Thursday 14 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Thursday 14 September 2023

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1 Kings 18:1-19

After many days the word of the Lord came to Elijah, in the third year
of the drought,* saying, ‘Go, present yourself to Ahab; I will send
rain on the earth.’ So Elijah went to present himself to Ahab. The
famine was severe in Samaria. Ahab summoned Obadiah, who was in charge
of the palace. (Now Obadiah revered the Lord greatly; when Jezebel was
killing off the prophets of the Lord, Obadiah took a hundred prophets,
hid them fifty to a cave, and provided them with bread and water.)
Then Ahab said to Obadiah, ‘Go through the land to all the springs
of water and to all the wadis; perhaps we may find grass to keep the
horses and mules alive, and not lose some of the animals.’ So they
divided the land between them to pass through it; Ahab went in one
direction by himself, and Obadiah went in another direction by

 As Obadiah was on the way, Elijah met him; Obadiah recognized him,
fell on his face, and said, ‘Is it you, my lord Elijah?’ He
answered him, ‘It is I. Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.’
And he said, ‘How have I sinned, that you would hand your servant
over to Ahab, to kill me? As the Lord your God lives, there is no
nation or kingdom to which my lord has not sent to seek you; and when
they would say, “He is not here”, he would require an oath of the
kingdom or nation, that they had not found you. But now you say,
“Go, tell your lord that Elijah is here.” As soon as I have gone
from you, the spirit of the Lord will carry you I know not where; so,
when I come and tell Ahab and he cannot find you, he will kill me,
although I your servant have revered the Lord from my youth. Has it
not been told my lord what I did when Jezebel killed the prophets of
the Lord, how I hid a hundred of the Lord’s prophets fifty to a
cave, and provided them with bread and water? Yet now you say, “Go,
tell your lord that Elijah is here”; he will surely kill me.’
Elijah said, ‘As the Lord of hosts lives, before whom I stand, I
will surely show myself to him today.’ So Obadiah went to meet Ahab,
and told him; and Ahab went to meet Elijah.

 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, ‘Is it you, you troubler
of Israel?’ He answered, ‘I have not troubled Israel; but you
have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the
commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. Now therefore have
all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred and
fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who
eat at Jezebel’s table.’
Philippians 2:12-30

Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in
my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in
you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

 Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be
blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst
of a crooked and perverse generation, in which you shine like stars in
the world. It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can
boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labour in
vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the
sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with
all of you— and in the same way you also must be glad and rejoice
with me.
 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I may
be cheered by news of you. I have no one like him who will be
genuinely concerned for your welfare. All of them are seeking their
own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But Timothy’s* worth you
know, how like a son with a father he has served with me in the work
of the gospel. I hope therefore to send him as soon as I see how
things go with me; and I trust in the Lord that I will also come soon.

 Still, I think it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus—my brother
and co-worker and fellow-soldier, your messenger* and minister to my
need; for he has been longing for* all of you, and has been distressed
because you heard that he was ill. He was indeed so ill that he nearly
died. But God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, so
that I would not have one sorrow after another. I am the more eager to
send him, therefore, in order that you may rejoice at seeing him
again, and that I may be less anxious. Welcome him then in the Lord
with all joy, and honour such people, because he came close to death
for the work of Christ,* risking his life to make up for those
services that you could not give me.
Matthew 2:13-23
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a
dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to
Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search
for the child, to destroy him.’ Then Joseph* got up, took the child
and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until
the death of Herod. This was to fulfil what had been spoken by the
Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’
 When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men,* he was
infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around
Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the time that
he had learned from the wise men.* Then was fulfilled what had been
spoken through the prophet Jeremiah: 
‘A voice was heard in Ramah,
   wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
   she refused to be consoled, because they are no more.’
 When Herod died, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared in a dream
to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother,
and go to the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child’s
life are dead.’ Then Joseph* got up, took the child and his mother,
and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was
ruling over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go
there. And after being warned in a dream, he went away to the district
of Galilee. There he made his home in a town called Nazareth, so that
what had been spoken through the prophets might be fulfilled, ‘He
will be called a Nazorean.’
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 93, 96

Psalm 93

The Lord is king, he is robed in majesty;
   the Lord is robed, he is girded with strength.
He has established the world; it shall never be moved; 
   your throne is established from of old;
   you are from everlasting. 

The floods have lifted up, O Lord,
   the floods have lifted up their voice;
   the floods lift up their roaring. 
More majestic than the thunders of mighty waters,
   more majestic than the waves* of the sea,
   majestic on high is the Lord! 

Your decrees are very sure;
   holiness befits your house,
   O Lord, for evermore.

Psalm 96

O sing to the Lord a new song;
   sing to the Lord, all the earth. 
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
   tell of his salvation from day to day. 
Declare his glory among the nations,
   his marvellous works among all the peoples. 
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
   he is to be revered above all gods. 
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
   but the Lord made the heavens. 
Honour and majesty are before him;
   strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
   ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
   bring an offering, and come into his courts. 
Worship the Lord in holy splendour;
   tremble before him, all the earth. 

Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!
   The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
   He will judge the peoples with equity.’ 
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
   let the sea roar, and all that fills it; 
   let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy 
   before the Lord; for he is coming,
   for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
   and the peoples with his truth.

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