Monday 27 June 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 27 June 2022  

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Numbers 22:1-21

The Israelites set out, and camped in the plains of Moab across the
Jordan from Jericho. Now Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had
done to the Amorites. Moab was in great dread of the people, because
they were so numerous; Moab was overcome with fear of the people of
Israel. And Moab said to the elders of Midian, ‘This horde will now
lick up all that is around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the
field.’ Now Balak son of Zippor was king of Moab at that time. He
sent messengers to Balaam son of Beor at Pethor, which is on the
Euphrates, in the land of Amaw,* to summon him, saying, ‘A people
has come out of Egypt; they have spread over the face of the earth,
and they have settled next to me. Come now, curse this people for me,
since they are stronger than I; perhaps I shall be able to defeat them
and drive them from the land; for I know that whomsoever you bless is
blessed, and whomsoever you curse is cursed.’

 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the
fees for divination in their hand; and they came to Balaam, and gave
him Balak’s message. He said to them, ‘Stay here tonight, and I
will bring back word to you, just as the Lord speaks to me’; so the
officials of Moab stayed with Balaam. God came to Balaam and said,
‘Who are these men with you?’ Balaam said to God, ‘King Balak
son of Zippor of Moab has sent me this message: “A people has come
out of Egypt and has spread over the face of the earth; now come,
curse them for me; perhaps I shall be able to fight against them and
drive them out.” ’ God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not go with
them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.’ So
Balaam rose in the morning, and said to the officials of Balak, ‘Go
to your own land, for the Lord has refused to let me go with you.’
So the officials of Moab rose and went to Balak, and said, ‘Balaam
refuses to come with us.’

 Once again Balak sent officials, more numerous and more
distinguished than these. They came to Balaam and said to him, ‘Thus
says Balak son of Zippor: “Do not let anything hinder you from
coming to me; for I will surely do you great honour, and whatever you
say to me I will do; come, curse this people for me.” ’ But Balaam
replied to the servants of Balak, ‘Although Balak were to give me
his house full of silver and gold, I could not go beyond the command
of the Lord my God, to do less or more. You remain here, as the others
did, so that I may learn what more the Lord may say to me.’ That
night God came to Balaam and said to him, ‘If the men have come to
summon you, get up and go with them; but do only what I tell you to
do.’ So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went
with the officials of Moab.
Romans 6:12-23

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to
make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as
instruments* of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who
have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God
as instruments* of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over
you, since you are not under law but under grace.
 What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under
grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to
anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey,
either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to
righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves
of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to
which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin,
have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms
because of your natural limitations.* For just as you once presented
your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater
iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for

 When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to
righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of
which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now
that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage
you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of
sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus
our Lord.
Matthew 21:12-22

Then Jesus entered the temple* and drove out all who were selling and
buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the
money-changers and the seats of those who sold doves. He said to them,
‘It is written,
“My house shall be called a house of prayer”;
   but you are making it a den of robbers.’

 The blind and the lame came to him in the temple, and he cured them.
But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the amazing things that
he did, and heard* the children crying out in the temple, ‘Hosanna
to the Son of David’, they became angry and said to him, ‘Do you
hear what these are saying?’ Jesus said to them, ‘Yes; have you
never read,
“Out of the mouths of infants and nursing babies
   you have prepared praise for yourself”?’ 
He left them, went out of the city to Bethany, and spent the night
 In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. And
seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found
nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, ‘May no fruit
ever come from you again!’ And the fig tree withered at once. When
the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, ‘How did the fig
tree wither at once?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Truly I tell you, if
you have faith and do not doubt, not only will you do what has been
done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, “Be
lifted up and thrown into the sea”, it will be done. Whatever you
ask for in prayer with faith, you will receive.’

Morning Psalms:  Psalm 106:1-18

Psalm 106:1-18

Praise the Lord!
   O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   for his steadfast love endures for ever. 
Who can utter the mighty doings of the Lord,
   or declare all his praise? 
Happy are those who observe justice,
   who do righteousness at all times. 

Remember me, O Lord, when you show favour to your people;
   help me when you deliver them; 
that I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
   that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation,
   that I may glory in your heritage. 

Both we and our ancestors have sinned;
   we have committed iniquity, have done wickedly. 
Our ancestors, when they were in Egypt,
   did not consider your wonderful works;
they did not remember the abundance of your steadfast love,
   but rebelled against the Most High* at the Red Sea.* 
Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
   so that he might make known his mighty power. 
He rebuked the Red Sea,* and it became dry;
   he led them through the deep as through a desert. 
So he saved them from the hand of the foe,
   and delivered them from the hand of the enemy. 
The waters covered their adversaries;
   not one of them was left. 
Then they believed his words;
   they sang his praise. 

But they soon forgot his works;
   they did not wait for his counsel. 
But they had a wanton craving in the wilderness,
   and put God to the test in the desert; 
he gave them what they asked,
   but sent a wasting disease among them. 

They were jealous of Moses in the camp,
   and of Aaron, the holy one of the Lord. 
The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan,
   and covered the faction of Abiram. 
Fire also broke out in their company;
   the flame burned up the wicked.
Evening Psalms:  Psalm 106:19-48

Psalm 106:19-48

They made a calf at Horeb
   and worshipped a cast image. 
They exchanged the glory of God*
   for the image of an ox that eats grass. 
They forgot God, their Saviour,
   who had done great things in Egypt, 
wondrous works in the land of Ham,
   and awesome deeds by the Red Sea.* 
Therefore he said he would destroy them—
   had not Moses, his chosen one,
stood in the breach before him,
   to turn away his wrath from destroying them. 

Then they despised the pleasant land,
   having no faith in his promise. 
They grumbled in their tents,
   and did not obey the voice of the Lord. 
Therefore he raised his hand and swore to them
   that he would make them fall in the wilderness, 
and would disperse* their descendants among the nations,
   scattering them over the lands. 

Then they attached themselves to the Baal of Peor,
   and ate sacrifices offered to the dead; 
they provoked the Lord to anger with their deeds,
   and a plague broke out among them. 
Then Phinehas stood up and interceded,
   and the plague was stopped. 
And that has been reckoned to him as righteousness
   from generation to generation for ever. 

They angered the Lord * at the waters of Meribah,
   and it went ill with Moses on their account; 
for they made his spirit bitter,
   and he spoke words that were rash. 

They did not destroy the peoples
   as the Lord commanded them, 
but they mingled with the nations
   and learned to do as they did. 
They served their idols,
   which became a snare to them. 
They sacrificed their sons
   and their daughters to the demons; 
they poured out innocent blood,
   the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan;
   and the land was polluted with blood. 
Thus they became unclean by their acts,
   and prostituted themselves in their doings. 

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
   and he abhorred his heritage; 
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
   so that those who hated them ruled over them. 
Their enemies oppressed them,
   and they were brought into subjection under their power. 
Many times he delivered them,
   but they were rebellious in their purposes,
   and were brought low through their iniquity. 
Nevertheless, he regarded their distress
   when he heard their cry. 
For their sake he remembered his covenant,
   and showed compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast
He caused them to be pitied
   by all who held them captive. 

Save us, O Lord our God,
   and gather us from among the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name
   and glory in your praise. 

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
   from everlasting to everlasting.
And let all the people say, ‘Amen.’
   Praise the Lord!

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