Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020
Psalm 89:5-37; Isaiah 51:1-16; Matthew 12:15-21

The Daily Lectionary
WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God anoints David to be a son
5  The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
     your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
6  For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
     Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
7  In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
     he is more awesome than all who surround him.
8  Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
     You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds

9  You rule over the surging sea;
     when its waves mount up, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
     with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
11 The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
     you founded the world and all that is in it.
12 You created the north and the south;
     Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
13 Your arm is endowed with power;
     your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your
     love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
     who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.
16 They rejoice in your name all day long;
     they celebrate your righteousness.
17 For you are their glory and strength,
     and by your favor you exalt our horn.
18 Indeed, our shield belongs to the Lord,
     our king to the Holy One of Israel.

19 Once you spoke in a vision,
     to your faithful people you said:
   “I have bestowed strength on a warrior;
     I have raised up a young man from among the people.
20 I have found David my servant;
     with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
     surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
     the wicked will not oppress him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
     and strike down his adversaries.
24 My faithful love will be with him,
     and through my name his horn will be exalted.
25 I will set his hand over the sea,
     his right hand over the rivers.
26 He will call out to me, ‘You are my Father,
     my God, the Rock my Savior.’
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
     the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
     and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
     his throne as long as the heavens endure.

30 “If his sons forsake my law
     and do not follow my statutes,
31 if they violate my decrees
     and fail to keep my commands,
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
     their iniquity with flogging;
33 but I will not take my love from him,
     nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
     or alter what my lips have uttered.
35 Once for all, I have sworn by my holiness—
     and I will not lie to David—
36 that his line will continue forever
     and his throne endure before me like the sun;
37 it will be established forever like the moon,
     the faithful witness in the sky.”

Through water God’s people cross over
1  “Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
     and who seek the Lord:
   Look to the rock from which you were cut
     and to the quarry from which you were hewn;
2  look to Abraham, your father,
     and to Sarah, who gave you birth.
   When I called him he was only one man,
     and I blessed him and made him many.
3  The Lord will surely comfort Zion
     and will look with compassion on all her ruins;
   he will make her deserts like Eden,
     her wastelands like the garden of the Lord.
   Joy and gladness will be found in her,
     thanksgiving and the sound of singing.

4  “Listen to me, my people;
     hear me, my nation:
   Instruction will go out from me;
     my justice will become a light to the nations.
5  My righteousness draws near speedily,
     my salvation is on the way,
     and my arm will bring justice to the nations.
   The islands will look to me
     and wait in hope for my arm.
6  Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
     look at the earth beneath;
   the heavens will vanish like smoke,
     the earth will wear out like a garment
     and its inhabitants die like flies.
   But my salvation will last forever,
     my righteousness will never fail.

7  “Hear me, you who know what is right,
     you people who have taken my instruction to heart:
   Do not fear the reproach of mere mortals
     or be terrified by their insults.
8  For the moth will eat them up like a garment;
     the worm will devour them like wool.
   But my righteousness will last forever,
     my salvation through all generations.”

9  Awake, awake, arm of the Lord,
     clothe yourself with strength!
   Awake, as in days gone by,
     as in generations of old.
   Was it not you who cut Rahab to pieces,
     who pierced that monster through?
10 Was it not you who dried up the sea,
     the waters of the great deep,
   who made a road in the depths of the sea
     so that the redeemed might cross over?
11 Those the Lord has rescued will return.
     They will enter Zion with singing;
     everlasting joy will crown their heads.
   Gladness and joy will overtake them,
     and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

12 “I, even I, am he who comforts you.
     Who are you that you fear mere mortals,
     human beings who are but grass,
13 that you forget the Lord your Maker,
     who stretches out the heavens
     and who lays the foundations of the earth,
   that you live in constant terror every day
     because of the wrath of the oppressor,
     who is bent on destruction?
   For where is the wrath of the oppressor?
14   The cowering prisoners will soon be set free;
   they will not die in their dungeon,
     nor will they lack bread.
15 For I am the Lord your God,
     who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar—
     the Lord Almighty is his name.
16 I have put my words in your mouth
     and covered you with the shadow of my hand—
   I who set the heavens in place,
     who laid the foundations of the earth,
     and who say to Zion, ‘You are my people.’”

The words of Isaiah applied to Jesus
12:15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
     the one I love, in whom I delight;
   I will put my Spirit on him,
     and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
     no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
     and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
   till he has brought justice through to victory.
21   In his name the nations will put their hope.”

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 A. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2020, we will be in Year B. The year which ended at Advent 2019 was Year C. 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 what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts.
The Daily Lectionary for WEDNESDAY, January 15, 2020
Psalm 89:5-37; Isaiah 51:1-16; Matthew 12:15-21

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