May 7


You will hear of wars and rumors of wars.
See that you are not troubled.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though its waters roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with its swelling. § Come, my
people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. For behold, the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. § In the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by. § Your life is hidden with Christ in God.

He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. • These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

Matt. 24:6; Ps. 46:1–3; Isa. 26:20–21; Ps. 57:1; Col. 3:3; Ps. 112:7; John 16:33


They persecute the ones You have struck.

It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! § [Jesus], being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death. § Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?” § Likewise the chief priests also, mocking with the scribes and elders, said, “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. If He is the King of Israel, let Him now come down from the cross.” § For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

Ps. 69:26; Luke 17:1; Acts 2:23; Matt. 26:67–68;
27:41–42; Acts 4:27–28; Isa. 53:4

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