|A woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages touched the fringe of his cloak.|
Daily Readings for
THURSDAY, October 12, 2017
2 Kings 23:4-25
The king commanded the high priest Hilkiah, the priests of the second order, and the guardians of the threshold, to bring out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels made for Baal, for Asherah, and for all the host of heaven; he burned them outside Jerusalem in the fields of the Kidron, and carried their ashes to Bethel. He deposed the idolatrous priests whom the kings of Judah had ordained to make offerings in the high places at the cities of Judah and around Jerusalem; those also who made offerings to Baal, to the sun, the moon, the constellations, and all the host of the heavens. He brought out the image of Asherah from the house of the LORD, outside Jerusalem, to the Wadi Kidron, burned it at the Wadi Kidron, beat it to dust and threw the dust of it upon the graves of the common people. He broke down the houses of the male temple prostitutes that were in the house of the LORD, where the women did weaving for Asherah. He brought all the priests out of the towns of Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had made offerings, from Geba to Beer-sheba; he broke down the high places of the gates that were at the entrance of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on the left at the gate of the city. The priests of the high places, however, did not come up to the altar of the LORD in Jerusalem, but ate unleavened bread among their kindred. He defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of Ben-hinnom, so that no one would make a son or a daughter pass through fire as an offering to Molech. He removed the horses that the kings of Judah had dedicated to the sun, at the entrance to the house of the LORD, by the chamber of the eunuch Nathan-melech, which was in the precincts; then he burned the chariots of the sun with fire. The altars on the roof of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the kings of Judah had made, and the altars that Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, he pulled down from there and broke in pieces, and threw the rubble into the Wadi Kidron. The king defiled the high places that were east of Jerusalem, to the south of the Mount of Destruction, which King Solomon of Israel had built for Astarte the abomination of the Sidonians, for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. He broke the pillars in pieces, cut down the sacred poles, and covered the sites with human bones. Moreover, the altar at Bethel, the high place erected by Jeroboam son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin-- he pulled down that altar along with the high place. He burned the high place, crushing it to dust; he also burned the sacred pole. As Josiah turned, he saw the tombs there on the mount; and he sent and took the bones out of the tombs, and burned them on the altar, and defiled it, according to the word of the LORD that the man of God proclaimed, when Jeroboam stood by the altar at the festival; he turned and looked up at the tomb of the man of God who had predicted these things. Then he said, "What is that monument that I see?" The people of the city told him, "It is the tomb of the man of God who came from Judah and predicted these things that you have done against the altar at Bethel." He said, "Let him rest; let no one move his bones." So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet who came out of Samaria. Moreover, Josiah removed all the shrines of the high places that were in the towns of Samaria, which kings of Israel had made, provoking the LORD to anger; he did to them just as he had done at Bethel. He slaughtered on the altars all the priests of the high places who were there, and burned human bones on them. Then he returned to Jerusalem. The king commanded all the people, "Keep the passover to the LORD your God as prescribed in this book of the covenant." No such passover had been kept since the days of the judges who judged Israel, or during all the days of the kings of Israel or of the kings of Judah; but in the eighteenth year of King Josiah this passover was kept to the LORD in Jerusalem. Moreover Josiah put away the mediums, wizards, teraphim, idols, and all the abominations that were seen in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, so that he established the words of the law that were written in the book that the priest Hilkiah had found in the house of the LORD. Before him there was no king like him, who turned to the LORD with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses; nor did any like him arise after him.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says "Let Jesus be cursed!" and no one can say "Jesus is Lord" except by the Holy Spirit. Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.
While he was saying these things to them, suddenly a leader of the synagogue came in and knelt before him, saying, "My daughter has just died; but come and lay your hand on her, and she will live." And Jesus got up and followed him, with his disciples. Then suddenly a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years came up behind him and touched the fringe of his cloak, for she said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be made well." Jesus turned, and seeing her he said, "Take heart, daughter; your faith has made you well." And instantly the woman was made well. When Jesus came to the leader's house and saw the flute players and the crowd making a commotion, he said, "Go away; for the girl is not dead but sleeping." And they laughed at him. But when the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took her by the hand, and the girl got up. And the report of this spread throughout that district.
Psalm 131 Domine, non est
1 O LORD, I am not proud; I have no haughty looks.
2 I do not occupy myself with great matters, or with things that are too hard for me.
3 But I still my soul and make it quiet, like a child upon its mother's breast; my soul is quieted within me.
4 O Israel, wait upon the LORD, from this time forth for evermore.
Psalm 132 Memento, Domine
1 LORD, remember David, and all the hardships he endured;
2 How he swore an oath to the LORD and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 I will not come under the roof of my house, nor climb up into my bed;
4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep, nor let my eyelids slumber;
5 Until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob."
6 The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7 Let us go to God's dwelling place; let us fall upon our knees before his footstool."
8 Arise, O LORD, into your resting-place, you and the ark of your strength.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; let your faithful people sing with joy.
10 For your servant David's sake, do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11 The LORD has sworn an oath to David; in truth, he will not break it:
12 A son, the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne.
13 If your children keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their children will sit upon your throne for evermore."
14 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired her for his habitation:
15 This shall be my resting-place for ever; here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16 I will surely bless her provisions, and satisfy her poor with bread.
17 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18 There will I make the horn of David flourish; I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19 As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; but as for him, his crown will shine."
Psalm 133 Ecce, quam bonum!
1 Oh, how good and pleasant it is, when brethren live together in unity!
2 It is like fine oil upon the head that runs down upon the beard,
3 Upon the beard of Aaron, and runs down upon the collar of his robe.
4 It is like the dew of Hermon that falls upon the hills of Zion.
5 For there the LORD has ordained the blessing: life for evermore.
Psalm 134 Ecce nunc
1 Behold now, bless the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, you that stand by night in the house of the LORD.
2 Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the LORD; the LORD who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.
Psalm 135 Laudate nomen
1 Hallelujah! Praise the Name of the LORD; give praise, you servants of the LORD.
2 You who stand in the house of the LORD, in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Praise the LORD, for the LORD is good; sing praises to his Name, for it is lovely.
4 For the LORD has chosen Jacob for himself and Israel for his own possession.
5 For I know that the LORD is great, and that our Lord is above all gods.
6 The LORD does whatever pleases him, in heaven and on earth, in the seas and all the deeps.
7 He brings up rain clouds from the ends of the earth; he sends out lightning with the rain, and brings the winds out of his storehouse.
8 It was he who struck down the firstborn of Egypt, the firstborn both of man and beast.
9 He sent signs and wonders into the midst of you, O Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He overthrew many nations and put mighty kings to death:
11 Sihon, king of the Amorites, and Og, the king of Bashan, and all the kings of Canaan.
12 He gave their land to be an inheritance, an inheritance for Israel his people.
13 O LORD, your Name is everlasting; your renown, O LORD, endures from age to age.
14 For the LORD gives his people justice and shows compassion to his servants.
15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of human hands.
16 They have mouths, but they cannot speak; eyes have they, but they cannot see.
17 They have ears, but they cannot hear; neither is there any breath in their mouth.
18 Those who make them are like them, and so are all who put their trust in them.
19 Bless the LORD, O house of Israel; O house of Aaron, bless the LORD.
20 Bless the LORD, O house of Levi; you who fear the LORD, bless the LORD.
21 Blessed be the LORD out of Zion, who dwells in Jerusalem. Hallelujah!
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