Friday 11 April 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Friday 11 April 2008  

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Exodus 24:1-18

Then he said to Moses, 'Come up to the Lord, you and Aaron, Nadab, and
Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and worship at a distance.
Moses alone shall come near the Lord; but the others shall not come
near, and the people shall not come up with him.'

 Moses came and told the people all the words of the Lord and all the
ordinances; and all the people answered with one voice, and said, 'All
the words that the Lord has spoken we will do.' And Moses wrote down all
the words of the Lord. He rose early in the morning, and built an altar
at the foot of the mountain, and set up twelve pillars, corresponding to
the twelve tribes of Israel. He sent young men of the people of Israel,
who offered burnt-offerings and sacrificed oxen as offerings of
well-being to the Lord. Moses took half of the blood and put it in
basins, and half of the blood he dashed against the altar. Then he took
the book of the covenant, and read it in the hearing of the people; and
they said, 'All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be
obedient.' Moses took the blood and dashed it on the people, and said,
'See the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in
accordance with all these words.'
 Then Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of
Israel went up, and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was
something like a pavement of sapphire stone, like the very heaven for
clearness. God* did not lay his hand on the chief men of the people of
Israel; also they beheld God, and they ate and drank.

 The Lord said to Moses, 'Come up to me on the mountain, and wait there;
and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and the
commandment, which I have written for their instruction.' So Moses set
out with his assistant Joshua, and Moses went up into the mountain of
God. To the elders he had said, 'Wait here for us, until we come to you
again; for Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a dispute may go to

 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.
The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it
for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud.
Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on
the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses
entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the
mountain for forty days and forty nights.
Colossians 2:8-23

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty
deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits
of the universe,* and not according to Christ. For in him the whole
fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him,
who is the head of every ruler and authority. In him also you were
circumcised with a spiritual circumcision,* by putting off the body of
the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; when you were buried with him
in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of
God, who raised him from the dead. And when you were dead in trespasses
and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God* made you* alive together with
him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, erasing the record that
stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it
to the cross. He disarmed* the rulers and authorities and made a public
example of them, triumphing over them in it.

 Therefore do not let anyone condemn you in matters of food and drink or
of observing festivals, new moons, or sabbaths. These are only a shadow
of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. Do not let
anyone disqualify you, insisting on self-abasement and worship of
angels, dwelling* on visions,* puffed up without cause by a human way of
thinking,* and not holding fast to the head, from whom the whole body,
nourished and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows with a
growth that is from God.
 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe,* why
do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to
regulations, 'Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch'? All these
regulations refer to things that perish with use; they are simply human
commands and teachings. These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in
promoting self-imposed piety, humility, and severe treatment of the
body, but they are of no value in checking self-indulgence.
Matthew 4:12-17

Now when Jesus* heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to
Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in
the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken
through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: 
'Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
   on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles- 
the people who sat in darkness
   have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
   light has dawned.' 
>From that time Jesus began to proclaim, 'Repent, for the kingdom of
heaven has come near.'
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 105:1-22

Psalm 105:1-22

O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,
   make known his deeds among the peoples. 
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
   tell of all his wonderful works. 
Glory in his holy name;
   let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 
Seek the Lord and his strength;
   seek his presence continually. 
Remember the wonderful works he has done,
   his miracles, and the judgements he has uttered, 
O offspring of his servant Abraham,*
   children of Jacob, his chosen ones. 

He is the Lord our God;
   his judgements are in all the earth. 
He is mindful of his covenant for ever,
   of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 
the covenant that he made with Abraham,
   his sworn promise to Isaac, 
which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
   to Israel as an everlasting covenant, 
saying, 'To you I will give the land of Canaan
   as your portion for an inheritance.' 

When they were few in number,
   of little account, and strangers in it, 
wandering from nation to nation,
   from one kingdom to another people, 
he allowed no one to oppress them;
   he rebuked kings on their account, 
saying, 'Do not touch my anointed ones;
   do my prophets no harm.' 

When he summoned famine against the land,
   and broke every staff of bread, 
he had sent a man ahead of them,
   Joseph, who was sold as a slave. 
His feet were hurt with fetters,
   his neck was put in a collar of iron; 
until what he had said came to pass,
   the word of the Lord kept testing him. 
The king sent and released him;
   the ruler of the peoples set him free. 
He made him lord of his house,
   and ruler of all his possessions, 
to instruct* his officials at his pleasure,
   and to teach his elders wisdom.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 105:23-45

Psalm 105:45

Then Israel came to Egypt;
   Jacob lived as an alien in the land of Ham. 
And the Lord made his people very fruitful,
   and made them stronger than their foes, 
whose hearts he then turned to hate his people,
   to deal craftily with his servants. 

He sent his servant Moses,
   and Aaron whom he had chosen. 
They performed his signs among them,
   and miracles in the land of Ham. 
He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
   they rebelled* against his words. 
He turned their waters into blood,
   and caused their fish to die. 
Their land swarmed with frogs,
   even in the chambers of their kings. 
He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
   and gnats throughout their country. 
He gave them hail for rain,
   and lightning that flashed through their land. 
He struck their vines and fig trees,
   and shattered the trees of their country. 
He spoke, and the locusts came,
   and young locusts without number; 
they devoured all the vegetation in their land,
   and ate up the fruit of their ground. 
He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
   the first issue of all their strength. 

Then he brought Israel* out with silver and gold,
   and there was no one among their tribes who stumbled. 
Egypt was glad when they departed,
   for dread of them had fallen upon it. 
He spread a cloud for a covering,
   and fire to give light by night. 
They asked, and he brought quails,
   and gave them food from heaven in abundance. 
He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
   it flowed through the desert like a river. 
For he remembered his holy promise,
   and Abraham, his servant. 

So he brought his people out with joy,
   his chosen ones with singing. 
He gave them the lands of the nations,
   and they took possession of the wealth of the peoples, 
that they might keep his statutes
   and observe his laws.
Praise the Lord!

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