June 28th, 2019

Irenaeus of Lyons, Pastor


First Reading: Joshua 3:1-17

Israel Crosses the Jordan

 1Then Joshua rose early in the morning; and he and all the sons of Israel set out from (A)Shittim and came to the Jordan, and they lodged there before they crossed.

 2(B)At the end of three days the officers went through the midst of the camp;

 3and they commanded the people, saying, "When you see the (C)ark of the covenant of the LORD your God with the Levitical priests carrying it, then you shall set out from your place and go after it.

 4"However, there shall be between you and it a distance of about 2,000 cubits by measure. Do not come near it, that you may know the way by which you shall go, for you have not passed this way before."

 5Then Joshua said to the people, "(D)Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you."

 6And Joshua spoke to the priests, saying, "Take up the ark of the covenant and cross over ahead of the people." So they took up the ark of the covenant and went ahead of the people.

 7Now the LORD said to Joshua, "This day I will begin to (E)exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you.

 8"You shall, moreover, command the priests who are carrying the ark of the covenant, saying, 'When you come to the edge of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'"

 9Then Joshua said to the sons of Israel, "Come here, and hear the words of the LORD your God."

 10Joshua said, "By this you shall know that (F)the living God is among you, and that He will assuredly (G)dispossess from before you the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Hivite, the Perizzite, the Girgashite, the Amorite, and the Jebusite.

 11"Behold, the ark of the covenant of (H)the Lord of all the earth is crossing over ahead of you into the Jordan.

 12"Now then, (I)take for yourselves twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one man for each tribe.

 13"It shall come about when the soles of the feet of the priests who carry the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, rest in the waters of the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan will be cut off, and the waters which are flowing down from above will (J)stand in one heap."

 14So when the people set out from their tents to cross the Jordan with the priests carrying (K)the ark of the covenant before the people,

 15and when those who carried the ark came into the Jordan, and the feet of the priests carrying the ark were dipped in the edge of the water (for the (L)Jordan overflows all its banks all the days of harvest),

 16(M)the waters which were flowing down from above stood and rose up in (N)one heap, a great distance away at Adam, the city that is beside Zarethan; and those which were flowing down toward the sea of the (O)Arabah, the Salt Sea, were completely cut off. So the people crossed opposite Jericho.

 17And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm (P)on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.

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Second Reading: Acts 9:1-22

The Conversion of Saul

 1(A)Now Saul, still (B)breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest,

 2and asked for (C)letters from him to (D)the synagogues at (E)Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to (F)the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

 3As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and (G)suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him;

 4and (H)he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?"

 5And he said, "Who are You, Lord?" And He said, "I am Jesus whom you are persecuting,

 6but get up and enter the city, and (I)it will be told you what you must do."

 7The men who traveled with him (J)stood speechless, (K)hearing the voice but seeing no one.

 8Saul got up from the ground, and (L)though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into (M)Damascus.

 9And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

 10Now there was a disciple at (N)Damascus named (O)Ananias; and the Lord said to him in (P)a vision, "Ananias." And he said, "Here I am, Lord."

 11And the Lord said to him, "Get up and go to the street called Straight, and inquire at the house of Judas for a man from (Q)Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying,

 12and he has seen [a]in a vision a man named Ananias come in and (R)lay his hands on him, so that he might regain his sight."

 13But Ananias answered, "Lord, I have heard from many about this man, (S)how much harm he did to (T)Your saints at Jerusalem;

 14and here he (U)has authority from the chief priests to bind all who (V)call on Your name."

 15But the Lord said to him, "Go, for (W)he is a chosen [b]instrument of Mine, to bear My name before (X)the Gentiles and (Y)kings and the sons of Israel;

 16for (Z)I will show him how much he must suffer for My name's sake."

 17So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after (AA)laying his hands on him said, "(AB)Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be (AC)filled with the Holy Spirit."

 18And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized;

 19and he took food and was strengthened.

   

Saul Begins to Preach Christ

    Now (AD) for several days he was with (AE) the disciples who were at Damascus,

 20and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus (AF)in the synagogues, saying, "He is (AG)the Son of God."

 21All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, "Is this not he who in Jerusalem (AH)destroyed those who (AI)called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?"

 22But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ.

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