Monday, February 4, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for MONDAY, February 4, 2019

The True Wisdom of God
1 Corinthians 2:6-16

The Daily Lectionary
MONDAY, February 4, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 56
Trust in God under Persecution
To the leader: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath.
1  Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me;
     all day long foes oppress me;
2  my enemies trample on me all day long,
     for many fight against me.
   O Most High, 3 when I am afraid,
     I put my trust in you.
4  In God, whose word I praise,
     in God I trust; I am not afraid;
     what can flesh do to me?

5  All day long they seek to injure my cause;
     all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6  They stir up strife, they lurk,
     they watch my steps.
   As they hoped to have my life,
7      so repay them for their crime;
     in wrath cast down the peoples, O God!

8  You have kept count of my tossings;
     put my tears in your bottle.
     Are they not in your record?
9  Then my enemies will retreat
     in the day when I call.
     This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
     in the Lord, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I am not afraid.
     What can a mere mortal do to me?

12 My vows to you I must perform, O God;
     I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
     and my feet from falling,
   so that I may walk before God
     in the light of life.

1 Kings 17:8-16
The Widow of Zarephath
17:8 Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 9 “Go now to Zarephath, which belongs to Sidon, and live there; for I have commanded a widow there to feed you.” 10 So he set out and went to Zarephath. When he came to the gate of the town, a widow was there gathering sticks; he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, so that I may drink.” 11 As she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of meal in a jar, and a little oil in a jug; I am now gathering a couple of sticks, so that I may go home and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.” 13 Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid; go and do as you have said; but first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterwards make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord the God of Israel: The jar of meal will not be emptied and the jug of oil will not fail until the day that the Lord sends rain on the earth.” 15 She went and did as Elijah said, so that she as well as he and her household ate for many days. 16 The jar of meal was not emptied, neither did the jug of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke by Elijah.

1 Corinthians 2:6-16
The True Wisdom of God
2:6 Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. 7 But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,

   “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
     nor the human heart conceived,
   what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. 13 And we speak of these things in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual things to those who are spiritual.

14 Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them, and they are unable to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 Those who are spiritual discern all things, and they are themselves subject to no one else’s scrutiny.

16 “For who has known the mind of the Lord
     so as to instruct him?”

But we have the mind of Christ.

Optional parts of the readings are set off in square brackets.

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2019, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2018 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest on what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
Those who are unspiritual do not receive the gifts of God’s Spirit, for they are foolishness to them.

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