Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                         31 October 2020

Revelation 7:9–17

          9After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, 10and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” 11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

          13Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, “Who are these, clothed in white robes, and from where have they come?” 14I said to him, “Sir, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones coming out of the great tribulation. They have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

15“Therefore they are before the throne of God,

and serve him day and night in his temple;

and he who sits on the throne will shelter them with his presence.

16They shall hunger no more, neither thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them,

nor any scorching heat.

17For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs

of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”


Psalm 149

1Praise the Lord!

Sing to the Lord a | new song,*

          his praise in the assembly of the | godly!

2Let Israel be glad in his | Maker;*

          let the children of Zion rejoice | in their King!

3Let them praise his name with | dancing,*

          making melody to him with tambou- | rine and lyre!

4For the Lord takes pleasure in his | people;*

          he adorns the humble with sal- | vation.

5Let the godly exult in | glory;*

          let them sing for joy | on their beds.

6Let the high praises of God be | in their throats*

          and two-edged swords | in their hands,

7to execute vengeance on the | nations*

          and punishments on the | peoples,

8to bind their | kings with chains*

          and their nobles with fet- | ters of iron,

9to execute on them the judgment | written!*

          This is honor for all his godly ones. | Praise the Lord!


1 John 3:1–3

          1See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

Matthew 5:1–12

          1Seeing the crowds, [Jesus] went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

          2And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

          3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

          4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

          5“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

          6“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

          7“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

          8“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

          9“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

          10“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

          11“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”