Sunday, June 25, 2017 (New Living Translation)
Genesis 21:8-21 (The rescue of Hagar and Ishmael)
Psalm 86:1-10 16-17 (Prayer for deliverance)
Romans 6:1b-11 (Buried and raised with Christ in baptism)
Matthew 10:24-39 (The cost of discipleship)
Hagar and Ishmael Are Sent Away
8 When Isaac grew up and was about to be weaned, Abraham prepared a huge feast to celebrate the occasion.
9 But Sarah saw Ishmael—the son of Abraham and her Egyptian servant Hagar—making fun of her son, Isaac.
[a] 10 So she turned to Abraham and demanded, “Get rid of that slave woman and her son. He is not going to
share the inheritance with my son, Isaac. I won’t have it!”
11 This upset Abraham very much because Ishmael was his son. 12 But God told Abraham, “Do not be upset
over the boy and your servant. Do whatever Sarah tells you, for Isaac is the son through whom your
descendants will be counted. 13 But I will also make a nation of the descendants of Hagar’s son because he is
your son, too.”
14 So Abraham got up early the next morning, prepared food and a container of water, and strapped them on
Hagar’s shoulders. Then he sent her away with their son, and she wandered aimlessly in the wilderness of
15 When the water was gone, she put the boy in the shade of a bush. 16 Then she went and sat down by herself
about a hundred yards[b] away. “I don’t want to watch the boy die,” she said, as she burst into tears.
17 But God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, “Hagar, what’s wrong? Do
not be afraid! God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. 18 Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a
great nation from his descendants.”
19 Then God opened Hagar’s eyes, and she saw a well full of water. She quickly filled her water container and
gave the boy a drink.
20 And God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer, 21 and he settled
in the wilderness of Paran. His mother arranged for him to marry a woman from the land of Egypt.
21:9 As in Greek version and Latin Vulgate; Hebrew lacks of her son, Isaac.
21:16 Hebrew a bowshot.
A prayer of David.
1 Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
2 Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
3 Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
4 Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
5 O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
6 Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
7 I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.
8 No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!
9 All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.
Sin’s Power Is Broken
6 Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? 2 Of
course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it? 3 Or have you forgotten that when we
were joined with Christ Jesus in baptism, we joined him in his death? 4 For we died and were buried with
Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we
also may live new lives.
5 Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. 6 We know that our
old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer
slaves to sin. 7 For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. 8 And since we died
with Christ, we know we will also live with him. 9 We are sure of this because Christ was raised from the
dead, and he will never die again. Death no longer has any power over him. 10 When he died, he died once to
break the power of sin. But now that he lives, he lives for the glory of God. 11 So you also should consider
yourselves to be dead to the power of sin and alive to God through Christ Jesus.
24 “Students[a] are not greater than their teacher, and slaves are not greater than their master. 25
Students are to be like their teacher, and slaves are to be like their master. And since I, the master of the
household, have been called the prince of demons,[b] the members of my household will be called by even
26 “But don’t be afraid of those who threaten you. For the time is coming when everything that is covered will
be revealed, and all that is secret will be made known to all. 27 What I tell you now in the darkness, shout
abroad when daybreak comes. What I whisper in your ear, shout from the housetops for all to hear!
28 “Don’t be afraid of those who want to kill your body; they cannot touch your soul. Fear only God, who can
destroy both soul and body in hell.[c] 29 What is the price of two sparrows—one copper coin[d]? But not a
single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are
all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.
32 “Everyone who acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I will also acknowledge before my Father in
heaven. 33 But everyone who denies me here on earth, I will also deny before my Father in heaven.
34 “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword.
35 ‘I have come to set a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 Your enemies will be right in your own household!’[e]
37 “If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love
your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. 38 If you refuse to take up your cross
and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine. 39 If you cling to your life, you will lose it; but if you give up
your life for me, you will find it.
10:24 Or Disciples.
10:25 Greek Beelzeboul; other manuscripts read Beezeboul; Latin version reads Beelzebub.
10:28 Greek Gehenna.
10:29 Greek one assarion [i.e., one “as,” a Roman coin equal to 1⁄16 of a denarius].
10:35-36 Mic 7:6.