Lessons Bread of Life 1 October 2022
Habakkuk 1:1–4; 2:1–4
1The oracle that Habakkuk
the prophet saw.
2O Lord, how long shall I cry for help,
and you will not hear?
Or cry to you “Violence!”
and you will not save?
3Why do you make me see iniquity,
and why do you idly look at wrong?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
4So the law is paralyzed,
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous;
so justice goes forth perverted.
1I will take my stand at my watchpost
and station myself on the tower,
and look out to see what he will say to me,
and what I will answer
concerning my complaint.
2And the Lord answered me:
“Write the vision;
make it plain on tablets,
so he may run who reads it.
3For still the vision awaits its appointed time;
it hastens to the end—it will not lie.
If it seems slow, wait for it;
it will surely come; it will not delay.
4“Behold, his soul is puffed up;
it is not upright within him,
but the righteous shall live by his faith.”
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.
2 Timothy 1:1–14
1Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God according to the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,
2To Timothy, my beloved child:
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3I thank God whom I serve, as did my ancestors, with a clear conscience, as I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. 4As I remember your tears, I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
8Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, 10and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, 11for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. 13Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.
1[Jesus] said to his disciples, “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the one through whom they come! 2It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. 3Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him, 4and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.”
5The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.
7“Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and recline at table’? 8Will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink’? 9Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? 10So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’”