Fourth Day of Pentecost,
I Samuel 16:12-14
I Samuel 16:12-14
 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and had beautiful eyes, and was handsome. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.”
 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.
 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him.
 On that day the LORD will put a shield about the inhabitants of Jerusalem so that the feeblest among them on that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, at their head.
 And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.
 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of compassion and supplication, so that, when they look on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a first-born.
 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified?
 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
 Are you so foolish? Having begun with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?
 Did you experience so many things in vain? — if it really is in vain.
 Does he who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you do so by works of the law, or by hearing with faith?
 Thus Abraham “believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
 So you see that it is men of faith who are the sons of Abraham.
 Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit;
 and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.
 But as he considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit;
 she will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
 We know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who do such things.
 Do you suppose, O man, that when you judge those who do such things and yet do them yourself, you will escape the judgment of God?
 Or do you presume upon the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not know that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
 But by your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.
 For he will render to every man according to his works:
 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life;
 but for those who are factious and do not obey the truth, but obey wickedness, there will be wrath and fury.
 There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek,
 but glory and honor and peace for every one who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek.
 For God shows no partiality.
 Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side.
 And a scribe came up and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.”
 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”
 Another of the disciples said to him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save, Lord; we are perishing.”
 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O men of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
 This is he of whom I said, `After me comes a man who ranks before me, for he was before me.’
 I myself did not know him; but for this I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel.”
 And John bore witness, “I saw the Spirit descend as a dove from heaven, and it remained on him.
 I myself did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, `He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’
 And I have seen and have borne witness that this is the Son of God.”
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