Tuesday 26 September 2023 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Tuesday 26 September 2023

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2 Kings 5:19-27

He said to him, ‘Go in peace.’

But when Naaman had gone from him a short distance, Gehazi, the
servant of Elisha the man of God, thought, ‘My master has let that
Aramean Naaman off too lightly by not accepting from him what he
offered. As the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something out
of him.’ So Gehazi went after Naaman. When Naaman saw someone
running after him, he jumped down from the chariot to meet him and
said, ‘Is everything all right?’ He replied, ‘Yes, but my master
has sent me to say, “Two members of a company of prophets* have just
come to me from the hill country of Ephraim; please give them a talent
of silver and two changes of clothing.” ’ Naaman said, ‘Please
accept two talents.’ He urged him, and tied up two talents of silver
in two bags, with two changes of clothing, and gave them to two of his
servants, who carried them in front of Gehazi.* When he came to the
citadel, he took the bags* from them, and stored them inside; he
dismissed the men, and they left.

 He went in and stood before his master; and Elisha said to him,
‘Where have you been, Gehazi?’ He answered, ‘Your servant has
not gone anywhere at all.’ But he said to him, ‘Did I not go with
you in spirit when someone left his chariot to meet you? Is this a
time to accept money and to accept clothing, olive orchards and
vineyards, sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves? Therefore the
leprosy* of Naaman shall cling to you, and to your descendants for
ever.’ So he left his presence leprous,* as white as snow.
1 Corinthians 5:1-8

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and
of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living
with his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Should you not rather
have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed
from among you?

 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present
I have already pronounced judgement in the name of the Lord Jesus on
the man who has done such a thing.* When you are assembled, and my
spirit is present with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to hand
this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his
spirit may be saved on the day of the Lord.*

 Your boasting is not a good thing. Do you not know that a little
yeast leavens the whole batch of dough? Clean out the old yeast so
that you may be a new batch, as you really are unleavened. For our
paschal lamb, Christ, has been sacrificed. Therefore, let us celebrate
the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and evil,
but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Matthew 5:27-37
‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit
adultery.” But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with
lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your
right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is
better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to
be thrown into hell.* And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it
off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your
members than for your whole body to go into hell.*
 ‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her
a certificate of divorce.” But I say to you that anyone who divorces
his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit
adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
 ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times,
“You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made
to the Lord.” But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by
heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his
footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And
do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or
black. Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more
than this comes from the evil one.*
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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