Monday, January 24, 2011

Lutheran (LCMS) Daily Readings For Monday, 24 January


Daily Readings:

Saints/Martyrs/Heroes/Feasts/Fasts to be observed/commemmorated/celebrated:  Saint Timothy, Pastor/Bishop

Scriptural Readings:

January 24th, 2011

St. Timothy, Pastor

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January 24, 2011 - St. Timothy, Pastor and Confessor

Today's Reading: Matthew 24:42-47

Daily Lectionary:Joel 3:1-21; Romans 12:14-13:14

Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing” (Matthew 24:45-46)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. In his two letters to Timothy, Paul urges Timothy to be a faithful pastor. But do you have any idea what pastors do for you? Here are some reasons the Lord has given you a pastor.

Your pastor studies for you. He reads and engages God's Word and the Catechism and other books about theology so that he knows what things are likely to trip you up and so warn you away from them as well as teach you to confess Jesus more clearly.

Your pastor preaches to you. This you know, but he spends those hours preparing to get up in the pulpit in church so that he can deliver Jesus to you. He studies the texts that are read on Sunday so he can best point you to Jesus who died for your sins and rose from the dead. Your pastor works to convict you of your sins by the Word of God's Law and to comfort you with the Word of the Gospel.

Your pastor prays for you. He knows the trials and temptations you face (he was a teenager once, too!) and so he lifts you up in prayer to your heavenly Father, imploring Him to have mercy on you for the sake of that same Jesus who is your Savior.

Your pastor baptized you. Well, maybe some other pastor did, but either way, his job also involves telling you about your Baptism, teaching you to trust in this wonderful gift from God.

Your pastor absolves you. It may be in the Divine Service, it may be after hearing your confession in private, but either way, your pastor is speaking for Jesus, telling you what the Lord's death does for you―it wipes out all your sins.

Your pastor gives you Jesus' body and blood so that you will be forgiven and strengthened in the faith to life everlasting.

Your pastor cares for you. He cares for you by giving you Jesus so that sin and death can't harm you. Thanks be to God for faithful pastors like Timothy and yours! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Send, O Lord, Your Holy Spirit, On Your servant now, we pray; Let him prove a faithful shepherd That no lamb be led astray. Your pure teaching to proclaim, To extol Your holy name, And to feed Your lambs, dear Savior, Make his aim and sole endeavor. (LSB 681:1)

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Lord Jesus Christ, You have always given to Your Church on earth faithful shepherds such as Timothy to guide and feed Your flock. Make all pastors diligent to preach Your holy Word and administer Your means of grace, and grant Your people wisdom to follow in the way that leads to life eternal; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit , one God, now and forever. Amen.

Epistle: 1 Tim.6:11-16

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

11But as for you,(A) O man of God,(B) flee these things.(C) Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12(D) Fight the good fight of the faith.(E) Take hold of the eternal life(F) to which you were called and about which you made(G) the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13(H) I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus,(I) who in his testimony before[a] Pontius Pilate made(J) the good confession, 14to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until(K) the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will display(L) at the proper time—he who is(M) the blessed and only Sovereign,(N) the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16(O) who alone has immortality,(P) who dwells in(Q) unapproachable light,(R) whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Footnotes:1 Timothy 6:13 Or in the time of

Cross references:1 Timothy 6:11 : 2 Tim 3:17 1 Timothy 6:11 : 2 Tim 2:22 1 Timothy 6:11 : Prov 15:9 1 Timothy 6:12 : 1 Timothy 1:18; 1 Cor 9:25 1 Timothy 6:12 : Phil 3:12 1 Timothy 6:12 : 1 Pet 5:10 1 Timothy 6:12 : 2 Cor 9:13 1 Timothy 6:13 : 1 Timothy 5:21 1 Timothy 6:13 : Matt 27:11; John 18:37; Rev 1:5; 3:14 1 Timothy 6:13 : 1 Timothy 6:12 1 Timothy 6:14 : 2 Thess 2:8 1 Timothy 6:15 : 1 Timothy 2:6 1 Timothy 6:15 : 1 Timothy 1:11 1 Timothy 6:15 : Rev 17:14 1 Timothy 6:16 : 1 Timothy 1:17 1 Timothy 6:16 : Psalm 104:2 1 Timothy 6:16 : Job 37:23 1 Timothy 6:16 : John 1:18

Gospel: Matt. 24:42-47

42Therefore,(A) stay awake, for you do not know on what day(B) your Lord is coming. 43(C) But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night(D) the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. 44Therefore you also must be(E) ready, for(F) the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

45"Who then is(G) the faithful and(H) wise servant,[a] whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? 46(I) Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 47Truly, I say to you,(J) he will set him over all his possessions.

Footnotes:Matthew 24:45 Greek bondservant; also verses 46, 48, 50

Cross references:Matthew 24:42 : Mark 14:34-38; Luke 12:37; 21:36; Acts 20:31; 1 Thess 5:6 Matthew 24:42 : John 13:13 Matthew 24:43 : For Matthew 24:43-51, Luke 12:39-46 Matthew 24:43 : 1 Thess 5:2; 2 Pet 3:10; Rev 3:3 Matthew 24:44 : Matthew 25:10 Matthew 24:44 : Matthew 24:27 Matthew 24:45 : Matthew 25:21; 1 Cor 4:2; Heb 3:5 Matthew 24:45 : Matthew 7:24; 10:16; 25:2 Matthew 24:46 : John 13:17; Rev 16:15 Matthew 24:47 : Matthew 25:21, 23

Daily Lectionary

First Reading: Joel 3:1-21

The LORD Judges the Nations

1[a] "For behold,(A) in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, 2(B) I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And(C) I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land, 3and(D) have cast lots for my people, and have traded a boy for a prostitute, and have sold a girl for wine and have drunk it.

4"What are you to me,(E) O Tyre and Sidon, and all(F) the regions of Philistia? Are you paying me back for something? If you are paying me back,(G) I will return your payment on your own head swiftly and speedily. 5For(H) you have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried my rich treasures into your temples.[b] 6You have sold(I) the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their own border. 7Behold, I will stir them up from the place to which you have sold them, and(J) I will return your payment on your own head. 8I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the people of Judah, and they will sell them to the(K) Sabeans, to a nation far away, for the LORD has spoken."

9Proclaim this among the nations:(L) Consecrate for war;[c]

stir up the mighty men.Let all the men of war draw near;

let them come up. 10(M) Beat your plowshares into swords,

and your pruning hooks into spears;

let the weak say, "I am a warrior."

11(N) Hasten and come,

all you surrounding nations,

and gather yourselves there.(O) Bring down your warriors, O LORD. 12Let the nations stir themselves up

and come up to(P) the Valley of Jehoshaphat;(Q) for there I will sit to judge

all the surrounding nations.

13(R) Put in the sickle,

(S) for the harvest is ripe.(T) Go in, tread,

for the winepress is full.The vats overflow,

for their evil is great.

14Multitudes, multitudes,

in the valley of decision!For(U) the day of the LORD is near

in the valley of decision. 15(V) The sun and the moon are darkened,

and the stars withdraw their shining.

16(W) The LORD roars from Zion,

and(X) utters his voice from Jerusalem,

(Y) and the heavens and the earth quake.But the LORD is a refuge to his people,

a stronghold to the people of Israel.

The Glorious Future of Judah

17(Z) "So you shall know that I am the LORD your God,

(AA) who dwells in Zion,(AB) my holy mountain.And Jerusalem shall be holy,

and(AC) strangers shall never again pass through it.

18"And in that day(AD) the mountains shall drip sweet wine,

and the hills shall flow with milk,and(AE) all the streambeds of Judah

shall flow with water;(AF) and a fountain shall come forth from the house of the LORD

and water the Valley of(AG) Shittim.

19(AH) "Egypt shall become a desolation

and(AI) Edom a desolate wilderness,(AJ) for the violence done to the people of Judah,

because they have shed innocent blood in their land. 20(AK) But Judah shall be inhabited forever,

and Jerusalem to all generations. 21(AL) I will avenge their blood,

blood I have not avenged,[d]

(AM) for the LORD dwells in Zion."

Footnotes:Joel 3:1 Ch 4:1 in Hebrew Joel 3:5 Or palaces Joel 3:9 Or Consecrate a war Joel 3:21 Or I will acquit their bloodguilt that I have not acquitted

Cross references:Joel 3:1 : Jer 30:3 Joel 3:2 : Zeph 3:8; Zech 14:2-4 Joel 3:2 : Isa 66:16; Jer 25:31 Joel 3:3 : Obad 11; Nah 3:10 Joel 3:4 : Isa 23:1, 2; Jer 47:4; Amos 1:9 Joel 3:4 : Ezek 25:15, 16 Joel 3:4 : Obad 15 Joel 3:5 : 2 Chr 21:16, 17 Joel 3:6 : Joel 3:3 Joel 3:7 : Joel 3:4 Joel 3:8 : 1 Kgs 10:1 Joel 3:9 : Mic 3:5 Joel 3:10 : Isa 2:4 Joel 3:11 : Isa 54:15 Joel 3:11 : Zech 14:5 Joel 3:12 : Joel 3:2 Joel 3:12 : Psalm 96:13; 98:9; 110:6; Isa 2:4; 3:13; Mic 4:3 Joel 3:13 : Rev 14:15 Joel 3:13 : Jer 51:33; Hos 6:11; Matt 13:30, 39; Mark 4:29; John 4:35; Rev 14:15, 18 Joel 3:13 : Rev 14:20; Isa 63:2, 3 Joel 3:14 : Joel 1:15 Joel 3:15 : Joel 2:10 Joel 3:16 : Joel 2:11; Amos 1:2; Jer 25:30 Joel 3:16 : Joel 2:10 Joel 3:16 : Isa 4:6; 25:4 Joel 3:17 : Joel 2:27; Ezek 6:7 Joel 3:17 : Joel 3:21; Ezek 43:7 Joel 3:17 : Joel 2:1; Psalm 48:1; Isa 65:11; Jer 31:23 Joel 3:17 : Isa 52:1; Nah 1:15; Zech 14:21; Rev 21:27; 22:15 Joel 3:18 : Jer 31:12; Amos 9:13 Joel 3:18 : Isa 30:25 Joel 3:18 : Ezek 47:1 Joel 3:18 : Num 25:1 Joel 3:19 : Isa 19:1-17 Joel 3:19 : Isa 34:5 Joel 3:19 : Obad 10 Joel 3:20 : Psalm 125:1, 2; Ezek 37:25 Joel 3:21 : Isa 4:4; Ezek 36:25, 29 Joel 3:21 : Joel 3:17

Second Reading: Rom. 12:14-13:14

14(A) Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. 15(B) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. 16(C) Live in harmony with one another.(D) Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly.[a](E) Never be wise in your own sight. 17(F) Repay no one evil for evil, but(G) give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you,(H) live peaceably with all. 19Beloved,(I) never avenge yourselves, but leave it[b] to the wrath of God, for it is written,(J) "Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord." 20To the contrary,(K) "if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head." 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Submission to the Authorities

1Let every person(L) be subject to the governing authorities. For(M) there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 2Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. 3For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you(N) will receive his approval, 4for(O) he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God,(P) an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. 5Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also(Q) for the sake of conscience. 6For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing. 7(R) Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

Fulfilling the Law Through Love

8(S) Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for(T) the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9For the commandments,(U) "You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet," and any other commandment, are summed up in this word:(V) "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore(W) love is the fulfilling of the law.

11Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you(X) to wake from sleep.(Y) For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. 12(Z) The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us(AA) cast off(AB) the works of darkness and(AC) put on the armor of light. 13(AD) Let us walk properly as in the daytime,(AE) not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality,(AF) not in quarreling and jealousy. 14But(AG) put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh,(AH) to gratify its desires.

Footnotes:Romans 12:16 Or give yourselves to humble tasks Romans 12:19 Greek give place

Cross references:Romans 12:14 : Matt 5:44; 1 Pet 3:9 Romans 12:15 : 1 Cor 12:26; Job 30:25; Heb 13:3 Romans 12:16 : Romans 15:5; 2 Cor 13:11; Phil 2:2; 4:2; 1 Pet 3:8 Romans 12:16 : Romans 12:3; Psalm 131:1; Jer 45:5 Romans 12:16 : Romans 11:25; Prov 3:7 Romans 12:17 : Prov 20:22; Matt 5:39; Romans 14:19 Romans 12:17 : 2 Cor 8:21; Romans 14:16 Romans 12:18 : Mark 9:50 Romans 12:19 : Prov 20:22; Matt 5:39; Romans 14:19 Romans 12:19 : Heb 10:30; Deut 32:35; Psalm 94:1; 1 Thess 4:6 Romans 12:20 : Prov 25:21, 22; Exodus 23:4, 5; 2 Kgs 6:22; Luke 6:27 Romans 13:1 : Titus 3:1; 1 Pet 2:13 Romans 13:1 : John 19:11; Dan 2:21 Romans 13:3 : 1 Pet 2:14 Romans 13:4 : 2 Chr 19:6 Romans 13:4 : 1 Thess 4:6 Romans 13:5 : 1 Pet 2:19; Eccles 8:2 Romans 13:7 : Matt 17:25; 22:21; Mark 12:17 Romans 13:8 : Lev 19:13; Prov 3:27, 28 Romans 13:8 : Romans 13:10; Matt 22:40; Col 3:14; John 13:34 Romans 13:9 : Matt 19:18; Exodus 20:13-17; Deut 5:17-21 Romans 13:9 : Lev 19:18 Romans 13:10 : John 14:15; Romans 13:8 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

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