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Ex. 24:8–18

24:8 So Moses took the blood and splashed it on the people and said, “This is the blood of the covenant that the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words.”

9Moses and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel went up, 10and they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there was something like a pavement made of sapphire, clear like the sky itself. 11But he did not lay a hand on the leaders of the Israelites, so they saw God, and they ate and they drank.

12 The Lord said to Moses, “Come up to me on the mountain and remain there, and I will give you the stone tablets with the law and the commandments that I have written, so that you may teach them.” 13So Moses set out with Joshua his attendant, and Moses went up the mountain of God. 14He told the elders, “Wait for us in this place until we return to you. Here are Aaron and Hur with you. Whoever has any matters of dispute can approach them.”

15Moses went up the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain. 16The glory of the Lord resided on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it for six days. On the seventh day he called to Moses from within the cloud. 17Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in plain view of the people. 18Moses went into the cloud when he went up the mountain, and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.

(NET Bible)

Ps. 2

2:1 Why do the nations rebel?

Why are the countries devising plots that will fail?

2The kings of the earth form a united front;

the rulers collaborate

against the Lord and his anointed king.

3They say, “Let’s tear off the shackles they’ve put on us!

Let’s free ourselves from their ropes!”

4The one enthroned in heaven laughs in disgust;

the Lord taunts them.

5Then he angrily speaks to them

and terrifies them in his rage, saying,

6 “I myself have installed my king

on Zion, my holy hill.”

7The king says, “I will announce the Lord’s decree. He said to me:

‘You are my son! This very day I have become your father!

8Ask me,

and I will give you the nations as your inheritance,

the ends of the earth as your personal property.

9You will break them with an iron scepter;

you will smash them like a potter’s jar!’”

10So now, you kings, do what is wise;

you rulers of the earth, submit to correction!

11Serve the Lord in fear!

Repent in terror!

12Give sincere homage!

Otherwise he will be angry,

and you will die because of your behavior,

when his anger quickly ignites.

How blessed are all who take shelter in him!

(NET Bible)

2 Peter 1:16–21

1:16 For we did not follow cleverly concocted fables when we made known to you the power and return of our Lord Jesus Christ; no, we were eyewitnesses of his grandeur. 17For he received honor and glory from God the Father, when that voice was conveyed to him by the Majestic Glory: “This is my dear Son, in whom I am delighted.” 18When this voice was conveyed from heaven, we ourselves heard it, for we were with him on the holy mountain. 19Moreover, we possess the prophetic word as an altogether reliable thing. You do well if you pay attention to this as you would to a light shining in a murky place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 20Above all, you do well if you recognize this: No prophecy of scripture ever comes about by the prophet’s own imagination, 21for no prophecy was ever borne of human impulse; rather, men carried along by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

(NET Bible)

Matt. 17:1–9

17:1 Six days later Jesus took with him Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them privately up a high mountain. 2And he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. 3Then Moses and Elijah also appeared before them, talking with him. 4So Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you want, I will make three shelters – one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my one dear Son, in whom I take great delight. Listen to him!” 6When the disciples heard this, they were overwhelmed with fear and threw themselves down with their faces to the ground. 7But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Do not be afraid.” 8When they looked up, all they saw was Jesus alone.

9As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Do not tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” (NET Bible)

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

The disputation with Eck, 1519, especially led Luther even farther on this course. Now he also divorced himself from the authority of the Councils. When he denied their infallibility he advanced from their fallibility to the infallible Scripture as the sole decisive norm for everything that wanted to be accepted as divine truth, and thereby without more ado he identified Scripture and the Word of God. Thus in his Disputatio J. Eckii et Mart. Lutheri he applied the admonition of Paul, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good,” to the decrees of Popes and Councils and expressly said of them that they have erred, but that Holy Scripture is the inerrant Word of God (verbum Dei infallibile). (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.

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