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1 Chron. 1:1–24

1:1 Adam, Seth, Enosh, 2Kenan, Mahalalel, Jered, 3Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, 4Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

5The sons of Japheth:

Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.

6The sons of Gomer:

Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah.

7The sons of Javan:

Elishah, Tarshish, the Kittites, and the Rodanites.

8The sons of Ham:

Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.

9The sons of Cush:

Seba, Havilah, Sabta, Raamah, and Sabteca.

The sons of Raamah:

Sheba and Dedan.

10Cush was the father of Nimrod, who established himself as a mighty warrior on earth.

11Mizraim was the father of the Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, 12Pathrusites, Casluhites (from whom the Philistines descended ), and the Caphtorites.

13Canaan was the father of Sidon – his firstborn – and Heth, 14as well as the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 15Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 16Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites.

17The sons of Shem:

Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram.

The sons of Aram:

Uz, Hul, Gether, and Meshech.

18Arphaxad was the father of Shelah, and Shelah was the father of Eber. 19Two sons were born to Eber: the first was named Peleg, for during his lifetime the earth was divided; his brother’s name was Joktan.

20Joktan was the father of Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, 21Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, 22Ebal, Abimael, Sheba, 23Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. All these were the sons of Joktan.

24Shem, Arphaxad, Shelah, (NET Bible)

Ps. 102

102:1 The prayer of an oppressed man, as he grows faint and pours out his lament before the Lord.

O Lord, hear my prayer!

Pay attention to my cry for help!

2Do not ignore me in my time of trouble!

Listen to me!

When I call out to you, quickly answer me!

3For my days go up in smoke,

and my bones are charred like a fireplace.

4My heart is parched and withered like grass,

for I am unable to eat food.

5Because of the anxiety that makes me groan,

my bones protrude from my skin.

6I am like an owl in the wilderness;

I am like a screech owl among the ruins.

7I stay awake;

I am like a solitary bird on a roof.

8All day long my enemies taunt me;

those who mock me use my name in their curses.

9For I eat ashes as if they were bread,

and mix my drink with my tears,

10because of your anger and raging fury.

Indeed, you pick me up and throw me away.

11My days are coming to an end,

and I am withered like grass.

12But you, O Lord, rule forever,

and your reputation endures.

13You will rise up and have compassion on Zion.

For it is time to have mercy on her,

for the appointed time has come.

14Indeed, your servants take delight in her stones,

and feel compassion for the dust of her ruins.

15The nations will respect the reputation of the Lord,

and all the kings of the earth will respect his splendor,

16when the Lord rebuilds Zion,

and reveals his splendor,

17when he responds to the prayer of the destitute,

and does not reject their request.

18The account of his intervention will be recorded for future generations;

people yet to be born will praise the Lord.

19For he will look down from his sanctuary above;

from heaven the Lord will look toward earth,

20in order to hear the painful cries of the prisoners,

and to set free those condemned to die,

21so they may proclaim the name of the Lord in Zion,

and praise him in Jerusalem,

22when the nations gather together,

and the kingdoms pay tribute to the Lord.

23He has taken away my strength in the middle of life;

he has cut short my days.

24I say, “O my God, please do not take me away in the middle of my life!

You endure through all generations.

25In earlier times you established the earth;

the skies are your handiwork.

26They will perish,

but you will endure.

They will wear out like a garment;

like clothes you will remove them and they will disappear.

27But you remain;

your years do not come to an end.

28The children of your servants will settle down here,

and their descendants will live securely in your presence.”

(NET Bible)

Mark 6:30–44

6:30 Then the apostles gathered around Jesus and told him everything they had done and taught. 31He said to them, “Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while” (for many were coming and going, and there was no time to eat). 32So they went away by themselves in a boat to some remote place. 33But many saw them leaving and recognized them, and they hurried on foot from all the towns and arrived there ahead of them. 34As Jesus came ashore he saw the large crowd and he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he taught them many things.

35When it was already late, his disciples came to him and said, “This is an isolated place and it is already very late. 36Send them away so that they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages and buy something for themselves to eat.” 37But he answered them, “You give them something to eat.” And they said, “Should we go and buy bread for two hundred silver coins and give it to them to eat?” 38He said to them, “How many loaves do you have? Go and see.” When they found out, they said, “Five – and two fish.” 39Then he directed them all to sit down in groups on the green grass. 40So they reclined in groups of hundreds and fifties. 41He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. He gave them to his disciples to serve the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. 42They all ate and were satisfied, 43and they picked up the broken pieces and fish that were left over, twelve baskets full. 44Now there were five thousand men who ate the bread.

(NET Bible)

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.

[Luther] had previously expressed himself in a similar fashion in his sermons on Genesis of the year 1527. In these he said: “I have often said that anyone who wishes to study Holy Scripture shall see to it that he sticks to the simple meaning of the words, as far as possible, and does not depart from them unless he be compelled to do so by some article of the faith that would demand another meaning than the literal one. For we must be sure that there is no plainer speech on earth than that which God has spoken. Therefore, when Moses writes that God in six days created heaven and earth and all that therein is, let it so remain that there were six days, and you dare not find an explanation that six days were one day. Give the Holy Ghost the honor of being wiser that yourself, for you should so deal with Scripture that you believe that God Himself is speaking. Since it is God who is speaking, it is not fitting frivolously to twist His words to mean what you want them to mean, unless necessity should compel a departure from their literal meaning, namely when faith does not permit the literal meaning.” (51)

–Johann Michael Reu, Luther on the Scriptures

This daily Bible reading guide, Reading the Word of God, was conceived and prepared as a result of the ongoing discussions between representatives of three church bodies: Lutheran Church—Canada (LCC), The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) and the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The following individuals have represented their church bodies and approved this introduction and the reading guide: LCC: President Robert Bugbee; NALC: Bishop John Bradosky, Revs. Mark Chavez, James Nestingen, and David Wendel; LCMS: Revs. Albert Collver, Joel Lehenbauer, John Pless, and Larry Vogel.

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