Genesis 1:26-31 (The Message)
26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature so they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle, and, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings; he created them godlike, reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth and every kind of fruit-bearing tree, given them to you for food. To all animals and all birds, everything that moves and breathes, I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.” And there it was. 31 God looked over everything he had made; it was so good, so very good. It was evening, it was morning—Day Six.
The Gospel of John 2:13-25
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 And He made a scourge of cords, and drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables; 16 and to those who were selling the doves He said, “Take these things away; stop making My Father’s house a place of business.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to Him, “What sign do You show us as your authority for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It took forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 So when He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had spoken.
23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name, observing His signs which He was doing. 24 But Jesus, on His part, was not entrusting Himself to them, for He knew all men, 25 and because He did not need anyone to testify concerning man, for He Himself knew what was in man.
Comment: what signs have you seen Jesus do?
Psalm 4 (Good News Version)
Answer me when I pray, O God, my defender! When I was in trouble, you helped me. Be kind to me now and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people insult me? How long will you love what is worthless and go after what is false?
3 Remember that the Lord has chosen the righteous for his own, and he hears me when I call to him.
4 Tremble with fear (awe) and stop sinning; think deeply about this, when you lie in silence on your beds.
5 Offer the right sacrifices to the Lord,and put your trust in him.
6 There are many who pray:“Give us more blessings, O Lord. Look on us with kindness!”
7 But the joy that you have given me is more than they will ever have with all their grain and wine.
8 When I lie down, I go to sleep in peace; you alone, O Lord, keep me perfectly safe.
Comment and Prayer: Psalm 4:7-8 is an evening prayer, one that can be recited nightly prior to slumber, and after reading scripture. May scripture reading be prayer to you. Amen.