Monday 22 May 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Monday 22 May 2023

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Ezekiel 4:1-17

And you, O mortal, take a brick and set it before you. On it portray a
city, Jerusalem; and put siege-works against it, and build a
siege-wall against it, and cast up a ramp against it; set camps also
against it, and plant battering-rams against it all round. Then take
an iron plate and place it as an iron wall between you and the city;
set your face towards it, and let it be in a state of siege, and press
the siege against it. This is a sign for the house of Israel.

 Then lie on your left side, and place the punishment of the house of
Israel upon it; you shall bear their punishment for the number of the
days that you lie there. For I assign to you a number of days, three
hundred and ninety days, equal to the number of the years of their
punishment; and so you shall bear the punishment of the house of
Israel. When you have completed these, you shall lie down a second
time, but on your right side, and bear the punishment of the house of
Judah; forty days I assign you, one day for each year. You shall set
your face towards the siege of Jerusalem, and with your arm bared you
shall prophesy against it. See, I am putting cords on you so that you
cannot turn from one side to the other until you have completed the
days of your siege.

 And you, take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt;
put them into one vessel, and make bread for yourself. During the
number of days that you lie on your side, three hundred and ninety
days, you shall eat it. The food that you eat shall be twenty shekels
a day by weight; at fixed times you shall eat it. And you shall drink
water by measure, one-sixth of a hin; at fixed times you shall drink.
You shall eat it as a barley-cake, baking it in their sight on human
dung. The Lord said, ‘Thus shall the people of Israel eat their
bread, unclean, among the nations to which I will drive them.’ Then
I said, ‘Ah Lord God! I have never defiled myself; from my youth up
until now I have never eaten what died of itself or was torn by
animals, nor has carrion flesh come into my mouth.’ Then he said to
me, ‘See, I will let you have cow’s dung instead of human dung, on
which you may prepare your bread.’

 Then he said to me, Mortal, I am going to break the staff of bread
in Jerusalem; they shall eat bread by weight and with fearfulness; and
they shall drink water by measure and in dismay. Lacking bread and
water, they will look at one another in dismay, and waste away under
their punishment.
Hebrews 6:1-12

Therefore let us go on towards perfection,* leaving behind the basic
teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance
from dead works and faith towards God, instruction about baptisms,
laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgement.
And we will do* this, if God permits. For it is impossible to restore
again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and have
tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have
tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to
come, and then have fallen away, since on their own they are
crucifying again the Son of God and are holding him up to contempt.
Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly, and that
produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated, receives a
blessing from God. But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is
worthless and on the verge of being cursed; its end is to be burned

 Even though we speak in this way, beloved, we are confident of
better things in your case, things that belong to salvation. For God
is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the love that you
showed for his sake* in serving the saints, as you still do. And we
want each one of you to show the same diligence, so as to realize the
full assurance of hope to the very end, so that you may not become
sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience
inherit the promises.
Luke 9:51-62
When the days drew near for him to be taken up, he set his face to go
to Jerusalem. And he sent messengers ahead of him. On their way they
entered a village of the Samaritans to make ready for him; but they
did not receive him, because his face was set towards Jerusalem. When
his disciples James and John saw it, they said, ‘Lord, do you want
us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?’* But
he turned and rebuked them. Then* they went on to another village.
 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, ‘I will
follow you wherever you go.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Foxes have
holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere
to lay his head.’ To another he said, ‘Follow me.’ But he said,
‘Lord, first let me go and bury my father.’ But Jesus* said to
him, ‘Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and
proclaim the kingdom of God.’ Another said, ‘I will follow you,
Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.’ Jesus said
to him, ‘No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit
for the kingdom of God.’
Morning Psalms: Psalm 89:1-18

Psalm 89:1-18

I will sing of your steadfast love, O Lord,* for ever;
   with my mouth I will proclaim your faithfulness to all
I declare that your steadfast love is established for ever;
   your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens. 

You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
   I have sworn to my servant David: 
“I will establish your descendants for ever,
   and build your throne for all generations.” ’

Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
   your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones. 
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
   Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord, 
a God feared in the council of the holy ones,
   great and awesome* above all that are around him? 
O Lord God of hosts,
   who is as mighty as you, O Lord?
   Your faithfulness surrounds you. 
You rule the raging of the sea;
   when its waves rise, you still them. 
You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
   you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm. 
The heavens are yours, the earth also is yours;
   the world and all that is in it—you have founded them. 
The north and the south*—you created them;
   Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name. 
You have a mighty arm;
   strong is your hand, high your right hand. 
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
   steadfast love and faithfulness go before you. 
Happy are the people who know the festal shout,
   who walk, O Lord, in the light of your countenance; 
they exult in your name all day long,
   and extol* your righteousness. 
For you are the glory of their strength;
   by your favour our horn is exalted. 
For our shield belongs to the Lord,
   our king to the Holy One of Israel.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 89:19-52

Psalm 89:19-52

Then you spoke in a vision to your faithful one, and said:
   ‘I have set the crown* on one who is mighty,
   I have exalted one chosen from the people. 
I have found my servant David;
   with my holy oil I have anointed him; 
my hand shall always remain with him;
   my arm also shall strengthen him. 
The enemy shall not outwit him,
   the wicked shall not humble him. 
I will crush his foes before him
   and strike down those who hate him. 
My faithfulness and steadfast love shall be with him;
   and in my name his horn shall be exalted. 
I will set his hand on the sea
   and his right hand on the rivers. 
He shall cry to me, “You are my Father,
   my God, and the Rock of my salvation!” 
I will make him the firstborn,
   the highest of the kings of the earth. 
For-ever I will keep my steadfast love for him,
   and my covenant with him will stand firm. 
I will establish his line for ever,
   and his throne as long as the heavens endure. 
If his children forsake my law
   and do not walk according to my ordinances, 
if they violate my statutes
   and do not keep my commandments, 
then I will punish their transgression with the rod
   and their iniquity with scourges; 
but I will not remove from him my steadfast love,
   or be false to my faithfulness. 
I will not violate my covenant,
   or alter the word that went forth from my lips. 
Once and for all I have sworn by my holiness;
   I will not lie to David. 
His line shall continue for ever,
   and his throne endure before me like the sun. 
It shall be established for ever like the moon,
   an enduring witness in the skies.’

But now you have spurned and rejected him;
   you are full of wrath against your anointed. 
You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
   you have defiled his crown in the dust. 
You have broken through all his walls;
   you have laid his strongholds in ruins. 
All who pass by plunder him;
   he has become the scorn of his neighbours. 
You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
   you have made all his enemies rejoice. 
Moreover, you have turned back the edge of his sword,
   and you have not supported him in battle. 
You have removed the sceptre from his hand,*
   and hurled his throne to the ground. 
You have cut short the days of his youth;
   you have covered him with shame.

How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself for ever?
   How long will your wrath burn like fire? 
Remember how short my time is—*
   for what vanity you have created all mortals! 
Who can live and never see death?
   Who can escape the power of Sheol?

Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
   which by your faithfulness you swore to David? 
Remember, O Lord, how your servant is taunted;
   how I bear in my bosom the insults of the peoples,* 
with which your enemies taunt, O Lord,
   with which they taunted the footsteps of your anointed. 

Blessed be the Lord for ever.Amen and Amen.

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