December 10th, 2017

Populus Zion (Advent 2)

Explanation of the Week

The Day on which our Lord will return is a "great and dreadful Day" (Mal 4:1-6). For He will come in a cloud with great power and glory. To the wicked and the proud, it will be a Day of judgment that will "burn them up." The signs preceding this Day will bring them fear and fainting. But to those who believe, who fear the name of the Lord, this Day is one to look forward to and rejoice in. "Look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near" (Lk 21:25-36) Christ our Redeemer is coming; the Sun of Righteousness is bringing healing in His wings. Let us, then, give attention to the words of the Lord, which do not pass away. Let us through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures (Rom 15:4-13) be strengthened in our hope by the Holy Spirit and watch diligently for Jesus' coming. Then, by God's grace, we shall escape all these things that will come to pass and stand before the Son of Man.


Daughter of | Zion,*
     behold, surely your salvation is | coming.
The LORD will cause His glorious voice | to be heard,*
     and you shall have glad- | ness of heart. (Isaiah 30:29, 30; 62:11)

Psalm:Give ear, O Shepherd of | Israel,*
     You who lead Jacob | like a flock.
Restore | us, O God;*
     cause Your face to shine, and we | shall be saved!
Return, we beseech You, O | God of Hosts,*
     look down from heav- | en and see.
Let Your hand be upon the Man of Your | right hand,*
     upon the Son of Man whom You made strong | for Yourself. (Psalm 80:1, 3, 14, 17)

Collect (LSB)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Your only-begotten Son, that by His coming we may be enabled to serve You with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

Collect (TLH)

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the way of Thine only-begotten Son, so that by His coming we may be enabled to serve Thee with pure minds; through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

Collecta Latina

Excita Domine corda nostra ad praeparandas unigeniti tui vias, ut per eius adventum purificatis tibi mentibus serviamus, Qui cum Patre et Spiritu sancto vivis et regnas DEUS, per omnia secula seculorum, Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Mal. 4:1-6

The Great Day of God

 1 “For behold, the day is coming,
      Burning like an oven,
      And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble.
      And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
      Says the LORD of hosts,
      “ That will leave them neither root nor branch.
       2 But to you who fear My name
      The Sun of Righteousness shall arise
      With healing in His wings;
      And you shall go out
      And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
       3 You shall trample the wicked,
      For they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet
      On the day that I do this,
      Says the LORD of hosts.
       4 “ Remember the Law of Moses, My servant,
      Which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel,
      With the statutes and judgments.
       5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet
      Before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
       6 And he will turn
      The hearts of the fathers to the children,
      And the hearts of the children to their fathers,
      Lest I come and strike the earth with a curse.”

Old Testament: Micah 4:1-7

The LORD’s Reign in Zion

 1 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days
      That the mountain of the LORD’s house
      Shall be established on the top of the mountains,
      And shall be exalted above the hills;
      And peoples shall flow to it.
       2 Many nations shall come and say,
      “ Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,
      To the house of the God of Jacob;
      He will teach us His ways,
      And we shall walk in His paths.”
      For out of Zion the law shall go forth,
      And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
       3 He shall judge between many peoples,
      And rebuke strong nations afar off;
      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 anymore.[a]
       4 But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree,
      And no one shall make them afraid;
      For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
       5 For all people walk each in the name of his god,
      But we will walk in the name of the LORD our God
      Forever and ever.

Zion’s Future Triumph

    6 “ In that day,” says the LORD,
      “ I will assemble the lame,
      I will gather the outcast
      And those whom I have afflicted;
       7 I will make the lame a remnant,
      And the outcast a strong nation;
      So the LORD will reign over them in Mount Zion
      From now on, even forever.

Footnotes:Micah 4:3 Compare Isaiah 2:2–4


Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God | will shine forth:*
     our | God shall come.
Gather My saints together | unto Me,*
     those who have made a covenant with Me by | sacrifice. (Psalm 50:2–3a , 5)

Epistle: Rom. 15:4-13

4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Glorify God Together
    7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us,[a] to the glory of God. 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
      “ For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
      And sing to Your name.”[b]

 10 And again he says:
      “ Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!”[c]

 11 And again:
      “ Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
      Laud Him, all you peoples!”[d]

 12 And again, Isaiah says:
      “ There shall be a root of Jesse;
      And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,
      In Him the Gentiles shall hope.”[e] 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:Romans 15:7 NU-Text and M-Text read you. Romans 15:9 2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49 Romans 15:10 Deuteronomy 32:43 Romans 15:11 Psalm 117:1 Romans 15:12 Isaiah 11:10


Alle- | luia.*
     Alle- | luia.
The powers of | heaven*
     will be | shaken.
Then they will see the Son of Man coming | in a cloud*
     with power and great glory. Alle- | luia. (Luke 21:26–27)

Gospel: Luke 21:25-36

The Coming of the Son of Man

    25 “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”

The Parable of the Fig Tree

    29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

The Importance of Watching

    34 “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. 35 For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth. 36 Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy[a] to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Footnotes:Luke 21:36 NU-Text reads may have strength.


Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You? Show us Your mercy, LORD, And grant us Your salvation. (Psalm 85)

Matins Psalm(s): Ps. 42

To the Chief Musician. A Contemplation[a] of the sons of Korah.

 1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
         So pants my soul for You, O God.
 2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
         When shall I come and appear before God?[b]
 3 My tears have been my food day and night,
         While they continually say to me,
         “Where is your God?”
 4 When I remember these things,
         I pour out my soul within me.
         For I used to go with the multitude;
         I went with them to the house of God,
         With the voice of joy and praise,
         With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.
 5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
         And why are you disquieted within me?
         Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
         For the help of His countenance.[c]
 6 O my God,[d] my soul is cast down within me;
         Therefore I will remember You from the land of the Jordan,
         And from the heights of Hermon,
         From the Hill Mizar.
 7 Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls;
         All Your waves and billows have gone over me.
 8 The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,
         And in the night His song shall be with me—
         A prayer to the God of my life.
 9 I will say to God my Rock,
         “Why have You forgotten me?
         Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
 10 As with a breaking of my bones,
         My enemies reproach me,
         While they say to me all day long,
         “Where is your God?”
 11 Why are you cast down, O my soul?
         And why are you disquieted within me?
         Hope in God;
         For I shall yet praise Him,
         The help of my countenance and my God.

Footnotes:Psalm 42:1 Hebrew Maschil Psalm 42:2 Following Masoretic Text and Vulgate; some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Targum read I see the face of God. Psalm 42:5 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; a few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate read The help of my countenance, my God. Psalm 42:6 Following Masoretic Text and Targum; a few Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac, and Vulgate put my God at the end of verse 5.

First Reading: Is. 26:20-27:13

Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment

    20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,
      And shut your doors behind you;
      Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment,
      Until the indignation is past.
       21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place
      To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity;
      The earth will also disclose her blood,
      And will no more cover her slain.

 1 In that day the LORD with His severe sword, great and strong,
      Will punish Leviathan the fleeing serpent,
      Leviathan that twisted serpent;
      And He will slay the reptile that is in the sea.

The Restoration of Israel

    2 In that day sing to her,
      “ A vineyard of red wine![a]
       3 I, the LORD, keep it,
      I water it every moment;
      Lest any hurt it,
      I keep it night and day.
       4 Fury is not in Me.
      Who would set briers and thorns
      Against Me in battle?
      I would go through them,
      I would burn them together.
       5 Or let him take hold of My strength,
      That he may make peace with Me;
      And he shall make peace with Me.”
       6 Those who come He shall cause to take root in Jacob;
      Israel shall blossom and bud,
      And fill the face of the world with fruit.
       7 Has He struck Israel as He struck those who struck him?
      Or has He been slain according to the slaughter of those who were slain by Him?
       8 In measure, by sending it away,
      You contended with it.
      He removes it by His rough wind
      In the day of the east wind.
       9 Therefore by this the iniquity of Jacob will be covered;
      And this is all the fruit of taking away his sin:
      When he makes all the stones of the altar
      Like chalkstones that are beaten to dust,
      Wooden images[b] and incense altars shall not stand.
       10 Yet the fortified city will be desolate,
      The habitation forsaken and left like a wilderness;
      There the calf will feed, and there it will lie down
      And consume its branches.
       11 When its boughs are withered, they will be broken off;
      The women come and set them on fire.
      For it is a people of no understanding;
      Therefore He who made them will not have mercy on them,
      And He who formed them will show them no favor.
       12 And it shall come to pass in that day
      That the LORD will thresh,
      From the channel of the River[c] to the Brook of Egypt;
      And you will be gathered one by one,
      O you children of Israel.
       13 So it shall be in that day:
      The great trumpet will be blown;
      They will come, who are about to perish in the land of Assyria,
      And they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt,
      And shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Footnotes:Isaiah 27:2 Following Masoretic Text (Kittel’s Biblia Hebraica), Bomberg, and Vulgate; Masoretic Text (Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia), some Hebrew manuscripts, and Septuagint read delight; Targum reads choice vineyard. Isaiah 27:9 Hebrew Asherim, Canaanite deities Isaiah 27:12 That is, the Euphrates

Vespers Psalm(s): Ps. 91

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

 1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
         Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
         My God, in Him I will trust.”
 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler[a]
         And from the perilous pestilence.
 4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
         And under His wings you shall take refuge;
         His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
         Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
         Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
         And ten thousand at your right hand;
         But it shall not come near you.
 8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
         And see the reward of the wicked.
 9 Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge,
         Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
 10 No evil shall befall you,
         Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
 11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
         To keep you in all your ways.
 12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
         Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
 13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
         The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
         I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
         I will be with him in trouble;
         I will deliver him and honor him.
 16 With long life I will satisfy him,
         And show him My salvation.”

Footnotes:Psalm 91:3 That is, one who catches birds in a trap or snare

Second Reading: 1 John 4:1-21

 1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that[a] Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Knowing God Through Love
    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
    12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love
    17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him[b] because He first loved us.
Obedience by Faith
    20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can[c] he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

Footnotes:1 John 4:3 NU-Text omits that and Christ has come in the flesh. 1 John 4:19 NU-Text omits Him. 1 John 4:20 NU-Text reads he cannot.


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