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Nah. 2

2:1 (2:2) An enemy who will scatter you, Nineveh, has advanced against you!

Guard the rampart!

Watch the road!

Prepare yourselves for battle!

Muster your mighty strength!

2For the Lord is about to restore the majesty of Jacob,

as well as the majesty of Israel,

though their enemies have plundered them

and have destroyed their fields.

3The shields of his warriors are dyed red;

the mighty soldiers are dressed in scarlet garments.

The chariots are in flashing metal fittings

on the day of battle;

the soldiers brandish their spears.

4The chariots race madly through the streets,

they rush back and forth in the broad plazas;

they look like lightning bolts,

they dash here and there like flashes of lightning.

5The commander orders his officers;

they stumble as they advance;

they rush to the city wall,

and they set up the covered siege tower.

6The sluice gates are opened;

the royal palace is deluged and dissolves.

7Nineveh is taken into exile and is led away;

her slave girls moan like doves while they beat their breasts.

8Nineveh was like a pool of water throughout her days,

but now her people are running away;

she cries out: “Stop! Stop!”—

but no one turns back.

9Her conquerors cry out:

“Plunder the silver! Plunder the gold!”

There is no end to the treasure—

riches of every kind of precious thing.

10Destruction, devastation, and desolation!

Hearts faint, knees tremble;

every stomach churns, all their faces have turned pale!

11Where now is the den of the lions

and the feeding place of the young lions,

where the lion, lioness, and lion cub once prowled

and no one disturbed them?

12The lion tore apart as much prey as his cubs needed

and strangled prey for his lionesses;

he filled his lairs with prey

and his dens with torn flesh.

13“I am against you!” declares the Lord of Heaven’s Armies:

“I will burn your chariots with fire;

the sword will devour your young lions.

You will no longer prey upon the land;

the voices of your messengers will no longer be heard.”

(NET Bible)

Ps. 114

114:1 When Israel left Egypt,

when the family of Jacob left a foreign nation behind,

2Judah became his sanctuary,

Israel his kingdom.

3The sea looked and fled;

the Jordan River turned back.

4The mountains skipped like rams,

the hills like lambs.

5Why do you flee, O sea?

Why do you turn back, O Jordan River?

6Why do you skip like rams, O mountains,

like lambs, O hills?

7Tremble, O earth, before the Lord—

before the God of Jacob,

8who turned a rock into a pool of water,

a hard rock into springs of water.

(NET Bible)

Luke 19:28–44

19:28 After Jesus had said this, he continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. 29Now when he approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, 30telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. 31If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” 32So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as he had told them. 33As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” 34They replied, “The Lord needs it.” 35Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. 36As he rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. 37As he approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: 38Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” 40He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”

41Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, he wept over it, 42saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. 43For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. 44They will demolish you—you and your children within your walls—and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”

(NET Bible)

On April 28, thus ten days later [a er Worms], [Luther] wrote his well-known letter to Emperor Charles. … “But I, who was always humble and zealously ready to do and to suffer all that in me lay, could not obtain this one concession, this most Christian prayer, that the Word of God should remain free and unbound, and that I should submit my books to your Sacred Majesty and the Estates of the Empire on that condition, nor that in yielding to the decree of a Council I should not submit to anything contrary to the gospel of God, nor should they make any such decree. is was the crux of the whole controversy.” Luther then continues: “For God, the searcher of hearts, is my witness that I am most ready to submit to and obey your Majesty either in life or in death, to glory or to shame, for gain or for loss. As I have o ered myself, thus I do now, excepting nothing save the Word of God, in which not only (as Christ teaches in Matthew 4) does man live, but which also the angels of Christ  desire to see (I Peter 1). As it is above all things it ought to be held free and unbound in all, as Paul teaches (II Timothy 2:9). It ought not to depend on human judgment nor to yield to the opinion of men, no matter how great, how numerous, how learned, and how holy they are. Thus does St. Paul in Galatians. I dare to exclaim with emphasis, ‘If we or an angel from heaven teach you another gospel, let him be anathema,’ and David says, ‘Put not your trust in princes, in the sons of men, in whom is no safety,’ Ps. 146:3. Nor is anyone able to trust in himself, as Solomon says, ‘He is a fool who trusts in his heart’; Prov. 28:26, and Jeremiah 17, ‘Cursed is he who trusteth in man’ … For to trust in man in matters of salvation is to give to the creature the glory due to the creator alone.” (20–21)

–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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