Friday: Preparation for the Seventh Sunday of Easter

Hebrew Scripture Torah Lesson: Exodus 24:15-18

Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. The glory of the Lord settled on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days; on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the cloud. Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel. Moses entered the cloud, and went up on the mountain. Moses was on the mountain for forty days and forty nights.

Psalm 47

Clap your hands, all you peoples;
 shout to God with loud songs of joy.

For the Lord, the Most High, is awesome,
 a great king over all the earth.

He subdued peoples under us,
 and nations under our feet.

He chose our heritage for us,
 the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

God has gone up with a shout,
 the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Sing praises to God, sing praises;
 sing praises to our King, sing praises.

For God is the king of all the earth;
 sing praises with a psalm.

God is king over the nations;
 God sits on his holy throne.

The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham.
 For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted.

New Testament Lesson: Revelation 1:9-18

I, John, your brother who share with you in Jesus the persecution and the kingdom and the patient endurance, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying, “Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.”

The Son of Man and The Seven Lampstands

Then I turned to see whose voice it was that spoke to me, and on turning I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the lampstands I saw one like the Son of Man, clothed with a long robe and with a golden sash across his chest. His head and his hair were white as white wool, white as snow; his eyes were like a flame of fire, his feet were like burnished bronze, refined as in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and from his mouth came a sharp, two-edged sword, and his face was like the sun shining with full force.

When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he placed his right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living one. I was dead, and see, I am alive forever and ever; and I have the keys of Death and of Hades.”

Year B Easter 7 Friday

Bible verses from The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All right reserved.

Selections from Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright 1995 by the Consultation on Common Texts.

Image credit: The Son of Man and The Seven Lampstands from the Bamberg Apocalypse, folio 3, via Wikimedia Commons. This is a public domain image.

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