January 19th, 2019

Saturday of The Baptism of Our Lord

  1. First Reading
  2. Second Reading

First Reading · Ezek. 44:1-16; Ezek: 44:23-29

The Gate for the Prince

 1Then he brought me(A) back to the outer gate of the sanctuary,(B) which faces east. And it was shut. 2And the LORD said to me, "This gate shall remain shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for(C) the LORD, the God of Israel, has entered by it. Therefore it shall remain shut. 3Only(D) the prince may sit in it(E) to eat bread before the LORD. He(F) shall enter by way of the vestibule of the gate, and shall go out by the same way."

 4Then he brought me by way of(G) the north gate to the front of the temple, and I looked, and behold,(H) the glory of the LORD filled the temple of the LORD. And(I) I fell on my face. 5And the LORD said to me,(J) "Son of man, mark well,(K) see with your eyes,(L) and hear with your ears all that I shall tell you concerning all the statutes of the temple of the LORD and all its laws. And mark well the entrance to the temple and all the exits from the sanctuary. 6And say to(M) the rebellious house,[a] to the(N) house of Israel, Thus says the Lord GOD: O house of Israel,(O) enough of all your abominations, 7in(P) admitting foreigners,(Q) uncircumcised in heart and flesh, to be in my sanctuary,(R) profaning my temple, when you offer to me my food, the fat and the blood. You[b] have broken my covenant, in addition to all your abominations. 8And(S) you have not kept charge of my holy things, but you have set others to keep my charge for you in my sanctuary.

 9"Thus says the Lord GOD:(T) No foreigner, uncircumcised in heart and flesh, of all the foreigners who are among the people of Israel, shall enter my sanctuary. 10But(U) the Levites who went far from me, going astray from me after their idols(V) when Israel went astray,(W) shall bear their punishment.[c] 11They shall be(X) ministers in my sanctuary, having oversight(Y) at the gates of the temple and ministering in the temple. They shall slaughter the burnt offering and the sacrifice for the people, and(Z) they shall stand before the people, to minister to them. 12Because they ministered to them before their idols and became(AA) a stumbling block of iniquity to the house of Israel, therefore I have(AB) sworn concerning them, declares the Lord GOD, and they shall bear their punishment. 13They(AC) shall not come near to me, to serve me as priest, nor come near any of my holy things and the things that are most holy, but(AD) they shall bear their shame and the abominations that they have committed. 14Yet I will appoint them to keep(AE) charge of the temple,(AF) to do all its service and all that is to be done in it.

Rules for Levitical Priests

 15"But(AG) the Levitical priests,(AH) the sons of Zadok, who kept(AI) the charge of my sanctuary(AJ) when the people of Israel went astray from me, shall come near to me(AK) to minister to me. And they shall stand before me to offer me the fat and the blood, declares the Lord GOD. 16They shall enter my sanctuary, and they shall approach(AL) my table, to minister to me, and they shall keep my charge.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.


Second Reading · Rom. 9:1-18

God’s Sovereign Choice

 1(A) I am speaking the truth in Christ—I am not lying; my conscience bears me witness in the Holy Spirit— 2that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For(B) I could wish that I myself were(C) accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers,[a] my kinsmen(D) according to the flesh. 4They are(E) Israelites, and to them belong(F) the adoption,(G) the glory,(H) the covenants,(I) the giving of the law,(J) the worship, and(K) the promises. 5To them belong(L) the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ(M) who is God over all,(N) blessed forever. Amen.

 6But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For not all who are descended from Israel belong to Israel, 7and not all are children of Abraham(O) because they are his offspring, but(P) "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." 8This means that it is not the children of the flesh who are the children of God, but(Q) the children of the promise are counted as offspring. 9For this is what the promise said:(R) "About this time next year I will return, and Sarah shall have a son." 10And not only so, but(S) also when Rebekah had conceived children by one man, our forefather Isaac, 11though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God’s purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of(T) him who calls— 12she was told,(U) "The older will serve the younger." 13As it is written,(V) "Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated."

 14What shall we say then?(W) Is there injustice on God’s part? By no means! 15For he says to Moses,(X) "I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion." 16So then it depends not on human will or exertion,[b] but on God, who has mercy. 17For the Scripture says to Pharaoh,(Y) "For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth." 18So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills.

English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.



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