Tuesday, March 10, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 10, 2020

Psalm 128; Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 4:6-13

The Daily Lectionary
TUESDAY, March 10, 2020
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

God promises life
1  Blessed are all who fear the Lord,
     who walk in obedience to him.
2  You will eat the fruit of your labor;
    blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3  Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
     within your house;
   your children will be like olive shoots
     around your table.
4  Yes, this will be the blessing
     for the man who fears the Lord.

5  May the Lord bless you from Zion;
     may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
     all the days of your life.
6  May you live to see your children’s children—
     peace be on Israel.

God promises a new creation
17 “See, I will create
     new heavens and a new earth.
   The former things will not be remembered,
     nor will they come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
     in what I will create,
   for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight
     and its people a joy.
19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem
     and take delight in my people;
   the sound of weeping and of crying
     will be heard in it no more.

20 “Never again will there be in it
     an infant who lives but a few days,
     or an old man who does not live out his years;
   the one who dies at a hundred
     will be thought a mere child;
   the one who fails to reach a hundred
     will be considered accursed.
21 They will build houses and dwell in them;
     they will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.
22 No longer will they build houses and others live in them,
     or plant and others eat.
   For as the days of a tree,
     so will be the days of my people;
   my chosen ones will long enjoy
     the work of their hands.
23 They will not labor in vain,
     nor will they bear children doomed to misfortune;
   for they will be a people blessed by the Lord,
     they and their descendants with them.
24 Before they call I will answer;
     while they are still speaking I will hear.
25 The wolf and the lamb will feed together,
     and the lion will eat straw like the ox,
     and dust will be the serpent’s food.
   They will neither harm nor destroy
     on all my holy mountain,”
   says the Lord.

Abraham saved through faith
4:6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

7  “Blessed are those
     whose transgressions are forgiven,
     whose sins are covered.
8  Blessed is the one
     whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”

9 Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. 10 Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! 11 And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12 And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised.

13 It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.

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. www.commontexts.org
The Daily Lectionary for TUESDAY, March 10, 2020
Psalm 128; Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 4:6-13

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