Tuesday 27 June 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 27 June 2023 

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1 Samuel 6:1-16

The ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines for seven
months. Then the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners
and said, ‘What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us what
we should send with it to its place.’ They said, ‘If you send away
the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it empty, but by all means
return him a guilt-offering. Then you will be healed and will be
ransomed; will not his hand then turn from you?’ And they said,
‘What is the guilt-offering that we should return to him?’ They
answered, ‘Five gold tumours and five gold mice, according to the
number of the lords of the Philistines; for the same plague was upon
all of you and upon your lords. So you must make images of your
tumours and images of your mice that ravage the land, and give glory
to the God of Israel; perhaps he will lighten his hand on you and your
gods and your land. Why should you harden your hearts as the Egyptians
and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? After he had made fools of them,
did they not let the people go, and they departed? Now then, get ready
a new cart and two milch-cows that have never borne a yoke, and yoke
the cows to the cart, but take their calves home, away from them. Take
the ark of the Lord and place it on the cart, and put in a box at its
side the figures of gold, which you are returning to him as a
guilt-offering. Then send it off, and let it go on its way. And watch;
if it goes up on the way to its own land, to Beth-shemesh, then it is
he who has done us this great harm; but if not, then we shall know
that it is not his hand that struck us; it happened to us by
The men did so; they took two milch-cows and yoked them to the cart,
and shut up their calves at home. They put the ark of the Lord on the
cart, and the box with the gold mice and the images of their tumours.
The cows went straight in the direction of Beth-shemesh along one
highway, lowing as they went; they turned neither to the right nor to
the left, and the lords of the Philistines went after them as far as
the border of Beth-shemesh. 
Now the people of Beth-shemesh were reaping their wheat harvest in the
valley. When they looked up and saw the ark, they went with rejoicing
to meet it. The cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth-shemesh,
and stopped there. A large stone was there; so they split up the wood
of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt-offering to the Lord. The
Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the box that was beside it,
in which were the gold objects, and set them upon the large stone.
Then the people of Beth-shemesh offered burnt-offerings and presented
sacrifices on that day to the Lord. When the five lords of the
Philistines saw it, they returned that day to Ekron.
Acts 5:27-42

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council.
The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders
not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with
your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on
us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather
than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus,
whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his
right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to
Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things,
and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey
When they heard this, they were enraged and wanted to kill them. But a
Pharisee in the council named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law,
respected by all the people, stood up and ordered the men to be put
outside for a short time. Then he said to them, ‘Fellow-Israelites,
consider carefully what you propose to do to these men. For some time
ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a number of men,
about four hundred, joined him; but he was killed, and all who
followed him were dispersed and disappeared. After him Judas the
Galilean rose up at the time of the census and got people to follow
him; he also perished, and all who followed him were scattered. So in
the present case, I tell you, keep away from these men and let them
alone; because if this plan or this undertaking is of human origin, it
will fail; but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow
them—in that case you may even be found fighting against God!’
They were convinced by him, and when they had called in the apostles,
they had them flogged. Then they ordered them not to speak in the name
of Jesus, and let them go. As they left the council, they rejoiced
that they were considered worthy to suffer dishonour for the sake of
the name. And every day in the temple and at home they did not cease
to teach and proclaim Jesus as the Messiah. 
Luke 21:37-22:13

Every day he was teaching in the temple, and at night he would go out
and spend the night on the Mount of Olives, as it was called. And all
the people would get up early in the morning to listen to him in the

Now the festival of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover,
was near. The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to
put Jesus to death, for they were afraid of the people. 
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the
twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers
of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were
greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and
began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd
was present. 
Then came the day of Unleavened Bread, on which the Passover lamb had
to be sacrificed. So Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and
prepare the Passover meal for us that we may eat it.’ They asked
him, ‘Where do you want us to make preparations for it?’
‘Listen,’ he said to them, ‘when you have entered the city, a
man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house
he enters and say to the owner of the house, “The teacher asks you,
‘Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my
disciples?’ ” He will show you a large room upstairs, already
furnished. Make preparations for us there.’ So they went and found
everything as he had told them; and they prepared the Passover meal.
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 97, 99, 100

Psalm 97

The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
   let the many coastlands be glad! 
Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
   righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 
Fire goes before him,
   and consumes his adversaries on every side. 
His lightnings light up the world;
   the earth sees and trembles. 
The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,
   before the Lord of all the earth. 

The heavens proclaim his righteousness;
   and all the peoples behold his glory. 
All worshippers of images are put to shame,
   those who make their boast in worthless idols;
   all gods bow down before him. 
Zion hears and is glad,
   and the towns of Judah rejoice,
   because of your judgements, O God. 
For you, O Lord, are most high over all the earth;
   you are exalted far above all gods. 

The Lord loves those who hate evil;
   he guards the lives of his faithful;
   he rescues them from the hand of the wicked. 
Light dawns for the righteous,
   and joy for the upright in heart. 
Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
   and give thanks to his holy name!

Psalm 99

The Lord is king; let the peoples tremble!
   He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake! 
The Lord is great in Zion;
   he is exalted over all the peoples. 
Let them praise your great and awesome name.
   Holy is he! 
Mighty King, lover of justice,
   you have established equity;
you have executed justice
   and righteousness in Jacob. 
Extol the Lord our God;
   worship at his footstool.
   Holy is he! 

Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
   Samuel also was among those who called on his name.
   They cried to the Lord, and he answered them. 
He spoke to them in the pillar of cloud;
   they kept his decrees,
   and the statutes that he gave them. 

O Lord our God, you answered them;
   you were a forgiving God to them,
   but an avenger of their wrongdoings. 
Extol the Lord our God,
   and worship at his holy mountain;
   for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. 
   Worship the Lord with gladness;
   come into his presence with singing. 

Know that the Lord is God.
   It is he that made us, and we are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. 

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise.
   Give thanks to him, bless his name. 

For the Lord is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever,
   and his faithfulness to all generations
Evening Psalms: Psalm 94, 95

Psalm 94

O Lord, you God of vengeance,
   you God of vengeance, shine forth! 
Rise up, O judge of the earth;
   give to the proud what they deserve! 
O Lord, how long shall the wicked,
   how long shall the wicked exult? 

They pour out their arrogant words;
   all the evildoers boast. 
They crush your people, O Lord,
   and afflict your heritage. 
They kill the widow and the stranger,
   they murder the orphan, 
and they say, ‘The Lord does not see;
   the God of Jacob does not perceive.’ 

Understand, O dullest of the people;
   fools, when will you be wise? 
He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see? 
He who disciplines the nations,
he who teaches knowledge to humankind,
   does he not chastise? 
The Lord knows our thoughts,
   that they are but an empty breath. 

Happy are those whom you discipline, O Lord,
   and whom you teach out of your law, 
giving them respite from days of trouble,
   until a pit is dug for the wicked. 
For the Lord will not forsake his people;
   he will not abandon his heritage; 
for justice will return to the righteous,
   and all the upright in heart will follow it. 

Who rises up for me against the wicked?
   Who stands up for me against evildoers? 
If the Lord had not been my help,
   my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence. 
When I thought, ‘My foot is slipping’,
   your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up. 
When the cares of my heart are many,
   your consolations cheer my soul. 
Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
   those who contrive mischief by statute? 
They band together against the life of the righteous,
   and condemn the innocent to death. 
But the Lord has become my stronghold,
   and my God the rock of my refuge. 
He will repay them for their iniquity
   and wipe them out for their wickedness;
   the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Psalm 95

O come, let us sing to the Lord;
   let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! 
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
   let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! 
For the Lord is a great God,
   and a great King above all gods. 
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
   the heights of the mountains are his also. 
The sea is his, for he made it,
   and the dry land, which his hands have formed. 

O come, let us worship and bow down,
   let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! 
For he is our God,
   and we are the people of his pasture,
   and the sheep of his hand. 

O that today you would listen to his voice! 
   Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
   as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, 
when your ancestors tested me,
   and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 
For forty years I loathed that generation
   and said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,
   and they do not regard my ways.’ 
Therefore in my anger I swore,
   ‘They shall not enter my rest.’

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