May 24th, 2019

Esther


First Reading: Lev. 26:1-20


Blessings of Obedience
 1'You shall not make for yourselves (A)idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves (B)an image or (C)a sacred pillar, nor shall you place 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 keep My commandments so as to carry them out,

 4then (G)I shall give you rains in their season, so that the land will yield its produce and the trees of the field will bear their fruit.

 5'(H)Indeed, your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time You will thus eat your food to the full and (I)live securely in your land.

 6'(J)I shall also grant peace in the land, so that (K)you may lie down with no one making you tremble (L)I shall also eliminate harmful beasts from the land, and (M)no sword will pass through your land.

 7'But you will chase your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword;

 8(N)five of you will chase a hundred, and a hundred of you will chase ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.

 9'So I will turn toward you and (O)make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will (P)confirm My covenant with you.

 10'(Q)You will eat the old supply and clear out the old because of the new.

 11'(R)Moreover, I will make My dwelling among you, and My soul will not reject you.

 12'(S)I will also walk among you and be your God, and you shall be My people.

 13'(T)I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and (U)I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.

Penalties of Disobedience
 14'(V)But if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments,

 15if, instead, you (W)reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so (X)break My covenant,

 16I, in turn, will do this to you: I will appoint over you a (Y)sudden terror, consumption and fever that will waste away the eyes and cause the (Z)soul to pine away; also, (AA)you will sow your seed uselessly, for your enemies will eat it up.

 17'I will set My face against you so that you will be struck down before your enemies; and (AB)those who hate you will rule over you, and (AC)you will flee when no one is pursuing you.

 18'If also after these things you do not obey Me, then I will punish you (AD)seven times more for your sins.

 19'I will also (AE)break down your pride of power; I will also make your sky like iron and your earth like bronze.

 20'(AF)Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

Cross references:Leviticus 26:1 : Lev 19:4; Deut 5:8 Leviticus 26:1 : Ex 20:4; Deut 16:21 Leviticus 26:1 : Ex 23:24 Leviticus 26:1 : Num 33:52 Leviticus 26:2 : Lev 19:30 Leviticus 26:3 : Deut 7:12-26; 11:13; 28:1-14 Leviticus 26:4 : Deut 11:14 Leviticus 26:5 : Deut 11:15; Joel 2:19, 26; Amos 9:13 Leviticus 26:5 : Lev 25:18, 19; Ezek 34:25 Leviticus 26:6 : Ps 29:11; 85:8; 147:14 Leviticus 26:6 : Zeph 3:13 Leviticus 26:6 : Lev 26:22 Leviticus 26:6 : Lev 26:25 Leviticus 26:8 : Deut 32:30 Leviticus 26:9 : Gen 17:6; 22:17; 48:4 Leviticus 26:9 : Gen 17:7 Leviticus 26:10 : Lev 25:22 Leviticus 26:11 : Ex 25:8; 29:45, 46; Ezek 37:26 Leviticus 26:12 : Gen 3:8; Deut 23:14; 2 Cor 6:16 Leviticus 26:13 : Ex 20:2 Leviticus 26:13 : Ezek 34:27 Leviticus 26:14 : Deut 28:15-68; Josh 23:15 Leviticus 26:15 : Lev 26:11; 2 Kin 17:15 Leviticus 26:15 : Lev 26:9 Leviticus 26:16 : Deut 28:22; Ps 78:33 Leviticus 26:16 : 1 Sam 2:33; Ezek 24:23; 33:10 Leviticus 26:16 : Judg 6:3-6; Job 31:8 Leviticus 26:17 : Ps 106:41 Leviticus 26:17 : Lev 26:36, 37; Ps 53:5; Prov 28:1 Leviticus 26:18 : Lev 26:21, 24, 28 Leviticus 26:19 : Is 28:1-3; Ezek 24:21 Leviticus 26:20 : Ps 127:1; Is 17:10, 11; 49:4; Jer 12:13


Second Reading: Lk. 13:18-35


Parables of Mustard Seed and Leaven

 18So (A)He was saying, "(B)What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it?

 19"It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and (C)THE BIRDS OF THE AIR NESTED IN ITS BRANCHES."

 20And again He said, "(D)To what shall I compare the kingdom of God?

 21"(E)It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in (F)three pecks of flour until it was all leavened."

Teaching in the Villages

 22And He was passing through from one city and village to another, teaching, and (G)proceeding on His way to Jerusalem.

 23And someone said to Him, "Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?" And He said to them,

 24"(H)Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.

 25"Once the head of the house gets up and (I)shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, '(J)Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, '(K)I do not know where you are from.'

 26"Then you will (L)begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets';

 27and He will say, 'I tell you, (M)I do not know where you are from; (N)DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.'

 28"(O)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 yourselves being thrown out.

 29"And they (P)will come from east and west and from north and south, and will recline at the table in the kingdom of God.

 30"And behold, (Q)some are last who will be first and some are first who will be last."

 31Just at that time some Pharisees approached, saying to Him, "Go away, leave here, for (R)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 I (S)reach My goal.'

 33"Nevertheless (T)I must journey on today and tomorrow and the next day; for it cannot be that a (U)prophet would perish outside of Jerusalem.

 34"(V)O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, (W)just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it!

 35"Behold, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you will not see Me until the time comes when you say, '(X)BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!'"

Cross references:Luke 13:18 : Matt 13:31, 32; Mark 4:30-32 Luke 13:18 : Matt 13:24; Luke 13:20 Luke 13:19 : Ezek 17:23 Luke 13:20 : Matt 13:24; Luke 13:18 Luke 13:21 : Matt 13:33 Luke 13:21 : Matt 13:33 Luke 13:22 : Luke 9:51 Luke 13:24 : Matt 7:13 Luke 13:25 : Matt 25:10 Luke 13:25 : Matt 7:22; 25:11 Luke 13:25 : Matt 7:23; 25:12; Luke 13:27 Luke 13:26 : Luke 3:8 Luke 13:27 : Luke 13:25 Luke 13:27 : Ps 6:8; Matt 25:41 Luke 13:28 : Matt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30 Luke 13:29 : Matt 8:11 Luke 13:30 : Matt 19:30; 20:16; Mark 10:31 Luke 13:31 : Matt 14:1; Luke 3:1; 9:7; 23:7 Luke 13:32 : Heb 2:10; 5:9; 7:28 Luke 13:33 : John 11:9 Luke 13:33 : Matt 21:11 Luke 13:34 : Matt 23:37-39; Luke 19:41 Luke 13:34 : Matt 23:37 Luke 13:35 : Ps 118:26; Matt 21:9; Luke 19:38


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