July 10th, 2019

Wednesday of Trinity 3


First Reading: Judg. 6:1-24

Midian Oppresses Israel

 1(A) The people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD gave them into the hand of(B) Midian seven years. 2And the hand of Midian overpowered Israel, and because of Midian the people of Israel made for themselves the dens that are in the mountains and(C) the caves and the strongholds. 3For whenever the Israelites planted crops, the Midianites and(D) the Amalekites and(E) the people of the East would come up against them. 4They would encamp against them(F) and devour the produce of the land, as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance in Israel and no sheep or ox or donkey. 5For they would come up with their livestock and their tents; they would come(G) like locusts in number—both they and their camels could not be counted—so that they laid waste the land as they came in. 6And Israel was brought very low because of Midian. And the people of Israel(H) cried out for help to the LORD.

 7When the people of Israel cried out to the LORD on account of the Midianites, 8the LORD sent a prophet to the people of Israel. And he said to them, "Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel:(I) I led you up from Egypt and brought you out of the house of bondage. 9And I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all who oppressed you, and(J) drove them out before you and gave you their land. 10And I said to you, 'I am the LORD your God;(K) you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell.' But you have not obeyed my voice."

The Call of Gideon

 11Now the angel of the LORD came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash(L) the Abiezrite, while his son(M) Gideon was beating out wheat in the winepress to hide it from the Midianites. 12And(N) the angel of the LORD appeared to him and said to him,(O) "The LORD is with you, O mighty man of valor." 13And Gideon said to him, "Please, sir,[a] if the LORD is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are(P) all his wonderful deeds(Q) that our fathers recounted to us, saying, 'Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt?' But now the LORD has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian." 14And the LORD[b] turned to him and said, "Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian;(R) do not I send you?" 15And he said to him,(S) "Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold,(T) my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house." 16And the LORD said to him,(U) "But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man." 17And he said to him,(V) "If now I have found favor in your eyes, then(W) show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 18Please(X) do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you." And he said, "I will stay till you return."

 19So Gideon went into his house(Y) and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah[c] of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. 20And the angel of God said to him, "Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them(Z) on this rock, and(AA) pour the broth over them." And he did so. 21Then the angel of the LORD reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes.(AB) And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the LORD vanished from his sight. 22Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the LORD. And Gideon said,(AC) "Alas, O Lord GOD! For now I have seen the angel of the LORD face to face." 23But the LORD said to him,(AD) "Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die." 24Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and called it,(AE) The LORD Is Peace. To this day it still stands at(AF) Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.

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Second Reading: Acts 14:19-15:5

Paul Stoned at Lystra

 19(A) But Jews came from Antioch and Iconium, and having persuaded the crowds,(B) they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. 20But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derbe. 21When they had preached the gospel to that city and had(C) made many disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch, 22(D) strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them(E) to continue in(F) the faith, and saying that(G) through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. 23And when they had(H) appointed(I) elders for them in every church, with prayer and fasting(J) they committed them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

Paul and Barnabas Return to Antioch in Syria

 24Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. 25And when they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia, 26and from there they sailed to Antioch,(K) where they had been(L) commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled. 27And when they arrived and gathered the church together,(M) they declared all that God had done with them, and(N) how he had(O) opened(P) a door of faith to the Gentiles. 28And they remained no little time with the disciples.

The Jerusalem Council

 1(Q) But some men came down from Judea and were teaching(R) the brothers, "Unless you are(S) circumcised(T) according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved." 2And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and(U) debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and(V) some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to(W) the apostles and the elders about this question. 3So,(X) being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria,(Y) describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and(Z) brought great joy to all(AA) the brothers.[a] 4(AB) When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and(AC) the apostles and the elders, and(AD) they declared all that God had done with them. 5But some believers who belonged to(AE) the party of the Pharisees rose up and said,(AF) "It is necessary(AG) to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses."

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