Saturday, January 29, 2011

Lutheran (LCMS) Daily Readings For Saturday, 29 January

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January 29th, 2011

Saturday of Epiphany 3

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January 29, 2011 - Saturday of the Third Week after the Epiphany

Daily Lectionary: Zechariah 8:1-23; 2 Timothy 1:1-18

Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8 from the Introit for Epiphany 4)

In the Name + of Jesus. Amen. How do you say thank you to God? The world goes along blindly, not acknowledging the Creator and Heavenly Father who provides and cares for it. But few acknowledge their heavenly Father who has given them such gifts. You don't either―at least enough. You take for granted all that you have. Clothes, shoes, your books and computer, cell phones and video games. Perhaps a car. A job. Do you stop to thank your heavenly Father for all those things?

But how exactly do you thank God for what He has given? The Bible tells us: “What shall I render to the Lord, for all His benefits to me? I will offer the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord. I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.” (Psalm 116:12-13). That means the best way to thank God is to receive more from Him! When we thank the Lord, we don't pay Him back. The Lord wants nothing other than that we receive and enjoy His gifts.

That's what going to church is all about. There we hear and confess the Word of God which tells how Christ saves sinners by His death on the cross. There we hear the name put upon us in Baptism, receive absolution for our sins and feast upon Jesus' Body and Blood.

True, we do offer something to the Lord: our time out of our day, our voices raised in praise and thanksgiving, our sacrifice of money and material things as an offering for the good of our neighbor. But these are drops in the ocean compared to living in the Lord's good gifts. In fact, those other things aren't are things we do as they are drawn from us as a response to what the Lord does. We can't help but sing our thanks and praise!

But the best thanks of all for the Lord is to do exactly as the Psalm says to and take the cup of salvation. Receive the blood of Christ. Receive His Word. Receive His forgiveness and life. That's all the thanks the Lord could ever ask for—to give you more gifts! In the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Grant that Your Spirit's help To me be always given Lest I should fall again And lose the way to heaven. Grant that He give me strength In my infirmity; May He renew my heart To serve You willingly (LSB 703:4)

Questions or comments regarding the Reflections may be sent to the Rev. Mark Buetow, Reflectons Editor,



Almighty and everlasting God, mercifully look upon our infirmities and stretch forth the hand of Your majesty to heal and defend us; through Jesus Christ, Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

First Reading: Zech. 8:1-23

The Coming Peace and Prosperity of Zion

1And the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying, 2"Thus says the LORD of hosts:(A) I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. 3Thus says the LORD:(B) I have returned to Zion and(C) will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem,(D) and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city,(E) and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain. 4Thus says the LORD of hosts:(F) Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. 5And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. 6Thus says the LORD of hosts:(G) If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days,(H) should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the LORD of hosts? 7Thus says the LORD of hosts: behold,(I) I will save my people(J) from the east country and from the west country, 8and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.(K) And they shall be my people, and I will be their God,(L) in faithfulness and in righteousness."

9Thus says the LORD of hosts:(M) "Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of(N) the prophets who were present on(O) the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 10For before those days(P) there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbor. 11But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the LORD of hosts. 12(Q) For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce,(R) and the heavens shall give their dew.(S) And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13And as(T) you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel,(U) so will I save you, and(V) you shall be a blessing.(W) Fear not, but(X) let your hands be strong."

14For thus says the LORD of hosts:(Y) "As I purposed to bring disaster to you when your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the LORD of hosts, 15so again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah;(Z) fear not. 16These are the things that you shall do:(AA) Speak the truth to one another;(AB) render in your gates judgments(AC) that are true and make for peace; 17(AD) do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and(AE) love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the LORD."

18And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 19"Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the(AF) fourth month and the fast of the(AG) fifth and the fast of the(AH) seventh and the fast of the(AI) tenth shall be to the house of Judah(AJ) seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love(AK) truth and peace.

20"Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 21The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,(AL) 'Let us go at once(AM) to entreat the favor of the LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.' 22(AN) Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and(AO) to entreat the favor of the LORD. 23Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days(AP) ten men(AQ) from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for(AR) we have heard that God is with you.'"

Cross references:Zechariah 8:2 : Zechariah 1:14 Zechariah 8:3 : Zechariah 1:16 Zechariah 8:3 : Zechariah 2:10 Zechariah 8:3 : Isa 1:26 Zechariah 8:3 : Isa 2:3 Zechariah 8:4 : Psalm 128:6; Prov 10:27 Zechariah 8:6 : Psalm 118:23 Zechariah 8:6 : Gen 18:14 Zechariah 8:7 : Zechariah 10:6 Zechariah 8:7 : Psalm 107:3; Isa 43:5; Isa 49:12; Ezek 37:21 Zechariah 8:8 : Zechariah 13:9; Jer 31:33 Zechariah 8:8 : Jer 4:2 Zechariah 8:9 : 2 Sam 16:21; Hag 2:4 Zechariah 8:9 : Zechariah 7:3; Ezra 5:1, 2 Zechariah 8:9 : Hag 2:18 Zechariah 8:10 : Hag 1:6 Zechariah 8:12 : Hos 2:21, 22; Hag 2:19 Zechariah 8:12 : Hag 1:10 Zechariah 8:12 : Jer 3:18 Zechariah 8:13 : Isa 43:28; 65:15 Zechariah 8:13 : Zechariah 10:6 Zechariah 8:13 : Gen 12:2, 3 Zechariah 8:13 : Hag 2:5 Zechariah 8:13 : Zechariah 8:9 Zechariah 8:14 : Jer 31:28; 32:42 Zechariah 8:15 : Zechariah 8:13 Zechariah 8:16 : Cited Eph 4:25; Psalm 15:2 Zechariah 8:16 : Zechariah 7:9 Zechariah 8:16 : Zechariah 8:19 Zechariah 8:17 : Zechariah 7:10 Zechariah 8:17 : Zechariah 5:4 Zechariah 8:19 : Jer 39:2 Zechariah 8:19 : Zechariah 7:3 Zechariah 8:19 : Zechariah 7:5 Zechariah 8:19 : 2 Kgs 25:1 Zechariah 8:19 : Isa 35:10 Zechariah 8:19 : Zechariah 8:16 Zechariah 8:21 : Zechariah 2:11; 14:16; Isa 2:3 Zechariah 8:21 : Zechariah 7:2 Zechariah 8:22 : Zechariah 8:21 Zechariah 8:22 : Zechariah 8:21 Zechariah 8:23 : Gen 31:7 Zechariah 8:23 : Isa 66:18; Rev 5:9 Zechariah 8:23 : 1 Cor 14:25

Second Reading: 2 Tim. 1:1-18


1Paul,(A) an apostle of Christ Jesus(B) by the will of God according to(C) the promise of the life that is in Christ Jesus,

2To Timothy,(D) my beloved child:

(E) Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Guard the Deposit Entrusted to You

3(F) I thank God(G) whom I serve, as did my ancestors,(H) with a clear conscience, as I remember you(I) constantly in my prayers night and day. 4(J) As I remember your tears,(K) I long to see you, that I may be filled with joy. 5I am reminded of(L) your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and(M) your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. 6For this reason I remind you(N) to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, 7for God gave us(O) a spirit not of fear but(P) of power and love and self-control.

8Therefore(Q) do not be ashamed of(R) the testimony about our Lord, nor of(S) me his prisoner, but(T) share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, 9(U) who saved us and(V) called us to[a] a holy calling,(W) not because of our works but because of(X) his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began,[b] 10and which now has(Y) been manifested through(Z) the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus,(AA) who abolished death and(AB) brought life and(AC) immortality to light through the gospel, 11(AD) for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, 12(AE) which is why I suffer as I do. But(AF) I am not ashamed, for(AG) I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until(AH) that Day(AI) what has been entrusted to me.[c] 13(AJ) Follow(AK) the pattern of(AL) the sound[d] words(AM) that you have heard from me, in(AN) the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14By the Holy Spirit(AO) who dwells within us, guard(AP) the good deposit entrusted to you.

15You are aware that(AQ) all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16May the Lord grant mercy to(AR) the household of Onesiphorus, for he often(AS) refreshed me and was not ashamed of(AT) my chains, 17but when he arrived in Rome(AU) he searched for me earnestly and found me— 18may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on(AV) that Day!—and you well know all the service he(AW) rendered at Ephesus.

Footnotes:2 Timothy 1:9 Or with 2 Timothy 1:9 Greek before times eternal 2 Timothy 1:12 Or what I have entrusted to him; Greek my deposit 2 Timothy 1:13 Or healthy

Cross references:2 Timothy 1:1 : 2 Cor 1:1 2 Timothy 1:1 : 1 Cor 1:1 2 Timothy 1:1 : Titus 1:2; Heb 9:15 2 Timothy 1:2 : 1 Cor 4:17; 2 Timothy 2:1; 3 John 4 2 Timothy 1:2 : 1 Tim 1:2 2 Timothy 1:3 : Rom 1:8 2 Timothy 1:3 : Acts 22:3; 24:14 2 Timothy 1:3 : 1 Tim 3:9; Acts 23:1 2 Timothy 1:3 : Rom 1:9 2 Timothy 1:4 : Acts 20:37 2 Timothy 1:4 : Phil 1:8; 2 Timothy 4:9, 21 2 Timothy 1:5 : Rom 12:9; 1 Tim 1:5 2 Timothy 1:5 : Acts 16:1; 2 Timothy 3:15; Psalm 86:16; 116:16 2 Timothy 1:6 : 1 Tim 4:14; 1 Thess 5:19 2 Timothy 1:7 : Rom 8:15; John 14:27; Rev 21:8 2 Timothy 1:7 : Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8 2 Timothy 1:8 : Mark 8:38 2 Timothy 1:8 : 1 Cor 1:6 2 Timothy 1:8 : 2 Timothy 1:16; Eph 3:1 2 Timothy 1:8 : 2 Timothy 2:3, 9; 4:5 2 Timothy 1:9 : 1 Tim 1:1; Titus 3:4 2 Timothy 1:9 : Heb 3:1; Rom 8:28 2 Timothy 1:9 : Titus 3:5; Rom 3:27 2 Timothy 1:9 : Titus 1:2; Rom 16:25; Eph 1:4 2 Timothy 1:10 : Rom 16:26 2 Timothy 1:10 : 2 Thess 2:8 2 Timothy 1:10 : 1 Cor 15:26; 1 Cor 15:54, 55; Heb 2:14, 15 2 Timothy 1:10 : Job 33:30 2 Timothy 1:10 : Rom 2:7 2 Timothy 1:11 : 1 Tim 2:7 2 Timothy 1:12 : 2 Timothy 2:9 2 Timothy 1:12 : 2 Timothy 1:8 2 Timothy 1:12 : Psalm 10:14; 1 Pet 4:19 2 Timothy 1:12 : 2 Timothy 1:18; 2 Timothy 4:8; 1 Cor 3:13 2 Timothy 1:12 : 1 Tim 6:20 2 Timothy 1:13 : 2 Timothy 3:14; Titus 1:9; Rev 3:3 2 Timothy 1:13 : Rom 2:20; 6:17 2 Timothy 1:13 : 1 Tim 1:10 2 Timothy 1:13 : 2 Timothy 2:2 2 Timothy 1:13 : 1 Tim 1:14 2 Timothy 1:14 : Rom 8:9 2 Timothy 1:14 : 2 Timothy 1:12 2 Timothy 1:15 : Acts 19:10; 2 Timothy 4:10, 11, 16 2 Timothy 1:16 : 2 Timothy 4:19 2 Timothy 1:16 : Philem 7, 20 2 Timothy 1:16 : 2 Timothy 1:8; Acts 28:20 2 Timothy 1:17 : Matt 25:36-40 2 Timothy 1:18 : 2 Timothy 1:12 2 Timothy 1:18 : Heb 6:10

Saturday Father Reading

"The Creator and Lord of nature, who brings forth bread from the earth, also causes His Body to come forth from bread, just as He is able and as He has promised. And He who made wine from water, creates from wine His own Blood." [St. Gaudentius. "Tractate 2 to Neophytes." 4th Century]

All Scripture Readings: English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.

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