Tuesday, January 21, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, January 21, 2020

Psalm 40:6-17; Isaiah 53:1-12; Hebrews 10:1-4

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, January 21, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

Not sacrifice but divine mercy
6  Sacrifice and offering you did not desire—
     but my ears you have opened—
     burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require.
7  Then I said, “Here I am, I have come—
     it is written about me in the scroll.
8  I desire to do your will, my God;
     your law is within my heart.”

9  I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly;
     I do not seal my lips, Lord,
     as you know.
10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
     I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help.
   I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness
    from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, Lord;
     may your love and faithfulness always protect me.
12 For troubles without number surround me;
     my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
   They are more than the hairs of my head,
     and my heart fails within me.
13 Be pleased to save me, Lord;
     come quickly, Lord, to help me.

14 May all who want to take my life
     be put to shame and confusion;
   may all who desire my ruin
     be turned back in disgrace.
15 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
     be appalled at their own shame.
16 But may all who seek you
     rejoice and be glad in you;
   may those who long for your saving help always say,
     “The Lord is great!”

17 But as for me, I am poor and needy;
     may the Lord think of me.
   You are my help and my deliverer;
     you are my God, do not delay.

The one like a lamb
1  Who has believed our message
     and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
2  He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
     and like a root out of dry ground.
   He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
     nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.
3  He was despised and rejected by mankind,
     a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.
   Like one from whom people hide their faces
     he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

4  Surely he took up our pain
     and bore our suffering,
   yet we considered him punished by God,
     stricken by him, and afflicted.
5  But he was pierced for our transgressions,
     he was crushed for our iniquities;
   the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
     and by his wounds we are healed.
6  We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
     each of us has turned to our own way;
   and the Lord has laid on him
     the iniquity of us all.

7  He was oppressed and afflicted,
     yet he did not open his mouth;
   he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,
     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,
     so he did not open his mouth.
8  By oppression and judgment he was taken away.
     Yet who of his generation protested?
   For he was cut off from the land of the living;
     for the transgression of my people he was punished.
9  He was assigned a grave with the wicked,
     and with the rich in his death,
   though he had done no violence,
     nor was any deceit in his mouth.

10 Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him
         to suffer,
     and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,
   he will see his offspring and prolong his days,
     and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
11 After he has suffered,
     he will see the light of life and be satisfied;
   by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,
     and he will bear their iniquities.
12 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,
     and he will divide the spoils with the strong,
   because he poured out his life unto death,
     and was numbered with the transgressors.
   For he bore the sin of many,
     and made intercession for the transgressors.

Animal sacrifices cannot take away sins
10:1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. 2 Otherwise, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. 3 But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins. 4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

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

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The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, January 21, 2020
Psalm 40:6-17; Isaiah 53:1-12; Hebrews 10:1-4

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