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Ezek. 37:1–14

37:1 The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and placed me in the midst of the valley, and it was full of bones. 2He made me walk all around among them. I realized there were a great many bones in the valley and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” I said to him, “Sovereign Lord, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and tell them: ‘Dry bones, listen to the Lord’s message. 5This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: Look, I am about to infuse breath into you and you will live. 6I will put tendons on you and muscles over you and will cover you with skin; I will put breath in you and you will live. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”

7So I prophesied as I was commanded. There was a sound when I prophesied – I heard a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8As I watched, I saw tendons on them, then muscles appeared, and skin covered over them from above, but there was no breath in them.

9He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, – prophesy, son of man – and say to the breath: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these corpses so that they may live.’” 10So I prophesied as I was commanded, and the breath came into them; they lived and stood on their feet, an extremely great army.

11Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are all the house of Israel. Look, they are saying, ‘Our bones are dry, our hope has perished; we are cut off.’ 12Therefore prophesy, and tell them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to open your graves and will raise you from your graves, my people. I will bring you to the land of Israel. 13Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, my people. 14I will place my breath in you and you will live; I will give you rest in your own land. Then you will know that I am the Lord – I have spoken and I will act, declares the Lord.’”

(NET Bible)

Ps. 139

139:1 For the music director, a psalm of David.

O Lord, you examine me and know.

2You know when I sit down and when I get up;

even from far away you understand my motives.

3You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest;

you are aware of everything I do.

4Certainly my tongue does not frame a word

without you, O Lord, being thoroughly aware of it.

5You squeeze me in from behind and in front;

you place your hand on me.

6Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension;

it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it.

7Where can I go to escape your Spirit?

Where can I flee to escape your presence?

8If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there.

If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be.

9If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn,

and settle down on the other side of the sea,

10even there your hand would guide me,

your right hand would grab hold of me.

11If I were to say, “Certainly the darkness will cover me,

and the light will turn to night all around me,”

12even the darkness is not too dark for you to see,

and the night is as bright as day;

darkness and light are the same to you.

13Certainly you made my mind and heart;

you wove me together in my mother’s womb.

14I will give you thanks because your deeds are awesome and amazing.

You knew me thoroughly;

15my bones were not hidden from you,

when I was made in secret

and sewed together in the depths of the earth.

16Your eyes saw me when I was inside the womb.

All the days ordained for me

were recorded in your scroll

before one of them came into existence.

17How difficult it is for me to fathom your thoughts about me, O God!

How vast is their sum total!

18If I tried to count them,

they would outnumber the grains of sand.

Even if I finished counting them,

I would still have to contend with you.

19If only you would kill the wicked, O God!

Get away from me, you violent men!

20They rebel against you and act deceitfully;

your enemies lie.

21O Lord, do I not hate those who hate you,

and despise those who oppose you?

22I absolutely hate them,

they have become my enemies!

23Examine me, O God, and probe my thoughts!

Test me, and know my concerns!

24See if there is any idolatrous way in me,

and lead me in the everlasting way!

(NET Bible)

Acts 2:1–21

2:1 Now when the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like a violent wind blowing came from heaven and filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3And tongues spreading out like a fire appeared to them and came to rest on each one of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in other languages as the Spirit enabled them.

5Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven residing in Jerusalem. 6When this sound occurred, a crowd gathered and was in confusion, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Completely baffled, they said, “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8And how is it that each one of us hears them in our own native language? 9Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and the province of Asia, 10Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs – we hear them speaking in our own languages about the great deeds God has done!” 12All were astounded and greatly confused, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13But others jeered at the speakers, saying, “They are drunk on new wine!”

14But Peter stood up with the eleven, raised his voice, and addressed them: “You men of Judea and all you who live in Jerusalem, know this and listen carefully to what I say. 15In spite of what you think, these men are not drunk, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. 16But this is what was spoken about through the prophet Joel:

17And in the last days it will be, God says,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all people,

and your sons and your daughters will prophesy,

and your young men will see visions,

and your old men will dream dreams.

18 Even on my servants, both men and women,

I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.

19 And I will perform wonders in the sky above

and miraculous signs on the earth below,

blood and fire and clouds of smoke.

20 The sun will be changed to darkness

and the moon to blood

before the great and glorious day of the Lord comes.

21 And then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

(NET Bible)

John 16:4–15

16:4 But I have told you these things so that when their time comes, you will remember that I told you about them.

“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 5But now I am going to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6Instead your hearts are filled with sadness because I have said these things to you. 7But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 8And when he comes, he will prove the world wrong concerning sin and righteousness and judgment – 9concerning sin, because they do not believe in me; 10concerning righteousness, because I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 11and concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world has been condemned.

12 “I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own authority, but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you what is to come. 14He will glorify me, because he will receive from me what is mine and will tell it to you. 15Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what is mine and will tell it to you. (NET Bible)

At the end of November the Reformer published his writing, On the Abuse of the Mass. At the beginning of this we read: “ Therefore let the unreasonable sophists, the ignorant bishops, monks, and parsons, the Pope with all his Gomorrahs know that we were not baptized in the name of Augustine, Bernard, Gregory, Peter or Paul, nor yet in the name of those from Paris but only in the name of Jesus Christ. Him only, and Him not otherwise than crucified, and no other do we acknowledge as our Master. Paul does not desire that we should believe him or an angel, unless Christ lives and speaks in him. … The saints were subject to error in their writings and to sin in their lives; Scripture cannot err.” Again, “It is not the Word of God because the Church says so, but because God’s Word said so, therefore is the Church. The Church does not make the Word but is made by the Word.” (22)

–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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