1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our offenses, according to the riches of his grace 8that he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight. 9He did this when he revealed to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10toward the administration of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ—the things in heaven and the things on earth. 11In Christ we too have been claimed as God’s own possession, since we were predestined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will 12so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, would be to the praise of his glory. 13And when you heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation)—when you believed in Christ—you were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is the down payment of our inheritance, until the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of his glory.
15For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 16I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers. 17I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, 18—since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened—so that you can know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, (NET Bible)
119:25 ד (Dalet)
I collapse in the dirt.
Revive me with your word.
26I told you about my ways and you answered me.
Teach me your statutes.
27Help me to understand what your precepts mean.
Then I can meditate on your marvelous teachings.
28I collapse from grief.
Sustain me by your word.
29Remove me from the path of deceit.
Graciously give me your law.
30I choose the path of faithfulness;
I am committed to your regulations.
31I hold fast to your rules.
O Lord, do not let me be ashamed.
32I run along the path of your commands,
for you enable me to do so.(NET Bible)
22:14 Now when the hour came, Jesus took his place at the table and the apostles joined him. 15And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves. 18For I tell you that from now on I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19Then he took bread, and after giving thanks he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 20And in the same way he took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.
21“But look, the hand of the one who betrays me is with me on the table. 22For the Son of Man is to go just as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom he is betrayed!” 23So they began to question one another as to which of them it could possibly be who would do this.
24A dispute also started among them over which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. 25So Jesus said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those in authority over them are called ‘benefactors.’ 26Not so with you; instead the one who is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like the one who serves. 27For who is greater, the one who is seated at the table, or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is seated at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.
28“You are the ones who have remained with me in my trials. 29Thus I grant to you a kingdom, just as my Father granted to me, 30that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel.(NET Bible)
In connection with Jeremiah 23:16, [Luther writes], “O pope, O bishop, O parson, O monks, O theologians, how can you get by here? Do you think it is a small matter when lo y Majesty forbids what does not come from the mouth of God and some- thing else that is not God’s Word?” “God’s Word is so hard that it will suffer no additions, that it alone will be or will not be at all. God may suffer it that unclean additions run through our works and lives but in His Word, which should cleanse me from all addition and filth, He can suffer no addition, or our lives would never become clean in all eternity.” (21)
–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.