Saturday 19 April 2008 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 19 April 2008

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Exodus 40:18-38

Moses set up the tabernacle; he laid its bases, and set up its frames,
and put in its poles, and raised up its pillars; 19and he spread the
tent over the tabernacle, and put the covering of the tent over it; as
the Lord had commanded Moses. 20He took the covenant* and put it into
the ark, and put the poles on the ark, and set the mercy-seat* above the
ark; 21and he brought the ark into the tabernacle, and set up the
curtain for screening, and screened the ark of the covenant;* as the
Lord had commanded Moses. 22He put the table in the tent of meeting, on
the north side of the tabernacle, outside the curtain, 23and set the
bread in order on it before the Lord; as the Lord had commanded Moses.
24He put the lampstand in the tent of meeting, opposite the table on the
south side of the tabernacle, 25and set up the lamps before the Lord; as
the Lord had commanded Moses. 26He put the golden altar in the tent of
meeting before the curtain, 27and offered fragrant incense on it; as the
Lord had commanded Moses. 28He also put in place the screen for the
entrance of the tabernacle. 29He set the altar of burnt-offering at the
entrance of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, and offered on it the
burnt-offering and the grain-offering as the Lord had commanded Moses.
30He set the basin between the tent of meeting and the altar, and put
water in it for washing, 31with which Moses and Aaron and his sons
washed their hands and their feet. 32When they went into the tent of
meeting, and when they approached the altar, they washed; as the Lord
had commanded Moses. 33He set up the court around the tabernacle and the
altar, and put up the screen at the gate of the court. So Moses finished
the work. 
The Cloud and the Glory34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting,
and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35Moses was not able to
enter the tent of meeting because the cloud settled upon it, and the
glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36Whenever the cloud was taken
up from the tabernacle, the Israelites would set out on each stage of
their journey; 37but if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not
set out until the day that it was taken up. 38For the cloud of the Lord
was on the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud* by night,
before the eyes of all the house of Israel at each stage of their
1 Thessalonians 4:1-12

Finally, brothers and sisters,* we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus
that, as you learned from us how you ought to live and to please God
(as, in fact, you are doing), you should do so more and more. 2For you
know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3For this is
the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from fornication;
4that each one of you knows how to control your own body* in holiness
and honour, 5not with lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know
God; 6that no one wrongs or exploits a brother or sister* in this
matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, just as we
have already told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7For God did
not call us to impurity but in holiness. 8Therefore whoever rejects this
rejects not human authority but God, who also gives his Holy Spirit to
9 Now concerning love of the brothers and sisters,* you do not need to
have anyone write to you, for you yourselves have been taught by God to
love one another; 10and indeed you do love all the brothers and sisters*
throughout Macedonia. But we urge you, beloved,* to do so more and more,
11to aspire to live quietly, to mind your own affairs, and to work with
your hands, as we directed you, 12so that you may behave properly
towards outsiders and be dependent on no one. 
Matthew 5:38-48

'You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a
tooth." 39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone
strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40and if anyone
wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41and if
anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42Give to
everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow
from you. 
Love for Enemies43 'You have heard that it was said, "You shall love
your neighbour and hate your enemy." 44But I say to you, Love your
enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may be
children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil
and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.
46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not
even the tax-collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your
brothers and sisters,* what more are you doing than others? Do not even
the Gentiles do the same? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly
Father is perfect.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 55

Psalm 55

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from my supplication. 
2Attend to me, and answer me;
   I am troubled in my complaint.
I am distraught 3by the noise of the enemy,
   because of the clamour of the wicked.
For they bring* trouble upon me,
   and in anger they cherish enmity against me. 

4My heart is in anguish within me,
   the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 
5Fear and trembling come upon me,
   and horror overwhelms me. 
6And I say, 'O that I had wings like a dove!
   I would fly away and be at rest; 
7truly, I would flee far away;
   I would lodge in the wilderness;
8I would hurry to find a shelter for myself
   from the raging wind and tempest.' 

9Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech;
   for I see violence and strife in the city. 
10Day and night they go around it
   on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it; 
11   ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
   do not depart from its market-place. 

12It is not enemies who taunt me-
   I could bear that;
it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me-
   I could hide from them. 
13But it is you, my equal,
   my companion, my familiar friend, 
14with whom I kept pleasant company;
   we walked in the house of God with the throng. 
15Let death come upon them;
   let them go down alive to Sheol;
   for evil is in their homes and in their hearts. 

16But I call upon God,
   and the Lord will save me. 
17Evening and morning and at noon
   I utter my complaint and moan,
   and he will hear my voice. 
18He will redeem me unharmed
   from the battle that I wage,
   for many are arrayed against me. 
19God, who is enthroned from of old,
   will hear, and will humble them-
because they do not change,
   and do not fear God. 

20My companion laid hands on a friend
   and violated a covenant with me* 
21with speech smoother than butter,
   but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
   but in fact were drawn swords. 

22Cast your burden* on the Lord,
   and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
   the righteous to be moved. 

23But you, O God, will cast them down
   into the lowest pit;
the bloodthirsty and treacherous
   shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 138, 139:1-23

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise; 
2I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything.* 
3On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul.* 

4All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth. 
5They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord. 
6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away. 

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me. 
8The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 139:1-23

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
2You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away. 
3You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways. 
4Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely. 
5You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me. 
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it. 

7Where can I go from your spirit?
   Or where can I flee from your presence? 
8If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
   if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 
9If I take the wings of the morning
   and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 
10even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me fast. 
11If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light around me become night', 
12even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. 

13For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother's womb. 
14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. 
15   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
16Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed. 
17How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 
18I try to count them-they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end*-I am still with you. 

19O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
   and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me- 
20those who speak of you maliciously,
   and lift themselves up against you for evil!* 
21Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
   And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 
22I hate them with perfect hatred;
   I count them my enemies. 
23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my thoughts.

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