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Sunday, November 28, 2010 - Advent 1
2The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. 2In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised above the hills; all the nations shall stream to it. 3Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 4He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. 5O house of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
1I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
2Our feet are standing within your gates, O Jerusalem.
3Jerusalem—built as a city that is bound firmly together.
4To it the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
5For there the thrones for judgment were set up, the thrones of the house of David.
6Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: “May they prosper who love you.
7Peace be within your walls, and security within your towers.”
8For the sake of my relatives and friends I will say, “Peace be within you.”
9For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.
11Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; 12the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; 13let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. 14Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.
Matthew 24:36-4436“But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, 39and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. 41Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. 42Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. 43But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.
LCMS Daily Readings:
November 28th, 2010
Ad Te Levavi (Advent 1)
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November 28, 2010 - The First Sunday of Advent
Today's Reading: Matthew 21:1-9
Daily Lectionary: Isaiah 2:1-22; 1 Peter 1:13-25
Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: "Hosanna to the Son of David! 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!' Hosanna in the highest!" (Matthew 21:9)
In the + Name of Jesus. Amen. Advent is here! All eyes on Jesus. Just like the crowds in Jerusalem. Here comes Jesus, riding on the colt, the foal of a donkey. Here comes the One who has been healing the blind and deaf and dumb, casting out demons, walking on water, feeding thousands, raising the dead, and preaching repentance, because the Kingdom of God is near. Here is the One who preaches and teaches with such authority―,and not as the scribes and Pharisees. Here is the one who drives the money changers out of the temple and confounds the Bible scholars with His teaching and wisdom. Here He comes, riding into the city on a donkey, just like Solomon did, (1 Kings 1:33-34) so that there would be no doubting who was the king! And the crowds shout “Hosanna! Save now!” to the One who can save them.
Advent is the time to take our eyes off of all the things of this world that CAN'T save us and put them on Jesus. It is the time to shout “Hosanna! Save us now!”, because He is the One who comes as the King. And what a King. A King on a donkey. That's humility. A King crowned with thorns. That's His suffering that saves us. A King who has risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of God the Father with all glory and majesty. Jesus is such a King, not as the world defines one, ,but a King who saves us by His own death.
So, join with the crowds and sing “hosanna!” Sing it every Lord's Day, every time the Lord's Supper is celebrated: “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Come and save us! Hosanna is our Advent prayer and we sing it in the liturgy right before what? Our Lord comes and saves us! Right before the Sacrament of the Altar, where Jesus gives us His body and blood, we sing “Hosanna!” And that prayer to save us is answered when Christ's Words are spoken and we feast on the King's body and blood. In Advent, Jesus comes to you. He comes to save you. On the cross. On the altar. Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord. In the Name of Jesus. Amen.
Stir up your power, O Lord, and come to rescue us from the threatening perils of our sins, and save us by Your promised deliverance; for You now live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. (Collect for Advent 1)
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Stir up Your power, O Lord, and come, that by Your protection we may be rescued from the threatening perils of our sins and saved by Your mighty deliverance; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.
To You, O LORD, I lift
up my soul.*
O my God, I trust in You; Let me not
Let not my enemies triumph
Let no one who waits on You
be ashamed. (Psalm 25:1-3a)
Show me Your
ways, O LORD;*
me Your paths.
For You are the God of my sal-
on You I wait
all the day.
Let integrity and uprightness pre-
wait for You.
el, O God,*
out of all their
troubles. (Psalm 25:4-5, 21-22)
Old Testament: Jer. 23:5-8
5(A) "Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous(B) Branch, and(C) he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and(D) Israel will(E) dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called:(F) 'The LORD is our righteousness.'
7(G) "Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when they shall no longer say, 'As the LORD lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,' 8but 'As the LORD lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he[a] had driven them.' Then they shall dwell in their own land."
Footnotes:Jeremiah 23:8 Septuagint; Hebrew I
Cross references:Jeremiah 23:5 : For Jeremiah 23:5, 6, Jeremiah 33:14-16 Jeremiah 23:5 : Isa 4:2; 11:1 Jeremiah 23:5 : Jeremiah 30:9; Isa 32:1; Ezek 37:24; Hos 3:5; Zech 9:9; Matt 2:2; Luke 1:32; 19:38; John 1:49 Jeremiah 23:6 : Deut 33:28; Zech 14:11 Jeremiah 23:6 : Jeremiah 32:37 Jeremiah 23:6 : Rom 10:4; 1 Cor 1:30 Jeremiah 23:7 : For Jeremiah 23:7, 8, Jeremiah 16:14, 15
Let no one who
waits on You*
be a- /shamed, O Lord
Show me Your
ways, O LORD;
me Your paths. (Psalm 25:3-4)
Epistle: Rom. 13:11-14
11Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you(A) to wake from sleep.(B) For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12(C) The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us(D) cast off(E) the works of darkness and(F) put on the armor of light. 13(G) Let us walk properly as in the daytime,(H) not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality,(I) not in quarreling and jealousy. 14But(J) put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh,(K) to gratify its desires.
Cross references:Romans 13:11 : 1 Cor 15:34; Eph 5:14; 1 Thess 5:6 Romans 13:11 : Isa 56:1; Luke 21:28 Romans 13:12 : John 9:4 Romans 13:12 : Col 3:8 Romans 13:12 : Eph 5:11; John 3:20 Romans 13:12 : 2 Cor 6:7; Eph 6:11, 13; 1 Thess 5:8 Romans 13:13 : 1 Thess 4:12 Romans 13:13 : Luke 21:34; Gal 5:21; 1 Pet 4:3 Romans 13:13 : James 3:14, 16 Romans 13:14 : Gal 3:27; Job 29:14; Psalm 132:9; Luke 24:49; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10 Romans 13:14 : Gal 5:16; 1 Pet 2:11
Show us Your
and grant us Your salvation. Alle-
luia. (Psalm 85:7)
Gospel: Matt. 21:1-9
The Triumphal Entry
1(A) Now when they drew near to Jerusalem and came to Bethphage, to(B) the Mount of Olives, then Jesus(C) sent two disciples, 2saying to them, "Go into the village in front of you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Untie them and bring them to me. 3If anyone says anything to you, you shall say, 'The Lord needs them,' and he will send them at once." 4This took place(D) to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet, saying,
5(E) "Say to the daughter of Zion,'Behold, your king is coming to you,
(F) humble, and mounted on a donkey,
and[a] on a colt, the foal of a beast of burden.'"
6The disciples went and did as Jesus had directed them. 7They brought the donkey and the colt and put on them their cloaks, and he sat on them. 8Most of the crowd(G) spread their cloaks on the road, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 9And the crowds that went before him and that followed him were shouting,(H) "Hosanna to(I) the Son of David!(J) Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna(K) in the highest!"
Footnotes:Matthew 21:5 Or even
Cross references:Matthew 21:1 : For Matthew 21:1-9, Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19:29-38; John 12:12-15 Matthew 21:1 : Matthew 24:3; 26:30; Zech 14:4; John 8:1; Acts 1:12 Matthew 21:1 : Mark 14:13 Matthew 21:4 : Matthew 1:22 Matthew 21:5 : Zech 9:9; Isa 62:11 Matthew 21:5 : Matthew 11:29 Matthew 21:8 : 2 Kgs 9:13 Matthew 21:9 : Rev 7:10; Psalm 118:25 (Heb) Matthew 21:9 : Matthew 20:30 Matthew 21:9 : Matthew 23:39; Psalm 118:26 Matthew 21:9 : Luke 2:14; Psalm 148:1
To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. Let no one who waits on You be ashamed. (Psalm 25)
First Reading: Is. 2:1-22
The Mountain of the LORD
1The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2(A) It shall come to pass in the latter days
that(B) the mountain of the house of the LORDshall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and shall be lifted up above the hills;and(C) all the nations shall flow to it,
3and(D) many peoples shall come, and say:"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
to the house of the God of Jacob,that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths."For(E) out of Zion shall go the law,[a]
and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4He shall judge between the nations,
and shall decide disputes for many peoples;(F) and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;(G) nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore.
5O house of Jacob,
come, let us walk
in(H) the light of the LORD.
The Day of the LORD
6For you have rejected your people,
the house of Jacob,because they are full of things(I) from the east
and(J) of fortune-tellers(K) like the Philistines,
and they(L) strike hands with the children of foreigners. 7Their land is(M) filled with silver and gold,
and there is no end to their treasures;their land is(N) filled with horses,
and there is no end to their chariots. 8Their land is(O) filled with idols;
they bow down to(P) the work of their hands,
to what their own fingers have made. 9So man(Q) is humbled,
and each one is brought low—
do not forgive them! 10(R) Enter into the rock
and hide in the dust(S) from before the terror of the LORD,
and from the splendor of his majesty. 11(T) The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,
and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.
12(U) For the LORD of hosts has a day
against all that is proud and lofty,
against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low; 13against all the(V) cedars of Lebanon,
lofty and lifted up;
and against all the(W) oaks of Bashan; 14against all(X) the lofty mountains,
and against all the uplifted hills; 15against every high tower,
and against every fortified wall; 16against all(Y) the ships of Tarshish,
and against all the beautiful craft. 17(Z) And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,
and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,
and the LORD alone will be exalted in that day. 18(AA) And the idols shall utterly pass away. 19(AB) And people shall enter the caves of the rocks
and the holes of the ground,[b]from before the terror of the LORD,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
(AC) when he rises to terrify the earth.
20In that day(AD) mankind will cast away
their idols of silver and their idols of gold,which they made for themselves to worship,
to the moles and to the(AE) bats, 21(AF) to enter the caverns of the rocks
and the clefts of the cliffs,from before the terror of the LORD,
and from the splendor of his majesty,
(AG) when he rises to terrify the earth. 22(AH) Stop regarding man
(AI) in whose nostrils is breath,
for of what account is he?
Footnotes:Isaiah 2:3 Or teaching Isaiah 2:19 Hebrew dust
Cross references:Isaiah 2:2 : For Isaiah 2:2-4, Mic 4:1-3 Isaiah 2:2 : Isaiah 14:13; 25:6 Isaiah 2:2 : Isaiah 56:7 Isaiah 2:3 : Zech 8:20-23 Isaiah 2:3 : Luke 24:47; John 4:22 Isaiah 2:4 : Joel 3:10 Isaiah 2:4 : Isaiah 9:7; Psalm 72:3, 7; Hos 2:18; Zech 9:10 Isaiah 2:5 : Isaiah 60:1, 2; Eph 5:8 Isaiah 2:6 : 2 Kgs 16:10, 11 Isaiah 2:6 : Mic 5:12 Isaiah 2:6 : 2 Kgs 1:2 Isaiah 2:6 : 2 Kgs 16:7, 8 Isaiah 2:7 : Isaiah 39:2; Isaiah 22:8, 11; Deut 17:17 Isaiah 2:7 : Isaiah 30:16; Deut 17:16; Mic 5:10 Isaiah 2:8 : Isaiah 2:18, 20; Isaiah 10:10, 11; Jer 2:28 Isaiah 2:8 : Isaiah 44:9-17 Isaiah 2:9 : Isaiah 5:15 Isaiah 2:10 : Isaiah 2:19, 21; Rev 6:15, 16 Isaiah 2:10 : Cited 2 Thess 1:9 Isaiah 2:11 : Isaiah 2:17; Psalm 18:27; Mic 2:3; 2 Cor 10:5 Isaiah 2:12 : Job 40:11, 12; Mal 4:1 Isaiah 2:13 : Isaiah 14:8; Judg 9:15 Isaiah 2:13 : Ezek 27:6; Zech 11:2 Isaiah 2:14 : Isaiah 30:25 Isaiah 2:16 : Isaiah 60:9; 1 Kgs 10:22 Isaiah 2:17 : Psalm 18:27; Mic 2:3; 2 Cor 10:5 Isaiah 2:18 : Isaiah 2:8 Isaiah 2:19 : Isaiah 2:10; Hos 10:8; Luke 23:30; Rev 6:16 Isaiah 2:19 : Psalm 76:8, 9; Hab 3:6 Isaiah 2:20 : Isaiah 30:22; 31:7 Isaiah 2:20 : Lev 11:19; Deut 14:18 Isaiah 2:21 : Isaiah 2:19 Isaiah 2:21 : Isaiah 2:19 Isaiah 2:22 : Psalm 146:3 Isaiah 2:22 : Job 27:3; James 4:14
Second Reading: 1 Pt. 1:13-25
Called to Be Holy
13Therefore,(A) preparing your minds for action,[a] and(B) being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children,(C) do not be conformed to the passions(D) of your former ignorance, 15but(E) as he who called you is holy, you also be holy(F) in all your conduct, 16since it is written,(G) "You shall be holy, for I am holy." 17And if you(H) call on him as Father who(I) judges(J) impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves(K) with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18knowing that you(L) were ransomed from(M) the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19but(N) with the precious blood of Christ, like that of(O) a lamb(P) without blemish or spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but(Q) was made manifest(R) in the last times for the sake of you 21(S) who through him are believers in God,(T) who raised him from the dead and(U) gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for(V) a sincere brotherly love,(W) love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23(X) since you have been born again,(Y) not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through(Z) the living and abiding word of God; 24for
(AA) "All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.The grass withers,
and the flower falls, 25(AB) but the word of the Lord remains forever."
And this word(AC) is the good news that was preached to you.
Footnotes:1 Peter 1:13 Greek girding up the loins of your mind
Cross references:1 Peter 1:13 : Luke 12:35 1 Peter 1:13 : 1 Peter 4:7; 5:8; 1 Thess 5:6, 8; 2 Tim 4:5 1 Peter 1:14 : 1 Peter 4:2, 3; Rom 12:2; Titus 3:3 1 Peter 1:14 : Acts 17:30 1 Peter 1:15 : 1 John 3:3; 2 Cor 7:1; 1 Thess 4:7; Heb 12:14 1 Peter 1:15 : James 3:13 1 Peter 1:16 : Lev 11:44 1 Peter 1:17 : Jer 3:19; Mal 1:6; 2 Cor 6:18; Matt 6:9 1 Peter 1:17 : Psalm 62:12 1 Peter 1:17 : James 2:1 1 Peter 1:17 : 1 Peter 3:15; 2 Cor 7:1; Rom 11:20 1 Peter 1:18 : Psalm 49:8; 130:8; 1 Cor 6:20; Titus 2:14; 2 Pet 2:1 1 Peter 1:18 : Eph 4:17 1 Peter 1:19 : Acts 20:28 1 Peter 1:19 : John 1:29 1 Peter 1:19 : Heb 9:14; Exodus 12:5 1 Peter 1:20 : Rom 16:26 1 Peter 1:20 : Heb 1:2 1 Peter 1:21 : John 12:44 1 Peter 1:21 : Rom 10:9; Acts 2:24 1 Peter 1:21 : Acts 3:13; Heb 2:9; 1 Peter 3:22; John 7:39 1 Peter 1:22 : Rom 12:9; Heb 13:1 1 Peter 1:22 : 1 Tim 1:5 1 Peter 1:23 : 1 Peter 1:3; John 3:3; James 1:18 1 Peter 1:23 : John 1:13 1 Peter 1:23 : Heb 4:12 1 Peter 1:24 : James 1:10, 11; Isa 40:6, 8 1 Peter 1:25 : Matt 24:35 1 Peter 1:25 : Isa 40:9
Sunday Father Reading
"Apply in the Sacrament what is true in the Person of Christ. In order that the Godhead dwell in Him, it is not necessary that the human nature be transubstantiatedÉbut since both natures are present in their entirety, it is truly said, 'This is God,' and 'This God is man.' ÉIt is the same in the Sacrament. In order that the real body and the real blood may be in the Sacrament, it not necessary that the bread and wine be transubstantiatedÉbut both remain there together, and it is truly said, 'This is My body; This wine is My blood.'" [Luther. "Babylonian Captivity of the Church." 1520]
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