Daily Reading for March 20, 2019
1Let God rise up, let his enemies be scattered; let those who hate him flee before him.
2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away; as wax melts before the fire, let the wicked perish before God.
3But let the righteous be joyful; let them exult before God; let them be jubilant with joy.
4Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him who rides upon the cloudshis name is the Lord be exultant before him.
5Father of orphans and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
6God gives the desolate a home to live in; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious live in a parched land.
7O God, when you went out before your people, when you marched through the wilderness, Selah
8the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain at the presence of God, the God of Sinai, at the presence of God, the God of Israel.
9Rain in abundance, O God, you showered abroad; you restored your heritage when it languished;
10your flock found a dwelling in it; in your goodness, O God, you provided for the needy.
11The Lord gives the command; great is the company of those who bore the tidings:
12The kings of the armies, they flee, they flee! The women at home divide the spoil,
13though they stay among the sheepfolds the wings of a dove covered with silver, its pinions with green gold.
14When the Almighty scattered kings there, snow fell on Zalmon.
15O mighty mountain, mountain of Bashan; O many-peaked mountain, mountain of Bashan!
16Why do you look with envy, O many-peaked mountain, at the mount that God desired for his abode, where the Lord will reside forever?
17With mighty chariotry, twice ten thousand, thousands upon thousands, the Lord came from Sinai into the holy place.
18You ascended the high mount, leading captives in your train and receiving gifts from people, even from those who rebel against the Lord Gods abiding there.
19Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Selah
20Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death.
21But God will shatter the heads of his enemies, the hairy crown of those who walk in their guilty ways.
22The Lord said, I will bring them back from Bashan, I will bring them back from the depths of the sea,
23so that you may bathe your feet in blood, so that the tongues of your dogs may have their share from the foe.
24Your solemn processions are seen, O God, the processions of my God, my King, into the sanctuary
25the singers in front, the musicians last, between them girls playing tambourines:
26Bless God in the great congregation, the Lord, O you who are of Israels fountain!
27There is Benjamin, the least of them, in the lead, the princes of Judah in a body, the princes of Zebulun, the princes of Naphtali.
28Summon your might, O God; show your strength, O God, as you have done for us before.
29Because of your temple at Jerusalem kings bear gifts to you.
30Rebuke the wild animals that live among the reeds, the herd of bulls with the calves of the peoples. Trample under foot those who lust after tribute; scatter the peoples who delight in war.
31Let bronze be brought from Egypt; let Ethiopia hasten to stretch out its hands to God.
32Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth; sing praises to the Lord, Selah
33O rider in the heavens, the ancient heavens; listen, he sends out his voice, his mighty voice.
34Ascribe power to God, whose majesty is over Israel; and whose power is in the skies.
35Awesome is God in his sanctuary, the God of Israel; he gives power and strength to his people. Blessed be God!
10Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered year after year, make perfect those who approach. 2Otherwise, would they not have ceased being offered, since the worshipers, cleansed once for all, would no longer have any consciousness of sin? 3But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sin year after year. 4For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body you have prepared for me; 6in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.
7Then I said, See, God, I have come to do your will, O God (in the scroll of the book it is written of me). 8When he said above, You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings (these are offered according to the law), 9then he added, See, I have come to do your will. He abolishes the first in order to establish the second. 10And it is by Gods will that we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 11And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13and since then has been waiting until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet. 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified. 15And the Holy Spirit also testifies to us, for after saying, 16This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds, 17he also adds, I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more. 18Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. 26For if we willfully persist in sin after having received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries. 28Anyone who has violated the law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by those who have spurned the Son of God, profaned the blood of the covenant by which they were sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of grace? 30For we know the one who said, Vengeance is mine, I will repay. And again, The Lord will judge his people. 31It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32But recall those earlier days when, after you had been enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, 33sometimes being publicly exposed to abuse and persecution, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. 34For you had compassion for those who were in prison, and you cheerfully accepted the plundering of your possessions, knowing that you yourselves possessed something better and more lasting. 35Do not, therefore, abandon that confidence of yours; it brings a great reward. 36For you need endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. 37For yet in a very little while, the one who is coming will come and will not delay; 38but my righteous one will live by faith. My soul takes no pleasure in anyone who shrinks back. 39But we are not among those who shrink back and so are lost, but among those who have faith and so are saved.
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