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

January 12, 2018

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

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

1 Samuel 8

1 And it came to pass when Samuel was old that he made his sons judges over Israel. 2 Now the name of his firstborn was Joel, and the name of his second, Abijah; they were judges in Beersheba. 3 And his sons walked not in his ways, but turned aside after lucre and took bribes and perverted judgment.

4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel at Ramah 5 and said unto him, "Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways. Now make us a king to judge us, like all the nations." 6 But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, "Give us a king to judge us." And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, "Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. 8 According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken Me and served other gods, so do they also unto thee. 9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice. However, yet protest solemnly unto them and show them the ways of the king that shall reign over them."

10 And Samuel told all the words of the LORD unto the people who asked of him a king. 11 And he said, "This will be the manner of the king who shall reign over you: He will take your sons and appoint them for himself, for his chariots and to be his horsemen; and some shall run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint him captains over thousands and captains over fifties, and will set them to till his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his instruments of war and instruments of his chariots. 13 And he will take your daughters to be confectioners and to be cooks and to be bakers. 14 And he will take your fields and your vineyards and your olive yards, even the best of them, and give them to his servants. 15 And he will take a tenth of your seed and of your vineyards, and give to his officers and to his servants. 16 And he will take your menservants, and your maidservants, and your goodliest young men, and your asses, and put them to his work. 17 He will take a tenth of your sheep; and ye shall be his servants. 18 And ye shall cry out on that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day."

19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel, and they said, "Nay; but we will have a king over us, 20 that we also may be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles." 21 And Samuel heard all the words of the people, and he recounted them in the ears of the LORD. 22 And the LORD said to Samuel, "Hearken unto their voice, and make them a king." And Samuel said unto the men of Israel, "Go ye every man unto his city."

Psalm 89:1-18

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.

Words of Worship - Luke 7:16b

 "A great prophet is risen up among us"; and, "God hath visited His people."

Mark 2:1-12 

1 And again He entered into Capernaum some days later, and it was reported that He was in the house. 2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not even about the door; and He preached the Word unto them. 3 And they came unto Him, bringing one sick with the palsy, who was borne by four. 4 And when they could not come nigh unto Him because of the throng, they uncovered the roof where He was. And when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the one sick with the palsy lay. 5 When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the one sick with the palsy, 

"Son, thy sins are forgiven thee." 

6 But there were certain of the scribes sitting there and reasoning in their hearts, 7 "Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God only?" 8 And immediately, when Jesus perceived in His spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, He said unto them, 

"Why reason ye these things in your hearts: 9 whether it is easier to say to the sick with the palsy, `Thy sins are forgiven thee,' or to say, `Arise, and take up thy bed and walk'? 10 But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins--" 

He said to the one sick with the palsy, 

11 "I say unto thee, arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house." 

12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all, insomuch that they all were amazed and glorified God, saying, "We never saw it in this fashion!"


Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 1:11

There is no remembrance of former things,
neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those that shall come after.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Matthew 6:9-13

In this manner therefore pray ye:

Our Father who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory for ever.
Amen.


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