Monday, September 5, 2022

The Daily Lectionary for Monday, September 5, 2022

The Daily Lectionary
Monday, September 5, 2022
Psalm 2; Jeremiah 18:12-23; 1 Timothy 3:14—4:5
(Revised Common Lectionary Year C)
(Semi-continuous Reading Plan)

Psalm 2
God’s Promise to His Anointed
2:1 Why do the nations conspire,
     and the peoples plot in vain?
2  The kings of the earth set themselves,
     and the rulers take counsel together,
     against the Lord and his anointed, saying,
3  “Let us burst their bonds asunder,
     and cast their cords from us.”

4  He who sits in the heavens laughs;
     the Lord has them in derision.
5  Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
     and terrify them in his fury, saying,
6  “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”

7  I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
   He said to me, “You are my son;
     today I have begotten you.
8  Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
     and the ends of the earth your possession.
9  You shall break them with a rod of iron,
     and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

10 Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
     be warned, O rulers of the earth.
11 Serve the Lord with fear,
     with trembling 12 kiss his feet,
   or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
     for his wrath is quickly kindled.

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Jeremiah 18:12-23
Israel’s Stubborn Idolatry
18:12 But they say, “It is no use! We will follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of our evil will.”

13 Therefore thus says the Lord:
   Ask among the nations:
     Who has heard the like of this?
   The virgin Israel has done
     a most horrible thing.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon leave
     the crags of Sirion?
   Do the mountain waters run dry,
     the cold flowing streams?
15 But my people have forgotten me,
     they burn offerings to a delusion;
   they have stumbled in their ways,
     in the ancient roads,
   and have gone into bypaths,
     not the highway,
16 making their land a horror,
     a thing to be hissed at forever.
   All who pass by it are horrified
     and shake their heads.
17 Like the wind from the east,
     I will scatter them before the enemy.
   I will show them my back, not my face,
     in the day of their calamity.

A Plot against Jeremiah
18 Then they said, “Come, let us make plots against Jeremiah—for instruction shall not perish from the priest, nor counsel from the wise, nor the word from the prophet. Come, let us bring charges against him, and let us not heed any of his words.”

19 Give heed to me, O Lord,
     and listen to what my adversaries say!
20 Is evil a recompense for good?
     Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
   Remember how I stood before you
     to speak good for them,
     to turn away your wrath from them.
21 Therefore give their children over to famine;
     hurl them out to the power of the sword,
   let their wives become childless and widowed.
     May their men meet death by pestilence,
     their youths be slain by the sword in battle.
22 May a cry be heard from their houses,
     when you bring the marauder suddenly upon them!
   For they have dug a pit to catch me,
     and laid snares for my feet.
23 Yet you, O Lord, know
     all their plotting to kill me.
   Do not forgive their iniquity,
     do not blot out their sin from your sight.
   Let them be tripped up before you;
     deal with them while you are angry.

1 Timothy 3:14—4:5
The Mystery of Our Religion
3:14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these instructions to you so that, 15 if I am delayed, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth. 16 Without any doubt, the mystery of our religion is great:

   He was revealed in flesh,
     vindicated in spirit,
         seen by angels,
   proclaimed among Gentiles,
     believed in throughout the world,
         taken up in glory.

False Asceticism
4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will renounce the faith by paying attention to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared with a hot iron. 3 They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; 5 for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.

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.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by God’s word and by prayer.

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