Saturday, February 13, 2010

Daily Lessons February 14 - 20, 2010

Daily Lectionary
February 14 Job 10:1–22; John 5:1–18
February 15 Job 11:1–20; John 5:19–29
February 16 Job 12:1–6, 12–25; John 5:30–47
Ash Wednesday Genesis 1:1–19; Mark 1:1–13
Thursday Genesis 1:20—2:3; Mark 1:14–28
Friday Genesis 2:4–25; Mark 1:29–45
Saturday Genesis 3:1–24; Mark 2:1–17


In the Garden man exalts himself to be a god in place of God. (Genesis 3:1–21) He succumbs to the temptation of the devil, and eating of the forbidden fruit he receives death. But in the sin-cursed wilderness God humbles Himself to become man in place of man. (Matthew 4:1–11) He does not eat but fasts and bears the onslaughts of the devil for us that we may be restored to life. Jesus stands as David in our place to do battle against the Goliath Satan. (I Samuel 17:40–51) Though outwardly Jesus appears weak, yet He comes in the name of the Lord of hosts. He draws from the five smooth stones of the books of Moses and slings the Word of God. The stone sinks into the forehead, and the enemy falls. In Christ we are victorious over the devil. Let us therefore not receive the grace of God in vain (2 Corinthians 6:1–10), but seeing that we have a great High Priest, let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain help in time of need (Hebrews 4:14–16).

O Lord, mercifully hear our prayer and stretch forth the right hand of Your majesty to defend us from those who rise up against us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen

Old Testament: Genesis 3:1–21 [Fall into Sin]
Epistle: 2 Corinthians 6:1–10 [Now is the accepted time]
Holy Gospel: Matthew 4:1–11 [Temptation of Jesus]

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