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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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The New Birth


1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews.
2 aThis man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for bno one can do these signs that You do unless cGod is with him.”
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, aunless one is born 1again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, aunless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 “That which is born of the flesh is aflesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’
8 a“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, a“How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11 a“Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and byou do not receive Our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
13 a“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man 1who is in heaven.
14 a“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so bmust the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 “that whoever abelieves in Him should 1not perish but bhave eternal life.
16 a“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten bSon, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 a“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 a“He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 “And this is the condemnation, athat the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

CHAPTER 3 References

2 aJohn 7:50;
19:39 bJohn
9:16, 33 c[Acts
10:38] 3 a[1 Pet. 1:23] 1Or from
5 a[Acts 2:38] 6 a1 Cor. 15:50
8 aEccl. 11:5
9 aJohn 6:52,
11 a[Matt.
11:27] bJohn
3:32; 8:14
13 aEph. 4:9
1NU omits
who is in
14 aNum. 21:9
bJohn 8:28;
12:34; 19:18
15 aJohn 6:47
bJohn 3:36
1NU omits
not perish but
16 aRom. 5:8
b[Is. 9:6] 17 aLuke 9:56
18 aJohn 5:24;
6:40, 47; 20:31
19 a[John 1:4,
9–11] 20 aEph. 5:11,
21 a1 Cor.
22 aJohn 4:1, 2
23 a1 Sam. 9:4
bMatt. 3:5, 6
24 aMatt. 4:12;
26 aJohn 1:7,
15, 27, 34
bMark 2:2;
3:10; 5:24
27 a1 Cor. 3:5,
6; 4:7
28 aJohn
1:19–27 bMal.
29 a[2 Cor.
11:2] bSong
30 a[Is. 9:7] 31 aJohn 3:13;
8:23 bMatt.
28:18 c1 Cor.
15:47 dJohn
32 aJohn 3:11;
33 a1 John
34 aDeut.
18:18; John
7:16 bJohn
35 a[Heb. 2:8] 36 aJohn 3:16,
17; 6:47
bRom. 1:18

CHAPTER 4 References

1 aJohn 3:22,

JOHN 4:3

20 “For aeveryone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21 “But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been adone in God.”

John the Baptist Exalts Christ

22 After these things Jesus and His disciples came into the land of Judea, and there He remained with them aand baptized.
23 Now John also was baptizing in Aenon near aSalim, because there was much water there. bAnd they came and were baptized.
24 For aJohn had not yet been thrown into prison.
25 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification.
26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, ato whom you have testified—behold, He is baptizing, and all bare coming to Him!”
27 John answered and said, a“A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven.
28 “You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, a‘I am not the Christ,’ but, b‘I have been sent before Him.’
29 a“He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but bthe friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled.
30 a“He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 a“He who comes from above bis above all; che who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. dHe who comes from heaven is above all.
32 “And awhat He has seen and heard, that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony.
33 “He who has received His testimony ahas certified that God is true.
34 a“For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God does not give the Spirit bby measure.
35 a“The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
36 a“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the bwrath of God abides on him.”

A Samaritan Woman Meets Her Messiah


1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and abaptized more disciples than John
2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples),
3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee.

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JOHN 4:4

4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
5 So He came to a city of Samaria which is called Sychar, near the plot of ground that aJacob bgave to his son Joseph.
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.
7 A woman of Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.”
8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.
9 Then the woman of Samaria said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask a drink from me, a Samaritan woman?” For aJews have no dealings with bSamaritans.
10 Jesus answered and said to her, “If you knew the agift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you bliving water.”
11 The woman said to Him, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.Where then do You get that living water?
12 “Are You greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank from it himself, as well as his sons and his livestock?”
13 Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again,
14 “but awhoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst. But the water that I shall give him bwill become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.”
15 aThe woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, that I may not thirst, nor come here to draw.”
16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.”
17 The woman answered and said, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You have well said, ‘I have no husband,’
18 “for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, aI perceive that You are a prophet.
20 “Our fathers worshiped on athis mountain, and you Jews say that in bJerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.”
21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming awhen you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father.
22 “You worship awhat you do not know; we know what we worship, for bsalvation is of the Jews.
23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will aworship the Father in bspirit

5 aGen. 33:19;
Josh. 24:32
bGen. 48:22;
Josh. 4:12
9 aActs 10:28
b2 Kin. 17:24;
Matt. 10:5, 6;
Luke 9:52;
10:33; 17:16;
John 8:48
10 a[Rom.
5:15] bIs. 12:3;
44:3; Jer. 2:13;
Zech. 13:1;
14:8; John
14 a[John 6:35,
58] bJohn
7:37, 38
15 aJohn 6:34,
35; 17:2, 3;
[Rom. 6:23;
1 John 5:20] 19 aMatt.
21:11; Luke
7:16, 39;
24:19; John
6:14; 7:40;
20 aGen.
12:6–8; 33:18,
20; Judg. 9:7
bDeut. 12:5,
11; 1 Kin. 9:3;
2 Chr. 7:12;
Ps. 122:1–9
21 a[Mal. 1:11];
1 Tim. 2:8
22 a[2 Kin.
17:28–41] b[Is.
2:3; Luke
24:47; Rom.
3:1; 9:4, 5] 23 aMatt.
18:20; [Heb.
13:10–14] bPhil. 3:3
c[John 1:17] 24 a2 Cor. 3:17
25 aDeut. 18:15
bJohn 4:29, 39
26 aDan. 9:25;
Matt. 26:63,
64; Mark
14:61, 62
29 aJohn 4:25
34 aPs. 40:7, 8;
Heb. 10:9 bJob
23:12; [John
6:38; 17:4;
19:30] 35 aGen. 8:22
bMatt. 9:37;
Luke 10:2
36 aDan. 12:3;
Rom. 6:22
b1 Thess. 2:19
37 a1 Cor.
38 aJer. 44:4;
[1 Pet. 1:12] 39 aJohn 4:29
41 aLuke 4:32;
[John 6:63] 42 aJohn 17:8;
1 John 4:14
1NU omits the

cand truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.
24 a“God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
25 The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah ais coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, bHe will tell us all things.”
26 Jesus said to her, a“I who speak to you am He.”

The Whitened Harvest

27 And at this point His disciples came, and they marveled that He talked with a woman; yet no one said, “What do You seek?” or, “Why are You talking with her?”
28 The woman then left her waterpot, went her way into the city, and said to the men,
29 “Come, see a Man awho told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?”
30 Then they went out of the city and came to Him.
31 In the meantime His disciples urged Him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.”
32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat of which you do not know.”
33 Therefore the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought Him anything to eat?”
34 Jesus said to them, a“My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to bfinish His work.
35 “Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes athe harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, bfor they are already white for harvest!
36 a“And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that bboth he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together.
37 “For in this the saying is true: a‘One sows and another reaps.
38 “I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; aothers have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

The Savior of the World

39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed in Him abecause of the word of the woman who testified, “He told me all that I ever did.”
40 So when the Samaritans had come to Him, they urged Him to stay with them; and He stayed there two days.
41 And many more believed because of His own aword.
42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not because of what you said, for awe ourselves have heard Him and we know that this is indeed 1the Christ, the Savior of the world.”

Welcome at Galilee

43 Now after the two days He departed from there and went to Galilee.

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44 For aJesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country.
45 So when He came to Galilee, the Galileans received Him, ahaving seen all the things He did in Jerusalem at the feast; bfor they also had gone to the feast.

A Nobleman’s Son Healed

46 So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee awhere He had made the water wine. And there was a certain 1nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.
48 Then Jesus said to him, a“Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe.”
49 The nobleman said to Him, “Sir, come down before my child dies!”
50 Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!”
52 Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.”
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.
54 This again is the second sign Jesus did when He had come out of Judea into Galilee.

44 aMatt. 13:57
45 aJohn 2:13,
23; 3:2 bDeut.
46 aJohn 2:1,
11 1royal official
48 a1 Cor. 1:22

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Praise to the Sovereign LORD for His Creation and Providence

BLESS athe LORD, O my soul!

1 O LORD my God, You are very great: You are clothed with honor and majesty,
2 Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment, Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

3 aHe lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind,
4 Who makes His angels spirits, His 1ministers a flame of fire.

5 You who 1laid the foundations of the earth, So that it should not be moved forever,
6 You acovered it with the deep as with a garment; The waters stood above the mountains.
7 At Your rebuke they fled; At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.
8 1They went up over the mountains; They went down into the valleys, To the place which You founded for them.
9 You have aset a boundary that they may not pass over, bThat they may not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends the springs into the valleys; They flow among the hills.
11 They give drink to every beast of the field; The wild donkeys quench their thirst.
12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home; They sing among the branches.
13 aHe waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with bthe fruit of Your works.

14 aHe causes the grass to grow for the cattle, And vegetation for the service of man,

PSALM 104 References

1 aPs. 103:1
3 a[Amos 9:6] 4 1servants
5 1Lit. founded
the earth
upon her
6 aGen. 1:6
8 1Or The
rose up; the
valleys sank
9 aJob 26:10;
Ps. 33:7; [Jer.
5:22] bGen.
13 aPs. 147:8
bJer. 10:13
14 aGen. 1:29
bJob 28:5
15 aJudg. 9:13;
Ps. 23:5; Prov.
31:6; Eccl.
18 aLev. 11:5
1rock hyraxes
19 aGen. 1:14
bJob 38:12;
Ps. 19:6
20 a[Ps. 74:16;
Is. 45:7] 21 aJob 38:39
23 aGen. 3:19
24 aPs. 40:5;
Prov. 3:19;
[Jer. 10:12];
51:15 bPs. 65:9
26 aJob 41:1;
Is. 27:1 1A
large sea
creature of
identity 2Lit.
27 aJob 36:31;
Ps. 136:25
29 aJob 34:15;
[Eccl. 12:7] 30 aIs. 32:15

That he may bring forth bfood from the earth,
15 And awine that makes glad the heart of man, Oil to make his face shine, And bread which strengthens man’s heart.
16 The trees of the LORD are full of sap, The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,
17 Where the birds make their nests; The stork has her home in the fir trees.
18 The high hills are for the wild goats; The cliffs are a refuge for the arock1 badgers.

19 aHe appointed the moon for seasons; The bsun knows its going down.
20 aYou make darkness, and it is night, In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.
21 aThe young lions roar after their prey, And seek their food from God.
22 When the sun rises, they gather together And lie down in their dens.
23 Man goes out to ahis work And to his labor until the evening.

24 aO LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your bpossessions—
25 This great and wide sea, In which are innumerable teeming things, Living things both small and great.
26 There the ships sail about; There is that aLeviathan1 Which You have 2made to play there.

27 aThese all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season.
28 What You give them they gather in; You open Your hand, they are filled with good.
29 You hide Your face, they are troubled; aYou take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
30 aYou send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;

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May the LORD arejoice in His works.
32 He looks on the earth, and it atrembles; bHe touches the hills, and they smoke.

33 aI will sing to the LORD as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.
34 May my ameditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the LORD.
35 May asinners be consumed from the earth, And the wicked be no more.

Bless the LORD, O my soul! 1Praise the LORD!

31 aGen. 1:31;
Prov. 8:31
32 aHab. 3:10
bEx. 19:18; Ps.
33 aPs. 63:4
34 aPs. 19:14
35 aPs. 37:38
1Heb. Hallelujah



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