Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                          23 January 2021

Jonah 3:1–5, 10

          1Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” 3So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, three days’ journey in breadth. 4Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them. . . .

          10When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.


Psalm 62

My Soul Waits for God Alone

1For God alone my soul waits in | silence;*

          from him comes my sal- | vation.

2He only is my rock and my salvation,

my | fortress;*

          I shall not be greatly | shaken.

3How long will all of you attack a man

to | batter him,*

          like a leaning wall, a | tottering fence?

4They only plan to thrust him down from his high position. They take pleasure in | falsehood.*

          They bless with their mouths,

          but inwardly | they curse.

5For God alone, O my soul, wait in | silence,*

          for my hope is | from him.

6He only is my rock and my salvation,

my | fortress;*

          I shall not be | shaken.

7On God rests my salvation and my | glory;*

          my mighty rock, my refuge | is God.

8Trust in him at all times, O people;

pour out your heart be- | fore him;*

          God is a refuge | for us.

9Those of low estate are but a breath;

those of high estate are a de- | lusion;*

          in the balances they go up;

          they are together lighter | than a breath.

10Put no trust in extortion;

set no vain hopes on | robbery;*

          if riches increase, set not your |

          heart on them.

11Once God has spoken;

twice have I | heard this:*

          that power belongs to God,


12and that to you, O Lord, belongs | steadfast love.

For you will render | to a man*

          according | to his work.

1 Corinthians 7:29–35

          29This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.

          32I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.

Mark 1:14–20

          14After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

          16Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.