March 21 (Daily Scripture)

Thirty-Eighth Day of Great Lent

Exodus 4:21-5:3
Zechariah 9:9-16

Exodus 4:21-5:3
[21] And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.
[22] And you shall say to Pharaoh, `Thus says the LORD, Israel is my first-born son,
[23] and I say to you, “Let my son go that he may serve me”; if you refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay your first-born son.'”
[24] At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to kill him.
[25] Then Zippo’rah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin, and touched Moses’ feet with it, and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!”
[26] So he let him alone. Then it was that she said, “You are a bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.
[27] The LORD said to Aaron, “Go into the wilderness to meet Moses.” So he went, and met him at the mountain of God and kissed him.
[28] And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD with which he had sent him, and all the signs which he had charged him to do.
[29] Then Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the people of Israel.
[30] And Aaron spoke all the words which the LORD had spoken to Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people.
[31] And the people believed; and when they heard that the LORD had visited the people of Israel and that he had seen their affliction, they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Chapter 5
[1] Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, `Let my people go, that they may hold a feast to me in the wilderness.'”
[2] But Pharaoh said, “Who is the LORD, that I should heed his voice and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD, and moreover I will not let Israel go.”
[3] Then they said, “The God of the Hebrews has met with us; let us go, we pray, a three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, lest he fall upon us with pestilence or with the sword.”

Zechariah 9:9-16
[9] Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on an ass,
on a colt the foal of an ass.
[10] I will cut off the chariot from E’phraim
and the war horse from Jerusalem;
and the battle bow shall be cut off,
and he shall command peace to the nations;
his dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
[11] As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you,
I will set your captives free from the waterless pit.
[12] Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope;
today I declare that I will restore to you double.
[13] For I have bent Judah as my bow;
I have made E’phraim its arrow.
I will brandish your sons, O Zion,
over your sons, O Greece,
and wield you like a warrior’s sword.
[14] Then the LORD will appear over them,
and his arrow go forth like lightning;
the Lord GOD will sound the trumpet,
and march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
[15] The LORD of hosts will protect them,
and they shall devour and tread down the slingers;
and they shall drink their blood like wine,
and be full like a bowl,
drenched like the corners of the altar.
[16] On that day the LORD their God will save them
for they are the flock of his people;
for like the jewels of a crown
they shall shine on his land.

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