Nov 4 - Nov 8
Hey, Grace’rs,

Here are your Bible readings for the week. You can use this as a part of your FAITH5 huddle each night:

Share…1 high and 1 low from the day.
Read…the Bible passage for today.
Talk…what one new thing did you learn about God or life from the Bible passage?
Pray…for each other
Bless…each other

(If you are using the  Essential Bible Companion, you will want to read the brief introduction to the corresponding book of the Bible.)
This week: Obediah and Jonah 1


This is the vision that the Sovereign Lord revealed to Obadiah concerning the land of Edom.

We have heard a message from the Lord
     that an ambassador was sent to the nations to say,
“Get ready, everyone!
     Let’s assemble our armies and attack Edom!”
The Lord says to Edom,
“I will cut you down to size among the nations;
     you will be greatly despised.
You have been deceived by your own pride
     because you live in a rock fortress
     and make your home high in the mountains.
‘Who can ever reach us way up here?’
     you ask boastfully.
But even if you soar as high as eagles
     and build your nest among the stars,
I will bring you crashing down,”
     says the Lord.
“If thieves came at night and robbed you
     (what a disaster awaits you!),
     they would not take everything.
Those who harvest grapes
     always leave a few for the poor.
     But your enemies will wipe you out completely!
Every nook and cranny of Edom
     will be searched and looted.
     Every treasure will be found and taken.
“All your allies will turn against you.
     They will help to chase you from your land.
They will promise you peace
     while plotting to deceive and destroy you.
Your trusted friends will set traps for you,
     and you won’t even know about it.
At that time not a single wise person
     will be left in the whole land of Edom,”
     says the Lord.
“For on the mountains of Edom
     I will destroy everyone who has understanding.
The mightiest warriors of Teman
     will be terrified,
and everyone on the mountains of Edom
     will be cut down in the slaughter.


“Because of the violence you did
     to your close relatives in Israel,
you will be filled with shame
     and destroyed forever.
When they were invaded,
     you stood aloof, refusing to help them.
Foreign invaders carried off their wealth
     and cast lots to divide up Jerusalem,
     but you acted like one of Israel’s enemies.
“You should not have gloated
     when they exiled your relatives to distant lands.
You should not have rejoiced
     when the people of Judah suffered such misfortune.
You should not have spoken arrogantly
     in that terrible time of trouble.
You should not have plundered the land of Israel
     when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have gloated over their destruction
     when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have seized their wealth
     when they were suffering such calamity.
You should not have stood at the crossroads,
     killing those who tried to escape.
You should not have captured the survivors
     and handed them over in their terrible time of trouble.
“The day is near when I, the Lord,
     will judge all godless nations!
As you have done to Israel,
     so it will be done to you.
All your evil deeds
     will fall back on your own heads.
Just as you swallowed up my people
     on my holy mountain,
so you and the surrounding nations
     will swallow the punishment I pour out on you.
Yes, all you nations will drink and stagger
     and disappear from history.
“But Jerusalem[ c ] will become a refuge for those who escape;
     it will be a holy place.
And the people of Israel[ d ] will come back
     to reclaim their inheritance.
The people of Israel will be a raging fire,
     and Edom a field of dry stubble.
The descendants of Joseph will be a flame
     roaring across the field, devouring everything.
There will be no survivors in Edom.
     I, the Lord, have spoken!
“Then my people living in the Negev
     will occupy the mountains of Edom.
Those living in the foothills of Judah[ e ]
     will possess the Philistine plains
     and take over the fields of Ephraim and Samaria.
And the people of Benjamin
     will occupy the land of Gilead.
The exiles of Israel will return to their land
     and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as Zarephath.
The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north[ f ]
     will return home and resettle the towns of the Negev.
Those who have been rescued[ g ] will go up to[ h ] Mount Zion in Jerusalem
     to rule over the mountains of Edom.
And the Lord himself will be king!”

Jonah 1

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai:  “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”

But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.

Jonah 1

But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart.  Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.

But all this time Jonah was sound asleep down in the hold.  So the captain went down after him. “How can you sleep at a time like this?” he shouted. “Get up and pray to your god! Maybe he will pay attention to us and spare our lives.”

Then the crew cast lots to see which of them had offended the gods and caused the terrible storm. When they did this, the lots identified Jonah as the culprit. “Why has this awful storm come down on us?” they demanded. “Who are you? What is your line of work? What country are you from? What is your nationality?”

Jonah answered, “I am a Hebrew, and I worship the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the land.”

Jonah 1

The sailors were terrified when they heard this, for he had already told them he was running away from the Lord. “Oh, why did you do it?” they groaned.  11  And since the storm was getting worse all the time, they asked him, “What should we do to you to stop this storm?”

12  “Throw me into the sea,” Jonah said, “and it will become calm again. I know that this terrible storm is all my fault.”

13  Instead, the sailors rowed even harder to get the ship to the land. But the stormy sea was too violent for them, and they couldn’t make it.  14  Then they cried out to the Lord, Jonah’s God. “O Lord,” they pleaded, “don’t make us die for this man’s sin. And don’t hold us responsible for his death. O Lord, you have sent this storm upon him for your own good reasons.”

15  Then the sailors picked Jonah up and threw him into the raging sea, and the storm stopped at once!  16  The sailors were awestruck by the Lord’s great power, and they offered him a sacrifice and vowed to serve him.

17  [ a ]Now the Lord had arranged for a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was inside the fish for three days and three nights.

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