November 8th, 2017

Johannes von Staupitz, Luther's Father Confessor


First Reading: Jer. 20:1-18


The Word of God to Pashhur
 1 Now Pashhur the son of Immer, the priest who was also chief governor in the house of the LORD, heard that Jeremiah prophesied these things. 2 Then Pashhur struck Jeremiah the prophet, and put him in the stocks that were in the high gate of Benjamin, which was by the house of the LORD. 3 And it happened on the next day that Pashhur brought Jeremiah out of the stocks. Then Jeremiah said to him, “The LORD has not called your name Pashhur, but Magor-Missabib.[a] 4 For thus says the LORD: ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends; and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and your eyes shall see it. I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive to Babylon and slay them with the sword. 5 Moreover I will deliver all the wealth of this city, all its produce, and all its precious things; all the treasures of the kings of Judah I will give into the hand of their enemies, who will plunder them, seize them, and carry them to Babylon. 6 And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. You shall go to Babylon, and there you shall die, and be buried there, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied lies.’”
Jeremiah’s Unpopular Ministry
    7 O LORD, You induced me, and I was persuaded;
      You are stronger than I, and have prevailed.
      I am in derision daily;
      Everyone mocks me.
       8 For when I spoke, I cried out;
      I shouted, “Violence and plunder!”
      Because the word of the LORD was made to me
      A reproach and a derision daily.
       9 Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him,
      Nor speak anymore in His name.”
      But His word was in my heart like a burning fire
      Shut up in my bones;
      I was weary of holding it back,
      And I could not.
       10 For I heard many mocking:
      “ Fear on every side!”
      “ Report,” they say, “and we will report it!”
      All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying,
      “ Perhaps he can be induced;
      Then we will prevail against him,
      And we will take our revenge on him.”
       11 But the LORD is with me as a mighty, awesome One.
      Therefore my persecutors will stumble, and will not prevail.
      They will be greatly ashamed, for they will not prosper.
      Their everlasting confusion will never be forgotten.
       12 But, O LORD of hosts,
      You who test the righteous,
      And see the mind and heart,
      Let me see Your vengeance on them;
      For I have pleaded my cause before You.
       13 Sing to the LORD! Praise the LORD!
      For He has delivered the life of the poor
      From the hand of evildoers.
       14 Cursed be the day in which I was born!
      Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!
       15 Let the man be cursed
      Who brought news to my father, saying,
      “ A male child has been born to you!”
      Making him very glad.
       16 And let that man be like the cities
      Which the LORD overthrew, and did not relent;
      Let him hear the cry in the morning
      And the shouting at noon,
       17 Because he did not kill me from the womb,
      That my mother might have been my grave,
      And her womb always enlarged with me.
       18 Why did I come forth from the womb to see labor and sorrow,
      That my days should be consumed with shame?

Footnotes:Jeremiah 20:3 Literally Fear on Every Side


Second Reading: Matt. 24:29-51


The Coming of the Son of Man

    29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

    32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it[a] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

    36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[b] but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour[c] your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

    45 “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. 47 Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. 48 But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ [d] 49 and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, 50 the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, 51 and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Footnotes:Matthew 24:33 Or He Matthew 24:36 NU-Text adds nor the Son. Matthew 24:42 NU-Text reads day. Matthew 24:48 NU-Text omits his coming.


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