December 2, 2020 (Put Hope)

I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word. Put your hope in the Lord. For there is faithful love with the Lord. Put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever. We are all in the presence of God to hear everything you have been commanded.

December 2, 2020 (Put Hope)

Psalm 130, CSB

A song of ascents.

Out of the depths I call to you, Lord!

Lord, listen to my voice; let your ears be attentive to my cry for help.

Lord, if you kept an account of iniquities, Lord, who could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness, so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord; I wait and put my hope in his word.

I wait for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning— more than watchmen for the morning.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord. For there is faithful love with the Lord, and with him is redemption in abundance.

And he will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.

Psalm 131, CSB

A song of ascents. Of David.

Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too wondrous for me.

Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like a weaned child.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord, both now and forever.

Proverbs 28:1–10, CSB

The wicked flee when no one is pursuing them, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

When a land is in rebellion, it has many rulers, but with a discerning and knowledgeable person, it endures.

A destitute leader who oppresses the poor is like a driving rain that leaves no food.

Those who reject the law praise the wicked, but those who keep the law pit themselves against them.

The evil do not understand justice, but those who seek the Lord understand everything.

Better the poor person who lives with integrity than the rich one who distorts right and wrong.

A discerning son keeps the law, but a companion of gluttons humiliates his father.

Whoever increases his wealth through excessive interest collects it for one who is kind to the poor.

Anyone who turns his ear away from hearing the law— even his prayer is detestable.

The one who leads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will inherit what is good.

Acts 10:9–43, CSB

The next day, as they were traveling and nearing the city, Peter went up to pray on the roof about noon.

He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing something, he fell into a trance.

He saw heaven opened and an object that resembled a large sheet coming down, being lowered by its four corners to the earth.

In it were all the four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth, and the birds of the sky.

A voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”

“No, Lord!” Peter said. “For I have never eaten anything impure and ritually unclean.”

Again, a second time, the voice said to him, “What God has made clean, do not call impure.”

This happened three times, and suddenly the object was taken up into heaven.

While Peter was deeply perplexed about what the vision he had seen might mean, right away the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions to Simon’s house, stood at the gate.

They called out, asking if Simon, who was also named Peter, was lodging there.

While Peter was thinking about the vision, the Spirit told him, “Three men are here looking for you.

Get up, go downstairs, and go with them with no doubts at all, because I have sent them.”

Then Peter went down to the men and said, “Here I am, the one you’re looking for. What is the reason you’re here?”

They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who has a good reputation with the whole Jewish nation, was divinely directed by a holy angel to call you to his house and to hear a message from you.”

Peter then invited them in and gave them lodging. The next day he got up and set out with them, and some of the brothers from Joppa went with him.

The following day he entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends.

When Peter entered, Cornelius met him, fell at his feet, and worshiped him.

But Peter lifted him up and said, “Stand up. I myself am also a man.”

While talking with him, he went in and found a large gathering of people.

Peter said to them, “You know it’s forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner, but God has shown me that I must not call any person impure or unclean.

That’s why I came without any objection when I was sent for. So may I ask why you sent for me?”

Cornelius replied, “Four days ago at this hour, at three in the afternoon, I was praying in my house. Just then a man in dazzling clothing stood before me and said, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your acts of charity have been remembered in God’s sight.

Therefore send someone to Joppa and invite Simon here, who is also named Peter. He is lodging in Simon the tanner’s house by the sea.’

So I immediately sent for you, and it was good of you to come. So now we are all in the presence of God to hear everything you have been commanded by the Lord.”

Peter began to speak: “Now I truly understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.

He sent the message to the Israelites, proclaiming the good news of peace through Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.

You know the events that took place throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee after the baptism that John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how he went about doing good and healing all who were under the tyranny of the devil, because God was with him.

We ourselves are witnesses of everything he did in both the Judean country and in Jerusalem, and yet they killed him by hanging him on a tree.

God raised up this man on the third day and caused him to be seen, not by all the people, but by us whom God appointed as witnesses, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.

He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one appointed by God to be the judge of the living and the dead.

All the prophets testify about him that through his name everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins.”

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