The third covenant in this year’s Lenten readings is the central one of Israel’s history: the gift of the law to those God freed from slavery. The ten commandments are one of the chief parts of Luther’s catechism, a core piece of baptismal instruction. They begin with the statement that because God alone has freed us from the powers that oppressed us, we are to let nothing else claim first place in our lives. When Jesus throws the merchants out of the temple, he is defending the worship of God alone and rejecting the ways commerce and profit-making can become our gods.


Holy God, through your Son you have called us to live faithfully and act courageously. Keep us steadfast in your covenant of grace, and teach us the wisdom that comes only through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


Exodus 20:1-17
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1:18-25
John 2:13-22

This Weeks Readings

Monday1 Kings 6:1-4, 21-22
1 Corinthians 3:10-23
Psalm 84
Tuesday2 Chronicles 29:1-11, 16-19
Hebrews 9:23-28
Psalm 84
WednesdayEzra 6:1-16
Mark 11:16-19
Psalm 84
ThursdayGenesis 9:8-17
Ephesians 1:3-6
Psalm 107:1-3,17-22
FridayDaniel 12:5-13
Ephesians 1:7-14
Psalm 107:1-3,17-22
SaturdayNumbers 20:22-29
John 3:1-13
Psalm 107:1-3,17-22
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