July 12th, 2018

Thursday of Trinity 6

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Judg. 7:1-23

Gideon's 300 Chosen Men

 1Then (A)Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him, rose early and camped beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was on the north side of them by the hill of (B)Moreh in the valley.

 2The LORD said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for Me to give Midian into their hands, (C)for Israel would become boastful, saying, 'My own power has delivered me.'

 3"Now therefore come, proclaim in the hearing of the people, saying, '(D)Whoever is afraid and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.'" So 22,000 people returned, but 10,000 remained.

 4(E)Then the LORD said to Gideon, "The people are still too many; bring them down to the water and I will test them for you there. Therefore it shall be that he of whom I say to you, 'This one shall go with you,' he shall go with you; but everyone of whom I say to you, 'This one shall not go with you,' he shall not go."

 5So he brought the people down to the water. And the LORD said to Gideon, "You shall separate everyone who laps the water with his tongue as a dog laps, as well as everyone who kneels to drink."

 6Now the number of those who lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was 300 men; but all the rest of the people kneeled to drink water.

 7The LORD said to Gideon, "I will deliver you (F)with the 300 men who lapped and will give the Midianites into your hands; so let all the other people go, each man to his home."

 8So the 300 men took the people's provisions and their trumpets into their hands. And Gideon sent all the other men of Israel, each to his tent, but retained the 300 men; and the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.

 9Now the same night it came about that the LORD said to him, "Arise, go down against the camp, (G)for I have given it into your hands.

 10"But if you are afraid to go down, go with Purah your servant down to the camp,

 11and you will hear what they say; and (H)afterward your hands will be strengthened that you may go down against the camp." So he went with Purah his servant down to the outposts of the army that was in the camp.

 12Now the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the sons of the east were lying in the valley (I)as numerous as locusts; and their camels were without number, (J)as numerous as the sand on the seashore.

 13When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, "Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat."

 14His friend replied, "This is nothing less than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; God has given Midian and all the camp (K)into his hand."

 15When Gideon heard the account of the dream and its interpretation, he bowed in worship. He returned to the camp of Israel and said, "Arise, for the LORD has given the camp of Midian into your hands."

 16He divided the 300 men into three companies, and he put trumpets and empty pitchers into the hands of all of them, with torches inside the pitchers.

 17He said to them, "Look at me and do likewise. And behold, when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do.

 18"When I and all who are with me blow the trumpet, then you also blow the trumpets all around the camp and say, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.'"

Confusion of the Enemy

 19So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the pitchers that were in their hands.

 20When the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!"

 21Each stood in his place around the camp; and (L)all the [a]army ran, crying out as they fled.

 22When they blew 300 trumpets, the (M)LORD set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the edge of (N)Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

 23The men of Israel were summoned from (O)Naphtali and Asher and all Manasseh, and they pursued Midian.

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Second Reading · Gal. 1:1-24


 1Paul, (A)an apostle ((B)not sent from men nor through the agency of man, but (C)through Jesus Christ and God the Father, who (D)raised Him from the dead),

 2and all (E)the brethren who are with me, To (F)the churches of Galatia:

 3(G)Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

 4who (H)gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from (I)this present evil age, according to the will of (J)our God and Father,

 5(K)to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen.

Perversion of the Gospel

 6I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting (L)Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a (M)different gospel;

 7which is really not another; only there are some who are (N)disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.

 8But even if we, or (O)an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be (P)accursed!

 9As we (Q)have said before, so I say again now, (R)if any man is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, he is to be (S)accursed!

 10For am I now (T)seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a (U)bond-servant of Christ.

Paul Defends His Ministry

 11For (V)I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is (W)not according to man.

 12For (X)I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a (Y)revelation of Jesus Christ.

 13For you have heard of (Z)my former manner of life in Judaism, how I (AA)used to persecute (AB)the church of God beyond measure and (AC)tried to destroy it;

 14and I (AD)was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my (AE)ancestral traditions.

 15But when God, who had set me apart even from my mother's womb and (AF)called me through His grace, was pleased

 16to reveal His Son in me so that I might (AG)preach Him among the Gentiles, (AH)I did not immediately consult with (AI)flesh and blood,

 17(AJ)nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went away to Arabia, and returned once more to (AK)Damascus.

 18Then (AL)three years later I went up (AM)to Jerusalem to become acquainted with (AN)Cephas, and stayed with him fifteen days.

 19But I did not see any other of the apostles except (AO)James, the Lord's brother.

 20(Now in what I am writing to you, I assure you (AP)before God that I am not lying.)

 21Then (AQ)I went into the regions of (AR)Syria and (AS)Cilicia.

 22I was still unknown by sight to (AT)the churches of Judea which were (AU)in Christ;

 23but only, they kept hearing, "He who once persecuted us is now preaching (AV)the faith which he once (AW)tried to destroy."

 24And they (AX)were glorifying God because of me.

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