June 27th, 2019

Cyril of Alexandria, Pastor and Confessor


First Reading: Joshua 2:1-24

Rahab Shelters Spies

 1Then Joshua the son of Nun sent two men as spies secretly from (A)Shittim, saying, "Go, view the land, especially Jericho " So they went and came into the house of (B)a harlot whose name was Rahab, and lodged there.

 2It was told the king of Jericho, saying, "Behold, men from the sons of Israel have come here tonight to search out the land."

 3And the king of Jericho sent word to Rahab, saying, "Bring out the men who have come to you, who have entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land."

 4But the (C)woman had taken the two men and hidden them, and she said, "Yes, the men came to me, but I did not know where they were from.

 5"It came about when it was time to shut the gate at dark, that the men went out; I do not know where the men went. Pursue them quickly, for you will overtake them."

 6But (D)she had brought them up to the roof and hidden them in the stalks of flax which she had laid in order on the roof.

 7So the men pursued them on the road to the Jordan to the fords; and as soon as those who were pursuing them had gone out, they shut the gate.

 8Now before they lay down, she came up to them on the roof,

 9and said to the men, "(E)I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the (F)terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you.

 10"(G)For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and (H)what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed.

 11"When we heard it, (I)our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the (J)LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.

 12"Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father's household, and give me a (K)pledge of truth,

 13and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our [a]lives from death."

 14So the men said to her, "Our life for yours if you do not tell this business of ours; and it shall come about when the LORD gives us the land that we will (L)deal kindly and faithfully with you."

The Promise to Rahab

 15Then she let them down by a rope through the window, for her house was on the city wall, so that she was living on the wall.

 16She said to them, "(M)Go to the hill country, so that the pursuers will not happen upon you, and hide yourselves there for three days until the pursuers return. Then afterward you may go on your way."

 17The men said to her, "(N)We shall be free from this oath to you which you have made us swear,

 18unless, when we come into the land, you tie this cord of scarlet thread in the window through which you let us down, and (O)gather to yourself into the house your father and your mother and your brothers and all your father's household.

 19"It shall come about that anyone who goes out of the doors of your house into the street, his blood shall be on his own head, and we shall be free; but anyone who is with you in the house, (P)his blood shall be on our head if a hand is laid on him.

 20"But if you tell this business of ours, then we shall be free from the oath which you have made us swear."

 21She said, "According to your words, so be it." So she sent them away, and they departed; and she tied the scarlet cord in the window.

 22They departed and came to the hill country, and remained there for three days until the pursuers returned. Now the pursuers had sought them all along the road, but had not found them.

 23Then the two men returned and came down from the hill country and crossed over and came to Joshua the son of Nun, and they related to him all that had happened to them.

 24They said to Joshua, "Surely the LORD has given all the land into our hands; moreover, (Q)all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before us."

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Second Reading: Acts 8:26-40

 26But (A)an angel of the Lord spoke to (B)Philip saying, "Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to (C)Gaza." (This is a desert road.)

 27So he got up and went; and (D)there was an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure; and he (E)had come to Jerusalem to worship,

 28and he was returning and sitting in his chariot, and was reading the prophet Isaiah.

 29Then (F)the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."

 30Philip ran up and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet, and said, "Do you understand what you are reading?"

 31And he said, "Well, how could I, unless someone guides me?" And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

 32Now the passage of Scripture which he was reading was this:
         "(G)HE WAS LED AS A SHEEP TO SLAUGHTER;
         AND AS A LAMB BEFORE ITS SHEARER IS SILENT,
         SO HE DOES NOT OPEN HIS MOUTH.
    33"(H)IN HUMILIATION HIS JUDGMENT WAS TAKEN AWAY;
         WHO WILL RELATE HIS GENERATION?
         FOR HIS LIFE IS REMOVED FROM THE EARTH."

 34The eunuch answered Philip and said, "Please tell me, of whom does the prophet say this? Of himself or of someone else?"

 35Then Philip (I)opened his mouth, and (J)beginning from this Scripture he (K)preached Jesus to him.

 36As they went along the road they came to some water; and the eunuch said, "Look! Water! (L)What prevents me from being baptized?"

 37[[a]And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he answered and said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God."]

 38And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him.

 39When they came up out of the water, (M)the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away; and the eunuch no longer saw him, but went on his way rejoicing.

 40But Philip found himself at (N)Azotus, and as he passed through he (O)kept preaching the gospel to all the cities until he came to (P)Caesarea.

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