THE WORD OF GOD – JANUARY 27 (14), 2015


Apodosis of the Theophany.
The Holy Fathers slain at Sinai and Raithu: Isaiah, Sabbas, Moses and his disciple Moses, Jeremiah, Paul, Adam, Sergius, Domnus, Proclus, Hypatius, Isaac, Macarius, Mark, Benjamin, Eusebius, Elias, and others (4th-5th c.).
St. Nina (Nino), equal-to-the-Apostles, enlightener of Georgia (335).

1 Peter 3:10-22

10

For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit.

11

Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it.

12

For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”

13

And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good?

14

But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”

15

But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

16

having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.

17

For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,

19

by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,

20

who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

21

There is also an antitype which now saves us-baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,

22

who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

Mark 12:18-27

18

Then some Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Him; and they asked Him, saying:

19

Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, and leaves his wife behind, and leaves no children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother.

20

Now there were seven brothers. The first took a wife; and dying, he left no offspring.

21

And the second took her, and he died; nor did he leave any offspring. And the third likewise.

22

So the seven had her and left no offspring. Last of all the woman died also.

23

Therefore, in the resurrection, when they rise, whose wife will she be? For all seven had her as wife.

24

Jesus answered and said to them, “Are you not therefore mistaken, because you do not know the Scriptures nor the power of God?

25

For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

26

But concerning the dead, that they rise, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the burning bush passage, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’?

27

He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. You are therefore greatly mistaken.

1 Corinthians 4:9-16 (St. Nina)

9

For I think that God has displayed us, the apostles, last, as men condemned to death; for we have been made a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.

10

We are fools for Christ’s sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are distinguished, but we are dishonored!

11

To the present hour we both hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless.

12

And we labor, working with our own hands. Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;

13

being defamed, we entreat. We have been made as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things until now.

14

I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.

15

For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

16

Therefore I urge you, imitate me.

Matthew 25:1-13 (St. Nina)

1

Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

2

Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish.

3

Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them,

4

but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

5

But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept.

6

And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’

7

Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps.

8

And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’

9

But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’

10

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.

11

Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’

12

But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’

13

Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

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