2 Kings 2-3; Psalm 48; Matt 4
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The following text is from the English Standard Version.
2 Kings 2-3
Now when the LORD was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal.
And Elijah said to Elisha, ”Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me as far as Bethel.” But Elisha said, ”As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.
And the sons of the prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha and said to him, ”Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he said, ”Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”
Elijah said to him, ”Elisha, please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to Jericho.” But he said, ”As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So they came to Jericho.
The sons of the prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha and said to him, ”Do you know that today the LORD will take away your master from over you?” And he answered, ”Yes, I know it; keep quiet.”
Then Elijah said to him, ”Please stay here, for the LORD has sent me to the Jordan.” But he said, ”As the LORD lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.” So the two of them went on.
Fifty men of the sons of the prophets also went and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan.
Then Elijah took his cloak and rolled it up and struck the water, and the water was parted to the one side and to the other, till the two of them could go over on dry ground.
When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ”Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, ”Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”
And he said, ”You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.”
And as they still went on and talked, behold, chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
And Elisha saw it and he cried, ”My father, my father! The chariots of Israel and its horsemen!” And he saw him no more.Then he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
And he took up the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and went back and stood on the bank of the Jordan.
Then he took the cloak of Elijah that had fallen from him and struck the water, saying, ”Where is the LORD, the God of Elijah?” And when he had struck the water, the water was parted to the one side and to the other, and Elisha went over.
Now when the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho saw him opposite them, they said, ”The spirit of Elijah rests on Elisha.” And they came to meet him and bowed to the ground before him.
And they said to him, ”Behold now, there are with your servants fifty strong men. Please let them go and seek your master. It may be that the Spirit of the LORD has caught him up and cast him upon some mountain or into some valley.” And he said, ”You shall not send.”
But when they urged him till he was ashamed, he said, ”Send.” They sent therefore fifty men. And for three days they sought him but did not find him.
And they came back to him while he was staying at Jericho, and he said to them, ”Did I not say to you, ‘Do not go’?”
Now the men of the city said to Elisha, ”Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees, but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.”
He said, ”Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.
Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, ”Thus says the LORD, I have healed this water; from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.”
So the water has been healed to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.
He went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, ”Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”
And he turned around, and when he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the LORD. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.
From there he went on to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.
In the eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Jehoram the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria, and he reigned twelve years.
He did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, though not like his father and mother, for he put away the pillar of Baal that his father had made.
Nevertheless, he clung to the sin of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which he made Israel to sin; he did not depart from it.
Now Mesha king of Moab was a sheep breeder, and he had to deliver to the king of Israel 100,000 lambs and the wool of 100,000 rams.
But when Ahab died, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel.
So King Jehoram marched out of Samaria at that time and mustered all Israel.
And he went and sent word to Jehoshaphat king of Judah, ”The king of Moab has rebelled against me. Will you go with me to battle against Moab?” And he said, ”I will go. I am as you are, my people as your people, my horses as your horses.”
Then he said, ”By which way shall we march?” Jehoram answered, ”By the way of the wilderness of Edom.”
So the king of Israel went with the king of Judah and the king of Edom. And when they had made a circuitous march of seven days, there was no water for the army or for the animals that followed them.
Then the king of Israel said, ”Alas! The LORD has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.”
And Jehoshaphat said, ”Is there no prophet of the LORD here, through whom we may inquire of the LORD?” Then one of the king of Israel’s servants answered, ”Elisha the son of Shaphat is here, who poured water on the hands of Elijah.”
And Jehoshaphat said, ”The word of the LORD is with him.” So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him.
And Elisha said to the king of Israel, ”What have I to do with you? Go to the prophets of your father and to the prophets of your mother.” But the king of Israel said to him, ”No; it is the LORD who has called these three kings to give them into the hand of Moab.”
And Elisha said, ”As the LORD of hosts lives, before whom I stand, were it not that I have regard for Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, I would neither look at you nor see you.
But now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the LORD came upon him.
And he said, ”Thus says the LORD, ‘I will make this dry streambed full of pools.’
For thus says the LORD, ‘You shall not see wind or rain, but that streambed shall be filled with water, so that you shall drink, you, your livestock, and your animals.’
This is a light thing in the sight of the LORD. He will also give the Moabites into your hand,
and you shall attack every fortified city and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree and stop up all springs of water and ruin every good piece of land with stones.”
The next morning, about the time of offering the sacrifice, behold, water came from the direction of Edom, till the country was filled with water.
When all the Moabites heard that the kings had come up to fight against them, all who were able to put on armor, from the youngest to the oldest, were called out and were drawn up at the border.
And when they rose early in the morning and the sun shone on the water, the Moabites saw the water opposite them as red as blood.
And they said, ”This is blood; the kings have surely fought together and struck one another down. Now then, Moab, to the spoil!”
But when they came to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose and struck the Moabites, till they fled before them. And they went forward, striking the Moabites as they went.
And they overthrew the cities, and on every good piece of land every man threw a stone until it was covered. They stopped every spring of water and felled all the good trees, till only its stones were left in Kir-hareseth, and the slingers surrounded and attacked it.
When the king of Moab saw that the battle was going against him, he took with him 700 swordsmen to break through, opposite the king of Edom, but they could not.
Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place and offered him for a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel. And they withdrew from him and returned to their own land.
Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain,
beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.
Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress.
For behold, the kings assembled; they came on together.
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight.
Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor.
By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish.
As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever. Selah
We have thought on your steadfast love, O God, in the midst of your temple.
As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Let Mount Zion be glad! Let the daughters of Judah rejoice because of your judgments!
Walk about Zion, go around her, number her towers,
consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation
that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will guide us forever.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
And the tempter came and said to him, ”If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”
But he answered, ”It is written, ”’Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’
Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple
and said to him, ”If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written, ”’He will command his angels concerning you,’and ”’On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.”’
Jesus said to him, ”Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.”’
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
And he said to him, ”All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”
Then Jesus said to him, ”Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ”’You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.”’
Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.
Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee.
And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali,
so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
‘The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles–
the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.”
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, ”Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
While walking by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon (who is called Peter) and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen.
And he said to them, ”Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Immediately they left their nets and followed him.
And going on from there he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.
Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.
And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.
So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought him all the sick, those afflicted with various diseases and pains, those oppressed by demons, epileptics, and paralytics, and he healed them.
And great crowds followed him from Galilee and the Decapolis, and from Jerusalem and Judea, and from beyond the Jordan.
The reading plan I’ve chosen is from Bible Class Material and it’s a 5 day plan, with weekend days to catch up or get ahead or just take a break!