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Is. 2:1–5

2:1 Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz.

2In the future

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will endure

as the most important of mountains,

and will be the most prominent of hills.

All the nations will stream to it,

3many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain,

to the temple of the God of Jacob,

so he can teach us his requirements,

and we can follow his standards.”

For Zion will be the center for moral instruction;

the Lord’s message will issue from Jerusalem.

4He will judge disputes between nations;

he will settle cases for many peoples.

They will beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,

and they will no longer train for war.

5O descendants of Jacob,

come, let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light.

(NET Bible)

Ps. 123

123:1 A song of ascents.

I look up toward you,

the one enthroned in heaven.

2Look, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,

as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress,

so our eyes will look to the Lord, our God, until he shows us favor.

3Show us favor, O Lord, show us favor!

For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some.

4We have had our fill

of the taunts of the self-assured,

of the contempt of the proud.

(NET Bible)

1 Cor. 12:12–31

12:12 For just as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body – though many – are one body, so too is Christ. 13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body. Whether Jews or Greeks or slaves or free, we were all made to drink of the one Spirit. 14For in fact the body is not a single member, but many. 15If the foot says, “Since I am not a hand, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. 16And if the ear says, “Since I am not an eye, I am not part of the body,” it does not lose its membership in the body because of that. 17If the whole body were an eye, what part would do the hearing? If the whole were an ear, what part would exercise the sense of smell? 18But as a matter of fact, God has placed each of the members in the body just as he decided. 19If they were all the same member, where would the body be? 20So now there are many members, but one body. 21The eye cannot say to the hand, “I do not need you,” nor in turn can the head say to the foot, “I do not need you.” 22On the contrary, those members that seem to be weaker are essential, 23and those members we consider less honorable we clothe with greater honor, and our unpresentable members are clothed with dignity, 24but our presentable members do not need this. Instead, God has blended together the body, giving greater honor to the lesser member, 25so that there may be no division in the body, but the members may have mutual concern for one another. 26If one member suffers, everyone suffers with it. If a member is honored, all rejoice with it.

27Now you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a member of it. 28And God has placed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helps, gifts of leadership, different kinds of tongues. 29Not all are apostles, are they? Not all are prophets, are they? Not all are teachers, are they? Not all perform miracles, do they? 30Not all have gifts of healing, do they? Not all speak in tongues, do they? Not all interpret, do they? 31But you should be eager for the greater gifts.

And now I will show you a way that is beyond comparison.

(NET Bible)

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

[Luther writes]: “The meaning of the prophet is that Christ uses no other power against the world than only the Word of God, as we daily see that he acts against the sin, the sinner, and the devil with nothing but the Word, and yet by means of the Word he has converted and subjected the whole world and till the last day his own will defend themselves against all temptation with the Word and defeat all the attempts of devil, esh and world.” —Compare Luther’s words to Spalatin of 1521 over against Hutten’s oveer to defend the gospel by the sword … Through the Word the world has been conquered, the church was preserved, through the Word it will also be renewed; but the anti-Christ also, as he began without external power (manu), will also be destroyed without external power, through the Word.” (75)

–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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