Daily Scripture Reading for the
Liturgical Calendar Year

(beginning the 1st Sunday of Advent)

February 28, 2020

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Third Millennium Bible (TMB)
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The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

Isaiah 58:1-9a

1 "Cry aloud, spare not; 
lift up thy voice like a trumpet! 
And show My people their transgression 
and the house of Jacob their sins. 
2 Yet they seek Me daily and delight to know My ways, 
as a nation that did righteousness and forsook not the ordinance of their God. 
They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; 
they take delight in approaching to God. 
3 `Why have we fasted,' say they, `and Thou seest not? 
Why have we afflicted our soul, 
and thou takest no note?' Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure,
and exact all your labors. 
4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, 
and to smite with the fist of wickedness; 
ye shall not fast as ye do this day, 
to make your voice to be heard on high. 
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? 
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, 
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? 
Wilt thou call this a fast, 
and an acceptable day to the LORD? 

6 "Is not this the fast that I have chosen: to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, 
and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? 
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, 
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him, 
and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? 
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, 
and thine health shall spring forth speedily; 
and thy righteousness shall go before thee; 
the glory of the LORD shall be thy rearward. 
9 Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; 
thou shalt cry, and He shall say, `Here I am.' 

Psalm 51

1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Thy lovingkindness;
according unto the multitude of Thy tender mercies, blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight,
that Thou mightest be justified when Thou speakest, and be clear when Thou judgest.

5 Behold, I was shaped in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, Thou desirest truth in my inward parts;
in the hidden part Thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness,
that the bones which Thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide Thy face from my sins,
and blot out all mine iniquities.

10 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from Thy presence,
and take not Thy holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,
and uphold me with Thy free Spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways,
and sinners shall be converted unto Thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation,
and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open Thou my lips,
and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.
16 For Thou desirest not sacrifice, else would I give it;
Thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.

18 Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion;
build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt Thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.

Words of Worship - Amos 5:14

Seek good and not evil, that ye may live; 
and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. 

Matthew 9:14-17

14 Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Thy disciples fast not?" 15 And Jesus said unto them, 

"Can the attendants of the bridechamber mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast. 

16 "No man putteth a piece of new cloth upon an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse. 17 Neither do men put new wine into old wineskins, else the wineskins burst and the wine runneth out and the skins perish. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiasticus 9:12 

Delight not in the thing that the ungodly have pleasure in, 
but remember they shall not go unpunished unto their grave.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 13:18-23

"Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower: When any one heareth the Word of the Kingdom and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he that received seed by the wayside. But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the Word and at once with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but endureth for a while. For when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the Word, by and by he loses faith. He also that received the seed among the thorns is he that heareth the Word; and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the Word, and he becometh unfruitful. But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the Word and understandeth it; who also beareth fruit and bringeth forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

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