Thursday, July 22, 2021
Sts. Adam, Abel, Seth, Enos, Enoch, Noah, Melchizadek, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, Eleazar, Joshua, Samuel, Samson, Jephthah, Barak, Gideon, and other Patriarchs of the Old Testament
I Samuel 15:34-35
I Samuel 25:1
 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the LORD.”
 And again, she bore his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, and Cain a tiller of the ground.
 In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground,
 and Abel brought of the firstlings of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering,
 but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell.
 The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your countenance fallen?
 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is couching at the door; its desire is for you, but you must master it.”
 Cain said to Abel his brother, “Let us go out to the field.” And when they were in the field, Cain rose up against his brother Abel, and killed him.
 When Adam had lived a hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
 The days of Adam after he became the father of Seth were eight hundred years; and he had other sons and daughters.
 Thus all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.
 When Seth had lived a hundred and five years, he became the father of Enosh.
 Seth lived after the birth of Enosh eight hundred and seven years, and had other sons and daughters.
 Thus all the days of Seth were nine hundred and twelve years; and he died.
 When Enosh had lived ninety years, he became the father of Kenan.
 Enosh lived after the birth of Kenan eight hundred and fifteen years, and had other sons and daughters.
 Thus all the days of Enosh were nine hundred and five years; and he died.
 Thus all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years.
 Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
 After Noah was five hundred years old, Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
 After the flood Noah lived three hundred and fifty years.
 All the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.
 When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
 And he divided his forces against them by night, he and his servants, and routed them and pursued them to Hobah, north of Damascus.
 Then he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his kinsman Lot with his goods, and the women and the people.
 After his return from the defeat of Ched-or-lao’mer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley).
 And Mel-chiz’edek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High.
 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
maker of heaven and earth;
 and blessed be God Most High,
who has delivered your enemies into your hand!”
 These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, a hundred and seventy-five years.
 Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people.
 Isaac and Ish’mael his sons buried him in the cave of Mach-pe’lah, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite, east of Mamre,
 the field which Abraham purchased from the Hittites. There Abraham was buried, with Sarah his wife.
 After the death of Abraham God blessed Isaac his son. And Isaac dwelt at Beer-la’hai-roi.
 And Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre, or Kir’iath-ar’ba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.
 Now the days of Isaac were a hundred and eighty years.
 And Isaac breathed his last; and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days; and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.
 the field and the cave that is in it were purchased from the Hittites.”
 When Jacob finished charging his sons, he drew up his feet into the bed, and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.
 Then Joseph fell on his father’s face, and wept over him, and kissed him.
 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel;
 forty days were required for it, for so many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.
 And when the days of weeping for him were past, Joseph spoke to the household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying,
 My father made me swear, saying, `I am about to die: in my tomb which I hewed out for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me.’ Now therefore let me go up, I pray you, and bury my father; then I will return.”
 And Pharaoh answered, “Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
 So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his household, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
 as well as all the household of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s household; only their children, their flocks, and their herds were left in the land of Goshen.
 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen; it was a very great company.
 When they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, they lamented there with a very great and sorrowful lamentation; and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
 When the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning on the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians.” Therefore the place was named A’bel-mizraim; it is beyond the Jordan.
 Thus his sons did for him as he had commanded them;
 for his sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field at Mach-pe’lah, to the east of Mamre, which Abraham bought with the field from Ephron the Hittite, to possess as a burying place.
 And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die; but God will visit you, and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
 Then Joseph took an oath of the sons of Israel, saying, “God will visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.”
 So Joseph died, being a hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.
 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron at Mount Hor, on the border of the land of Edom,
 “Aaron shall be gathered to his people; for he shall not enter the land which I have given to the people of Israel, because you rebelled against my command at the waters of Mer’ibah.
 Take Aaron and Elea’zar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor;
 and strip Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Elea’zar his son; and Aaron shall be gathered to his people, and shall die there.”
 Moses did as the LORD commanded; and they went up Mount Hor in the sight of all the congregation.
 And Moses stripped Aaron of his garments, and put them upon Elea’zar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain. Then Moses and Elea’zar came down from the mountain.
 And when all the congregation saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel wept for Aaron thirty days.
 So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD,
 and he buried him in the valley in the land of Moab opposite Beth-pe’or; but no man knows the place of his burial to this day.
 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
 And the people of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days; then the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.
And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands upon him; so the people of Israel obeyed him, and did as the LORD had commanded Moses.
 And there has not arisen a prophet since in Israel like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face,
 none like him for all the signs and the wonders which the LORD sent him to do in the land of Egypt, to Pharaoh and to all his servants and to all his land,
 and for all the mighty power and all the great and terrible deeds which Moses wrought in the sight of all Israel.
 After these things Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being a hundred and ten years old.
 And they buried him in his own inheritance at Tim’nath-se’rah, which is in the hill country of E’phraim, north of the mountain of Ga’ash.
 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua and had known all the work which the LORD did for Israel.
 The bones of Joseph which the people of Israel brought up from Egypt were buried at Shechem, in the portion of ground which Jacob bought from the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for a hundred pieces of money; it became an inheritance of the descendants of Joseph.
 And Elea’zar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him at Gib’e-ah, the town of Phin’ehas his son, which had been given him in the hill country of E’phraim.
I Samuel 15:34-35
 Then Samuel went to Ramah; and Saul went up to his house in Gib’e-ah of Saul.
 And Samuel did not see Saul again until the day of his death, but Samuel grieved over Saul. And the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.
I Samuel 25:1
 Now Samuel died; and all Israel assembled and mourned for him, and they buried him in his house at Ramah. Then David rose and went down to the wilderness of Paran.
 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
 For by it the men of old received divine approval.
 By faith we understand that the world was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear.
 By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he received approval as righteous, God bearing witness by accepting his gifts; he died, but through his faith he is still speaking.
 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death; and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was attested as having pleased God.
 And without faith it is impossible to please him. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
 By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, took heed and constructed an ark for the saving of his household; by this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness which comes by faith.
 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place which he was to receive as an inheritance; and he went out, not knowing where he was to go.
 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.
 For he looked forward to the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.
 These all died in faith, not having received what was promised, but having seen it and greeted it from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return.
 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
 By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was ready to offer up his only son,
 of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your descendants be named.”
 He considered that God was able to raise men even from the dead; hence, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.
 By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau.
 By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff.
 By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his burial.
 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful; and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
 By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,
 choosing rather to share ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.
 He considered abuse suffered for the Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he looked to the reward.
 By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king; for he endured as seeing him who is invisible.
 By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the first-born might not touch them.
 By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as if on dry land; but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.
 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.
 By faith Rahab the harlot did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given friendly welcome to the spies.
 And Jesus said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage;
 but those who are accounted worthy to attain to that age and to the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage,
 for they cannot die any more, because they are equal to angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.
 But that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
 Now he is not God of the dead, but of the living; for all live to him.”
 And some of the scribes answered, “Teacher, you have spoken well.”
 For they no longer dared to ask him any question.
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