Tuesday: Reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Tuesday: Reflection on the Fifth Sunday in Lent

Hebrew Scripture Lesson from the Latter Prophets: Isaiah 44:1-8

But now hear, O Jacob my servant,
 Israel whom I have chosen!
Thus says the Lord who made you,
 who formed you in the womb and will help you:
Do not fear, O Jacob my servant,
 Jeshurun whom I have chosen.
For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
 and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my spirit upon your descendants,
 and my blessing on your offspring.
They shall spring up like a green tamarisk,
 like willows by flowing streams.
This one will say, “I am the Lord's,”
 another will be called by the name of Jacob,
 yet another will write on the hand, “The Lord's,”
 and adopt the name of Israel.

Thus says the Lord,
 the King of Israel, and his Redeemer,
 the Lord of hosts:
I am the first and I am the last;
 besides me there is no god.
Who is like me?
Let them proclaim it,
 let them declare and set it forth before me.
Who has announced from of old the things to come?
 Let them tell us what is yet to be.
Do not fear, or be afraid;
have I not told you from of old and declared it?
You are my witnesses!
Is there any god besides me?
There is no other rock;
 I know not one.

Psalm 119:9-16

How can young people keep their way pure?
 By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
 do not let me stray from your commandments.
I treasure your word in my heart,
 so that I may not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O Lord;
 teach me your statutes.
With my lips I declare all the ordinances of your mouth.
I delight in the way of your decrees as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts,
 and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
 I will not forget your word.

Acts 2:14-24

Spirit Poured Out on All Flesh

[{Acts 2:5-6, 12-13} Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at the sound like the rush of a violent wind and the disciples speaking in other languages, the crowd gathered and was bewildered because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another “What does this mean?” But others sneered and said, “They are filled with new wine.”]

But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them, “Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o'clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:

‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
 and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
 and your young men shall see visions,
 and your old men shall dream dreams.
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
 in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
and they shall prophesy.
And I will show portents in the heaven above
 and signs on the earth below,
 blood, and fire, and smoky mist.
The sun shall be turned to darkness
 and the moon to blood,
 before the coming
&emspof the Lord's great and glorious day.
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

“You that are Israelites, listen to what I have to say: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with deeds of power, wonders, and signs that God did through him among you, as you yourselves know—this man, handed over to you according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law. But God raised him up, having freed him from death, because it was impossible for him to be held in its power.”

Year B Lent 5 Tuesday

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.

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