Thursday 7 July 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 7 July 2022  

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Deuteronomy 3:18-28

At that time, I charged you as follows: ‘Although the Lord your God
has given you this land to occupy, all your troops shall cross over
armed as the vanguard of your Israelite kin. Only your wives, your
children, and your livestock—I know that you have much
livestock—shall stay behind in the towns that I have given to you.
When the Lord gives rest to your kindred, as to you, and they too have
occupied the land that the Lord your God is giving them beyond the
Jordan, then each of you may return to the property that I have given
to you.’ And I charged Joshua as well at that time, saying: ‘Your
own eyes have seen everything that the Lord your God has done to these
two kings; so the Lord will do to all the kingdoms into which you are
about to cross. Do not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who
fights for you.’
 At that time, too, I entreated the Lord, saying: ‘O Lord God, you
have only begun to show your servant your greatness and your might;
what god in heaven or on earth can perform deeds and mighty acts like
yours! Let me cross over to see the good land beyond the Jordan, that
good hill country and the Lebanon.’ But the Lord was angry with me
on your account and would not heed me. The Lord said to me, ‘Enough
from you! Never speak to me of this matter again! Go up to the top of
Pisgah and look around you to the west, to the north, to the south,
and to the east. Look well, for you shall not cross over this Jordan.
But charge Joshua, and encourage and strengthen him, because it is he
who shall cross over at the head of this people and who shall secure
their possession of the land that you will see.’
Romans 9:19-33

You will say to me then, ‘Why then does he still find fault? For who
can resist his will?’ But who indeed are you, a human being, to
argue with God? Will what is moulded say to the one who moulds it,
‘Why have you made me like this?’ Has the potter no right over the
clay, to make out of the same lump one object for special use and
another for ordinary use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and
to make known his power, has endured with much patience the objects of
wrath that are made for destruction; and what if he has done so in
order to make known the riches of his glory for the objects of mercy,
which he has prepared beforehand for glory— including us whom he has
called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? As indeed
he says in Hosea,
‘Those who were not my people I will call “my people”,
   and her who was not beloved I will call “beloved”. ’ 
‘And in the very place where it was said to them, “You are not my
   there they shall be called children of the living God.’

 And Isaiah cries out concerning Israel, ‘Though the number of the
children of Israel were like the sand of the sea, only a remnant of
them will be saved; for the Lord will execute his sentence on the
earth quickly and decisively.’* And as Isaiah predicted,
‘If the Lord of hosts had not left survivors* to us,
   we would have fared like Sodom
   and been made like Gomorrah.’
 What then are we to say? Gentiles, who did not strive for
righteousness, have attained it, that is, righteousness through faith;
but Israel, who did strive for the righteousness that is based on the
law, did not succeed in fulfilling that law. Why not? Because they did
not strive for it on the basis of faith, but as if it were based on
works. They have stumbled over the stumbling-stone, as it is written,
‘See, I am laying in Zion a stone that will make people stumble, a
rock that will make them fall,
   and whoever believes in him* will not be put to shame.’
Matthew 24:1-14

As Jesus came out of the temple and was going away, his disciples came
to point out to him the buildings of the temple. Then he asked them,
‘You see all these, do you not? Truly I tell you, not one stone will
be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’
 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to
him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be
the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered
them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my
name, saying, “I am the Messiah!”* and they will lead many astray.
And you will hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not
alarmed; for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation
will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will
be famines* and earthquakes in various places: all this is but the
beginning of the birth pangs.
 ‘Then they will hand you over to be tortured and will put you to
death, and you will be hated by all nations because of my name. Then
many will fall away,* and they will betray one another and hate one
another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And
because of the increase of lawlessness, the love of many will grow
cold. But anyone who endures to the end will be saved. And this good
news* of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the world, as a
testimony to all the nations; and then the end will come.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 18:1-20

Psalm 18:1-20

I love you, O Lord, my strength. 
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
   my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
   my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. 
I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
   so I shall be saved from my enemies. 

The cords of death encompassed me;
   the torrents of perdition assailed me; 
the cords of Sheol entangled me;
   the snares of death confronted me. 

In my distress I called upon the Lord;
   to my God I cried for help.
>From his temple he heard my voice,
   and my cry to him reached his ears. 

Then the earth reeled and rocked;
   the foundations also of the mountains trembled
   and quaked, because he was angry. 
Smoke went up from his nostrils,
   and devouring fire from his mouth;
   glowing coals flamed forth from him. 
He bowed the heavens, and came down;
   thick darkness was under his feet. 
He rode on a cherub, and flew;
   he came swiftly upon the wings of the wind. 
He made darkness his covering around him,
   his canopy thick clouds dark with water. 
Out of the brightness before him
   there broke through his clouds
   hailstones and coals of fire. 
The Lord also thundered in the heavens,
   and the Most High uttered his voice.* 
And he sent out his arrows, and scattered them;
   he flashed forth lightnings, and routed them. 
Then the channels of the sea were seen,
   and the foundations of the world were laid bare
at your rebuke, O Lord,
   at the blast of the breath of your nostrils. 

He reached down from on high, he took me;
   he drew me out of mighty waters. 
He delivered me from my strong enemy,
   and from those who hated me;
   for they were too mighty for me. 
They confronted me in the day of my calamity;
   but the Lord was my support. 
He brought me out into a broad place;
   he delivered me, because he delighted in me. 

The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness;
   according to the cleanness of my hands he recompensed me.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 18:21-50

Psalm 18:21-50

For I have kept the ways of the Lord,
   and have not wickedly departed from my God. 
For all his ordinances were before me,
   and his statutes I did not put away from me. 
I was blameless before him,
   and I kept myself from guilt. 
Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness,
   according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight. 

With the loyal you show yourself loyal;
   with the blameless you show yourself blameless; 
with the pure you show yourself pure;
   and with the crooked you show yourself perverse. 
For you deliver a humble people,
   but the haughty eyes you bring down. 
It is you who light my lamp;
   the Lord, my God, lights up my darkness. 
By you I can crush a troop,
   and by my God I can leap over a wall. 
This God—his way is perfect;
   the promise of the Lord proves true;
   he is a shield for all who take refuge in him. 

For who is God except the Lord?
   And who is a rock besides our God?— 
the God who girded me with strength,
   and made my way safe. 
He made my feet like the feet of a deer,
   and set me secure on the heights. 
He trains my hands for war,
   so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. 
You have given me the shield of your salvation,
   and your right hand has supported me;
   your help* has made me great. 
You gave me a wide place for my steps under me,
   and my feet did not slip. 
I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
   and did not turn back until they were consumed. 
I struck them down, so that they were not able to rise;
   they fell under my feet. 
For you girded me with strength for the battle;
   you made my assailants sink under me. 
You made my enemies turn their backs to me,
   and those who hated me I destroyed. 
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
   they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them. 
I beat them fine, like dust before the wind;
   I cast them out like the mire of the streets. 

You delivered me from strife with the peoples;*
   you made me head of the nations;
   people whom I had not known served me. 
As soon as they heard of me they obeyed me;
   foreigners came cringing to me. 
Foreigners lost heart,
   and came trembling out of their strongholds. 

The Lord lives! Blessed be my rock,
   and exalted be the God of my salvation, 
the God who gave me vengeance
   and subdued peoples under me; 
who delivered me from my enemies;
   indeed, you exalted me above my adversaries;
   you delivered me from the violent. 

For this I will extol you, O Lord, among the nations,
   and sing praises to your name. 
Great triumphs he gives to his king,
   and shows steadfast love to his anointed,
   to David and his descendants for ever.

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