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Is. 37:1–13:12

37:1 When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the Lord’s temple. 2Eliakim the palace supervisor, Shebna the scribe, and the leading priests, clothed in sackcloth, sent this message to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz: 3“This is what Hezekiah says: ‘This is a day of distress, insults, and humiliation, as when a baby is ready to leave the birth canal but the mother lacks the strength to push it through. 4Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. So pray for this remnant that remains.’”

5When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 6Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the Lord has said: “Don’t be afraid because of the things you have heard—these insults the king of Assyria’s servants have hurled against me. 7Look, I will take control of his mind; he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down with a sword in his own land.”’”

8When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 9The king heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them: 10“Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 11Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. Do you really think you will be rescued? 12Were the nations whom my predecessors destroyed—the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar—rescued by their gods? 13Where is the king of Hamath or the king of Arpad or the kings of Lair, Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivvah?’”

14Hezekiah took the letter from the messengers and read it. Then Hezekiah went up to the Lord’s temple and spread it out before the Lord. 15Hezekiah prayed before the Lord: 16“O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, O God of Israel, who is enthroned on the cherubim! You alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You made the sky and the earth. 17Pay attention, Lord, and hear! Open your eyes, Lord, and observe! Listen to this entire message Sennacherib sent and how he taunts the living God! 18It is true, Lord, that the kings of Assyria have destroyed all the nations and their lands. 19They have burned the gods of the nations, for they are not really gods, but only the product of human hands manufactured from wood and stone. That is why the Assyrians could destroy them. 20Now, O Lord our God, rescue us from his power, so all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone are the Lord.”

21Isaiah son of Amoz sent this message to Hezekiah: “This is what the Lord God of Israel has said: ‘As to what you have prayed to me concerning King Sennacherib of Assyria, 22this is what the Lord says about him:

“‘The virgin daughter Zion

despises you—she makes fun of you;

daughter Jerusalem

shakes her head after you.

23“‘Whom have you taunted and hurled insults at?

At whom have you shouted

and looked so arrogantly?

At the Holy One of Israel!

24Through your messengers you taunted the Lord,

“With my many chariots I climbed up

the high mountains,

the slopes of Lebanon.

I cut down its tall cedars

and its best evergreens.

I invaded its remotest regions,

its thickest woods.

25I dug wells

and drank water.

With the soles of my feet I dried up

all the rivers of Egypt.”’

26 “Certainly you must have heard!

Long ago I worked it out,

in ancient times I planned it,

and now I am bringing it to pass.

The plan is this:

Fortified cities will crash

into heaps of ruins.

27Their residents are powerless;

they are terrified and ashamed.

They are as short-lived as plants in the field

or green vegetation.

They are as short-lived as grass on the rooftops

when it is scorched by the east wind.

28I know where you live

and everything you do

and how you rage against me.

29Because you rage against me

and the uproar you create has reached my ears,

I will put my hook in your nose,

and my bit between your lips,

and I will lead you back

the way you came.

30 “This will be your reminder that I have spoken the truth: This year you will eat what grows wild, and next year what grows on its own. But the year after that you will plant seed and harvest crops; you will plant vines and consume their produce. 31Those who remain in Judah will take root in the ground and bear fruit.

32“For a remnant will leave Jerusalem;

survivors will come out of Mount Zion.

The zeal of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will accomplish this.

33“So this is what the Lord says about the king of Assyria:

“‘He will not enter this city,

nor will he shoot an arrow here.

He will not attack it with his shielded warriors,

nor will he build siege works against it.

34He will go back the way he came—

he will not enter this city,’ says the Lord.

35I will shield this city and rescue it

for the sake of my reputation and because of my promise to David my servant.”

36The angel of the Lord went out and killed 185,000 troops in the Assyrian camp. When they got up early the next morning, there were all the corpses! 37So King Sennacherib of Assyria broke camp and went on his way. He went home and stayed in Nineveh. 38One day, as he was worshiping in the temple of his god Nisroch, his sons Adrammelech and Sharezer struck him down with the sword. They ran away to the land of Ararat; his son Esarhaddon replaced him as king.

1When King Hezekiah heard this, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth, and went to the Lord’s temple. 2Eliakim the palace supervisor, Shebna the scribe, and the leading priests, clothed in sackcloth, sent this message to the prophet Isaiah son of Amoz: 3“This is what Hezekiah says: ‘This is a day of distress, insults, and humiliation, as when a baby is ready to leave the birth canal but the mother lacks the strength to push it through. 4Perhaps the Lord your God will hear all these things the chief adviser has spoken on behalf of his master, the king of Assyria, who sent him to taunt the living God. When the Lord your God hears, perhaps he will punish him for the things he has said. So pray for this remnant that remains.’”

5When King Hezekiah’s servants came to Isaiah, 6Isaiah said to them, “Tell your master this: ‘This is what the Lord has said: “Don’t be afraid because of the things you have heard—these insults the king of Assyria’s servants have hurled against me. 7Look, I will take control of his mind; he will receive a report and return to his own land. I will cut him down with a sword in his own land.”’”

8When the chief adviser heard the king of Assyria had departed from Lachish, he left and went to Libnah, where the king was campaigning. 9The king heard that King Tirhakah of Ethiopia was marching out to fight him. He again sent messengers to Hezekiah, ordering them: 10“Tell King Hezekiah of Judah this: ‘Don’t let your God in whom you trust mislead you when he says, “Jerusalem will not be handed over to the king of Assyria.” 11Certainly you have heard how the kings of Assyria have annihilated all lands. Do you really think you will be rescued? 12Were the nations whom my predecessors destroyed—the nations of Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden in Telassar—rescued by their gods? (NET Bible)

Ps. 16

16:1 A prayer of David.

Protect me, O God, for I have taken shelter in you.

2I say to the Lord, “You are the Lord,

my only source of well-being.”

3As for God’s chosen people who are in the land,

and the leading officials I admired so much—

4their troubles multiply;

they desire other gods.

I will not pour out drink offerings of blood to their gods,

nor will I make vows in the name of their gods.

5Lord, you give me stability and prosperity;

you make my future secure.

6It is as if I have been given fertile fields

or received a beautiful tract of land.

7I will praise the Lord who guides me;

yes, during the night I reflect and learn.

8I constantly trust in the Lord;

because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

9So my heart rejoices

and I am happy;

my life is safe.

10You will not abandon me to Sheol;

you will not allow your faithful follower to see the Pit.

11You lead me in the path of life.

I experience absolute joy in your presence;

you always give me sheer delight.

(NET Bible)

John 7:37–52

7:37 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, Jesus stood up and shouted out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 38let the one who believes in me drink. Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him will flow rivers of living water.’” 39(Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given because Jesus was not yet glorified.)

40When they heard these words, some of the crowd began to say, “This really is the Prophet!” 41Others said, “This is the Christ!” But still others said, “No, for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 42Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant of David and comes from Bethlehem, the village where David lived?” 43So there was a division in the crowd because of Jesus. 44Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him.

45Then the officers returned to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you?” 46The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 47Then the Pharisees answered, “You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 48None of the members of the ruling council or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 49But this rabble who do not know the law are accursed!”

50Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus before and who was one of the rulers, said, 51“Our law doesn’t condemn a man unless it first hears from him and learns what he is doing, does it?” 52They replied, “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet comes from Galilee!”

(NET Bible)

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

Luther’s first statements concerning this matter we find in the marginal notes written by him in his personal copy of the Sentences of Lombardus, which, in 1510, as a Sententiarius he was called upon to teach. Here we find statements such as the following: “But you, dear reader, whoever you may be, take this as the word of a simple man: no one has ever yet had the experience that the vapors of the earth have illuminated the heavens, but rather that they hold back the light from the earth. By that I want to say that theology is heaven, or, to put it still better, the kingdom of heaven. Man is the earth, and his speculations are the vapors; now understand the rest and see for what reason there are such great di erences of opinion among the doctors. Note, too, that a swine has never been able to teach Minerva even though it o en imagines that it can.”   “All light must come from revelation, the human understanding is unable to understand supernatural matters.”   “For since no one has seen them, whatever is added to revelation is certainly nothing but human invention.”   “Arguments based on reason determine nothing, but because the Holy Ghost says it is true, it is true.” In connection with a disputed question Luther affirms, “though many famous doctors hold this opinion, yet they do not have Scripture on their side but only arguments of reason. But I have the words of Scripture on my side in this opinion that the soul is the image of God, and so I say with the Apostle, ‘Though an angel from heaven, that is, a doctor of the Church, teaches otherwise let him be anathema!’” (13)

–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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