December 4th, 2018

John of Damascus, Theologian and Hymnwriter


First Reading: Is. 10:12-27; Is. 10:33-34


 12(A) When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem,(B) he[a] will punish the speech of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the boastful look in his eyes. 13(C) For he says:
   "By the strength of my hand I have done it,
   and by my wisdom, for I have understanding;I remove the boundaries of peoples,
   and plunder their treasures;
   like a bull I bring down those who sit on thrones. 14My hand has found like a nest
   the wealth of the peoples;and as one gathers eggs that have been forsaken,
   so I have gathered all the earth;and there was none that moved a wing
   or opened the mouth or chirped."

 15Shall(D) the axe boast over him who hews with it,
   or the saw magnify itself against him who wields it?As if a rod should wield him who lifts it,
   or as if a staff should lift him who is not wood! 16Therefore the Lord GOD of hosts
   will send wasting sickness among his(E) stout warriors,and under his glory(F) a burning will be kindled,
   like the burning of fire. 17(G) The light of Israel will become a fire,
   and(H) his Holy One a flame,and(I) it will burn and devour
   his thorns and briers(J) in one day. 18The glory of(K) his forest and of his(L) fruitful land
   the LORD will destroy, both soul and body,
   and it will be as when a sick man wastes away. 19The remnant of the trees of his forest will be so few
   that a child can write them down.

The Remnant of Israel Will Return
 20(M) In that day(N) the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more(O) lean on him who struck them, but(P) will lean on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. 21A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob,(Q) to the mighty God. 22(R) For though your people Israel be as the sand of the sea,(S) only a remnant of them will return.(T) Destruction is decreed, overflowing with righteousness. 23For the Lord GOD of hosts will make a full end, as decreed, in the midst of all the earth.

 24Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts: "O my people,(U) who dwell in Zion,(V) be not afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with the rod and lift up their staff against you as(W) the Egyptians did. 25For(X) in a very little while my fury will come to an end, and my anger will be directed to their destruction. 26And(Y) the LORD of hosts will wield against them a whip, as when he struck(Z) Midian(AA) at the rock of Oreb. And his staff will be over the sea, and he will lift it(AB) as he did in Egypt. 27And in that day(AC) his burden will depart from your shoulder, and(AD) his yoke from your neck; and the yoke will be broken because of the fat."[b]

Footnotes:Isaiah 10:12 Hebrew I Isaiah 10:27 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Cross references:Isaiah 10:12 : Isaiah 29:4, 5; 30:18; 2 Kgs 19:31 Isaiah 10:12 : 2 Kgs 19:35-37 Isaiah 10:13 : Isaiah 37:23-25; 2 Kgs 19:22-24 Isaiah 10:15 : Isaiah 10:5; Isaiah 29:16; 45:9; Rom 9:17 Isaiah 10:16 : Psalm 78:31 Isaiah 10:16 : Isaiah 30:33 Isaiah 10:17 : Obad 18 Isaiah 10:17 : Isaiah 37:23 Isaiah 10:17 : Isaiah 27:4; Isaiah 9:18; Nah 1:10 Isaiah 10:17 : Isaiah 9:14; 2 Kgs 19:35 Isaiah 10:18 : Isaiah 10:33; Isaiah 2:13 Isaiah 10:18 : Psalm 107:33-34 Isaiah 10:20 : Isaiah 10:27; Isaiah 2:11 Isaiah 10:20 : Isaiah 4:2 Isaiah 10:20 : 2 Kgs 16:7; 2 Chr 28:20, 21 Isaiah 10:20 : 2 Kgs 19:14 Isaiah 10:21 : Isaiah 9:6 Isaiah 10:22 : Cited Rom 9:27, 28 Isaiah 10:22 : Isaiah 6:13 Isaiah 10:22 : Isaiah 28:22 Isaiah 10:24 : Isaiah 31:5 Isaiah 10:24 : 2 Kgs 19:6 Isaiah 10:24 : Exodus 2:23 Isaiah 10:25 : Isaiah 17:14 Isaiah 10:26 : 2 Kgs 19:35 Isaiah 10:26 : Isaiah 9:4 Isaiah 10:26 : Judg 7:25; Isaiah 9:4 Isaiah 10:26 : Exodus 14:30 Isaiah 10:27 : 2 Kgs 18:14 Isaiah 10:27 : Isaiah 9:4; Nah 1:13




 33Behold, the Lord GOD of hosts
   (A) will lop(B) the boughs with terrifying power;the great in height will be hewn down,
   and the lofty will be brought low. 34He will cut down(C) the thickets of the forest with an axe,
   and(D) Lebanon will fall by the Majestic One.

Cross references:Isaiah 10:33 : Nah 1:12 Isaiah 10:33 : Isaiah 10:18 Isaiah 10:34 : Isaiah 10:33 Isaiah 10:34 : Ezek 31:3; Amos 2:9


Second Reading: 2 Pt. 1:1-21


Greeting

 1Simeon[a] Peter, a servant[b] and apostle of Jesus Christ,

   

   To those who have obtained(A) a faith of equal standing with ours(B) by the righteousness of our(C) God and Savior Jesus Christ:

 2(D) May grace and peace be multiplied to you(E) in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Make Your Calling and Election Sure

 3His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him(F) who called us to[c] his own glory and excellence,[d] 4by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become(G) partakers of the divine nature,(H) having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. 5For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith(I) with virtue,[e] and virtue(J) with knowledge, 6and knowledge with self-control, and self-control(K) with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, 7and godliness(L) with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection(M) with love. 8For if these qualities[f] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or(N) unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he(O) is blind, having forgotten that he was(P) cleansed from his former sins. 10Therefore, brothers,[g] be all the more diligent to make your calling and(Q) election sure, for if you practice these qualities(R) you will never fall. 11For in this way there will be richly provided for you(S) an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

 12Therefore I intend(T) always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in(U) the truth that you have. 13I think it right, as long as I am in this(V) body,[h](W) to stir you up by way of reminder, 14(X) since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon,(Y) as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.

Christ’s Glory and the Prophetic Word

 16For we did not follow(Z) cleverly devised(AA) myths when we made known to you(AB) the power and(AC) coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but(AD) we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. 17For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory,(AE) "This is my beloved Son,[i] with whom I am well pleased," 18we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on(AF) the holy mountain. 19And(AG) we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention(AH) as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until(AI) the day(AJ) dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21For(AK) no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God(AL) as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Footnotes:2 Peter 1:1 Some manuscripts Simon 2 Peter 1:1 Or slave; Greek bondservant 2 Peter 1:3 Or by 2 Peter 1:3 Or virtue 2 Peter 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse 2 Peter 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 9, 10, 12 2 Peter 1:10 Or brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to men or to both men and women who are siblings (brothers and sisters) in God’s family, the church 2 Peter 1:13 Greek tent; also verse 14 2 Peter 1:17 Or my Son, my (or the) Beloved
Cross references:2 Peter 1:1 : Rom 1:12; 2 Cor 4:13; Titus 1:4 2 Peter 1:1 : Rom 3:21-26 2 Peter 1:1 : Titus 2:13 2 Peter 1:2 : 1 Pet 1:2; Jude 2 2 Peter 1:2 : 2 Peter 1:3, 8; 2 Peter 2:20; John 17:3; Phil 3:8 2 Peter 1:3 : 1 Thess 2:12; 2 Thess 2:14; 2 Tim 1:9; 1 Pet 5:10 2 Peter 1:4 : Eph 4:24; Heb 12:10; 1 John 3:2 2 Peter 1:4 : 2 Peter 2:18, 20 2 Peter 1:5 : Phil 4:8 2 Peter 1:5 : 1 Pet 3:7 2 Peter 1:6 : Heb 10:36; James 1:3 2 Peter 1:7 : Heb 13:1 2 Peter 1:7 : 1 Cor 13; 1 John 4:16 2 Peter 1:8 : John 15:2; Titus 3:14 2 Peter 1:9 : Job 5:14; 12:25; Isa 59:10; Zeph 1:17; 1 John 2:9-11 2 Peter 1:9 : Eph 5:26; Titus 2:14; Heb 9:14; 1 John 1:7; Rev 7:14 2 Peter 1:10 : 1 Thess 1:4 2 Peter 1:10 : 2 Peter 3:17; 1 John 2:10 2 Peter 1:11 : Col 1:13; Acts 14:22 2 Peter 1:12 : Jude 5; Rom 15:14, 15; Phil 3:1; 1 John 2:21 2 Peter 1:12 : 2 John 2 2 Peter 1:13 : 2 Cor 5:1, 4 2 Peter 1:13 : 2 Peter 3:1 2 Peter 1:14 : Deut 4:21, 22; 31:14; 2 Tim 4:6 2 Peter 1:14 : John 21:18, 19 2 Peter 1:16 : 1 Cor 1:17 2 Peter 1:16 : 1 Tim 1:4 2 Peter 1:16 : 1 Cor 2:4 2 Peter 1:16 : 1 Thess 2:19 2 Peter 1:16 : Matt 17:1, 2, 6; Mark 9:2; Luke 9:28, 29; John 1:14 2 Peter 1:17 : Matt 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35; Matt 3:17 2 Peter 1:18 : Exodus 3:5; Josh 5:15 2 Peter 1:19 : 1 Pet 1:10 2 Peter 1:19 : Psalm 119:105; John 5:35 2 Peter 1:19 : Rev 2:28; 22:16; Mal 4:2 2 Peter 1:19 : 2 Cor 4:6 2 Peter 1:21 : 2 Tim 3:16 2 Peter 1:21 : 1 Pet 1:11; 2 Sam 23:2; Luke 1:70; Acts 1:16; 3:18


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