Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                               22 June 2024

Job 38:1–11

        1Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

2"Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?

3Dress for action like a man;

        I will question you, and you make it known to me.

4"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?

        Tell me, if you have understanding.

5Who determined its measurements—surely you know!

        Or who stretched the line upon it?

6On what were its bases sunk,

        or who laid its cornerstone,

7when the morning stars sang together

        and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

8"Or who shut in the sea with doors

        when it burst out from the womb,

9when I made clouds its garment

        and thick darkness its swaddling band,

10and prescribed limits for it

        and set bars and doors,

11and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,

        and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?"


Psalm 124

1If it had not been the Lord who was on | our side—*

        let Israel | now say—

2if it had not been the Lord who was | on our side*

        when people rose up a- | gainst us,

3then they would have swallowed us | up alive,*

        when their anger was kindled a- | gainst us;

4then the flood would have swept | us away,*

        the torrent would have gone | over us;

5then over us | would have gone*

        the raging | waters.

6Blessèd | be the Lord,*

        who has not given us

        as prey | to their teeth!

7We have escaped like a bird

        from the snare of the | fowlers;*

the snare is broken,

        and we | have escaped!

8Our help is in the name | of the Lord,*

        who made | heaven and earth.

2 Corinthians 6:1–13

        1Working together with him, then, we appeal to you not to receive the grace of God in vain. 2For he says,

"In a favorable time I listened to you,

        and in a day of salvation I have helped you."

Behold, now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 3We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, 4but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, 5beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; 6by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love; 7by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; 8through honor and dishonor, through slander and praise. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; 9as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as punished, and yet not killed; 10as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, yet possessing everything.

        11We have spoken freely to you, Corinthians; our heart is wide open. 12You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections. 13In return (I speak as to children) widen your hearts also.

Mark 4:35–41

        35On that day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." 36And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" 39And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" 41And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even wind and sea obey him?"