December 6th, 2017

Nicholas of Myra, Pastor


First Reading: Is. 14:1-12


Mercy on Jacob

 1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. The strangers will be joined with them, and they will cling to the house of Jacob. 2 Then people will take them and bring them to their place, and the house of Israel will possess them for servants and maids in the land of the LORD; they will take them captive whose captives they were, and rule over their oppressors.

Fall of the King of Babylon

    3 It shall come to pass in the day the LORD gives you rest from your sorrow, and from your fear and the hard bondage in which you were made to serve, 4 that you will take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say:
      “ How the oppressor has ceased,
      The golden[a] city ceased!
       5 The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked,
      The scepter of the rulers;
       6 He who struck the people in wrath with a continual stroke,
      He who ruled the nations in anger,
      Is persecuted and no one hinders.
       7 The whole earth is at rest and quiet;
      They break forth into singing.
       8 Indeed the cypress trees rejoice over you,
      And the cedars of Lebanon,
      Saying, ‘Since you were cut down,
      No woodsman has come up against us.’
       9 “ Hell from beneath is excited about you,
      To meet you at your coming;
      It stirs up the dead for you,
      All the chief ones of the earth;
      It has raised up from their thrones
      All the kings of the nations.
       10 They all shall speak and say to you:
      ‘ Have you also become as weak as we?
      Have you become like us?
       11 Your pomp is brought down to Sheol,
      And the sound of your stringed instruments;
      The maggot is spread under you,
      And worms cover you.’

The Fall of Lucifer

    12 “ How you are fallen from heaven,
      O Lucifer,[b] son of the morning!
      How you are cut down to the ground,
      You who weakened the nations!
      

Footnotes:Isaiah 14:4 Or insolent Isaiah 14:12 Literally Day Star


Second Reading: 2 Pt. 3:1-18


God’s Promise Is Not Slack

 1 Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), 2 that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us,[a] the apostles of the Lord and Savior, 3 knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us,[b] not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

The Day of the Lord

    10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[c] 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Be Steadfast

    14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; 18 but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.

Footnotes:2 Peter 3:2 NU-Text and M-Text read commandment of the apostles of your Lord and Savior or commandment of your apostles of the Lord and Savior. 2 Peter 3:9 NU-Text reads you. 2 Peter 3:10 NU-Text reads laid bare (literally found).


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