Tuesday 8 February 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 8 February 2022 

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Genesis 26:1-6,12-33

Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that had
occurred in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar, to King
Abimelech of the Philistines. The Lord appeared to Isaac* and said,
‘Do not go down to Egypt; settle in the land that I shall show you.
Reside in this land as an alien, and I will be with you, and will
bless you; for to you and to your descendants I will give all these
lands, and I will fulfil the oath that I swore to your father Abraham.
I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven, and
will give to your offspring all these lands; and all the nations of
the earth shall gain blessing for themselves through your offspring,
because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments,
my statutes, and my laws.’

 So Isaac settled in Gerar. When the men of the place asked him about
his wife, he said, ‘She is my sister’; for he was afraid to say,
‘My wife,’ thinking, ‘or else the men of the place might kill me
for the sake of Rebekah, because she is attractive in appearance.’
When Isaac had been there a long time, King Abimelech of the
Philistines looked out of a window and saw him fondling his wife
Rebekah. So Abimelech called for Isaac, and said, ‘So she is your
wife! Why then did you say, “She is my sister”?’ Isaac said to
him, ‘Because I thought I might die because of her.’ Abimelech
said, ‘What is this you have done to us? One of the people might
easily have lain with your wife, and you would have brought guilt upon
us.’ So Abimelech warned all the people, saying, ‘Whoever touches
this man or his wife shall be put to death.’

 Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a
hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, and the man became rich; he
prospered more and more until he became very wealthy. He had
possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the
Philistines envied him. (Now the Philistines had stopped up and filled
with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the
days of his father Abraham.) And Abimelech said to Isaac, ‘Go away
from us; you have become too powerful for us.’

 So Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and
settled there. Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in
the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them
up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the names that his
father had given them. But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley
and found there a well of spring water, the herders of Gerar
quarrelled with Isaac’s herders, saying, ‘The water is ours.’ So
he called the well Esek,* because they contended with him. Then they
dug another well, and they quarrelled over that one also; so he called
it Sitnah.* He moved from there and dug another well, and they did not
quarrel over it; so he called it Rehoboth,* saying, ‘Now the Lord
has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.’

 From there he went up to Beer-sheba. And that very night the Lord
appeared to him and said, ‘I am the God of your father Abraham; do
not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you and make your
offspring numerous for my servant Abraham’s sake.’ So he built an
altar there, called on the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent
there. And there Isaac’s servants dug a well.

 Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his adviser and
Phicol the commander of his army. Isaac said to them, ‘Why have you
come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?’
They said, ‘We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we
say, let there be an oath between you and us, and let us make a
covenant with you so that you will do us no harm, just as we have not
touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you
away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.’ So he made them
a feast, and they ate and drank. In the morning they rose early and
exchanged oaths; and Isaac set them on their way, and they departed
from him in peace. That same day Isaac’s servants came and told him
about the well that they had dug, and said to him, ‘We have found
water!’ He called it Shibah;* therefore the name of the city is
Beer-sheba* to this day.
Hebrews 13:17-25

Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over
your souls and will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not
with sighing—for that would be harmful to you.

 Pray for us; we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring
to act honourably in all things. I urge you all the more to do this,
so that I may be restored to you very soon.
 Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord
Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal
covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his
will, working among us* that which is pleasing in his sight, through
Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

 I appeal to you, brothers and sisters,* bear with my word of
exhortation, for I have written to you briefly. I want you to know
that our brother Timothy has been set free; and if he comes in time,
he will be with me when I see you. Greet all your leaders and all the
saints. Those from Italy send you greetings. Grace be with all of you.
John 7:53-8:11

Then each of them went home, while Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came
to him and he sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the
Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery; and making
her stand before all of them, they said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman
was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law
Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ They
said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring
against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground.
When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to
them, ‘Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw
a stone at her.’ And once again he bent down and wrote on the
ground.* When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning
with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing
before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are
they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’* And
Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on
do not sin again.’
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.

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