Thursday 12 May 2022 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 12 May 2022 

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Exodus 34:1-17

The Lord said to Moses, ‘Cut two tablets of stone like the former
ones, and I will write on the tablets the words that were on the
former tablets, which you broke. Be ready in the morning, and come up
in the morning to Mount Sinai and present yourself there to me, on the
top of the mountain. No one shall come up with you, and do not let
anyone be seen throughout all the mountain; and do not let flocks or
herds graze in front of that mountain.’ So Moses cut two tablets of
stone like the former ones; and he rose early in the morning and went
up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand
the two tablets of stone. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood
with him there, and proclaimed the name, ‘The Lord.’* The Lord
passed before him, and proclaimed,
‘The Lord, the Lord,
a God merciful and gracious,
slow to anger,
and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, 
keeping steadfast love for the thousandth generation,*
forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin,
yet by no means clearing the guilty,
but visiting the iniquity of the parents
upon the children
and the children’s children,
to the third and the fourth generation.’ 
And Moses quickly bowed his head towards the earth, and worshipped. He
said, ‘If now I have found favour in your sight, O Lord, I pray, let
the Lord go with us. Although this is a stiff-necked people, pardon
our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.’
 He said: I hereby make a covenant. Before all your people I will
perform marvels, such as have not been performed in all the earth or
in any nation; and all the people among whom you live shall see the
work of the Lord; for it is an awesome thing that I will do with you.

 Observe what I command you today. See, I will drive out before you
the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the
Hivites, and the Jebusites. Take care not to make a covenant with the
inhabitants of the land to which you are going, or it will become a
snare among you. You shall tear down their altars, break their
pillars, and cut down their sacred poles* (for you shall worship no
other god, because the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God).
You shall not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for
when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to their
gods, someone among them will invite you, and you will eat of the
sacrifice. And you will take wives from among their daughters for your
sons, and their daughters who prostitute themselves to their gods will
make your sons also prostitute themselves to their gods.

 You shall not make cast idols.
1 Thessalonians 2:13-20

We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received
the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human
word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in
you believers. For you, brothers and sisters,* became imitators of the
churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you suffered
the same things from your own compatriots as they did from the Jews,
who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets,* and drove us out;
they displease God and oppose everyone by hindering us from speaking
to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they have constantly
been filling up the measure of their sins; but God’s wrath has
overtaken them at last.*
 As for us, brothers and sisters,* when, for a short time, we were
made orphans by being separated from you—in person, not in
heart—we longed with great eagerness to see you face to face. For we
wanted to come to you—certainly I, Paul, wanted to again and
again—but Satan blocked our way. For what is our hope or joy or
crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?
Yes, you are our glory and joy!
Matthew 5:21-26

‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You
shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to
judgement.” But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or
sister,* you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult* a brother
or sister,* you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You
fool”, you will be liable to the hell* of fire. So when you are
offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or
sister* has something against you, leave your gift there before the
altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister,* and then
come and offer your gift. Come to terms quickly with your accuser
while you are on the way to court* with him, or your accuser may hand
you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be
thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you
have paid the last penny.
Morning Psalms: Psalm 50

Psalm 50

The mighty one, God the Lord,
   speaks and summons the earth
   from the rising of the sun to its setting. 
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
   God shines forth. 

Our God comes and does not keep silence,
   before him is a devouring fire,
   and a mighty tempest all around him. 
He calls to the heavens above
   and to the earth, that he may judge his people: 
‘Gather to me my faithful ones,
   who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’ 
The heavens declare his righteousness,
   for God himself is judge.

‘Hear, O my people, and I will speak,
   O Israel, I will testify against you.
   I am God, your God. 
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
   your burnt-offerings are continually before me. 
I will not accept a bull from your house,
   or goats from your folds. 
For every wild animal of the forest is mine,
   the cattle on a thousand hills. 
I know all the birds of the air,*
   and all that moves in the field is mine. 

‘If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
   for the world and all that is in it is mine. 
Do I eat the flesh of bulls,
   or drink the blood of goats? 
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,*
   and pay your vows to the Most High. 
Call on me in the day of trouble;
   I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.’ 

But to the wicked God says:
   ‘What right have you to recite my statutes,
   or take my covenant on your lips? 
For you hate discipline,
   and you cast my words behind you. 
You make friends with a thief when you see one,
   and you keep company with adulterers. 

‘You give your mouth free rein for evil,
   and your tongue frames deceit. 
You sit and speak against your kin;
   you slander your own mother’s child. 
These things you have done and I have been silent;
   you thought that I was one just like yourself.
But now I rebuke you, and lay the charge before you. 

‘Mark this, then, you who forget God,
   or I will tear you apart, and there will be no one to deliver. 
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me;
   to those who go the right way*
   I will show the salvation of God.’
Evening Psalms: Psalm 114, 115

Psalm 114

When Israel went out from Egypt,
   the house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 
Judah became God’s* sanctuary,
   Israel his dominion. 

The sea looked and fled;
   Jordan turned back. 
The mountains skipped like rams,
   the hills like lambs. 

Why is it, O sea, that you flee?
   O Jordan, that you turn back? 
O mountains, that you skip like rams?
   O hills, like lambs? 

Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
   at the presence of the God of Jacob, 
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
   the flint into a spring of water.

Psalm 115

Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory,
   for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. 
Why should the nations say,
   ‘Where is their God?’ 

Our God is in the heavens;
   he does whatever he pleases. 
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of human hands. 
They have mouths, but do not speak;
   eyes, but do not see. 
They have ears, but do not hear;
   noses, but do not smell. 
They have hands, but do not feel;
   feet, but do not walk;
   they make no sound in their throats. 
Those who make them are like them;
   so are all who trust in them. 

O Israel, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
O house of Aaron, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 
You who fear the Lord, trust in the Lord!
   He is their help and their shield. 

The Lord has been mindful of us; he will bless us;
   he will bless the house of Israel;
   he will bless the house of Aaron; 
he will bless those who fear the Lord,
   both small and great. 

May the Lord give you increase,
   both you and your children. 
May you be blessed by the Lord,
   who made heaven and earth. 

The heavens are the Lord’s heavens,
   but the earth he has given to human beings. 
The dead do not praise the Lord,
   nor do any that go down into silence. 
But we will bless the Lord
   from this time on and for evermore.
Praise the Lord!

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