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Job 19 (ESV)

Job Replies: My Redeemer Lives

19 Then Job answered and said:

“How long will you torment me
and break me in pieces with words?
These ten times you have cast reproach upon me;
are you not ashamed to wrong me?
And even if it be true that I have erred,
my error remains with myself.
If indeed you magnify yourselves against me
and make my disgrace an argument against me,
know then that God has put me in the wrong
and closed his net about me.
Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered;
I call for help, but there is no justice.
He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass,
and he has set darkness upon my paths.
He has stripped from me my glory
and taken the crown from my head.
10  He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone,
and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.
11  He has kindled his wrath against me
and counts me as his adversary.
12  His troops come on together;
they have cast up their siege ramp against me
and encamp around my tent.

13  “He has put my brothers far from me,
and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me.
14  My relatives have failed me,
my close friends have forgotten me.
15  The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger;
I have become a foreigner in their eyes.
16  I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer;
I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy.
17  My breath is strange to my wife,
and I am a stench to the children of my own mother.
18  Even young children despise me;
when I rise they talk against me.
19  All my intimate friends abhor me,
and those whom I loved have turned against me.
20  My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh,
and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.
21  Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends,
for the hand of God has touched me!
22  Why do you, like God, pursue me?
Why are you not satisfied with my flesh?

23  “Oh that my words were written!
Oh that they were inscribed in a book!
24  Oh that with an iron pen and lead
they were engraved in the rock forever!
25  For I know that my Redeemer lives,
and at the last he will stand upon the earth.
26  And after my skin has been thus destroyed,
yet in my flesh I shall see God,
27  whom I shall see for myself,
and my eyes shall behold, and not another.
My heart faints within me!
28  If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’
and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’
29  be afraid of the sword,
for wrath brings the punishment of the sword,
that you may know there is a judgment.”

Psalm 104:19–35 (ESV)

19  He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.

20  You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.

21  The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.

22  When the sun rises, they steal away
and lie down in their dens.

23  Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until the evening.

24  O Lord, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.

25  Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.

26  There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.

27  These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.

28  When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

29  When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.

30  When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.

31  May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
may the Lord rejoice in his works,

32  who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!

33  I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.

34  May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the Lord.

35  Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!

Luke 12:35–47 (ESV)

You Must Be Ready

35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master’s will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.

[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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