Monday 4 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 4 July 2022  

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Numbers 32:1-6,16-27

Now the Reubenites and the Gadites owned a very great number of
cattle. When they saw that the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead
was a good place for cattle, the Gadites and the Reubenites came and
spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the
congregation, saying, ‘Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon,
Elealeh, Sebam, Nebo, and Beon— the land that the Lord subdued
before the congregation of Israel—is a land for cattle; and your
servants have cattle.’ They continued, ‘If we have found favour in
your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession;
do not make us cross the Jordan.’

 But Moses said to the Gadites and to the Reubenites, ‘Shall your
brothers go to war while you sit here?

 Then they came up to him and said, ‘We will build sheepfolds here
for our flocks, and towns for our little ones, but we will take up
arms as a vanguard* before the Israelites, until we have brought them
to their place. Meanwhile our little ones will stay in the fortified
towns because of the inhabitants of the land. We will not return to
our homes until all the Israelites have obtained their inheritance. We
will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond,
because our inheritance has come to us on this side of the Jordan to
the east.’

 So Moses said to them, ‘If you do this—if you take up arms to go
before the Lord for the war, and all those of you who bear arms cross
the Jordan before the Lord, until he has driven out his enemies from
before him and the land is subdued before the Lord—then after that
you may return and be free of obligation to the Lord and to Israel,
and this land shall be your possession before the Lord. But if you do
not do this, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin
will find you out. Build towns for your little ones, and folds for
your flocks; but do what you have promised.’

 Then the Gadites and the Reubenites said to Moses, ‘Your servants
will do as my lord commands. Our little ones, our wives, our flocks,
and all our livestock shall remain there in the towns of Gilead; but
your servants will cross over, everyone armed for war, to do battle
for the Lord, just as my lord orders.’
Romans 8:26-30

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how
to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes* with sighs too
deep for words. And God,* who searches the heart, knows what is the
mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit* intercedes for the saints
according to the will of God.*

 We know that all things work together for good* for those who love
God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he
foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son,
in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.* And
those whom he predestined he also called; and those whom he called he
also justified; and those whom he justified he also glorified.
Matthew 23:1-12

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, ‘The scribes and
the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; therefore, do whatever they teach
you and follow it; but do not do as they do, for they do not practise
what they teach. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear,* and lay
them on the shoulders of others; but they themselves are unwilling to
lift a finger to move them. They do all their deeds to be seen by
others; for they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long.
They love to have the place of honour at banquets and the best seats
in the synagogues, and to be greeted with respect in the
market-places, and to have people call them rabbi. But you are not to
be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all students.*
And call no one your father on earth, for you have one Father—the
one in heaven. Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one
instructor, the Messiah.* The greatest among you will be your servant.
All who exalt themselves will be humbled, and all who humble
themselves will be exalted.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 1, 2, 3

Psalm 1

Happy are those
   who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
   or sit in the seat of scoffers; 
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
   and on his law they meditate day and night. 
They are like trees
   planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
   and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper. 

The wicked are not so,
   but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 
Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgement,
   nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 
for the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
   but the way of the wicked will perish.

Psalm 2

Why do the nations conspire,
   and the peoples plot in vain? 
The kings of the earth set themselves,
   and the rulers take counsel together,
   against the Lord and his anointed, saying, 
‘Let us burst their bonds asunder,
   and cast their cords from us.’ 

He who sits in the heavens laughs;
   the Lord has them in derision. 
Then he will speak to them in his wrath,
   and terrify them in his fury, saying, 
‘I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.’ 

I will tell of the decree of the Lord:
He said to me, ‘You are my son;
   today I have begotten you. 
Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
   and the ends of the earth your possession. 
You shall break them with a rod of iron,
   and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ 

Now therefore, O kings, be wise;
   be warned, O rulers of the earth. 
Serve the Lord with fear,
   with trembling kiss his feet,*
or he will be angry, and you will perish in the way;
   for his wrath is quickly kindled. 

Happy are all who take refuge in him.

Psalm 3

O Lord, how many are my foes!
   Many are rising against me; 
many are saying to me,
   ‘There is no help for you* in God.’

But you, O Lord, are a shield around me,
   my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. 
I cry aloud to the Lord,
   and he answers me from his holy hill.

I lie down and sleep;
   I wake again, for the Lord sustains me. 
I am not afraid of tens of thousands of people
   who have set themselves against me all around. 

Rise up, O Lord!
   Deliver me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
   you break the teeth of the wicked. 

Deliverance belongs to the Lord;
   may your blessing be on your people!
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 4, 7

Psalm 4

Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
   You gave me room when I was in distress.
   Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. 

How long, you people, shall my honour suffer shame?
   How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?
But know that the Lord has set apart the faithful for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him. 

When you are disturbed,* do not sin;
   ponder it on your beds, and be silent.
Offer right sacrifices,
   and put your trust in the Lord. 

There are many who say, ‘O that we might see some good!
   Let the light of your face shine on us, O Lord!’ 
You have put gladness in my heart
   more than when their grain and wine abound. 

I will both lie down and sleep in peace;
   for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety.

Psalm 7

O Lord my God, in you I take refuge;
   save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, 
or like a lion they will tear me apart;
   they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. 

O Lord my God, if I have done this,
   if there is wrong in my hands, 
if I have repaid my ally with harm
   or plundered my foe without cause, 
then let the enemy pursue and overtake me,
   trample my life to the ground,
   and lay my soul in the dust.

Rise up, O Lord, in your anger;
   lift yourself up against the fury of my enemies;
   awake, O my God;* you have appointed a judgement. 
Let the assembly of the peoples be gathered around you,
   and over it take your seat* on high. 
The Lord judges the peoples;
   judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness
   and according to the integrity that is in me. 

O let the evil of the wicked come to an end,
   but establish the righteous,
you who test the minds and hearts,
   O righteous God. 
God is my shield,
   who saves the upright in heart. 
God is a righteous judge,
   and a God who has indignation every day. 

If one does not repent, God* will whet his sword;
   he has bent and strung his bow; 
he has prepared his deadly weapons,
   making his arrows fiery shafts. 
See how they conceive evil,
   and are pregnant with mischief,
   and bring forth lies. 
They make a pit, digging it out,
   and fall into the hole that they have made. 
Their mischief returns upon their own heads,
   and on their own heads their violence descends. 

I will give to the Lord the thanks due to his righteousness,
   and sing praise to the name of the Lord, the Most High.

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