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Zeph. 1:7–18

1:7 Be silent before the Sovereign Lord,

for the Lord’s day of judgment is almost here.

The Lord has prepared a sacrificial meal;

he has ritually purified his guests.

8“On the day of the Lord’s sacrificial meal,

I will punish the princes and the king’s sons,

and all who wear foreign styles of clothing.

9On that day I will punish all who leap over the threshold,

who fill the house of their master with wealth taken by violence and deceit.

10On that day,” says the Lord,

“a loud cry will go up from the Fish Gate,

wailing from the city’s newer district,

and a loud crash from the hills.

11Wail, you who live in the market district,

for all the merchants will disappear

and those who count money will be removed.

12At that time I will search through Jerusalem with lamps.

I will punish the people who are entrenched in their sin,

those who think to themselves,

‘The Lord neither rewards nor punishes.’

13Their wealth will be stolen

and their houses ruined!

They will not live in the houses they have built,

nor will they drink the wine from the vineyards they have planted.

14The Lord’s great day of judgment is almost here;

it is approaching very rapidly!

There will be a bitter sound on the Lord’s day of judgment;

at that time warriors will cry out in battle.

15That day will be a day of God’s anger,

a day of distress and hardship,

a day of devastation and ruin,

a day of darkness and gloom,

a day of clouds and dark skies,

16a day of trumpet blasts and battle cries.

Judgment will fall on the fortified cities and the high corner towers.

17I will bring distress on the people

and they will stumble like blind men,

for they have sinned against the Lord.

Their blood will be poured out like dirt;

their flesh will be scattered like manure.

18Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to deliver them

in the day of the Lord’s angry judgment.

The whole earth will be consumed by his fiery wrath.

Indeed, he will bring terrifying destruction on all who live on the earth.”

(NET Bible)

Ps. 119:25–32

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.

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Luke 22:14–30

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 twelve 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.

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