…that the Revised Common Lectionary, now in use in many churches, including the following
- Anglican Church of Canada
- Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
- Christian Reformed Church in North America
- Church of the Brethren
- Episcopal Church
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada
- Liturgy and Life: American Baptist Fellowship for Liturgical Renewal
- Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod
- Mennonite Church
- National Conference of Catholic Bishops of the United States
- Polish National Catholic Church
- Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
- Presbyterian Church in Canada
- Reformed Church in America
- Unitarian Universalist Christian Fellowship
- United Church of Canada
- United Church of Christ
- United Methodist Church
- Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
calls for the reading of these passages:
15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. 16 If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God[a] that I am commanding you today, by loving the Lord your God, walking in his ways, and observing his commandments, decrees, and ordinances, then you shall live and become numerous, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to possess. 17 But if your heart turns away and you do not hear, but are led astray to bow down to other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today that you shall perish; you shall not live long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the Lord swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
15 If you choose, you can keep the commandments,
and to act faithfully is a matter of your own choice.
16 He has placed before you fire and water;
stretch out your hand for whichever you choose.
17 Before each person are life and death,
and whichever one chooses will be given.
18 For great is the wisdom of the Lord;
he is mighty in power and sees everything;
19 his eyes are on those who fear him,
and he knows every human action.
20 He has not commanded anyone to be wicked,
and he has not given anyone permission to sin.
I’ll bet numbers 4, 14, 15, and 16 decided to deviate from the lectionary and just read Romans 4 or Romans 9 instead.