Scripture Reading for the
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April 7

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Psalm 87

1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3 Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God!

4 "I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know Me;
behold, Philistia and Tyre, with Ethiopia: `This man was born there.'"

5 And of Zion it shall be said, "This and that man were born in her;
and the Highest Himself shall establish her."
6 The LORD shall count, when He writeth up the people,
that this man was born there.
7 Singers as well as players on instruments shall be there and say,
"All my springs are in thee."

Matthew 27:27-44

27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole detachment of soldiers. 28 And they stripped Him and put on Him a scarlet robe. 29 And when they had plaited a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head and a reed in His right hand, and they bowed their knees before Him and mocked Him, saying, "Hail, King of the Jews!" 30 And they spat upon Him, and took the reed and smote Him on the head. 31 And after they had mocked Him, they took the robe off from Him and put His own raiment on Him, and led Him away to crucify Him. 32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name; him they compelled to bear His cross.

33 And when they had come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a Place of a Skull, 34 they gave Him vinegar to drink mingled with gall. And when He had tasted thereof, He would not drink.

35 And they crucified Him and parted His garments, casting lots, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet: "They parted My garments among them, and upon My vesture did they cast lots." 36 And sitting down, they watched Him there, 37 and set up over His head His accusation, written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

38 Then were there two thieves crucified with Him, one on the right hand and another on the left. 39 And those who passed by reviled Him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, "Thou that destroyest the temple and buildest it in three days, save thyself! If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross!" 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking Him, with the scribes and elders said, 42 "He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let Him deliver him now, if He will have him. For he said, `I am the Son of God.'" 44 The thieves also, who were crucified with Him, cast the same in His teeth.

1 Corinthians 4 

1 Let a man so account us as the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. 2 Moreover it is required in stewards that a man be found faithful. 3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you, or by man's judgment. Yea, I judge not mine own self. 4 For I know nothing by myself, yet am I not hereby justified; but He that judgeth me is the Lord. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts; and then shall every man have praise of God. 

6 And these things, brethren, I have in a sense transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes, that ye may learn through us not to regard men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 7 For who maketh thee to differ from another? And what hast thou that thou did not receive? Now if thou did receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou had not been given it? 

8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich! Ye have reigned as kings without us! And I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you! 9 For I think that God hath set forth us, the apostles, last, as it were approved to death; for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. 10 We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised. 11 Even unto this present hour we both hunger and thirst, and are naked and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place, 12 and we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it; 13 being defamed, we entreat. We are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day. 

14 I write these things not to shame you, but to warn you as my beloved sons. 15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet ye have not many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the Gospel. 16 Therefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. 17 For this cause I have sent unto you Timothy, who is my beloved son and faithful in the Lord, who shall put you in remembrance of my ways which are in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church. 

18 Now some are puffed up as though I would not come to you. 19 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and will know, not the speech of those who are puffed up, but the power. 20 For the Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power. 

21 What will ye have? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love and in the spirit of meekness?

Joshua 7:1-25

1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing, for Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing; and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel. 2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which is beside Bethaven on the east side of Bethel, and spoke unto them, saying, "Go up and view the country." And the men went up and viewed Ai. 3 And they returned to Joshua and said unto him, "Let not all the people go up, but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; and make not all the people to labor thither, for they are but few." 4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men, and they fled before the men of Ai. 5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men, for they chased them from before the gate even unto Shebarim and smote them in their going down. Therefore the hearts of the people melted and became as water.

6 And Joshua rent his clothes and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads. 7 And Joshua said, "Alas, O Lord GOD, why hast Thou at all brought this people over the Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites to destroy us? Would to God we had been content and dwelt on the other side of the Jordan! 8 O LORD, what shall I say when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies! 9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear of it, and shall environ us round and cut off our name from the earth. And what wilt Thou do unto Thy great name?"

10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, "Get thee up. Why liest thou thus upon thy face? 11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them; for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen and dissembled also; and they have put it even among their own stuff. 12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, but turned their backs before their enemies, because they were accursed. Neither will I be with you any more, unless ye destroy the accursed from among you. 13 Up, sanctify the people and say, `Sanctify yourselves against tomorrow, for thus saith the LORD God of Israel: There is an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel. Thou canst not stand before thine enemies until ye take away the accursed thing from among you. 14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes; and it shall be that the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families thereof, and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households, and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man. 15 And it shall be that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burned with fire, he and all that he hath, because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.'"

16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel by their tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken; 17 and he brought the family of Judah, and he took the family of the Zarhites; and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man, and Zabdi was taken; 18 and he brought his household man by man, and Achan the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah of the tribe of Judah was taken. 19 And Joshua said unto Achan, "My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel and make confession unto Him. And tell me now what thou hast done; hide it not from me." 20 And Achan answered Joshua and said, "Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done: 21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonian garment and two hundred shekels of silver and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them and took them; and behold, they are hid in the earth in the midst of my tent and the silver under it." 22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and behold, it was hid in his tent, and the silver under it. 23 And they took them out of the midst of the tent, and brought them unto Joshua and unto all the children of Israel, and laid them out before the LORD. 24 And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took Achan the son of Zerah, and the silver and the garment and the wedge of gold, and his sons and his daughters, and his oxen and his asses and his sheep, and his tent and all that he had; and they brought them unto the Valley of Achor. 25 And Joshua said, "Why hast thou troubled us? The LORD shall trouble thee this day." And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 11:31 

Behold, the righteous shall be recompensed on earth; 
much more shall the wicked and the sinner!

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