42:1 Then he led me out to the outer court, toward the north, and brought me to the chamber that was opposite the courtyard and opposite the building on the north. 2Its length was 175 feet on the north side, and its width 87½ feet. 3Opposite the 35 feet that belonged to the inner court, and opposite the pavement that belonged to the outer court, gallery faced gallery in the three stories. 4In front of the chambers was a walkway on the inner side, 17½ feet wide at a distance of 1¾ feet, and their entrances were on the north. 5Now the upper chambers were narrower, because the galleries took more space from them than from the lower and middle chambers of the building. 6For they were in three stories and had no pillars like the pillars of the courts; therefore, the upper chambers were set back from the ground more than the lower and middle ones. 7As for the outer wall by the side of the chambers, toward the outer court facing the chambers, it was 87½ feet long. 8For the chambers on the outer court were 87½ feet long, while those facing the temple were 175 feet long. 9Below these chambers was a passage on the east side as one enters from the outer court.
10At the beginning of the wall of the court toward the south, facing the courtyard and the building, were chambers 11like those on the north with a passage in front of them. The chambers that were toward the south were the same length and width as those on the north, and had matching exits and entrances and arrangements. 12There was an opening at the head of the passage, the passage in front of the corresponding wall toward the east when one enters.
13Then he said to me, “The north chambers and the south chambers that face the courtyard are holy chambers where the priests who approach the Lord will eat the most holy offerings. There they will place the most holy offerings—the grain offering, the sin offering, and the guilt offering, because the place is holy. 14When the priests enter, then they will not go out from the sanctuary to the outer court without taking off their garments in which they minister, for these are holy; they will put on other garments, then they will go near the places where the people are.”
15Now when he had finished measuring the interior of the temple, he led me out by the gate that faces east and measured all around. 16He measured the east side with the measuring stick as 875 feet by the measuring stick. 17He measured the north side as 875 feet by the measuring stick. 18He measured the south side as 875 feet by the measuring stick. 19He turned to the west side and measured 875 feet by the measuring stick. 20He measured it on all four sides. It had a wall around it, 875 feet long and 875 feet wide, to separate the holy and common places.(NET Bible)
103:1 By David.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.
With all that is within me, praise his holy name.
2Praise the Lord, O my soul.
Do not forget all his kind deeds.
3He is the one who forgives all your sins,
who heals all your diseases,
4who delivers your life from the Pit,
who crowns you with his loyal love and compassion,
5who satisfies your life with good things,
so your youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
6The Lord does what is fair,
and executes justice for all the oppressed.
7The Lord revealed his faithful acts to Moses,
his deeds to the Israelites.
8The Lord is compassionate and merciful;
he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love.
9He does not always accuse
and does not stay angry.
10He does not deal with us as our sins deserve;
he does not repay us as our misdeeds deserve.
11For as the skies are high above the earth,
so his loyal love towers over his faithful followers.
12As far as the eastern horizon is from the west,
so he removes the guilt of our rebellious actions from us.
13As a father has compassion on his children,
so the Lord has compassion on his faithful followers.
14For he knows what we are made of;
he realizes we are made of clay.
15A person’s life is like grass.
Like a flower in the field it flourishes,
16but when the hot wind blows, it disappears,
and one can no longer even spot the place where it once grew.
17But the Lord continually shows loyal love to his faithful followers
and is faithful to their descendants,
18to those who keep his covenant,
who are careful to obey his commands.
19The Lord has established his throne in heaven;
his kingdom extends over everything.
20Praise the Lord, you angels of his,
you powerful warriors who carry out his decrees
and obey his orders.
21Praise the Lord, all you warriors of his,
you servants of his who carry out his desires.
22Praise the Lord, all that he has made,
in all the regions of his kingdom.
Praise the Lord, O my soul.(NET Bible)
10:32 But remember the former days when you endured a harsh conflict of suffering after you were enlightened. 33At times you were publicly exposed to abuse and afflictions, and at other times you came to share with others who were treated in that way. 34For in fact you shared the sufferings of those in prison, and you accepted the confiscation of your belongings with joy, because you knew that you certainly had a better and lasting possession. 35So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. 36For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised. 37For just a little longer and he who is coming will arrive and not delay. 38But my righteous one will live by faith, and if he shrinks back, I take no pleasure in him. 39But we are not among those who shrink back and thus perish, but are among those who have faith and preserve their souls.(NET Bible)
Even in the introduction [to his lectures on Galatians delivered between 1535 and 1545] Luther discussed how the six days of creation are to be understood. He recalls that Hilary and Augustine, these two great lights of the church, were of the opinion that the world was created suddenly and not gradually in the course of six days. Then he opposes this view and writes: “Because we are not sufficiently able to understand how these days occurred nor why God wished to observe such distinctions of times, we shall rather admit our ignorance than attempt to twist the words unnecessarily into an unnatural meaning. As far, therefore, as St. Augustine’s opinion is concerned, we hold that Moses spoke literally not allegorically or figuratively, that is, the world and all its creatures was created within the six days as the words declare. Because we are not able to comprehend we shall remain disciples and leave the instructorship to the Holy Ghost.” (51)
–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.