Saturday 9 June 2007 DAILY LECTIONARY

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Saturday 9 June 2007 

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Deuteronomy 29:2-15

Moses summoned all Israel and said to them: You have seen all that the
Lord did before your eyes in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all
his servants and to all his land, the great trials that your eyes saw,
the signs, and those great wonders. But to this day the Lord has not
given you a mind to understand, or eyes to see, or ears to hear. I have
led you for forty years in the wilderness. The clothes on your back have
not worn out, and the sandals on your feet have not worn out; you have
not eaten bread, and you have not drunk wine or strong drink-so that
you may know that I am the Lord your God. When you came to this place,
King Sihon of Heshbon and King Og of Bashan came out against us for
battle, but we defeated them. We took their land and gave it as an
inheritance to the Reubenites, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of
Manasseh. Therefore diligently observe the words of this covenant, in
order that you may succeed in everything that you do.

You stand assembled today, all of you, before the Lord your God-the
leaders of your tribes, your elders, and your officials, all the men of
Israel, your children, your women, and the aliens who are in your camp,
both those who cut your wood and those who draw your water- to enter
into the covenant of the Lord your God, sworn by an oath, which the
Lord your God is making with you today; in order that he may establish
you today as his people, and that he may be your God, as he promised
you and as he swore to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to
Jacob. I am making this covenant, sworn by an oath, not only with you
who stand here with us today before the Lord our God, but also with
those who are not here with us today.
2 Corinthians 9:1-15

Now it is not necessary for me to write to you about the ministry to the
saints, for I know your eagerness, which is the subject of my boasting
about you to the people of Macedonia, saying that Achaia has been ready
since last year; and your zeal has stirred up most of them. But I am
sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you may not prove
to have been empty in this case, so that you may be ready, as I said you
would be; otherwise, if some Macedonians come with me and find that you
are not ready, we would be humiliated-to say nothing of you-in this
undertaking. So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go on
ahead to you, and arrange in advance for this bountiful gift that you
have promised, so that it may be ready as a voluntary gift and not as
an extortion.

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of
you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under
compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide
you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough
of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is
'He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
   his righteousness endures for ever.' 
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and
multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your
righteousness. You will be enriched in every way for your great
generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the
rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints
but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God. Through the testing
of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of
the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and
with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the
surpassing grace of God that he has given you. Thanks be to God for his
indescribable gift!
Luke 18:15-30

People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and
when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But
Jesus called for them and said, 'Let the little children come to me,
and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of
God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of
God as a little child will never enter it.'

A certain ruler asked him, 'Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit
eternal life?' Jesus said to him, 'Why do you call me good? No one is
good but God alone. You know the commandments: "You shall not commit
adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not bear
false witness; Honour your father and mother." ' He replied, 'I have
kept all these since my youth.' When Jesus heard this, he said to him,
'There is still one thing lacking. Sell all that you own and distribute
the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come,
follow me.' But when he heard this, he became sad; for he was very
rich. Jesus looked at him and said, 'How hard it is for those who have
wealth to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to
go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the
kingdom of God.'

Those who heard it said, 'Then who can be saved?' He replied, 'What is
impossible for mortals is possible for God.'

Then Peter said, 'Look, we have left our homes and followed you.' And he
said to them, 'Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or
wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of
God, who will not get back very much more in this age, and in the age to
come eternal life.'
Morning Psalms:  Psalm 55

Psalm 55

Give ear to my prayer, O God;
   do not hide yourself from my supplication. 
Attend to me, and answer me;
   I am troubled in my complaint.
I am distraught by the noise of the enemy,
   because of the clamour of the wicked.
For they bring trouble upon me,
   and in anger they cherish enmity against me. 

My heart is in anguish within me,
   the terrors of death have fallen upon me. 
Fear and trembling come upon me,
   and horror overwhelms me. 
And I say, 'O that I had wings like a dove!
   I would fly away and be at rest; 
truly, I would flee far away;
   I would lodge in the wilderness;
I would hurry to find a shelter for myself
   from the raging wind and tempest.' 

Confuse, O Lord, confound their speech;
   for I see violence and strife in the city. 
Day and night they go around it
   on its walls,
and iniquity and trouble are within it; 
   ruin is in its midst;
oppression and fraud
   do not depart from its market-place. 

It is not enemies who taunt me-
   I could bear that;
it is not adversaries who deal insolently with me-
   I could hide from them. 
But it is you, my equal,
   my companion, my familiar friend, 
with whom I kept pleasant company;
   we walked in the house of God with the throng. 
Let death come upon them;
   let them go down alive to Sheol;
   for evil is in their homes and in their hearts. 

But I call upon God,
   and the Lord will save me. 
Evening and morning and at noon
   I utter my complaint and moan,
   and he will hear my voice. 
He will redeem me unharmed
   from the battle that I wage,
   for many are arrayed against me. 
God, who is enthroned from of old,
   will hear, and will humble them-
because they do not change,
   and do not fear God. 

My companion laid hands on a friend
   and violated a covenant with me 
with speech smoother than butter,
   but with a heart set on war;
with words that were softer than oil,
   but in fact were drawn swords. 

Cast your burden on the Lord,
   and he will sustain you;
he will never permit
   the righteous to be moved. 

But you, O God, will cast them down
   into the lowest pit;
the bloodthirsty and treacherous
   shall not live out half their days.
But I will trust in you.
Evening Psalms: Psalm 138, 139:1-23

Psalm 138

I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;
   before the gods I sing your praise; 
I bow down towards your holy temple
   and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your
   for you have exalted your name and your word
   above everything. 
On the day I called, you answered me,
   you increased my strength of soul. 

All the kings of the earth shall praise you, O Lord,
   for they have heard the words of your mouth. 
They shall sing of the ways of the Lord,
   for great is the glory of the Lord. 
For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly;
   but the haughty he perceives from far away. 

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
   you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies;
you stretch out your hand,
   and your right hand delivers me. 
The Lord will fulfil his purpose for me;
   your steadfast love, O Lord, endures for ever.
   Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Psalm 139:1-23

O Lord, you have searched me and known me. 
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
   you discern my thoughts from far away. 
You search out my path and my lying down,
   and are acquainted with all my ways. 
Even before a word is on my tongue,
   O Lord, you know it completely. 
You hem me in, behind and before,
   and lay your hand upon me. 
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
   it is so high that I cannot attain it. 

Where can I go from your spirit?
   Or where can I flee from your presence? 
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
   if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. 
If I take the wings of the morning
   and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, 
even there your hand shall lead me,
   and your right hand shall hold me fast. 
If I say, 'Surely the darkness shall cover me,
   and the light around me become night', 
even the darkness is not dark to you;
   the night is as bright as the day,
   for darkness is as light to you. 

For it was you who formed my inward parts;
   you knit me together in my mother's womb. 
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
   Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well. 
   My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
   intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance.
In your book were written
   all the days that were formed for me,
   when none of them as yet existed. 
How weighty to me are your thoughts, O God!
   How vast is the sum of them! 
I try to count them-they are more than the sand;
   I come to the end-I am still with you. 

O that you would kill the wicked, O God,
   and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me- 
those who speak of you maliciously,
   and lift themselves up against you for evil! 
Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
   And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? 
I hate them with perfect hatred;
   I count them my enemies. 
Search me, O God, and know my heart;
   test me and know my thoughts.

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