Genesis 12: 1–3; Exodus 19: 5–6; Isaiah 42:1–9; Mark 4: 21–25
Gather, Believe, Proclaim

Genesis 12:1–3

Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Exodus 19:5–6

Now therefore, if you will indeed obey my voice and keep my covenant, you shall be my treasured possession among all peoples, for all the earth is mine; and you shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the people of Israel.”

Isaiah 42:1–9

          Behold my servant, whom I uphold,

                   my chosen, in whom my soul delights;

          I have put my Spirit upon him;

                   he will bring forth justice to the nations.

          He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice,

                   or make it heard in the street;

          a bruised reed he will not break,

                   and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;

                   he will faithfully bring forth justice.

          He will not grow faint or be discouraged

                   till he has established justice in the earth;

                   and the coastlands wait for his law.                   

          Thus says God, the LORD,

                   who created the heavens and stretched them out,

                   who spread out the earth and what comes from it,

          who gives breath to the people on it

                   and spirit to those who walk in it:

          “I am the LORD; I have called you in righteousness;

                   I will take you by the hand and keep you;

          I will give you as a covenant for the people,

                   a light for the nations,

                   to open the eyes that are blind,

          to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon,

                   from the prison those who sit in darkness.

          I am the LORD; that is my name;

                   my glory I give to no other,

                   nor my praise to carved idols.

          Behold, the former things have come to pass,

                   and new things I now declare;

          before they spring forth

                   I tell you of them.” 


Mark 4:21–25

And he said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket, or under a bed, and not on a stand? For nothing is hidden except to be made manifest; nor is anything secret except to come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”


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