God of wilderness and water, your Son was baptized and tempted as we are. Guide us through this season, that we may not avoid struggle, but open ourselves to blessing, through the cleansing depths of repentance and the heaven-rending words of the Spirit. Amen.
9:8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9:9 "And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 9:10 "and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 9:11 "Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth." 9:12 And God said: "This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 9:13 "I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 9:14 "It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 9:15 "and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 9:16 "The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth." 9:17 And God said to Noah, "This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth."
25:1 To You, O Lord, I lift up my soul. 25:2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. 25:3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. 25:4 Show me Your ways, O Lord; Teach me Your paths. 25:5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. 25:6 Remember, O Lord, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. 25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O Lord. 25:8 Good and upright is the Lord; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 25:9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. 25:10 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies.
3:18 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, 3:19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 3:20 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. 3:21 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, 3:22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.
1:9 It came to pass in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 1:10 And immediately, coming up from the water, He saw the heavens parting and the Spirit descending upon Him like a dove. 1:11 Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 1:12 Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. 1:13 And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. 1:14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 1:15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."