The Wartburg Project

Daily Lectionary

April 2, 2024

These daily readings from the EHV follow the one-year daily lectionary provided in Christian Worship: Hymnal, the Lutheran Service Book, and the Treasury of Daily Prayer. In this lectionary, two readings of 15-25 verses each are provided for each day. Under this plan, nearly all of the New Testament and approximately one-third of the Old Testament are read each year. These readings fit well within the daily offices of Matins, Vespers, or Compline as daily family devotions.

Exodus 15:19-16:12

19When Pharaoh's horses along with his chariots and charioteers went into the sea, the Lord brought the waters of the sea back on them, but the Israelites walked on dry land in the middle of the sea.
20Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a hand drum, and all the women followed her with drums and dancing. 21Miriam sang to them,
Sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider he has thrown into the sea.
The Waters of Marah and Elim
22Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They traveled for three days in the wilderness but found no water. 23When they came to Marah, they were not able to drink the waters of Marah, because they were bitter. That is why they named the place Marah.[] 24The people grumbled against Moses, and they said, “What will we drink?” 25Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him some wood. Moses threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink.
There the Lord made a decree and ruling for them, and there he tested them. 26So he said, “If only you would listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in his eyes, and pay attention to his commandments, and keep all his regulations, I would not place on you any of the diseases that I placed on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
27Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there by the waters.
The Lord provides Manna and Quail
161On the fifteenth day of the second month after they had left the land of Egypt, the entire Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Wilderness of Sin,[] which is between Elim and Sinai. 2The entire Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord's hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat around pots of meat and ate as much food as we wanted, but now you have brought us out into this wilderness to have this whole community die of hunger.”
4Then the Lord said to Moses, “Watch what I will do. I will rain down bread from heaven for you, and the people will go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test whether they will follow my instructions or not. 5On the sixth day they will prepare what they bring in, and it will be twice as much as they gather on the other days.”
6So Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “At evening you will know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, 7and in the morning you will see the Glory of the Lord, because he has heard your constant grumbling against the Lord. Who are we that you should grumble against us?”
8Moses said, “Now the Lord will give you meat to eat in the evening and as much bread as you want in the morning, because the Lord has heard your grumbling against him. Who are we? Your grumbling is not against us but against the Lord.”
9Then Moses said to Aaron, “Tell the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, because he has heard your grumbling.’” 10As Aaron spoke to the entire Israelite community, they turned toward the wilderness, and suddenly the Glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.
11The Lord spoke to Moses: 12“I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Say to them, ‘At evening you will eat meat, and in the morning you will eat bread until you are full. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’”

Hebrews 10:1-18

Animal Sacrifices Are Not Sufficient
101In fact, the law is only a shadow of the good things to come, not the actual realization of those things. It will never be able to make perfect those who continually offer the same sacrifices year after year. 2If it could do this, wouldn't they have stopped bringing sacrifices, because the worshippers, once they were cleansed, would no longer have a bad conscience about sins? 3Instead, these sacrifices reminded them of their sins year after year. 4The fact is that the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sins.
5Therefore when he entered the world, Christ said:
Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but you prepared a body for me.
6You were not pleased
with burnt offerings and sin offerings.
7Then I said, “Here I am.
I have come to do your will, God.
In the scroll of the book it is written about me.”[]
8First he said:
Sacrifices and offerings that were offered according to the law,
both burnt offerings and sin offerings,
you did not desire,
and you were not pleased with them.[]
9Then he said:
Here I am.
I have come to do your will.[][]
He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10By this will, we have been sanctified once and for all, through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ.
Christ's Sacrifice Is Sufficient
11In the one case, every priest stood ministering day after day, offering the same sacrifices again and again, which are never able to remove sin. 12In the other case, this priest, after he offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God. 13Since then he has been waiting until his enemies are made a footstool under his feet. 14By only one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being sanctified.
15The Holy Spirit also testifies in Scripture[] to us, for first he said:
16This is the covenant I will make with them
after those days, says the Lord.
I will put my laws on their hearts
and I will write them on their mind.[]
17Then he adds:
And I will not remember their sins and their lawlessness any longer.[]
18Now where these sins are forgiven, there is no longer any sacrifice for sin.