30:8 Now go, write it down on a tablet in their presence
inscribe it on a scroll
so that it might be preserved for a future time
as an enduring witness.
9For these are rebellious people—
they are lying children,
children unwilling to obey the Lord’s law.
10They say to the visionaries, “See no more visions!”
and to the seers, “Don’t relate messages to us about what is right!
Tell us nice things;
relate deceptive messages.
11Turn aside from the way;
stray off the path.
Remove from our presence the Holy One of Israel.”
12For this reason this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“You have rejected this message;
you trust instead in your ability to oppress and trick,
and rely on that kind of behavior.
13So this sin will become your downfall.
You will be like a high wall
that bulges and cracks and is ready to collapse;
it crumbles suddenly, in a flash.
14It shatters in pieces like a clay jar,
so shattered to bits that none of it can be salvaged.
Among its fragments one cannot find a shard large enough
to scoop a hot coal from a fire
or to skim off water from a cistern.”
15For this is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel says:
“If you repented and patiently waited for me, you would be delivered;
if you calmly trusted in me, you would find strength,
but you are unwilling.
16You say, ‘No, we will flee on horses,’
so you will indeed flee.
You say, ‘We will ride on fast horses,’
so your pursuers will be fast.
17One thousand will scurry at the battle cry of one enemy soldier;
at the battle cry of five enemy soldiers you will all run away,
until the remaining few are as isolated
as a flagpole on a mountaintop
or a signal flag on a hill.”(NET Bible)
8:1 For the music director, according to the gittith style; a psalm of David.
O Lord, our Lord,
how magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth!
You reveal your majesty in the heavens above.
2From the mouths of children and nursing babies
you have ordained praise on account of your adversaries,
so that you might put an end to the vindictive enemy.
3When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made,
and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place,
4Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them?
Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them?
5You made them a little less than the heavenly beings.
You crowned mankind with honor and majesty.
6you appoint them to rule over your creation;
you have placed everything under their authority,
7including all the sheep and cattle,
as well as the wild animals,
8the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
and everything that moves through the currents of the seas.
9O Lord, our Lord,
how magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth!(NET Bible)
4:46 Now he came again to Cana in Galilee where he had made the water wine. In Capernaum there was a certain royal official whose son was sick. 47When he heard that Jesus had come back from Judea to Galilee, he went to him and begged him to come down and heal his son, who was about to die. 48So Jesus said to him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders you will never believe!” 49“Sir,” the official said to him, “come down before my child dies.” 50Jesus told him, “Go home; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and set off for home.
51While he was on his way down, his slaves met him and told him that his son was going to live. 52So he asked them the time when his condition began to improve, and they told him, “Yesterday at one o’clock in the afternoon the fever left him.” 53Then the father realized that it was the very time Jesus had said to him, “Your son will live,” and he himself believed along with his entire household. 54Jesus did this as his second miraculous sign when he returned from Judea to Galilee.
5:1 After this there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool called Bethzatha in Aramaic, which has five covered walkways. 3A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5Now a man was there who had been disabled for 38 years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized that the man had been disabled a long time already, he said to him, “Do you want to become well?” 7The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get into the water, someone else goes down there before me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.)
10So the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 11But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” 13But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped out, since there was a crowd in that place.
14After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, lest anything worse happen to you.” 15The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
16Now because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began persecuting him. 17So he told them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” (NET Bible)
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016.
We know that in 1513, when [Luther] began his lectures on the Psalms, he still operated with the fourfold sense of Scripture, the sensus literalis, allegoricus, tropologicus, and anagogicus, but that already in the course of his lectures he combined three of them into one and occasionally designated the sensus literalis as the sensus primarius scripturae behind which the sensus tropologicus must retreat. In his lectures on Romans, 1515-1516, and on Galatians, 1516-1517, this view becomes increasingly evident, and after 1519 his exposition is entirely controlled by the principle: Scripture has but one meaning, even though in his practical explanations of the Scriptures he still oftentimes pays tribute to the allegorical sense. He now declares in his writing against Emser, “Scripture shall not have a double meaning but shall retain the one that accords with the meaning by the words,” and again, “The Holy Ghost is the most simple author and speaker in heaven and earth, therefore His words cannot have more than one, the most simple meaning.” In his Christmas Postil of 1522 he even writes, “If we concede that Scripture has more than one sense, it loses its fighting force.” (10)
–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.