Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                         18 October 2020

Isaiah 45:1–7

1Thus says the Lord to his anointed,

         to Cyrus,

         whose right hand I have grasped,

to subdue nations before him

         and to loose the belts of kings,

to open doors before him

         that gates may not be closed:

2“I will go before you

         and level the exalted places,

I will break in pieces the doors of bronze

         and cut through the bars of iron,

3I 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.

4For the sake of my servant Jacob,

         and Israel my chosen,

I call you by your name,

         I name you, though you

         do not know me.

5I am the Lord, and there is no other,

         besides me there is no God;

         I equip you, though you do not

         know me,

6that people may know,

         from the rising of the sun

         and from the west,

         that there is none besides me;

         I am the Lord, and there is no other.

7I form light and create darkness,

I make well-being and create calamity,

         I am the Lord,

         who does all these things.”


Psalm 96:1–9

1Oh sing to the Lord a | new song;*

         sing to the Lord, | all the earth!

2Sing to the Lord, | bless his name;*

         tell of his salvation from | day to day.

3Declare his glory among the | nations,*

his marvelous works among all the | peoples!

4For great is the Lord, and greatly |

         to be praised;*

         he is to be feared a- | bove all gods.

5For all the gods of the peoples are worthless | idols,*

         but the Lord made the | heavens.

6Splendor and majesty are be- | fore him;*

         strength and beauty are in

         his sanctu- | ary.

7Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the | peoples,*

ascribe to the Lord glo- | ry and strength!

8Ascribe to the Lord the glory |

         due his name;*

         bring an offering, and come in- |

         to his courts!

9Worship the Lord in the splendor of | holiness;*

         tremble before him, | all the earth!

1 Thessalonians 1:1–10

         1Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy,

         To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

         Grace to you and peace.

         2We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, 3remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 4For we know, brothers loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. 6And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Spirit, 7so that you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia. 8For not only has the word of the Lord sounded forth from you in Macedonia and Achaia, but your faith in God has gone forth everywhere, so that we need not say anything. 9For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, 10and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

Matthew 22:15–22

         15Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle [Jesus] in his talk. 16And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. 17Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. 20And Jesus said to them, “Whose likeness and inscription is this?” 21They said, “Caesar’s.” Then he said to them, “Therefore render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 22When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away.