172 – June 21
Moses gathered together the whole Israelite community and said to them: These are the things that the LORD has commanded you to do:
2 Do your work for six days, but the seventh day should be holy to you, a Sabbath of complete rest for the LORD. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath will be put to death. 3 Don’t start a fire in any of your homes on the Sabbath day.
4 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, This is what the LORD has commanded: 5 Collect gift offerings for the LORD from all of you. Whoever freely wants to give should bring the LORD’s gift offerings: gold, silver, and copper; 6 blue, purple, and deep red yarns; fine linen; goats’ hair; 7 rams’ skins dyed red; beaded leather; acacia wood; 8 the oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the sweet-smelling incense; 9 gemstones; and gems for setting in the priest’s vest and in the priest’s chest pendant.
10 All of you who are skilled in crafts should come forward and make everything that the LORD has commanded: 11 the dwelling, its tent and its covering, its clasps, its boards, its bars, its posts, and its bases, 12 the chest with its poles and its cover, the veil for a screen, 13 the table with its poles and all its equipment, the bread of the presence, 14 the lampstand for light with its equipment and its lamps, the oil for the light, 15 the incense altar with its poles, the anointing oil and the sweet-smelling incense, the entrance screen for the dwelling’s entrance, 16 the altar for entirely burned offerings with its copper grate, its poles, and all its equipment, the washbasin with its stand, 17 the courtyard’s drapes, its posts, and its bases, and the screen for the courtyard gate, 18 the dwelling’s tent pegs and the courtyard’s tent pegs, and their cords, 19 the woven clothing for ministering in the sanctuary, and the holy clothes for Aaron the priest and his sons for their service as priests.
Comment: “all of you who are skilled in crafts (and all other things) come forward and make everything that the Lord has commanded.” This is the ordering of our church life and our life outside of church. God has gifted us with time, talents, and treasure to be shared.
After the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples; and after encouraging them and saying farewell, he left for Macedonia. 2 When he had gone through those regions and had given the believers much encouragement, he came to Greece, 3 where he stayed for three months. He was about to set sail for Syria when a plot was made against him by the Jews, and so he decided to return through Macedonia. 4 He was accompanied by Sopater son of Pyrrhus from Beroea, by Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica, by Gaius from Derbe, and by Timothy, as well as by Tychicus and Trophimus from Asia. 5 They went ahead and were waiting for us in Troas; 6 but we sailed from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and in five days we joined them in Troas, where we stayed for seven days.
7 On the first day of the week, when we met to break bread, Paul was holding a discussion with them; since he intended to leave the next day, he continued speaking until midnight. 8 There were many lamps in the room upstairs where we were meeting. 9 A young man named Eutychus, who was sitting in the window, began to sink off into a deep sleep while Paul talked still longer. Overcome by sleep, he fell to the ground three floors below and was picked up dead. 10 But Paul went down, and bending over him took him in his arms, and said, “Do not be alarmed, for his life is in him.” 11 Then Paul went upstairs, and after he had broken bread and eaten, he continued to converse with them until dawn; then he left. 12 Meanwhile they had taken the boy away alive and were not a little comforted.
13 We went ahead to the ship and set sail for Assos, intending to take Paul on board there; for he had made this arrangement, intending to go by land himself. 14 When he met us in Assos, we took him on board and went to Mitylene. 15 We sailed from there, and on the following day we arrived opposite Chios. The next day we touched at Samos, and the day after that we came to Miletus. 16 For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not have to spend time in Asia; he was eager to be in Jerusalem, if possible, on the day of Pentecost.
Not to us, O LORD, not to us, but to your name give glory,
for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness.
2 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in the heavens;
he does whatever he pleases.
4 Their idols are silver and gold,
the work of human hands.
5 They have mouths, but do not speak;
eyes, but do not see.
6 They have ears, but do not hear;
noses, but do not smell.
7 They have hands, but do not feel;
feet, but do not walk;
they make no sound in their throats.
8 Those who make them are like them;
so are all who trust in them.
Comment: the impotence of idols, all of our idols. In a church today idols may not be exact images since we understand the role of art as inspiration (and ancient Israel did not.) What would our idols look like today? They too are impotent.
Prayer: O Lord, our God, you alone are One, and we worship you. Amen.