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Job 36:27–37:24 (ESV)

27  For he draws up the drops of water;
they distill his mist in rain,
28  which the skies pour down
and drop on mankind abundantly.
29  Can anyone understand the spreading of the clouds,
the thunderings of his pavilion?
30  Behold, he scatters his lightning about him
and covers the roots of the sea.
31  For by these he judges peoples;
he gives food in abundance.
32  He covers his hands with the lightning
and commands it to strike the mark.
33  Its crashing declares his presence;
the cattle also declare that he rises.

Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty

37 “At this also my heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings when his voice is heard.
God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
He seals up the hand of every man,
that all men whom he made may know it.
Then the beasts go into their lairs,
and remain in their dens.
From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
10  By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11  He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
12  They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
13  Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.

14  “Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15  Do you know how God lays his command upon them
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16  Do you know the balancings of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
17  you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18  Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
19  Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20  Shall it be told him that I would speak?
Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?

21  “And now no one looks on the light
when it is bright in the skies,
when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22  Out of the north comes golden splendor;
God is clothed with awesome majesty.
23  The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24  Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”

Psalm 118 (ESV)

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

118 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Let the house of Aaron say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Let those who fear the Lord say,
“His steadfast love endures forever.”

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me free.

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
What can man do to me?

The Lord is on my side as my helper;
I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

10  All nations surrounded me;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

11  They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

12  They surrounded me like bees;
they went out like a fire among thorns;
in the name of the Lord I cut them off!

13  I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
but the Lord helped me.

14  The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

15  Glad songs of salvation
are in the tents of the righteous:

“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
16  the right hand of the Lord exalts,
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17  I shall not die, but I shall live,
and recount the deeds of the Lord.

18  The Lord has disciplined me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

19  Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.

20  This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.

21  I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.

22  The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.

23  This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvelous in our eyes.

24  This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25  Save us, we pray, O Lord!
O Lord, we pray, give us success!

26  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

27  The Lord is God,
and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
up to the horns of the altar!

28  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
you are my God; I will extol you.

29  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
for his steadfast love endures forever!

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

Luke 19:45–20:8 (ESV)

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, 46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.”

47 And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people were seeking to destroy him, 48 but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people were hanging on his words.

The Authority of Jesus Challenged

20 One day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple and preaching the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes with the elders came up and said to him, “Tell us by what authority you do these things, or who it is that gave you this authority.” He answered them, “I also will ask you a question. Now tell me, was the baptism of John from heaven or from man?” And they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From man,’ all the people will stone us to death, for they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it came from. And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

No matter how emphatically Luther emphasized the inerrancy and the consistency of the original text of Holy Scripture as the work of the Holy Ghost, he is also, on the other hand, convinced of the personal cooperation of the original authors. They are not, in his opinion, mechanical instruments and dead machines, mere amanuenses who set down on paper only what was dictated to them by the Spirit of God. He regarded them rather as independent instruments of the Spirit who spoke their faith, their heart, their thoughts; who put their entire will and feeling into the words to such an extent that from what Luther reads in each case he draws conclusions concerning the character and the temperament of the authors. So [according to Luther] the Prophet Joel reveals himself in his writing as a “gracious and gentle man, who does not scold and censure like the other prophets but implores and bewails.” Amos, on the other hand, is “violent, scolding almost all the way through his book, so that he is well called, Amos, that is a burden or what is burdensome and vexatious”; and he explains this as being due to his calling and from the fact that he was sent as a “stranger” from the Kingdom of Judah to the Kingdom of Israel, for, he continues, “because he is a shepherd and not one of the order of the prophets, as he says in the seventh chapter, moreover, he goes from the branch of Judah, from Tekoa, into the Kingdom of Israel and preaches there as a stranger.” Of Jeremiah, however, Luther says that he is always afraid that he censures too much, for which reason he compares him with Philip Melanchthon. In Paul he observes the deepest emotion because of his writings and can say of his words, “these words are violent above mea- sure, from which it is easy to see that he was much more violently moved than he was able to express in words.” Yes, he adds, “So it has come about that St. Paul under the influence of his intense thought could not control his own word so well, and his speech has become somewhat disordered and peculiar.” (60)

–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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