December 1st, 2018

Saturday of Last Sunday

First Reading: Is. 7:10-8:8

The Immanuel Prophecy

    10 Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!” 13 Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.[a] 15 Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good. 16 For before the Child shall know to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land that you dread will be forsaken by both her kings. 17 The LORD will bring the king of Assyria upon you and your people and your father’s house—days that have not come since the day that Ephraim departed from Judah.”
       18 And it shall come to pass in that day
      That the LORD will whistle for the fly
      That is in the farthest part of the rivers of Egypt,
      And for the bee that is in the land of Assyria.
       19 They will come, and all of them will rest
      In the desolate valleys and in the clefts of the rocks,
      And on all thorns and in all pastures.
       20 In the same day the Lord will shave with a hired razor,
      With those from beyond the River,[b] with the king of Assyria,
      The head and the hair of the legs,
      And will also remove the beard.
       21 It shall be in that day
      That a man will keep alive a young cow and two sheep;
       22 So it shall be, from the abundance of milk they give,
      That he will eat curds;
      For curds and honey everyone will eat who is left in the land.
       23 It shall happen in that day,
      That wherever there could be a thousand vines
      Worth a thousand shekels of silver,
      It will be for briers and thorns.
       24 With arrows and bows men will come there,
      Because all the land will become briers and thorns.
       25 And to any hill which could be dug with the hoe,
      You will not go there for fear of briers and thorns;
      But it will become a range for oxen
      And a place for sheep to roam.

Assyria Will Invade the Land

 1 Moreover the LORD said to me, “Take a large scroll, and write on it with a man’s pen concerning Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz.[c] 2 And I will take for Myself faithful witnesses to record, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah.” 3 Then I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and bore a son. Then the LORD said to me, “Call his name Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz; 4 for before the child shall have knowledge to cry ‘My father’ and ‘My mother,’ the riches of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be taken away before the king of Assyria.” 5 The LORD also spoke to me again, saying:
       6 “ Inasmuch as these people refused
      The waters of Shiloah that flow softly,
      And rejoice in Rezin and in Remaliah’s son;
       7 Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them
      The waters of the River,[d] strong and mighty—
      The king of Assyria and all his glory;
      He will go up over all his channels
      And go over all his banks.
       8 He will pass through Judah,
      He will overflow and pass over,
      He will reach up to the neck;
      And the stretching out of his wings
      Will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.[e]

Footnotes:Isaiah 7:14 Literally God-With-Us Isaiah 7:20 That is, the Euphrates Isaiah 8:1 Literally Speed the Spoil, Hasten the Booty Isaiah 8:7 That is, the Euphrates Isaiah 8:8 Literally God-With-Us

Second Reading: 1 Pt. 3:1-22

Submission to Husbands

 1 Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they, without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, 2 when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. 3 Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel— 4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. 5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.

A Word to Husbands

    7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.

Called to Blessing

    8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous;[a] 9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For
      “ He who would love life
      And see good days,
       Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
      And his lips from speaking deceit.
       11 Let him turn away from evil and do good;
       Let him seek peace and pursue it.
       12 For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous,
       And His ears are open to their prayers;
      But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”[b]

Suffering for Right and Wrong

    13 And who is he who will harm you if you become followers of what is good? 14 But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you are blessed. “And do not be afraid of their threats, nor be troubled.”[c] 15 But sanctify the Lord God[d] in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; 16 having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. 17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.

Christ’s Suffering and Ours

    18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us[e] to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, 19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, 20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited[f] in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him.

Footnotes:1 Peter 3:8 NU-Text reads humble. 1 Peter 3:12 Psalm 34:12–16 1 Peter 3:14 Isaiah 8:12 1 Peter 3:15 NU-Text reads Christ as Lord. 1 Peter 3:18 NU-Text and M-Text read you. 1 Peter 3:20 NU-Text and M-Text read when the longsuffering of God waited patiently.


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