Friday, July 22, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Friday, July 22, 2022

Peter preaches at Pentecost

The Daily Lectionary
Friday, July 22, 2022
 Psalm 85; Hosea 5:1-15; Acts 2:22-36
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 85
Prayer for the Restoration of God’s Favor
To the leader. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1 Lord, you were favorable to your land;
    you restored the fortunes of Jacob.
2 You forgave the iniquity of your people;
    you pardoned all their sin.   Selah
3 You withdrew all your wrath;
    you turned from your hot anger.

4 Restore us again, O God of our salvation,
    and put away your indignation toward us.
5 Will you be angry with us forever?
    Will you prolong your anger to all generations?
6 Will you not revive us again,
    so that your people may rejoice in you?
7 Show us your steadfast love, O Lord,
    and grant us your salvation.

8 Let me hear what God the Lord will speak,
    for he will speak peace to his people,
    to his faithful, to those who turn to him in their hearts.
9 Surely his salvation is at hand for those who fear him,
    that his glory may dwell in our land.

10 Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet;
    righteousness and peace will kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness will spring up from the ground,
    and righteousness will look down from the sky.
12 The Lord will give what is good,
    and our land will yield its increase.
13 Righteousness will go before him,
    and will make a path for his steps.

Hosea 5:1-15
Impending Judgment on Israel and Judah
5:1 Hear this, O priests!
     Give heed, O house of Israel!
   Listen, O house of the king!
     For the judgment pertains to you;
   for you have been a snare at Mizpah,
     and a net spread upon Tabor,
2  and a pit dug deep in Shittim;
     but I will punish all of them.

3  I know Ephraim,
     and Israel is not hidden from me;
   for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
     Israel is defiled.
4  Their deeds do not permit them
     to return to their God.
   For the spirit of whoredom is within them,
     and they do not know the Lord.

5  Israel’s pride testifies against him;
     Ephraim stumbles in his guilt;
     Judah also stumbles with them.
6  With their flocks and herds they shall go
     to seek the Lord,
   but they will not find him;
     he has withdrawn from them.
7  They have dealt faithlessly with the Lord;
     for they have borne illegitimate children.
     Now the new moon shall devour them along with their fields.

8  Blow the horn in Gibeah,
     the trumpet in Ramah.
   Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;
     look behind you, Benjamin!
9  Ephraim shall become a desolation
     in the day of punishment;
   among the tribes of Israel
     I declare what is sure.
10 The princes of Judah have become
     like those who remove the landmark;
   on them I will pour out
     my wrath like water.
11 Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,
     because he was determined to go after vanity.
12 Therefore I am like maggots to Ephraim,
     and like rottenness to the house of Judah.
13 When Ephraim saw his sickness,
     and Judah his wound,
   then Ephraim went to Assyria,
     and sent to the great king.
   But he is not able to cure you
     or heal your wound.
14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,
     and like a young lion to the house of Judah.
   I myself will tear and go away;
     I will carry off, and no one shall rescue.
15 I will return again to my place
     until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face.
     In their distress they will beg my favor:

Acts 2:22-36
2:22 “You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know— 23 this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. 24 But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power. 25 For David says concerning him,

   ‘I saw the Lord always before me,
     for he is at my right hand so that I will not be shaken;
26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced;
     moreover my flesh will live in hope.
27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades,
     or let your Holy One experience corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
     you will make me full of gladness with your presence.’

29 “Fellow Israelites, I may say to you confidently of our ancestor David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Since he was a prophet, he knew that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would put one of his descendants on his throne. 31 Foreseeing this, David spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, saying,

   ‘He was not abandoned to Hades,
     nor did his flesh experience corruption.’

32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that all of us are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says,

   ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
   “Sit at my right hand,
35   until I make your enemies your footstool.”’

36 Therefore let the entire house of Israel know with certainty that God has made him both Lord and Messiah, this Jesus whom you crucified.”

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

The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle and Gospel lessons are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Church of Christ in the USA, and used by permission.

The Daily Lectionary is a three year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 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.
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