Thursday, April 11, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, April 11, 2019

Warning to Pay Attention
Hebrews 2:1-4

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, April 11, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 31:9-16
9  Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress;
     my eye wastes away from grief,
     my soul and body also.
10 For my life is spent with sorrow,
     and my years with sighing;
   my strength fails because of my misery,
     and my bones waste away.

11 I am the scorn of all my adversaries,
     a horror to my neighbors,
   an object of dread to my acquaintances;
     those who see me in the street flee from me.
12 I have passed out of mind like one who is dead;
     I have become like a broken vessel.
13 For I hear the whispering of many—
     terror all around!—
   as they scheme together against me,
     as they plot to take my life.

14 But I trust in you, O Lord;
     I say, “You are my God.”
15 My times are in your hand;
     deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
     save me in your steadfast love.

Isaiah 53:10-12
53:10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him with pain.
   When you make his life an offering for sin,
     he shall see his offspring, and shall prolong his days;
   through him the will of the Lord shall prosper.
11   Out of his anguish he shall see light;
   he shall find satisfaction through his knowledge.
     The righteous one, my servant, shall make many righteous,
     and he shall bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will allot him a portion with the great,
     and he shall divide the spoil with the strong;
   because he poured out himself to death,
     and was numbered with the transgressors;
   yet he bore the sin of many,
     and made intercession for the transgressors.

Hebrews 2:1-9
Warning to Pay Attention
2:1 Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it. 2 For if the message declared through angels was valid, and every transgression or disobedience received a just penalty, 3 how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation? It was declared at first through the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard him, 4 while God added his testimony by signs and wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit, distributed according to his will.

Exaltation through Abasement
5 Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels. 6 But someone has testified somewhere,

   “What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
     or mortals, that you care for them?
7  You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
     you have crowned them with glory and honor,
8    subjecting all things under their feet.”

Now in subjecting all things to them, God left nothing outside their control. As it is, we do not yet see everything in subjection to them, 9 but we do see Jesus, who for a little while was made lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

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.
Therefore we must pay greater attention to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away from it.

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