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Daily Scripture Reading for the
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(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

December 24, 2017

Text taken from the
Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
(New Authorized VersionTM NAVTM)

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

2 Samuel 7:1-17

1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies, 2 that the king said unto Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." 3 And Nathan said to the king, "Go, do all that is in thine heart, for the LORD is with thee."

4 And it came to pass that night that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying, 5 "Go and tell My servant David, `Thus saith the LORD: Shalt thou build Me a house for Me to dwell in? 6 For I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel, spoke I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, "Why build ye not Me a house of cedar?"' 8 Now therefore, so shalt thou say unto My servant David, `Thus saith the LORD of hosts: I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel. 9 And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men who are on the earth. 10 Moreover I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as before, 11 and as since the time that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies.

"`Also the LORD telleth thee that He will make thee a house. 12 And when thy days be fulfilled and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, who shall proceed out of thy loins, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his Father, and he shall be My son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men; 15 but My mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever.'" 17 According to all these words and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.

Psalm 89:1-29

1 I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever;
with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.
2 For I have said, "Mercy shall be built up for ever;
Thy faithfulness shalt Thou establish in the very heavens."

3 "I have made a covenant with My chosen,
I have sworn unto David My servant:
4 'Thy Seed will I establish for ever,
and build up thy throne to all generations.'"

5 And the heavens shall praise Thy wonders, O LORD,
Thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD?
Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?
7 God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints,
and to be held in reverence by all them that are about Him.

8 O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto Thee?
Or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?
9 Thou rulest the raging of the sea;
when the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them.
10 Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain;
Thou hast scattered Thine enemies with Thy strong arm.
11 The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine;
as for the world and the fullness thereof, Thou hast founded them.
12 The north and the south, Thou hast created them;
Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in Thy name.
13 Thou hast a mighty arm;
strong is Thy hand, and high is Thy right hand.
14 Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne;
mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.

15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound!
They shall walk, O LORD, in the light of Thy countenance.
16 In Thy name shall they rejoice all the day,
and in Thy righteousness shall they be exalted.
17 For Thou art the glory of their strength,
and in Thy favor our horn shall be exalted.
18 For the LORD is our defense,
and the Holy One of Israel is our King.

19 Then Thou didst speak in a vision to Thy holy one and said, "I have laid help upon one that is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
20 I have found David My servant; 
with My holy oil have I anointed him. 
21 With him My hand shall be established; 
Mine arm shall also strengthen him. 
22 The enemy shall not exact from him, 
nor the son of wickedness afflict him. 
23 And I will beat down his foes before his face, 
and plague them that hate him. 
24 But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, 
and in My name shall his horn be exalted. 
25 I will set his hand also over the sea, 
and his right hand over the rivers. 
26 He shall cry unto Me, `Thou art my Father, 
my God, and the rock of my salvation.' 
27 Also I will make him My firstborn, 
higher than the kings of the earth. 
28 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore, 
and My covenant shall stand fast with him. 
29 His Seed also will I make to endure for ever, 
and his throne as the days of heaven. 

Romans 16:25-27

25 Now to Him who has the power to establish you according to my Gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began 26 but now is made manifest, and by the Scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith, 27 to God alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever.

Amen.

Words of Worship - Luke 1:38b

"Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word."

Luke 1:26-38

26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And the angel came in unto her and said, "Hail, thou that art highly favored, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women." 29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying and cast about in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 30 And the angel said unto her, "Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found favor with God. 31 And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb and bring forth a Son, and shalt call His name JESUS. 32 He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David, 33 and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His Kingdom there shall be no end."

34 Then said Mary unto the angel, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" 35 And the angel answered and said unto her, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee. Therefore also that Holy Being who shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, thy cousin Elizabeth: she hath also conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing shall be impossible." 38 And Mary said, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." And the angel departed from her.


Words of Wisdom - Proverbs 3:3-4

Let not mercy and truth forsake thee; 
bind them about thy neck, write them upon the tablet of thine heart. 
So shalt thou find favor and good understanding 
in the sight of God and man.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 5:38-39

"Ye have heard that it hath been said, `An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say unto you that ye resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.


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