The Wartburg Project

Daily Lectionary

April 4, 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 17:1-16

Water From the Rock
171The entire Israelite community set out on their journey from the Wilderness of Sin[] as the Lord had commanded. They camped at Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2So the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.”
Moses said to them, “Why are you quarreling with me? Why are you testing the Lord?”
3But the people were thirsty for water there, so they grumbled against Moses. They said, “Why did you ever bring us up out of Egypt to let us, our children, and our livestock die of thirst?”
4Moses cried out to the Lord, “What shall I do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me!”
5The Lord said to Moses, “Go in front of the people, and take the elders of Israel with you. Also take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. 6Watch me. I will stand there in front of you on the rock in Horeb. You are to strike the rock. Water will come out of it, and the people will drink.” Moses did that in the sight of the elders of Israel. 7He named the place Massah[] and Meribah,[] because the Israelites quarreled, and because they tested the Lord by saying, “Is the Lord among us or not?”
Battle With the Amalekites
8Then the Amalekites came and fought against the Israelites at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, “Select some men for us, and go out and fight against the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the hilltop, and God's staff will be in my hand.” 10So Joshua did just as Moses told him.
While Joshua was fighting against the Amalekites, Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the hilltop. 11Whenever Moses held up his hand, the Israelites would start winning, but whenever he lowered his hand,[] the Amalekites would start winning. 12When Moses' arms became tired, they took a stone and placed it under him, and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held up his hands—one on one side, and one on the other side. In this way his hands were steady until sunset. 13So Joshua defeated the Amalekite army with the sword.
14The Lord then said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as a memorial, and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely erase the memory of the Amalekites from under heaven.” 15Moses built an altar and named it “The Lord is My Banner,” 16because he had said, “Since a hand was raised against the throne of the Lord,[] the Lord will be at war with the Amalekites from generation to generation.”

Hebrews 11:1-29

111Faith is being sure about what we hope for, being convinced about things we do not see. 2For by this faith the ancients were commended in Scripture.[]
3By faith we know that the universe was created by God's word, so that what is seen did not come from visible things.
4By faith Abel offered a better sacrifice to God than Cain did. By faith he was commended in Scripture as righteous when God testified favorably about his gifts. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
5By faith Enoch was taken up, so that he would not experience death, and he was not found because God took him away.[] In fact, before he was taken away, he was commended in Scripture as one who “pleased God.”[] 6And without faith it is impossible to please God. Indeed, it is necessary for the one who approaches God to believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
7By faith Noah, when he was warned about things that had not been seen before, built an ark, in reverent fear, in order to save his family. By it he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that is by faith.
8By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go to a place that he was going to receive as an inheritance, and he left without knowing where he was going.
9By faith he lived as a stranger in the Promised Land, as if it did not belong to him, dwelling in tents along with Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
11By faith Abraham also received the ability to conceive children, even though Sarah herself was barren and he was past the normal age, because he considered him faithful who made the promise.[] 12And so from one man, and he as good as dead, descendants were born as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand along the seashore.
13One by one, all of these died in faith, without having received the things that were promised, but they saw and welcomed them from a distance. They confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14Indeed, people who say things like that make it clear that they are looking for a land of their own. 15And if they were remembering the land they had come from, they would have had an opportunity to return. 16Instead, they were longing for a better land—a heavenly one. For that reason, God is not ashamed to be called their God, because he prepared a city for them.
17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered Isaac. This man, who received the promises, was ready to offer his only son, 18about whom it was said, “Through Isaac your offspring will be traced.”[] 19He reasoned that God also had the ability to raise him from the dead, and in a figurative sense, Abraham did receive him back from the dead.
20By faith Isaac also blessed Jacob and Esau about things that were going to happen.
21By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph's sons and worshipped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
22By faith Joseph, as he neared the end of his life, mentioned[] the Exodus of the sons of Israel and gave instructions about his bones.
23By faith Moses was hidden by his parents for three months after he was born, because they saw he was a special child, and they were not afraid of the king's order.
24By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter when he grew up. 25He chose to be mistreated with God's people rather than enjoy sin for a little while. 26He considered disgrace for the sake of Christ as greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.
27By faith he left Egypt without fearing the king's wrath, because he persevered as one who sees him who is invisible.
28By faith he celebrated the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not strike them down.
29By faith they passed through the Red Sea, as if going through on dry ground. When the Egyptians tried it, they were drowned.