June 6th, 2019

Thursday of Exaudi (Sunday after the Ascension)

First Reading: Num. 16:41-17:13

 41But on the next day all the congregation of the people of Israel(A) grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, "You have killed the people of the LORD." 42And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold,(B) the cloud covered it, and(C) the glory of the LORD appeared. 43And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 45(D) "Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."(E) And they fell on their faces. 46And Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for(F) wrath has gone out from the LORD; the plague has begun." 47So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48And he stood between the dead and the living, and(G) the plague was stopped. 49Now those who died in the plague were 14,700,(H) besides those who died in the affair of Korah. 50And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.

Aaron’s Staff Buds
 1[a] The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2(I) "Speak to the people of Israel, and get from them staffs, one for each fathers’ house, from all their chiefs according to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs. Write each man’s name on his staff, 3and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers’ house. 4Then you shall deposit them in the tent of meeting before the testimony,(J) where I meet with you. 5And the staff of the man(K) whom I choose shall sprout. Thus I will make to cease from me(L) the grumblings of the people of Israel, which they grumble against you." 6Moses spoke to the people of Israel. And all their chiefs gave him staffs, one for each chief, according to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs. And the staff of Aaron was among their staffs. 7And Moses deposited the staffs before the LORD in(M) the tent of the testimony.

 8On the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold, the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. 9Then Moses brought out all the staffs from before the LORD to all the people of Israel. And they looked, and each man took his staff. 10And the LORD said to Moses, "Put back(N) the staff of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept(O) as a sign for the rebels,(P) that you may make an end of their grumblings against me, lest they die." 11Thus did Moses; as the LORD commanded him, so he did.

 12And the people of Israel said to Moses, "Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone. 13(Q) Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, shall die. Are we all to perish?"

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

Second Reading: Lk. 20:1-18

The Authority of Jesus Challenged
 1(A) One day,(B) as Jesus[a] was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel,(C) the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up 2and said to him, "Tell us(D) by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority." 3He answered them, "I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, 4was the baptism of John(E) from heaven or from man?" 5And they discussed it with one another, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' he will say,(F) 'Why did you not believe him?' 6But if we say, 'From man,' all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was(G) a prophet." 7So they answered that they did not know where it came from. 8And Jesus said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things."
The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
 9(H) And he began to tell the people this parable: "A man planted(I) a vineyard and(J) let it out to tenants and(K) went into another country for a long while. 10When the time came, he sent a servant[b] to the tenants, so that(L) they would give him some of the fruit of the vineyard.(M) But the tenants beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11(N) And(O) he sent another servant. But they also beat and(P) treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12(Q) And he sent yet a third. This one also they wounded and cast out. 13Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my(R) beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.' 14But when the tenants saw him, they said to themselves,(S) 'This is the heir.(T) Let us kill him, so that the inheritance may be ours.' 15And they(U) threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16(V) He will(W) come and destroy those tenants and(X) give the vineyard to others." When they heard this, they said, "Surely not!" 17But he(Y) looked directly at them and said, "What then is this that is written:
   (Z) "'The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the cornerstone'?[c]

 18(AA) Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls(AB) on anyone, it will crush him."

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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