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

March 22, 2020

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

The Lectionary According to the Christian Seasons

1 Samuel 16:1-13

1 And the LORD said unto Samuel, "How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill thine horn with oil, and go. I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided Me a king among his sons." 2 And Samuel said, "How can I go? If Saul hear it, he will kill me." And the LORD said, "Take a heifer with thee, and say, `I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.' 3 And call Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show thee what thou shalt do; and thou shalt anoint unto Me him whom I name unto thee." 4 And Samuel did that which the LORD spoke, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, "Comest thou peaceably?" 5 And he said, "Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice unto the LORD. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice." And he sanctified Jesse and his sons, and called them to the sacrifice.

6 And it came to pass, when they had come, that he looked on Eliab and said, "Surely the LORD'S anointed is before Him." 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, "Look not on his countenance or on the height of his stature, because I have refused him; for the LORD seeth not as man seeth. For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, "Neither hath the LORD chosen this." 9 Then Jesse made Shammah to pass by. And he said, "Neither hath the LORD chosen this." 10 Again, Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. And Samuel said unto Jesse, "The LORD hath not chosen these." 11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, "Are here all thy children?" And he said, "There remaineth yet the youngest, and behold, he keepeth the sheep." And Samuel said unto Jesse, "Send and fetch him, for we will not sit down till he come hither." 12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and altogether of a beautiful countenance and goodly to look upon. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he." 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brethren; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up and went to Ramah.

Psalm 23

1 The LORD is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
He leadeth me beside the still waters.
3 He restoreth my soul;
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff, they comfort me.
5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Ephesians 5:8-14 

8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), 10 proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them, 12 for it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. 14 Therefore He saith: 

"Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, 
and Christ shall give thee light."

Words of Worship - John 8:12b 

"I am the Light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

John 9:1-41

1 And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from his birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, saying, "Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 3 Jesus answered,

"Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world."

6 When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay 7 and said unto him,

"Go, wash in the pool of Siloam"

(which interpreted means, "Sent"). He went his way therefore and washed, and came back seeing. 8 The neighbors therefore, and those who before had seen that he was blind, said, "Is not this he that sat and begged?" 9 Some said, "This is he." Others said, "He is like him." But he said, "I am he!" 10 Therefore they said unto him, "How were thine eyes opened?" 11 He answered and said, "A man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, `Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.' And I went and washed, and I received sight." 12 Then they said unto him, "Where is he?" He said, "I know not."

13 They brought to the Pharisees him that beforehand was blind. 14 And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. 15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, "He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed and do see." 16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, "This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day." Others said, "How can a man who is a sinner do such miracles?" And there was a division among them. 17 They said unto the blind man again, "What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes?" He said, "He is a prophet."

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. 19 And they asked them, saying, "Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?" 20 His parents answered them and said, "We know that this is our son and that he was born blind; 21 but by what means he now seeth we know not, or who hath opened his eyes we know not. He is of age; ask him. He shall speak for himself." 22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had agreed already that if any man confessed that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue. 23 Therefore said his parents, "He is of age; ask him."

24 Then they again called the man who was blind and said unto him, "Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner." 25 He answered and said, "Whether he be a sinner or not, I know not. One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see." 26 Then said they to him again, "What did he do to thee? How opened he thine eyes?" 27 He answered them, "I have told you already, and ye did not hear. Why would ye hear it again? Will ye also be his disciples?"

28 Then they reviled him and said, "Thou art his disciple, but we are Moses' disciples. 29 We know that God spoke unto Moses. As for this fellow, we know not from whence he is." 30 The man answered and said unto them, "Why, herein is a marvelous thing: that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. 31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshiper of God and doeth His will, him He heareth. 32 Since the world began it was not heard that any man opened the eyes of one who was born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing." 34 They answered and said unto him, "Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?" And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out. And when He had found him, He said unto him,

"Dost thou believe in the Son of God?"

36 He answered and said, "Who is he, Lord, that I might believe in him?" 37 And Jesus said unto him,

"Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee."

38 And he said, "Lord, I believe!" And he worshiped Him. 39 And Jesus said,

"For judgment I am come into this world, that they that see not might see, and that they that see might be made blind."

40 And some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, "Are we blind also?" 41 Jesus said unto them,

"If ye were blind, ye should have no sin; but now ye say, `We see.' Therefore your sin remaineth.


Words of Wisdom - Ecclesiastes 7:8

Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof, 
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Jesus Speaks Morals & Values - Luke 6:46-49

"And why call ye Me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not the things which I say? Whosoever cometh to Me, and heareth My sayings and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man who built a house and dug deep and laid the foundation on a rock; and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house and could not shake it, for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that built a house without a foundation upon the earth, against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."


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