Lessons                                                                       Bread of Life                                                               18 June 2022

Isaiah 65:1–9

1I was ready to be sought by those who did not ask for me;

          I was ready to be found

          by those who did not seek me.

I said, "Here am I, here am I,"

          to a nation that was not called

          by my name.

2I spread out my hands all the day

          to a rebellious people,

who walk in a way that is not good,

          following their own devices;

3a people who provoke me

          to my face continually,

sacrificing in gardens

          and making offerings on bricks;

4who sit in tombs,

          and spend the night in secret places;

who eat pig's flesh,

          and broth of tainted meat is

          in their vessels;

5who say, "Keep to yourself,

          do not come near me,

          for I am too holy for you."

These are a smoke in my nostrils,

          a fire that burns all the day.

6Behold, it is written before me:

          "I will not keep silent, but I will repay;

I will indeed repay into their bosom

7both your iniquities and your fathers' iniquities together,

says the Lord;

because they made offerings on the mountains

          and insulted me on the hills,

I will measure into their bosom

          payment for their former deeds."

8Thus says the Lord:

"As the new wine is found in the cluster,

          and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,

          for there is a blessing in it,'

so I will do for my servants' sake,

          and not destroy them all.

9I will bring forth offspring from Jacob,

          and from Judah possessors of

          my mountains;

my chosen shall possess it,

          and my servants shall dwell there."


Psalm 3

1O Lord, how many | are my foes!*

          Many are rising a- | gainst me;

2many are saying | of my soul,*

          there is no salvation for | him in God.

3But you, O Lord, are a shield a- | bout me,*

          my glory, and the lifter | of my head.

4I cried aloud | to the Lord,*

          and he answered me from his | holy hill.

5I lay | down and slept;*

          I woke again, for the Lord sus- | tained me.

6I will not be afraid of many thousands of | people*

          who have set themselves against me |

          all around.

7Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God!

For you strike all my enemies | on the cheek;*

          you break the teeth of the | wicked.

8Salvation belongs | to the Lord;*

          your blessing be on your | people!

Galatians 3:23—4:7

          23Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. 27For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

          1I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" 7So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

Luke 8:26–39

          26Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee. 27When Jesus had stepped out on land, there met him a man from the city who had demons. For a long time he had worn no clothes, and he had not lived in a house but among the tombs. 28When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell down before him and said with a loud voice, "What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me." 29For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many a time it had seized him. He was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.) 30Jesus then asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion," for many demons had entered him. 31And they begged him not to command them to depart into the abyss. 32Now a large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside, and they begged him to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. 33Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned.

          34When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they fled and told it in the city and in the country. 35Then people went out to see what had happened, and they came to Jesus and found the man from whom the demons had gone, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind, and they were afraid. 36And those who had seen it told them how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 37Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes asked him to depart from them, for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. 38The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39"Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you." And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much Jesus had done for him.