Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, April 9, 2019

Warning against Antichrists
1 John 2:18-28

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, April 9, 2019
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)

Psalm 20
Prayer for Victory
To the leader. A Psalm of David.
1  The Lord answer you in the day of trouble!
     The name of the God of Jacob protect you!
2  May he send you help from the sanctuary,
     and give you support from Zion.
3  May he remember all your offerings,
     and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices.    Selah

4  May he grant you your heart’s desire,
     and fulfill all your plans.
5  May we shout for joy over your victory,
     and in the name of our God set up our banners.
   May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.

6  Now I know that the Lord will help his anointed;
     he will answer him from his holy heaven
     with mighty victories by his right hand.
7  Some take pride in chariots, and some in horses,
     but our pride is in the name of the Lord our God.
8  They will collapse and fall,
     but we shall rise and stand upright.

9  Give victory to the king, O Lord;
     answer us when we call.

Judges 9:7-15
The Parable of the Trees
9:7 When it was told to Jotham, he went and stood on the top of Mount Gerizim, and cried aloud and said to them, “Listen to me, you lords of Shechem, so that God may listen to you.

8  The trees once went out
     to anoint a king over themselves.
   So they said to the olive tree,
     ‘Reign over us.’
9  The olive tree answered them,
     ‘Shall I stop producing my rich oil
         by which gods and mortals are honored,
         and go to sway over the trees?’
10 Then the trees said to the fig tree,
     ‘You come and reign over us.’
11 But the fig tree answered them,
     ‘Shall I stop producing my sweetness
         and my delicious fruit,
         and go to sway over the trees?’
12 Then the trees said to the vine,
     ‘You come and reign over us.’
13 But the vine said to them,
     ‘Shall I stop producing my wine
         that cheers gods and mortals,
         and go to sway over the trees?’
14 So all the trees said to the bramble,
     ‘You come and reign over us.’
15 And the bramble said to the trees,
     ‘If in good faith you are anointing me king over you,
         then come and take refuge in my shade;
     but if not, let fire come out of the bramble
         and devour the cedars of Lebanon.’

1 John 2:18-28
Warning against Antichrists
2:18 Children, it is the last hour! As you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. From this we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not belong to us; for if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us. But by going out they made it plain that none of them belongs to us. 20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and all of you have knowledge. 21 I write to you, not because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and you know that no lie comes from the truth. 22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father; everyone who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 Let what you heard from the beginning abide in you. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, then you will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he has promised us, eternal life.

26 I write these things to you concerning those who would deceive you. 27 As for you, the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and so you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, abide in him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he is revealed we may have confidence and not be put to shame before him at his coming.

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

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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. www.commontexts.org
This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

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