Tuesday 14 March 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 14 March 2023 

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Jeremiah 7:21-34

Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Add your
burnt-offerings to your sacrifices, and eat the flesh. For on the day
that I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I did not
speak to them or command them concerning burnt-offerings and
sacrifices. But this command I gave them, ‘Obey my voice, and I will
be your God, and you shall be my people; and walk only in the way that
I command you, so that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not
obey or incline their ear, but, in the stubbornness of their evil
will, they walked in their own counsels, and looked backwards rather
than forwards. From the day that your ancestors came out of the land
of Egypt until this day, I have persistently sent all my servants the
prophets to them, day after day; yet they did not listen to me, or pay
attention, but they stiffened their necks. They did worse than their
ancestors did.

 So you shall speak all these words to them, but they will not listen
to you. You shall call to them, but they will not answer you. You
shall say to them: This is the nation that did not obey the voice of
the Lord their God, and did not accept discipline; truth has perished;
it is cut off from their lips. 
Cut off your hair and throw it away;
   raise a lamentation on the bare heights,*
for the Lord has rejected and forsaken
   the generation that provoked his wrath.

 For the people of Judah have done evil in my sight, says the Lord;
they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my
name, defiling it. And they go on building the high place* of Topheth,
which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and
their daughters in the fire—which I did not command, nor did it come
into my mind. Therefore, the days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when it will no more be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of
Hinnom, but the valley of Slaughter: for they will bury in Topheth
until there is no more room. The corpses of this people will be food
for the birds of the air, and for the animals of the earth; and no one
will frighten them away. And I will bring to an end the sound of mirth
and gladness, the voice of the bride and bridegroom in the cities of
Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for the land shall become a
Romans 4:13-25

For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to
Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the
righteousness of faith. If it is the adherents of the law who are to
be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. For the law
brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may
rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to
the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of
Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, ‘I
have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the
God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into
existence the things that do not exist. Hoping against hope, he
believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’,
according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants
be.’ He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body,
which was already* as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years
old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No
distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew
strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced
that God was able to do what he had promised. Therefore his faith*
‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’ Now the words, ‘it was
reckoned to him’, were written not for his sake alone, but for ours
also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus
our Lord from the dead, who was handed over to death for our
trespasses and was raised for our justification.
John 7:37-52

On the last day of the festival, the great day, while Jesus was
standing there, he cried out, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me,
and let the one who believes in me drink. As* the scripture has said,
“Out of the believer’s heart* shall flow rivers of living
water.” ’ Now he said this about the Spirit, which believers in
him were to receive; for as yet there was no Spirit,* because Jesus
was not yet glorified.
 When they heard these words, some in the crowd said, ‘This is
really the prophet.’ Others said, ‘This is the Messiah.’* But
some asked, ‘Surely the Messiah* does not come from Galilee, does
he? Has not the scripture said that the Messiah* is descended from
David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?’ So
there was a division in the crowd because of him. Some of them wanted
to arrest him, but no one laid hands on him.
 Then the temple police went back to the chief priests and Pharisees,
who asked them, ‘Why did you not arrest him?’ The police answered,
‘Never has anyone spoken like this!’ Then the Pharisees replied,
‘Surely you have not been deceived too, have you? Has any one of the
authorities or of the Pharisees believed in him? But this crowd, which
does not know the law—they are accursed.’ Nicodemus, who had gone
to Jesus* before, and who was one of them, asked, ‘Our law does not
judge people without first giving them a hearing to find out what they
are doing, does it?’ They replied, ‘Surely you are not also from
Galilee, are you? Search and you will see that no prophet is to arise
from Galilee.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 78:1-39

Psalm 78:1-39

Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
   incline your ears to the words of my mouth. 
I will open my mouth in a parable;
   I will utter dark sayings from of old, 
things that we have heard and known,
   that our ancestors have told us. 
We will not hide them from their children;
   we will tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might,
   and the wonders that he has done. 

He established a decree in Jacob,
   and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
   to teach to their children; 
that the next generation might know them,
   the children yet unborn,
and rise up and tell them to their children, 
   so that they should set their hope in God,
and not forget the works of God,
   but keep his commandments; 
and that they should not be like their ancestors,
   a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
   whose spirit was not faithful to God. 

The Ephraimites, armed with* the bow,
   turned back on the day of battle. 
They did not keep God’s covenant,
   but refused to walk according to his law. 
They forgot what he had done,
   and the miracles that he had shown them. 
In the sight of their ancestors he worked marvels
   in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan. 
He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
   and made the waters stand like a heap. 
In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
   and all night long with a fiery light. 
He split rocks open in the wilderness,
   and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep. 
He made streams come out of the rock,
   and caused waters to flow down like rivers. 

Yet they sinned still more against him,
   rebelling against the Most High in the desert. 
They tested God in their heart
   by demanding the food they craved. 
They spoke against God, saying,
   ‘Can God spread a table in the wilderness? 
Even though he struck the rock so that water gushed out
   and torrents overflowed,
can he also give bread,
   or provide meat for his people?’ 

Therefore, when the Lord heard, he was full of rage;
   a fire was kindled against Jacob,
   his anger mounted against Israel, 
because they had no faith in God,
   and did not trust his saving power. 
Yet he commanded the skies above,
   and opened the doors of heaven; 
he rained down on them manna to eat,
   and gave them the grain of heaven. 
Mortals ate of the bread of angels;
   he sent them food in abundance. 
He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
   and by his power he led out the south wind; 
he rained flesh upon them like dust,
   winged birds like the sand of the seas; 
he let them fall within their camp,
   all around their dwellings. 
And they ate and were well filled,
   for he gave them what they craved. 
But before they had satisfied their craving,
   while the food was still in their mouths, 
the anger of God rose against them
   and he killed the strongest of them,
   and laid low the flower of Israel. 

In spite of all this they still sinned;
   they did not believe in his wonders. 
So he made their days vanish like a breath,
   and their years in terror. 
When he killed them, they sought for him;
   they repented and sought God earnestly. 
They remembered that God was their rock,
   the Most High God their redeemer. 
But they flattered him with their mouths;
   they lied to him with their tongues. 
Their heart was not steadfast towards him;
   they were not true to his covenant. 
Yet he, being compassionate,
   forgave their iniquity,
   and did not destroy them;
often he restrained his anger,
   and did not stir up all his wrath. 
He remembered that they were but flesh,
   a wind that passes and does not come again.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 78:40-72

Psalm 78:40-72

How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
   and grieved him in the desert! 
They tested God again and again,
   and provoked the Holy One of Israel. 
They did not keep in mind his power,
   or the day when he redeemed them from the foe; 
when he displayed his signs in Egypt,
   and his miracles in the fields of Zoan. 
He turned their rivers to blood,
   so that they could not drink of their streams. 
He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
   and frogs, which destroyed them. 
He gave their crops to the caterpillar,
   and the fruit of their labour to the locust. 
He destroyed their vines with hail,
   and their sycomores with frost. 
He gave over their cattle to the hail,
   and their flocks to thunderbolts. 
He let loose on them his fierce anger,
   wrath, indignation, and distress,
   a company of destroying angels. 
He made a path for his anger;
   he did not spare them from death,
   but gave their lives over to the plague. 
He struck all the firstborn in Egypt,
   the first issue of their strength in the tents of Ham. 
Then he led out his people like sheep,
   and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. 
He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid;
   but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. 
And he brought them to his holy hill,
   to the mountain that his right hand had won. 
He drove out nations before them;
   he apportioned them for a possession
   and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 

Yet they tested the Most High God,
   and rebelled against him.
   They did not observe his decrees, 
but turned away and were faithless like their ancestors;
   they twisted like a treacherous bow. 
For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
   they moved him to jealousy with their idols. 
When God heard, he was full of wrath,
   and he utterly rejected Israel. 
He abandoned his dwelling at Shiloh,
   the tent where he dwelt among mortals, 
and delivered his power to captivity,
   his glory to the hand of the foe. 
He gave his people to the sword,
   and vented his wrath on his heritage. 
Fire devoured their young men,
   and their girls had no marriage song. 
Their priests fell by the sword,
   and their widows made no lamentation. 
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
   like a warrior shouting because of wine. 
He put his adversaries to rout;
   he put them to everlasting disgrace. 

He rejected the tent of Joseph,
   he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim; 
but he chose the tribe of Judah,
   Mount Zion, which he loves. 
He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
   like the earth, which he has founded for ever. 
He chose his servant David,
   and took him from the sheepfolds; 
from tending the nursing ewes he brought him
   to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
   of Israel, his inheritance. 
With upright heart he tended them,
   and guided them with skilful hand.

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