March 2023 Bible readings
Here are the March 2023 Bible readings which we’ll be using in church. Please make use of these readings and reflect on what they might be saying to you.
March sees us firmly in Lent this year. We have Abram and a promise, Moses getting water from a stone, lots of strong mothering, dry bones rattling, Nicodemus – who didn’t get it – and a woman at a well, who did. And finally Jesus arriving late and bringing his friend back to life…
- March 5th – 2nd of Lent: Genesis 12:1-4a; Romans 4:1-5,13-17; John 3:1-17;
- March 12th – 3rd of Lent: Exodus 17:1-7; Romans 5:1-11; John 4:5-42;
- March 19th – Mothering Sunday: Exodus 2:1-10 or 1 Samuel 1:20-28; 2 Corinthians 1:3-7 or Colossians 3:12-17; Luke 2:33-35 or John 19:25-27;
- March 26th – 5th of Lent: Ezekiel 37:1-14; Romans 8:6-11; John 11:1-45;
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Amongst the March 2023 Bible Readings we have this passage showing three different women mothering Moses…
Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.
The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’
Many thanks again to Olivia Snow for the photo on Unsplash