Sunday, June 18, 2017      (New Living Translation)

Genesis 18:1-15 [21:1-7] (The call of Abraham and Sarah)
Psalm 116:1-2 12-19 (Thanks for God’s bounty)
Romans 5:1-8 (While we were sinners Christ died for us)
Matthew 9:35—10:8 [9-23] (The sending of the twelve)

Genesis 18:1-15
A Son Is Promised to Sarah
18 The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting
at the entrance to his tent during the hottest part of the day. 2 He looked up and noticed three men standing
nearby. When he saw them, he ran to meet them and welcomed them, bowing low to the ground.

3 “My lord,” he said, “if it pleases you, stop here for a while. 4 Rest in the shade of this tree while water is
brought to wash your feet. 5 And since you’ve honored your servant with this visit, let me prepare some food
to refresh you before you continue on your journey.”

“All right,” they said. “Do as you have said.”

6 So Abraham ran back to the tent and said to Sarah, “Hurry! Get three large measures[a] of your best
flour, knead it into dough, and bake some bread.” 7 Then Abraham ran out to the herd and chose a tender calf
and gave it to his servant, who quickly prepared it. 8 When the food was ready, Abraham took some yogurt
and milk and the roasted meat, and he served it to the men. As they ate, Abraham waited on them in the
shade of the trees.

9 “Where is Sarah, your wife?” the visitors asked.

“She’s inside the tent,” Abraham replied.

10 Then one of them said, “I will return to you about this time next year, and your wife, Sarah, will have a
son!”

Sarah was listening to this conversation from the tent. 11 Abraham and Sarah were both very old by this
time, and Sarah was long past the age of having children. 12 So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How
could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”

13 Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a
baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a
son.”

15 Sarah was afraid, so she denied it, saying, “I didn’t laugh.”

But the Lord said, “No, you did laugh.”

Footnotes:
18:6 Hebrew 3 seahs, about half a bushel or 22 liters.

Genesis 21:1-7
The Birth of Isaac
21 The Lord kept his word and did for Sarah exactly what he had promised. 2 She became pregnant, and she
gave birth to a son for Abraham in his old age. This happened at just the time God had said it would. 3 And
Abraham named their son Isaac. 4 Eight days after Isaac was born, Abraham circumcised him as God had
commanded. 5 Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.

6 And Sarah declared, “God has brought me laughter.[a] All who hear about this will laugh with me. 7 Who
would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse a baby? Yet I have given Abraham a son in his old age!”

Footnotes:
21:6 The name Isaac means “he laughs.”

Psalm 116
1 I love the Lord because he hears my voice
 and my prayer for mercy.
2 Because he bends down to listen,
 I will pray as long as I have breath!
Psalm 116:12-19
12 What can I offer the Lord
 for all he has done for me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
 and praise the Lord’s name for saving me.
14 I will keep my promises to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people.
15 The Lord cares deeply
 when his loved ones die.
16 O Lord, I am your servant;
 yes, I am your servant, born into your household;
 you have freed me from my chains.
17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving
 and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will fulfill my vows to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people—
19 in the house of the Lord
 in the heart of Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

Romans 5:1-8
Faith Brings Joy
5 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace[a] with God because of
what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of
undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.

3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.
4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us
the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

6 When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. 7 Now, most
people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a
person who is especially good. 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we
were still sinners.

Footnotes:
5:1 Some manuscripts read let us have peace.

Matthew 9:35-10:8
The Need for Workers
35 Jesus traveled through all the towns and villages of that area, teaching in the synagogues and announcing
the Good News about the Kingdom. And he healed every kind of disease and illness. 36 When he saw the
crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 He said to his disciples, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. 38 So pray to the Lord who is in
charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.”

Jesus Sends Out the Twelve Apostles
10 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to cast out evil[a] spirits and to heal
every kind of disease and illness. 2 Here are the names of the twelve apostles:

first, Simon (also called Peter),
then Andrew (Peter’s brother),
James (son of Zebedee),
John (James’s brother),
3 Philip,
Bartholomew,
Thomas,
Matthew (the tax collector),
James (son of Alphaeus),
Thaddaeus,[b]
4 Simon (the zealot[c]),
Judas Iscariot (who later betrayed him).
5 Jesus sent out the twelve apostles with these instructions: “Don’t go to the Gentiles or the Samaritans, 6
but only to the people of Israel—God’s lost sheep. 7 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is
near.[d] 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure those with leprosy, and cast out demons. Give as freely as you
have received!

Footnotes:
10:1 Greek unclean.
10:3 Other manuscripts read Lebbaeus; still others read Lebbaeus who is called Thaddaeus.
10:4 Greek the Cananean, an Aramaic term for Jewish nationalists.
10:7 Or has come, or is coming soon.

Matthew 10:9-23
9 “Don’t take any money in your money belts—no gold, silver, or even copper coins. 10 Don’t carry a traveler’s
bag with a change of clothes and sandals or even a walking stick. Don’t hesitate to accept hospitality, because
those who work deserve to be fed.

11 “Whenever you enter a city or village, search for a worthy person and stay in his home until you leave town.
12 When you enter the home, give it your blessing. 13 If it turns out to be a worthy home, let your blessing
stand; if it is not, take back the blessing. 14 If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to
your message, shake its dust from your feet as you leave. 15 I tell you the truth, the wicked cities of Sodom
and Gomorrah will be better off than such a town on the judgment day.

16 “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. 17
But beware! For you will be handed over to the courts and will be flogged with whips in the synagogues. 18 You
will stand trial before governors and kings because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to
tell the rulers and other unbelievers about me.[a] 19 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to
respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. 20 For it is not you who will be
speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

21 “A brother will betray his brother to death, a father will betray his own child, and children will rebel
against their parents and cause them to be killed. 22 And all nations will hate you because you are my
followers.[b] But everyone who endures to the end will be saved. 23 When you are persecuted in one town,
flee to the next. I tell you the truth, the Son of Man[c] will return before you have reached all the towns of
Israel.

Footnotes:
10:18 Or But this will be your testimony against the rulers and other unbelievers.
10:22 Greek on account of my name.
10:23 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself.