Friday: Preparation for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

This week's blog post is here. It has a review of the NET Bible, provides context for the lessons about marriage, and has background on Satan and Job.

Complementary Hebrew Scripture from the Torah: Genesis 21:22-34

[Abimelech has restored Sarah to Abraham.]

At that time Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, said to Abraham, “God is with you in all that you do; now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but as I have dealt loyally with you, you will deal with me and with the land where you have resided as an alien.” And Abraham said, “I swear it.”

When Abraham complained to Abimelech about a well of water that Abimelech's servants had seized, Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this; you did not tell me, and I have not heard of it until today.” So Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two men made a covenant. Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs of the flock. And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs that you have set apart?” He said, “These seven ewe lambs you shall accept from my hand, in order that you may be a witness for me that I dug this well.” Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba; because there both of them swore an oath. When they had made a covenant at Beer-sheba, Abimelech, with Phicol the commander of his army, left and returned to the land of the Philistines. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beer-sheba, and called there on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. And Abraham resided as an alien many days in the land of the Philistines.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Job 4

Then Eliphaz the Temanite answered:
“If one ventures a word with you, will you be offended?
 But who can keep from speaking?
See, you have instructed many;
 you have strengthened the weak hands.
Your words have supported those who were stumbling,
 and you have made firm the feeble knees.
But now it has come to you, and you are impatient;
 it touches you, and you are dismayed.
Is not your fear of God your confidence,
 and the integrity of your ways your hope?

“Think now, who that was innocent ever perished?
 Or where were the upright cut off?
As I have seen, those who plow iniquity
 and sow trouble reap the same.
By the breath of God they perish,
 and by the blast of his anger they are consumed.¹
The roar of the lion,
 the voice of the fierce lion,
and the teeth of the young lions are broken.
The strong lion perishes for lack of prey,
 and the whelps of the lioness are scattered.

“Now a word came stealing to me,
my ear received the whisper of it.
Amid thoughts from visions of the night,
 when deep sleep falls on mortals,
dread came upon me, and trembling,
 which made all my bones shake.
A spirit glided past my face;
 the hair of my flesh bristled.
It stood still,
 but I could not discern its appearance.
A form was before my eyes;
there was silence, then I heard a voice:
‘Can mortals be righteous before God?
Can human beings be pure before their Maker?
Even in his servants he puts no trust,
 and his angels he charges with error;
how much more those who live in houses of clay,
 whose foundation is in the dust,
who are crushed like a moth.
Between morning and evening they are destroyed;
 they perish forever without any regarding it.
Their tent-cord is plucked up within them,
 and they die devoid of wisdom.’”

¹Paul uses this phrase in describing the coming of the lawless one in 2 Thessalonians 2:5-12

Complementary Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord,
how magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth!
You reveal your majesty in the heavens above!
From the mouths of children and nursing babies
you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries,¹
so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy.
When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,
and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place.
Of what importance are human beings that you should notice them?
Of what importance is mankind that you should pay attention to them,
And make them a little less than the heavenly beings?
You grant mankind honor and majesty;
you have appointed them to rule over your creation;²
you have placed everything under their authority,³
including all sheep and cattle,
as well as the wild animals,
the birds jin the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everthing that moves through the currents of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth! (NET)

¹Jesus uses this phrase in the cleaning of the temple Matthew 21:12-17
²This phrase is used in Hebrews 2:6-9, in a discussion about Jesus as a human.
Hebrews 2:5-18
³Paul uses this phrase in 1 Corinthians 15:27, where he discusses the resurretion as conquering death
1 Corinthians 15:20-28, and in Ephesians 1:15-23, a prayer for wisdom and revelation.

Semi-continuous Psalm 26

Vindicate me, O Lord,
 for I have walked in my integrity,
 and I have trusted in the Lord without wavering.
Prove me, O Lord, and try me;
 test my heart and mind.
For your steadfast love is before my eyes,
 and I walk in faithfulness to you.

I do not sit with the worthless,
 nor do I consort with hypocrites;
I hate the company of evildoers,
 and will not sit with the wicked.

I wash my hands in innocence,
 and go around your altar, O Lord,
singing aloud a song of thanksgiving,
 and telling all your wondrous deeds.

O Lord, I love the house in which you dwell,
 and the place where your glory abides.
Do not sweep me away with sinners,
 nor my life with the bloodthirsty,
those in whose hands are evil devices,
 and whose right hands are full of bribes.

But as for me, I walk in my integrity;
 redeem me, and be gracious to me.
My foot stands on level ground;
 in the great congregation I will bless the Lord.

New Testament Epistle Lesson: Romans 8:1-11

Flesh and Spirit

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Year B Ordinary 27 Friday

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