48:1 Listen to this, O family of Jacob,
you who are called by the name ‘Israel,’
and are descended from Judah,
who take oaths in the name of the Lord,
and invoke the God of Israel –
but not in an honest and just manner.
2Indeed, they live in the holy city;
they trust in the God of Israel,
whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
3 “I announced events beforehand,
I issued the decrees and made the predictions;
suddenly I acted and they came to pass.
4I did this because I know how stubborn you are.
Your neck muscles are like iron
and your forehead like bronze.
5I announced them to you beforehand;
before they happened, I predicted them for you,
so you could never say,
‘My image did these things,
my idol, my cast image, decreed them.’
6You have heard; now look at all the evidence!
Will you not admit that what I say is true?
From this point on I am announcing to you new events
that are previously unrevealed and you do not know about.
7Now they come into being, not in the past;
before today you did not hear about them,
so you could not say,
‘Yes, I know about them.’
8You did not hear,
you do not know,
you were not told beforehand.
For I know that you are very deceitful;
you were labeled a rebel from birth.
9For the sake of my reputation I hold back my anger;
for the sake of my prestige I restrain myself from destroying you.
10Look, I have refined you, but not as silver;
I have purified you in the furnace of misery.
11For my sake alone I will act,
for how can I allow my name to be defiled?
I will not share my glory with anyone else!(NET Bible)
32:1 By David; a well-written song.
How blessed is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven,
whose sin is pardoned!
2How blessed is the one whose wrongdoing the Lord does not punish,
in whose spirit there is no deceit.
3When I refused to confess my sin,
my whole body wasted away,
while I groaned in pain all day long.
4For day and night you tormented me;
you tried to destroy me in the intense heat of summer. (Selah)
5Then I confessed my sin;
I no longer covered up my wrongdoing.
I said, “I will confess my rebellious acts to the Lord.”
And then you forgave my sins. (Selah)
6For this reason every one of your faithful followers should pray to you
while there is a window of opportunity.
Certainly when the surging water rises,
it will not reach them.
7You are my hiding place;
you protect me from distress.
You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. (Selah)
8I will instruct and teach you about how you should live.
I will advise you as I look you in the eye.
9Do not be like an unintelligent horse or mule,
which will not obey you
unless they are controlled by a bridle and bit.
10An evil person suffers much pain,
but the Lord’s faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him.
11Rejoice in the Lord and be happy, you who are godly!
Shout for joy, all you who are morally upright!(NET Bible)
13:21 When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed in spirit, and testified, “I tell you the solemn truth, one of you will betray me.” (NET Bible)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.
In his synodical sermon, which he wrote, not in 1512 as the Weimar Edition assumes, but in 1516 for the Provost of Leitzkau, he energetically declares that the work of pastors is the study and the preaching of Scripture. Here we read: “Therefore in this honorable meeting you may resolve many things and order everything well, but if you do not insist that it is commanded for priests, as the teachers of the people, to do away with all unauthentic legendary matter and to concentrate only on the holy Gospel and the holy exponents of the holy Gospel, to proclaim with a sacred reverence the Word of truth to the people and omit at last all speculations of men, or add them only in moderation, setting forth their difference, and thus faithfully labor for the birth from God—I say, if you will not devote yourselves to this with increasing zeal, then I say to you in all frankness everything else will be as nothing. For that is the chief thing that matters, that is the essence of a genuine reformation, that is the very soul of all piety. (15)
–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.