Thursday, July 9, 2009

Daily Readings for July 12 - 18, 2009

Daily Lectionary

July 12 Judges 7:1–23; Galatians 1:1–24

July 13 Judges 13:1–25; Galatians 2:1–21

July 14 Judges 14:1–20; Galatians 3:1–22

July 15 Judges 15:1—16:3; Galatians 3:23—4:11

July 16 Judges 16:4–30; Galatians 4:12–31

July 17 1 Samuel 1:1–20; Galatians 5:1–26

July 18 1 Samuel 1:21—2:17; Galatians 6:1–18

Next Weeks Lessons: The Sixth Sunday After Trinity

“Unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:17–26). God demands nothing less than perfection and holiness from you in regard to His commandments (Ex 20:1–17). Your only hope, then, is not in your own goodness but in the goodness of Christ, who did not come to destroy the Law and the Prophets, but to fulfill them for you. In Christ your righteousness does indeed exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees. For you have been baptized into Christ’s death and your sinful nature crucified. Therefore, he who has died has been freed from sin (Rom 6:1–11). You are now raised with Christ to walk in newness of life and to share in His resurrection on the Last Day. Christ has brought you through the baptismal sea “out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” Therefore, “reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Old Testament: Exodus 20:1–17

Epistle: Romans 6:1–11

Holy Gospel: Matthew 5:17–26

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