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2 Chron. 26:1–15

26:1 All the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen years old, and made him king in his father Amaziah’s place. 2Uzziah built up Elat and restored it to Judah after King Amaziah had passed away.

3Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned for fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecholiah, who was from Jerusalem. 4He did what the Lord approved, just as his father Amaziah had done. 5He followed God during the lifetime of Zechariah, who taught him how to honor God. As long as he followed the Lord, God caused him to succeed.

6Uzziah attacked the Philistines and broke down the walls of Gath, Jabneh, and Ashdod. He built cities in the region of Ashdod and throughout Philistine territory. 7God helped him in his campaigns against the Philistines, the Arabs living in Gur Baal, and the Meunites. 8The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah and his fame reached the border of Egypt, for he grew in power.

9Uzziah built and fortified towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, Valley Gate, and at the Angle. 10He built towers in the wilderness and dug many cisterns, for he owned many herds in the foothills and on the plain. He had workers in the fields and vineyards in the hills and in Carmel, for he loved agriculture.

11Uzziah had an army of skilled warriors trained for battle. They were organized by divisions according to the muster rolls made by Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the officer under the authority of Hananiah, a royal official. 12The total number of family leaders who led warriors was 2,600. 13They commanded an army of 307,500 skilled and able warriors who were ready to defend the king against his enemies. 14Uzziah supplied shields, spears, helmets, breastplates, bows, and slingstones for the entire army. 15In Jerusalem he made war machines carefully designed to shoot arrows and large stones from the towers and corners of the walls. He became very famous, for he received tremendous support and became powerful.

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Ps. 97

97:1 The Lord reigns!

Let the earth be happy!

Let the many coastlands rejoice!

2Dark clouds surround him;

equity and justice are the foundation of his throne.

3Fire goes before him;

on every side it burns up his enemies.

4His lightning bolts light up the world;

the earth sees and trembles.

5The mountains melt like wax before the Lord,

before the Lord of the whole earth.

6The sky declares his justice,

and all the nations see his splendor.

7All who worship idols are ashamed,

those who boast about worthless idols.

All the gods bow down before him.

8Zion hears and rejoices,

the towns of Judah are happy,

because of your judgments, O Lord.

9For you, O Lord, are the Most High over the whole earth;

you are elevated high above all gods.

10You who love the Lord, hate evil!

He protects the lives of his faithful followers;

he delivers them from the power of the wicked.

11The godly bask in the light;

the morally upright experience joy.

12You godly ones, rejoice in the Lord!

Give thanks to his holy name.

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Luke 12:13–34

12:13 Then someone from the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14But Jesus said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator between you two?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16He then told them a parable: “The land of a certain rich man produced an abundant crop, 17so he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to myself, “You have plenty of goods stored up for many years; relax, eat, drink, celebrate!”’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you, but who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21So it is with the one who stores up riches for himself, but is not rich toward God.”

22Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. 23For there is more to life than food, and more to the body than clothing. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! 25And which of you by worrying can add an hour to his life? 26So if you cannot do such a very little thing as this, why do you worry about the rest? 27Consider how the flowers grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 28And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, how much more will he clothe you, you people of little faith! 29So do not be overly concerned about what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. 30For all the nations of the world pursue these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31Instead, pursue his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves purses that do not wear out – a treasure in heaven that never decreases, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

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

It was only the culmination point of this whole development when on April 18 [Luther] gave his famous answer in Worms: “Unless I am convinced by testimony from Scripture or evident reason (convictus testimoniis Scripturae aut ratione evidente)—for I believe neither the Pope nor the Councils alone, since it is established that they have often erred and contradicted themselves—I am conquered by the writings (i.e., passages from Scripture) cited by me, and my conscience is captive to the Word of God; recant I will and can nothing, since it is neither safe nor honest to do ought against conscience.” This once forever established the Sola Scriptura. (19)

–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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