Tuesday 25 January 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 25 January 2022 

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Genesis 15:1-11,17-21

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision,
‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be
very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me,
for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of
Damascus?’* And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and
so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ But the word of the
Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your
very own issue shall be your heir.’ He brought him outside and said,
‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count
them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And
he believed the Lord; and the Lord * reckoned it to him as

 Then he said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the
Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.’ But he said, ‘O Lord
God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?’ He said to him,
‘Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a
ram three years old, a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.’ He brought
him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the
other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey
came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire-pot and a
flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a
covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land,
from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the
land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the
Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the
Girgashites, and the Jebusites.’
Hebrews 9:1-14

Now even the first covenant had regulations for worship and an earthly
sanctuary. For a tent* was constructed, the first one, in which were
the lampstand, the table, and the bread of the Presence;* this is
called the Holy Place. Behind the second curtain was a tent* called
the Holy of Holies. In it stood the golden altar of incense and the
ark of the covenant overlaid on all sides with gold, in which there
were a golden urn holding the manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded,
and the tablets of the covenant; above it were the cherubim of glory
overshadowing the mercy-seat.* Of these things we cannot speak now in

 Such preparations having been made, the priests go continually into
the first tent* to carry out their ritual duties; but only the high
priest goes into the second, and he but once a year, and not without
taking the blood that he offers for himself and for the sins committed
unintentionally by the people. By this the Holy Spirit indicates that
the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the
first tent* is still standing. This is a symbol* of the present time,
during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the
conscience of the worshipper, but deal only with food and drink and
various baptisms, regulations for the body imposed until the time
comes to set things right.

 But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have
come,* then through the greater and perfect* tent* (not made with
hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into
the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his
own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. For if the blood of
goats and bulls, with the sprinkling of the ashes of a heifer,
sanctifies those who have been defiled so that their flesh is
purified, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit* offered himself without blemish to God, purify our*
conscience from dead works to worship the living God!
John 5:1-18

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to

 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in
Hebrew* Beth-zatha,* which has five porticoes. In these lay many
invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed.* One man was there who had been
ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew
that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to
be made well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to
put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am
making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ Jesus said to
him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ At once the man was made
well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been
cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your
mat.’ But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me,
“Take up your mat and walk.” ’ They asked him, ‘Who is the man
who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ Now the man who had
been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in* the
crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to
him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that
nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews
that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started
persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath.
But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am
working.’ For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill
him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also
calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 45

Psalm 45

My heart overflows with a goodly theme;
   I address my verses to the king;
   my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 

You are the most handsome of men;
   grace is poured upon your lips;
   therefore God has blessed you for ever. 
Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
   in your glory and majesty. 

In your majesty ride on victoriously
   for the cause of truth and to defend* the right;
   let your right hand teach you dread deeds. 
Your arrows are sharp
   in the heart of the king’s enemies;
   the peoples fall under you. 

Your throne, O God,* endures for ever and ever.
   Your royal sceptre is a sceptre of equity; 
   you love righteousness and hate wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
   with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 
   your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
>From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; 
   daughters of kings are among your ladies of honour;
   at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. 

Hear, O daughter, consider and incline your ear;
   forget your people and your father’s house, 
   and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him; 
   the people* of Tyre will seek your favour with gifts,
   the richest of the people with all kinds of wealth. 

The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes;* 
   in many-coloured robes she is led to the king;
   behind her the virgins, her companions, follow. 
With joy and gladness they are led along
   as they enter the palace of the king. 

In the place of ancestors you, O king,* shall have sons;
   you will make them princes in all the earth. 
I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations;
   therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 47, 48

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
   shout to God with loud songs of joy. 
For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
   a great king over all the earth. 
He subdued peoples under us,
   and nations under our feet. 
He chose our heritage for us,
   the pride of Jacob whom he loves.

God has gone up with a shout,
   the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 
Sing praises to God, sing praises;
   sing praises to our King, sing praises. 
For God is the king of all the earth;
   sing praises with a psalm.* 

God is king over the nations;
   God sits on his holy throne. 
The princes of the peoples gather
   as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
   he is highly exalted.

Psalm 48

Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised
   in the city of our God.
His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation,
   is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
   the city of the great King. 
Within its citadels God
   has shown himself a sure defence. 

Then the kings assembled,
   they came on together. 
As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
   they were in panic, they took to flight; 
trembling took hold of them there,
   pains as of a woman in labour, 
as when an east wind shatters
   the ships of Tarshish. 
As we have heard, so have we seen
   in the city of the Lord of hosts,
in the city of our God,
   which God establishes for ever.

We ponder your steadfast love, O God,
   in the midst of your temple. 
Your name, O God, like your praise,
   reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with victory. 
   Let Mount Zion be glad,
let the towns* of Judah rejoice
   because of your judgements. 

Walk about Zion, go all around it,
   count its towers, 
consider well its ramparts;
   go through its citadels,
that you may tell the next generation 
   that this is God,
our God for ever and ever.
   He will be our guide for ever.

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