Thursday 2 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 2 March 2023 

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Deuteronomy 9:23-10:5

And when the Lord sent you from Kadesh-barnea, saying, ‘Go up and
occupy the land that I have given you’, you rebelled against the
command of the Lord your God, neither trusting him nor obeying him.
You have been rebellious against the Lord as long as he has* known

 Throughout the forty days and forty nights that I lay prostrate
before the Lord when the Lord intended to destroy you, I prayed to the
Lord and said, ‘Lord God, do not destroy the people who are your
very own possession, whom you redeemed in your greatness, whom you
brought out of Egypt with a mighty hand. Remember your servants,
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; pay no attention to the stubbornness of
this people, their wickedness and their sin, otherwise the land from
which you have brought us might say, “Because the Lord was not able
to bring them into the land that he promised them, and because he
hated them, he has brought them out to let them die in the
wilderness.” For they are the people of your very own possession,
whom you brought out by your great power and by your outstretched
At that time the Lord said to me, ‘Carve out two tablets of stone
like the former ones, and come up to me on the mountain, and make an
ark of wood. I will write on the tablets the words that were on the
former tablets, which you smashed, and you shall put them in the
ark.’ So I made an ark of acacia wood, cut two tablets of stone like
the former ones, and went up the mountain with the two tablets in my
hand. Then he wrote on the tablets the same words as before, the ten
commandments* that the Lord had spoken to you on the mountain out of
the fire on the day of the assembly; and the Lord gave them to me. So
I turned and came down from the mountain, and put the tablets in the
ark that I had made; and there they are, as the Lord commanded me.
Hebrews 4:1-10

Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest is still open, let
us take care that none of you should seem to have failed to reach it.
For indeed the good news came to us just as to them; but the message
they heard did not benefit them, because they were not united by faith
with those who listened.* For we who have believed enter that rest,
just as God* has said,
‘As in my anger I swore,
“They shall not enter my rest” ’,
though his works were finished at the foundation of the world. For in
one place it speaks about the seventh day as follows: ‘And God
rested on the seventh day from all his works.’ And again in this
place it says, ‘They shall not enter my rest.’ Since therefore it
remains open for some to enter it, and those who formerly received the
good news failed to enter because of disobedience, again he sets a
certain day—‘today’—saying through David much later, in the
words already quoted,
‘Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts.’ 
For if Joshua had given them rest, God* would not speak later about
another day. So then, a sabbath rest still remains for the people of
God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labours as
God did from his.
John 3:16-21

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

 ‘Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the
world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those
who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are
condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the
only Son of God. And this is the judgement, that the light has come
into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because
their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not
come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those
who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen
that their deeds have been done in God.’
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 19, 46

Psalm 19

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
   and the firmament* proclaims his handiwork. 
Day to day pours forth speech,
   and night to night declares knowledge. 
There is no speech, nor are there words;
   their voice is not heard; 
yet their voice* goes out through all the earth,
   and their words to the end of the world. 

In the heavens* he has set a tent for the sun, 
which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy,
   and like a strong man runs its course with joy. 
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
   and its circuit to the end of them;
   and nothing is hidden from its heat. 

The law of the Lord is perfect,
   reviving the soul;
the decrees of the Lord are sure,
   making wise the simple; 
the precepts of the Lord are right,
   rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is clear,
   enlightening the eyes; 
the fear of the Lord is pure,
   enduring for ever;
the ordinances of the Lord are true
   and righteous altogether. 
More to be desired are they than gold,
   even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey,
   and drippings of the honeycomb. 

Moreover by them is your servant warned;
   in keeping them there is great reward. 
But who can detect their errors?
   Clear me from hidden faults. 
Keep back your servant also from the insolent;*
   do not let them have dominion over me.
Then I shall be blameless,
   and innocent of great transgression. 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
   be acceptable to you,
   O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present* help in trouble. 
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
   though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble with its tumult.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
   the holy habitation of the Most High. 
God is in the midst of the city;* it shall not be moved;
   God will help it when the morning dawns. 
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
   he utters his voice, the earth melts. 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.*

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
   see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
   he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
   he burns the shields with fire. 
‘Be still, and know that I am God!
   I am exalted among the nations,
   I am exalted in the earth.’ 
The Lord of hosts is with us;
   the God of Jacob is our refuge.*

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