Tuesday 2 August 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

info at dailylectionary.org info at dailylectionary.org
Tue Aug 2 02:00:04 EDT 2022

Tuesday 2 August 2022  

Email Evangelism, forward to a friend: http://www.dailylectionary.org

Notice: At times email providers change their spam filters. To keep
your daily lectionary reading from going to spam please add
dailylectionary at dailylectionary.org and info at dailylectionary.org to
your white list. 

For help with setting a white list check www.whitelist.guide or search
the web. Please do not send us questions on how to set up a white
list. We are not computer savvy and therefore are unable to provide
Judges 7:1-18

Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the troops that were with him
rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of
Midian was north of them, below* the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

 The Lord said to Gideon, ‘The troops with you are too many for me
to give the Midianites into their hand. Israel would only take the
credit away from me, saying, “My own hand has delivered me.” Now
therefore proclaim this in the hearing of the troops, “Whoever is
fearful and trembling, let him return home.” ’ Thus Gideon sifted
them out;* twenty-two thousand returned, and ten thousand remained.

 Then the Lord said to Gideon, ‘The troops are still too many; take
them down to the water and I will sift them out for you there. When I
say, “This one shall go with you”, he shall go with you; and when
I say, “This one shall not go with you”, he shall not go.’ So he
brought the troops down to the water; and the Lord said to Gideon,
‘All those who lap the water with their tongues, as a dog laps, you
shall put to one side; all those who kneel down to drink, putting
their hands to their mouths,* you shall put to the other side.’ The
number of those that lapped was three hundred; but all the rest of the
troops knelt down to drink water. Then the Lord said to Gideon,
‘With the three hundred that lapped I will deliver you, and give the
Midianites into your hand. Let all the others go to their homes.’ So
he took the jars of the troops from their hands,* and their trumpets;
and he sent all the rest of Israel back to their own tents, but
retained the three hundred. The camp of Midian was below him in the

 That same night the Lord said to him, ‘Get up, attack the camp;
for I have given it into your hand. But if you fear to attack, go down
to the camp with your servant Purah; and you shall hear what they say,
and afterwards your hands shall be strengthened to attack the camp.’
Then he went down with his servant Purah to the outposts of the armed
men that were in the camp. The Midianites and the Amalekites and all
the people of the east lay along the valley as thick as locusts; and
their camels were without number, countless as the sand on the
seashore. When Gideon arrived, there was a man telling a dream to his
comrade; and he said, ‘I had a dream, and in it a cake of barley
bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and
struck it so that it fell; it turned upside down, and the tent
collapsed.’ And his comrade answered, ‘This is no other than the
sword of Gideon son of Joash, a man of Israel; into his hand God has
given Midian and all the army.’

 When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation,
he worshipped; and he returned to the camp of Israel, and said, ‘Get
up; for the Lord has given the army of Midian into your hand.’ After
he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and put
trumpets into the hands of all of them, and empty jars, with torches
inside the jars, he said to them, ‘Look at me, and do the same; when
I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I blow the
trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets
around the whole camp, and shout, “For the Lord and for Gideon!”

Acts 3:1-11

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of
prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon. And a man lame from birth
was being carried in. People would lay him daily at the gate of the
temple called the Beautiful Gate so that he could ask for alms from
those entering the temple. When he saw Peter and John about to go into
the temple, he asked them for alms. Peter looked intently at him, as
did John, and said, ‘Look at us.’ And he fixed his attention on
them, expecting to receive something from them. But Peter said, ‘I
have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of
Jesus Christ of Nazareth,* stand up and walk.’ And he took him by
the right hand and raised him up; and immediately his feet and ankles
were made strong. Jumping up, he stood and began to walk, and he
entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized
him as the one who used to sit and ask for alms at the Beautiful Gate
of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what
had happened to him.
 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people ran together to
them in the portico called Solomon’s Portico, utterly astonished.
John 1:19-28

This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and
Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and
did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’* And they
asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’
‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to
him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What
do you say about yourself?’ He said,
‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord” ’,
as the prophet Isaiah said.

 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why
then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah,* nor Elijah,
nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among
you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I
am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in
Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 78:1-39

Psalm 78:1-39

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
   incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 
I will open my mouth in a parable;
   I will utter dark sayings from of old, 
things that we have heard and known,
   that our ancestors have told us. 
We will not hide them from their children;
   we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
   and the wonders that he has done. 

He established a decree in Jacob,
   and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
   to teach to their children; 
that the next generation might know them,
   the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children, 
   so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
   but keep his commandments; 
and that they should not be like their ancestors,
   a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
   whose spirit was not faithful to God. 

The Ephraimites, armed with* the bow,
   turned back on the day of battle. 
They did not keep God’s covenant,
   but refused to walk according to his law. 
They forgot what he had done,
   and the miracles that he had shown them. 
In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
   in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan. 
He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
   and made the waters stand like a heap. 
In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
   and all night long with a fiery light. 
He split rocks open in the wilderness,
   and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. 
He made streams come out of the rock,
   and caused waters to flow down like rivers. 

Yet they sinned still more against him,
   rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 
They tested God in their heart
   by demanding the food they craved. 
They spoke against God, saying,
   ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness? 
Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out
   and torrents overflowed,
can he also give bread,
   or provide meat for his people?’ 

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of rage;
   a fire was kindled against Jacob,
   his anger mounted against Israel, 
because they had no faith in God,
   and did not trust his saving power. 
Yet he commanded the skies above,
   and opened the doors of heaven; 
he rained down on them manna to eat,
   and gave them the grain of heaven. 
Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
   he sent them food in abundance. 
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
   and by his power he led out the south wind; 
he rained flesh upon them like dust,
   winged birds like the sand of the seas; 
he let them fall within their camp,
   all around their dwellings. 
And they ate and were well filled,
   for he gave them what they craved. 
But before they had satisfied their craving,
   while the food was still in their mouths, 
the anger of God rose against them
   and he killed the strongest of them,
   and laid low the flower of Israel. 

In spite of all this they still sinned;
   they did not believe in his wonders. 
So he made their days vanish like a breath,
   and their years in terror. 
When he killed them, they sought for him;
   they repented and sought God earnestly. 
They remembered that God was their rock,
   the Most High God their redeemer. 
But they flattered him with their mouths;
   they lied to him with their tongues. 
Their heart was not steadfast towards him;
   they were not true to his covenant. 
Yet he, being compassionate,
   forgave their iniquity,
   and did not destroy them;
often he restrained his anger,
   and did not stir up all his wrath. 
He remembered that they were but flesh,
   a wind that passes and does not come again.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 78:40-72

Psalm 78:40-72

How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
   and grieved him in the desert! 
They tested God again and again,
   and provoked the Holy One of Israel. 
They did not keep in mind his power,
   or the day when he redeemed them from the foe; 
when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
   and his miracles in the fields of Zoan. 
He turned their rivers to blood,
   so that they could not drink of their streams. 
He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
   and frogs, which destroyed them. 
He gave their crops to the caterpillar,
   and the fruit of their labour to the locust. 
He destroyed their vines with hail,
   and their sycomores with frost. 
He gave over their cattle to the hail,
   and their flocks to thunderbolts. 
He let loose on them his fierce anger,
   wrath, indignation, and distress,
   a company of destroying angels. 
He made a path for his anger;
   he did not spare them from death,
   but gave their lives over to the plague. 
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
   the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham. 
Then he led out his people like sheep,
   and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 
He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;
   but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 
And he brought them to his holy hill,
   to the mountain that his right hand had won. 
He drove out nations before them;
   he apportioned them for a possession
   and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 

Yet they tested the Most High God,
   and rebelled against him.
   They did not observe his decrees, 
but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
   they twisted like a treacherous bow. 
For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
   they moved him to jealousy with their idols. 
When God heard, he was full of wrath,
   and he utterly rejected Israel. 
He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
   the tent where he dwelt among mortals, 
and delivered his power to captivity,
   his glory to the hand of the foe. 
He gave his people to the sword,
   and vented his wrath on his heritage. 
Fire devoured their young men,
   and their girls had no marriage song. 
Their priests fell by the sword,
   and their widows made no lamentation. 
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
   like a warrior shouting because of wine. 
He put his adversaries to rout;
   he put them to everlasting disgrace. 

He rejected the tent of Joseph,
   he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; 
but he chose the tribe of Judah,
   Mount Zion, which he loves. 
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
   like the earth, which he has founded for ever. 
He chose his servant David,
   and took him from the sheepfolds; 
from tending the nursing ewes he brought him
   to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
   of Israel, his inheritance. 
With upright heart he tended them,
   and guided them with skilful hand.

-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://dailylectionary.org/pipermail/dailylectionary_dailylectionary.org/attachments/20220802/bd1462c0/attachment.html>

More information about the DailyLectionary mailing list