Daily Readings for Monday, March 23, 2020

The third mark of Discipleship is Bible Reading. Below are today's readings from the Daily Lectionary & Revised Common Lectionary for Sundays. You may click on each reading to see the text on Bible Gateway.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 119:73–80 (Listen)

Yodh

  Your hands have made and fashioned me;
    give me understanding that I may learn your commandments.
  Those who fear you shall see me and rejoice,
    because I have hoped in your word.
  I know, O LORD, that your rules are righteous,
    and that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.
  Let your steadfast love comfort me
    according to your promise to your servant.
  Let your mercy come to me, that I may live;
    for your law is my delight.
  Let the insolent be put to shame,
    because they have wronged me with falsehood;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.
  Let those who fear you turn to me,
    that they may know your testimonies.
  May my heart be blameless in your statutes,
    that I may not be put to shame!


Psalm 145 (Listen)

Great Is the Lord

A Song of Praise. Of David.

  I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
  Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.
  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.
  One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
  On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
  They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
  They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
  The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  The LORD is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.
  All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
  to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
  [The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]
  The LORD upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
  The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
  You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
  The LORD is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
  The LORD is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
  He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
  The LORD preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.
  My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

First Reading

Genesis 49:1–28 (Listen)

Jacob Blesses His Sons

Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you what shall happen to you in days to come.

  “Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob,
    listen to Israel your father.
  “Reuben, you are my firstborn,
    my might, and the firstfruits of my strength,
    preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.
  Unstable as water, you shall not have preeminence,
    because you went up to your father's bed;
    then you defiled it—he went up to my couch!
  “Simeon and Levi are brothers;
    weapons of violence are their swords.
  Let my soul come not into their council;
    O my glory, be not joined to their company.
  For in their anger they killed men,
    and in their willfulness they hamstrung oxen.
  Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce,
    and their wrath, for it is cruel!
  I will divide them in Jacob
    and scatter them in Israel.
  “Judah, your brothers shall praise you;
    your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies;
    your father's sons shall bow down before you.
  Judah is a lion's cub;
    from the prey, my son, you have gone up.
  He stooped down; he crouched as a lion
    and as a lioness; who dares rouse him?
  The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
    nor the ruler's staff from between his feet,
  until tribute comes to him;
    and to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
  Binding his foal to the vine
    and his donkey's colt to the choice vine,
  he has washed his garments in wine
    and his vesture in the blood of grapes.
  His eyes are darker than wine,
    and his teeth whiter than milk.
  “Zebulun shall dwell at the shore of the sea;
    he shall become a haven for ships,
    and his border shall be at Sidon.
  “Issachar is a strong donkey,
    crouching between the sheepfolds.
  He saw that a resting place was good,
    and that the land was pleasant,
  so he bowed his shoulder to bear,
    and became a servant at forced labor.
  “Dan shall judge his people
    as one of the tribes of Israel.
  Dan shall be a serpent in the way,
    a viper by the path,
  that bites the horse's heels
    so that his rider falls backward.
  I wait for your salvation, O LORD.
  “Raiders shall raid Gad,
    but he shall raid at their heels.
  “Asher's food shall be rich,
    and he shall yield royal delicacies.
  “Naphtali is a doe let loose
    that bears beautiful fawns.
  “Joseph is a fruitful bough,
    a fruitful bough by a spring;
    his branches run over the wall.
  The archers bitterly attacked him,
    shot at him, and harassed him severely,
  yet his bow remained unmoved;
    his arms were made agile
  by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob
    (from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel),
  by the God of your father who will help you,
    by the Almighty who will bless you
    with blessings of heaven above,
  blessings of the deep that crouches beneath,
    blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
  The blessings of your father
    are mighty beyond the blessings of my parents,
    up to the bounties of the everlasting hills.
  May they be on the head of Joseph,
    and on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
  “Benjamin is a ravenous wolf,
    in the morning devouring the prey
    and at evening dividing the spoil.”

Jacob's Death and Burial

All these are the twelve tribes of Israel. This is what their father said to them as he blessed them, blessing each with the blessing suitable to him.

Second Reading

1 Corinthians 10:14–11:1 (Listen)

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

Do All to the Glory of God

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.” If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience—I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Gospel Reading

Mark 7:24–37 (Listen)

The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith

And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered a house and did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him and came and fell down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” And she went home and found the child lying in bed and the demon gone.

Jesus Heals a Deaf Man

Then he returned from the region of Tyre and went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. And they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, and they begged him to lay his hand on him. And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. And Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. And they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear and the mute speak.”

Evening Psalms

Psalm 121 (Listen)

My Help Comes from the Lord

A Song of Ascents.

  I lift up my eyes to the hills.
    From where does my help come?
  My help comes from the LORD,
    who made heaven and earth.
  He will not let your foot be moved;
    he who keeps you will not slumber.
  Behold, he who keeps Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.
  The LORD is your keeper;
    the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
  The sun shall not strike you by day,
    nor the moon by night.
  The LORD will keep you from all evil;
    he will keep your life.
  The LORD will keep
    your going out and your coming in
    from this time forth and forevermore.


Psalm 6 (Listen)

O Lord, Deliver My Life

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.

  O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger,
    nor discipline me in your wrath.
  Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am languishing;
    heal me, O LORD, for my bones are troubled.
  My soul also is greatly troubled.
    But you, O LORD—how long?
  Turn, O LORD, deliver my life;
    save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
  For in death there is no remembrance of you;
    in Sheol who will give you praise?
  I am weary with my moaning;
    every night I flood my bed with tears;
    I drench my couch with my weeping.
  My eye wastes away because of grief;
    it grows weak because of all my foes.
  Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
    for the LORD has heard the sound of my weeping.
  The LORD has heard my plea;
    the LORD accepts my prayer.
  All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
    they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.

Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. Reader: David Cochran Heath.