47:1 Then he brought me back to the entrance of the temple. I noticed that water was flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east (for the temple faced east). The water was flowing down from under the right side of the temple, from south of the altar. 2He led me out by way of the north gate and brought me around the outside of the outer gate that faces toward the east; I noticed that the water was trickling out from the south side.
3When the man went out toward the east with a measuring line in his hand, he measured 1,750 feet, and then he led me through water, which was ankle deep. 4Again he measured 1,750 feet and led me through the water, which was now knee deep. Once more he measured 1,750 feet and led me through the water, which was waist deep. 5Again he measured 1,750 feet, and it was a river I could not cross, for the water had risen; it was deep enough to swim in, a river that could not be crossed. 6He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen this?”
Then he led me back to the bank of the river. 7When I had returned, I noticed a vast number of trees on the banks of the river, on both sides. 8He said to me, “These waters go out toward the eastern region and flow down into the rift valley; when they enter the Dead Sea, where the sea is stagnant, the waters become fresh. 9Every living creature that swarms where the river flows will live; there will be many fish, for these waters flow there. It will become fresh, and everything will live where the river flows. 10Fishermen will stand beside it; from En Gedi to En Eglaim they will spread nets. They will catch many kinds of fish, like the fish of the Great Sea. 11But its swamps and its marshes will not become fresh; they will remain salty. 12On both sides of the river’s banks, every kind of tree will grow for food. Their leaves will not wither nor will their fruit fail, but they will bear fruit every month because their water source flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.”
13This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Here are the borders you will observe as you allot the land to the 12 tribes of Israel. (Joseph will have two portions.) 14You must divide it equally just as I vowed to give it to your forefathers; this land will be assigned as your inheritance.
15“This will be the border of the land: On the north side, from the Great Sea by way of Hethlon to the entrance of Zedad; 16Hamath, Berothah, Sibraim, which is between the border of Damascus and the border of Hamath, as far as Hazer Hattikon, which is on the border of Hauran. 17The border will run from the sea to Hazar Enan, at the border of Damascus, and on the north is the border of Hamath. This is the north side. 18On the east side, between Hauran and Damascus, and between Gilead and the land of Israel, will be the Jordan. You will measure from the border to the eastern sea. This is the east side. 19On the south side it will run from Tamar to the waters of Meribah Kadesh, the river, to the Great Sea. This is the south side. 20On the west side the Great Sea will be the boundary to a point opposite Lebo Hamath. This is the west side.
21“This is how you will divide this land for yourselves among the tribes of Israel. 22You must allot it as an inheritance among yourselves and for the resident foreigners who live among you, who have fathered sons among you. You must treat them as native-born among the people of Israel; they will be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 23In whatever tribe the resident foreigner lives, there you will give him his inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord.(NET Bible)
106:1 Praise the Lord.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
and his loyal love endures.
2Who can adequately recount the Lord’s mighty acts
or relate all his praiseworthy deeds?
3How blessed are those who promote justice
and do what is right all the time.
4Remember me, O Lord, when you show favor to your people.
Pay attention to me, when you deliver,
5so I may see the prosperity of your chosen ones,
rejoice along with your nation,
and boast along with the people who belong to you.
6We have sinned like our ancestors;
we have done wrong, we have done evil.
7Our ancestors in Egypt failed to appreciate your miraculous deeds.
They failed to remember your many acts of loyal love,
and they rebelled at the sea, by the Red Sea.
8Yet he delivered them for the sake of his reputation
that he might reveal his power.
9He shouted at the Red Sea and it dried up;
he led them through the deep water as if it were a desert.
10He delivered them from the power of the one who hated them
and rescued them from the power of the enemy.
11The water covered their enemies;
not even one of them survived.
12They believed his promises;
they sang praises to him.
13They quickly forgot what he had done;
they did not wait for his instructions.
14In the wilderness they had an insatiable craving for meat;
they challenged God in the wastelands.
15He granted their request,
then struck them with a disease.
16In the camp they resented Moses
and Aaron the Lord’s holy priest.
17The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan;
it engulfed the group led by Abiram.
18Fire burned their group;
the flames scorched the wicked.
19They made an image of a calf at Horeb
and worshiped a metal idol.
20They traded their majestic God
for the image of an ox that eats grass.
21They rejected the God who delivered them,
the one who performed great deeds in Egypt,
22amazing feats in the land of Ham,
mighty acts by the Red Sea.
23He threatened to destroy them,
but Moses, his chosen one, interceded with him
and turned back his destructive anger.(NET Bible)
12:7 Endure your suffering as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? 8But if you do not experience discipline, something all sons have shared in, then you are illegitimate and are not sons. 9Besides, we have experienced discipline from our earthly fathers and we respected them; shall we not submit ourselves all the more to the Father of spirits and receive life? 10For they disciplined us for a little while as seemed good to them, but he does so for our benefit, that we may share his holiness. 11Now all discipline seems painful at the time, not joyful. But later it produces the fruit of peace and righteousness for those trained by it. 12Therefore, strengthen your listless hands and your weak knees, 13and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be put out of joint but be healed.
14Pursue peace with everyone, and holiness, for without it no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God, that no one be like a bitter root springing up and causing trouble, and through it many become defiled. 16And see to it that no one becomes an immoral or godless person like Esau, who sold his own birthright for a single meal. 17For you know that later when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no opportunity for repentance, although he sought the blessing with tears. (NET Bible)
[Luther] had previously expressed himself in a similar fashion in his sermons on Genesis of the year 1527. In these he said: “I have often said that anyone who wishes to study Holy Scripture shall see to it that he sticks to the simple meaning of the words, as far as possible, and does not depart from them unless he be compelled to do so by some article of the faith that would demand another meaning than the literal one. For we must be sure that there is no plainer speech on earth than that which God has spoken. Therefore, when Moses writes that God in six days created heaven and earth and all that therein is, let it so remain that there were six days, and you dare not find an explanation that six days were one day. Give the Holy Ghost the honor of being wiser that yourself, for you should so deal with Scripture that you believe that God Himself is speaking. Since it is God who is speaking, it is not fitting frivolously to twist His words to mean what you want them to mean, unless necessity should compel a departure from their literal meaning, namely when faith does not permit the literal meaning.” (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.