Sunday, July 2 (New Living Translation)
Genesis 22:1-14 (The testing of Abraham)
Psalm 13 (Will you forget me forever?)
Romans 6:12-23 (No longer under law but under grace)
Matthew 10:40-42 (Welcome Christ in those Christ sends)
Abraham’s Faith Tested
22 Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.
“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”
2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and
sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”
3 The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along
with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told
him about. 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay
here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship
there, and then we will come right back.”
6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire
and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”
8 “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on
9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood
on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the
knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven,
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear
God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it
as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the Lord will
provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
For the choir director: A psalm of David.
1 O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever?
How long will you look the other way?
2 How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul,
with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have the upper hand?
3 Turn and answer me, O Lord my God!
Restore the sparkle to my eyes, or I will die.
4 Don’t let my enemies gloat, saying, “We have defeated him!”
Don’t let them rejoice at my downfall.
5 But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
6 I will sing to the Lord
because he is good to me.
12 Do not let sin control the way you live;[a] do not give in to sinful desires. 13 Do not let any part of your body
become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but
now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin
is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the
freedom of God’s grace.
15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course
not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin,
which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 17 Thank God! Once you
were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you. 18 Now you are free from
your slavery to sin, and you have become slaves to righteous living.
19 Because of the weakness of your human nature, I am using the illustration of slavery to help you understand
all this. Previously, you let yourselves be slaves to impurity and lawlessness, which led ever deeper into sin.
Now you must give yourselves to be slaves to righteous living so that you will become holy.
20 When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the obligation to do right. 21 And what was the result?
You are now ashamed of the things you used to do, things that end in eternal doom. 22 But now you are free
from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result
in eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus
6:12 Or Do not let sin reign in your body, which is subject to death.
40 “Anyone who receives you receives me, and anyone who receives me receives the Father who sent me. 41 If
you receive a prophet as one who speaks for God,[a] you will be given the same reward as a prophet. And if you
receive righteous people because of their righteousness, you will be given a reward like theirs. 42 And if you
give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my followers, you will surely be rewarded.”
10:41 Greek receive a prophet in the name of a prophet.