Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, July 16th     (New International Version)
Genesis 25:19-34 (Esau sells his birthright to Jacob)
Psalm 119:105-112 (Your word is a lamp to my feet)
Romans 8:1-11 (Living according to the Spirit)
Matthew 13:1-9 18-23 (The parable of the sower and the seed)

Genesis 25:19-34
Jacob and Esau
19 This is the account of the family line of Abraham’s son Isaac.

Abraham became the father of Isaac, 20 and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah daughter
of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram[a] and sister of Laban the Aramean.

21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer,
and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is
this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord.

23 The Lord said to her,

“Two nations are in your womb,
  and two peoples from within you will be separated;
one people will be stronger than the other,
  and the older will serve the younger.”
24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. 25 The first to come out
was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment; so they named him Esau.[b] 26 After this, his brother
came out, with his hand grasping Esau’s heel; so he was named Jacob.[c] Isaac was sixty years old when
Rebekah gave birth to them.

27 The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content
to stay at home among the tents. 28 Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved
Jacob.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to
Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.[d])

31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”

32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”

33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.

34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.

So Esau despised his birthright.

Footnotes:
Genesis 25:20 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
Genesis 25:25 Esau may mean hairy.
Genesis 25:26 Jacob means he grasps the heel, a Hebrew idiom for he deceives.
Genesis 25:30 Edom means red.
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Psalm 119:105-112
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
  a light on my path.
106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it,
  that I will follow your righteous laws.
107 I have suffered much;
  preserve my life, Lord, according to your word.
108 Accept, Lord, the willing praise of my mouth,
  and teach me your laws.
109 Though I constantly take my life in my hands,
  I will not forget your law.
110 The wicked have set a snare for me,
  but I have not strayed from your precepts.
111 Your statutes are my heritage forever;
  they are the joy of my heart.
112 My heart is set on keeping your decrees
  to the very end.[a]

Footnotes:
Psalm 119:112 Or decrees / for their enduring reward

Romans 8:1-11
Life Through the Spirit

8 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ
Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you[a] free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the
law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,[b] God did by sending his own Son in the
likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.[c] And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the
righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but
according to the Spirit.

5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in
accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the
flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is
hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh
cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of
God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if
Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[d]
because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who
raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[e] his Spirit who lives in you.

Footnotes
:
Romans 8:2 The Greek is singular; some manuscripts me
Romans 8:3 In contexts like this, the Greek word for flesh (sarx) refers to the sinful state of human
beings, often presented as a power in opposition to the Spirit; also in verses 4-13.
Romans 8:3 Or flesh, for sin
Romans 8:10 Or you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive
Romans 8:11 Some manuscripts bodies through


Matthew 13:1-9
The Parable of the Sower

13 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him
that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things
in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the
path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang
up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they
withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.
9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

Matthew 13:18-23
18 “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the
kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This
is the seed sown along the path. 20 The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word
and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or
persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 22 The seed falling among the thorns refers
to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word,
making it unfruitful. 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and
understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”