Wednesday 1 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Wednesday 1 March 2023 

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Deuteronomy 9:13-21

Furthermore, the Lord said to me, ‘I have seen that this people is
indeed a stubborn people. Let me alone that I may destroy them and
blot out their name from under heaven; and I will make of you a nation
mightier and more numerous than they.’

 So I turned and went down from the mountain, while the mountain was
ablaze; the two tablets of the covenant were in my two hands. Then I
saw that you had indeed sinned against the Lord your God, by casting
for yourselves an image of a calf; you had been quick to turn from the
way that the Lord had commanded you. So I took hold of the two tablets
and flung them from my two hands, smashing them before your eyes. Then
I lay prostrate before the Lord as before, for forty days and forty
nights; I neither ate bread nor drank water, because of all the sin
you had committed, provoking the Lord by doing what was evil in his
sight. For I was afraid that the anger that the Lord bore against you
was so fierce that he would destroy you. But the Lord listened to me
that time also. The Lord was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to
destroy him, but I interceded also on behalf of Aaron at that same
time. Then I took the sinful thing you had made, the calf, and burned
it with fire and crushed it, grinding it thoroughly, until it was
reduced to dust; and I threw the dust of it into the stream that runs
down the mountain.
Hebrews 3:12-19

Take care, brothers and sisters,* that none of you may have an evil,
unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But exhort one
another every day, as long as it is called ‘today’, so that none
of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. For we have become
partners of Christ, if only we hold our first confidence firm to the
end. As it is said,
‘Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion.’ 
Now who were they who heard and yet were rebellious? Was it not all
those who left Egypt under the leadership of Moses? But with whom was
he angry for forty years? Was it not those who sinned, whose bodies
fell in the wilderness? And to whom did he swear that they would not
enter his rest, if not to those who were disobedient? So we see that
they were unable to enter because of unbelief.
John 2:23-3:15

When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed
in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. But Jesus on
his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people
and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what
was in everyone.
Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. He
came to Jesus* by night and said to him, ‘Rabbi, we know that you
are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs
that you do apart from the presence of God.’ Jesus answered him,
‘Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without
being born from above.’* Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can anyone be
born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the
mother’s womb and be born?’ Jesus answered, ‘Very truly, I tell
you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water
and Spirit. What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of
the Spirit is spirit.* Do not be astonished that I said to you,
“You* must be born from above.”* The wind* blows where it chooses,
and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from
or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.’
Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can these things be?’ Jesus answered
him, ‘Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand
these things?

 ‘Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to
what we have seen; yet you* do not receive our testimony. If I have
told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you
believe if I tell you about heavenly things? No one has ascended into
heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.* And
just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son
of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal
Morning Psalms: Psalm 119:49-72

Psalm 119:49-72

Remember your word to your servant,
   in which you have made me hope. 
This is my comfort in my distress,
   that your promise gives me life. 
The arrogant utterly deride me,
   but I do not turn away from your law. 
When I think of your ordinances from of old,
   I take comfort, O Lord. 
Hot indignation seizes me because of the wicked,
   those who forsake your law. 
Your statutes have been my songs
   wherever I make my home. 
I remember your name in the night, O Lord,
   and keep your law. 
This blessing has fallen to me,
   for I have kept your precepts. 

The Lord is my portion;
   I promise to keep your words. 
I implore your favour with all my heart;
   be gracious to me according to your promise. 
When I think of your ways,
   I turn my feet to your decrees; 
I hurry and do not delay
   to keep your commandments. 
Though the cords of the wicked ensnare me,
   I do not forget your law. 
At midnight I rise to praise you,
   because of your righteous ordinances. 
I am a companion of all who fear you,
   of those who keep your precepts. 
The earth, O Lord, is full of your steadfast love;
   teach me your statutes. 

You have dealt well with your servant,
   O Lord, according to your word. 
Teach me good judgement and knowledge,
   for I believe in your commandments. 
Before I was humbled I went astray,
   but now I keep your word. 
You are good and do good;
   teach me your statutes. 
The arrogant smear me with lies,
   but with my whole heart I keep your precepts. 
Their hearts are fat and gross,
   but I delight in your law. 
It is good for me that I was humbled,
   so that I might learn your statutes. 
The law of your mouth is better to me
   than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 49

Psalm 49

Hear this, all you peoples;
   give ear, all inhabitants of the world, 
both low and high,
   rich and poor together. 
My mouth shall speak wisdom;
   the meditation of my heart shall be understanding. 
I will incline my ear to a proverb;
   I will solve my riddle to the music of the harp. 

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
   when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me, 
those who trust in their wealth
   and boast of the abundance of their riches? 
Truly, no ransom avails for one’s life,*
   there is no price one can give to God for it. 
For the ransom of life is costly,
   and can never suffice, 
that one should live on for ever
   and never see the grave.* 

When we look at the wise, they die;
   fool and dolt perish together
   and leave their wealth to others. 
Their graves* are their homes for ever,
   their dwelling-places to all generations,
   though they named lands their own. 
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
   they are like the animals that perish. 

Such is the fate of the foolhardy,
   the end of those* who are pleased with their lot.
Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
   Death shall be their shepherd;
straight to the grave they descend,*
   and their form shall waste away;
   Sheol shall be their home.* 
But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
   for he will receive me.

Do not be afraid when some become rich,
   when the wealth of their houses increases. 
For when they die they will carry nothing away;
   their wealth will not go down after them. 
Though in their lifetime they count themselves happy
   —for you are praised when you do well for yourself— 
they* will go to the company of their ancestors,
   who will never again see the light. 
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp;
   they are like the animals that perish.

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