Friday, August 5, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Friday, August 5, 2022

Stephen’s Speech to the Council

The Daily Lectionary
Friday, August 5, 2022
 Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Isaiah 9:18—10:4; Acts 7:1-8
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23
The Acceptable Sacrifice
A Psalm of Asaph.
1  The mighty one, God the Lord,
     speaks and summons the earth
     from the rising of the sun to its setting.
2  Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
     God shines forth.

3  Our God comes and does not keep silence,
     before him is a devouring fire,
     and a mighty tempest all around him.
4  He calls to the heavens above
     and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
5  “Gather to me my faithful ones,
     who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
6  The heavens declare his righteousness,
     for God himself is judge.                   Selah

7  “Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
     O Israel, I will testify against you.
     I am God, your God.
8  Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
     your burnt offerings are continually before me.

22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
     or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver.
23 Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honor me;
     to those who go the right way
     I will show the salvation of God.”

Isaiah 9:18—10:4
9:18 For wickedness burned like a fire,
     consuming briers and thorns;
   it kindled the thickets of the forest,
     and they swirled upward in a column of smoke.
19 Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts
     the land was burned,
   and the people became like fuel for the fire;
     no one spared another.
20 They gorged on the right, but still were hungry,
     and they devoured on the left, but were not satisfied;
   they devoured the flesh of their own kindred;
21 Manasseh devoured Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasseh,
     and together they were against Judah.
   For all this his anger has not turned away;
     his hand is stretched out still.

10:1 Ah, you who make iniquitous decrees,
     who write oppressive statutes,
2  to turn aside the needy from justice
     and to rob the poor of my people of their right,
   that widows may be your spoil,
     and that you may make the orphans your prey!
3  What will you do on the day of punishment,
     in the calamity that will come from far away?
   To whom will you flee for help,
     and where will you leave your wealth,
4  so as not to crouch among the prisoners
     or fall among the slain?
   For all this his anger has not turned away;
     his hand is stretched out still.

Acts 7:1-8
Stephen’s Speech to the Council
7:1 Then the high priest asked him, “Are these things so?” 2 And Stephen replied:

“Brothers and fathers, listen to me. The God of glory appeared to our ancestor Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Leave your country and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.’ 4 Then he left the country of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After his father died, God had him move from there to this country in which you are now living. 5 He did not give him any of it as a heritage, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as his possession and to his descendants after him, even though he had no child. 6 And God spoke in these terms, that his descendants would be resident aliens in a country belonging to others, who would enslave them and mistreat them during four hundred years. 7 ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’ 8 Then he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac and circumcised him on the eighth day; and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

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.
Stephen makes a rather long defense of himself before the council, after all, he is facing a death sentence.

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