Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Fourth Day of Zadeeg
 Moses said, `The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet from your brethren as he raised me up. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you.
 And it shall be that every soul that does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’
 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came afterwards, also proclaimed these days.
 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant which God gave to your fathers, saying to Abraham, `And in your posterity shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’
 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you in turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sad’ducees came upon them,
 annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead.
 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the morrow, for it was already evening.
 But many of those who heard the word believed; and the number of the men came to about five thousand.
 On the morrow their rulers and elders and scribes were gathered together in Jerusalem,
 with Annas the high priest and Ca’iaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family.
 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?”
 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders,
 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a cripple, by what means this man has been healed,
 be it known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by him this man is standing before you well.
 This is the stone which was rejected by you builders, but which has become the head of the corner.
 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greeting.
 Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,
 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.
 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all men generously and without reproaching, and it will be given him.
 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.
[7,8] For that person must not suppose that a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways, will receive anything from the Lord.
 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation,
 and the rich in his humiliation, because like the flower of the grass he will pass away.
 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits.
 Blessed is the man who endures trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life which God has promised to those who love him.
 As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them.
 But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit.
 And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings rise in your hearts?
 See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.”
 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emma’us, about seven miles from Jerusalem,
 and talking with each other about all these things that had happened.
 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them.
 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him.
 And he said to them, “What is this conversation which you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad.
 Then one of them, named Cle’opas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people,
 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him.
 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since this happened.
 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning
 and did not find his body; and they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive.
 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb, and found it just as the women had said; but him they did not see.”
 And he said to them, “O foolish men, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken!
 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?”
 And beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He appeared to be going further,
 but they constrained him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.
 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them.
 And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight.
 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?”
 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven gathered together and those who were with them,
 who said, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”
 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.
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