Monday 7 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 7 February 2022 

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Genesis 25:19-34

These are the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the
father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married
Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Paddan-aram, sister of
Laban the Aramean. Isaac prayed to the Lord for his wife, because she
was barren; and the Lord granted his prayer, and his wife Rebekah
conceived. The children struggled together within her; and she said,
‘If it is to be this way, why do I live?’* So she went to inquire
of the Lord. And the Lord said to her,
‘Two nations are in your womb,
   and two peoples born of you shall be divided;
one shall be stronger than the other,
   the elder shall serve the younger.’ 
When her time to give birth was at hand, there were twins in her womb.
The first came out red, all his body like a hairy mantle; so they
named him Esau. Afterwards his brother came out, with his hand
gripping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.* Isaac was sixty years
old when she bore them.

 When the boys grew up, Esau was a skilful hunter, a man of the
field, while Jacob was a quiet man, living in tents. Isaac loved Esau,
because he was fond of game; but Rebekah loved Jacob.
 Once when Jacob was cooking a stew, Esau came in from the field, and
he was famished. Esau said to Jacob, ‘Let me eat some of that red
stuff, for I am famished!’ (Therefore he was called Edom.*) Jacob
said, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ Esau said, ‘I am about to
die; of what use is a birthright to me?’ Jacob said, ‘Swear to me
first.’* So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. Then
Jacob gave Esau bread and lentil stew, and he ate and drank, and rose
and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.
Hebrews 13:1-16

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to
strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without
knowing it. Remember those who are in prison, as though you were in
prison with them; those who are being tortured, as though you
yourselves were being tortured.* Let marriage be held in honour by
all, and let the marriage bed be kept undefiled; for God will judge
fornicators and adulterers. Keep your lives free from the love of
money, and be content with what you have; for he has said, ‘I will
never leave you or forsake you.’ So we can say with confidence,
‘The Lord is my helper;
   I will not be afraid.
What can anyone do to me?’

 Remember your leaders, those who spoke the word of God to you;
consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. Do not be
carried away by all kinds of strange teachings; for it is well for the
heart to be strengthened by grace, not by regulations about food,*
which have not benefited those who observe them. We have an altar from
which those who officiate in the tent* have no right to eat. For the
bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by
the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp.
Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the city gate in order to
sanctify the people by his own blood. Let us then go to him outside
the camp and bear the abuse he endured. For here we have no lasting
city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. Through him,
then, let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is,
the fruit of lips that confess his name. Do not neglect to do good and
to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
John 7:37-52

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was
standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,
and let the one who believes in me drink. As* the scripture has said,
“Out of the believer’s heart* shall flow rivers of living
water.” ’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in
him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit,* because Jesus
was not yet glorified.
 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is
really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’* But
some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah* does not come from Galilee, does
he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah* is descended from
David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So
there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted
to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police answered,
‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ Then the Pharisees replied,
‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the
authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which
does not know the law—they are accursed.’ Nicodemus, who had gone
to Jesus* before, and who was one of them, asked, ‘Our law does not
judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they
are doing, does it?’ They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from
Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise
from Galilee.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 80

Psalm 80

Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
   you who lead Joseph like a flock!
You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth 
   before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh.
Stir up your might,
   and come to save us! 

Restore us, O God;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved. 

O Lord God of hosts,
   how long will you be angry with your people’s prayers? 
You have fed them with the bread of tears,
   and given them tears to drink in full measure. 
You make us the scorn* of our neighbours;
   our enemies laugh among themselves. 

Restore us, O God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved. 

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
   you drove out the nations and planted it. 
You cleared the ground for it;
   it took deep root and filled the land. 
The mountains were covered with its shade,
   the mighty cedars with its branches; 
it sent out its branches to the sea,
   and its shoots to the River. 
Why then have you broken down its walls,
   so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit? 
The boar from the forest ravages it,
   and all that move in the field feed on it. 

Turn again, O God of hosts;
   look down from heaven, and see;
have regard for this vine, 
   the stock that your right hand planted.* 
They have burned it with fire, they have cut it down;*
   may they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. 
But let your hand be upon the one at your right hand,
   the one whom you made strong for yourself. 
Then we will never turn back from you;
   give us life, and we will call on your name. 

Restore us, O Lord God of hosts;
   let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 77

Psalm 77

I cry aloud to God,
   aloud to God, that he may hear me. 
In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
   in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
   my soul refuses to be comforted. 
I think of God, and I moan;
   I meditate, and my spirit faints.

You keep my eyelids from closing;
   I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 
I consider the days of old,
   and remember the years of long ago. 
I commune* with my heart in the night;
   I meditate and search my spirit:* 
‘Will the Lord spurn for ever,
   and never again be favourable? 
Has his steadfast love ceased for ever?
   Are his promises at an end for all time? 
Has God forgotten to be gracious?
   Has he in anger shut up his compassion?’
And I say, ‘It is my grief
   that the right hand of the Most High has changed.’ 

I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
   I will remember your wonders of old. 
I will meditate on all your work,
   and muse on your mighty deeds. 
Your way, O God, is holy.
   What god is so great as our God? 
You are the God who works wonders;
   you have displayed your might among the peoples. 
With your strong arm you redeemed your people,
   the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.

When the waters saw you, O God,
   when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
   the very deep trembled. 
The clouds poured out water;
   the skies thundered;
   your arrows flashed on every side. 
The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
   your lightnings lit up the world;
   the earth trembled and shook. 
Your way was through the sea,
   your path, through the mighty waters;
   yet your footprints were unseen. 
You led your people like a flock
   by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

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