Moses said, The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. This is what you requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: "If I hear the voice of the LORD my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die." Then the LORD replied to me: "They are right in what they have said. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, who shall speak to them everything that I command.
I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, as though sentenced to death, because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to mortals. We are fools for the sake of Christ, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute. To the present hour we are hungry and thirsty, we are poorly clothed and beaten and homeless, and we grow weary from the work of our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure; when slandered, we speak kindly. We have become like the rubbish of the world, the dregs of all things, to this very day.
I am not writing this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you might have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High *
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2 Shall say to the Lord, My refuge and my stronghold, *
my God, in whom I put my trust.
3 For he shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler *
and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers; *
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
5 [You shall not be afraid of any terror by night, *
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, *
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.
7 Though a thousand fall at your side
and ten thousand at your right hand, *
yet it shall not come near you.
8 Your eyes have only to behold *
to see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge *
and the Most High your stronghold,
10 There shall no evil happen to you, *
neither shall any plague come near your tent.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over you, *
to keep you in all your ways.
12 They shall bear you in their hands, *
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; *
the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them; *
I will lift them up, because they know my name.
15 They will call upon me and I will answer them; *
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy them *
and show them my salvation.]
A dispute arose among the apostles as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
"You are those who have stood by me in my trials; and I confer on you, just as my Father has conferred on me, a kingdom, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
1 Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, *
for I am poor and in misery.
2 Preserve my soul, for I am faithful; *
save your servant, for I put my trust in you.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord, for you are my God; *
I call upon you all the day long.
4 Gladden the soul of your servant, *
for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
5 For you, Lord, are good and forgiving, *
abounding in steadfast love to all who call upon you.
6 Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer *
and listen to the voice of my supplication.
7 In the day of my distress I will call upon you, *
for you will answer me.
8 Among the gods there is none like you, O Lord, *
nor any works like yours.
9 All nations you have made shall come and worship you, O Lord, *
and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wonderful things; *
you alone are God.
11 Teach me your way, O Lord, and I will walk in your truth; *
knit my heart to you, that I may fear your name.
12 I will thank you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, *
and glorify your name for evermore;
13 For great is your steadfast love towards me, *
for you have delivered my soul from the depths of the grave.
14 O God, the proud rise up against me
and a ruthless horde seek after my life; *
they have not set you before their eyes.
15 But you, Lord, are gracious and full of compassion, *
slow to anger and full of kindness and truth.
16 Turn to me and have mercy upon me; *
give your strength to your servant
and save the child of your handmaid.
17 Show me a token of your favour,
that those who hate me may see it and be ashamed; *
because you, O Lord, have helped and comforted me.
Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran. He came to a certain place and stayed there for the night, because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head and lay down in that place. And he dreamed that there was a ladder set up on the earth, the top of it reaching to heaven; and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. And the LORD stood beside him and said, ‘I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring; and your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and all the families of the earth shall be blessed in you and in your offspring. Know that I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.’
Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the LORD is in this place—and I did not know it!’ And he was afraid, and said, ‘How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.’
The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you get to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’
Psalm 15, 67
1 Lord, who may dwell in your tabernacle? *
Who may rest upon your holy hill?
2 Whoever leads an uncorrupt life *
and does the thing that is right;
3 Who speaks the truth from the heart *
and bears no deceit on the tongue;
4 Who does no evil to a friend *
and pours no scorn on a neighbour;
5 In whose sight the wicked are not esteemed, *
but who honours those who fear the Lord.
6 Whoever has sworn to a neighbour *
and never goes back on that word;
7 Who does not lend money in hope of gain, *
nor takes a bribe against the innocent;
8 Whoever does these things *
shall never fall.
1 God be gracious to us and bless us *
and make his face to shine upon us,
2 That your way may be known upon earth, *
your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
4 O let the nations rejoice and be glad, *
for you will judge the peoples righteously
and govern the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; *
let all the peoples praise you.
6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase, *
and God, our own God, will bless us.
7 God will bless us, *
and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Thus says the LORD: Heaven is my throne and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is my resting place? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things are mine, says the LORD. But this is the one to whom I will look, to the humble and contrite in spirit, who trembles at my word.
For I know their works and their thoughts, and I am coming to gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come and shall see my glory, and I will set a sign among them. From them I will send survivors to the nations, to Tarshish, Put, and Lud--which draw the bow--to Tubal and Javan, to the coastlands far away that have not heard of my fame or seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the nations. They shall bring all your kindred from all the nations as an offering to the LORD, on horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on dromedaries, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, says the LORD, just as the Israelites bring a grain offering in a clean vessel to the house of the LORD. And I will also take some of them as priests and as Levites, says the LORD. For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, says the LORD; so shall your descendants and your name remain. From new moon to new moon, and from sabbath to sabbath, all flesh shall come to worship before me, says the LORD.
Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.
In the same way, you who are younger must accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with humility in your dealings with one another, for ‘God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.’ Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering.
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.