Lectionary Readings Year A    Sunday, July 23th     (New International Version)
Genesis 28:10-19a (Jacob’s dream of the ladder)
Psalm 139:1-12 23-24 (You have searched me and known me)
Romans 8:12-25 (The revealing of the children of God)
Matthew 13:24-30 36-43 (The parable of the weeds)

Genesis 28:10-19
Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran. 11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the
night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.
12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the
angels of God were ascending and descending on it. 13 There above it[a] stood the Lord, and he said: “I am
the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the
land on which you are lying. 14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to
the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and
your offspring.[b] 15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this
land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of
it.” 17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is
the gate of heaven.”

18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and
poured oil on top of it. 19 He called that place Bethel,[c] though the city used to be called Luz.

Footnotes:
Genesis 28:13 Or There beside him
Genesis 28:14 Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20)
Genesis 28:19 Bethel means house of God.


Psalm 139:1-12
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 You have searched me, Lord,
  and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
  you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
  you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
  you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
  and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
  too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
  Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
  if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
  if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
  your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
  and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
  the night will shine like the day,
  for darkness is as light to you.


Psalm 139:23-24
23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
  test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
  and lead me in the way everlasting.
Romans 8:12-25
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.
13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of
the body, you will live.

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not
make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption
to sonship.[a] And by him we cry, “Abba,[b] Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we
are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if
indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

Present Suffering and Future Glory
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation
was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21
that[c] the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and
glory of the children of God.

22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present
time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait
eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But
hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do
not yet have, we wait for it patiently.

Footnotes:
Romans 8:15 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an
adopted male heir in Roman culture; also in verse 23.
Romans 8:15 Aramaic for father
Romans 8:21 Or subjected it in hope. 21 For


Matthew 13:24-30
The Parable of the Weeds

24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26
When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did
the weeds come from?’

28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.

“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’

29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let
both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and
tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”

Matthew 13:36-43
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the
parable of the weeds in the field.”

37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the
good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy
who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.

40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man
will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.