Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

April 4, 2020

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Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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Ezekiel 37:21-28 

21 "And say unto them, `Thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they have gone, and will gather them on every side and bring them into their own land. 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one King shall be King to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. 23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling places wherein they have sinned and will cleanse them. So shall they be My people, and I will be their God. 

24 "`And David My servant shall be King over them, and they all shall have one Shepherd. They shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they and their children and their children's children for ever. And My servant David shall be their Prince for ever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them. Yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 And the heathen shall know that I, the LORD, do sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.'"

Jeremiah 31:10-13

10 "Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, 
`He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd doth his flock.' 
11 For the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, 
and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he. 
12 Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow together to the goodness of the LORD--
for wheat and for wine and for oil, and for the young of the flock and of the herd; 
and their soul shall be as a watered garden, 
and they shall not sorrow any more at all. 
13 Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together; 
for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them and make them rejoice from their sorrow. 

Words of Worship - Ezekiel 18:31a

Cast away from you all your transgressions whereby ye have transgressed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. 

John 11:45-57

45 Then many of the Jews who came to Mary and had seen the things which Jesus did, believed in Him. 46 But some of them went their ways to the Pharisees, and told them what things Jesus had done.

47 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council and said, "What shall we do? For this man doeth many miracles. 48 If we let him thus alone, all men will believe in him, and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation." 49 And one of them named Caiaphas, being the high priest that same year, said unto them, "Ye know nothing at all, 50 nor consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not." 51 And he spoke this not of himself, but, being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus should die for that nation; 52 and not for that nation only, but that also He should gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad. 53 So from that day forth, they took counsel together to put Him to death. 54 Jesus therefore walked no longer openly among the Jews, but went thence unto a region near the wilderness into a city called Ephraim, and there continued with His disciples.

55 And the Jews' Passover was nigh at hand, and many went out of the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought for Jesus and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, saying, "What think ye -- that he will not come to the feast?" 57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command that if any man knew where He was, he should report it, that they might take Him.

Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 15:1

A soft answer turneth away wrath, 
but grievous words stir up anger.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 11:42

"But woe unto you, Pharisees! For ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God. These ought ye to have done, and not left the other undone.

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