December 4th, 2018

John of Damascus, Theologian and Hymnwriter


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


 12So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His (A)work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, "I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and (B)the pomp of his haughtiness."

 13For (C)he has said,
         "By the power of my hand and by my wisdom I did this,
         For I have understanding;
         And I (D)removed the boundaries of the peoples
         And plundered their treasures,
         And like a mighty man I brought down their inhabitants,
    14And my hand reached to the riches of the peoples like a (E)nest,
         And as one gathers abandoned eggs, I gathered all the earth;
         And there was not one that flapped its wing or opened its beak or chirped."
    15Is the (F)axe to (G)boast itself over the one who chops with it?
         Is the saw to exalt itself over the one who wields it?
         That would be like (H)a club wielding those who lift it,
         Or like (I)a rod lifting him who is not wood.
    16Therefore the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will send a (J)wasting disease among his (K)stout warriors;
         And under his (L)glory a fire will be kindled like a burning flame.
    17And the (M)light of Israel will become a fire and his (N)Holy One a flame,
         And it will (O)burn and devour his thorns and his briars in a single day.
    18And He will (P)destroy the glory of his forest and of his fruitful garden, both soul and body,
         And it will be as when a sick man wastes away.
    19And the (Q)rest of the trees of his forest will be so small in number
         That a child could write them down.

A Remnant Will Return
 20Now in that day the (R)remnant of Israel, and those of the house of Jacob (S)who have escaped, will never again rely on the one who struck them, but will truly (T)rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.
    21A (U)remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the (V)mighty God.
    22For (W)though your people, O Israel, may be like the sand of the sea,
         Only a remnant within them will return;
         A (X)destruction is determined, overflowing with righteousness.

 23For a complete destruction, one that is decreed, (Y)the Lord GOD of hosts will execute in the midst of the whole land.

 24Therefore thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, "O My people who dwell in (Z)Zion, (AA)do not fear the Assyrian who (AB)strikes you with the rod and lifts up his staff against you, the way Egypt did.

 25"For in a very (AC)little while (AD)My indignation against you will be spent and My anger will be directed to their destruction."

 26The LORD of hosts will (AE)arouse a scourge against him like the slaughter of (AF)Midian at the rock of Oreb; and His (AG)staff will be over the sea and He will lift it up (AH)the way He did in Egypt.

 27So it will be in that day, that his (AI)burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because (AJ)of fatness.

Cross references:Isaiah 10:12 : 2 Kin 19:31; Is 28:21, 22; 29:14; 65:7 Isaiah 10:12 : Is 37:23 Isaiah 10:13 : 2 Kin 19:22-24; Is 37:24-27; Ezek 28:4; Dan 4:30 Isaiah 10:13 : Hab 2:6-11 Isaiah 10:14 : Jer 49:16; Obad 4 Isaiah 10:15 : Jer 51:20 Isaiah 10:15 : Is 29:16; 45:9; Rom 9:20, 21 Isaiah 10:15 : Is 10:5 Isaiah 10:15 : Is 10:5 Isaiah 10:16 : Ps 106:15 Isaiah 10:16 : Is 17:4 Isaiah 10:16 : Is 8:7; 10:18 Isaiah 10:17 : Is 30:33; 31:9 Isaiah 10:17 : Is 37:23 Isaiah 10:17 : Num 11:1-3; Is 27:4; 33:12; Jer 4:4; 7:20 Isaiah 10:18 : Is 10:33, 34 Isaiah 10:19 : Is 21:17 Isaiah 10:20 : Is 1:9; 11:11, 16; 46:3 Isaiah 10:20 : Is 4:2; 37:31, 32 Isaiah 10:20 : 2 Chr 14:11; Is 17:7, 8; 50:10 Isaiah 10:21 : Is 7:3 Isaiah 10:21 : Is 9:6 Isaiah 10:22 : Rom 9:27, 28 Isaiah 10:22 : Is 28:22; Dan 9:27; Rom 9:28 Isaiah 10:23 : Is 28:22; Dan 9:27; Rom 9:28 Isaiah 10:24 : Ps 87:5, 6 Isaiah 10:24 : Is 7:4; 12:2; 37:6 Isaiah 10:24 : Ex 5:14-16 Isaiah 10:25 : Is 17:14; Hag 2:6 Isaiah 10:25 : Is 10:5; 26:20; Dan 11:36 Isaiah 10:26 : Is 37:36-38 Isaiah 10:26 : Judg 7:25; Is 9:4 Isaiah 10:26 : Ex 14:16 Isaiah 10:26 : Ex 14:27 Isaiah 10:27 : Is 9:4; 14:25 Isaiah 10:27 : Is 30:23; 55:2





    33Behold, the Lord, the GOD of hosts, will lop off the boughs with a terrible crash;
         Those also who are (A)tall in stature will be cut down
         And those who are lofty will be abased.
    34He will cut down the thickets of the forest with an iron axe,
         And (B)Lebanon will fall by the Mighty One.

Cross references:Isaiah 10:33 : Is 37:24, 36-38; Ezek 31:3; Amos 2:9 Isaiah 10:34 : Is 2:13; 33:9; 37:24


Second Reading: 2 Pt. 1:1-21


Growth in Christian Virtue
 1Simon Peter, a (A)bond-servant and (B)apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have received (C)a faith of the same kind as ours, by (D)the righteousness of (E)our God and Savior, Jesus Christ:

 2(F)Grace and peace be multiplied to you in (G)the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord;

 3seeing that His (H)divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true (I)knowledge of Him who (J)called us by His own glory and excellence.

 4For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent (K)promises, so that by them you may become (L)partakers of the divine nature, having (M)escaped the (N)corruption that is in (O)the world by lust.

 5Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith (P)supply (Q)moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, (R)knowledge,

 6and in your knowledge, (S)self-control, and in your self-control, (T)perseverance, and in your perseverance, (U)godliness,

 7and in your godliness, (V)brotherly kindness, and in your brotherly kindness, love.

 8For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they render you neither useless nor (W)unfruitful in the true (X)knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 9For he who lacks these qualities is (Y)blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his (Z)purification from his former sins.

 10Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His (AA)calling and (AB)choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never (AC)stumble;

 11for in this way the entrance into (AD)the eternal kingdom of our (AE)Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be (AF)abundantly (AG)supplied to you.

 12Therefore, (AH)I will always be ready to remind you of these things, even though you already know them, and have been established in (AI)the truth which is present with you.

 13I consider it (AJ)right, as long as I am in (AK)this earthly dwelling, to (AL)stir you up by way of reminder,

 14knowing that (AM)the laying aside of my earthly dwelling is imminent, (AN)as also our Lord Jesus Christ has made clear to me.

 15And I will also be diligent that at any time after my (AO)departure you will be able to call these things to mind.

Eyewitnesses
 16For we did not follow cleverly devised (AP)tales when we made known to you the (AQ)power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were (AR)eyewitnesses of His majesty.

 17For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, such an (AS)utterance as this was made to Him by the (AT)Majestic Glory, "This is My beloved Son with whom I am well-pleased"--

 18and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the (AU)holy mountain.

 19So we have (AV)the prophetic word made more (AW)sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to (AX)a lamp shining in a dark place, until the (AY)day dawns and the (AZ)morning star arises (BA)in your hearts.

 20But (BB)know this first of all, that (BC)no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation,

 21for (BD)no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men (BE)moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

Cross references:2 Peter 1:1 : Rom 1:1; Phil 1:1; James 1:1; Jude 1 2 Peter 1:1 : 1 Pet 1:1 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 : Rom 1:7; 1 Pet 1:2 2 Peter 1:2 : John 17:3; Phil 3:8; 2 Pet 1:3, 8; 2:20; 3:18 2 Peter 1:3 : 1 Pet 1:5 2 Peter 1:3 : John 17:3; Phil 3:8; 2 Pet 1:2, 8; 2:20; 3:18 2 Peter 1:3 : 1 Thess 2:12; 2 Thess 2:14; 1 Pet 5:10 2 Peter 1:4 : 2 Pet 3:9, 13 2 Peter 1:4 : Eph 4:13, 24; Heb 12:10; 1 John 3:2 2 Peter 1:4 : 2 Pet 2:18, 20 2 Peter 1:4 : 2 Pet 2:19 2 Peter 1:4 : James 1:27 2 Peter 1:5 : 2 Pet 1:11 2 Peter 1:5 : 2 Pet 1:3 2 Peter 1:5 : Col 2:3; 2 Pet 1:2 2 Peter 1:6 : Acts 24:25 2 Peter 1:6 : Luke 21:19 2 Peter 1:6 : 2 Pet 1:3 2 Peter 1:7 : Rom 12:10; 1 Pet 1:22 2 Peter 1:8 : Col 1:10 2 Peter 1:8 : John 17:3; Phil 3:8; 2 Pet 1:2, 3; 2:20; 3:18 2 Peter 1:9 : 1 John 2:11 2 Peter 1:9 : Eph 5:26; Titus 2:14 2 Peter 1:10 : Matt 22:14; Rom 11:29; 2 Pet 1:3 2 Peter 1:10 : 1 Thess 1:4 2 Peter 1:10 : James 2:10; 2 Pet 3:17; Jude 24 2 Peter 1:11 : 2 Tim 4:18 2 Peter 1:11 : 2 Pet 2:20; 3:18 2 Peter 1:11 : Rom 2:4; 1 Tim 6:17 2 Peter 1:11 : 2 Pet 1:5 2 Peter 1:12 : Phil 3:1; 1 John 2:21; Jude 5 2 Peter 1:12 : Col 1:5; 2 John 2 2 Peter 1:13 : Phil 1:7 2 Peter 1:13 : 2 Cor 5:1, 4; 2 Pet 1:14 2 Peter 1:13 : 2 Pet 3:1 2 Peter 1:14 : 2 Cor 5:1; 2 Tim 4:6 2 Peter 1:14 : John 13:36; 21:19 2 Peter 1:15 : Luke 9:31 2 Peter 1:16 : 1 Tim 1:4; 2 Pet 2:3 2 Peter 1:16 : Mark 13:26; 14:62; 1 Thess 2:19 2 Peter 1:16 : Matt 17:1-ff; Mark 9:2-ff; Luke 9:28-ff 2 Peter 1:17 : Matt 17:5; Mark 9:7; Luke 9:35 2 Peter 1:17 : Heb 1:3 2 Peter 1:18 : Ex 3:5; Josh 5:15 2 Peter 1:19 : 1 Pet 1:10 2 Peter 1:19 : Heb 2:2 2 Peter 1:19 : Ps 119:105 2 Peter 1:19 : Luke 1:78 2 Peter 1:19 : Rev 22:16 2 Peter 1:19 : 2 Cor 4:6 2 Peter 1:20 : 2 Pet 3:3 2 Peter 1:20 : Rom 12:6 2 Peter 1:21 : Jer 23:26; 2 Tim 3:16 2 Peter 1:21 : 2 Sam 23:2; Luke 1:70; Acts 1:16; 3:18; 1 Pet 1:11


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