Thursday, August 4, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Thursday, August 4, 2022

God’s Election
Romans 9:1-9

The Daily Lectionary
Thursday, August 4, 2022
 Psalm 50:1-8, 22-23; Isaiah 9:8-17; Romans 9:1-9
(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 9:8-17
Judgment on Arrogance and Oppression
9:8 The Lord sent a word against Jacob,
     and it fell on Israel;
9  and all the people knew it—
     Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
     but in pride and arrogance of heart they said:
10 “The bricks have fallen,
     but we will build with dressed stones;
   the sycamores have been cut down,
     but we will put cedars in their place.”
11 So the Lord raised adversaries against them,
     and stirred up their enemies,
12 the Arameans on the east and the Philistines on the west,
     and they devoured Israel with open mouth.
   For all this his anger has not turned away;
     his hand is stretched out still.

13 The people did not turn to him who struck them,
     or seek the Lord of hosts.
14 So the Lord cut off from Israel head and tail,
     palm branch and reed in one day—
15 elders and dignitaries are the head,
     and prophets who teach lies are the tail;
16 for those who led this people led them astray,
     and those who were led by them were left in confusion.
17 That is why the Lord did not have pity on their young people,
     or compassion on their orphans and widows;
   for everyone was godless and an evildoer,
     and every mouth spoke folly.
   For all this his anger has not turned away;
     his hand is stretched out still.

Romans 9:1-9
God’s Election of Israel
9:1 I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience confirms it by the Holy Spirit— 2 I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my own people, my kindred according to the flesh. 4 They are Israelites, and to them belong the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the worship, and the promises; 5 to them belong the patriarchs, and from them, according to the flesh, comes the Messiah, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

6 It is not as though the word of God had failed. For not all Israelites truly belong to Israel, 7 and not all of Abraham’s children are his true descendants; but “It is through Isaac that descendants shall be named for you.” 8 This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as descendants. 9 For this is what the promise said, “About this time I will return and Sarah shall have a son.”

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 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. www.commontexts.org
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