57:11 Whom are you worried about?
Whom do you fear, that you would act so deceitfully
and not remember me
or think about me?
Because I have been silent for so long,
you are not afraid of me.
12I will denounce your so-called righteousness and your deeds,
but they will not help you.
13When you cry out for help, let your idols help you!
The wind blows them all away,
a breeze carries them away.
But the one who looks to me for help will inherit the land
and will have access to my holy mountain.”
“Build it! Build it! Clear a way!
Remove all the obstacles out of the way of my people!”
15For this is what the high and exalted one says,
the one who rules forever, whose name is holy:
“I dwell in an exalted and holy place,
but also with the discouraged and humiliated,
in order to cheer up the humiliated
and to encourage the discouraged.
16For I will not be hostile forever
or perpetually angry,
for then man’s spirit would grow faint before me,
the life-giving breath I created.
17I was angry because of their sinful greed;
I attacked them and angrily rejected them,
yet they remained disobedient and stubborn.
18I have seen their behavior,
but I will heal them. I will lead them,
and I will provide comfort to them and those who mourn with them.
19I am the one who gives them reason to celebrate.
Complete prosperity is available both to those who are far away and those who are nearby,”
says the Lord, “and I will heal them.
20But the wicked are like a surging sea
that is unable to be quiet;
its waves toss up mud and sand.
21There will be no prosperity,” says my God, “for the wicked.”(NET Bible)
44:1 For the music director; by the Korahites, a well-written song.
O God, we have clearly heard;
our ancestors have told us
what you did in their days,
in ancient times.
2You, by your power, defeated nations and settled our fathers on their land;
you crushed the people living there and enabled our ancestors to occupy it.
3For they did not conquer the land by their swords,
and they did not prevail by their strength,
but rather by your power, strength and good favor,
for you were partial to them.
4You are my king, O God!
Decree Jacob’s deliverance!
5By your power we will drive back our enemies;
by your strength we will trample down our foes!
6For I do not trust in my bow,
and I do not prevail by my sword.
7For you deliver us from our enemies;
you humiliate those who hate us.
8In God we boast all day long,
and we will continually give thanks to your name. (Selah)
9But you rejected and embarrassed us!
You did not go into battle with our armies.
10You made us retreat from the enemy.
Those who hate us take whatever they want from us.
11You handed us over like sheep to be eaten;
you scattered us among the nations.
12You sold your people for a pittance;
you did not ask a high price for them.
13You made us an object of disdain to our neighbors;
those who live on our borders taunt and insult us.
14You made us an object of ridicule among the nations;
foreigners treat us with contempt.
15All day long I feel humiliated
and am overwhelmed with shame,
16before the vindictive enemy
who ridicules and insults me.
17All this has happened to us, even though we have not rejected you
or violated your covenant with us.
18We have not been unfaithful,
nor have we disobeyed your commands.
19Yet you have battered us, leaving us a heap of ruins overrun by wild dogs;
you have covered us with darkness.
20If we had rejected our God,
and spread out our hands in prayer to another god,
21would not God discover it,
for he knows one’s thoughts?
22Yet because of you we are killed all day long;
we are treated like sheep at the slaughtering block.
23Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord?
Wake up! Do not reject us forever!
24Why do you look the other way,
and ignore the way we are oppressed and mistreated?
25For we lie in the dirt,
with our bellies pressed to the ground.
26Rise up and help us!
Rescue us because of your loyal love!(NET Bible)
20:1 Now very early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. (NET Bible)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.
In his Acta Augustana, 1518, Luther writes, “One thing should not be concealed from you, that in this disputation nothing is sought but the clear meaning of Scripture.” In a letter to Staupitz dated September 1, 1518, Luther expresses his joy over the fact that the young theologians are filled with zeal for the Holy Scriptures. In a writing, Concerning Freedom of the Sermon, Papal Indulgence, and Grace, June, 1518, we read, “Even though all saintly teachers had maintained this or that, it would mean nothing over against a single statement of Holy Scripture.” (15–16)
–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.