this month. At twilight on that day, the whole assembled Israelite community should slaughter their lambs. 7 They should take some of the blood and smear it on the two doorposts and on the beam over the door of the houses in which they are eating. 8 That same night they should eat the meat roasted over the fire. They should eat it along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. 9 Don’t eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over fire with its head, legs, and internal organs. 10 Don’t let any of it remain until morning, and burn any of it left over in the morning. 11 This is how you should eat it. You should be dressed, with your sandals on your feet and your walking stick in your hand. You should eat the meal in a hurry. It is the Passover of the Lord. 12 I’ll pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I’ll strike down every oldest child in the land of Egypt, both humans and animals. I’ll impose judgments on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. 13 The blood will be your sign on the houses where you live. Whenever I see the blood, I’ll pass over[b] you. No plague will destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
14 “This day will be a day of remembering for you. You will observe it as a festival to the Lord. You will observe it in every generation as a regulation for all time.
Wednesday, April 8th Devotional
1 So then, with endurance, let’s also run the race that is laid out in front of us, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us. Let’s throw off any extra baggage, get rid of the sin that trips us up, 2 and fix our eyes on Jesus, faith’s pioneer and perfecter. He endured the cross, ignoring the shame, for the sake of the joy that was laid out in front of him, and sat down at the right side of God’s throne.
3 Think about the one who endured such opposition from sinners so that you won’t be discouraged and you won’t give up.
Tuesday, April 7th Devotional
20 Some Greeks were among those who had come up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made a request: “Sir, we want to see Jesus.” 22 Philip told Andrew, and Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Human One[a] to be glorified. 24 I assure you that unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it can only be a single seed. But if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Those who love their lives will lose them, and those who hate their lives in this world will keep them forever. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me. Wherever I am, there my servant will also be. My Father will honor whoever serves me.
27 “Now I am deeply troubled.[b] What should I say? ‘Father, save me from this time’? No, for this is the reason I have come to this time. 28 Father, glorify your name!”
Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
29 The crowd standing there heard and said, “It’s thunder.” Others said, “An angel spoke to him.”
30 Jesus replied, “This voice wasn’t for my benefit but for yours. 31 Now is the time for judgment of this world. Now this world’s ruler will be thrown out. 32 When I am lifted up[c] from the earth, I will draw everyone to me.” (33 He said this to show how he was going to die.)
34 The crowd responded, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Human One[d] must be lifted up? Who is this Human One?”[e]
35 Jesus replied, “The light is with you for only a little while. Walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn’t overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness don’t know where they are going. 36 As long as you have the light, believe in the light so that you might become people whose lives are determined by the light.” After Jesus said these things, he went away and hid from them.
Monday, April 6th Devotional
1 But here is my servant, the one I uphold; my chosen, who brings me delight.
I’ve put my spirit upon him;he will bring justice to the nations.
2 He won’t cry out or shout aloud or make his voice heard in public.
3 He won’t break a bruised reed; he won’t extinguish a faint wick, but he will surely bring justice.
4 He won’t be extinguished or brokenuntil he has established justice in the land.
The coastlands await his teaching.
5 God the Lord says— the one who created the heavens, the one who stretched them out,
the one who spread out the earth and its offspring, the one who gave breath to its people
and life to those who walk on it--
6 I, the Lord, have called you for a good reason. I will grasp your hand and guard you,
and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations,
7 to open blind eyes, to lead the prisoners from prison,
and those who sit in darkness from the dungeon.
8 I am the Lord; that is my name; I don’t hand out my glory to others or my praise to idols.
9 The things announced in the past—look—they’ve already happened, but I’m declaring new things.
Before they even appear, I will tell you about them.