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United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2014 | EPIPHANY
FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER THE EPIPHANY
YEAR A

 Old Testament Micah 6:1–8
   Psalm Psalm 15 (UMH 747)
     New Testament 1 Corinthians 1:18–31
   Gospel   Matthew 5:1–12


Vanderbilt Divinity Library. United Methodist Revised Common Lectionary. Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2009. Print.

Figs and Pomegranates

Figs and Pomegranates Numbers 20:5 Excerpt ‎The fruit listed were those very fruits that the scouts had brought back from the land forty years before (13:23). They still suffered from the same syndrome of unbelief. How easily they had forgotten the numerous times when God had miraculously provided them food, water, and shelter in the desert!
Cole, R. Dennis. Numbers. Vol. 3B. Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000. Print. The New American Commentary.

Humbling Yourself

Humbling Yourself2 Kings 22:19 Excerpt ‎ Josiah is commended for being responsive and humbling himself. The Heb. kana˒ suggests public humiliation, with undertones of shame and dishonor. But only if one is humbled against his will! A person who humbles himself before God as Josiah did openly confesses himself a sinner, crushed and hopeless. This is our appropriate response when we realize how we fall short of meeting God’s standards, and how greatly we stand in need of forgiving grace.
Richards, Lawrence O. The Bible Reader’s Companion. electronic ed. Wheaton: Victor Books, 1991. Print.

Bearing One Another's Burden's

Bearing One Another's Burden's  Excerpt ‎Paul addressed his advice to “those who are spiritual,” the pneumatikoi. Again, there has been much scholarly debate about who these “spirituals” were. W. Schmithals, among others, has argued on the basis of this word that Paul was addressing here an incipient party of Gnostics whose disruptive activities among the Galatians had occasioned occasioned Paul’s letter in the first place. Although later Gnostics did use the word pneumatikoi as a term of self-designation, there is no reason to believe that Paul was here addressing such a self-conscious heretical group. Another, more plausible interpretation has been set forth by those who detect a note of irony and sarcasm in Paul’s use of this term in the Galatian context. Given the picture that has already emerged of a group of fractious Christians consumed by arrogance, conceit, and selfish ambition, we can well imagine that a group of “Holy Joe's” and “Pious Polly's” had formed t…

Ethical Exhortation

Ethical Exhortation ‎This subsection contains three distinct units: 4:1–2, 4:3–8, and 4:9–12. 
The first contains general parenesis articulating the proposition to be demonstrated in the probate. namely, that the readers know how to conduct themselves in order to please God. The second and third subsections address issues arising in the community.
The social function of this material is twofold: it helps to define the boundaries of the community (that is, what it means to be a Christian) over against the dominant pagan society, while at the same time it helps to develop what Meeks (First Urban Christians, 100) describes as “internal cohesion” within the community.
Wanamaker, Charles A. The Epistles to the Thessalonians: a Commentary on the Greek Text. Grand Rapids, MI: W.B. Eerdmans, 1990. Print. New International Greek Testament Commentary.

"You Also Have a Master in Heaven"

"You Also Have a Master in Heaven" Excerpt ‎You who are masters of others have a Master yourself, and are servants of another Lord. You are not lords of yourselves, and are accountable to one above you. Deal with your servants as you expect God should deal with you, and as those who believe they must give an account. You are both servants of the same Lord in the different relations in which you stand, and are equally accountable to him at last. Knowing that your Master also is in heaven, neither is there respect of persons with him,’ ’ Eph. 6:9. Henry, Matthew. Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Whole Bible: Complete and Unabridged in One Volume. Peabody: Hendrickson, 1994. Print.

Freestanding Oak

Freestanding Oak In antiquity, freestanding trees on hilltops were favorite cult places before Josiah’s reform. ‎Deut 12:2; 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 16:4

My Verse for Today

My Verse for Today Acts 14:22-2422 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, a “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”23 So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed. 24 And after they had passed through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 
The New King James Version. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982. Print.

Today's Verse of the Day

Today's Verse of the Day is From Exodus 20:5 KJV Translation: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; NKJV Translation: You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; Explore Thomas Nelson's King James Bibles and take your Bible reading further. © Copyright Thomas Nelson Publishers.

My Prayer for the Day

Prayer Rev. Lynwood F. Mundy Father, I thank You for Your grace and mercy to awake me this morning. My indwelling Spirit is telling me to include Your Word: 

17 And the Spirit and the bride say,“Come!”And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely. ...  20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.  Revelation 22: 17, 20-21 17 (The New King James Version)

Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

January 31
DisciplineHebrews 12–13
I was a stubborn child. When disciplined by my parents, I would sulk for hours afterward. I didn’t see discipline from my parents’ perspective—as something that would mold me into a mature, loving person.

Hebrews 12 has a lesson for people like me with a history of wallowing in self-pity when disciplined. Here, the writer of Hebrews tells us that God, a Father to us through the work of Jesus, disciplines us for our good. To emphasize this, the writer of Hebrews draws on the book of Proverbs, where the Father instructs His own Son. “Myson, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, or give up when you are corrected by him. For the Lord disciplines the one who he loves, and punishes every son whom he accepts” (Heb 12:6; compare Prov 3:11–12).

The author tells us that being disciplined is a sign of God’s love. It means He is working and active in our lives (Heb 12:8). Like a chastised child, we might not always recognize God’s discipline this way. When c…