Daily Bible Readinghttp://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/Exodus 12:1-13, 21-28http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1077http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1077<div class="ExternalClass291559885B8547E19AB661E0EEB48556"><p>​</p><p><sup>1</sup>The LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt&#58; <sup>2</sup>This month shall mark for you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year for you. <sup>3</sup>Tell the whole congregation of Israel that on the tenth of this month they are to take a lamb for each family, a lamb for each household. <sup>4</sup>If a household is too small for a whole lamb, it shall join its closest neighbor in obtaining one; the lamb shall be divided in proportion to the number of people who eat of it. <sup>5</sup>Your lamb shall be without blemish, a year-old male; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. <sup>6</sup>You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of this month; then the whole assembled congregation of Israel shall slaughter it at twilight. <sup>7</sup>They shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. <sup>8</sup>They shall eat the lamb that same night; they shall eat it roasted over the fire with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. <sup>9</sup>Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with its head, legs, and inner organs. <sup>10</sup>You shall let none of it remain until the morning; anything that remains until the morning you shall burn. <sup>11</sup>This is how you shall eat it&#58; your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it hurriedly. It is the passover of the LORD. <sup>12</sup>For I will pass through the land of Egypt that night, and I will strike down every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both human beings and animals; on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments&#58; I am the LORD. <sup>13</sup>The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live&#58; when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.</p><p><sup>21</sup>Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, &quot;Go, select lambs for your families, and slaughter the passover lamb. <sup>22</sup>Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and touch the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. None of you shall go outside the door of your house until morning. <sup>23</sup>For the LORD will pass through to strike down the Egyptians; when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over that door and will not allow the destroyer to enter your houses to strike you down. <sup>24</sup>You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children. <sup>25</sup>When you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance. <sup>26</sup>And when your children ask you, 'What do you mean by this observance?' <sup>27</sup>you shall say, 'It is the passover sacrifice to the LORD, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.'&quot; And the people bowed down and worshiped.</p><p><sup>28</sup>The Israelites went and did just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.</p></div>01/16/2017Isaiah 49:1-7http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1076http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1076<div class="ExternalClass60C566087A6549B6A1D3B3DD72BBFAD1"><p><strong>Second Sunday after Epiphany</strong><br></p><p>​<sup>1</sup>Listen to me, O coastlands,<br> &#160;pay attention, you peoples from far away!<br> &#160;The LORD called me before I was born,<br> &#160;while I was in my mother's womb he named me.<br> &#160;<sup>2</sup>He made my mouth like a sharp sword,<br> &#160;in the shadow of his hand he hid me;<br> &#160;he made me a polished arrow,<br> &#160;in his quiver he hid me away.<br> &#160;<sup>3</sup>And he said to me, &quot;You are my servant,<br> &#160;Israel, in whom I will be glorified.&quot;<br> &#160;<sup>4</sup>But I said, &quot;I have labored in vain,<br> &#160;I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;<br> &#160;yet surely my cause is with the LORD,<br> &#160;and my reward with my God.&quot;<br> &#160;<sup>5</sup>And now the LORD says,<br> &#160;who formed me in the womb to be his servant,<br> &#160;to bring Jacob back to him,<br> &#160;and that Israel might be gathered to him,<br> &#160;for I am honored in the sight of the LORD,<br> &#160;and my God has become my strength — <br>&#160;<sup>6</sup>he says,<br> &#160;&quot;It is too light a thing that you should be my servant<br> &#160;to raise up the tribes of Jacob<br> &#160;and to restore the survivors of Israel;<br> &#160;I will give you as a light to the nations,<br> &#160;that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.&quot;<br> &#160;<sup>7</sup>Thus says the LORD,<br> &#160;the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,<br> &#160;to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations,<br> &#160;the slave of rulers,<br> &#160;&quot;Kings shall see and stand up,<br> &#160;princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,<br> &#160;because of the LORD, who is faithful,<br> &#160;the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.&quot;</p></div>01/15/2017Luke 5:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1075http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1075<div class="ExternalClass2E242D6E64554A26B4BDEF5313FE1B93"><p>​<sup>1</sup>Once while Jesus was standing beside the lake of Gennesaret, and the crowd was pressing in on him to hear the word of God, <sup>2</sup>he saw two boats there at the shore of the lake; the fishermen had gone out of them and were washing their nets. <sup>3</sup>He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little way from the shore. Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat. <sup>4</sup>When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, &quot;Put out into the deep water and let down your nets for a catch.&quot; <sup>5</sup>Simon answered, &quot;Master, we have worked all night long but have caught nothing. Yet if you say so, I will let down the nets.&quot; <sup>6</sup>When they had done this, they caught so many fish that their nets were beginning to break. <sup>7</sup>So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both boats, so that they began to sink. <sup>8</sup>But when Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, &quot;Go away from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man!&quot; <sup>9</sup>For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish that they had taken; <sup>10</sup>and so also were James and John, sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. Then Jesus said to Simon, &quot;Do not be afraid; from now on you will be catching people.&quot; <sup>11</sup>When they had brought their boats to shore, they left everything and followed him.</p></div>01/14/2017Psalm 40:1-11http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1074http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1074<div class="ExternalClassE7E878581C5F42D2B1EC1FFBB0DDF9F8"><p>​I waited patiently for the LORD;<br> he inclined to me and heard my cry.<br> He drew me up from the desolate pit,<br> out of the miry bog,<br> and set my feet upon a rock,<br> making my steps secure.<br> He put a new song in my mouth,<br> a song of praise to our God.<br> Many will see and fear,<br> and put their trust in the LORD.<br> Happy are those who make<br> the LORD their trust,<br> who do not turn to the proud,<br> to those who go astray after false gods.<br> You have multiplied, O LORD my God,<br> your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;<br> none can compare with you.<br> Were I to proclaim and tell of them,<br> they would be more than can be counted.<br> Sacrifice and offering you do not desire,<br> but you have given me an open ear.<br> Burnt offering and sin offering<br> you have not required.<br>Then I said, &quot;Here I am;<br> in the scroll of the book it is written of me.<br> I delight to do your will, O my God;<br> your law is within my heart.&quot;<br> I have told the glad news of deliverance<br> in the great congregation;<br> see, I have not restrained my lips,<br> as you know, O LORD.<br> I have not hidden your saving help within my heart,<br> I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;<br> I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness<br> from the great congregation.<br> Do not, O LORD, withhold<br> your mercy from me;<br> let your steadfast love and your faithfulness<br> keep me safe forever.</p></div>01/13/2017Galatians 1:6-12http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1073http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1073<div class="ExternalClass63A54149CFB4421BBFD9092C72441983"><p>I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel — not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are confusing you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should proclaim to you a gospel contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, so now I repeat, if anyone proclaims to you a gospel contrary to what you received, let that one be accursed!</p><p>Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ.</p><p>For I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel that was proclaimed by me is not of human origin; for I did not receive it from a human source, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.</p></div>01/12/2017Matthew 12:15-21http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1072http://elca.org/Faith/DailyBible/1072<div class="ExternalClass47F3D1CCB1F94918A646E00822A3C73D"><p>​When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. <sup>17</sup>This was to fulfill what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah&#58;<br> &quot;Here is my servant, whom I have chosen,<br> my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.<br> I will put my Spirit upon him,<br> and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles.<br> He will not wrangle or cry aloud,<br> nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets.<br> He will not break a bruised reed<br> or quench a smoldering wick<br> until he brings justice to victory.<br> And in his name the Gentiles will hope.&quot;</p></div>01/11/2017