March 20th, 2018

Tuesday of Judica (Lent 5)

First Reading: Ex. 2:23-3:22

God Hears Israel’s Groaning

 23(A) During those many days the king of Egypt died, and the people of Israel(B) groaned because of their slavery and cried out for help.(C) Their cry for rescue from slavery came up to God. 24And(D) God heard their groaning, and God(E) remembered his covenant with(F) Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. 25God(G) saw the people of Israel—and God(H) knew.

The Burning Bush

 1Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the(I) mountain of God. 2(J) And(K) the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3And Moses said, "I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned." 4When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see,(L) God called to him(M) out of the bush, "Moses, Moses!" And he said, "Here I am." 5Then he said, "Do not come near;(N) take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground." 6And he said,(O) "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob." And Moses hid his face, for(P) he was afraid to look at God.

 7Then the LORD said,(Q) "I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their(R) taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8and(S) I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and(T) to bring them up out of that land to a(U) good and broad land, a land(V) flowing with milk and honey, to the place of(W) the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9And now, behold,(X) the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the(Y) oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10(Z) Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt." 11But Moses said to God,(AA) "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?" 12He said,(AB) "But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt,(AC) you shall serve God on this mountain."

 13Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" 14God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM."[a] And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel,(AD) 'I AM has sent me to you.'" 15God also said to Moses, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'The LORD,[b] the(AE) God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.' This is(AF) my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. 16Go and(AG) gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, 'The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying,(AH) "I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17and I promise that(AI) I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey."' 18And(AJ) they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel(AK) shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has(AL) met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.' 19But I know that the king of Egypt(AM) will not let you go unless compelled(AN) by a mighty hand.[c] 20So(AO) I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with(AP) all the wonders that I will do in it;(AQ) after that he will let you go. 21And(AR) I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for(AS) silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So(AT) you shall plunder the Egyptians."

Footnotes:Exodus 3:14 Or I AM WHAT I AM, or I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE Exodus 3:15 The word LORD, when spelled with capital letters, stands for the divine name, YHWH, which is here connected with the verb hayah, “to be” in verse 14 Exodus 3:19 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew go, not by a mighty hand
Cross references:Exodus 2:23 : Exodus 7:7; Acts 7:23, 30 Exodus 2:23 : Deut 26:7 Exodus 2:23 : Exodus 3:9; Gen 18:20, 21; James 5:4 Exodus 2:24 : Exodus 6:5 Exodus 2:24 : Psalm 105:8, 42; 106:45 Exodus 2:24 : Gen 15:14; 46:4 Exodus 2:25 : Exodus 3:7; 4:31; Luke 1:25 Exodus 2:25 : Exodus 3:16 Exodus 3:1 : Exodus 4:27; 18:5; 24:13; Num 10:33; 1 Kgs 19:8 Exodus 3:2 : For Exodus 3:2-10, Acts 7:30-35 Exodus 3:2 : Isa 63:9 Exodus 3:4 : Exodus 19:3 Exodus 3:4 : Deut 33:16 Exodus 3:5 : Josh 5:15; Exodus 19:12; Eccles 5:1 Exodus 3:6 : Exodus 4:5; Gen 28:13; 1 Kgs 18:36; Cited Matt 22:32; Mark 12:26; Luke 20:37 Exodus 3:6 : 1 Kgs 19:13; Isa 6:1, 2, 5 Exodus 3:7 : Exodus 2:23-25; Neh 9:9; Psalm 106:44 Exodus 3:7 : Exodus 5:13, 14 Exodus 3:8 : Gen 11:5, 7; 18:21 Exodus 3:8 : Exodus 6:6; 12:51; Gen 50:24 Exodus 3:8 : Deut 1:25; 8:7, 8, 9 Exodus 3:8 : Exodus 13:5; 33:3; Lev 20:24; Num 13:27; Deut 26:9, 15; Jer 11:5; 32:22; Ezek 20:6 Exodus 3:8 : Gen 15:18-21 Exodus 3:9 : Exodus 2:23 Exodus 3:9 : Exodus 1:11-14, 22 Exodus 3:10 : Psalm 105:26; Mic 6:4 Exodus 3:11 : Exodus 6:12; 1 Sam 18:18; Isa 6:5, 8; Jer 1:6 Exodus 3:12 : Exodus 4:12, 15; Deut 31:8, 23; Josh 1:5 Exodus 3:12 : Exodus 19 Exodus 3:14 : Exodus 6:3; Psalm 68:4; John 8:58; Heb 13:8; Rev 1:4; 4:8 Exodus 3:15 : Exodus 3:6 Exodus 3:15 : Hos 12:5; Psalm 135:13 Exodus 3:16 : Exodus 4:29 Exodus 3:16 : Exodus 4:31; Gen 50:24; Luke 1:68 Exodus 3:17 : Exodus 3:8 Exodus 3:18 : Exodus 4:31 Exodus 3:18 : Exodus 5:1 Exodus 3:18 : Num 23:3, 4, 15, 16 Exodus 3:19 : Exodus 5:2; 7:4 Exodus 3:19 : Exodus 6:1; 13:3 Exodus 3:20 : Deut 6:22; Neh 9:10; Jer 32:20; Acts 7:36; Exodus 7–12 Exodus 3:20 : Exodus 4:21 Exodus 3:20 : Exodus 12:31 Exodus 3:21 : Exodus 11:2, 3; 12:35, 36; Gen 15:14 Exodus 3:22 : Exodus 33:6 Exodus 3:22 : Ezek 39:10

Second Reading: Mk. 14:53-72

Jesus Before the Council

 53(A) And(B) they led Jesus to the high priest. And all the chief priests and the elders and the scribes came together. 54(C) And(D) Peter had followed him at a distance,(E) right into(F) the courtyard of the high priest. And he was sitting with(G) the guards and(H) warming himself at the fire. 55Now the chief priests and the whole Council[a] were seeking testimony against Jesus to put him to death, but they found none. 56(I) For many bore false witness against him, but their testimony(J) did not agree. 57And some stood up and bore false witness against him, saying, 58(K) "We heard him say,(L) 'I will destroy this temple(M) that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another,(N) not made with hands.'" 59Yet even about this their testimony did not agree. 60And the high priest stood up in the midst and asked Jesus, "Have you no answer to make? What is it that these men testify against you?"[b] 61But(O) he remained silent and made no answer.(P) Again the high priest asked him, "Are you(Q) the Christ, the Son of(R) the Blessed?" 62And Jesus said, "I am, and(S) you will see the Son of Man(T) seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven." 63And the high priest(U) tore his garments and said, "What further witnesses do we need? 64You have heard(V) his blasphemy. What is your decision?" And they(W) all condemned him as(X) deserving death. 65(Y) And some began(Z) to spit on him and(AA) to cover his face and to strike him, saying to him, "Prophesy!" And the guards received him(AB) with blows.

Peter Denies Jesus

 66(AC) And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the servant girls of the high priest came, 67and seeing Peter(AD) warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus." 68But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you mean." And he went out into the gateway[c] and(AE) the rooster crowed.[d] 69And the servant girl saw him and began again to say to the bystanders, "This man is one of them." 70But again he denied it. And after a little while the bystanders again said to Peter, "Certainly you are one of them, for you are a Galilean." 71But he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, "I do not know this man of whom you speak." 72And immediately the rooster crowed(AF) a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, (AG) "Before the rooster crows twice, you will(AH) deny me three times." And he broke down and wept.[e]

Footnotes:Mark 14:55 Greek Sanhedrin Mark 14:60 Or Have you no answer to what these men testify against you? Mark 14:68 Or forecourt Mark 14:68 Some manuscripts omit and the rooster crowed Mark 14:72 Or And when he had thought about it, he wept
Cross references:Mark 14:53 : For Mark 14:53-65, Matt 26:57-68; John 18:12, 13, 19-24 Mark 14:53 : Luke 22:54, 55 Mark 14:54 : Mark 14:53 Mark 14:54 : John 18:15 Mark 14:54 : Mark 14:68 Mark 14:54 : Matt 26:3 Mark 14:54 : John 7:32; 18:3 Mark 14:54 : Mark 14:67; John 18:18 Mark 14:56 : Psalm 27:12; 35:11 Mark 14:56 : Deut 17:6; 19:15 Mark 14:58 : Acts 6:14 Mark 14:58 : Mark 15:29; John 2:19 Mark 14:58 : Acts 7:48; 17:24; Heb 9:11, 24 Mark 14:58 : 2 Cor 5:1 Mark 14:61 : Mark 15:4, 5; Isa 53:7; John 19:9 Mark 14:61 : For Mark 14:61-63, Luke 22:67-71 Mark 14:61 : Mark 8:29; Matt 1:17 Mark 14:61 : Rom 1:25 Mark 14:62 : Matt 16:27; 24:30 Mark 14:62 : Psalm 110:1; Heb 1:3; Mark 16:19 Mark 14:63 : Num 14:6; Acts 14:14 Mark 14:64 : Matt 9:3; John 10:36 Mark 14:64 : Luke 23:50, 51 Mark 14:64 : Lev 24:16 Mark 14:65 : Luke 22:63, 64 Mark 14:65 : Mark 10:34; 15:19; Isa 50:6 Mark 14:65 : Esth 7:8 Mark 14:65 : Matt 5:39; Acts 23:2 Mark 14:66 : For Mark 14:66-72, Matt 26:69-75; Luke 22:55-62; John 18:16-18, 25-27 Mark 14:67 : Mark 14:54 Mark 14:68 : Mark 14:30, 72 Mark 14:72 : Mark 14:68 Mark 14:72 : Mark 14:30 Mark 14:72 : Acts 3:13, 14


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