May 24th, 2019

Esther


First Reading: Lev. 26:1-20


Blessings for Obedience
 1"You shall not make(A) idols for yourselves or erect an(B) image or(C) pillar, and you shall not set up a(D) figured stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God. 2(E) You shall keep my Sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.

 3(F) "If you walk in my statutes and observe my commandments and do them, 4then(G) I will give you your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit. 5(H) Your threshing shall last to the time of the grape harvest, and the grape harvest shall last to the time for sowing. And(I) you shall eat your bread to the full and(J) dwell in your land securely. 6(K) I will give peace in the land, and(L) you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid. And(M) I will remove harmful beasts from the land,(N) and the sword shall not go through your land. 7You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. 8(O) Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand, and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword. 9(P) I will turn to you and(Q) make you fruitful and multiply you and will confirm my covenant with you. 10You shall eat(R) old store long kept, and you shall clear out the old to make way for the new. 11(S) I will make my dwelling[a] among you, and my soul shall not abhor you. 12(T) And I(U) will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people. 13(V) I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their slaves.(W) And I have broken the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Punishment for Disobedience
 14(X) "But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments, 15if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but(Y) break my covenant, 16then I will do this to you: I will visit you with panic, with(Z) wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes and make the heart ache. And(AA) you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it. 17I will(AB) set my face against you, and(AC) you shall be struck down before your enemies.(AD) Those who hate you shall rule over you, and(AE) you shall flee when none pursues you. 18And if in spite of this you will not listen to me, then I will discipline you again(AF) sevenfold for your sins, 19and I will break(AG) the pride of your power, and I(AH) will make your heavens like iron and your earth like bronze. 20And(AI) your strength shall be spent in vain, for(AJ) your land shall not yield its increase, and the trees of the land shall not yield their fruit.

Footnotes:Leviticus 26:11 Hebrew tabernacle
Cross references:Leviticus 26:1 : Leviticus 19:4 Leviticus 26:1 : Exodus 20:4, 5 Leviticus 26:1 : Exodus 23:24 Leviticus 26:1 : Num 33:52; Ezek 8:10 Leviticus 26:2 : Leviticus 19:30; Exodus 20:8 Leviticus 26:3 : Deut 11:13-15; 28:1-14; Leviticus 18:4 Leviticus 26:4 : Psalm 67:6; 85:12; Ezek 34:26, 27; 36:30; Joel 2:23, 24; Zech 8:12; Leviticus 26:20; Deut 11:17 Leviticus 26:5 : Amos 9:13 Leviticus 26:5 : Leviticus 25:19 Leviticus 26:5 : Leviticus 25:18 Leviticus 26:6 : 1 Kgs 4:25; 1 Chr 22:9 Leviticus 26:6 : Job 11:19; Jer 30:10; Zeph 3:13 Leviticus 26:6 : Ezek 34:25; 2 Kgs 17:25; Isa 35:9; Ezek 5:17; 14:15 Leviticus 26:6 : Ezek 14:17 Leviticus 26:8 : Deut 32:30; Josh 23:10; Isa 30:17 Leviticus 26:9 : 2 Kgs 13:23 Leviticus 26:9 : Neh 9:23 Leviticus 26:10 : Leviticus 25:22 Leviticus 26:11 : Ezek 37:26-28; Rev 21:3 Leviticus 26:12 : Exodus 29:45; Cited 2 Cor 6:16 Leviticus 26:12 : Jer 7:23; 11:4; 24:7; 30:22; Ezek 11:20; 14:11; 36:28; 37:27; Exodus 6:7 Leviticus 26:13 : Leviticus 25:38 Leviticus 26:13 : Ezek 34:27; Jer 27:2; 28:10, 13 Leviticus 26:14 : Lam 2:17; Mal 2:2; Deut 28:15-68 Leviticus 26:15 : Leviticus 26:44; Deut 31:20 Leviticus 26:16 : Deut 28:21 Leviticus 26:16 : Deut 28:33, 51; Job 31:8; Jer 5:17; Mic 6:15 Leviticus 26:17 : Leviticus 17:10 Leviticus 26:17 : Deut 28:25; Judg 2:14; Jer 19:7 Leviticus 26:17 : Psalm 106:41 Leviticus 26:17 : Prov 28:1; Leviticus 26:36; Psalm 53:5 Leviticus 26:18 : Leviticus 26:21, 24, 28; 1 Sam 2:5; Psalm 119:164; Prov 24:16 Leviticus 26:19 : Ezek 30:6; Jer 13:9 Leviticus 26:19 : Deut 28:23 Leviticus 26:20 : Psalm 127:1; Isa 49:4 Leviticus 26:20 : Hag 1:10; Leviticus 26:4


Second Reading: Lk. 13:18-35


The Mustard Seed and the Leaven

 18(A) He said therefore, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19It is like(B) a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches."

 20And again he said, "To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21(C) It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in(D) three measures of flour, until it was(E) all leavened."

The Narrow Door

 22(F) He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and(G) journeying toward Jerusalem. 23And someone said to him, "Lord,(H) will those who are saved be few?" And he said to them, 24(I) "Strive(J) to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25(K) When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying,(L) 'Lord, open to us,' then he will answer you,(M) 'I do not know where you come from.' 26Then you will begin to say,(N) 'We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.' 27But he will say, 'I tell you,(O) I do not know where you come from.(P) Depart from me, all you workers of evil!' 28(Q) In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29And(R) people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and(S) recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30And behold,(T) some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last."

Lament over Jerusalem

 31At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, "Get away from(U) here, for(V) Herod wants to kill you." 32And he said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day(W) I finish my course. 33Nevertheless,(X) I(Y) must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that(Z) a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.' 34(AA) O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that(AB) kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!(AC) How often would I have(AD) gathered(AE) your children together(AF) as a hen gathers her brood(AG) under her wings, and(AH) you would not! 35Behold,(AI) your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say,(AJ) 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"

Cross references:Luke 13:18 : For Luke 13:18, 19, Matt 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30-32 Luke 13:19 : Luke 17:6; Matt 17:20 Luke 13:21 : Matt 13:33 Luke 13:21 : Gen 18:6 Luke 13:21 : 1 Cor 5:6; Gal 5:9 Luke 13:22 : Mark 6:6 Luke 13:22 : Luke 13:33; Luke 9:51 Luke 13:23 : Acts 2:47; 1 Cor 1:18; 2 Cor 2:15 Luke 13:24 : 1 Tim 4:10; Heb 12:4; 1 Tim 6:12 (Gk); 1 Cor 9:25 Luke 13:24 : Matt 7:13 Luke 13:25 : For Luke 13:25-27, Matt 25:10-12 Luke 13:25 : Matt 7:22, 23 Luke 13:25 : Matt 10:33; 25:12; 2 Tim 2:19 Luke 13:26 : Exodus 24:11 Luke 13:27 : Luke 13:25 Luke 13:27 : Psalm 6:8 Luke 13:28 : Matt 8:11, 12 Luke 13:29 : Luke 13:28 Luke 13:29 : Luke 14:15; 22:30 Luke 13:30 : Matt 19:30 Luke 13:31 : Matt 19:1; Mark 10:1 Luke 13:31 : Luke 3:1 Luke 13:32 : Heb 2:10; 5:9; 7:28 Luke 13:33 : John 11:9 Luke 13:33 : Acts 3:21; 17:3 Luke 13:33 : Matt 21:11 Luke 13:34 : For Luke 13:34, 35, Matt 23:37-39; Luke 19:41-44 Luke 13:34 : Matt 21:35 Luke 13:34 : Matt 26:55 Luke 13:34 : Psalm 147:2; Prov 1:24 Luke 13:34 : Luke 23:28 Luke 13:34 : Deut 32:11, 12 Luke 13:34 : Ruth 2:12 Luke 13:34 : John 5:40 Luke 13:35 : Isa 64:11; Jer 12:7; 22:5 Luke 13:35 : Luke 19:38; Psalm 118:26


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