May 2nd, 2019

Athanasius of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor


First Reading: Ex. 25:1-22


Offerings for the Sanctuary
 1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,

 2"(A)Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; (B)from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution.

 3"This is the contribution which you are to raise from them: gold, silver and bronze,

 4(C)blue, purple and scarlet material, fine linen, goat hair,

 5rams' skins dyed red, porpoise skins, acacia wood,

 6(D)oil for lighting, (E)spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense,

 7onyx stones and setting stones for the (F)ephod and for the (G)breastpiece.

 8"Let them (H)construct a sanctuary for Me, (I)that I may dwell among them.

 9"(J)According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.

Ark of the Covenant
 10"(K)They shall construct an ark of acacia wood two and a half cubits long, and one and a half cubits wide, and one and a half cubits high.

 11"You shall (L)overlay it with pure gold, inside and out you shall overlay it, and you shall make a gold molding around it.

 12"You shall cast four gold rings for it and fasten them on its four feet, and two rings shall be on one side of it and two rings on the other side of it.

 13"You shall make poles of acacia wood and overlay them with gold.

 14"You shall put the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, to carry the ark with them.

 15"The (M)poles shall remain in the rings of the ark; they shall not be removed from it.

 16"You shall (N)put into the ark the testimony which I shall give you.

 17"You shall (O)make a [a]mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide.

 18"You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat.

 19"Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends.

 20"(P)The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat.

 21"(Q)You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and (R)in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you.

 22"(S)There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from (T)between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.

Footnotes:Exodus 25:17 Lit propitiatory, and so through v 22
Cross references:Exodus 25:2 : Ex 35:4-9 Exodus 25:2 : Ex 35:21; 1 Chr 29:3, 5, 9; Ezra 2:68; 2 Cor 8:11, 12; 9:7 Exodus 25:4 : Ex 28:5, 6, 8 Exodus 25:6 : Ex 27:20 Exodus 25:6 : Ex 30:23 Exodus 25:7 : Ex 28:4, 6-14 Exodus 25:7 : Ex 28:4, 15-30 Exodus 25:8 : Ex 36:1-5 Exodus 25:8 : Ex 29:45, 46; Num 5:3; Deut 12:11; 1 Kin 6:13; 2 Cor 6:16; Rev 21:3 Exodus 25:9 : Ex 25:40; 26:30; Acts 7:44; Heb 8:2, 5 Exodus 25:10 : Ex 37:1-9; Deut 10:3; Heb 9:4 Exodus 25:11 : Heb 9:4 Exodus 25:15 : 1 Kin 8:8 Exodus 25:16 : Ex 40:20; Deut 10:2; 31:26; 1 Kin 8:9; Heb 9:4 Exodus 25:17 : Ex 37:6 Exodus 25:20 : 1 Kin 8:7; 1 Chr 28:18; Heb 9:5 Exodus 25:21 : Ex 26:34; 40:20 Exodus 25:21 : Ex 25:16 Exodus 25:22 : Ex 29:42, 43; 30:6, 36; Lev 16:2; Num 17:4 Exodus 25:22 : Num 7:89; 1 Sam 4:4; 2 Sam 6:2; 2 Kin 19:15; Ps 80:1; Is 37:16


Second Reading: Lk. 5:17-39


 17One day He was teaching; and (A)there were some Pharisees and (B)teachers of the law sitting there, who had (C)come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem; and (D)the power of the Lord was present for Him to perform healing.

 18(E)And some men were carrying on a bed a man who was paralyzed; and they were trying to bring him in and to set him down in front of Him.

 19But not finding any way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on (F)the roof and let him down (G)through the tiles with his stretcher, into the middle of the crowd, in front of Jesus.

 20Seeing their faith, He said, "Friend, (H)your sins are forgiven you."

 21The scribes and the Pharisees (I)began to reason, saying, "(J)Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? (K)Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"

 22But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them, "Why are you reasoning in your hearts?

 23"Which is easier, to say, 'Your sins have been forgiven you,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'?

 24"But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,"--He said to the (L)paralytic--"I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home."

 25Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home (M)glorifying God.

 26They were all struck with astonishment and began (N)glorifying God; and they were filled (O)with fear, saying, "We have seen remarkable things today."

Call of Levi (Matthew)
 27(P)After that He went out and noticed a tax collector named (Q)Levi sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, "Follow Me."

 28And he (R)left everything behind, and got up and began to follow Him.

 29And (S)Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of (T)tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them.

 30(U)The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?"

 31And Jesus answered and said to them, "(V)It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick.

 32"I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

 33And they said to Him, "(W)The disciples of John often fast and offer prayers, the disciples of the Pharisees also do the same, but Yours eat and drink."

 34And Jesus said to them, "You cannot make the attendants of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you?

 35"(X)But the days will come; and when the bridegroom is taken away from them, then they will fast in those days."

 36And He was also telling them a parable: "No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old.

 37"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined.

 38"But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins.

 39"And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, 'The old is good enough.'"

Cross references:Luke 5:17 : Matt 15:1 Luke 5:17 : Luke 2:46 Luke 5:17 : Mark 1:45 Luke 5:17 : Mark 5:30; Luke 6:19; 8:46 Luke 5:18 : Matt 9:2-8; Mark 2:3-12 Luke 5:19 : Matt 24:17 Luke 5:19 : Mark 2:4 Luke 5:20 : Matt 9:2 Luke 5:21 : Luke 3:8 Luke 5:21 : Luke 7:49 Luke 5:21 : Is 43:25 Luke 5:24 : Matt 4:24 Luke 5:25 : Matt 9:8 Luke 5:26 : Matt 9:8 Luke 5:26 : Luke 1:65; 7:16 Luke 5:27 : Matt 9:9-17; Mark 2:14-22 Luke 5:27 : Matt 9:9 Luke 5:28 : Luke 5:11 Luke 5:29 : Matt 9:9 Luke 5:29 : Luke 15:1 Luke 5:30 : Mark 2:16; Luke 15:2; Acts 23:9 Luke 5:31 : Matt 9:12, 13; Mark 2:17 Luke 5:33 : Matt 9:14; Mark 2:18 Luke 5:35 : Matt 9:15; Mark 2:20; Luke 17:22


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