Thursday, July 16, 2020

The Daily Lectionary for THURSDAY, July 16, 2020

The Daily Lectionary
THURSDAY, July 16, 2020
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Isaiah 44:1-5; Hebrews 2:1-9
(Revised Common Lectionary Year A)

You have searched me and known me
1  You have searched me, Lord,
     and you know me.
2  You know when I sit and when I rise;
     you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3  You discern my going out and my lying down;
     you are familiar with all my ways.
4  Before a word is on my tongue
     you, Lord, know it completely.
5  You hem me in behind and before,
     and you lay your hand upon me.
6  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
     too lofty for me to attain.

7  Where can I go from your Spirit?
     Where can I flee from your presence?
8  If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
     if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9  If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
     if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
     your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
     and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
     the night will shine like the day,
     for darkness is as light to you.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
     test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
     and lead me in the way everlasting.

God’s blessing on Israel: “Do not fear”
1  “But now listen, Jacob, my servant,
     Israel, whom I have chosen.
2  This is what the Lord says—
     he who made you, who formed you in the womb,
     and who will help you:
   Do not be afraid, Jacob, my servant,
     Jeshurun, whom I have chosen.
3  For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
     and streams on the dry ground;
   I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring,
     and my blessing on your descendants.
4  They will spring up like grass in a meadow,
     like poplar trees by flowing streams.
5  Some will say, ‘I belong to the Lord’;
     others will call themselves by the name of Jacob;
   still others will write on their hand, ‘The Lord’s,’
     and will take the name Israel.

Warning to pay attention
2:1 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. 2 For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 3 how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. 4 God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and by gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will.

5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 6 But there is a place where someone has testified:

   “What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
     a son of man that you care for him?
7  You made them a little lower than the angels;
     you crowned them with glory and honor
8    and put everything under their feet.”

In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. 9 But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered 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.]

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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 THURSDAY, July 16, 2020
Psalm 139:1-12, 23-24; Isaiah 44:1-5; Hebrews 2:1-9

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