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June 29


1 Chronicles 21:1-30
1. Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the Israelites.
2. David gave these orders to Joab and his commanders: "Take a census of all the people in the land--from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north--and bring me the totals so I may know how many there are."
3. But Joab replied, "May the LORD increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?"
4. But the king insisted that Joab take the census, so Joab traveled throughout Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem
5. and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 men of military age in Israel, and 470,000 in Judah.
6. But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do.
7. God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.
8. Then David said to God, "I have sinned greatly and shouldn't have taken the census. Please forgive me for doing this foolish thing."
9. Then the LORD spoke to Gad, David's seer. This was the message:
10. "Go and say to David, `This is what the LORD says: I will give you three choices. Choose one of these punishments, and I will do it.'"
11. So Gad came to David and said, "These are the choices the LORD has given you.
12. You may choose three years of famine, three months of destruction by your enemies, or three days of severe plague as the angel of the LORD brings devastation throughout the land of Israel. Think this over and let me know what answer to give the LORD."
13. "This is a desperate situation!" David replied to Gad. "But let me fall into the hands of the LORD, for his mercy is very great. Do not let me fall into human hands."
14. So the LORD sent a plague upon Israel, and seventy thousand people died as a result.
15. And God sent an angel to destroy Jerusalem. But just as the angel was preparing to destroy it, the LORD relented and said to the death angel, "Stop! That is enough!" At that moment the angel of the LORD was standing by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
16. David looked up and saw the angel of the LORD standing between heaven and earth with his sword drawn, stretched out over Jerusalem. So David and the leaders of Israel put on sackcloth to show their distress and fell down with their faces to the ground.
17. And David said to God, "I am the one who called for the census! I am the one who has sinned and done wrong! But these people are innocent--what have they done? O LORD my God, let your anger fall against me and my family, but do not destroy your people."
18. Then the angel of the LORD told Gad to instruct David to build an altar to the LORD at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
19. So David obeyed the instructions the LORD had given him through Gad.
20. Araunah, who was busy threshing wheat at the time, turned and saw the angel there. His four sons, who were with him, ran away and hid.
21. When Araunah saw the king approaching, he left his threshing floor and bowed to the ground before David.
22. David said to Araunah, "Let me buy this threshing floor from you at its full price. Then I will build an altar to the LORD there, so that he will stop the plague."
23. "Take it, my lord, and use it as you wish," Araunah said to David. "Here are oxen for the burnt offerings, and you can use the threshing tools for wood to build a fire on the altar. And take the wheat for the grain offering. I will give it all to you."
24. But the king replied to Araunah, "No, I insist on paying what it is worth. I cannot take what is yours and give it to the LORD. I will not offer a burnt offering that has cost me nothing!"
25. So David gave Araunah six hundred pieces of gold in payment for the threshing floor.
26. David built an altar there to the LORD and sacrificed burnt offerings and peace offerings. And when David prayed, the LORD answered him by sending fire from heaven to burn up the offering on the altar.
27. Then the LORD spoke to the angel, who put the sword back into its sheath.
28. When David saw that the LORD had answered his prayer, he offered sacrifices there at Araunah's threshing floor.
29. At that time, the Tabernacle of the LORD and the altar that Moses made in the wilderness were located at the hill of Gibeon.
30. But David was not able to go there to inquire of God, because he was terrified by the drawn sword of the angel of the LORD.

1 Chronicles 22:1-19
1. Then David said, "This will be the location for the Temple of the LORD God and the place of the altar for Israel's burnt offerings!"
2. So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing blocks of stone for building the Temple of God.
3. David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and more bronze than they could ever weigh.
4. He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.
5. David said, "My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced, and the Temple of the LORD must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world. So I will begin making preparations for it now." So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.
6. Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the LORD, the God of Israel.
7. "I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the LORD my God," David told him.
8. "But the LORD said to me, `You have killed many men in the great battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood before me, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name.
9. But you will have a son who will experience peace and rest. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign.
10. He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.'
11. "Now, my son, may the LORD be with you and give you success as you follow his instructions in building the Temple of the LORD your God.
12. And may the LORD give you wisdom and understanding, that you may obey the law of the LORD your God as you rule over Israel.
13. For if you carefully obey the laws and regulations that the LORD gave to Israel through Moses, you will be successful. Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid or lose heart!
14. "I have worked hard to provide materials for building the Temple of the LORD--nearly four thousand tons of gold, nearly forty thousand tons of silver, and so much iron and bronze that it cannot be weighed. I have also gathered lumber and stone for the walls, though you may need to add more.
15. You have many skilled stonemasons and carpenters and craftsmen of every kind available to you.
16. They are expert goldsmiths and silversmiths and workers of bronze and iron. Now begin the work, and may the LORD be with you!"
17. Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to assist Solomon in this project.
18. "The LORD your God is with you," he declared. "He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the LORD and his people.
19. Now seek the LORD your God with all your heart. Build the sanctuary of the LORD God so that you can bring the Ark of the LORD's covenant and the holy vessels of God into the Temple built to honor the LORD's name."

Psalms 78:34-39
34. When God killed some of them, the rest finally sought him. They repented and turned to God.
35. Then they remembered that God was their rock, that their redeemer was the Most High.
36. But they followed him only with their words; they lied to him with their tongues.
37. Their hearts were not loyal to him. They did not keep his covenant.
38. Yet he was merciful and forgave their sins and didn't destroy them all. Many a time he held back his anger and did not unleash his fury!
39. For he remembered that they were merely mortal, gone in a moment like a breath of wind, never to return.

Proverbs 20:1-2
1. Wine produces mockers; liquor leads to brawls. Whoever is led astray by drink cannot be wise.
2. The king's fury is like a lion's roar; to rouse his anger is to risk your life.

Acts 9:1-21
1. Meanwhile, Saul was uttering threats with every breath. He was eager to destroy the Lord's followers, so he went to the high priest.
2. He requested letters addressed to the synagogues in Damascus, asking their cooperation in the arrest of any followers of the Way he found there. He wanted to bring them--both men and women--back to Jerusalem in chains.
3. As he was nearing Damascus on this mission, a brilliant light from heaven suddenly beamed down upon him!
4. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?"
5. "Who are you, sir?" Saul asked. And the voice replied, "I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!
6. Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do."
7. The men with Saul stood speechless with surprise, for they heard the sound of someone's voice, but they saw no one!
8. As Saul picked himself up off the ground, he found that he was blind.
9. So his companions led him by the hand to Damascus. He remained there blind for three days. And all that time he went without food and water.
10. Now there was a believer in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision, calling, "Ananias!Yes, Lord!" he replied.
11. The Lord said, "Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you arrive, ask for Saul of Tarsus. He is praying to me right now.
12. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he can see again."
13. "But Lord," exclaimed Ananias, "I've heard about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem!
14. And we hear that he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest every believer in Damascus."
15. But the Lord said, "Go and do what I say. For Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel.
16. And I will show him how much he must suffer for me."
17. So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may get your sight back and be filled with the Holy Spirit."
18. Instantly something like scales fell from Saul's eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized.
19. Afterward he ate some food and was strengthened. Saul stayed with the believers in Damascus for a few days.
20. And immediately he began preaching about Jesus in the synagogues, saying, "He is indeed the Son of God!"
21. All who heard him were amazed. "Isn't this the same man who persecuted Jesus' followers with such devastation in Jerusalem?" they asked. "And we understand that he came here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests."