March 4-2018 Communion Sunday
Season of Lent
Old Testament: Exodus 20:1-17
Exo 20:1 God spoke, and these were his words:
Exo 20:2 “I am the LORD your God who brought you out of Egypt, where you were slaves.
Exo 20:3 “Worship no god but me.
Exo 20:4 “Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth.
Exo 20:5 Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the LORD your God and I tolerate no rivals. I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.
Exo 20:6 But I show my love to thousands of generations of those who love me and obey my laws.
Exo 20:7 “Do not use my name for evil purposes, for I, the LORD your God, will punish anyone who misuses my name.
Exo 20:8 “Observe the Sabbath and keep it holy.
Exo 20:9 You have six days in which to do your work,
Exo 20:10 but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to me. On that day no one is to work—neither you, your children, your slaves, your animals, nor the foreigners who live in your country.
Exo 20:11 In six days I, the LORD, made the earth, the sky, the seas, and everything in them, but on the seventh day I rested. That is why I, the LORD, blessed the Sabbath and made it holy.
Exo 20:12 “Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live a long time in the land that I am giving you.
Exo 20:13 “Do not commit murder.
Exo 20:14 “Do not commit adultery.
Exo 20:15 “Do not steal.
Exo 20:16 “Do not accuse anyone falsely.
Exo 20:17 “Do not desire another man’s house; do not desire his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns.”
New Testament: John 2:13-22
Joh 2:13 It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem.
Joh 2:14 There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the moneychangers sitting at their tables.
Joh 2:15 So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins;
Joh 2:16 and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, “Take them out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!”
Joh 2:17 His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”
Joh 2:18 The Jewish authorities came back at him with a question, “What miracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this?”
Joh 2:19 Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.”
Joh 2:20 “Are you going to build it again in three days?” they asked him. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple!”
Joh 2:21 But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body.
Joh 2:22 So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said.