Sunday, Jan 22, 2017: “Today’s Scripture Readings”


Old Testament: Isaiah (9:1-4)


There will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness—on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.


  • The plots against Judah are captured in chapter 8 of Isaiah.
  • Isaiah was thought to live from around 741-700 BCE.
  • The lands around the Sea of Galilee will be delivered.
  • Start of a new king, who was most likely Hezekiah.
  • The tribe’s land was northwest of the Sea of Galilee near Nazareth and Capernaum.




The Response: Psalm (27:1, 5-13)


1  The Lord is my light and my salvation;

    whom then shall I fear? *

    the Lord is the strength of my life;

    of whom then shall I be afraid?

5  One thing have I asked of the Lord;

    one thing I seek; *

    that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

     all the days of my life;

6  To behold the fair beauty of the Lord *

    and to seek him in his temple.

7  For in the day of trouble

     he shall keep me safe in his shelter; *

    he shall hide me in the secrecy

   of his dwelling and set me high upon a rock.

8  Even now he lifts up my head *

    above my enemies round about me.

9   Therefore I will offer in his dwelling

      an oblation with sounds of great gladness; *

     I will sing and make music to the Lord.

10  Hearken to my voice, O Lord, when I call;*

     have mercy on me and answer me.

11  You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.”*

      Your face, Lord, will I seek.

12  Hide not your face from me,*

      nor turn away your servant in displeasure.

13 You have been my helper;

     cast me not away;*

     do not forsake me, O God of my salvation.


  • This is one of the most popular Psalms in the Bible.
  • It is about trusting in God who comes to be the light of the world.
  • It ties in nicely with today’s Gospel.




The Epistle: 1 Corinthians (1:10-18)


Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you be in agreement and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, “I belong to Paul,” or “I belong to Apollos,” or “I belong to Cephas,” or “I belong to Christ.” Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you?  Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.  For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


  • The main topic is unity.
  • Paul seems to be writing this from Ephesus.
  • Paul taught in Ephesus and was followed by another teacher, Apollo.
  • There were different groups emerging in Corinth and each one was the “right” way.
  • Chloe may have been a servant of a wealthy family in Corinth.




The Gospel: Matthew (4:12-23)


Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: “Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali, on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.” Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.  Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.


  • Jesus’ ministry started with the death of John the Baptist.
  • Jesus is the ones who calls his disciples in Matthew.
  • Matthew is explicit in describing Jesus’ location in Capernaum.
  • This represents a passage of the coming of the Messiah.
  • These same words were spoken by John the Baptist in chapter three of Matthew.
  • Matthew offers no motivation as to why those men decided to follow Jesus.
  • In the Jewish tradition at that time, students usually went looking for teachers.