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Lectionary Guide

Lectionary for February 24, 2019

Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany, Series C, ESV

Genesis 45:3-15, Joseph Provides for His Family

dismayed , verse 3, the brothers feared vengeance.

father to Pharaoh , verse 8, intimate adviser to Pharaoh.

land of Goshen , verse 10, perhaps the primary Egyptian region for livestock. Genesis 46:31-34; Exodus 8:20-22

fell upon his … neck , verse 14, the brothers embraced, with the head pressed against the other's neck.

Psalm 103:1-13, Bless the Lord, O My Soul

Psalms 103-106 are united by their calls to praise the Lord. While this Psalm is ascribed to King David, its particular time or situation cannot be determined.

In the first two verses, soul is more than just the spiritual center; refers to whole person, i.e., all that is within me, - body, mind, emotions, will, personality. Luke 10:27

forget not all his benefits , verse 2. Deuteronomy 6:10-12, 8:11

youth is renewed like the eagle's , verse 5. Describes a strength that is renewed and even soaring. Isaiah 40:28-31

He made know his ways to Moses , verse 7. Exodus 33:7-23

How many times do we need God's forgiveness? It's impossible to count. Day after day, our transgressions should bring His anger. But over and over again, He removes our iniquities. Where are they sent? To the cross, where Jesus takes the anger and gives us compassion instead.

1 Corinthians 15:21-26, 30-42, The Resurrection Body

For context, read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 in which Paul addresses the foolish implications of the Corinthians' doubts about the resurrection.

Said Luther concerning verses 21-22, "St. Paul is still speaking only about those who are Christians. These he wants to instruct and console with this article. For although also the non-Christians must all arise, this will not be to their comfort and joy, since they will arise for judgment and not for life". 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 and 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 provide insight into his coming, verse 23.

Christ presently wars against sin, death, and the power of the devil. In verse 24, Christ, as a conquering general, will deliver the kingdom to God the Father, who has given Him authority to wage this war. Daniel 7:13-14, 27

What happens when death is destroyed, verse 26? Revelation 20:11-15

In verse 30, Paul asks rhetorically, "Why would I risk my life for things I don't truly believe in?"

I die every day , verse 31, see Luke 9:23-27 and 2 Corinthians 4:7-12.

Cross references for verse 33 include: James 1:16, Ephesians 5:6-7 and 1 Corinthians 5:6-8.

In verses 35-41, Paul provides three examples from God's created order to illustrate the principle of resurrection. The main point is verse 38; we have the body and life that God chooses. Just as our current existence depends on His choices at creation, our eternal existence depends on His choice in redemption: resurrection unto life.

Luke 6:27-38, Love Your Enemies

bless … pray , verse 28, Jesus clarifies how love for an enemy expresses itself concretely - in blessing and interceding for them. Luke 23:32-34; Acts 7:59-60

Regarding verse 30, see Psalm 37:21-22, Proverbs 21:25-26 and Deuteronomy 15:7-8.

In verses 32-34, Jesus commands his followers to reflect God's love by giving without expecting any payback.