Thursday 30 September 2021 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 30 September 2021

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2 Kings 18:28-37

Then the Rabshakeh stood and called out in a loud voice in the
language of Judah, ‘Hear the word of the great king, the king of
Assyria! Thus says the king: “Do not let Hezekiah deceive you, for
he will not be able to deliver you out of my hand. Do not let Hezekiah
make you rely on the Lord by saying, The Lord will surely deliver us,
and this city will not be given into the hand of the king of
Assyria.” Do not listen to Hezekiah; for thus says the king of
Assyria: “Make your peace with me and come out to me; then every one
of you will eat from your own vine and your own fig tree, and drink
water from your own cistern, until I come and take you away to a land
like your own land, a land of grain and wine, a land of bread and
vineyards, a land of olive oil and honey, that you may live and not
die. Do not listen to Hezekiah when he misleads you by saying, The
Lord will deliver us. Has any of the gods of the nations ever
delivered its land out of the hand of the king of Assyria? Where are
the gods of Hamath and Arpad? Where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena,
and Ivvah? Have they delivered Samaria out of my hand? Who among all
the gods of the countries have delivered their countries out of my
hand, that the Lord should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?” ’

 But the people were silent and answered him not a word, for the
king’s command was, ‘Do not answer him.’ Then Eliakim son of
Hilkiah, who was in charge of the palace, and Shebna the secretary,
and Joah son of Asaph, the recorder, came to Hezekiah with their
clothes torn and told him the words of the Rabshakeh.
1 Corinthians 9:1-15

Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?
Are you not my work in the Lord? If I am not an apostle to others, at
least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord.

 This is my defence to those who would examine me. Do we not have the
right to our food and drink? Do we not have the right to be
accompanied by a believing wife,* as do the other apostles and the
brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or is it only Barnabas and I who have
no right to refrain from working for a living? Who at any time pays
the expenses for doing military service? Who plants a vineyard and
does not eat any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock and does not get
any of its milk?

 Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law also say the
same? For it is written in the law of Moses, ‘You shall not muzzle
an ox while it is treading out the grain.’ Is it for oxen that God
is concerned? Or does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was
indeed written for our sake, for whoever ploughs should plough in hope
and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop. If
we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your
material benefits? If others share this rightful claim on you, do not
we still more?

Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure
anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of
Christ. Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple
service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the
altar share in what is sacrificed on the altar? In the same way, the
Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their
living by the gospel.

 But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this
so that they may be applied in my case. Indeed, I would rather die
than that—no one will deprive me of my ground for boasting!
Matthew 7:22-29
On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of
power in your name?” Then I will declare to them, “I never knew
you; go away from me, you evildoers.”
 ‘Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will
be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the
floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not
fall, because it had been founded on rock. And everyone who hears
these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish
man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, and the floods came,
and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell—and
great was its fall!’

 Now when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were
astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority,
and not as their scribes.
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 105:23-45

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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