March 28th, 2018

Wednesday of Holy Week


Collect (LSB)

Merciful and everlasting God, You did not spare Your only Son but delivered Him up for us all to bear our sins on the cross. Grant that our hearts may be so fixed with steadfast faith in Him that we fear not the power of sin, death, and the devil; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

Old Testament (LSB): Isaiah 62:11-63:7


11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed
      To the end of the world:
      “ Say to the daughter of Zion,
      ‘ Surely your salvation is coming;
      Behold, His reward is with Him,
      And His work before Him.’”
       12 And they shall call them The Holy People,
      The Redeemed of the LORD;
      And you shall be called Sought Out,
      A City Not Forsaken.

The LORD in Judgment and Salvation
 1 Who is this who comes from Edom,
      With dyed garments from Bozrah,
      This One who is glorious in His apparel,
      Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
      “ I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
       2 Why is Your apparel red,
      And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
       3 “ I have trodden the winepress alone,
      And from the peoples no one was with Me.
      For I have trodden them in My anger,
      And trampled them in My fury;
      Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments,
      And I have stained all My robes.
       4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
      And the year of My redeemed has come.
       5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
      And I wondered
      That there was no one to uphold;
      Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me;
      And My own fury, it sustained Me.
       6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger,
      Made them drunk in My fury,
      And brought down their strength to the earth.”
God’s Mercy Remembered
    7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD
      And the praises of the LORD,
      According to all that the LORD has bestowed on us,
      And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
      Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies,
      According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.
      



Epistle: Isaiah 62:11-63:7


11 Indeed the LORD has proclaimed
      To the end of the world:
      “ Say to the daughter of Zion,
      ‘ Surely your salvation is coming;
      Behold, His reward is with Him,
      And His work before Him.’”
       12 And they shall call them The Holy People,
      The Redeemed of the LORD;
      And you shall be called Sought Out,
      A City Not Forsaken.

The LORD in Judgment and Salvation
 1 Who is this who comes from Edom,
      With dyed garments from Bozrah,
      This One who is glorious in His apparel,
      Traveling in the greatness of His strength?—
      “ I who speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
       2 Why is Your apparel red,
      And Your garments like one who treads in the winepress?
       3 “ I have trodden the winepress alone,
      And from the peoples no one was with Me.
      For I have trodden them in My anger,
      And trampled them in My fury;
      Their blood is sprinkled upon My garments,
      And I have stained all My robes.
       4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart,
      And the year of My redeemed has come.
       5 I looked, but there was no one to help,
      And I wondered
      That there was no one to uphold;
      Therefore My own arm brought salvation for Me;
      And My own fury, it sustained Me.
       6 I have trodden down the peoples in My anger,
      Made them drunk in My fury,
      And brought down their strength to the earth.”
God’s Mercy Remembered
    7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD
      And the praises of the LORD,
      According to all that the LORD has bestowed on us,
      And the great goodness toward the house of Israel,
      Which He has bestowed on them according to His mercies,
      According to the multitude of His lovingkindnesses.
      



Gospel: Luke 22:1-23; Luke 22:42


The Plot to Kill Jesus

 1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread drew near, which is called Passover. 2 And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might kill Him, for they feared the people. 3 Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4 So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. 5 And they were glad, and agreed to give him money. 6 So he promised and sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.

Jesus and His Disciples Prepare the Passover

    7 Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed. 8 And He sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and prepare the Passover for us, that we may eat.” 9 So they said to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare?” 10 And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters. 11 Then you shall say to the master of the house, ‘The Teacher says to you, “Where is the guest room where I may eat the Passover with My disciples?”’ 12 Then he will show you a large, furnished upper room; there make ready.” 13 So they went and found it just as He had said to them, and they prepared the Passover.

Jesus Institutes the Lord’s Supper

    14 When the hour had come, He sat down, and the twelve[a] apostles with Him. 15 Then He said to them, “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; 16 for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” 17 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you,[b] I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. 21 But behold, the hand of My betrayer is with Me on the table. 22 And truly the Son of Man goes as it has been determined, but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!” 23 Then they began to question among themselves, which of them it was who would do this thing.

Footnotes:Luke 22:14 NU-Text omits twelve. Luke 22:18 NU-Text adds from now on.




42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.”



First Reading: Ex. 10:21-11:10


The Ninth Plague: Darkness

    21 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. 23 They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings. 24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said, “Go, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you.” 25 But Moses said, “You must also give us sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God. 26 Our livestock also shall go with us; not a hoof shall be left behind. For we must take some of them to serve the LORD our God, and even we do not know with what we must serve the LORD until we arrive there.” 27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. 28 Then Pharaoh said to him, “Get away from me! Take heed to yourself and see my face no more! For in the day you see my face you shall die!” 29 So Moses said, “You have spoken well. I will never see your face again.”

Death of the Firstborn Announced

 1 And the LORD said to Moses, “I will bring one more plague on Pharaoh and on Egypt. Afterward he will let you go from here. When he lets you go, he will surely drive you out of here altogether. 2 Speak now in the hearing of the people, and let every man ask from his neighbor and every woman from her neighbor, articles of silver and articles of gold.” 3 And the LORD gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants and in the sight of the people. 4 Then Moses said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘About midnight I will go out into the midst of Egypt; 5 and all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, even to the firstborn of the female servant who is behind the handmill, and all the firstborn of the animals. 6 Then there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as was not like it before, nor shall be like it again. 7 But against none of the children of Israel shall a dog move its tongue, against man or beast, that you may know that the LORD does make a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.’ 8 And all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me, saying, ‘Get out, and all the people who follow you!’ After that I will go out.” Then he went out from Pharaoh in great anger. 9 But the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not heed you, so that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.” 10 So Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh; and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the children of Israel go out of his land.



Second Reading: Heb. 4:1-16


The Promise of Rest
 1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them,[a] not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said:
      “ So I swore in My wrath,
      ‘ They shall not enter My rest,’”[b]

   although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”;[c] 5 and again in this place: “They shall not enter My rest.”[d] 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” after such a long time, as it has been said:
      “ Today, if you will hear His voice,
      Do not harden your hearts.”[e] 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day. 9 There remains therefore a rest for the people of God. 10 For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.

The Word Discovers Our Condition
    11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Our Compassionate High Priest
    14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Footnotes:Hebrews 4:2 NU-Text and M-Text read profit them, since they were not united by faith with those who heeded it. Hebrews 4:3 Psalm 95:11 Hebrews 4:4 Genesis 2:2 Hebrews 4:5 Psalm 95:11 Hebrews 4:7 Psalm 95:7, 8


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