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1 Chron. 21:18–22:5

21:18 So the Lord’s angel told Gad to instruct David to go up and build an altar for the Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. 19So David went up as Gad instructed him to do in the name of the Lord. 20While Ornan was threshing wheat, he turned and saw the messenger, and he and his four sons hid themselves. 21When David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David; he came out from the threshing floor and bowed to David with his face to the ground. 22David said to Ornan, “Sell me the threshing floor so I can build on it an altar for the Lord – I’ll pay top price – so that the plague may be removed from the people.” 23Ornan told David, “You can have it! My master, the king, may do what he wants. Look, I am giving you the oxen for burnt sacrifices, the threshing sledges for wood, and the wheat for an offering. I give it all to you.” 24King David replied to Ornan, “No, I insist on buying it for top price. I will not offer to the Lord what belongs to you or offer a burnt sacrifice that cost me nothing. 25So David bought the place from Ornan for 600 pieces of gold. 26David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings. He called out to the Lord, and the Lord responded by sending fire from the sky and consuming the burnt sacrifice on the altar. 27The Lord ordered the messenger to put his sword back into its sheath.

28At that time, when David saw that the Lord responded to him at the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite, he sacrificed there. 29Now the Lord’s tabernacle (which Moses had made in the wilderness) and the altar for burnt sacrifices were at that time at the worship center in Gibeon. 30But David could not go before it to seek God’s will, for he was afraid of the sword of the Lord’s angel. 22:1 David then said, “This is the place where the temple of the Lord God will be, along with the altar for burnt sacrifices for Israel.”

2David ordered the resident foreigners in the land of Israel to be called together. He appointed some of them to be stonecutters to chisel stones for the building of God’s temple. 3David supplied a large amount of iron for the nails of the doors of the gates and for braces, more bronze than could be weighed, 4and more cedar logs than could be counted. (The Sidonians and Tyrians had brought a large amount of cedar logs to David.)

5David said, “My son Solomon is just an inexperienced young man, and the temple to be built for the Lord must be especially magnificent so it will become famous and be considered splendid by all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for its construction.” So David made extensive preparations before he died.

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Ps. 119:89–96

119:89 ל (Lamed )

O Lord, your instructions endure;

they stand secure in heaven.

90You demonstrate your faithfulness to all generations.

You established the earth and it stood firm.

91Today they stand firm by your decrees,

for all things are your servants.

92If I had not found encouragement in your law,

I would have died in my sorrow.

93I will never forget your precepts,

for by them you have revived me.

94I belong to you. Deliver me!

For I seek your precepts.

95The wicked prepare to kill me,

yet I concentrate on your rules.

96I realize that everything has its limits,

but your commands are beyond full comprehension.

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1 Cor. 6

6:1 When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the saints? 2Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? 3Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! 4So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? 5I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians? 6Instead, does a Christian sue a Christian, and do this before unbelievers? 7The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8But you yourselves wrong and cheat, and you do this to your brothers and sisters!

9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, practicing homosexuals, 10thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. 11Some of you once lived this way. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

12 “All things are lawful for me” – but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me” – but I will not be controlled by anything. 13“Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both.” The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14Now God indeed raised the Lord and he will raise us by his power. 15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16Or do you not know that anyone who is united with a prostitute is one body with her? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17But the one united with the Lord is one spirit with him. 18Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body” – but the immoral person sins against his own body. 19Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.

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

Both facts were certain to Luther: the divine origin of Scripture and its resultant inerrancy, on the one hand, and, on the other, the active cooperation of the human personality of the authors in their composition. The fact that he appreciated the latter distinguishes his view from the inspiration theories of the later dogmaticians who either entirely or to a great extent excluded such cooperation; that he did not grow weary of emphasizing the former, establishes his agreement with them. Only in the true unity of both views do we arrive at the whole truth. (62)

–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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