Thursday: 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 20:1-18¹

From there Abraham journeyed toward the region of the Negeb, and settled between Kadesh and Shur. While residing in Gerar as an alien, Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” And King Abimelech of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to him, “You are about to die because of the woman whom you have taken; for she is a married woman.” Now Abimelech had not approached her; so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent people? Did he not himself say to me, ‘She is my sister’? And she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ I did this in the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands.” Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart; furthermore it was I who kept you from sinning against me. Therefore I did not let you touch her. Now then, return the man's wife; for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you shall live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all that are yours.”

So Abimelech rose early in the morning, and called all his servants and told them all these things; and the men were very much afraid. Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said to him, “What have you done to us? How have I sinned against you, that you have brought such great guilt on me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that ought not to be done.” And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What were you thinking of, that you did this thing?” Abraham said, “I did it because I thought, There is no fear of God at all in this place, and they will kill me because of my wife. Besides, she is indeed my sister, the daughter of my father but not the daughter of my mother; and she became my wife. And when God caused me to wander from my father's house, I said to her, ‘This is the kindness you must do me: at every place to which we come, say of me, He is my brother.’” Then Abimelech took sheep and oxen, and male and female slaves, and gave them to Abraham, and restored his wife Sarah to him. Abimelech said, “My land is before you; settle where it pleases you.” To Sarah he said, “Look, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; it is your exoneration before all who are with you; you are completely vindicated.” Then Abraham prayed to God; and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. For the Lord had closed fast all the wombs of the house of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham's wife.

¹Similar stories are told at Genesis 12:10-20, where the man was Pharaoh rather than Abimelech, and Genesis 26:1-11, where it is Rebecca and Isaac involved with Abimelech.

Semi-continuous Hebrew Scripture from the Writings: Job 2:11-3:26

[Satan is testing Job, trying to get him to curse God. Job hs lost his children, property, and health by Satan.]

Now when Job's three friends heard of all these troubles that had come upon him, each of them set out from his home—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They met together to go and console and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him, and they raised their voices and wept aloud; they tore their robes and threw dust in the air upon their heads. They sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.

After this Job opened his mouth and cursed the day of his birth. Job said:

“Let the day perish in which I was born,
 and the night that said,
 ‘A man-child is conceived.’
Let that day be darkness!
 May God above not seek it,
 or light shine on it.
Let gloom and deep darkness claim it.
 Let clouds settle upon it;
 let the blackness of the day terrify it.
That night—let thick darkness seize it!
 let it not rejoice among the days of the year;
 let it not come into the number of the months.
Yes, let that night be barren;
 let no joyful cry be heard in it.
Let those curse it who curse the Sea,
 those who are skilled to rouse up Leviathan.
Let the stars of its dawn be dark;
 let it hope for light, but have none;
 may it not see the eyelids of the morning—
because it did not shut the doors of my mother's womb,
 and hide trouble from my eyes.

“Why did I not die at birth,
 come forth from the womb and expire?
Why were there knees to receive me,
 or breasts for me to suck?
Now I would be lying down and quiet;
 I would be asleep; then I would be at rest
with kings and counselors of the earth
 who rebuild ruins for themselves,
or with princes who have gold,
 who fill their houses with silver.
Or why was I not buried like a stillborn child,
 like an infant that never sees the light?
There the wicked cease from troubling,
 and there the weary are at rest.
There the prisoners are at ease together;
 they do not hear the voice of the taskmaster.
The small and the great are there,
 and the slaves are free from their masters.

“Why is light given to one in misery,
 and life to the bitter in soul,
who long for death, but it does not come,
 and dig for it more than for hidden treasures;
who rejoice exceedingly,
 and are glad when they find the grave?
Why is light given to one who cannot see the way,
 whom God has fenced in?
For my sighing comes like my bread,
 and my groanings are poured out like water.
Truly the thing that I fear comes upon me,
 and what I dread befalls me.
I am not at ease, nor am I quiet;
 I have no rest; but trouble comes.”

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: Galatians 3:23-29


Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to the promise.

Year B Ordinary 27 Thursday

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