Saturday, December 19, 2020
St. Abgar, Witness and First Christian King
I Timothy 2:1-7
 Listen therefore, O kings, and understand;
learn, O judges of the ends of the earth.
 Give ear, you that rule over multitudes,
and boast of many nations.
 For your dominion was given you from the Lord,
and your sovereignty from the Most High,
who will search out your works and inquire into your plans.
 Because as servants of his kingdom you did not rule rightly,
nor keep the law,
nor walk according to the purpose of God,
 he will come upon you terribly and swiftly,
because severe judgment falls on those in high places.
 For the lowliest man may be pardoned in mercy,
but mighty men will be mightily tested.
 For the Lord of all will not stand in awe of any one,
nor show deference to greatness;
because he himself made both small and great,
and he takes thought for all alike.
 But a strict inquiry is in store for the mighty.
 To you then, O monarchs, my words are directed,
that you may learn wisdom and not transgress.
 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus,
whose right hand I have grasped,
to subdue nations before him
and ungird the loins of kings,
to open doors before him
that gates may not be closed:
 “I will go before you
and level the mountains,
I will break in pieces the doors of bronze
and cut asunder the bars of iron,
 I will give you the treasures of darkness
and the hoards in secret places,
that you may know that it is I, the LORD,
the God of Israel, who call you by your name.
I Timothy 2:1-7
 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all men,
 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.
 This is good, and it is acceptable in the sight of God our Savior,
 who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
 who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.
 For this I was appointed a preacher and apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
 After he had ended all his sayings in the hearing of the people he entered Caper’na-um.
 Now a centurion had a slave who was dear to him, who was sick and at the point of death.
 When he heard of Jesus, he sent to him elders of the Jews, asking him to come and heal his slave.
 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him earnestly, saying, “He is worthy to have you do this for him,
 for he loves our nation, and he built us our synagogue.”
 And Jesus went with them. When he was not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying to him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you come under my roof;
 therefore I did not presume to come to you. But say the word, and let my servant be healed.
 For I am a man set under authority, with soldiers under me: and I say to one, `Go,’ and he goes; and to another, `Come,’ and he comes; and to my slave, `Do this,’ and he does it.”
 When Jesus heard this he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude that followed him, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”
 And when those who had been sent returned to the house, they found the slave well.
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